Houston CIO Leadership Association Announces Recipients of 2019 CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards

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Executives from Plains All American, BMC, Austin Industries, Camden Property Trust, WCA Waste Corporation and Texas Children’s Hospital Recognized for their Achievements

The Houston CIO Leadership Association (HoustonCIO) announced the winners of its 2019 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. HoustonCIO recognized chief information officers in six key categories – Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate and Nonprofit/ Public Sector. The awards were presented at the Houston CIO of the Year Awards at Marriott Marquis.

“The individuals who have earned these awards are the best and brightest leaders – not just within Houston chief information officers, but in the categories they represent,” said Monique Cook, Executive Director of HoustonCIO. “In today’s interconnected world, organizations that win in the marketplace benefit from the superior strategic planning and day-to-day execution these CIOs bring to the table.”

The 2019 Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Alfred Lindseth, SVP - Technology, Process and Risk Management, Plains All American, received the Super Global ORBIE, for organizations over $10 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.
›› Scott Crowder, SVP & CIO, BMC, received the Global ORBIE, for organizations over $2 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.
›› Sameer Purao, CIO, Austin Industries, received the Large Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $1 billion annual revenue.
›› Kristy Simonette, SVP Strategic Services & CIO, Camden Property Trust, received the Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $500 million annual revenue.
›› Antonio Marin, Former VP IT, WCA Waste Corporation, received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.
›› Myra Davis, SVP & CIO, Texas Children’s Hospital, received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE, for government, healthcare, education and not-for-profit organizations.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 650 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 170 CIO of the Year winners have received the prestigious ORBIE Award. The ORBIE honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.

Finalists and winners are selected by an independent peer review process, led by prior ORBIE recipients, based upon:

›› Leadership and management effectiveness
›› Business value created by technology innovation
›› The size and scope of responsibilities
›› Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The CIO Awards ceremony was keynoted by James Dallas, two-time Fortune 500 CIO, board member, and author. James shared his leadership insights as one of the nation’s top thought leaders in the IT & utility industries. Over 350 guests attended, representing leading North Texas organizations and their technology partners.

The 2019 Houston CIO of the Year Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:
›› Underwriters: Pariveda & CenturyLink
›› Gold sponsors: Blue Sky IT Partners, Akamai, Zerto & Splunk
›› Silver sponsors: VMware, Appian, Cisco/Netsync, Cylance/Critical Start & Mphasis
›› Bronze sponsors: NTT Data, Microsoft, KPMG, Salesforce, AVDS, WinWire, Deloitte, RealPage, Precision Task Group
›› About the Houston CIO Leadership Association

The Houston CIO Leadership Association (HoustonCIO) is the preeminent professional association for Houston chief information officers. Our membership is comprised exclusively of CIOs (or equivalent executive roles) from public and private companies, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit organizations.
HoustonCIO is led by a CIO Advisory Board which sets the annual program agenda for the association. Events are facilitated by a full-time Executive Director and professional staff. HoustonCIO events are CIO-led and attended solely by CIO-level executives.

›› Achieve your leadership potential through HoustonCIO: http://www.houstoncio.org

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