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TechBridge and the 2016 Digital Ball 3 30 2016

Booth 61 3 30 2016 with TechBridge Group Shot Before ShotWednesday, March 30th was a very special time on Booth 61 with Ricky Steele. James Franklin, CEO of TechBridge, Bryson Koehler, EVP and CIO of The Weather Company, Jim Reese, CEO of the Atlanta Mission and Beth Smith, Director at Corus 360 LIT up the studio.

I could add 25 paragraphs of copy and not do this show justice. Highlights are that in 2016, TechBridge will improve the lives of over 50 MILLION people through the not for profit organizations TechBridge serves including the amazing work being done by Jim Reese and the Atlanta Mission. The 2016 Digital Ball will be held on May 7th at the Marriott Marquis. Every major CIO in this city will be in attendance. Very limited tables and sponsorships are still available. Visit www.techbridge.org asap if you want to experience the night of you business lifetime. Booth 61 will be Broadcasting Live from the Digital Ball.

This is the first show sponsored by my new company, Steele Technology Partners. At Steele Technology Partners we are passionate about our clients, our candidates, our community and each another just as we are on Booth 61 with Ricky Steele.

Ben Hendrick, Managing Director, Global Delivery – Enterprise Systems & Networking for the Dell Corporation

Ben Hendrick and Ricky Steele at the 2015 CIO of the Year Awards 11 13 2015As always it was an honor and privilege to have Ben Hendrick join me in Booth 61 at the GCLA 2015 CIO of the Year breakfast. I met Ben in 2006 or 2007 while he was earning his MBA at Kennesaw State University. Ben and I became more than friends. Many call us Brothers from different Mothers. :-)

I am in awe of what Ben has accomplished since joining Dell in 2009. Everyone knows who Michael Dell is and the great success of his company. In 2009, I did not know anyone who worked at Dell nor did I ever see anyone from Dell at industry events. Within a year of Ben joining the company he became the Face of Dell in Atlanta. There were not 10 CIO’s in Atlanta who could have given you the name of their sales executive from Dell in 2009. Today there is not a CIO in Atlanta who does not know and respect Ben Hendrick. Ben is the Face at TAG, TechBridge, WIT and so many other organizations in our community. The Dell After-Party at the annual Techbridge Digital Ball is legendary.

If you don’t know Ben Hendrick, I hope you will listen to this short interview and then connect with Ben on LinkedIn or other social media. You will connect with one of the greats!

James Dallas, Life Time Achievement Recipient at GCLA’s 2015 CIO of the Year Awards

James Dallas Life Time Achievement Award Winner at the GCLA CIO of the Year Awards 11 13 2015It was an incredible honor to have as my first guest on Booth 61 with Ricky Steele on Friday, November 13th, 2015, Mr. James Dallas. James is the 2015 Life Time Achievement Award winner from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.

I have had the privilege of knowing James for about 10 years. He is the Real Deal. Not only a successful CIO who started as a junior accountant but also as an engaging public speaker and author of Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change.” In addition, but just as important to James, he is a role model husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. I know you will enjoy this interview with my friend and the 2015 Life Time Achievement Award Winner, Mr. James Dallas.

Walt Carter, CIO of Primary Capital Mortgage visits Booth 61 at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball

2015 Techbridge Digital Ball with Walt Carter, CIO of Primary Capital Mortgage 5 09 2015Walt Carter on Booth 61 at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball 05 09 2015  2 One of the highlights of Booth 61 at the Techbridge Digital Ball is when my friend and everyone else’s friend, Walt Carter visits. Walt has been a guest each year and will continue to be a guest as long as I am hosting the show. Walt is a man after God’s own heart. Walt is passionate, caring and goes above and beyond in serving our community. Walt has worn many hats at Techbridge including being an employee helping to create a lot of the internal technology the organization uses today.

Walt shared a little about his role as CIO at Primary Capital Mortgage. Walt shared much more about the power of Techbridge and the impact this organization has had on our community, the United States and rapidly expanding globally. Thank you Walt for being who you are. I am honored to be your friend.

Lisa LaRoque, Executive Director of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, visited Booth 61 at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball

Lisa LaRoque in Booth 61 at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball 05 09 2015What a JOY it was for me when my sister, Lisa LaRoque dropped by Booth 61 during the opening reception at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. I first met Lisa at the Thursday morning Bible Study held at Dell SecureWorks. She is one of the people you learn from quickly. She has a magnificent heart and she shares it liberally with all who are fortunate to know her.

There are so many great things happening at the Georgia CIO Leadership Association including the expansion to Boston this June. Lisa shared a lot about the mission and the future of the organization that was originally created by the Founder of Intellinet and my good friend, Frank Bell. If you don’t know about GCLA, visit their website at http://www.georgiacio.org. If you have not attended the CIO of the Year Awards in the past, you definitely want to be at the Cobb Galleria on November 13th this year for this tremendous event.

Dave Hudson, Chief Business Strategy Officer and SVP Technology Strategy at Amtrak visited Booth 61 at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball

Dave Hudson in Booth 61 at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball 05 09 2015  2It was a special treat for me when my old friend, Dave Hudson dropped by Booth 61 on May 9th during the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. I have known Dave and his equally talented wife, Monika for many years having first met them when I spoke to the SOB’s (Students Of Benn Konsynski) at the Emory University Goizueta Business School.

Dave shared a lot of exciting news about Amtrak including the major expansion of their presence in Atlanta. Dave and Monika will be relocating back to Atlanta from DC over the next few months.

Aaron Hillegas, CEO of Big Nerd Ranch visits Booth 61 at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball

Aaron Hilligas on Booth 61 at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball 05 09 2015It was a great pleasure and treat when my friend and all around great guy, Aaron Hillegas visited Booth 61 on May 9th at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball. Aaron is the Founder and CEO of Big Nerd Ranch. The Techbridge VIP Reception this year and last was sponsored by Aaron and Big Nerd Ranch. Thank you for that Aaron.

Aaron shared the Big Nerd Ranch story along with a few “spoilers” about a recent, very prestigious award given to his company. If you are not familiar with Big Nerd Ranch, visit their website today to learn more for your self: https://www.bignerdranch.com

James Franklin & Jay Ferro at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball

2015 Digital Ball with James Franklin and Jay Ferro in Booth 61 5 09 2015What an honor to close Booth 61 with Ricky Steele at the Techbridge 2015 Digital Ball with none other than the CEO, James Franklin and the Chairman, Jay Ferro. I am personally in awe of both of these men which is not the job of a radio host. It is however the responsibility of someone who has watched what these two men have accomplished to change our community for good. In addition to Techbridge, James and Jay are involved in many, many other activities across multiple not for profit organizations. Millions of our fellow citizens have had their lives impacted by the dedication, passion and love shared by James and Jay on a daily basis.

As for the interview, it was exciting to hear a few “spoilers” before announcements were made later at the dinner. There are so many exciting developments within Techbridge that you should visit www.techbridge.org today to learn for your self. There is room for more passionate, caring people to volunteer your time, talent and treasure to help alleviate the suffering of many good men, women and children in Atlanta and across the world.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed being a small part of the process.

Michael Williams, Vice President, Delta Global Staffing visits Booth 61 at the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball

Michael Williams in Booth 61 at 2015 Digital Ball 5 09 2015 (2)My first guest for the 2015 Techbridge Digital Ball was Michael Williams, Vice President, Delta Global Staffing. In addition, I was pleased and honored to introduce Michael as my new Boss! I am thrilled to be the new Chief Development Officer for Delta Global Staffing.

Michael is an industry veteran having been a senior executive with the World’s largest IT Staffing firm. Michael may once again be part of the World’s largest staffing firm as we grow Delta Global Staffing. Much more importantly, Michael is Vice President of the staffing firm that is Passionate about our clients, our candidates and one another. That is why I am honored to be part of this great team.

 

James Franklin, Vish Narendra and Leo Martinez Talking TechBridge 4/08/2015

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Booth 61 welcomed James Franklin, CEO of TechBridge, Vish Narendra, CIO of Alstom Integration at GE Power and Water and Leo Martinez, Community Education Coordinator and Youth Advocate at Caminar Latino. I hope you will listen to this powerful show highlighting the continued success and growth at TechBridge and how they impact the community through over 300 not for profit organizations. If you are not familiar with Techbridge, I hope you will visit their website to see the amazing life changing outreach of this organization. Through the hard work of a very dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteer leaders, over 7 million people were served last year by organizations supported by TechBridge.

Enjoy!

Ricky

 

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