IT Summit

IT Summit

A few shots from this year’s SOLD OUT IT Summit!

Attend this year’s IT Summit on Thursday, October 20th, from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Trumbull Marriott at 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT, 06611.

The IT Summit is an annual gathering where executive IT practitioners take part in topical discussions of their choosing.


  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM – Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Keynote Speaker – Eash Sundaram, Executive Vice President, Innovation & Chief Information Officer, JetBlue Airways


  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Early Morning Panels (Three):

1. Big Data
More and more companies are realizing the value of using Big Data technologies to provide the type of insights into their data, customers and vendors that they never thought possible.  This panel will discuss leading Big Data technologies including a case study of a successful implementation.  The aim of the case study will be to demystify technologies like Machine Learning, and show how simple, cost effective and powerful it can be to do with today’s technologies.  The dream of accurately predicting future sales or creating smart segmentation to understand your customer’s habits and make targeted recommendations, all within your current application flow is now a reality.
ModeratorJoe Caserta, CEO, Caserta Concepts
Panelists: Bill Blais, Senior Architect, Tallan, Inc, Matthew Kuckuk, Vice President, CGI Group Inc., and Frank Wilk, CIO, Casella Waste Systems

2. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
Has your IT Infrastructure become too difficult to manage, as well as less than cost effective? Is IT security and complexity a concern? There are options to simplify, by converging components within a common platform. Hear from the experts (those that have made the migration and the vendors that provide the platforms).
Moderator: Steve Bulmer, Vice President, Professional Services. The Walker Group
Panelists: Richard Bazzano, Director, IT Department, Town of Simsbury, Don Hanson, President and CTO, Consolidated Computing and Adam Provost, Senior System Engineer, Scott Roberts, Director of IT, Town of South Windsor

3. Bimodal IT
Should your IT department deploy and manage two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility? Hear both sides of the argument presented by two speakers who will take opposing views on the relevance of Bimodal IT.
Moderator: Tim Scannell, Director Strategic Content, CIO Executive Council
Panelists: Renee Zaugg, Vice President of Infrastructure & Development Services, Aetna, and Peter Krockta, AVP, RPS Application Support and IS Operations, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

  • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Late Morning Panels (Three):

1. Cloud Innovation and Opportunity
Cloud Computing is widely utilized today by large and small enterprises. Companies need to be smart about maximizing benefits while minimizing their risks in moving to the cloud. This panel will offer some guidance on how to migrate to the Cloud and avoid some of the more common mistakes regarding vendor selection, security, network reliability and maintenance. Hear from one company about its successful cloud deployment and the benefits that have accrued such as more financial flexibility and better use of IT resources.
Moderator: Samit Khare, Director, GRC Advisory Services, SDG Corporation
Panelists: Craig Cuyar, CIO, Omnicom, Steven Johnson, Head of Data Protection & Cybersecurity Services, New York Life Insurance Company, Mike Schreibman, Managing Director, Hudson River CIO Advisors, LLC, and Behan Venter, Managing Director, Hudson River CIO Advisors, LLC

2. Attracting, Training and Retaining IT Talent
Globalization affords companies the ability to market worldwide, but that trend also makes for competitive labor markets. This panel discussion addresses the challenges to Connecticut companies in recruiting and keeping high-skilled IT workers, with practical advice and lessons learned from human resources professionals, recruiters, labor strategists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to building and retaining our state’s talent pool.
Moderator: Betsy Gilbert, President, Kestrel Associates, LLC
Panelists: Mark Lassoff, President, LearnToProgram, Inc., Michael Mueller, Sr. Director-Talent Acquisition, Datto, Inc., and Kelley Johnson, President & Founder, Doors to Explore

3. Responding to the Data Breach
Your company incident response plan should clearly delineate your team’s response to a breach, including those steps to limit data exposure and preserve evidence. It includes requirements, whether by law or by contact, to alert your business partners and customers as well as state government officials. Hear from a panel of practitioners and consultants providing guidance on to manage a data breach incident.
Moderator: William Roberts, Associate, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Panelists: Ondrej Krehel, CEO & Founder, LIFARS, Damian Laviolette, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Webster Bank, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Assistant Attorney General, State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office

  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch Keynoter: Jim Noble, CEO, The Advisory Council (TAC International), “Lessons Learned from 1000 Years of Global CIO Experience.”
  •   1:45 PM – 2:45 PM – Afternoon Panels (Three):

1. The Business Valuation of Security Operations
While every executive understands the need to secure their IT systems, it is a difficult question to know how much to spend. Companies could spend themselves into bankruptcy securing themselves to military standards, and too little security can lead to the same bankruptcy court. This panel will explore how to find the right balance of IT Security. Panelists will help you to understand how to balance risk and exposure, as well as provide insights into tools and processes that can give your company the best return on its investment.
Moderator: Michael Smith, Senior Director-Managed Security, Level 3 Communications
Panelists: Michael Fabrico, Principal Systems Security Specialist, NASDAQ, Greg Fell, Board Member, Kitchen Brains and Richard Moore, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal

2. A CIO Panel Discussion
This panel of four distinguished CIOs will discuss such topics as their 2016 IT investment priorities, digital transformation, and the ongoing issues of the cloud, mobile, customer engagement and cybersecurity.
Moderator: Shawn Banerji, member of the Information Officers (IOP) and FinTech Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates.
Panelists: Chetan Balsara, CIO, Davis-Standard, Tony Gazikas, CIO of Global Infrastructure, Stanley Black & Decker, Adam Gorski, CIO, at Platform Specialty Products, Peter Hasslund, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Cenveo Corporation and Laura Walsh, CIO, Lydall Inc.

3. IT Security Frameworks
This panel will introduce several IT security frameworks and standards, and offers advice on choosing the right one for your organization.
Moderator: Barry Abramowitz, CIO, Liberty Bank
Panelists: Steve Lipka, Chief Information Security Officer, Cushman & Wakefield, Karl Muenzinger, Director of Consulting, Janus Associates, Inc. and Anubhav Bathla, CISO, SDG Corporation

Networking at Close of Event:

  • 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM – Networking for attendees, sponsors and panelists – Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
  • Please note: The IT Summit event is for senior IT practitioners only. IT consultants, VARs, systems integrators, IT recruiters, etc. are not eligible to attend unless they are CTC members.

Please contact for more information and for sponsorship opportunities.

Barry Abromowitz, SVP and CIO, Liberty Bank
Chris Bernard
, Managing Director, IT Security and Risk, Cushman & Wakefield
Carl Bonitz, Jr.
, Vice President General Manager, Level 3 Communications
Steve Bulmer
, Vice President, Professional Services, The Walker Group
Doug Casey, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
Marija Curkovic
, Director Technology, Business Relationships, Hartford Steam Boiler
Greg Fell
, General Partner, InvestorsCollaborative
Adam Fisher, CTO, JANUS Associates
Rick Huebner, President and CEO, VISTECH
Cindy Lang, Manager of Events and Programs, Connecticut Technology Council
Tom Lang, Senior Director, Delivery Management, Fiserv, Inc.
Sue Longo, Vice President of Marketing, TierPoint
Brendan McGowan, Global Media Bureau and Client Research Manager, CIO Executive Council
Jim Melough, Vice President of Information Services, Hartford Steam Boiler
Rob Montecalvo, Vice President, Portfolio Management, Hartford Steam Boiler
Bill Rucci, Principal, Business Solutions Delivered
Michael Schramm, Principal, Cloud Security Solutions
Mike Scricca,
Membership Director, Connecticut Technology Council
Tony Sisti, Business Development Specialist, CGI Group, Inc.

The 2015 Summit was held at The Patterson Club in Fairfield CT. Check out the recap, images and slide decks from the program!

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“The Patterson Club was a beautiful location, building, and facilities. The food was really good. The greeters and event people were very nice and professional.” – IT Summit attendee.

“As a first time attendee, I thought it was so well done, it was a really great event with really knowledgeable presenters. Very professional” – IT Summit attendee.

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The morning started out strong with plenty of pre-event networking over a hot breakfast and lots of coffee. An opening keynote discussion on cyber warfare by Dr. Gary McGraw, CTO of Cigital, Inc., set the pace for a riveting day of panel discussion and conversation… click to read more.

2015 Event Sponsors: , TierPoint, Shipman & Goodwin LLPComcast Business, Digital Realty, F3 Technology Partners,Level 3 Communications, LogRhythm, The Walker Group.
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Event Details

Event Date
October 20, 2016

Event Time
9:00AM - 4:30PM

Event Location
Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, CT, 06611

Contact Information

Presenting Sponsors

  • Shipman & Goodwin LLP
  • TierPoint, LLC

Lead Sponsor

  • Comcast Business
  • F3 Technology Partners
  • Fortinet, Inc.

Supporting Sponsors

  • Aryaka Networks, Inc.
  • Consolidated Computing, Inc
  • Digital Realty
  • Infoblox Inc.
  • JKS Systems LLC
  • Level 3 Communcations
  • LogRhythm, Inc.
  • SDG Corporation
  • Tallan, Inc.
  • The Walker Group

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