""Thanks for a great event on Thursday… I made a lot of valuable
contacts, and I was impressed with the caliber of speakers and
panelists. Admittedly, I find myself invited to a lot of these types
of events, and pass on most of them. But I’m glad I was able to
Chad M. Choban
"I really enjoyed the interactive discussion format on a topic we all care about. It was a great experience to share these ideas with peers and to get to know several new people."
"This is an excellent forum and I am thankful to directIT that I was able to participate in this event. The directIT team is very professional and setup a wonderful event down to the very last detail."
"An evening well spent with great folks such as Ashwin, Mark, Nepal and several great leaders.
Excellent motivational information from the leaders and a platform to meet and socialize with local IT family was a highlight of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward in attending the next session eagerly."
"Excellent panel with deep insight that was well facilitated by Mark. Large number of attendees from various organizations providing good networking opportunity. Good setting and value and I look forward to attending more direcIT events in the future."
Flextronics International, Ltd.
"This event is a great forum you’ll come across for delving into issues of importance to CIOs, networking with IT executive peers and having more fun than should be allowed at a business function. The interactions and new professional connections that I made were extremely valuable."
"I just wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation to you and the CIOsynergy team for allowing me to participate in such an informative and enjoyable event last Thursday, at Hotel Valencia. It was a pleasure to spend an evening with so many executives to listen and learn. The breadth of conversation was a relevant reminder of the challenges we are facing today, yet serves as an opportunity to improve and enhance our operations."
"I met some Brilliant Executives that I could see eye to eye and share day-to-day IT Operations stories and visionary ideas for the future.
It was very beneficial for me to meet other executives like myself and vendors who I was looking for to do some infrastructure work for me in 2009. The speakers where also excellent! I learned a lot during my few hours that I was there listening and asking questions. The information was very useful on my day to day activities at Impax Labs. I enjoyed meeting the folks from Juniper and I'm looking forward to seeing them in the next few weeks in my office for a demo of some of the network products that they offer. Thanks again and I look forward to going to more of such successful events like this."
Harry Sarwari, PMP/MBA
Director of IT Operations & Infrastructure
"The event was excellent! I look forward to hearing about and attending future events. As it turns out, I have a large project that is about to launch that will require document imaging technology. Having Kofax attend as a sponsoring vendor was extremely opportunistic and productive. Thanks again!"
Robert Oyung, CIO/CTO
Superior Court of California
"Not having been to one of these sessions before, I was greatly surprised in the administration and organization of the conference. Besides the networking with other IT Executives, I meet some great and influential speakers. The topics were interesting and could help me today to improve my organization. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and would recommend it to all IT Executives."
Director of IT | Producer-Writers Guild Of America
"I was very impressed with the overall event, the focus on CIO to CIO connection, and in particular, the level of engagement during the panel discussion."
Michael Strand - West Region General Manager, Dynamics
"It was great to be a part of an event where the primary focus of the event was truly about the education of CIOs and future CIOs, instead of selling sponsorship opportunities to vendors"
Barry Phillips, CMO & SVP of Sales
"My recent attendance at the CIOSynergy event in San Francisco really was very beneficial. It gave me an opportunity to get out and truly network with some of my peers in both my industry as well as others. Thankfully the event was not vendor centric and was really focused on problems that plague CIO's. The specific vendors that were in attendance at the vendor reception represented solutions to problems that were on the top of our lists. Truly a well spent afternoon."
Sachin Kundra, VP Information Technology
Chevron Federal Credit Union
"The format and timing of the event – including a panel discussion of local IT executives, general networking opportunities and a keynote presentation – provides a valuable experience with a reasonable investment of time. The keynote presentations featuring notable speakers from high-profile organizations are consistently well done and enlightening – providing useful information that I have incorporated into subsequent related activities."
Julianna Cole, SVP & CIO
YMCA of Metro Chicago
"The keynote by Terry Jones made the event! His comments were insightful, relevant, and often light-hearted which really made participating enjoyable, worthwhile and fun. Definitely an inspirational evening!!"
Michelle Pacynski, CIO
"The directIT/CIOsynergy organization provides numerous opportunities for IT executives and mid level management to interact, connect, and gain new or different perspectives to existing IT challenges. I've attend a number of these events over the past couple years and appreciate the quality of the venues, speakers, and overall experience of each function."
"The CIOsynergy/directIT Chicago event provided the best Chicago CIO type keynote I have seen, great networking (met some great people), great MC, great panel, plus the location (Trump Tower) and the food (and top-shelf beverages)"
Doug Siefken, CTO
"Our team really enjoyed the event. It was well organized, located in a beautiful venue, and most importantly, it inspired many valuable conversations."
Danielle Contreras, Marketing Programs Manager
"This was my first time at a directIT event. I was impressed with the quantity and quality of attendees as well as the selection of vendors present. The keynote speech by Terry Jones was excellent, and I'd give special kudos to Scott Shuster for the quality of his panel moderation and his skillful guidance of the Q&A session."
William Swislow, CIO & SVP of Products
"The event with Terry Jones was the best directIT event I have attended. As a former-CIO turned Chief Strategy Officer, I found Terry’s points on innovation to be inspiring as well as encouraging in their alignment with the changes that we are impacting here at American Access. Thank you for the invite."
Kevin Rooney, Chief Strategy Officer
American Access Casualty Company
"I found the session very informative and I very much enjoyed the networking opportunity including vendor booths."
Shebina Kanani, VP, IT Outsourcing and Supplier Management
"It was very insightful for me personally to hear from CIO’s of diverse verticals from Education to Retail verticals, on how they’re using technology to enable innovation and develop expertise. Their thoughts on analytics, data management, reverse mentoring had immense real application at work! Dom was refreshing with bubbling entrepreneurial spirit, crossing boundaries of rules bound by systems. I would recommend this to all IT enthusiast, and information leaders, an event to wait-for!"
Sandeep Grover - Director, IT and Process Excellence
"The discussion with the panel was frank, open, and informative. All the panelists spoke clearly about their experiences and I felt the time was well spent. The Vendors were also helpful, polite, and willing to share information."
Sanjiv Purba - CIO
Home Trust Company
"Several of my colleagues attended the CIOsynergy; each of us felt that it was very worth while. We really appreciated the time and discussion with the CIOpanel. Additionally, the key note speaker was fantastic and more than just a little inspirational.
The networking and business introductions with the sponsors was fantastic; I would certainly recommend attending this event, and certainly would enjoy attending in the future!"
Eli Phetteplace, Enterprise Architect: Global Technology
"It was great to meet some of the vendors and will probably doing business with a few of the vendors, Best of all was Jeff Taylor, very motivational speaker. I'm glad I stayed until the end, this really paid off with entertainment and motivational messages."
Andy Lindstrom, Director IT
Golden Gate Capital
" I appreciated the fact that this event/summit was only a half day and more importantly it was local and focused at the strategic level. I engage with executives at all levels within the organization and it is important for me to network with other senior IT professionals who are dealing with some of the same challenges I face from a day to day, year to year basis"
Kal Majmundar, Head of Business Systems
"The panel topics were interesting and valuable. The event moderator (Scott Shuster) did a fantastic job; very personable and adhered to the timeline. The Keynote speaker (Jeff Taylor) was a fantastic choice to close out the conference; very insightful and motivating. The day went by quickly because the timeline was followed and there were adequate breaks & networking opportunities!"
Michael Garcia, CIO
"I enjoyed the 3 different sessions and felt that the afternoon was very good use of my time. I will definitely attempt to attend & follow on future events."
Steve Hmelar, VP IT
"It was great to meet other CIOs and particularly CISOs and understand their issues, which Scott did a great job of uncovering. Delighted to be part of the panel."
Jennifer Kenny, CIO
"I had a great experience at the event. I meet a lot of peers and also saw a lot of products that may be useful to our company. I thought the size was just right. I have been to way too many Gartner events where I felt isolated and just another paying client.
I was fortunate to have been a part of the Dallas event and seeing the security panel you assembled. Quite a distinguished list of professionals. It was very timely and right in my field. The other panels were excellent as well and WOW, what a keynote! I have already "plagiarized" much of his material.
Thank you for your time and generosity. The event was fantastic!"