The C-Level Roundtable Series discusses today’s most relevant business topics and provides a look at the needs and solutions of today’s C-Suite. This program creates a place for C-Level Executives to network with peers, learn about the latest technologies, find new solutions, and get advice from other executives.
Attendance at these events is by invitation only and is limited to C-Level executives, TAG Sponsors, and invited guests.
2020 C-Level Roundtable Topics
May 7 – “Exploring the CIO/CMO Relationship Before and During COVID-19”
August 27 – “The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Transformation in the Public Sector”
December 2 – CIO Roundtable
This event will explore how COVID-19 accelerated the pace of digital transformation in the public sector along with exploring security solutions while managing budgetary cuts being imposed on our municipalities.
Gary Brantley is an innovative technology strategist renowned for cultivating productive collaboration through organizational transformation, delegating resources toward the increase of digital inclusion, and the implementation of a completely remote workforce infrastructure. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector, as well as 17 years of leadership, to the City of Atlanta as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Department of Atlanta Information Management (AIM). In this role, Gary is accountable for providing information technology services to all 25 departments, including Public Safety, Justice, Operations, Administration, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
As a CIO, Gary has focused on organizational transformation by altering the department culture to achieve a competitive advantage and to address the challenges of future technology. He has developed and implemented a strategy centered on how impact and influence can peacefully collide to empower leaders to build effective teams, healthy workplace cultures and thriving business ecosystems with organizational transformation. In this regard, he was able to move from present planning to future business continuity in order to refocus and reenergize the entire workforce; and from talent acquisition and retention to repurposing staff into more vital roles to meet the City’s technology needs. Gary also created an Atlanta CIO Advisory Board to continue pushing the envelope with input from other CIOs, experts within the technology sector.
Gary has also led initiatives surrounding partnerships with companies and organizations such as AT&T, Sprint and the Atlanta Police Foundation to upgrade and replace over 1,000 laptops and PCs, arrange over 250 mobile hotspots and provide funding for training in STEM-based education for the Centers of Hope in Atlanta.
Before joining AIM, Gary was the CIO of one of the largest school districts in the United States. In that capacity, Gary spearheaded the district’s largest technology overhaul, Digital Dreamers, which included the distribution of over 70,000 end user devices to teachers as well as students.
Gary began his career with IBM before becoming the Regional Operations Director for MCIWorldCom. There, he continued to have an impact on technology and took that expertise to the Ohio State Department as the Director of Technology. He went on to become the CIO for the one of the largest urban school districts in Ohio.
Gary’s admirable professionalism and unyielding dedication have earned him numerous awards and accolades and has led him to write his first book, The Art of Organizational Transformation: 7 steps to Impact & Influence. Gary was featured in the list of Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education in 2015, ComputerWorld’s Premier Top 100 Technology Leaders for 2017. In addition, he was facilitated with the Making IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education. Gary was also a finalist for the 2017-2018 Georgia CIO Leadership Association’s CIO of the Year Award. Most recently, he was recognized as one of Government Tech Magazines 2020 Top Doers and Dreamers.
Tamika Bass is an Information Security professional with more than 15 years’ experience in information security, including information security governance and risk management. Tamika is passionate about improving communication and understanding of information security in the industry. Tamika is an active speaker, college professor and enjoys spending her time educating technical staff on the importance of communicating effectively in the Information Technology space. Tamika holds the following certifications: CISA,
CRISC, HCISPP, CBCP
Steven Ferguson is a 23-year veteran of the IT industry. As the Chief Information Officer for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), he leads a talented team of IT professionals in support of TCSG’s technical education, adult education, economic development and workforce divisions across the 88 campuses of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges. Recently, he spearheaded the adoption and deployment of an award-winning artificial intelligence chat bot, successfully championed a data center infrastructure consolidation initiative, standardized and expanded enterprise cybersecurity technologies and led the system through the rollout of a new mobile app to enhance the student experience.
Ferguson holds an M.S. in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University, a B.S. in Business Administration, Information Technology from Columbia Southern University, an A.S. in Engineering from Gainesville State College, and is a proud graduate of TCSG’s Executive Leadership Academy.
Ferguson is the only Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert employed by the State of Georgia, becoming CCIE #10202 in September of 2002, adding the coveted certification to a stable of certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco and Red Hat.
Beyond his service to the State of Georgia, Ferguson is very active in his local community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County, Advisory Board Member for the Georgia Digital Government Summit, President of the Board of Directors for Castleberry Ridge, Communications Chair for Leadership Lumpkin County and as a volunteer for various non-profit and educational organizations. Recipient of the 2019 Georgia CIO of the Year ORBIE Award Winner | Nonprofit/Public Sector.
John Matelski is an Information Technology & Security executive with over thirty years of progressively responsible experience. He is currently the Chief Innovation and Information Officer for DeKalb County, Georgia, a position he has held since 2012. In his current position, John’s duties include executive management of all information technology and security resources and systems that support County operations, as well as driving innovation throughout the County enterprise.
Matelski graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.B.A. with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. Matelski has a proven track record of leadership in the public and private sectors utilizing innovation and resourcefulness with a proven ability to build a compelling vision, and move an organization toward it.
Matelski has been published in several industry trade journals including CIO Magazine, JD Edwards Quest magazine, Government Technology magazine, State Tech, DBTA and Oracle Profit magazine. He has conducted key notes, workshops and presentations at industry conferences across the globe, and also consults with numerous commercial and government entities to establish strategies that proactively deal with IT and security issues.
Matelski was most recently honored to receive a National Association of Counties (NACo) presidential appointment to serve as Vice-Chair of the Information Technology Standing Committee. This committee advises the NACo Officers on information technology issues and provides oversight on information technology projects that impact the nations community of counties.
Today, the expectations on executives are great. C-suite leaders need to be skilled business leaders with strong cross-functional skills, have global experience and possess exceptional interpersonal and soft skills. Additionally, they need to have the ability to be forward-looking, to provide innovation through technology, to re-design business processes and be proactive in aligning business and IT.
The C-Level Roundtable Series provides the best venue for executives to further develop their skills and knowledge base. It serves as the premier place for executives to interact with peers in a non-selling and non-competitive forum.
Session Sponsorship Fee
Sponsorship Fee: $6,000
Limited to 3 Co-Hosts Per Meeting.
If interested, please complete the Sponsor Interest form HERE.
Session Sponsorship Benefits:
- 3 Seats at the Roundtable Event
- Introduction Opportunity at the Roundtable Event
- 3 invitations to VIP Reception for CIOs and Session Sponsors
- Logo on webpage and signage at event
- 4:00pm – 4:30pm C-Level VIP Networking
- 4:30pm – 5:30pm Roundtable Discussion
- 5:30pm – 7:00pm Networking Reception
Attendance to this event series is limited to TAG Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Titanium Sponsors and Guests invited by our Roundtable Host and Peer Group. Invitations to the events are typically emailed 6 weeks prior to each session.