Speakers at the CIO: IT Leadership Strategies Conference

Russ Bostick

Russ Bostick joined CNO Financial Group in February 2005 as executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) of the company. In August 2008, he was promoted to executive vice president, technology and operations.  Bostick is responsible for all enterprise technology and operations shared services.  This includes IT, policyholder service, claims, and records and print management services for Washington National and Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Bostick is also responsible for the IT that supports Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company. Before joining CNO, Bostick served for seven years as chief technology officer of Chase Insurance, the insurance arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. During this time, Bostick served as CIO for Zurich Life U.S. and Bank One Insurance, the predecessors of Chase Insurance. He executed the integration of insurance IT departments for all three companies in less than one year. In addition, as CIO, he delivered substantial improvement in policy administration, sales platforms and financial risk management, while managing a team spanning several locations and serving multiple markets, products and channels. Before Chase, Bostick was chief technology officer for Corporate Software & Technology, a licensed software reseller in Norwood, Massachusetts. Previously, Bostick held key technology positions at CNA Insurance from 1994-1997, and at IBM from 1979-1994. While at IBM, he was introduced to the financial services industry, serving for three years as the client executive for CNA. Bostick holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from Wabash College, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago. He served as Chair of the Board of Governors for Lumity, a nonprofit technology and finance services resource for nonprofit organizations, and continues to chair its business development committee.

Tom Coleman
Tom Coleman has worked successfully at many organizational levels in information technology and in user disciplines.  He has a detailed understanding of strategic planning, process improvement, technical systems strategies, and manufacturing.  Tom has worked in various manufacturing positions leading to the position of Director of World-Wide Materials.  In the information technology area, he has held positions such as Business Systems Analyst, Director of IS, Vice President of IT, and Chief Information Officer. Tom has led six enterprise-wide systems implementations and he currently holds the position of Chief Information and Process Officer at the Sloan Valve Company in Franklin Park, IL.  He is responsible for the Information Technology Group, Sloan’s process improvement initiative, and Tom facilitates Sloan’s strategic planning process.  Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from a small college in San Diego.

Sharon DeWitt (Getz)
Sharon is an information and change management executive with over 20 years experience in Information Technology and over 10 years experience in executive leadership.   Sharon has worked in various industries including defense, public utilities, manufacturing, distribution, consumer marketing, aerospace and professional services.  Sharon is currently the Director of Information Technology at Scot Forge in Spring Grove.   Scot Forge is a 100% employee-owned manufacturer of custom open die and rolled ring forgings. Started as a small hammer shop in Chicago, IL in 1893, Scot Forge has over 100 years of experience, leading the industry as one of the most modern and respected forging companies in the world.   Prior to that Sharon was at Zebra Technologies, Inc. and was responsible for Zebra’s Global IT Organization for over 9 years until she joined the Business Development Team as the Sr. Director of Acquisition Integration responsible for the leadership of integration planning and execution of all functional areas for several newly acquired companies into Zebra Technologies.   Sharon holds a B.S. degree in Computer Information Science and a MBA from Cleveland State University.

Mark Hattas

Mark Hattas co-founded Geneca in 1998 as a young, 26-year old entrepreneur. Today, as Geneca’s CEO, he is at the helm of one of the fastest growing IT services firms in the Chicago region.  Geneca is a trusted technology partner to many Fortune 1000 companies and a destination workplace for Chicago’s brightest IT professionals. Mark is a charismatic leader widely respected for his commitment to his clients, employees, community, and family.  With a career largely devoted to raising the bar on the delivery standards of IT services firms, Mark and his team work passionately to help IT organizations predictability deliver business value. Mark is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, i.c.stars, and the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. He is the recipient of a Young Executives Award and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. He has led Geneca to its receipt of  numerous awards including the Inc. 5000, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Workplace Excellence Award, and Crains Best Workplaces.  Mark is an invited speaker on topics such as Generational Theory, business and innovation strategy, and the role of IT in delivering business value.

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee has over 18 years of consulting and technology experience. Prior to Maven Wave, Lee served as Managing Director at Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) where he led engagements worth in excess of $150 million for this leading offshore IT and outsourcing firm with revenues in excess of $2 billion. Lee was a founder and CEO of Fathom Solutions, a leading strategy, business process, and IT services consultancy acquired by Cognizant in 2004. Lee began his career at Accenture (NYSE: ACN) where he led large scale change programs at communications and high tech clients for this global business, IT, and outsourcing firm.

Peter Logothetis

Peter joined Allstate Insurance in late 2011 as the Divisional CIO for Claims. Prior to Allstate, he spent 5.5 years as Head of Technology Services (CIO) at QBE the Americas, a member of the Australia-based QBE Group.

Peter has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. He has worked in the manufacturing, banking, insurance, and consulting industries for such well known companies as Continental Bank, CNA Insurance, Kemper Insurance, and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Peter has been very active in industry initiatives, conferences, and IT forums. He also participates in mentorship programs and school board memberships.

Since 1980, Peter has been a part-time IT instructor at DePaul University, where he earned his masters in business administration and information systems.

Jeff Main
Mr. Main is the Managing Director of Information Technology for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation.  He leads an IT department of 30 IT professionals.
Air Wisconsin was recently included in the 2010 Information Week 500 for its innovative uses of SharePoint and Business Intelligence. Mr. Main has nearly 30 years of experience in the IT field and has held IT management positions in infrastructure and application development for Fortune 1000 companies. He joined Air Wisconsin in 2004.  Prior to joining Air Wisconsin, Mr. Main was the Vice President of Applications Development of USF Corporation in Chicago, a leading, national trucking and logistics services company. There he was responsible for the application development of solutions including freight operations, financial systems, ecommerce, EDI, data warehouse and CRM. Prior to heading the applications group at USF, Mr. Main was the Director of IT for a USF Corporation subsidiary, USF Dugan in Wichita, KS for five years.  Prior to USF Dugan, he was employed at Rent-A-Center of Wichita, KS for 10 years leaving there as the Director of Technical Services.  Mr. Main started his career as a programmer while attending Wichita State University in Wichita, KS.

Bruce Massel

Bruce Massel is the Vice President of Information Technology and the Project Management Office at Fidelitone Logistics.  Bruce has more than 23 years of information technology leadership, management and consulting experience with mid-sized distribution companies. In addition to his IT experience, Bruce also has more than 6 years of operations, sales and web marketing management experience. His career has progressed from a technical programmer to a hands-on business leader in the implementation of innovative and practical technology solutions.  He has led IT departments as CIO in multiple industries after beginning his career at Coopers & Lybrand as an EDP auditor before becoming the practice lead for the Midwest Middle Market IT Consulting Services. Bruce earned his BS in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Masters of Management in Marketing and International Business from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Eric Mead
Eric Mead has had over 12 years experience in consulting and business development, and leads VMC’s consulting practice as Director of Consulting. Eric joined VMC with a long history in management consulting and business development. He brings a strategic, results-oriented approach to this role, with a focus on continuous improvement, building great teams, and driving client satisfaction. Eric’s career began at Accenture, where he was a manager in their Consulting organization focused on the High-Tech and Telecommunications' group. While at Accenture, he worked with industry-leading clients, for example Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Pac Bell, and Qwest/US West. After Accenture, Eric worked for Microsoft as Group Manager, Online Services, leading his team which delivered and managed multiple customer facing websites on Microsoft.com. Most recently, Eric worked as Vice President of Sales at LG Consulting, providing the right human capital management consulting solutions to exceed customer expectations. Eric earned his M.B.A. from Willamette University in Information Systems and Marketing, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus in Economics from University of Washington. He was awarded Account Manager of the Year at LG Consulting, and was a multiple Gold Star Award winner at Microsoft. Eric volunteers in the community and has served as a Board member for the non-profit organization, Childhaven.

John Moon
John C. Moon is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Johnson Outdoors Inc., a leading global outdoor recreational products company.  Mr. Moon is responsible for the Company’s information technology function, and defining and implementing the company’s strategic use of information technology worldwide.  Prior to joining Johnson Outdoors, Mr. Moon enjoyed a successful 23 year career at Baxter International Inc. and Caremark International (a 2002 spin-off of Baxter) where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility before being named Baxter’s Chief Information Officer in 2000 and Corporate Vice President in 2002.  Prior to joining Baxter, Mr. Moon held positions in the telecommunications and software industries.  Mr. Moon was named CIO of the Year in 2001 by the Association of Information Technology Professionals and was selected as a Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld Magazine in 2003.   Mr. Moon served as a Board member of the Global Healthcare Exchange, the leading internet trading exchange for the Healthcare industry from 2003 – 2006.  Mr. Moon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University. He is an active member of the Society of Information Management and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Rama Prasad
Rama Prasad is currently
CIO of Aircell.  Aircell is the world’s leading provider of air-to-ground telecommunications and is certified by both FAA and FCC to provide wifi internet services in the airplanes.  As CIO, Rama is responsible for leading all aspects of Information Technology (IT) and effectively supporting the growth of Aircell.  Prior to joining Aircell, Rama headed Application Development and Testing for US Cellular and before that, he held executive positions in IT at Hewitt, Orbitz and CNA.  Rama holds a Masters’ degree in computer science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, an MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Osmania University.  Rama’s expertise is focused on growing and transforming technology organizations into highly tuned, efficient entities enabling and contributing to the company’s bottom line success.  

Steve Susina
Steve Susina has more than 20 years of engineering and marketing experience in the telecommunications and IT industries and currently serves as Director of Marketing for Laurus Technologies, a business consulting and IT solutions provider based in Itasca, IL. Previously, he was Senior Product Manager for UTStarcom's fixed/mobile convergence product line, and has also held various sales, marketing and engineering roles at Tellabs and AT&T. His speaking experience includes technology conferences around the world on such topics as IT & business strategy, optical networking, compliance and identity management and mobile communications.  Susina holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Vito Trifiletti, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Trifiletti has held numerous leadership positions in the information services functions of consumer products and food manufacturing companies since 1995.  He began his career with Borden Foods, Inc. before moving to Kraft Foods Global, Inc. where he led large I.S. teams across North America, Latin America, Asia/Pacific and the European Union.  He has deep technical experience with Enterprise Resource Planning systems, Database Management, Business Intelligence Analytics as well as Knowledge Management and On-line Collaboration technologies. He joined Preferred Meal Systems/The Maramont Corporation in 2007. Mr. Trifiletti is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management and holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Jim Vaselopulos
Jim Vaselopulos is a seasoned business executive with domain expertise in Financial Services, Marketing, Manufacturing and Service Industries. Jim works closely with many firms to help align business needs and technology for competitive advantage. His many roles include Senior Vice President at PSC Group, LLC, interim CIO at several organizations and strategic business consultant to many others. His speaking engagements include regional executive events, various podcasts, industry organizations and technology-centric educational institutions such as the University of Illinois. Jim holds an Engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Marquette University.

Mike Zanillo

Mike Zanillo, is the CIO of WMS Industries Inc., one of the world's leading game developers and manufacturers. WMS's product portfolio includes many of the industry's most popular casino slots and state-of-the-art gaming technologies. In 2009, WMS was recognized in the top 200 of companies by Information Week. During his career, Mike has previously served in senior technology management roles with Motorola, USX, Rexnord and Invisix, a joint-venture of Motorola and Cisco. Mike holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and has studied at a post-graduate level at Loyola and Northern Illinois Universities. Mike is a chapter author contributor to, "Inside the Minds of Leading CIO's", published in 2007 and is a Chicago Chapter board member of the Society of Information Management, the premier network for IT leaders comprised of over 3,600 members.