What a Special Treat for me to have two wonderful friends, technology icons and the Co-Chairs of the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball visit Booth 61 with Ricky Steele on Saturday night, May 7th. I have known Bryson Koehler and Janet Sherlock for many years and I promise you, they don’t make folks better than these two. Bryson and Janet are both super successful and well respected as the CIO of The Weather Channel and Carter’s. Even more so, they both have huge hearts for our community. Despite working long hours leading their technology teams, they commit hundreds of additional hours each year to a diverse group of not for profits. TechBridge and our entire technology community owe them both a great debt of gratitude. Although final numbers have not officially been announced, I believe that over 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS in cash and in kind was raised on May 7th at the 2016 Digital Ball. It would not have been possible without the tireless effort of Bryson and Janet. As a result, somewhere between 7 and 10 million people will have their lives improved in 2016 through the hundreds of not for profit agencies that TechBridge serves. I hope you will listen to their interview and whether you know them well or not, send them an email or a thank you note in appreciation of their dedication for co-chairing the 2016 Digital Ball.
It is always a pleasure to spend time with old friends Lisa McVey and Patti Dismukes as well as meet a new friend, Denise Adamson. All three of these dynamic executives from BioIQ were gracious to stop by Booth 61 with Ricky Steele at the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball. Lisa is a past Chairwoman of the Digital Ball and has been an active Board Member of TechBridge for many years. It was great to hear their views on the importance of the Digital Ball, the lives being touched and the exciting developments at BioIQ. Although this company only began rolling out their services in Atlanta in August of 2014, they are well on the road to screening 100 million people in 2016 and beyond. Our community welcomes BioIQ and certainly appreciates their support of TechBridge and the Digital Ball.
Perennial guest and dear friend, Walt Carter was gracious to stop by Booth 61 with Ricky Steele on May 7th at the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball. Walt has a huge heart to match his huge personality. Walt was an early employee of TechBridge, a long time Table Host and a tremendous supporter from the very beginning. I always enjoy chatting with Walt to hear his insight and wisdom about TechBridge from the beginning over 16 years ago to today. Our community owes a great deal of gratitude to my friend and technology superstar, Mr. Walt Carter.
It is always a treat when one of my favorite people visits Booth 61. Jay Ferro is an icon in the Atlanta Technology Community. Not only does Jay run a steady ship as the CIO of the American Cancer Society but no one and I mean literally no one does more community service than “Mr. Everywhere”. Jay currently chairs the Board of TechBridge and has chaired many other organizations including Georgia CIO Leadership Association and the United Way IT Initiative. In addition, Jay created Priscilla’s Promise to honor and commemorate his wife, Priscialla’s heroic battle against cancer. Jay’s passionate dedication to our community has improved millions of lives through the not for profit agencies he supports and the not for profit agencies that TechBridge serves.
It was my pleasure to both meet and to have the privilege of interviewing Scott Schindler at the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball. Scott shared some of the exciting new things happening at Dell. He also shared the importance Dell as a company places on supporting the not for profit community not just in Round Rock but around the world.
Dell has been a major sponsor of the Digital Ball for many years and again hosted a wonderful “After-Party” for the CIO’s in attendance. Thank you Scott and Dell for making a huge difference in our community.
It was great having my friend, Ben Hendrick join me in Booth 61 at the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball. Ben is an icon in the Atlanta Technology Community. Ben is not only a powerful executive at IBM Security but Ben is a great giver of himself and of his companies resources to many Atlanta not for profit organizations. TechBridge and Women in Technology are two of the many organizations that have benefited from Ben’s generous contributions. I have known Ben for 8 or 9 years and I am honored to call him my friend. I know you will enjoy this interview.
My first guest in Booth 61 with Ricky Steele at the TechBridge 2016 Digital Ball was Jimmy Etheredge, Senior Managing Director – Products North America for Accenture. TechBridge has enjoyed a long relationship with Accenture and it continues to grow because of the leadership of Craig Ramsey, Tiffany Brott and today, Jimmy Etheredge. This interview was a great way to begin the evening by thanking our largest sponsor for their continued support.