Fusion Speakers

Steven Gutkin,
Deputy Director, 
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
Steven Gutkin is the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP). He was named to this position in August 2014. Deputy Director Gutkin joined NJOHSP in 2012, serving as Chief of the Preparedness and Critical Infrastructure Protection Bureaus. See full bio>>

David Cagigal, 
State of Wisconsin
As the CIO for the State of Wisconsin,David Cagigal also serves as Division Administrator for the Division of Enterprise Technology (DET). DET manages the state’s IT assets and provides technology to state agencies such as computer services, voice-data-video telecommunications, and print and mail services. See full bio>>

Ted Nickel, 
Commissioner of Insurance, 
State of Wisconsin
Ted Nickel serves as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin. Commissioner Nickel is also a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). He is a member of the Executive Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Chairs the Site Selection Committee. In August 2014, the Commissioner was appointed to the US Treasury Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI) which serves as an advisory committee to the Federal Insurance Office. In this capacity, Nickel leads efforts that discuss a number of issues, including blockchain technology in the insurance sector, the changing auto safety landscape, and an overview of insurance fraud.The Commissioner currently serves as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). See full bio>>

Ted Stuckey, 
Head of Global Innovation Lab, 
QBE Insurance Group Limited
As Head of the Global Innovation Lab, Ted supports the global markets that QBE operates in by exploring how the latest technologies can drive growth, improve efficiency and build stronger partnerships with our customers. Ted’s accountabilities include establishing partnerships in a variety of areas including academic and start-up communities. See full bio>>

Kerrie Hoffman, 
VP of IT, Building Technologies and Solutions, 
Johnson Controls
Kerrie Hoffman is Vice President of Information Technology (IT), leading IT for the Building Efficiency Business Unit of Johnson Controls Inc. Her career spans three Industries and multiple functions including Operations, Supply Chain, Sales, and Information Technology. See full bio>> 

Nadine Friedman, 
Senior Vice President,
Integro Insurance Brokers
Nadine Friedman Daniels has nearly 12 years of experience providing risk management consulting services, developing new business, and serving mid-sized and large professional service firms. Nadine is also co-leader of the Professional Services Group Cyber Liability Practice and Placing Broker for the National Cyber Practice Group. See full bio>> 

Blaise Beaulier, 
VP – Enterprise Projects & Support, 
Northwestern Mutual
As Vice President – Information Systems for Northwestern Mutual, Beaulier is responsible for the development and support of application systems covering insurance products and operations, retail and institutional investments, field technology and compensation, and corporate functions. See full bio>> 

Guy Ringle,
SVP, Director of Bank Operations,
Associated Bank
Guy Ringle joined Associated in May 2014 as Senior Vice President, Director of Bank Operations. He is responsible for managing bank operations including customer care, deposit, loan and treasury management. See full bio>>

Pramod Achanta, 
Partner, Financial Services Blockchain Practice Leader for North America,
Pramod Achanta leads IBM’s Blockchain practice for Financial Services industry in North America.  In his current role, Mr. Achanta provides strategic advice and execution services on Blockchain technologies to leading Financial Services participants.  See full bio>>

Eric Cornelius, 
Director of Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems, 
Eric is responsible for thought leadership, architecture and implementation for Cylance® Consulting’s critical infrastructure and industrial control systems security practice. Previously, Eric served as the Deputy Director and Chief Technical Analyst for the Control Systems Security Program at the US Department of Homeland Security. See full bio>>

Abner Germanow, 
Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, 
New Relic
Abner Germanow is the Senior Director of Solutions Marketing at New Relic where he is responsible for determining how and what organizations need to do to make their software development investments succeed. See full bio>>

Elizabeth Brown,
Associate Professor,
College of Business, UW – La Crosse
Prof. Brown joined the UW-L legal studies faculty in August of 2015. Before joining the UW-L faculty, Prof. Brown taught in Georgia State University’s Risk Management and Insurance Department in Atlanta, Georgia from 2009 to 2015. Prior to entering academia, she worked at Clifford Chance in London where she focused on securities transactions having a value of more than $30 billion. See full bio>>

Bill Nash,
WI Dept of Administration
Bill Nash is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State Of Wisconsin, Department of Administration. Bill has 30 years of Information Technology (IT) experience in the areas of Application Development, Infrastructure support and Security. See full bio>>

Bob Turner,
UW Madison
Bob Turner leads the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security and privacy program by collaboratively implementing information security controls to protect UW-Madison information and its infrastructure from external or internal threats, and to assure that UW-Madison complies with statutory and regulatory requirements regarding information access, security and privacy. See full bio>>

Bruce Maas,
CIO and Vice Provost for IT,
UW Madison
Bruce Maas is the Vice Provost for Information Technology and CIO at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position he has held since August of 2011. He has served the University of Wisconsin System in a diversity of roles over a career of more than 36 years, including Campus Budget Manager, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs, and PeopleSoft Student System Executive Project Manager. See full bio>> 

Kurt Roemer,
Chief Security Strategist,
Kurt Roemer leads security, compliance, risk and privacy strategies for Citrix products. As a member of the Citrix CTO and Strategy Office, Roemer drives ideation, innovation and technical direction for products and solutions that advance business productivity while ensuring information governance. See full bio>>

Joan Schmit,
Professor – Risk and Insurance,
American Family Insurance Distinguished Chair of Risk Management and Insurance
Joan T. Schmit is the American Family Insurance Distinguished Chair of Risk Management and Insurance in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been on the faculty since 1988. See full bio>>

Elizabeth Fitch
Founding Member,

Righi Fitch Law Group
Beth serves as CISO for her law firm, is the Co-Chair of the Arizona State Bar’s Cyber Liability Committee, Co-Dean of the CLM Cyber Claims College and Vice-Chair of the IADC Technology Publications Committee. She counsels companies and insureds on cyber hygiene, best practices and responding to data breaches. See full bio>>  

Theodore M. Schaer,
Shareholder; Co-Chair – Property and Casualty Defense Department,
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C
Theodore M. Schaer is regularly hired by some of the nation’s largest insurers, third party administrators, motor carriers and businesses to defend lawsuits. Ted advises clients on privacy and cyber related issues and leads the Firm’s data breach response team. See full bio>>  

Anthony Koludrovic,
Assistant Vice President, Specialty E&O,
Liberty International Underwriters
For more than seven years, Anthony Koludrovic – who began his career as a systems analyst – has been working in the Financial and Professional Liability field as a client advisor and lead underwriter. See full bio>> 

Greg Pfluger,
Vice President of IS,
American Family Insurance
Greg is responsible developing new business processes and systems to support American Family.  Prior to joining American Family in 2009, he was Vice President, IT and Corporate CIO Sentry Insurance.  See full bio>> 

Gary Frings, CIO, Exact Sciences

Gary joined Exact Sciences as CIO in 2015.  He was the co-founder and president, Performance G2, Inc. where for more than 20 years, Gary Frings helped clients to successfully utilize technology by leveraging his expertise in the distinct disciplines of business strategy and information systems. Before founding PerformanceG2, Inc., Gary served for 6 years as Managing Partner of Merador, a performance management consulting firm. See full bio>> 


Bentley Curran,
VP of Digital Business and CIO,
Brady Corporation
Bentley Curran leads Brady’s digital transformation focusing on delivering a superior customer experience at all touch points, working with Brady’s global team to deliver the capabilities required to better serve Brady customers, including on-line, off-line and mobile. See full bio>>

Kathy Lang,
Marquette University
Kathy J. Lang is the Chief Information Officer at Marquette University. She is responsible for the strategic direction of technology, IT project management, technology infrastructure, applications, IT security, research computing and technology support services. See full bio>>

Mark McDonald,
Managing Director,
Mark is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Health Practice. He concentrates on digital transformation and consumerism in health.  He has led numerous projects addressing the technology and structural changes created by customers, cost and technology.  He is a frequent speaker on issues of technology, leadership and disruption. See full bio>>

Jody McDonough,
SVP of IT Shared Services,
QBE North America
Jody McDonough is the SVP of IT Shared Services for QBE North America, located in Sun Prairie, WI but part of a Global Group based out of Australia. Prior to joining QBE, Jody founded a SaaS organization that specialized in online transaction systems and data acquisition and analytics.  See full bio>>

Steve Cretney,
Colony Brands
Steve Cretney is the VP and CIO for Colony Brands, a family of direct to consumer brands located in Monroe, WI. Steve has over 25 years of IT experience with an innate ability to lead technology organizations and deliver business results. See full bio>>

Stephen Orban,
Global Head of Enterprise Strategy,
Amazon Web Services
Stephen joined AWS as Head of Enterprise Strategy in September of 2014. In this role, Stephen oversees AWS’ go-to-market strategy for the enterprise segment, and works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them devote more of their resources to their customers. See full bio>>

Tim Balliet,
Director of Technology,
Duluth Trading Co.
Tim Balliet joined Duluth Trading Company in 2011 to transform the company’s technical capabilities to align with the aggressive corporate growth strategy. His focus is on infrastructure and business analytics. See full bio>>

Michele Bennett, PhD, 
VP, Advanced Analytics,
Michele specializes in transforming organizations through the use of data and customer experiences. She has a passion for data and analyses as tools to shape businesses as well as to provide immediate impact, protection from competition, and a path to future growth.  See full bio>>


Herb Thompson,
Chief Technical Officer/Deputy CIO,
State of Wisconsin
Herb Thompson currently serves as the Wisconsin State Deputy CIO and CTO.  In this role he provides leadership setting strategic direction in enterprise architecture, enterprise technology and IT policy. See full bio>>

Jayson Hahn,
Starr Insurance
Jayson Hahn has been Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer of Starr Companies since 2006, Prior to that he was Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of Merrimac Industries. See full bio>>

Vinu Thomas,
Chief Technology Officer,
As CTO, Vinu is responsible for guiding Presidio’s technology strategy, solution and service offerings, vendor and product management and industry thought leadership. See full bio>>

John Chancellor,
Managed Services Solution Architect,
John Chancellor is a Managed Services Solution Architect for CDW, a leading hosting and managed services provider. Working every day with businesses looking for management assistance, John specializes in refocusing IT organizations on their core values. See full bio>>

Kari Myrland,

UW Foundation
Kari Myrland is the CIO at the University of Wisconsin Foundation assuming the position in early 2013. In this role she is responsible for overall IT operations and data management, including the current implementation of Blackbaud’s CRM and Financial Edge systems. See full bio>>

Christie Struckman,
Research Director,
Christie Struckman covers the complex challenges of organizational change and business transformation with a focus on the people perspective. Her areas of focus include IT management, the role of the CIO, organizational change, cultural change and bimodal practices. See full bio>>

Sue Peterson,
Vice President of IT,
Sargento Foods
As Vice President of Information Technology (IT) of Sargento Foods Inc., Sue oversees all of the Sargento IT functions, including the development, implementation and support of information systems, security and compliance, data management and integrity, and project/portfolio management. See full bio>>

Tom Hendricks,
Vice President of Information Technology,
Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Tom Hendricks joined Culver’s as VP of Information Technology in 2008.  Tom has over 30 years of technology experience focusing on business process transformation, strategic planning and project management. See full bio>>

Michael Grimm,
Vice President, IT,
The Sub-Zero Group
Michael Grimm serves as Vice President, Information Technology for the Sub-Zero Group where he is a member of the Executive Management team, overseeing all IT activities and functions. Mike has been at The Sub-Zero Group for the past six years with his biggest priorities in the areas of improving product time to market, product distribution optimization, marketing automation, and the connected appliances implementation. See full bio>>

Steve Mueller,
CIO, WI Dept Employee Trust Funds
Steve Mueller is the CIO for the Employee Trust Funds WI Dept.  He previously worked as CIO of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development where he was responsible for application development, infrastructure and operations as well as strategy and leadership for enterprise business analysis, project management, and lean government initiatives. See full bio>>


Mike Koleno,
Mike Koleno makes it his personal mission to ensure Solstice clients have the latest technological advantages at their disposal. He leads the Solstice Cloud and Modern Software Engineering service lines and oversees full stack development efforts across a wide-range of F1000 clients including Redbox, Rockwell Automation, USG, PSCU, Country Financial, and more. See full bio>>


Mark West
Director global Cyber Threat Detection & Incident Response
Johnson Controls
Mark West is Director of Cyber Threat Analysis and Response at Johnson Controls International and works with his IT and business partners to help them operate the Enterprise while minimizing the risks inherent in a connected world. See full bio>>



Kerra Guffey
WPS Health Insurance
Kerra Guffey joined WPS as chief information officer in June 2014. Her career in technology and the health care industry spans more than 25 years. Before coming to WPS, she was chief information officer for Meriter Health Services in Madison from July 2007 until November 2013 when she was named chief operating officer of Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation, which was owned by Meriter.   See full bio>>

Jim Motes
Vice President, Information Security
Kohler Company
Jim’s responsibilities include information security governance, strategy, vision, security operations planning and execution.  Prior to Kohler, Jim was the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Rockwell Automation where he was responsible for information and physical security governance, policy, and strategy.  See full bio>>




Todd Tupper
Director Computing Services & IT Security
Colony Brands
Todd Tupper is the Director of Computing Services and IT Security for Colony Brands where he leads the Cloud and On-Premise Infrastructure teams, while maintaining responsibility for organizational information security. See full bio>>


Colonel Jeffrey M. Alston
Director, J6
Director, IT and Communications
WI Army National Guard
COL Alston serves as the Director, J6 both in full-time and M-day capacity. He was commissioned in 1992 from ROTC at the UW-Madison. COL Alston joined the full-time force at JFHQ in 1999 as a network engineer. Subsequent positions included the network manager, information management branch chief, interim director, interim DPC manager and deputy J6 and is currently, Director, J6.  See full bio>> 


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