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Tech Trends 


This ongoing roundtable discussion features Elite CIO's from fortune 500 and government about trends and advances in Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) by a panel of distinguished technology experts. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the world, and suggest what might we do to take advantage of these trends.

IT department are undergoing a paradigm shift at the same time as finding personal with the requisite skillsets extremely hard to find, and perhaps even harder to retain. How are savvy CIOs quickly identifying what are the hot skills they most urgently require and then build a strategy that allows them to build (train), borrow (outsource), or buy (hire) the right people with the right capability at the right time.



  •  Understanding of IoT and Smart Cities deployment.

  • What skills sets are required to excel

  • What CIO's are looking for when it comes to their team 

  • Commit to a talent-first organization which recognizes and rewards the most important asset you have " your people

  • Identify the skills most urgently in need and prioritize their acquisition

  • Determine which acquisition methods needs to be used for which skill to maximize impact and return on investment

Juan Fernandez, ​SVP of Managed IT Services/ Public Speaker - Future of technology and strategy planning. 2018 MSP Shark Tank winner.

Experienced Vice President Information Technology Services with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Enterprise Solutions, Team Building, and Public Speaking. Strong operations professional with a Bachelors of science focused on developing the future of IT services and products.

Miguel Gamiño Jr, Executive Vice President (EVP) Enterprise Partnerships | Head of Global Cities and City Possible at Mastercard

Civic Technologist and Smart Cities Thought leader.

Global executive at Mastercard. Urban challenge seeker, and solver. Building #CityPossible partnerships with cities, companies, and NGO communities to accomplish #InclusiveUrbanization and #MakeTechWorkForPeople.


CIO of NYC and San Francisco

As CIO, he worked with all New York City agencies to develop a Smart City and “Internet of Things” (IoT) strategy that ensures coordination, collaboration and innovation across the City. I also lead the City’s Broadband Program, which had been previously led by the Counsel to the Mayor’s office – partnering with agencies, private industry, and academia to further the Mayor’s goal to ensure every resident and business will have access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service everywhere by 2025.

Opening Remarks and CIO Tech Trends Round Table

Michael Sullivan, VP & CIO at Southern Company Gas, Top 50 CIO

Technology Executive with 31 years experience across multiple industries: Largely successful due to ability to implement transformative technology strategies across complex organizations. Highly skilled at building relationships with business partners. Adept at helping business partners and technology experts use innovation to strengthen the business and achieve objectives. Deeply experienced in integrating new technologies to streamline processes and improve productivity.

Over the past 7 years, worked in the Utility industry and been responsible for the full breadth of IT solutions and drove enterprise planning and strategic roadmap for Transmission and Distribution business. Also acted as enterprise mobile champion and introduced Mobile Center of Excellence.

Specialties: Managed Complex Operations/ Enterprise Applications/ Applied Leading Edge Technologies/ Technology Investment Strategy/ Project-Program Management Experience/
Strategic Planning/Governance Organizaional Leadership and Development/
Interaction with High-Profile Clients/ Vendors and Executive Management/Oustanding Community Involvement/ Change Management Leader 

CIO Tech Trends RoundTable

Dan Webber, CIO Executive Vice President, UST Global

Dan has a career that spans over 22 years as a Chief Information Officer and Technology Officer, 13 of those years have been spent in healthcare and biotech. Now Vice President and CIO at UST Global. Dan has led the integration of technology and related business and operational processes for 42 acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers and evaluated another 85. Dan is a rarity in that he's a CFO, CIO, CTO and he has excellent sales/marketing skills.

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