Information and technology executives will provide a deeper understanding of the current technology landscape, how it relates to their respective Fortune companies, its impact on their industry and the medium, small and minority businesses that they work with, sell and/or buy from.
Craig Kennedy is Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Holdings, the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S car rental industry. In his position, Kennedy is responsible for maintaining and expanding the information technology platform to support company growth, as well as introducing innovative technology to improve the customer experience.
Enterprise Holdings operates Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses – which include extensive car rental and car-sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales – accounted for $17.8 billion in revenue and operated more than 1.5 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2014.
Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies, Enterprise Holdings is the world’s largest car rental company as measured by revenue, fleet and employees. It also operates a network of approximately 8,600 neighborhood and airport locations in nearly 70 countries. Enterprise’s revenues place the company near the top of the travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. The company is owned by the Taylor family and headquartered in St. Louis.
After more than seven years of working in IT in the retail and telecommunications sectors, Kennedy began his career with Enterprise in 1989 as a Programmer/Analyst and was quickly promoted to Programming Supervisor in 1990. In 1991, he was selected to start the company’s Advanced Technology group and oversee research into new technologies.
In 1992, Kennedy was promoted to Director of Software Development and took on the responsibility of running all of Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s application development functions. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1993 and to Vice President of Information Systems in 1996, a title he held until 2002, when he was promoted to Chief Information Officer. Kennedy was named Senior Vice President in 2003.
During Kennedy’s tenure, the company’s number of locations has increased more than tenfold, and he has played a key role in expanding information technologies to support the rapid growth. In recent years, he has overseen the modernization of the company’s IT infrastructure, moving from proprietary technologies to open systems and Web-based technology, and continues to drive innovation through the use of mobile, in-car and consumer technologies.
Robert Hendricks is senior vice president and the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for McKesson Technology Solutions. He helps the business accelerate its promise of the Better Health 2020™ strategy of making the healthcare business run better by developing an integrated, solution-oriented approach to product development and by defining the supporting technology architecture. He is responsible for infrastructure, architectures and technologies yielding platform services across the businesses, as well as the developing solutions based on the opportunities of big data. Mr. Hendricks also leads the rationalization of business applications, such as sales force automation, ERP functions and mobile solutions, supporting cross-MTS collaboration and strategic technology planning.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Hendricks served as senior vice president, planning and portfolio management for the McKesson Office of the CTO. In this role, he was responsible for strategic collaboration with McKesson’s technology strategy and architecture, oversight for product release management and international software distribution operations, and technologist rewards and recognition programs. Before joining the McKesson Office of the CTO, Mr. Hendricks was vice president and CIO, responsible for defining and executing the technology strategy and managing technology operations for McKesson Technology Solutions. He originally joined McKesson in 2004 as vice president and general manager for managed services and IT outsourcing.
As a board member of the Technology Association of Georgia, Mr. Hendricks is passionately involved in promoting, influencing and uniting Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace to stimulate Georgia’s technology-based economy. Mr. Hendricks is also a committee member of the Alpharetta Technology Commission, which focuses on developing a strategic infrastructure and incentive plan to attract and retain technology companies in the area. Mr. Hendricks is a board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber that focuses on growing jobs and building a region where the next generation will thrive. He also chairs the Chamber’s Bioscience-Health Leadership Council that focuses on branding Atlanta as a global center for health and clinical trials. This Council also markets Georgia as the nation’s “Health IT Capital” to attract companies and high-tech jobs.
Mr. Hendricks holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from Columbus State University, and a Master of Business Administration, with a focus on international business, from Auburn University.
Distinguished Engineer, AT&T Architecture and Planning AT&T
Al Blackburn is an accomplished, highly innovative thought leader currently responsible for AT&T’s end-to-end next generation network architecture and technology migration across access, metro, core for wireless and wireline. Al has a demonstrated track record of applied enthusiastic leadership, broad technology savvy, proactive stakeholder engagement, and application of business/technical insight. In a highly dynamic environment, Al provides the leadership essential for identifying and effecting broad transformational shifts needed for AT&T to remain competitive. Al is passionate about the future of AT&T, its people, its customers, and the technology that will power positive changes.
Al is currently working AT&T technology architecture strategy to advance the company’s access networks. Prior to this role, Al held the position of VP Domain 2.0 architecture and planning and was responsible for bringing SDN, NFV, and advanced operational capabilities to AT&T’s network.
Al has 32 years of experience at AT&T, starting his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Naperville. Throughout his career, Al has held positions in Hardware and Software development, systems engineering, field support, system test, software engineering, real-time systems, exploratory development, and network architecture.
Al and his wife Sarah live in Atlanta. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. They have three grown children, “AJ”, Brittany, and Ben. They have two grandchildren, Jack and Shelby.
VP, Enterprise Planning & Strategic Support Southern Company
Bart Wood is vice president of enterprise planning and strategic support for information technology at Southern Company. In this role, Wood leads an organization that includes risk management and compliance, enterprise strategic technology planning, financial management, vendor management, ITIL processes, end-user information and technology, and the IT Service Center. This organization unites the planning and implementation functions of IT governance and addresses growing compliance needs.
Prior to this role, Wood served as the chief information officer for Georgia Power and the other subsidiaries within Georgia. He was also responsible for IT functions within customer service, marketing and human resources throughout Southern Company. In this role he led the implementation of Southern Company’s customer information system, online customer care, electronic billing and first-of-its-kind access to employee information on the Internet.
Wood began his career with Georgia Power’s customer accounting organization in 1981. He also worked in cost accounting, region operations, distribution and customer operations within Georgia Power.
Wood received a bachelor’s degree in business from Louisiana State University. He also graduated from the executive development program at Northwestern University and the advanced management program at Harvard University.
Director, Enterprise Architecture/Innovation The Coca-Cola Company
Bill Maynard leads Innovation and Architecture for The Coca-Cola Company’s global IT organization. He is responsible for partnerships and projects with start-ups as well as academic institutions, and for spearheading the innovation process across systems company-wide.
Bill is currently working with the Chief Innovation Officer to develop the company’s technology innovation strategy, leading with initiatives such as The Bridge by Coca Cola to create value across the entire Coca-Cola ecosystem, and building a community of technology innovators across the company.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola Bill was a Principal Architect in Deloitte Consulting’s Emerging Solutions practice where he focused on designing and delivering leading-edge digital marketing solutions for some of the world’s largest brands.
Director of Indirect Procurement since 2011 with responsibility for IT Hardware, Software, Telecom, Maintenance and Services; Marketing, Advertising and On Line; Business Services, Tax, Finance, Legal and Human Resources that includes $3B in spend. Prior to leading Procurement was Director, IT Program Management from 2009 – 2011 with responsibility for The Home Depot Program Management Office for the IT Enterprise.
Prior to working at The Home Depot held various leadership positions at eBay including Senior Director, Program Management with responsibility for eBay’s Program Management organization for planning, execution and delivery of eBay’s new feature development programs and new site mergers/acquisitions. Previous work experience includes Software Implementation Consulting of JD Edwards ERP systems, Manager of Railroad Accounting and Federal Reserve Bank Supervision and Regulation. Education includes MBA from Barry University and BA in Political Science from St. Leo University.
Lou Manz is the Director of Information Technology for the PGA of America in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is responsible for the design, delivery and management of enterprise technology solutions for one of the world’s largest sports Associations, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals.
As the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial in 2016, Manz is also accountable for ensuring the availability and stability of critical technology platforms for the PGA and its 41 Sections nationwide. In recent years, his IT team spearheaded the implementation of mobile technology for the real-time delivery of data at the PGA’s events and Championships, an innovative system that has served as a model for the golf industry.
Specializing in the human engineering of computer applications, Manz is the former Chief Information Officer of Atlantic Marine Holding Company and the Florida East Coast Railway.
During his career, he has developed projects for Fortune 500 companies, such as Planters-Nabisco, Dole, Chrysler, Ford, Mazda, Alcoa and Corning. Over the years, his teams have won industry awards for quality application development.
A native of Pittsburgh, Manz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University in State College; and an MBA in Operations & Supply Chain Management from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton.
Sr. Manager, Regional Sales and Marketing, Southeast Region Nissan North America
During her 14 years at Nissan North America, Trisha Jung has developed expertise in marketing, sales, manufacturing, and program management. In her current role as Sr. Manager, Regional Sales and Marketing, she is responsible for all retail marketing and advertising activities for Nissan Sales in the Southeast Region. Previously, as Director of Vehicle Connected Services, Trisha oversaw the integration and operation of telematics and smartphone connected services into Nissan and Infiniti vehicles for North America. Trisha coordinated the launch of Nissan’s 100% electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, as Director for Electric Vehicle Marketing and Sales Strategy. She was the Director and Chief Marketing Manager, responsible for the sales and profit of Altima, Sentra, Versa, and Maxima and also worked directly for Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault.
Trisha was recognized in 2010 by Automotive News as one of the 100 leading women in the North American auto industry. She holds two degrees, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Applied Science, from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
As a champion for STEM education, Trisha chartered the annual Nashville Digigirlz program and supports the annual Atlanta Summer Engineering Enrichment program. Trisha currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and children. She credits her Chinese-Irish father with giving her the confidence and fortitude to address and overcome challenges.
Kurt Nguyen has a long and successful track record in marketing, management and corporate strategy with early-stage and Fortune 1000 companies. As a result, he has developed a strong understanding of what it takes to succeed in both. Kurt is President and CEO of Qnexis, an award-winning digital communication, information and management firm based in Reston, Va. For more than 14 years, Qnexis has partnered with federal government agencies and private sector corporations to enhance strategic communication, technology and business management delivery to better inform, educate and build positive change.
Prior to founding Qnexis, Kurt held management and executive-level assignments with several leading technology companies. He is a regular speaker at business conferences and has published numerous marketing white papers and business articles. In addition, Kurt is a co-founder of the Asian American CEO Organization (AACO), a D.C.-area business networking group with the goal of promoting business excellence and opportunities among CEOs to advance the Asian American community at large.
What are the top 5 priorities for your company in 2016 and why?
What are your biggest challenges in achieving these goals?
How do small businesses play a role in helping big companies like yours achieve its IT objectives (i.e. helping you to innovate, reduce cost, achieve faster results)?
How do you align your technology-related decisions with the organization's business
goals and objectives? Can you describe your IT planning process?
Do you look outside of the U.S. for innovative technology/solutions? If so, which
countries are leading IT innovation and how?
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