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mThomasPortraitMichael W Thomas

Michael is a well established authority on CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and Social CRM strategies and best practices. Michael is also known for his understanding of the Social and Mobile audience and how to engage this group on their terms.

Michael is Director of Social CRM Strategy with New Fire Social Media and Principal with Effective Engagements, a Social CRM Consultancy promotional company. His expertise in CRM and Social Media has given him great insights into Social CRM strategies and assisting companies extend their current CRM strategies to the Social CRM realm. He was named one of the Rockstars of Social CRM by the Social Media Listening Platform solutions Radian6 and serves on their Social CRM Leadership Council.

Michael serves as the National President and National Board member of the CRM Association, the Advisory Board of CRM and DW Experts; and on the Editorial Advisory Panel of Touch Briefings.

Ron Gamon Bio E-mail
Written by Cindy Vinion   

As CEO of VueLogic, Ron Garmon is responsible for leading the company's overall business strategy and guiding day-to-day operations, bringing more than 20 years of international executive management experience to the VueLogic team. Prior to founding VueLogic, Ron served as Senior Vice President of Equifax Inc., where he led operations in 21 countries across five continents, including roles as International CIO, President Equifax Secure, President Equifax Check Services International and Chief Operating Officers Equifax Check Services.  Ron holds a BBA degree from North Georgia College, a Juris Doctor from Woodrow Wilson College of Law and is a Certified Public Accountant.

2009 CIO Forum Speaker Steve Brooke E-mail
Written by Cindy Vinion   

Steve BrookeSteve R. Brooke,

Chief Information Officer
Whoop, Inc

Steve has more than twenty-six years of experience in software design, development, rollout engineering and project management. He was CIO/CTO at Procuri where he led development of the industry's first Software as a Service (SaaS) sourcing and supply chain platform. Prior to Procuri, Steve was Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Multi-Media Data Systems. Steve has a degree in computer science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has never actually seen the musical Oklahoma and communicates completely in binary code.

Ernie Pollitzer E-mail
Written by Cindy Vinion   
Ernie Pollitzer is a “Geek who Speaks” on a number of soft-skill personal development topics.  Ernie has two engineering degrees, including a Masters degree from Georgia Tech.  He is a Professional Engineer and has spent most of his career managing complex environmental projects for many different industries.  He is a Certified DISC Trainer, specializing in providing assessments and teaching the DISC human behavior model.  This training empowers people to more significantly understand themselves and relate with other people at a higher level.  Ernie is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and a member of the National Speakers Association.
2009 CIO Forum Speaker Dan Smith E-mail
Written by Cindy Vinion   

Dan SmithDan Smith

Chief Information Officer
City of Atlanta

Dan Smith is a proven technology strategist and innovator with more than 25 years of success leveraging technology to enhance communication, decision making, and productivity for organizations in diverse industries, from start-ups to large-scale enterprises. He brings to this role extensive technology expertise, keen business acumen, and a strong focus on optimizing functionality at minimum cost. His career demonstrates the ability to lead large organizations and cross-functional teams in analyzing and simplifying business challenges, developing sound action plans, and accomplishing their execution.

2009 CIO Forum Speaker Bill Wilkins E-mail
Written by Cindy Vinion   

Portrait of Bill WilkinsBill Wilkins

Metalforming, Inc

Bill is currently the EVP & CIO of Metalforming, Inc (MFI), the leader in Architectural Metal Roofing throughout North America.  Throughout his leadership tenure he has brought many technology solutions to improve a small company that has a big footprint. The adoptions of several major IT systems (Unified Communications Platform, Web Solutions, CRM, ERP, SharePoint, Customer Support and Inventory Management Apps) have strategically helped keep our position as Number One. Partnerships with Georgia Tech have helped tremendously thru the innovation of many C# and .NET 3.5 software applications that helped unify our solutions and products for our customers.

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