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

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Executives from Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company, Ingersoll Rand, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, DCLI, Inc. & Truliant Federal Credit Union Recognized for their Achievements

The Charlotte CIO Leadership Association (CharlotteCIO) announced the winners of its 2019 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. CharlotteCIO recognized chief information officers in six key categories – Leadership, Global, Enterprise, Corporate and Nonprofit/Public Sector. The Awards were presented at the Charlotte CIO of the Year Awards at the Westin Charlotte.

“Today’s recognition of these CIO Executives’ ability to innovate and lead their organizations is the cornerstone of the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association’s vision of developing transformative technology leaders who deliver business outcomes that impact their organizations, their industries and our world,” said Melissa Sawyer, Executive Director of CharlotteCIO. “Being selected by their peers is testament to the innovation, leadership and perseverance these individuals have mastered in earning this prestigious recognition.”

The 2019 Charlotte CIO of the Year ORBIE Award winners are:
›› Cam Faison, SVP & CIO, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company, received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.
›› Steve Hagood, SVP & CIO, Ingersoll Rand, received the Global ORBIE, for organizations over $3 billion annual revenue & significant multi-national operations
›› Steve Ermish, CIO, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, received the Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $500 million annual revenue.
›› Nicole White, VP IT, DCLI, Inc., received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.
›› Sandeep Uthra, CIO, Truliant Federal Credit Union, received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE, for 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 800 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 200 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
›› Size and scope of responsibilities
›› Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The CIO Awards ceremony was keynoted by Cathy Bessant, Chief Operations & Technology Officer of Bank of America. Nearly 700 guests attended, representing leading Charlotte organizations and their technology partners.

The 2019 Charlotte CIO of the Year Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:
›› Underwriters: VeriStor, Dell Technologies & Insight
›› Gold sponsors: Citrix, Amazon Web Services, Cumberland Group, Aryaka & Salesforce
›› Silver sponsors: Zerto, Zscaler, Workday, Red Hat, Flexential, Tanium, Intellinet, Velocity Technology Solutions, Hylaine & Deloitte
›› Bronze sponsors: Psiog, Splunk, Oracle, Versiant, True IP Solutions, Cognizant, ServiceNow, Fortinet, Slalom, Signature Consultants & Between Pixels
›› National partner: Year Up
›› Association sponsor: SIM Charlotte
›› Media partner: The Charlotte Business Journal

›› About the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association
The Charlotte CIO Leadership Association (CharlotteCIO) is the preeminent professional association for Charlotte 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.

CharlotteCIO 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. CharlotteCIO events are CIO-led and attended solely by CIO-level executives.

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