Winners of 2021 KansasCityCIO ORBIE Awards Announced

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KansasCityCIO announced the winners of its 2021 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards. KansasCityCIO recognized chief information officers in six key categories – Leadership, Large Enterprise, Enterprise, Large Corporate, Corporate, & Public Sector. The KansasCityCIO ORBIE Awards were presented virtually.

“The KansasCityCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the significance of strong technology leadership in these uncertain times. Over the past year, CIOs are leading in unprecedented ways and enabling the largest work-from-home experiment in history,” according to Tabitha Sarris, Executive Director of KansasCityCIO. “The ORBIE Awards are meaningful because they are judged by peers - CIOs who understand how difficult this job is and why great leadership matters.”

The 2021 KansasCityCIO ORBIE Award winners are:

›› Alan Lowden, CIO, H&R Block received the Leadership CIO of the Year ORBIE.

›› Bill Graff, SVP & CIO, Cerner Corporation received the Large Enterprise ORBIE for organizations over $4 billion annual revenue.

›› John Jacobs, SVP & CIO, JE Dunn Construction received the Enterprise ORBIE for organizations up to $4 billion annual revenue.

›› Jason Kephart, CIO, Terracon Consultants received the Large Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $1 billion annual revenue.

›› Sean Jennings, EVP & CTO, UnitedLex received the Corporate ORBIE, for organizations up to $500 million annual revenue.

›› Rob Dickson, CIO, Wichita Public Schools received the Nonprofit/Public Sector ORBIE for Government & Education organizations.

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States. Since inception in 1998, over 1,500 CIOs have been honored as finalists and over 350 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

›› Engagement in industry and community endeavors

The KansasCityCIO ORBIE Awards keynote was delivered by Becky Blalock, former Fortune 500 CIO, New York Times Best Selling author, consultant, and board member to several organizations. Nearly 250 guests attended virtually, representing leading Greater Kansas City organizations and their technology partners.

The 2021 KansasCityCIO ORBIE Awards was made possible by the following sponsors:

›› Underwriters: Concord & Google Cloud

›› Gold sponsors: Fortinet & TriCom

›› Silver sponsors: Workday, ServiceNow, VMWare, Zscaler, HPE, Snowflake, & Salesforce

›› Bronze sponsors: Protiviti & Okta

›› Media partner: Kansas City Business Journal

›› National partner: YearUp

›› About KansasCityCIO

KansasCityCIO is the preeminent peer leadership network of Greater Kansas City chief information officers. KansasCityCIO is one of 21 chapters of the InspireCIO Leadership Network, a national membership organization comprised exclusively of CIOs from public and private businesses, government, education, healthcare and nonprofit institutions.

KansasCityCIO is led by a CIO Advisory Board, supported by an executive director and staff. Underwriter executives ensure programs remain non-commercial and exclusive to qualified CIOs and members.

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