Former CIO, Bellsouth
F.A. (“Fran”) Dramis is the CEO of F. Dramis LLC, a technology consulting and investment firm. He provides support, advice and capital to businesses providing web services, data security and IT infrastructure management. Mr. Dramis currently serves on the private company boards of Damballa, NanoLumens and Urjanet. In addition, he is on the advisory boards of Virima, Voyager Capital, Diabetech, Zixi LLC and Medify, Inc.He served previously on the private boards of RealOps Inc., US Oncology (Chair of Technology Committee) and IOCOM, as well as on the public boards of WebMethods, Inc., Avocent Corporation (Chair of Nominating & Governance committee, member of Audit committee and member of Strategy & Acquisition committee), Ditech Networks (Chair of Nominating & Governance committee, member of Compensation committee) and Netezza (member of Audit committee).
Mr. Dramis was formerly the Chief Information, Ecommerce and Security Officer for BellSouth. He joined BellSouth Corporation in 1998. During his tenure, BellSouth’s IT and Security groups were nationally recognized as top organizations in their fields by receiving the following awards:
Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Top 10 in Diversity category – Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT (2004)
SecurE-Biz Leadership Award
InformationWeek 500 Most Innovative Users of Technology (Ranked #10 in 2005)
CIO Magazine’s Enterprise Value Award in 2005
Before joining BellSouth, Mr. Dramis founded CIO Strategy, Inc., an information technology consulting firm. At that firm, Mr. Dramis led technology transformation efforts at Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, NASD and Bankers Trust. Prior to CIO Strategy, Mr. Dramis was managing director and CIO at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Dramis also served as president and CEO of Network Management Inc., and president and chief operating officer of Telic Corporation. Early in his career, Mr. Dramis worked with AT&T, including Bell Labs, rising to the position of executive director of information product management.
As one of the country’s top IT leaders, Mr. Dramis has been recognized by a variety of publications as a top CIO. His awards include:
CIO Magazine’s CIO 100 Award in 1999
CIO Magazine’s Top 100 Leaders for the Next Millennium in 2000
Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders in 2002
Mr. Dramis is also an author of two books and a regular speaker at technology and leadership forums.
Dr. Richard Reiner
Chairman & CEO, Enomaly
Dr. Richard Reiner serves as chairman and CEO of Enomaly, a pioneer and leader in the cloud computing space. Prior to Enomaly, Dr. Reiner founded Assurent Secure Technologies, a SaaS company in the IT Security space that was acquired in 2006 by TELUS, a Global 1000 corporation. As chief security and technology officer of Assurent, Dr. Reiner led the creation of the world’s leading threat intelligence capabilities. Subsequent to the acquisition of Assurent, he served as chief security and technology officer at TELUS, ensuring the success of the Assurent acquisition and playing a key role in several breakthrough multi-hundred-million dollar wins for TELUS. For the past four years, Dr. Reiner has served on the boards and advisory boards of many highly regarded early-stage companies in the IT infrastructure, security, and SaaS sectors, such as Veracode, Enomaly, Netclarity, Virima, Stonewall Software, and Fonolo. He holds multiple patents in the field of software security.
Sandra C Hofmann
Former CIO, Mapics
For the past four years, Sandra Hofmann has served as “Chief Information Officer-in-Residence” with the Advanced Technology Development Center, a nationally recognized science and technology incubator headquartered at Georgia Tech that helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful companies.
Most recently she was chief operating officer at Closets and More, the Southeast’s largest custom closet design, installation, and manufacturer. Prior to that, Hofmann served as executive vice president and COO for Turknett Leadership Group, a character based management and consulting firm.Over 14 years, Hofmann held various executive management positions at IBM within the application development area as well as senior executive positions in customer service and support with several manufacturing software companies. She was also the first woman executive at Simplex where she served as vice president of technical services. Hofmann’s influence reaches beyond her professional undertakings and she is very engaged in her community with the promotion of technology and ethical leadership. She serves on the Board of Directors for AAA Auto Club South, TechBridge, Women in Technology, and is the past chairman for the Board of Directors for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-Atlanta chapter) and past compensation committee chair for the AkroMetrix Board of Directors.
CTO & Vice President Infrastructure, ADP Pre-Employment Services
Jigesh Saheba currently serves as CTO and vice president infrastructure of ADP Pre-Employment Services. With over 18 years of experience in the IT industry, Saheba has successes in achieving bottom-line results while formulating and implementing advanced technology and business solutions to meet a diversity of needs. Prior to ADP, Saheba founded a technology startup specializing in B2B technologies. He served as the vice president of research and technology for VerticalOne, a successful Internet startup company.Saheba previously worked as senior java architect for the Java Design Center of Sun Microsystems. He began his career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston designing and programming space shuttle navigation software.
Former CIO, Matria Healthcare
Mark Ryan previously served as senior vice president and CIO of Matria Healthcare. He was responsible for the leadership and business success of multiple organizations: data and network operations, architecture, data acquisition and standardization, clinical workflow engine delivery and development, call center design and operations, data security, application development, data warehousing and BI.
Prior to joining Matria Healthcare, Ryan was CTO and served on the Board of Directors of Vodafone Global Content Services, the world’s largest mobile cellular phone service provider. During his time at Vodafone, he oversaw nine technology organizations including operations, architecture, application development, across eight European countries. Previously, He served as CTO of Weather.com/The Weather Channel, where his high-tech web site initiatives stabilized the company’s web presence, improved customer satisfaction during severe weather situations and propelled Weather.com to be the world’s most highly-accessed weather website. Ryan has also assumed the role as CTO for eBay, where his leadership resulted in the improvement of the company’s web site stability, availability and overall quality. He spent 18 years with IBM prior to joining eBay and was an executive-on-loan to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games as the chief integration architect.
Senior Vice President & CIO, Vertafore Inc.
Darryl Lemecha joined Vertafore, Inc. as senior vice president and CIO. He is responsible for leading corporate information technology strategy and hosting services for all Vertafore’s business units including AMS Services, BenefitPoint, ImageRight and SilverPlume.
Prior to joining Vertafore, Lemecha held the position of CIO at ChoicePoint where he was responsible for technology shared services, security and risk management, customer support and implementation and customer credentials management. In his role as ChoicePoint CIO, Lemecha received numerous accolades including being named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, Oracle CIO of the Quarter and a finalist for the Georgia CIO of the Year.
Before ChoicePoint, Lemecha was senior vice president and CIO of Insignia Financial Group. At Insignia, Lemecha directed the firm’s strategic and emerging use of information technologies worldwide.
CIO, CompuCredit CARS division
Kas Naderi currently serves as CIO of CompuCredit’s auto subsidiary. Naderi joined CompuCredit to establish and grow its presence in subprime auto financing. He lead the integration of Wells Fargo Financial Consumer Automotive Receivable (CAR) and ACC Consumer Finance (ACC) into CompuCredit’s auto subsidiary. Prior to joining CompuCredit, Naderi served as the CTO for AfterBOT, where he focused on leveraging Digital Receipt technologies to change how consumer good producers connect with their customers. He also served as CTO at MunicipalTrade where he led the design, development and operation of the first online Municipal Bond trading platform.
Naderi was also the senior director of emerging technologies for Bass Hotels and Resorts. He was recognized by Computer World Magazine as one of the United States’ top 100 premier technology leaders. Previously, Naderi held a number of leadership positions within IBM’s development laboratory in Austin, TX, where he led the development for real time operating systems, data communication subsystems and mission critical middleware. He brings more than 21 years of executive and management experience delivering business value and global enterprise solutions within large, medium and startup organizations. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with Bachelor of Science in both Computer Science and Math.
Stuart L. Scott
CIO, J.B. Hunt Transport
Stuart L. Scott is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at J.B. Hunt Transport. J.B. Hunt is one the largest transportation logistics companies in North America providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. Prior to joining J.B. Hunt in early 2016, Mr. Scott was the CIO of Tempur-Sealy International where for over six years he led the global IT organization of the iconic mattress brands.Mr. Scott was previously Chief Operating Officer of TB&W where he led the Mortgage Servicing, Insurance, Appraisal management and Title business units as well as the shared services functions. Prior to that he was the Chief Information Officer for Microsoft Corporation where he was responsible for the IT, Quality, and Risk Management organizations. With his work in driving Microsoft’s IT transformation and customer relationships, Mr. Scott was recognized as one of the IT industry’s Top 50 Innovators by InformationWeek in 2007. The prior 17 years, Mr. Scott held roles at General Electric Co. (GE), where he was a Corporate Vice President and served as CIO for its Consumer, Industrial and Healthcare divisions. He was recognized by CIO Magazine as one of the Top 100 CIO’s while at GE.
Mr. Scott holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering, mathematics, and computer science from the University of Louisville, as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a Six Sigma certified black belt and a graduate of GE’s Leadership Development Program. He lives with his wife and seven children in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Chief Architect & Vice President, Consulting
Mark Kraieski has twenty-five years of broad and deep multi-industry information technology experience including architecture and large-scale data center transformation and migration projects. As Virima’s Chief Architect and Vice President of Consulting, Mark is responsible for the technical quality of solutions, services, and products.Prior to joining Virima, Mark ran his own consulting practice focused on IT Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, and Program Assessment and Recovery. Clients included Equifax, A. G. Edwards & Sons Inc. (now Wells Fargo Advisors), Macys, Premiere Global Services, and Open Solutions.
Mark’s previous positions include Chief Architect at iXL and Director of Electronic Commerce Services (including delta.com) at Delta Air Lines. Mark has also developed compilers and operating systems (Gould CSD / Encore Computer / Texas Instruments), managed development of military avionics (McDonnell Douglas), and managed global IT messaging projects (WR Grace). Mark graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a BSCS in Systems Programming.
Richard C. Cook
Former President and CEO, MAPICS, Inc.
Mr. Cook is an executive consultant to companies in the high tech industry in the areas of strategic planning, leadership and the roles of the C-level executives.
Mr. Cook is retired from 12 years as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAPICS, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: MAPX). He managed the 1993 sale by IBM (NYSE: IBM) of the $60 million revenue MAPICS business to Marcam. He led the complex 1997 reverse spin-out from Marcam (Nasdaq/NM: MCAM), and conducted the public offering that created the MAPICS, Inc. business. As CEO he was responsible for the all aspects of the MAPICS software and service offerings worldwide, and managed all shareholder relations. In December of 1999, he negotiated the acquisition of a private firm – Pivotpoint and in November of 2002, he led the acquisition of Frontstep (Nasdaq/NM: FSTP). MAPICS grew to $173 million revenue by year end 2004, with over 10,000 active customer sites using the applications in 19 languages, in over 70 countries around the world. In December of 2004 Mr. Cook proposed a leveraged buy out by management that caused the eventual sale of the company, in an all-cash transaction, to Infor.
Prior to his tenure with MAPICS Mr. Cook was an executive with the IBM Corporation. His IBM career spanned 25 years, beginning as an application programmer and retiring from the position of Laboratory Director of the Atlanta Software Development Laboratory. During his career at IBM Mr. Cook held senior management positions in Information Technology, Production Control, Quality Assurance, Plant Engineering, Purchasing, and directed the Boca Raton site operations team during the introduction of the IBM Personal Computer.
Mr. Cook is currently chairman of the board of directors and chairman of the compensation committee of Qcept Technologies Inc., serves on the board of directors and chairs the compensation committee of Edgenet, and is the Chairman of the board of directors for Agentek.
He has previously served on the board of directors, the nominating and corporate governance and the compensation committees of Indus International, was a member of the board of Tetradata Corporation, and served on the board and was chairman of the compensation committee of PrimeRevenue. Mr. Cook served as the Executive Chairman of the board of EnteGreat, Inc., and is also a fellow for CEO Ventures.
Additionally, Dick has experience on numerous boards of non-profit organizations such as the United Way, Urban League, and YMCA. He is a member emeritus of the Goizueta Business School Advisory Board at Emory University. Mr. Cook was the 2003 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AeA as well as the chairman of its executive committee.
Mr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University, where he has been inducted into the Business School Hall of Fame.