The Developing Role of the CIO: Growth Through Organizational Resilience
CIO Roundtable

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Starts: September 21, 2023 11:00 am
Ends: 12:00 pm
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According to Gartner research, “four out of five CEOs are increasing digital technology investments to counter current economic pressures, including inflation, scarce talent and supply constraints.”

The Executive Panel will discuss the ever-changing role of the CIO in the face of economic uncertainty, supply chain and talent shortages, and how adaptation & agility will take priority for years to come.

During this one-hour session, panelists will share their experience, expertise, and predictions on the following subjects:

  • Growing Brands using Cloud First Solutions
  • Composability is Key
  • Executing a Digital IT Strategy
  • Strategies for Measuring IT Value
  • Importance of investing in mission critical IT
  • Prioritizing Agility & Composability over Transformation
  • Develop a Digital Immunity Strategy
  • Hiring and Retaining top talent
  • Importance of Sustainability

George Crawford

Chief Information Officer / Chief Information Security Officer - Catapult Energy Services Group LLC

Respected innovative business and technology leader with 25 years as CIO and 10 years as CISO in multiple industries and business structures. Over 20 years Private Equity experience building shared services platform companies. Successfully integrated over 25 mergers and acquisitions managing the integration, change management, and process refinement and innovation ensuring accretive outcomes. Also led companies in other C-Suite roles including President and COO. Multiple current and past board positions including President and Treasurer. Skilled in startups and business formation, planning, strategy, governance, risk management and continual process innovation with a broad business acumen in accounting, finance, sales, supply chain, distribution, and operations. Known for building strong team dynamics and organizational alignment. Experienced entrepreneurship professional with successful startup, consolidation and exit of multiple companies. I participate on multiple boards, councils, and industry groups and educate the groups on several primary topics. My latest speaking engagements cover topics on Cyber Security pertaining to establishing a culture, protecting critical SCADA infrastructure, leveraging SCADA for a competitive advantage, how technology can impact ESG, effective communication with business leaders and team building. My participation with, HBU, Lone Star College, U of H, NSF, and Genesys Works makes a significant impact by helping the youth of our community "change their stars" and help create next generation STEM leaders. University of Houston BBA with honors in Management Information Systems. Speaker and panelist. ORBIE CIO of the year and two time SIM Leader of the Year award winner (2016 and 2019).


Antonio Marin

Chief Information Officer - US Med-Equip Inc

An accomplished IT executive who effectively collaborates with business leaders to drive strategic technology initiatives. Specialties: Team building and development, contract negotiations, international mergers & acquisitions, global IT management, fast growth organization management.

Saleem Bahezaad

Chief Information Officer for Data and Devices - TE Connectivity

Saleem Bahezaad is a global IT executive with a passion for operational excellence and directing innovative, cost effective and digital solutions for fortune 100 companies. He focusses on aligning business goals with IT strategies, roadmaps which digitally enable businesses. Saleem has successful history of program management for digital transformation initiatives. Saleem is currently the CIO for Data and Devices business unit in TE Connectivity. He previously held senior IT leadership roles in Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company where he was responsible for technology strategy and execution for several global functions. He also led several business transformation initiatives in Johnson Controls and General Motors. Saleem holds a master’s degree in management information systems from Northern Illinois University and is a certified project management and supply chain professional along with several SAP certifications.

James Watson

Chief Information Officer - Bigge Crane and Rigging Co

James currently serves as the CIO at Bigge Crane and Rigging and is an accomplished executive with a track record of improving technology organizations across multiple industries. James's holds a CPA and a MBA. His expertise spans multiple domains, including Cyber Security, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Applications. James has successfully transformed multiple underperforming IT organizations, building high-performance teams, implementing secure cyber security frameworks, and spearheading customer-focused digital strategies. His expertise also extends to global ERP implementations and analytics, contributing significantly to organizational ROI. Throughout his career, James has demonstrated an ability to lead technology-driven transformations that add value and improve performance across organizations. His approach to technology management encompasses not just technical proficiency but also a deep understanding of business needs and objectives. He has led teams in achieving security certifications, modernizing application architectures in the cloud, and integrating acquisitions. Beyond his technical and managerial acumen, James excels in strategic negotiations and vendor governance, aligning technology initiatives with business goals to drive sustainable growth.

Anthony Dayao

Chief Information Officer - Motiva Enterprises LLC

David J. Domine

Chief Information Officer - Christian Brothers Automotive

David Domine is proud to lead a team of 15 for the premier automotive repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive. CBA was founded here in Houston over 40 years ago and has grown to over 275 stores in 30 states. David is in his 20th year with the brand, serving in Operations and Technology. Through his efforts along with over 3,000 brand-members, they’ve been nationally recognized as the top aftermarket automotive repair brand four consecutive times. David also serves on the board for Hope Impacts, a ministry in Katy, TX whose mission is to provide hope and dignity to those facing homelessness.