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ComSpark Technology Summit 2020

The 5th Annual Comspark event will take place on October 6, 2020 from 8:30am – 5:00pm EST. It will be completely virtual this year. The dynamic virtual platform will allow you to visit vendor booths to learn about the latest innovations, grant access to live streaming talks with Q&A opportunities, provide incredible networking opportunities and give you the full experience that ComSpark traditionally has offered but on a global level. ComSpark, in partnership with Central Ohio CIO Forum, Cincinnati CDO Forum, Columbus CDO Forum, Tech Life Columbus, The Circuit, Women in Analytics, and Technology First, is the largest technology conference in the region. New this year, we are excited to be collaborating with MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts which is the global leader in data and analytics. ComSpark is a key event for sharing and exchanging new ideas, technology trends and networking. Virtual ComSpark will include a Keynote Discussion, C-Suite Summit, Cybersecurity Summit, Midwest CDO Summit, approximately 90 speakers, and over 30 break-out sessions. We expect to sell out for this completely virtual event that will extend its reach globally. Sign up today to network with key executives, meet new vendors, learn about new technology trends and best practices, and hear from over 90 C-Level Speakers from Ohio, America's Data Corridor, the Midwest and around the globe.

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· Stage
Kick Off
Welcome To ComSpark 2020
Taylor Gorning Angelo Mazzocco
· Stage
ComSpark & CDO Magazine Highlights
Steve Wanamaker
· Stage
Innovations of Necessity become an Archetype of Disruption
Taylor Gorning Wesley Rhodes Chris Carper
· Stage
Cincinnati State & Cooperative Education - Celebrating 50 Years
Join us in providing top-notch experiential education opportunities for students while solving your short and long term hiring needs.
Doug Bowling
· Sessions
Incident Response: An Open Discussion
Security Panel
Christopher Kuhl Shawn Waldman Pete Lindstrom John Carder Tony Fleming
· Sessions
Business Turned Upside Down, And We’re Better Off For It
Digital Transformation Panel
Tim Benedict Nick Enger Josette Riep Andy Lehman Chris  Hickok Tracy Ruberg Cathy Coletts
· Sessions
Why Ohio?
Columbus Tech Panel
Rich McMunn Victor Paini Alex Rouse Ted Griffith
· Sessions
Global Perspective on Data & Analytics
International CDO Panel
Ott Velsburg Mark Johnson Asha Poulose Johnson Ivan Herrero Bartolome Della Shea Ido Biger Jan Wenda
· Sessions
Lessons From the Field - Adopting, Scaling, & Securing Multi-Cloud & Hybrid Cloud Environments
Cloud Panel
Austin Gresham Catherine Allshouse Tim Cunningham Thomas Martin Kyle McClafferty
· Sessions
Key Community Founder’s Panel – CIO Forum, Tech Strategy, CIO Tomorrow, Black Tech, CDO Forum, Women in Analytics, Technology First, GCP Tech
Founders Forum - Learn from leaders who started dynamic organizations and how they contributed to the tech community.
Bryan Hogan Steve Wanamaker Ben Blanquera Rehgan Avon Steve Hangen Doug Wenger Dan Whitacre Angelo Mazzocco Doug McCollough
· Sessions
Lessons Learned Regarding Leveraging Oracle NetSuite to Achieve Your Business Goals
Digital Transformation Panel
Christine Zmich Bill Kent Adam Leisring
· Sessions
RPA from a Business Leader and Business User’s Perspective
RPA Panel
Gia Yunker Jeremy Fifarek Jon Adams Cathy Marsh
· Sessions
Healthcare Interoperability 2020: A Wicked Data Problem
Data Presentation
Pat Haller J.D. Whitlock
· Sessions
Covid Lessons Learned
CISO Panel
Patty Wolff Mike Rock Matt King Thomas Dager Kevin Jackson
· Sessions
Building a Data-Driven Culture - How to Create a Competitive Advantage with People
CDO Panel
Patrick Martin Ross Schalmo Brett Starr Tom Gottlieb Dennis Kettler Ashok Chennuru
· Stage
Free the data! A story of Data Democratization
Gregg Burke Jim Tyo
· Networking
Take advantage of this time to Network with other professionals.
· Expo
Vendor Booths
Please visit our Vendor Booths in the Expo area for a chance to win a grand prize!
· Sessions
Beyond Covid: A CIO’s Perspective on the New Technology Workforce.
CIO Panel
Taylor Gorning J.D. Whitlock Ervan Rodgers Terry Williams David Burns Tonjia Coverdale
· Sessions
Practical Application of Cyber Risk Management
Security Panel
Robert Vaile Lori Anello Justin Hall Lacy Rex Andrew Bretten Jayson Dunn
· Sessions
Corporate Innovation Collaborations in the Cincinnati Innovation District
Innovation Panel
Tom Curee Dan Whitacre Jason Heikenfeld Rich Hill Mike Venerable
· Sessions
How CDO's are jointly accountable for improving their KPI’s for the business
International CDO Panel
Robert Lutton Jose A. Murillo Adrian Quilis Alejandro Correa Bahnsen
· Sessions
Attracting and Retaining IT Talent During a Pandemic
Talent Panel
Jim Berry Joel Gerber Scott Egan Don Abney
· Sessions
Strategic Changes Due to Covid
CISO Panel
Ajay Gupta Chris Parker Brian Minick Bryan Willett Christopher Zell Lisa Heckler
· Sessions
Key insights for CIO's to Delivering Value through Data and Analytics
CDO Panel
Mark Johnson Jason Drake Ursula Cottone Salema Rice Todd Henley Ravi Shankar
· Sessions
Microsoft Teams’ Direct Routing Opens Door for UCaaS and CCaaS Integration
Cloud Presentation
Brian Bonebrake Louie Hollmeyer | Team ATC and 8x8 Nick Enger
· Sessions
Tech Debt 2.0™: How to Future Proof Your Small Business and Improve Your Tech Bottom Line
Technology Debt
Michael Fillios John Connors
· Sessions
Digital Transformation – Small Hinges That Swing Big Doors
Digital Transformation Panel
Shiraz Lall Mark MacNaughton Scott Dennull Donavan Hornsby Ryan Hale Diane Dagefoerde Ajay Jindal
· Sessions
Embracing Intelligent Automation
Intelligent Automation Panel
Matt Schlabig Tobi Milanovich Brian Sampsel Vince DiMascio Bob Gross
· Sessions
Security Organizations React to COVID: Practical Experiences from the Field
Security Panel
Don Boian David Daniel Jeff Schmidt Tom Busby
· Sessions
Driving Business Value with Data & Analytics
Data Panel
Ryan Shondell Heath Rittler Priya Serai Casey Moran Nan Jayaram Kevin Rinn
· Sessions
Cloud: Learning to Dance in the Rain
Cloud Panel
Jason Lamb Srinivas Thummalapalli Stephen Baker Treg Gilstorf Vernon Wilson Jim Connolly
· Sessions
Creating Enterprise Value By Leveraging the Microsoft Platform
Digital Transformation Panel
George Casey Christine Zmich Brian Balzer Michael Bockerstette
· Sessions
The RPA ROI Model
RPA Presentation
Taylor Gorning Will Fothergill
· Sessions
Understanding and Practicing Zero Trust Security
Security Panel
Jeff  Swann Bart Murphy Brad Moldenhauer Matt King Carla Donev
· Sessions
Build Your Team With The Five C’s in Mind: Character, Competency, Chemistry, Capacity & Calling
Talent Panel
Judy Ellis Keith Wilson Tom Hattersley Page Helmick
· Sessions
Challenges in Building a Data Analytics Culture
Data Panel
Angela McArthur Jodie Bare Michael McCalmont Sophia Mohr Stephen Hahn Rajesh Padmanabhan
· Sessions
Compensation Trends in Technology: What You Need to Know
Compensation Presentation
Brad Weeks Ben Beshear
· Expo
Please visit our Vendor Booths in the Expo area for a chance to win a grand prize!
· Networking
Take advantage of this time to Network with other professionals.


Victor Paini

Data Center Site Manager- Facebook

Tim Benedict

Digital Business Development Manager, Digital Transformation Group- Presidio

David Daniel

VP, Information Risk Management- Nationwide

Don Boian

Cybersecurity Outreach Director- Huntington National Bank

Jason Lamb

Cloud & Software Defined Infrastructure Technology Solutions Specialist- Intel/SHI

Gia Yunker

Vice President - Digital Solutions- SALIX Data

Rich McMunn

Google Site Leader

Brad Weeks

Principal and Co-Founder of LiveWell Capital- Northwestern Mutual

Bryan Hogan

President/CEO - Afidence

Gregg Burke

Account Executive - ThoughtSpot

Doug Bowling

Dean of Engineering & Information Technologies - Cincinnati State

Brian Bonebrake

Cloud Communications Engineer- 8x8

John Connors

Freelance Writer

Michael Fillios

Founder and CEO, IT Ally and Founder, IT Ally Institute

Steve Wanamaker

CEO - ComSpark and CDO Magazine

Ajay Gupta

Chief of Cyber Security Operations Center - Humana

Ott Velsburg

CDO of the Republic of Estonia

Tim Benedict

Digital Business Development Manager, Digital Transformation Group- Presidio

Louie Hollmeyer | Team ATC and 8x8

Director- ATC

Jeremy Fifarek

Manager of IT Infrastructure- Ohio National

Jim Berry

Regional Account Manager, Cloud Security- Trend Micro

Patrick Martin

Business Development Manager- Lingaro, North America

Taylor Gorning

District Manager- RoundTower Technologies

Ross Schalmo

Sr. Director, Data & Analytics - GE Aviation

Steve Hangen

CIO-Mikesell's Snack Food Co., Founder: Dayton CIO Council, a service of Dayton's Technology First

Jeff Swann

Regional Sales Manager- Okta

Shiraz Lall

Data Architect- Pure Storage

Pat Haller

DVP Territory & Federal Sales- RoundTower

Jason Heikenfeld

Associate Vice President, Office of Innovation- University of Cincinnati

Rehgan Avon

Co-Founder & Principal, Ikonos Analytics and Founder of Women In Analytics

Ted Griffith

Managing Director, Technology Sector- JobsOhio

Ben Blanquera

VP - Covail

Doug Wenger

Executive in Residence - GCP Tech

Kevin Jackson

CISO - Vernovis

Mike Venerable

CEO- CincyTech

Rich Hill

Leader, Architecture and Strategy- FIS

Jim Connolly

Director of Information Technology- Columbus Blue Jackets

Ajay Jindal

CIO- MGF Sourcing

Diane Dagefoerde

Deputy CIO- The Ohio State University

Don Abney

CTO- Northwoods

Alex Rouse

VP, Product Management- Upstart

Bob Gross

Senior Director of Revenue Cycle Transformation- Cleveland Clinic

Carla Donev

VP and Chief Information Security Officer

Tom Busby

VP, IT- Greif

Will Fothergill

RPA Practice Leader- RoundTower

Austin Gresham

Cloud Sales Leader- RoundTower

Doug McCollough

CIO - City of Dublin, OH and Founder - Black Tech

Ravi Shankar

Chief Marketing Officer- Denodo

Todd Henley

Enterprise Data Governance Lead- AEP

Lisa Heckler

CISO - CareSource

Salema Rice

CDO- Geometric Results

Christopher Zell

VP, Head of Information Security - The Wendy's Company

Ursula Cottone

EVP, Chief Data & Architecture Officer- Huntington Bank

Jason Drake

Data & Analytics Officer- Grange Insurance

Bryan Willett

CISO - Lexmark International

Vernon Wilson

Director of Technology Services- Vernovis

Kyle McClafferty

Sales Engineer- TREND Micro

Adam Leisring

Chief Information Security Officer- Paycor

Bill Kent

Vice President of Business Technology- Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (a Yum! Brands Co-op)

Michael Bockerstette

Senior IT Manager- influx

Brian Minick

CISO - Fifth Third Bank

Angelo Mazzocco

President & CEO, 3SG+ and Founder, CIO Forum and CIO Tomorrow

Chris Parker

Enterprise Account Manager - Secureworks

Jim Tyo

CDO - Nationwide

Brian Balzer

Executive VP, Digital Technology and Business Transformation- G&J Pepsi Bottlers, Inc.

Rajesh Padmanabhan

Senior Account Manager- Lingaro

Cathy Marsh

Vice President, Insurance Operations Projects and Shared Services- SALIX Data

Page Helmick

Director of Business Development- ScrogginsGrear

Tom Hattersley

Organizational Development Consultants- ScrogginsGrear

Keith Wilson

Organizational Development Consultants- ScrogginsGrear

Jayson Dunn

CTO- City of Cincinnati Enterprise Technology Solutions

Kevin Rinn

Sr. Director of IT- Lighthouse Youth and Family Services

Cathy Coletts

Sr. Director of Information Technology- Totes Isotoner

Treg Gilstorf

CIO- Yaskawa Motoman Robotics

Ryan Hale

CIO- Lithko Contracting

Tony Fleming

Sr. Director of IT- US WorldMeds

Tracy Ruberg

CEO & Executive Director- T6 Group & The Circuit

John Carder

CIO and Vice President of Technology- Messer Construction Co.

Chris Hickok

Director IT & Corporate Development- Home City Ice

Scott Egan

Vice President & CIO- Schaeffer's Investment Research

Andy Lehman

CIO & Sr. Vice President- Kettering Health Network

Stephen Hahn

CAO- Necco

Josette Riep

Director of Information Technology- University of Cincinnati

Dan Whitacre

Senior Director Transformation and R&D- Kroger

Andrew Bretten

CISO- Veeva Systems

Tom Curee

SVP, Strategy and Innovation- Kingsgate Logistics

Sophia Mohr

COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority)- CIO

Lacy Rex

Vice President, Cyber Strategic Leader & Team Leader- Oswald

Christine Zmich

Director, Technology and Management Consulting- RSM US

George Casey

Microsoft Innovation Leader- RSM

Vince DiMascio

Operations Leader and CIO- BAL LLP

Judy Ellis

Organizational Development Consultants- ScrogginsGrear

Jon Adams

President- SALIX Data

Tonjia Coverdale

AVP Workforce & Legal Technology - Nationwide

David Burns

CIO - GE Aviation

Terry Williams

CIO - Belcan

Ervan Rodgers

State Chief Information Officer - State of Ohio

Thomas Dager


Matt King

VP, Global Information Security - Belcan

Mike Rock

Director, Global Information Security - Hillenbrand

Patty Wolff

VP Security - 84.51

Ashok Chennuru

Chief Data & Analytics Officer - Anthem

Dennis Kettler

Global Head of Data Sciences, Governance & Business Development - FIS Global (Worldpay)

Tom Gottlieb

CDO - Fifth Third Bank

Brett Starr

VP, Data & Machine Learning Engineering, Intelligent Automation, & Business Intelligence - Cincinnati Financial

Pete Lindstrom

Vice President of Research, Enterprise / NextGen Security- IDC

Donavan Hornsby

VP & Strategy Executive- Gensuite

Thomas Martin

Founder- Nephosec

Jeff Schmidt


Joel Gerber

SVP Applications Development & Product- Adheris Health

Brian Sampsel

Vice President, AI & Automation- Covail

Nan Jayaram

CEO- CoStrategix

Justin Hall

Director of Security Services- CBTS

Nick Enger

CTO- Advanced Technology Consulting (ATC)

Stephen Baker


Shawn Waldman

President and CEO- Secure Cyber Defense

Brad Moldenhauer

CISO- Zscaler

Chris Carper

Director of Azure Customer Success - Microsoft Corporation

Tobi Milanovich

Director – Intelligent Automation CoE- Nationwide Insurance

J.D. Whitlock

CIO- Dayton Children's

Wesley Rhodes

VP Research and Development & Technology Transformation - Kroger

Alejandro Correa Bahnsen

VP, Artificial Intelligence- Rappi

Adrian Quilis

Sr. Director of Business Intelligence- Mercado Libre

Jose A. Murillo

Chief Analytics Officer- Grupo Financiero Banorte

Robert Lutton

Vice President- Sandhill Consultants

Jan Wenda

General Manager, North America- Lingaro

Ido Biger

CDO- El Al Israel Airlines

Della Shea

Chief Data Governance and Privacy Officer- Symcor

Ivan Herrero Bartolome

CDO- Intercorp

Asha Poulose Johnson

VP & Global CIO Data Analytics- GE Healthcare

Mark Johnson

Executive Leader Strategic Data Management and Analytics- Fusion Alliance

Lori Anello

SVP, Cybersecurity Threat Interdiction- Fifth Third Bank

Christopher Kuhl

CISO & CTO- Dayton Children's

Casey Moran

Vice President, IT Operations- GE

Bart Murphy

Chief Technology and Information Officer- OCLC

Srinivas Thummalapalli

SVP Chief Enterprise Architect- Fifth Third Bank

Priya Serai

OminiCable- CIO

Heath Rittler

Director, Business Intelligence and Analytics- Updox

Ryan Shondell

Executive Director, Data Services- OCLC

Scott Dennull


Michael McCalmont

CIO- Verso

Jodie Bare

CIO- Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Mark MacNaughton


Matt Schlabig

CIO- Worthington Industries, INC

Angela McArthur

SVP of Data & Shared Services- CareSource

Ben Beshear

President and Co-Founder: LiveWell Capital- Northwestern Mutual

Robert Vaile

CISO- Grange Insurance

Tim Cunningham

Vice President, CIO- Grange Insurance

Catherine Allshouse

Global Chief Information Officer and Head of Operations- Veeva Systems

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