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Technology Association of Georgia
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Event to be held October 23 at the Georgia Aquarium

ATLANTA, GA.-- September 10th, 2015--The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) today announced that Mark Oakley, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer with State Farm Insurance Companies, as its keynote speaker for Excalibur Awards, which recognizes businesses throughout the state that have taken advantage of technology to conquer the competition.

Oakley will speak at the October 23, 2015 Excalibur Award's breakfast, held at the Georgia Aquarium and co-hosted by TAG, ASAP, Primus and State Farm. 

"TAG is honored to have such a distinguished keynote speaker," said Tino Mantella, president of TAG. "Mark’s passion and commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) aligns with TAG’s mission of preparing our future technologies for the road ahead."

Oakley's IT organization at State Farm plays a key role in leading the company through business transformation. As CIO, Mark leads the department of more than 6,000 IT employees who provide Enterprise technology solutions and services to State Farm and its customers – which includes over 65,000 employees, 18,000 agents, and tens of millions of customers in the U.S.

Mark received a bachelor’s degree in computational mathematics from Eastern Illinois University. He joined State Farm in 1984 as a programmer/analyst in the Systems Department. Throughout his 31 year career, he has held a number of leadership positions in IT and business operations. Mark assumed his current position in June 2007.

The Excalibur Awards breakfast is nearly sold-out with more than 500 people registered to attend. Follow the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #TAGExcalibur.

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About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 29,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. For more information visit the TAG website at or TAG’s community website at


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