ITSMF Awards and Honorees 2022

ITSMF Fellows

Highest ITSMF honor bestowed. Compare in prestige to the Kennedy Center awards. There is a rubric for the qualification criteria:

  • Distinctive Fortune 50 or 100 executive leader or equivalent classification
  • Recognized industry leadership and/or status as an industry influencer (by organizations such as BEYA, Black Enterprise, CIO Magazine, Computerworld or Various “Who’s Who”, etc.)
  • Member of a National, public board
  • Consistent and active engagement, stewardship, and leadership within ITSMF for at least 10 years

Nominees

DeWayne Griffin
Vice President & Chief Data Officer
State Farm

Viola Thompson
CEO Emeritus
Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) 

Winners

DeWayne Griffin

  • Vice President & Chief Data Officer at State Farm
  • Bachelor’s Degree from California University of Pennsylvania
  • Designations: General Insurance & CPCU
  • Active Community Volunteer
  • Women in Technology Advisory Council
  • ITSMF Member

Viola Maxwell – Thompson

  • CEO Emeritus ITSMF
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Certifications from Lake Forest College
  • 35 Years Executive Level Management
  • Board of Director for Insight Global
  • Board Advisor for AboveBoard.com
  • PinkTech Award
  • Finalist for Women in ITUSA
  • Harlem Fine Arts – Salute to African-Americans in Technology Award
  • Finalist in Leadership Character Awards

ITSMF Executive Member of the Year

This award is presented to the ITSMF Executive Member who meets the criteria established for Executive member of the Year (i.e., ITSMF- focused mentorship, stewardship, and advocacy). One singular winner per year. As of 2022 – the winner will also receive their Executive membership dues as complimentary for one year.

Nominees

Eddie Bright
President and Global CEO
HCM Staffing and Consulting Group

Subrena Robinson
Ret. Data Analytics Director
State Farm Insurance Companies

Jeff Stovall
Director, Strategy & Development
North America Government CX Applications

Winner

Jeff Stovall

  • Director of Strategy and Business Development with the North America CX
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Master’s Degree from University of Virginia
  • Former CIO for City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Public Sector CIO of the Year (2) NC Technology Association
  • Premier 100 IT Leader by ComputerWorld
  • Government Technology Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers’
  • Chair of Board of Advisors for UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics
  • National Board of SIM
  • ITSMF Membership Committee

ITSMF Associate Member of the Year

This award is presented to the ITSMF Associate Member who meets the criteria established for Associate Member of the Year (i.e., ITSMF- focused mentorship, stewardship, and advocacy). One singular winner per year. As of 2022 – the winner will also receive their Associate Membership dues as complimentary for one year.

Nominees

Tiffany Jenkins
Director, Dell Global Managed Services Transition Management
Dell Technologies

Timothy May
Senior Manager, Portfolio & Solutions
Deloitte Technology

Joel Stephen
IT Senior Manager – Governance and Supplier Management
HP Inc.

Winner

Tiffany Jenkins

  • Director at Dell Technologies
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Washington and Lee University
  • Master’s Degree from Wake Forest University
  • BDPA Technology Excellence PACESetter Award
  • Women of Color in STEM Conference Rising Star

ITSMF Partner of the Year

This award is presented to the Corporate Partner based on their stewardship and advocacy in support of ITSMF. The Partner of the Year is announced during the ITSMF Leadership Awards event.

Winner


ITSMF Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships are awarded to deserving black STEM students (high school to college). Each recipient is awarded one of the named ITSMF scholarships. ITSMF scholarships are established in the name of ITSMF Fellows, Founders and other named ITSMF Executive members who have made financial contributions over the years.

Winners

Alexis Tibbs
Drexel University – Information Systems
Dechristian Minter
Georgia State University – Computer Information Systems
Aaron Woolfolk
Clemson University – Computer Science

ITSMF Technology Leader Awards

The ITSMF Technology Leaders Awards replaces the prior ITSMF Technology Achievement Awards. 

Previously, the Technology Achievement honorees were 1 to 4 individuals hand-selected by a few members of the ITSMF Executive Office and a small set of volunteers (1 to 3 volunteers).

The newly launched (2022) Technology Leaders Award solicits nominees from the public and industry using a set of published qualification criteria. The finalists are selected by a panel of their IT industry peers serving as judges. The award categories have been expanded to include those from all sectors and verticals (i.e. corporate, education, non-profit, entrepreneurs).


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the lasting contributions, leadership, enthusiasm, and tireless efforts of industry luminaries who’ve committed themselves and who have had a transformative effect on their organization and the technology industry. These individuals have provided a long-standing commitment to excellence, thought leadership on the industry’s strategic direction, served on boards of industry organizations, served their communities and served as mentors to countless others.

Winner

Larry Quinlan
Board Director and retired Global CIO
Deloitte

Technology Executive of the Year 

Nominees

Ron Guerrier
Global Chief Information Officer
HP Inc.

Kateau James
Global COO
Deloitte Technology

Sharon Murphy
EVP/CIO for the Chief Operating Office
Wells Fargo

Hans Brown
Global Head of Enterprise Innovation and CIO for Corporate Technology
BNY Mellon

Irvin Bishop, Jr.
EVP & Chief Information Officer
Black & Veatch

Michael Cato
CIO – Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Bowdoin College

Dawit Haile
Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
Virginia State University

Brian Benn
Atlanta Housing Authority

Collin Boyce
Chief Information Officer
City of Tucson

 

Technology Executive of the Year – Global | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 100 company with reach beyond the U.S. and U.S. territories)

Ron Guerrier

  • Global Chief Information Officer at HP, Inc.
  • Formerly CIO & Secretary of Innovation and Technology for the State of Illinois
  • Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
  • Master’s Degree from North Park University
  • Certificates from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of California at Berkely and Boston University Questrom School of Business
  • Chairman Emeritus of the board for Innovate at UCLA
  • Executive Advisor for STEM Advantage
  • Board of Director of SBP
  • 2019 & 2020 Crane’s Top 50 Award, 2019 & 2020 Top Technology Executive to Watch from HMG Strategy, Gartner’s 2018 CIO Breakaway Leader of the Year, Black Enterprise Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America 2018
  • Contributor to GovCIO, Entrepreneur, CIO Review and Fortune Magazines

 

Technology Executive of the Year – Enterprise/Corporate | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 1000 company with local or global reach)

Hans Brown

  • Head of Enterprise Innovation and Chief Information Officer for Corporate Technology at BNY Mellon
  • Masters of Science Degree from University of Warwick
  • Master’s of Engineering Degree from University of Liverpool
  • Member of BNY Mellon’s Technology Executive Committee, Asset Serving and Digital Executive Committee and Enterprise Digital Council
  • Board of Symphony
  • Strategic Advisory Council for AFIN

 

Technology Executive of the Year – Large Business | Winner

(Leader of a business with 1000 or more employees )

Irvin Bishop, Jr.

  • Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Black & Veatch
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Alabama A & M University
  • Master’s Certification from George Washington University
  • Master’s Degree from Georgia State University
  • Developed Award Winning Solutions for Coca Cola for FIFA World Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl and others
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
  • Youth Motivational Task Force speaker
  • Arthur M Blank YMCA Board Member
  • Boys & Girls Club of America Board Member

 

Technology Executive of the Year – Education | Winner

(Leader of an accredited U.S. based secondary institution, college or university)

Michael Cato

  • Head of Bowdoin’s College Information Technology
  • Previously with Vassar College, University of North Carolina – Charlotte and University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor’s Degree from Andrews University and an Master’s of Business Administration from Wake Forest University
  • Faculty Member of the Council of Australiasian University Directors of Information Technology Institutes
  • SIM Member
  • ITSMF Member
  • Educause Leading Change/Frye Fellow
  • Leadership North Carolina alum

 

Technology Executive of the Year – Non-Profit/Public Sector | Winner

(Leader of an accredited U.S. based secondary institution, college or university)

Brian Benn

  • Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for the Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Bachelors from University of Alabama – Huntsville
  • Master’s of Business Administration from Belhaven University
  • Executive Ambassador for TechBridge, Inc.
  • Executive Advisory Board for Atlanta Technology Professionals
  • National advisory board for the Government Technology Special Districts Program
  • Advisory Board for GeorgiaCIO
    Executive Board Member for the Technology Association of Georgia
  • Atlanta CIO Advisory Board
  • Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2021
  • Atlanta Technology Professional of the Year for 2020

Technology Leader on the Rise

Paul Reid
Director, WW Security Software Sales
HP, Inc

Yves Sivuilu
Director, Systems Engineering
World Wide Technology

Jamilia King
Information Security Advisor
Lilly Research Labs, Eli Lilly and Company

Adrienne Ware
Vice President and General Manager
CompuCom

Linda Calvin
Vice President, School of IT
Ivy Tech Community College

Kenny Goodwin
IT Division Director
Mecklenburg County

Jimmy L. Hall Jr.
Deputy CIO
Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)

 

Technology Leader on the Rise – Global | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 100 company with reach beyond the U.S. and U.S. territories)

Paul Reid

  • WW Director for Security Software Go To Market at HP.
  • Bachelors Degree from South Carolina State University
  • Masters of Science Degree from Wester New England University
  • Previously held positions with Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computers, and Hewlett-Packard
  • Board Chairman for Corners Outreach

 

Technology Leader on the Rise – Enterprise | Winner

(Leader of a Fortune 1000 company with local or global reach)

Jamilia King

  • The Business Information Security Officer for the Lilly Research Labs Information and Digital Solutions (IDS) organization at Eli Lilly and Company
  • Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University
  • Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University
  • CISSP
  • Member H-ISACC
  • Board of Directors for Howard Cyber Center
  • Emerge Academy Graduate

 

Technology Leader on the Rise – Education | Winner

(Leader of an accredited U.S. based secondary institution, college or university)

Linda Calvin

  • Vice President, School of IT – Ivy Tech Community College
  • Bachelors Degree from Butler University
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law
  • Women in Hi Tech Board Member
  • Kid’s Voice of Indiana Board Member
  • Indiana Technology and Innovation Association Board Member
  • Mentor with Starfish Initiative

 

Technology Leader on the Rise – Non-Public/Public Sector | Winner

(Leader of government institution or other not-for-profit organization generating at minimum $1M in revenue)

Jimmy L. Hall Jr.

  • Deputy Chief Information Officer with DCSA
  • Commander of 2nd Signal Brigade and 5th Signal Command (Theater)
  • Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity

Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominees

Tope Awotona
Founder/CEO
Calendly

Sheila Talton
Gray Matter Analytics

Gene Waddy
Founder/CEO
DIVERSANT, LLC & Alpha Business Solutions

 

Winner

Sheila Talton

  • Gray Matter Analytics
  • Graduate of Advance Management Program of Harvard Business School and Northern Illinois University
  • Experienced in governance in corporate, civic and not-for-profit arenas
  • Currently serving on boards for Deere & Company, Sysco Corporations (Technology Committee chair), OGE Energy Corporation, Chicago Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Chicago Network & Chicago Urban League
  • Previously Board Member for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (10 yrs)
  • Founding member, former chairperson and advisory board member for ITSMF
  • Recognized as one of the 102 Women in Health IT to Know in 2019 by Becker’s Hospital Review
  • NACD Directorship 100 Honoree
  • Fellow of ITSMF (2017)
  • Cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, CIO Magazine, Network Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Black Enterprise and more

Entrepreneur of the Year

Nominees

Everett Harper
Founding CEO and Co-Founder
Truss

Cedric Nash
Oakland Consulting

 

Winner

Cedric Nash

  • Founder/Owner/President/CEO of Oakland Consulting
  • President/Founder of Black Wealth Summit
  • Bachelor’s Degree from California Polytechnic State University
  • Master’s of Business Administration from Pepperdine University
  • Recognized as Inc. 500 Black Enterprise Industrial Company (2013-2019)
  • Recognized as Washington Fast Technology 50 Company
  • Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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