Words from our Attendees

“I want to thank you for the CIOarena meeting on April 21st.It was a very good meeting. I finally got to meet people  outside medicine, listen to what other people do and I made some connections with people from Microsoft and other companies. I also walked out with some new ideas to implement at work. This clearly makes for a great meeting. Thank you”

Alon Y. Ben-Ari, MD.  | Acting Chief Health Information Officer

Pudget Sound Healthcare System


“Excellent event. Great organization and logistics. Covered topics very diverse and interesting; liked the fact that not all were focused on “selling” but rather demonstrating technology and discussing innovation. Thank you for the invitation.”

Manou Galvan | Senior Vice President Infrastructure and Security Operations



The networking opportunity was optimal to discuss relevant topics affecting our challenges we face; I enjoyed multiple engaged discussions. The speakers represented their areas of expertise well. I would definitely attend another conference like this one.”

Shannon Albright | Vice President Security Operations

Roundpoint Mortgage


“It was a very nice event yesterday and the speakers were surprisingly good.”

Diane Michelson |  Chief Information Security Officer

Zurich Insurance North America


“Thanks for inviting me to this event. The venue was excellent, the food was great and the exhibitors very accommodating. I believe the agenda, especially the presentation time, was just about right…to the point and short, however, engaging. I already took some names and contact information and am interested in pursuing some products that may fit our industry needs. My table attendees were engaging and we exchanged info regarding our respective industries, challenges we all face these days, etc. In addition to learning about new products and new companies, I did quite a bit of networking. Looking forward for your email with the presentations and also looking forward to the next CIOarena event.”

Roberto Rimniceanu |  Director of Information Technology
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide


The food was great. The discussions were great. The vendor booths were well setup and had good conversation with the vendors that were there. Thanks again for inviting me to the event. Great opportunity to network with peers."

Bill Finner | Sr. Director Technical Infrastructure and Networking

Jackson Walker LLP


“I appreciate the invitation. The Venue and presentations were great! I enjoyed the peer discussions and heard some interesting proposals from the various vendors. You might consider adding some customer success stories.”

David Siemek | Enterprise Architect

BNSF Railway


 “The Chicago CIOarena  provided an excellent platform for networking with fellow IT executives along with informative sessions with talented thought provoking presenters. I walked away with new ideas, relationships and opportunities that will be very helpful with both current and future opportunities. A must attend event for all senior IT executives.” 

Dave Cummings | Director IT Infrastructure

Pampered Chef


"I found that the event was tailored to busy executives, the speakers were interesting and experts in their fields.  The content was relevant to the challenges that we are all facing."

Marylin Merrifield | Head of IT Project Delivery



"It was good to meet both you and Maria, and attend today’s meeting.  I learned quite a bit about security, which I've already taken several initiatives to contact our security team about at HQ. The keynote speaker was really good, he knew his stuff, and kept the audience engaged, as did all of the speakers. I did meet with quite a few local companies, and it was noticeable that many knew each other, a testament to the type of audience you've captured. Again, I thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to next meeting!" 

Terry Wiethoff | Sr. Director Risk Management



“I really appreciate the invite and found a lot of good connections and useful information. Thank you for hosting the event and looking forward to next year’s event.”

Ronnie Barnard | Global Chief Information Officer

iPRO Solutions


Thanks so much for the invite. I really appreciate an opportunity to see a handful of companies that provide products I might need.  I look forward to future events!”

Doug Wolfgram | Chief Technology Officer



“Job well done to you and the team”

Hellmut Ometzberger | Director Global Data Center Services



“Thank you very much, I appreciate you guys putting this together and inviting me.”

Thor Schueler | Vice President Product Delivery



“Thank you for organizing this. It was a pleasant experience to join the conference today.”

Vino Kingston  | Enterprise Data Officer

City of Houston


“Good group of vendors with some new products that could bring new performance opportunities.”

Luis Ossorio  | Director Technical Services

Gexa Energy


“Overall, I feel the conference was very informative. The presenters were interesting, great networking, right amount of time and the food was great. If I can take away a couple of items from any conference it is a homerun to me. Great Job!”

Michael S. Marsh | IT Director

Coastal Chemical Company


“Thank you for organizing the session, it was truly a great experience. I look forward for next year session.”

Muzeer Baig | Director, Enterprise Applications Development

The Coca-Cola Company


“It was my first year coming to your event, and I was pleasantly surprised. The vendors were good and the selected speakers were knowledgeable on their subject matters.”

Peter Malinov | Director of IT



“Thanks for the great content sharing and networking opportunity!”

Nancy Chang  | Director IT

Trend Micro


“Thank you for inviting me to this CIOarena 2016. I’ve gained lots of knowledge and will use this knowledge for helping my current employer.”

Phillips Huynh | Director of Engineering



“I thought the conference was very well run. I enjoyed the presentations and thought they went smoothly. Overall, it was a successful day. I look forward to the next one. Thank you.”

John Mullin | Head Information Technology



“The CIO Chicago conference held yesterday was very informative! I really enjoyed the format – short presentations and the opportunity to have time dedicated to meeting the individual attendees and vendors. Looking forward to the next one!”

Donna Koste | Director, Applications Development

AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc.


“First time at CIOarena. I like the fact that you can see and discuss several different topics. I like it!”

Alfonso Serdio | Cybersecurity & Privacy Director



“The event was well organized. Vendor participation was well managed and not over the top. Overall very good. Location was also a plus and free parking.”

Nemi George | Director Information Security

Pacific Dental Services


“Very good. Not overcrowded like other conferences, and some interesting vendors.”

Sunny Chakravarty | Director Engineering



“I like the model and timing. Half day and not full day like other conferences.”

Rohit Gupta | Director IT Healthcare Systems

Molina Healthcare


“First time for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done!!”

Deepak Khosla | Head of Data and Analytics



“Just a quick thank you to you and your staff as well. I thought the event was an excellent example of how to get everyone together and learn from one another in an open environment. I was honored to be part of your presentation. Thanks again for such a great day. Also, I understand you were in charge of picking the menu. What a great arrangement and selection you provided. I could not have asked for anything better. Take care and have a great Thanksgiving.”

Dave Swierzynski | Vice President of Business Solutions Architecture 

Gallagher Bassett