Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.


Conference Pass

Full access to the event, from educational sessions to networking events.


Flight Voucher

Traveling more than 100 miles? We'll help with a $200 flight credit.


Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.


5 Star Catering

Breakfasts, lunches, networking receptions and dinner included.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 100 and 500 enterprises.


Influential Peers

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.


Thought Leaders

Gain valuable and actionable insights from knowledgable IT experts.


Leading Partners

Meet only the solution providers most relevant for your initiatives.



Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a truly customized agenda based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.


Peer-Led Learning

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.


Educational Sessions

Keynotes, case studies, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, and more.


Networking Activities

The ideal event to connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your career.


Research Meetings

Discover and validate leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

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A 100% peer-driven educational program centered around 6 key themes addressing the entire IT spectrum.


Key Themes

close CIO Leadership & Innovation
  • How to Personalize A.I. and Customer Engagement
  • Leadership Challenges and the Resistance in Changing Processes
  • Strategies on IT Governance – Budgeting and Prioritization
  • Vendor Relations & Contract Negotiations
  • How to Strive in an Environment Where Stated Goals Do Not Match Observed Behavior
  • Understanding the Mechanics of Teaching & Delivering
  • Managing IOT Infrastructure Growth Without the Infrastructure Staff
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Public vs Private Cloud
  • Staffing Changes in a Cloud Environment
  • Controlling Cloud Costs: Leveraging Cloud to Drive Your IT Cost Down
  • Challenges & Opportunities When Switching to the Cloud
  • Developing a Mobile Cloud Strategy for Business
  • Cloud Based Initiatives How to Support Cloud vs. Security
  • Network Integration Between Public and Private Cloud
  • The Future of VoIP & It’s Reliability
  • Security Protocols: Network Security/Cyber Security/Data Security
  • The Use of AI in Data Security: Today’s Opportunities and Challenges
  • Successful Data Governance Approaches
  • Lowering the Risk of a Data Breach When Using the Cloud
  • Protecting Unstructured Data: How Secure Do I Need to Be?
  • Network Visibility and Integration with Security Needs
  • BYOD-Wireless Protection: Implementing Company-Wide Phone Wipes
  • How Do We Make It Easier to Keep Ourselves and Our User Communities Safe?
  • Integration of Security into Strategic Planning Processes and Operations
  • Security vs. Ease of Access
  • Disaster Plans & Business Continuity


Get insights from 20+ specialized IT executives making way in the ever-changing world of emerging technologies. Presenters from the 2017 series included:

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Jay Gonzales


Samsung Semiconductor, Inc

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Allen Wuescher

CIO and VP

Toshiba International Corporation

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John C. Martin


Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

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Dr. Michael Valivullah



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Richard Pollack



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Joseph Green


American Chemical Society

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Liz Reich

VP of IT Asset Management


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Venkat Kandru

CIO and EVP of IT

The Howard Hughes Corporation

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Keith Knohl

Chief Information Officer


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Mary Buckley


Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital

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Esteban Velez

VP of IT & Cyber Security

Classic Hotels & Resorts

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Don Reed

VP of Information Technology

Otter Tail Corporation

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Karen M. Davis

VP of Research Computing Division

RTI International

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David Threm


Ash Brokerage

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Bill Packer


American Financial Resources

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Matthew Mandich

Director, Commercial Strategy

Info-Tech Research Group Inc.

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Doug Spencer

Chief Information Officer

Goldline LLC

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Brian NeSmith

Co-Founder and CEO

Arctic Wolf Networks

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Rob Consoli

Chief Revenue Officer

Liaison Technologies

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Gerald T. Hope

VP Global Technology

Milestone AV Technologies

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Aaron Gette


The Bay Club Company

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Joe Kuster

Director of Security & Compliance Solutions

Catapult Systems


Make every session valuable by selecting up to 3 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you. Sessions from our 2017 series included:

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CIO Leadership & Innovation
Cyber Security
Cyber Security

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet


Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Technology Infrastructure Program: A Process to Grid Modernization

Otter Tail Corporation - VP of Information Technology

Long-term vision and framework for proactive investments in technology and infrastructure, which enable a mobile, automated, analytics-based future to optimally and efficiently operate utility.

Key Takeaways:

  • GIS will be the primary source for most company data unless disproven and GIS will be integrated with nearly all major company systems to improve decision making
  • AMI will be strategically deployed to minimize employee change and maximize benefits
  • Greater interconnected systems that minimize redundancy of feature sets
  • Communications and other operational systems will enable switches to operate remotely to isolate system issues. This will enable demand savings and energy efficiency possibilities through automated regulator and capacitor control (i.e. Conservation Voltage Reduction, Volt/Var Optimization) Customer loads will be synched to the markets to react in real time to pricing signals to improve load factors and system efficiency. (DERMS) This communication system will be used to support all utility applications from SCADA, to AMI, to load management.


Don Reed
VP of Information TechnologyOtter Tail Corporation



Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How To Recover From an IT Crisis?

Classic Hotels & Resorts - VP of IT & Cyber Security

Steps on what to do during a technology crisis. Wrong and right ways and how others handle similar situations. Necessary to have audience involvement as there is no right way.

Key Takeaways:

  • Its going to happen?
  • What to do when it happens?
  • Multiple levels to what a crisis is, virus, system failure, power outage, INTERNET outage, data breach.
  • How to utilize your resources and recover?
  • How to translate IT speak to the masses in your business? This is key as communication and recovery steps are most likely overlapping as you and your teams try to recover from the IT Crisis.


Esteban Velez
VP of IT & Cyber SecurityClassic Hotels & Resorts
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Analytics, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence: The What and How?


This presentation will explain big data analytics, internet of things (IoT), machine learning, neural networks, deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. It will also cover how these technologies are being leveraged to increase efficiencies in enterprise’s daily operations, to identify new business opportunities and to enhance customer service.

Key Takeaways:

  • Distinction between and understanding of: Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neural Nets, etc.
  • Examples of how these technologies are being used to create new business models and enhance customer service
  • How to integrate data from various sensors (IoT) – Challenges and opportunities
  • How sensors are being used in Precision Agriculture to increase profit
  • How to initiate digital transformation in a legacy organization


Dr. Michael Valivullah
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Building a Transformational IT Team: Create the Future and Make it Sustainable

Ash Brokerage - EVP & CIO

Talent acquisition, development and retention are critical to all IT projects, and especially to digital transformation. Building transformational and high performance teams requires a general framework, a vision towards the future and a means to sustain progress in the event of team, talent and market disruptions. In this session we’ll discuss how you can acquire, create and retain highly performing IT teams despite adversity and change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Surround yourself with exceptional senior leadership, 3 to 5 key members
  • Tie into the local universities in a big way – advisory committees, adjuncts, etc.
  • Build your intern bench as large as your organization will allow
  • Create a social contract – everyone must develop their replacement
  • Develop future technical, managerial and executive leaders
  • For complete employee buy-in, make your framework organizationally agnostic
  • Pay employees at or slightly above area market


David Threm
EVP & CIOAsh Brokerage
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Technology Development at Scale: a LeSS Overview

Goldline LLC - Chief Information Officer

Traditional sequential-lifecycle application development doesn’t work well.  Since 2001, Agile development and Scrum in particular have revolutionized software development.  LeSS is a scaling framework that finds the sweet spot between defined concrete elements and empirical process control.  LeSS as a framework is more than a set of principles and experiments. It also provides a framework with rules. The LeSS Rules define what is LeSS (and what isn’t) and they provide a concrete framework for applying LeSS.

Key Takeaways:

  • LeSS Principles
  • A Framework that Focuses on Customer Value and Rapid Innovation
  • Organizational Impact of Agile at Scale


Doug Spencer
Chief Information OfficerGoldline LLC

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet


Targeted Research Meetings

Expo Hall



Active IT pros help us design a relevant and 100% peer-led educational program. Members from the 2017 series included:

Steering Committee Members

Alan Larson CIO
DePaul Community Services
Antony D'Cruz VP of IT
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Audrey Williams VP of IS and CIO
Pellissippi State TCC
Bhargav Shah CIO
IntegraCore LLC
Cliff Cree EVP, CIO
Horizon Media, Inc.
Matt Morton CIO
University of Nebraska
Mark Ohlund CIO
Jon Biskner VP of IT
Nicolet National Bank
George Ingram Director General
Global Intelligence Corporation
Jim Wisnionski EVP, Customer Intelligence and CIO
Jeff Potter SVP, CTO
Davenport & Company LLC
Michael Gabriel Founder & CEO
Double Angel Productions LLC
Nader Nemati CIO
QTC Management Inc
Koby Avital CTO
Lectra Lawhorne Associate CIO and AVP
Kennesaw State University


Over the year’s we’ve help thousands of senior level IT executives connect with peers in different industries to discuss their top-of-mind directives. Delegates from the 2017 series included:

Attendee Testimonials

"As CIOs we understand the need to network and learn from our peers and experts in the market place. The good news is that there are a plethora of opportunities for us to attend CIO centric events, but sadly, therein lies the difficulty. We have limited time and need to select the events that help us provide the best technological guidance to the enterprises we serve. Having served on many panels and chaired many sessions across many of these events, I have narrowed down the events I attend to a handful. CIO VISIONS is one of them. "

"For me, this event helps me as a technology leader keep abreast of what’s hot, what’s new and which direction technology is headed. Thus, I can calibrate my strategy to better line up with my business from the IT perspective. It also gives me a benchmark as a leader to how I measure up with my competitors and with my customers. I would definitely recommend this to my peers in the industry. I believe others should consider being a part of this to keep your finger on the pulse of technology. There are tons of networking opportunities with peers across the county in our industry. There are also opportunities to meet potential business partners through the carefully planned research meetings. I find the meetings short, to the point and informative. "

Attendee List


CIO VISIONS is the IT industry’s fastest growing event, quickly establishing a reputation as the boiling pot of information, ideas and solutions. Sponsors from the 2017 series included:


North America's leading IT executive-level event plays host to over 500 attendees each year. In the last decade, we’ve produced 15 large scale CIO VISIONS summits across America.


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Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. To book your stay please contact:
The nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173