The [BE] Midmarket CIO Forum Advisory Board is comprised of IT Executives who are thought leaders in the midmarket. In addition to providing advice about which Solution Providers they work with and would recommend to their peers, their insight provides invaluable experience about the state of the industry, current trends, and future needs. With their guidance, the Midmarket CIO Forum continues to provide innovative, productive, engaging, and valuable experiences across varying marketplace changes and shifting economic dynamics. We are grateful for their time and expertise.
Vice President of MIS
With over 30 years of experience in the midmarket, Steve has managed many different technology integrations and solutions. Since 2001, he has been VP-IT at ECMD, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of building products in both the retail and wholesale markets. At ECMD, Steve has built an IT team and technology platform that is the acknowledged leader in the industry. From 1983 to 1996, Steve developed software solutions for the apparel and glass manufacturing industries. In 1996, he joined ECMD as a software developer and moved into management of the software development team in 1999. In 2001, he was promoted to VP-IT, responsible for all IT for the enterprise.
As VP-IT, Steve initially led ECMD through a major ERP implementation and subsequent upgrades. Under his leadership, ECMD created the premier retail support, warehousing, distribution, advanced supply chain management, pricing management, and eCommerce technologies in its industry. In recent years, ECMD has focused on the power of smartphones as yet another key technology platform, using them to deliver strategic solutions for retail support, wholesale sales support and customer self-service.
Vice President of Information Technology
Ed is skilled at aligning business goals, organizational needs and technology to deliver high impact initiatives that create efficiency, facilitate sustainable growth and drive profitability. Ed can be best described as an analytical thinker who identifies market trends and evaluates new technology investments to meet demands of ever-changing marketplace and as an agent of change who is adept at communicating complex issues in a language that resonates across cultural and functional boundaries. His exceptional ability to leverage technical expertise to negotiate complex contracts and formulate innovative solutions to operational challenges across multiple environments makes him a motivational team leader who unites and drives cross-functional teams toward exceeding product and project milestones. He is a trusted advisor to senior leadership team who interfaces comfortably with all layers of stakeholders. Using his strong general management and P&L experience, Ed continues to boost profitability of his company through innovative technology solutions and product-driven speed to market processes.
Vice President of Information Technology and Social Business
Cynthia Alison Fortlage is the Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) & Social Business and an executive team member at GHY International, a privately held international trade experts and consulting firm, where she has been working since October 1988. Ms. Fortlage started her career in 1988 as the firms first IT staff member. She currently leads the firm’s Information Technology group and social business strategy as part of the marketing departments brand outreach program. She has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Ms. Fortlage’s involvement outside GHY includes Founding Member/ past Chair for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards, Retired national judge for Canadian Information Productivity Awards, and Founding Member/ past Board Member of the CIO Association of Canada and it’s Manitoba Chapter.
She is the Past President of the Manitoba Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada. In 2005, her team won an award for their work on “good, better, best” project on server virtualization and infrastructure simplification. Ms. Fortlage is well spoken and publicized with media, analysts and vendor clients and has presented over 150 events in 15 countries since 2005. In March 2014, 2015, 2016 Huffington Post named Ms. Fortlage to The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter list.
Harrison is the Chief Information Officer for Northgate Markets. Mr. Lewis specializes in Business Intelligence, Retail ERP, Data Warehousing. Price Optimization, Data Quality, RFID based Customer Loyalty programs, Scan based trading, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Enterprise Architecture, and SoX. Harrison has a deep understanding of the retail business and its challenges. He continually assesses and implements technology solutions that allow businesses to overcome challenges, realize opportunities, and comply with increased regulations. He has over 24 years of experience in the retail industry, with over 15 years of experience in providing technology solutions to organizations. Mr. Lewis served in leadership roles at Haggen, Inc., The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, H. E. Butt Grocery Company, and the Kroger Company. Additionally, he serves on the Board at many corporate, education, and community organizations in the Northwest.
CIO & Director of Global Information Technology
Twin Disc, Inc.
Cory Mason has spoken nationally and internationally on incorporating I.T. with business functions for productivity and profitability. Cory Mason is currently the CIO at Twin Disc Inc. He has previously served at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as Small Business Development Director, at Harley-Davidson Inc. serving as Director of Information Technology/CIO Produce Products Group, and at S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. serving as Director of Global I.T. Architecture. Cory has also taught information technology and business management courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Within the community, he is currently serving as board member of the Racine Uptown BID Board and board member/past board Chair of the UW-Parkside Business Advisory Board. Previously, he has been a board member/past President of the Racine Symphony Orchestra; board member Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI); board member/past Chairman of the Racine Area Soccer Association; board member/past President South Eastern Aquatics. He holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University and an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Parkside with majors in Chemistry and Business Management.
SVP & CIO
St. Louis Community Credit Union
Craig Reno currently serves as SVP & CIO for St. Louis Community Credit Union, a leading full-service financial institution in the St. Louis area. In this role, he has executive responsibility for technology including strategy, governance, shared services, application support and vendor management. Craig has effectively led numerous programs in his career, including ERP Implementations/upgrades, Application Development, Analytics, E-commerce, Outsourcing and Infrastructure, in domestic and international companies.
He has over (30) years of experience in multiple industries, including Financial Services, Metal Fabrication, Chemical manufacturing and Healthcare; in publicly traded, privately held and non-profit businesses. Craig has served in many roles, including technical, functional, development and leadership positions. He holds both a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Swisher International, Inc.
Eric Tewey is a visionary and bottom-line focused leader with demonstrated experience in reshaping IT into an integral business driver. He is respected for a wide range of industry knowledge, solid sense of integrity and demonstrated passion for people and results.
Eric has more than 20 years of IT leadership experience in the management and development of value-added business solutions and organizations. He has experience derived from a wide range of industries, both public and private. These industries include transportation, logistics, financial services, manufacturing, customer service, employee services, and the Department of Defense. This experience has provided exposure to an impressive list of business challenges, organizations, and successes. Eric is known for his success in efficiently creating and deploying IT solutions across many business models. He drives results and provides innovative methods to improve both IT operations and clients’ bottom-lines.
Director of Information Technology & Project Management
Dead River Company
David Widener is the Director of Information Technology and Project Management for Dead River Company (DRC), a privately held distributor of energy fuels (oil, propane, natural gas, electricity) and associated home comfort services (hardware installation and service, plumbing, water treatment, HVAC, etc.). Serving Northern New England for more than 100 years, DRC prides itself on caring, integrity, and excellence, providing its customers unparalleled value and service for their respective energy needs. David works closely with the senior management team at DRC to drive enhanced business value and customer satisfaction through project execution and technology value enablement. Specifically, Mr. Widener is responsible for strategic planning and road-mapping for IT and Project Management Office (PMO) functions; technology, project management and security governance; system/application project portfolio management; as well as Lean process improvement initiatives driven from the Project Management Office (PMO).
With 20 years of field-based experience, Mr. Widener began his career as a cartographer (map making) before joining the field of Information Technology in the early 90s. Mr. Widener holds both a BBA and MA from Ohio University and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College (VT) and serves on several socially and environmentally focused non-profit organizations in New England.
Vice President for Information Services
J-W Energy Company
Joel Wolfe offers a unique blend of business acumen, team-building, and IT solutions development credited with strong ROI and operational improvement. As Vice President of Information Services for J-W Energy Company, Joel leads a responsive IT organization that consistently delivers results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, with substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.
Joel’s career includes leadership roles at First USA Bank & Stream International, where he helped to build a team of application and desktop personnel responsible for supporting over 30k users across the US. Joel was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an Oklahoma State University alumnus and maintains active membership in several recognized industry organizations, including: CIO Technology Executive Council, Midmarket CIO Forum and the Energy CIO Group.
Vice President of IT
R.C. has over 28 years of experience in the IT industry, with over 10 years of senior executive experience in providing technology solutions to organizations. He has experience derived from a wide range of industries, both public and private. These industries include logistics, financial services, and the Department of Defense. He has taught information technology and business management courses at local colleges. Currently, R.C. is responsible for establishing, planning, and administering the overall Information Technology strategy, policies, and goals for the Doyon Limited. Doyon is one of the top ten Alaska regional corporations. We run more than a dozen companies across several different pillars. And we own 12.5 million acres of land in the Alaskan Interior, making us one of the largest private landowners in the nation. Alaska is defined by its abundant natural resources. And it’s no surprise that oil is among the most prized. Engineering, drilling operations, remote camp services, and security—together, our companies blend expertise and technological muscle in support of smooth, safe, and successful operations in the North Slope oil fields.
R.C. is known for his expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, server & network architectures, distributed systems and Enterprise Resource Application implementations. R.C. has installed, maintained and managed large enterprise resource applications. He is talented in efficiently creating and deploying IT solutions across many business models. He drives results and provides innovative methods to improve both IT operations and clients’ bottom-lines. R.C. mentors and manages IT activities for five subsidiary companies as well as the parent company. His company is currently engaged in transforming the business to adapt improving efficiency across the enterprise while continuing to streamline back-office IT operations. He serves a member of the AVTEC Technology Council as well as Area Director on the Alaska InfraGard Executive Board.
Jeff Young is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Haynes International. He has been with Haynes since 1981 after graduating from Krannert Business School, Purdue University with a B.S. in Industrial Management and minors in CS and IE. Jeff also has an MBA and has lead the global information technology group for the company since 1994. Jeff is the Security Officer for the company and is actively involved in compliance and governance for Haynes, a publically traded company. Haynes International, Inc., headquartered in Kokomo, Indiana, USA, is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance nickel- and cobalt-based alloys used in corrosion and high-temperature applications.