YMCA of Metro Chicago

“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 and CIO

The RoomPlace

“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

TransLumen Technologies

“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 and SVP of Products

American Access Casualty Company

“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


“I found the session very informative and I very much enjoyed the networking opportunity including vendor booths.”

Shebina Kanani VP of IT Outsourcing and Supplier Management

GE Healthcare

“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 of IT and Process Excellence

Home Trust Company

“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


“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

Golden Gate Capital

“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 of IT


“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