Judges

Margaret L. Loper

Chief Scientist, Information and Communications Laboratory | Georgia Tech Research Institute

Margaret Loper is a Principal Research Scientist at GTRI and Chief Scientist of the Information Technology & Telecommunications Laboratory. Dr. Loper was recruited in 1995 to develop an internationally recognized program in Modeling and Simulation. She achieved that goal through her consistently strong contributions focusing on education, collaborative research and program development. Dr. Loper has twenty-five years of experience in M&S and her technical focus is parallel and distributed simulation. She has made significant contributions to the areas of temporal synchronization, simulation testing, and simulation communication protocols. Dr. Loper received recognition for her contributions to the High Level Architecture simulation standards.

Chad Doiron

Vice President of Strategy | Advocate Consulting

Chad Doiron is a Vice President at The North Highland Company, where he serves as one of the leaders of the firm’s Information Technology service offerings. His experience combines a successful track record in lead roles in both industry and world-class consulting. His career focus includes IT Strategy, Interactive Retailing, Information Systems Management, and Program Management Office (PMO) in the retail industry. During his 20-year career in the Information Systems arena, he has worked with a broad spectrum of retail, wholesale, and service based companies across many industry sectors including apparel, healthcare, energy, insurance, and hospitality. For the past six years, Mr. Doiron has specialized in helping clients design and implement leading-edge technology strategies and solutions that enable their long-term business vision. Prior to his consulting career at North Highland, Mr. Doiron held various senior management positions in which he owned and managed all facets of information systems operations.

Matthew Carlomango

Vice President Human Resources | First Data Corp.

In a career spanning over 20 years, Carlomagno has held strategic human resources leadership positions for some of the world’s most prestigious companies.

Currently, Carlomagno leads HR for the Network & Security Solution (NSS) division at First Data Corporation. In this role, Carlomagno provides strategic guidance on human capital matters to the Executive Vice President for one of the three global segments of the company.
Prior to FD, Carlomagno led Human Resources for IMG's College Sports division. IMG College is a leading marketing, licensing and media company that helps clients maximize the enormous potential of their collegiate sports and on-campus properties. In May 2014, IMG was sold to William Morris Endeavor forming WME/IMG. Carlomagno was a leader on HR due diligence and sale preparation for the College Sports division.

Prior to IMG, Carlomagno led Human Resources for EMS Technologies; EMS Technologies operates in over 15 countries around the world and provides mobile connectivity solutions in the Aviation, Defense & Space, Warehouse Logistics and Global Tracking of assets for government, military and commercial use. Carlomagno set the company’s direction in the areas of Global Human Resources, Employee Communications, Facilities and Information Technology. He was part of the executive team at EMS which executed a successful company sale to Honeywell in Q32011.

Previous positions include HR Leadership roles for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., and Reuters.

Carlomagno earned his Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University. He is currently a member of the HR Leadership Forum of Atlanta and became a board member of HRLF in 2016. He has also served as board member for the Diversity Council for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

Theresa Brunasso

President & Founder | D&S Microwave

Theresa Brunasso, Founder and President of D&S Microwave, is a 30-year veteran in the field of Electrical Engineering. Prior to starting D&S Microwave, she spent more than 20 years at EMS Technologies, Defense and Space Division. At EMS, Theresa served as Microwave Engineering Manager, Director of Technology Development, and provided innovative design and development expertise for numerous programs, including JSTARS, TDRS, XM Radio, DarkStar, NSTAR, Milstar, Advanced EHF, IntelSat and the Mars Science Lab. Since starting D&S Microwave she has worked with clients including LTC Engineering Associates, General Dynamics SATCOM, Sierra Microwave Technology, and COM DEV USA.

Monica V. Moore

Senior Vice President | Elavon

Monica Moore is the SVP, Distributed Systems at Elavon. With over 20 years of experience in the technology field, Monica has held executive roles in large corporations and consulting organizations. She has a proven track record for delivery with Oracle Corporation, Cox Communications, AutoTrader.com and First Data Corporation.

Nigel Zelcer

Partner and Co-Founder | Jabian Consulting

Nigel Zelcer is recognized for his passion in supporting organizations through their journey of large scale transformation. From Mid Market high growth companies to Fortune 500 clients that have needle moving programs, Nigel’s complex planning and delivery experiences enables both Business and IT organizations to successfully transform. Nigel regularly engages at the start of a transformation and will partner with clients during Strategic Planning sessions and helps organizations establish their overall Strategic Governance approach. Nigel applies his expertise in developing and leading the Program Management Office and oversees all aspects of Operational Excellence, Technology Optimization, and Technology Execution.

Mitch Gersten

VP, Enterprise Platforms | Cox Automotive

Mitch Gersten is currently the VP, Enterprise Platforms for Cox Automotive. He recently took on this role after having been with Manheim for the prior six years. Mitch has over twenty years in Information Technology and Product Development for financial services, telecommunications, automotive and other industries. Mitch has also served as a BIO/VP Technology for LexisNexis (ChoicePoint) where he was responsible for all public records data services. Prior to that he was CTO for Valubond where he led the development of a fixed income trading and private label solution for banks and retail financial services. Earlier in his career, Mitch worked for Deloitte and Fujitsu Consulting after beginning his career in the financial services industry.

Matthew Maddox

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer | Old Republic Aerospace

Matt is responsible for IT strategy and governance, application development, and IT operations. He began his career in 1999 where he was the lead web developer for the University of Georgia sports communications department. Matt then spent 10 years with AIG Aerospace, first as an application developer and then later growing his experience within the project management office as a business analyst and project manager. He joined Old Republic Aerospace in 2011 to organize the project management office and in 2014, was promoted to senior vice president, chief information officer. Matt is a 2002 graduate of the University of Georgia. He is active in the Atlanta tech community including volunteering for TechBridge to help raise awareness for technology needs for non-profits as well as participating as a member of IIBA, PMI and GCLA.

Grant Shih

Vice President, Technology Services | Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh

Grant Shih is Vice President, Technology Services at Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh, a leading brand of baby and children’s clothing, gifts and accessories. He has been at Carter’s for over 3 years and oversees Infrastructure, Development and Support Services within IT. Grant was previously at Accenture where he was responsible for several operational and delivery entities including the Global Service Oriented Architecture Center of Excellence and Google Enterprise Alliance. He serves as Vice Chair of the National Retail Federation ARTS (Association for Retail Technology Standards) Council. Grant has recently launched and operates the “IT Girls STEM Club” at Berkeley Lake Elementary School where both of his children attend. Grant has a BBA in Marketing from The University of Georgia.

Carrie Bates Hastings

Former Chief Development Officer | Formerly Techbridge

Carrie recently left her role as Chief Development Officer at TechBridge, a nonprofit that brings business and technology expertise to other nonprofits. Carrie joined TechBridge in 2005 as the Director of Corporate Relations and became CDO in 2014 with oversight of all fundraising and community engagement: events (including the Digital Ball), sponsorships, grants, in-kind donations and individual giving. During her 11-year tenure at TechBridge, Carrie raised over $20 million in cash and in-kind donations to fund critical technology services for nonprofits. Her previous experience includes 14 years of technology consulting with Accenture, Aon Hewitt and NGA, where she developed expertise in account management, project management, communications, business process design, and large-scale implementations of HR systems.

David Rodriguez

Vice President, Quality and Release Management | Fiserv

David Rodriguez is the Vice President, Quality and Release Management for the Electronic Payments division at Fiserv. He has almost 30 years of experience in a variety of industries including telecommunications, hospitality, television and financial services.  Widely recognized as a transformational leader and change agent, David has been involved in the successful transformation activities at some of the top companies in Atlanta.  David graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems & Business Administration.

Derek Johnson

Southeast Market Principal | ThoughtWorks

Derek Johnson is the Southeast Market Principal for ThoughtWorks Inc., a global software consultancy. He began his career in Atlanta, at AT&T's strategic technology group and later lead Product Development for a successful local start-up, Optimi. Derek now leads global teams of designers, developers, and analysts to deliver comprehensive solutions to many of the world's most successful corporations.

With a focus on leveraging technology to build up communities, he and his team maintain ongoing support for Women Who Code, Technologists of Color, and Digital Youth, among others.

Derek is a proud graduate of 3 of Atlanta's finest institutions, Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kennesaw State University. He has been an active member of the Atlanta community, having served with both Junior Achievement and the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. He is a published author, and maintains a keen focus on creating opportunities for young people to enter high tech careers and thrive as they navigate the corporate world.

Lisa LaRoque

Executive Director of Georgia CIO Leadership Association

Cindy Taylor

CIO Advisor | CyberRisk Solutions

Cindy is a global technology executive experienced in leading digital transformation and risk management across business and IT. She has developed IT strategies, created delivery organizations, led numerous global teams, managed significant ERP turnaround initiatives, implemented continual improvement programs, and deployed IT support services to maintain and sustain key business operations. Her strength is bringing order to disrupted environments, instilling confidence in the journey, and building alignment and transparency.

Currently, Cindy is a Partner for CyberRisk Solutions, LLC where she is working with customer to formulate business risk management strategies focused on threat protections. Prior to that, Cindy managed corporate-wide applications, infrastructure and data center operations as corporate VP of Information Systems at Oxford Industries.

Prior to joining Oxford, Ms. Taylor spent nearly 20 years in management consulting as a Partner with Computer Sciences Corporation, North America Global Program Management Practice Head at Tata Consultancy Services, and Director of Transition and Program Management for Savvis (now CenturyLink). She has led large global cross-functional delivery teams, transitioned and integrated Fortune 1000 customers impacted by mergers, acquisitions, IT outsourcing, and other technology disruption. Ms. Taylor has also built two Program Management / PMO professional services practices to deliver global transformation solutions, IT Outsourcing transition leadership, and has been chosen by a number of clients to restore troubled initiatives and provide strategic consulting.

Prior to consulting, Ms. Taylor started her career in software development at General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) and supported both the F-16 and F-22 Programs. She is a graduate of Auburn University and active Advisory Board Member for Auburn Harbert College of Business

Matt Frankel

| The Intersect Group

As the Atlanta Market Leader, Matt leads strategic planning, delivery, and business development activities for The Intersect Group’s largest market. Matt offers a unique perspective in applying innovative solutions to complex challenges both internally and within The Intersect Group’s client’s Technology and Finance & Accounting organizations. Matt has a passion for clearing the path to success for both his team and clients.

Matt is equally committed to giving back to the community and providing opportunities to students in pursuit of careers within the industries in which The Intersect Group serves. As such, Matt was instrumental in the development of The Intersect Group’s STEM Scholarship Program which awarded scholarships to four high school students in 2016. In addition, Matt and his team recently became corporate partners with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study Program, which currently provides internship opportunities for four high school students in an effort to gain early exposure to the working world. Matt leads TIG’s involvement with Atlanta’s business organizations, including WIT, TAG, Techbridge, AIMA, IIA, GSCPA and NABA.

Since joining TIG in 2009, Matt has been recognized for his leadership, ingenuity and commitment to what TIG calls the 4 C’s – Colleagues, Clients, Candidates, Community.

Carol Austensen

Managing Director | SEI

Carol Austensen has more than 20 years of leadership experience including Vice President of U.S. Strategy for Aflac Inc., Vice President of Operations for Aflac Inc., Director of Marketing and CRM for Allstate Insurance Company and Chief Operating Office for OneSpring LLC a boutique consulting firm. She currently serves as Managing Director for SEI - Atlanta, a locally based consulting firm offering technology and business services to the Atlanta market. Carol holds a BBA from Mercer University, an MBA from Emory Goizueta School of Business, and a Six Sigma Black Belt from Georgia Tech. She is a parent to three boys, ages 13, 15, and 17 and a daughter who is 12. Her passions outside of work include waterskiing, hiking, snow skiing, and raising horses.