Digitize | Transform | Lead | Secure

May 21, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ

Facilitators Include:

J.R. Sloan, Chief Technology Officer | Deputy Chief Information Officer
State of Arizona

J.R. Sloan joined the State of Arizona in 2013 after working in the technology industry for over 20 years in operational and executive-level roles in both private and public organizations.  As CTO and Deputy CIO, J.R. oversees technology innovation development and IT policies. He also serves as Chairman for the State of Arizona Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC) which approves and monitors high-cost technology projects statewide.

Focused on digital transformation for the state, J.R. spearheads projects that make a significant difference for Arizona. He executed on a multi-vendor contract arrangement for web applications and online services that resulted in $1M in annual savings; cutting down processing time from 30 days to 2 days.  J.R. also led the efforts of standardizing development and security for over 130 state agency websites, increased the number of online services available to Arizonans by 250% in a two year period as well as formalized policies and governance for key initiatives such as cloud-first and data management. Over the next year,  J.R. is accelerating innovation for Arizona by overseeing the roll out of an app for government services, executing machine learning tactics to increase efficiencies statewide and piloting blockchain technology.

Dr. Rebecca Wynn, Head of Information Security and Data Protection Officer
Matrix Medical Network

Named 2017 Cybersecurity Professional of the Year – Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) SC Magazine, Global Privacy and Security by Design (GPSbyDesign) International Council Member, and Women in Technology Business Role Model of the Year 2018 – Dr. Rebecca Wynn is lauded as a “game-changer who is ten steps ahead in developing and enforcing cybersecurity and privacy best practices and policies.” She is a “big picture” thinker who brings nearly 20 years of experience in Information Security, Assurance & Technology. Recently she led the information security, privacy, and compliance pre-acquisition, acquisition and post-acquisition of LearnVest, Inc. to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – a Fortune 100 company. She is well known for being a gifted polymath, having deep understanding of current cyber security challenges and privacy issues. She has a proven track record of taking companies to the next level of excellence in many sectors including government, financial services, fintech, healthcare, information technology, legal, semiconductors, and retail. Always open to new opportunities.

Alan Merrill, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Information Officer
Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

Mr. Merrill has worked in the High Technology sector for multiple companies, holding senior level positions in IT systems design, implementation and management. His company does business in more than 35 countries and he leads innovation and implementation for global technology operations. His team develops advanced technology systems that increase customer success, employee productivity, and administrative efficiency. He holds a BS in Business Administration, with minors in Operations and Chemistry, along with multiple certifications. He is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia. He enjoys spending time with his family and giving community service.

Travis Cutright, Chief Information Officer
ity of Mesa

Travis L. Cutright is a service-oriented executive, with expertise developed through over 20 years of experience in establishing and driving strategic direction, enhancing organizational value, and steering continuous improvement. Over the past 20 years, he has served in executive roles in the capacity of Chief Information Officer, Director of Information Technology, as well as Vice President and Regional Business Manager in both the private and public sectors. He possesses a Master’s degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is an active member of International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).

Rajat Mohan Sen, Director of Information Security
Republic Services

Rajat Sen is an experienced Information Security leader with over 17 years of experience. He has been the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Republic Services, Inc for the last 5 years.

Prior to Republic Services, Rajat assisted Fortune 500 companies with establishing effective security programs and managing their cyber risk exposure. Over the years, he has established a strong network within the information security industry and is actively involved in the Customer Advisory Boards of leading security products. He has also been active in introducing new talent into the Information Security domain and mentoring young leaders.

Phil Way, Associate Vice President, and Chief Information Officer
Northland Pioneer College

Phillip (PJ) Way is CIO for Northland Pioneer College. He has a Master Degree in Management Information Systems with a Bachelors in e-Business. PJ has a background in higher education, Fortune 500 publicly traded organizations and military service in the United States Marine Corps since 1991. His experience includes areas in the public, private and higher education sectors in various roles ranging from strategic, tactical, technical, instructional (full-time faculty role), instructional design, and many opportunities that have expanded professional knowledge. Personally, PJ enjoys running and officiating sports in spare time. Please feel free to connect on LinkedIn; search “pjway”.

Rob Ludeman, Director, Solutions Marketing

Rob Ludeman is the Director of Solutions Marketing for Business Applications at Pure Storage with a focus on helping customers simplify and accelerate their Microsoft, Oracle and SAP workloads. Rob arrived at Pure in 2017 with over 20 years of experience at Oracle and Sun Microsystems in variety of Product Marketing, Sales Enablement and Product Management roles. In his free time, he enjoys running, travel, watching his 12 year old son play sports, and following Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Hunter Storm, Chief Executive Officer | Principal Consultant
H.A.S IT Consulting

Hunter Storm is an Information Security professional who has held positions in Fortune 100 enterprises. Storm is a Mensa member, is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Enabling business success requires balancing risk and security. Storm’s risk experience extends beyond both. A former inline speed racer, she also holds a ProAutosports license.

Storm is known for explaining technical terms in innovative ways. She has a reputation for being the most personable cybersecurity expert most have ever spoken with…probably because she translates from Geek to English and puts people at ease.

Cary F.Gielniak, Chief Information Officer
City of Maricopa

Cary is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Maricopa approximately 30 miles due south of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport.  Prior to joining the City of Maricopa, Cary held IT leadership positions at the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona State University, Motorola, and SkyMall.

Cary has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Off hours Cary enjoys golf, woodworking, playing guitar, and holds a General class amateur radio license.

Chris Richardson, Deputy Chief Information Officer-IT Development, Mobility, Smart Cities
Arizona State University

Chris Richardson is the Deputy CIO of IT Development, Mobility, and Smart Cities at Arizona State University (, recently recognized as #1 in the US for Innovation for the fourth consecutive year ahead of MIT and Stanford by US News & World Report. Mr. Richardson and his team are responsible for aligning with key stakeholders to lead the strategy, upgrade cycle, new functionality enhancements, and maintenance of a number of Enterprise applications across the diverse landscape of ASU. Much of this portfolio’s evolution through digital transformation is radically changing the relationship and experience with our various end users in the University ecosystem: prospective learners, parents, students, alumni, staff, faculty, commercial business partners, fans of athletics, and the community as a whole which is rapidly becoming a global definition due to our unique vision as the New American University (

Joe Griffith, Senior Vice President, and Chief Information Officer
Ategrity Specialty Insurance Company

Joe is an innovator with over 30 years of proven success leading businesses with digital strategies to drive performance and growth. He is best known for his passion and ability to execute on business transformation and introduce digital disruption to create business model innovation. He is skilled at building and leading highly engaged teams to achieve significant results.

He currently is the SVP IT/CIO of Ategrity Specialty Insurance Company, a newly launched E&S property/casualty venture. He is executing on a vision to create a future-proof, digital business platform powered by advanced analytics, deep learning, intuitive design and state of the art technologies. Joe is actively leading the industry charge to disrupt the E&S insurance marketplace through a seamless, fast and simple experience throughout the insurance-buying and servicing value chain. He has attracted a strong team with the best entrepreneurial, business, and technical minds in the E&S industry to deliver on this disruptive vision!

Robert Scuderi, Head of Technical Solutions-West

Joining BlackBerry through the acquisition of Good Technology in 2015, Robert is responsible for leading teams that help corporations implement secure, software-based mobility platforms that lead to increased productivity and collaboration. Prior to joining Good Technology in 2013 Robert spent over 10 years in several senior technical sales roles within the Unified Communication and Collaboration business at Cisco Systems.

Robert has over 20 years of Technical Solutions development and leadership experience across multiple technologies and verticals which include Finance, Legal, Healthcare, and Manufacturing.

Todd Berger, Senior Director of Technical Solutions

Todd Berger is responsible for the NALA Technical Solutions Team at BlackBerry.  Joining BlackBerry in 2015, as part of the Good Technology acquisition, where Todd managed the global Technical Solutions Team for 11 years, contributed to the transformation of BlackBerry to a software focused enterprise security endpoint security provider.  Todd has over 18 years of enterprise mobility/endpoint consulting experience ranging from application development, security and collaboration to device and data management.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of Connecticut with advance computer science studies at Boston University.

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