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

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Executives from BBVA, NTT DATA Services, Elevate Credit, Associa, DAVACO, Inc., Baylor Scott & White Health and Tarrant County Recognized for their Achievements

The Dallas CIO Leadership Association (DallasCIO) announced the winners of its 2019 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. DallasCIO recognized chief information officers in eight key categories – Leadership, Super Global, Global, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Corporate, Healthcare and Nonprofit/ Public Sector. The Awards were presented at the Dallas CIO of the Year Awards at The OMNI Dallas Hotel.

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

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

›› Tom Nealon, President, Southwest Airlines, received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.
›› Hammad Azzam, CIO New Digital Business, BBVA, received the Super Global ORBIE, for organizations over $5 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations.
›› Barry Shurkey, CIO, NTT DATA Services, received the Global ORBIE, for organizations over $1 billion annual revenue & multi-national operations
›› Joan Kuehl, CIO, Elevate Credit, received the Large Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $600 million annual revenue.
›› Andrew Brock, EVP & CIO, Associa, received the Enterprise ORBIE, for organizations over $200 million annual revenue.
›› Roberto Arrocha, CIO, DAVACO, Inc., received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $200 million annual revenue.
›› Matt Chambers, CIO, DAVACO, Baylor Scott & White Health, received the Healthcare ORBIE, for hospitals & healthcare organizations.
›› Chris Nchopa-Ayafor, CIO, Tarrant County, received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE, for government, 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 Becky Blalock, Former SVP & CIO of Southern Company. Becky shared her leadership insights as one of the nation’s top thought leaders in the IT & utility industries. Nearly 650 guests attended, representing leading North Texas organizations and their technology partners.

The 2019 Dallas CIO of the Year Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:

›› Underwriters: Pariveda, Advocate, QTS Data Centers, Qentelli & Deloitte
›› Gold sponsors: Sendero Consulting, Red Hat, Allata, CenturyLink & Akamai
›› Silver sponsors: VMware, Flexential, Splunk, OutSystems, Zerto, Nutanix, Intellys & Datamob
›› Bronze sponsors: NTT Data, Bottle Rocket, LAM Technology, Zeal IT, Hunter Technical Resources, Protiviti, Frontier Technologies, Appian, CyberGroup, Wipro, Box, SBASE & Zyston
›› Media partner: The Dallas Business Journal

›› About the Dallas CIO Leadership Association

The Dallas CIO Leadership Association (DallasCIO) is the preeminent professional association for North Texas 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.
DallasCIO 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. DallasCIO events are CIO-led and attended solely by CIO-level executives.

›› Achieve your leadership potential through DallasCIO: http://www.dallascio.org

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