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You don’t want to miss the Summit on IT on Wednesday, March 18th!




Information technology (IT) is driving innovation and impacting job creation and growth across all sectors of our economy.  Join IT-oLogy, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCRA and South Carolina Department of Commerce for a day-long summit to be held Wed. March 18 at IT-oLogy that will address issues and opportunities facing South Carolina in the IT arena.


Among the topics to be discussed:

•                Is South Carolina competitive on a national and regional level?

•                What incentives and innovations are being implemented here and elsewhere and what best practices should we pursue?

•                How does IT impact economic development?

•                How does IT impact workforce development?

•                What are we doing to stay competitive with an educated workforce?

•                What role does public policy play in making us a progressive and more IT/business friendly state?




7:30 am:  Registration and Coffee – Lobby


7:30 am – 8:30 am: WISE Breakfast – Forums

Keynote: Lola Jordan, President, Companion Data Services


8:45 am – 9:00 am:  Greetings and Remarks – Theater

Steve Benjamin, Mayor, City of Columbia

Ted Pitts, President, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Lonnie Emard, President, IT-oLogy


9:00 am – 9:45 am: The Big Picture

Keynote: Ben Miller, Economic Growth Policy Analyst, The Information                                                                  Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington, DC

The South Carolina State of IT Survey Lonnie Emard, Todd Lewis


9:45 am – 10:15 am: Regional Impact and Issues

Upstate Phil Yanov, Founder, Tech After Five, Founder and President, GSA                                                            Technology Council

Rock Hill Stephen Turner, Economic and Urban Development Director, City of Rock                                                          Hill


10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break


10:30 am – 11:00 am: Regional Impact and Issues

Charleston  Ernest Andrade, Founder and Executive Director, Charleston Digital                                                                                 Corridor Foundation

Columbia  Bill Kirkland, Executive Director, Office of Economic Engagement,                                                                                              University of South Carolina


11:05 am – 12:15 pm: Intersection of the Big Picture

Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education

Bobby Hitt, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Commerce

Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA

Kyle Herron, Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Division of Technology


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: Lunch

ITC Luncheon Ben Miller, Todd Lewis, Lonnie Emard


1:15 – 2:15: The Big Issues – Panel Discussion Forums 2nd Floor



Moderator: Charlie Banks, Managing Director, Capital Angels

Hal Turner, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Turner Holdings

Matt Dunbar, Managing Director, UCAN

John Bauknight, President, Longleaf Holdings USA, LLC



Moderator: Tony Dillon, Office of Career and Technology Education

Kaye Shaw, Executive Director, MEBA

Khush Tata, VP and CIO, SC Technical College System

Valerie Sessions, Associate Professor, Computer Science, Charleston Southern University

Quinn Burke, Assistant Professor, College of Charleston

Ryan Visser, Eugene T. Moore School of Education, Clemson University


Workforce Development

Robin Willis, Career Academies Director, Charleston Chamber of Commerce

Brad Neese, Director, Apprenticeship Carolina

Amy Scully, Program Director, Midlands Technical College



Moderator: David Harper, Director, Systems Security/Systems Security Officer, Companion Data Services

Kurt Hamm, CIO, South Carolina Department of Revenue

Adam Anderson, CEO, Palmetto Security Group

Chad Cravens, President and CEO, Open Source Systems

Les Eisner, University of South Carolina


2:15 -2:30 pm: Break


2:30 – 3:30: IT runs through it – Panel Discussions Forums 2nd Floor



Moderator: Elizabeth Burt, South Carolina Hospital Association

Nick Patel, MD, Medical Director Midlands Internal Medicine, Ambulatory Informaticist Palmetto Health

IneedMD Inc.

Anne Castro, VP, Chief Design Architect, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Kathleen Herald, VP and CIO, Lexington Medical Center


Professional Services

Moderator: Ryan Coleman, Economic Development, City of Columbia

Tripp Riley, Architect, Studio 2LR

Joyce Vonada, CIO, EDENS

Jeff Brewer, CIO, Nexsen Pruet

Dallas Covington, AFLAC



Moderator: Jim Morris, CEO, South Carolina Council on Economic Education

Manoj Govindan, Strategic Partnership Executive, Wells Fargo and Technology Industry Partnership Development

Jason Starnes, Executive Vice President, CIO, Southern First Bank

Ross Bagley, CIO, South State Bank

Mark Terry, CIO, The Palmetto Bank



Moderator: Bill Mahoney, CEO, SCRA

Amy Love, Director of Innovation, South Carolina Department of Commerce

Nate DaPore, Founder, President and CEO, PeopleMatter

Kevin Eichelberger, Founder and CEO, Blue Acorn

Austen Hayes, Co-founder and CEO, Recovr, Inc.




Paul Davis, Boeing



Moderator: Randy Senn, CIO, SCANA

Jane Brown, IT Business Planning and Customer Relationship Management ,Duke Energy

Ed Bodie, CIO, Santee Cooper


3:30 – 3:45: Reports and wrap up


4:00: Tech after Five

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