Speakers at the IT Leadership Strategies Conference

Mark Booth
Mark Booth is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Reyes Holdings, LLC., overseeing all aspects of the global distributor’s Information Systems including operations, strategic plans, policies, and projects in more than 100 distribution centers across 17 countries.
Booth sits on Reyes Holdings leadership team and is accountable for the company’s technological infrastructure. A global logistics services provider, Reyes Holdings receives 165,000 different skus from world-renowned breweries and foodservice
providers, delivering 800 million cases annually to 125,000 retail outlets in North America, Europe, Central and South America, Asia Pacific and The Middle East.
Booth joined Reyes Holdings in 2012 with over 25 years of IT expertise. His experience includes direct management of all aspects of technology, including application development, infrastructure operations, governance and project management. Prior to joining Reyes Holdings, Mark spent 10 years with Whirlpool / Maytag where he served as Whirlpool North American CIO and Vice President - Global Infrastructure. Prior to that, he held IT leadership positions at Honeywell International and Entergy corporations.
Booth has a master’s degree in Computer Resource and Information Management and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Craig Ethridge
Craig W. Ethridge is CIO for the American Medical Association, with expertise in creating highly effective IT organizations. Craig’s career has included leadership positions at several Fortune 500 and Global 500 corporations, including Grainger, Staples, and Accenture.

Craig has also held thought leadership roles on technology Boards and Councils involving Mobile solutions and Agile methodologies and processes. He enjoys sharing his passion for enabling Organizations to fully realize the potential within their IT organizations, and has spoken on numerous occasions and conferences.

Craig lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two kids, and is engaged with several charitable organizations that include The House of Hope (an orphanage in Honduras), and CCO – a Chicago Shelter helping homeless families stay together and rebuild their lives.
Brett Goldstein
Mr. Goldstein joined Grosvenor in 2013 as the Firm’s Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Goldstein is responsible for overseeing the strategic implementation of technology and information systems for the Firm. Prior to joining Grosvenor, Mr. Goldstein was the Commissioner and Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago. During his tenure, he worked to accelerate Chicago’s growth as a global hub of innovation and technology. At this time, he was also the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, where he oversaw all major technology and transparency initiatives with the Chief Technology Officer. From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Goldstein worked for the Chicago Police Department, most recently as the Director of Predictive Analytics for the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Division. From 1999 to 2006, he worked at OpenTable, Inc. as the Director of Information Technology. Mr. Goldstein began his career as a Technical Support Manager with PenFact, Inc. in 1998. Mr. Goldstein received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Connecticut College in 1996, his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University in 1999, and his Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 2005. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
John Higginson
As Chief Technology Officer, John leads the Information Technology departments at Wheels. His teams are responsible for developing and managing our client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, and business continuance functions.

John has more than 20 years of technology leadership experience in fields like eCommerce, software development, datacenter design, systems architecture, and customer service tools. Most recently, John served as the Chief Technology Officer for FTD Companies, a leading provider of floral-related products, services and technologies. At FTD, he ran one of the largest retail websites in North America, handling millions of orders and customer interactions each year. Prior to FTD, John spent 14 years at Applied Systems, the largest independent software company in the property & casualty insurance industry, where he held a progression of IT management roles, ultimately serving as EVP of Technology.

Throughout his career, John has been active in a number of technology forums, and has appeared as a guest speaker at the ACORD|LOMA conference and various CIO summits. He is also an accomplished writer, having contributed articles to business and technology publications like Independent Agent and National Underwriter.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in IT and Privacy Law, with honors, from The John Marshall Law School.  

Larry Kallembach

Larry Kallembach is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of MB Financial Bank. MB Financial a Chicago based bank with assets of $11.5 billion. Spanning over thirty years Larry’s banking career includes expertise in operations, payment systems, information management and technology, risk management, and mergers including FDIC acquisitions. As CIO at MB Financial his corporate-wide responsibilities include the direction and management of all information technology systems, bank operations, payments and payment systems and the bank’s enterprise risk management systems. His effective leadership is a product of his strategic thinking and interpersonal communication skills. Larry is a former National Board Member of the American Institute of Banking (AIB), and former Chairman of the Illinois Bankers Operations and Technology committee.  Larry currently serves as the Chairman of the FiServe-Signature User Strategic Direction Committee and is a member of the Illinois Bankers Association Board of Directors.  He has taught Finance and Economics at Parkland College and he is a periodic speaker and lecturer for various organizations including the University of Illinois. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from Indiana University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

Alison Kassel
Alison Kassel is the Chief Information Officer for SeatonCorp, a $400+ million staffing, recruiting and outsourcing firm that operates under the Staff Management, PeopleScout, and StudentScout brands. SeatonCorp is growing at over 40% annually and was recently named as Chicago’s third fastest growing privately held company. She is a versatile business technology leader, with experience in developing strategies, transforming organizations, and delivering solutions enabling organizations to achieve their strategic and operating plan objectives.
Prior to joining SeatonCorp, Alison has held significant IT roles for highly respected organizations such as U.S. Cellular, McDonalds, Motorola, Cap Gemini, and Andersen Consulting.
Alison has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa and has completed Executive Education programs at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and is a Certified Change Agent. 

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.


Praveen Moturu

Praveen Moturu is an innovative, accomplished business and technology leader, visionary with strategic leadership experience in transformation, technology and operations, promoting significant business and revenue growth within global and Fortune 500 multinational corporations. He has exceptional performance in global enterprises, start-up organizations, turnaround situations, cost-cutting mandates, IT systems/technology rationalization, and growth-oriented endeavors. Able to create enterprise strategies that cascade throughout an organization. Praveen demonstrates an elite understanding of technology and IT environment, with expertise in strategy, planning and service delivery. Proven ability to leverage technical background to create new business opportunities. He has a significant record of inspiring and motivating individuals or teams to consistently achieve results. Praveen is an approachable, effective communicator who interacts at all levels to foster comfortable work culture. He is also a decisive, action-oriented, leader who is able to build teams, drive change, improve productivity, and reduce costs. Adept at organizational development, financial planning / analysis, and strategy alignment.


John Phillips

John Phillips is an information technology executive with over 28 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. His accountabilities and expertise include information systems strategy, daily operations, and organizational alignment. John is currently serving as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Briggs Medical Service Company and its subsidiaries (Briggs Corporation, Briggs Medical Supply, Mabis, Duromed, and OmniMed). Previous positions include the CIO of Uline in Waukegan, Illinois,. the Corporate Director (CIO) of Information Technology & Services at Trinity Industries in Dallas, Texas, the CIO of a US Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, the Director (CIO) of Management Information Systems for PrimeSource Building Products in Carrollton, Texas, and progression through several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments. John has a Master of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in Computer Science. John is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is the Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM), a position he held in the Dallas Chapter. John has published articles in Handheld PC Magazine and Internet Week, and has been a guest speaker at many industry events including the Micro Focus International Users Conference, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, and Gartner’s regional client briefings.

Kevin Reilly
Senior IT Management Executive with MBA and significant experience delivering effective business-driven computer systems and global logistic support services. Key member of senior management team with proven ability to contribute to the overall business success through development and leadership of cutting-edge, cost effective, service-oriented IT departments. Business / IT Strategist: Key senior management member committed to aligning eCommerce and Internet expertise with strong business knowledge to promote innovative solutions that positively impact the organization. Manage P&L to profitable bottom line. Leadership: Hands-on executive and recognized change agent skilled in team and consensus building with a proven record in turnaround situations. Unique ability to understand business challenges and present strategies, solutions and updates to both senior executives and technical staff. Technology Expertise: Highly adept in delivering superior integrated systems which achieve business process improvements, high user acceptance and on-budget performance. Experienced ERP project manager with ten years of PeopleSoft implementations. Breadth of Experience: Career progression includes international and multi-division expansion on five continents, rapid acquisition integration, network design and systems architecture. Highly skilled negotiator with extensive outsourcing across numerous dimensions. Specialties: Global IT, Supply Chain, 9 years of PeopleSoft (ERP, HRMS, SCM, CRM, EPM, and Portal), E-commerce (catalog and eStore), matrix organizations, Retail, Hospitality, Reservations, Electronics, Security Equipment and Systems, Network Architecture, IT Team Effectiveness, IT Strategy and Business Alignment

Jeff Roseman
Jeff is Director of Infrastructure & Information Security for Wilton Brands LLC. Wilton Brands Inc. is the largest food and paper crafting company in the highly fragmented U.S. crafts industry. Mr. Roseman oversees the technology management and information security for 15 facilities in the US, Canada, UK, India, Australia and China.

He is a seasoned IT executive with over two decades of experience in both technology management and consulting roles. With experience in global business, marketing, sales, business process re-engineering, and as an IT director, CIO and consultant, he has worked both sides of the technology world. Mr. Roseman possesses an extensive background working with regional, national, and international businesses in a variety of industries including professional services, healthcare, manufacturing, legal, real estate, construction, and non-profit. He has a broad knowledge of IT strategy, networking, telecommunications, training & development, systems integration, mergers and acquisitions, facility relocation, and business continuity planning.

Mr. Roseman continues to be successful moving IT teams from a crises management mentality to predictive, proactive, disciplined organization. He has previously lectured on social media & networking, IT leadership, customer relationship management, endpoint security, and disaster recovery planning. Mr. Roseman has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Iowa and serves on the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business SoMAC board.

Bob Ruf
Mr. Ruf is Managing Director of the Chicago and Milwaukee markets for Judge Technical Staffing, a subsidiary of The Judge Group.

Mr. Ruf has 14 years of experience in technical staffing and human resource consulting. Prior to Judge, he was a senior account manager for a leading IT staffing firm, where he successfully managed the staffing and professional development needs for various Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Ruf received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Eastern Illinois University.
Duane Schau
Duane J. Schau – Has spoken at many national and international venues including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), South Pacific Users Conference (SPUC), Microsoft MIX, EDUCAUSE, Citrix, Acuta and others. As Director for Leveraged Support; Duane is charged with realigning the leveraged support model for efficiency and effectiveness developing university-wide strategy for information technology to leverage IT resources efficient and effectively and provide services and support to IT leaders throughout Indiana University. He oversees two action items associated with the Indiana University Strategic Plan. As project Lead for Strategic Plan Action Item 29, he is building productivity awareness to better leverage skills with IT professionals across the university. Additionally, as project Lead for Strategic Plan Action Item 22b is developing the new enterprise model for managing the compute lifecycle. This model optimizes efficiencies for IT associated with procuring, managing and securing personal computing and application delivery. Duane holds a B.A. degree in Geography from Indiana University and past positions include Executive Director for Engagement for Alumni Relations as well as Chief Technology Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.

Yvonne Scott

Yvonne Scott is Chief Information Officer for Crowe Horwath, LLP.  She joined Crowe in February, 2008 and is responsible for directing all aspects of the firm’s information systems related activities.  Prior to joining Crowe, Yvonne was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GATX Corporation, a Fortune 1000 NYSE traded company that specializes in the leasing of long-lived assets to corporate customers.  Her responsibilities included the management of all Information Systems related activities.  Yvonne joined GATX in 1990 as Manager, Information Systems Audit and held the positions of Assistant Director of Information Technology; Director, GATX Chemical Logistics; Vice President, Integrated Solutions Group; Vice President, Strategic Initiatives GATX Rail, and Vice President and CIO GATX Rail.   Prior to joining GATX, Yvonne worked for over ten years at Unocal Corporation in various positions, including internal consulting services.  Yvonne currently serves on the board of directors of i.c. Stars, a non-profit organization that trains and prepares inner-city youth for careers in information technology.  She is also a member of this organization’s strategic planning committee.  Yvonne has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University.  In addition, Yvonne has published articles in professional journals, presented seminar topics on third-party managed services, and served as a CIO panelist at several conferences and seminars.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Data Processing

Jerry Shea
Jerry Shea is Digital Celerity’s Senior Solution Strategist based in New York City. Jerry is a project portfolio management, IT governance, and organizational transformation expert and champion. Working with academic and industry leading thought leaders and experts he has designed and delivered highly effective transformation programs based on holistic principles (people, process, and technology). He has consulted and worked in senior management level positions helping numerous Fortune 50/500 companies implement project portfolio management, project management offices, and both traditional and Agile software development best practices.

Jerry is PMP, IMA-AIM (organizational change management), CSM, CSPO, and Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant certified, and holds an MBA from University of Rochester.

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.