Meet the 2022 CIO of the Year Judges

Mark Lafferty        (Co-Chair of ECC's Technology Committee)
Director, Department of Defense
CDW


Mark has been with CDW for the past 25 years and has served in numerous leadership roles including corporate sales, data center solutions and is currently the Director for the Department of Defense.  Mark is also responsible for multiple project teams supporting Navy federal contracts.

He leads a 100-plus-member team of dedicated account managers, solution architects and engineers that help customers choose the right technology products and services to best meet their unique needs.   His group also offer customized solutions, implementation and long-term management of those solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility, data center optimization and cloud computing. 

Mark has served with Bob Kress as one of the Co-Chairs of The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Business Technology Forum.

 

Paige H. Adams        (2020 CISO of the Year)
Global CISO
Zurich Insurance


 

Paige Adams has been a member of the Zurich executive team since 2014 and has served in a variety of information security roles at Zurich North America and Group before assuming his current role as Global Chief Information Security Officer in February 2018.

Prior to joining Zurich, Paige spent a 26-year career in the United States Navy specializing in operational intelligence and cyber operations. He has a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master’s degree in computer science from the US Naval Postgraduate School. He is based in Schaumburg, Illinois.


Inna Berkowitz
Founder & CIO
Emerging Technologies, Inc.



Inna Berkovich is a Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of Emerging Technologies (ETI), Inc. where she oversees all client engagements, providing strategy, roadmap, implementation and execution of initiatives.  She works with Healthcare Organizations to optimize, build, grow and improve health outcomes, by implementing innovative technologies, agile methodology and industry best-practices. Under Inna’s leadership, ETI has developed cloud-based solutions, including automation of operational workflows, integration of disparate systems and web-based custom portals for healthcare practices.  

Prior to re-joining ETI, Inna was formerly the CIO at Addus HomeCare, one of the nation's largest publicly held providers of personal home care and support services. During her tenure, Inna served as a member of the executive management team, providing strategic vision and leadership for the company's Information Systems and directing the development and execution of all information technology programs and initiatives.

Before joining Addus, Inna served as the Senior Vice President and CIO at AIM Specialty Health, a division of Anthem, for 13 years. Inna was responsible for architecting and building clinical information management systems for some of the largest health payers across the United States. 

Inna received her MBA, with emphasis on Management Information Systems, from DePaul University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Illinois.


Jonathan Beyer
Chief Information Officer
ELCA


Jon serves as Chief Information Officer at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America driving impact and value using intelligent and collaborative enterprise technology solutions.  These solutions promote efficient and effective operations and communication across the churchwide organization and its ministry partners while playing a critical role to maximize fundraising and mission impact.  Jon is responsible for vision and leadership in positioning technology as an enabler for the mission and business operations of the organizations that his team supports.  In partnership with the organization, he develops and directs the IT strategy and maintains relationships with other executives to ensure that IT is enabling the strategic priorities of the organization in an efficient and effective manner.

Jon began his career in the Information Security group at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and continued at Arthur Andersen as an architecture lead.  He then served the Vice President of Infrastructure and Technology Operations at two different startups in the Chicago area.  Jon received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 

 

Wayne Bulmahn
Chief Information Officer/Security Officer
UNITE HERE HEALTH


Wayne Bulmahn is an IT business doctor.  He heals IT organizations, transforming them from reactive firefighters into proactive teams that solve business problems and enable dynamic growth. 

Wayne is the CIO and Security Officer at UNITE HERE HEALTH, a $1B labor management trust fund that strives to be the high-value health plan of choice for participants, unions and employers in the hospitality industry.  He also serves as the President of SIM-Chicago.

Previously, Wayne served as Director, Service Delivery & Strategy for Acxiom IT (now Ensono), a global IT hosting, Cloud, and Advisory services organization.  He led $54M in annual IT services, providing solution strategy, design and delivery for a Fortune 250 client. 

Wayne also served as Global Director of Technology at Sidley Austin, then a $1.5B global legal advisor. He led a hands-on transformation of IT business alignment, strategic planning, and service delivery to help enable global growth of over $700M. He also helped create and lead CIO advisory and solution strategy practices at three technology services firms.

Wayne has a master’s degree in Telecommunications from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University.  Wayne lives in the metro Chicago area with his wife, daughter and two sons.

 

Julianna Cole, MBA, PMP, CSM
VP, Data Services and Information Systems
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 


Julianna “Julie” Cole is an experienced technology, product, and operations executive with more than 25 years of corporate, non-profit, consulting, and entrepreneurial experience.

Julianna is currently Vice President, Data Services and Information Technology for the American Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a regulatory body that accredits organizations in the US and around the world offering physicians and healthcare teams an array of educational resources to promote quality, safety, and the evolution of healthcare. In this role she provides strategic leadership for the development and implementation of data products and infrastructure that support the information needs of ACCME staff and volunteers. Prior to her role at ACCME, Julianna held a series of CTO, CIO and COO roles at Farm Journal, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Black Heritage Network TV (BHNTV), the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Johnson Publishing, and Tribune Interactive.

Julianna was an early and active participant in the Internet ecosystem via her role as the primary software developer for ResearchTV – the first B2B internet product sold by Tribune Media Services to national network affiliates in the 90s. Her passion for technology and its promise evolved over the years to include the growth and oversight of software engineering teams responsible for media websites including agweb.com, latimes.com, and chicagotribune.com, and recognition as a Computerworld Honors Laureate for the innovative use of geographic information systems technology (GIS) to benefit society.


Gary Czubak       
Multidimensional CIO Strategist

Gary Czubak is a partner in the Chicago practice of Fortium Partners. He brings more than 40 years of depth and breadth as a business technology leader in numerous businesses of all sizes across multiple industries. Prior to joining Fortium, Gary founded a business and IT consulting firm where he took on major engagements as an interim executive. Before his firm, he was the general manager and CIO for Network Engineering Technologies (NET), a technology services company where he defined and implemented a new business strategy, recruited a management team, and implemented process and systems that positioned the company for entry into new market segments throughout North America. At NET, Czubak’s programs helped grow revenue by 20% and improve profitability by 76%. Before NET, Czubak was the vice president of operations for BuySide Realty Inc. and he also served as CTO with Budget Group, Inc., a rental vehicle company, where he led global computer operations and technology infrastructure. Czubak served four years as the elected President of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, where he managed a board of 20 active and retired IT executives.

 

John Fisher         (2002 CIO of the Year)
Chief Executive Officer
rethinking IT, Inc.


John is a nationally recognized IT Executive with global experience, who has successfully led IT functions in Fortune 500 and SMB organizations. He has managed P&L for multiple departments including the IT function within a professional services BPO organization realizing an average of 40% profit margin.  Served as CIO for 10 years through three CEO’s and four changes of ownership. 

He is the President and Founder of Rethinking IT, Inc. (www.rethinkingit.com) a firm that works with IT and Business Leaders to help them take the mystery out of critical technology situations so they can make more informed decisions.  John has worked in multiple industries including Banking, Insurance, Professional Services, Non-Profit and has had consulting engagements in manufacturing, distribution, healthcare and education.  He is a certified mentor with SCORE, an organization that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses

John has an M.S in Computer Science from DePaul University.   He was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002 was selected as CIO of the Year.  John is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapters of the Society for Information Management (SIM), The Association of IT Professionals (AITP), the Executive Committee of the North Cook and Lake Counties chapter of SCORE and DePaul’s Leadership Council. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business.  John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.

 

Kevin Glynn .... (2019 CIO Innovator of the Year)
Chief Information Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain Executive


Mr. Kevin Glynn is a three-time public and private company Chief Information Officer (CIO), including being recognized as the 2019 CIO Innovator of the Year in Chicago. Currently, Mr. Glynn is an adjunct professor in Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and leads a boutique consulting firm focusing on technology strategy and data, especially in the area of supply chain and logistics.  He is frequently cited in publications and has authored a variety of supply chain, distribution, ethics and technology articles. 

As CIO, Mr. Glynn worked at DSC Logistics, AM. Castle and Case New Holland.  While at AM Castle, in addition to his CIO responsibilities, he was acting VP of Operations.  Prior to being CIO, Kevin was COO of Iron Solutions, a startup company using data analytics in agriculture machinery.  Previously, he had been a Vice President for Oracle Corporation, leading its consulting practices in Europe.  Early in his career, Mr. Glynn held positions in manufacturing and field engineering for Qualcomm’s transportation division.  Kevin started his career as an engineer and production supervisor, working at Carlise Memory Tapes. 

 

Dean Haacker  .... (2 Time CIO of the Year Finalist)
Founder & President, Highland Grove Partners


Dean Haacker leads the digital transformation of Metropolitan Capital in his role as Chief Information Officer. Dean joined Metropolitan Capital in 2021 to lead technology and information security after delivering more than $3 billion in business value for top companies in the high tech, consumer goods, and financial services sectors. Dean serves on the board of SIM Chicago, is a founding member and past co-chair of the ChicagoCIO Leadership Association, serves on the advisory board of the Innovative Executives League, and is a member of AITP Chicago. He won an ORBIE award in 2017 as CTO of The PrivateBank and was a Chicago CIO of the Year finalist in 2018 and 2019. Dean is an advisor to emerging technology companies, venture capital firms, and a distinguished graduate of Arizona State University.

 

Ricardo LaFosse

Chief Information Security Officer

Kraft Heinz

 


Ricardo Lafosse is chief information security officer for Kraft Heinz. Lafosse is responsible for IT risk governance, OT security, incident management, technical disaster recovery, and determining enterprise-wide security policies and procedures. Lafosse regularly presents on security topics at global conferences, including MirCon, ISACA CACS and Secure World.

Prior to his current role, Lafosse was chief information security officer for Morningstar, where he was responsible for providing strategic information security leadership, implementation and governance for the Information Security Program.

Lafosse has more than 18 years of experience in information security for the government, banking, legal, healthcare and education sectors. Lafosse began his career in information security consulting in finance.

Lafosse holds a Master’s in Information Assurance from Iowa State University. He also holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations.

 

Patrick Moroney       (2004 CIO of the Year)
Chief Executive Officer
StraightArrow Advisory Services, LLC


In 2022, Mr. Moroney completed 27 years of Chief Information Officer (CIO) service at multiple Fortune 500 companies.  He most recently served at Central States Funds, a $10B Taft-Hartley Managed Care Health Insurer and Pension Fund based in Chicago where he continues on as an advisor to the CEO.  Previous to that, his CIO challenges included the Nutrition and Consumer Products Sector of Monsanto, ServiceMaster, Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas), and Kantar, then the global market research conglomerate of WPP.  He also served as President of The Barnier Group where he served five years as senior technology advisor for private equity firm New Mountain Capital supporting CIO-level advising across twenty portfolio companies.

Currently Mr. Moroney is CEO of StraightArrow Advisory Services, LLC.  He is also President and Founder of Technology Leaders Association (TLA) (www.techleaders.net), a 22-year-old collegial networking organization for 4,000 senior technology executives.  He is Chair of the board of NFP icstars (www.icstars.org) which helps train underserved young adults for career and leadership opportunities in technology, business and the community.  He is also a Board Member of Advantage Communications Group, an agnostic telecom broker that does data/voice design, optimization, implementation and savings (www.advantagecg.com).


Peeyush Shukla             (2021 CIO of the Year Semi-Finalist)
Chief Information & Technology Officer
Heitman

Peeyush is Heitman’s Chief Information and Technology Officer. He is a member of the firm’s executive leadership team and serves on its Global Management Committee. Peeyush is responsible for Heitman’s data and technology environment and leading its digital transformation journey in support of its strategic plan and the global investment management business.

Prior to joining Heitman, Peeyush was Managing Director, Data Strategy, Analytics and Multi-Asset Solutions Technology for Nuveen Investments, where he was responsible for establishing the technology strategy and roadmap and leading the build-out of the firm’s next generation cloud-based platform for multi-asset investment management, data, analytics and reporting. He has also held senior technology roles with Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Fimat, and Solo Cup and served as a consulting director at Cambridge Technology Partners.

Peeyush received a Master’s in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Financial Risk Manager - Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, and a CFA® charterholder.


Edward Wagoner        (2021 CIO of the Year Finalist)
Chief Information Officer
JLL

As the real estate industry began realizing the need to transform by better using data and technology, Edward Wagoner realized that to help JLL and its clients master the challenges of technology change, he also needed to change, both personally and professionally. 

Leveraging his 3 decades of industry-leading real estate experience including nearly 20 years as an operational CIO, Edward transformed from an operational to visionary role, to better challenge your current thinking, inspire your digital acceleration and enable creating the right strategy for your portfolio that delivers the most value and the best experience for those who use it.

As an ORBIE award winner and an advisory board / governing board member of several real estate and CIO organizations, Edward has unprecedented access to the CIOs of major organizations who challenge his thinking by sharing their thoughts and experiences, enabling him to provide a unique and differentiated thought leadership for the industry.

Edward is a frequent contributor to and speaker at real estate industry events as well as leading CIO organizations including Gartner, Wall Street Journal CIO Network, Forbes CIO Network, CIO.com and others.   


Executive Judges - for Finalist Interviews

Scott Morgan  (2021 CIO of the Year)
Vice President, Business Development & Technology, Dental Lead and CIO
Dearborn Group


Scott Morgan is responsible for establishing and executing the strategic vision for information technology throughout the Dearborn Group enterprise.  He leads a team of technology professionals and is responsible for the transformative modernization roadmap.  He also leads business development, which includes strategic partnerships and distribution arrangements.

Additionally, Scott leads strategy and innovation for the dental line of business, which is one of the largest dental programs nationally.  He oversees network recruiting and operations as well as clinical support.  He is also responsible for DenteMax, one of the largest leasable dental network companies in the country.

Over his career, he has served in various leadership roles, including Chief of Staff to the CEO and Vice President of Operations. He has also held positions in financial analysis, risk management, corporate development, strategic planning, marketing, and corporate communications.

Scott is also active in the community.  He was also a Board Member for the Indian Boundary YMCA in Downers Grove, Illinois for almost 10 years and was Board Chair for five of those years.  Scott currently is a Board Member of Special Olympics Illinois.

Scott earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in applied mathematics, both from DePaul University.

 

Bill Blount             (2021 CIO Innovator of the Year)

Chief Information Officer

VelocityEHS

 


Bill Blount is the Chief Information Officer for VelocityEHS, where he leverages his 30-year track record for building collaborative, high-functioning teams in rapidly growing companies.  He is known for a people-first approach that delivers consistent value through highly scalable and resilient digital solutions.

Bill was a nominee for CIO of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and won 2021 CIO Innovator of the Year.  In addition to serving as a consultant for a diverse roster of clients, including the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Oracle Corporation, he directed operational successes for notable companies such as FTD and PayFlex.  As CTO, he led the post-acquisition integration of PayFlex into Aetna.

His experiences have inspired him to serve as a mentor to university students taking their first steps and those already progressing on their career paths.  Bill holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium.


Tracy Elmblad             (2021 CIO+ Award Winner)

Chief Operating Officer

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP



Tracy Elmblad currently holds the role of Chief Operating Officer at Hinshaw & Culbertson, a 410 lawyer firm with 24 offices.  With over 30 years of legal experience, she is responsible for the execution, management and delivery of the firm’s operations resources.  She previously held the dual role of Chief Operating & Information Officer for over five years prior to promoting her Director of IT to the CIO role earlier this year.

Tracy was formerly the CIO of Bingham McCutchen, a Global AmLaw 50 firm with 1,000 lawyers and 28 offices.  In 2011, she was proud to win ILTA’s Sharepoint Innovator of the Year.  Tracy joined Bingham in 2008 as the Director of Applications & Development.  She climbed the IT management ladder at Bingham and was promoted from her original position to Director of Applications, Development, Project Management and Customer Service in 2010; in 2012 she became Director of IT, in 2014 she moved into the top role of CIO. 

Tracy was the Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Principal at Aztech Consulting Group, LLC for 11 years prior to joining Bingham as a Director.  As a Principal of Aztech she consulted with over 30 law firms and legal departments in the Northeast, including Seyfarth Shaw, priceline.com, Fidelity, BiogenIDEC and Mintz Levin.

Tracy has volunteered extensively over the past 10 years with the International Legal Technology Association.  Most of her roles have been dedicated to creating relevant and rich education and professional mentoring opportunities for peers and others through the annual education conference offerings at ILTACon.  ILTACon is the annual preeminent legal technology educational conference. 

2021 Chicago CIO+ of the Year.   Issued by the Society of Information Management (SIM) Chicago, The Executives' Club of Chicago, & the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Chicago.

The CIO+ Award celebrates a CIO who has successfully expanded his or her current role into other business areas like Operations, Marketing, and Sales, thus, broadening their impact on driving success for the overall business entity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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