Advisory Board

The [BE] Midmarket CIO Forum Advisory Board is comprised of IT Executives who are leaders in their respective categories. They help make sure the Forum continues to provide value across varying marketplace changes and shifting economic dynamics. In addition to providing guidance about Solution Providers they work with and would recommend to their peers, their insight provides invaluable experience about the state of the industry, current trends, and future needs. We are grateful for their time and expertise.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Vice President Information Technology, ECMD, Inc.

Steve Brown has delivered business technology solutions to mid-sized enterprises for over 30 years. Since 2001, he has been VP-IT at ECMD, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of building products in both the retail and wholesale markets. At ECMD, Steve has built an IT team and technology platform that is the acknowledged leader in the industry. From 1983 to 1996, Steve developed software solutions for the apparel and glass manufacturing industries. In 1996, he joined ECMD as a software developer and moved into management of the software development team in 1999. In 2001, he was promoted to VP-IT, responsible for all IT for the enterprise.

As VP-IT, Steve initially led ECMD through a major ERP implementation and subsequent upgrades. Under his leadership, ECMD created the premier retail support, warehousing, distribution, advanced supply chain management, pricing management, and eCommerce technologies in its industry. In recent years, ECMD has focused on the power of smartphones as yet another key technology platform, using them to deliver strategic solutions for retail support, wholesale sales support and customer self-service.

Ed Eskew

Ed Eskew

Vice President of IT, TYR

Ed is a CIO skilled at aligning business goals, organizational needs and technology to deliver high impact initiatives that create efficiencies, facilitate sustainable growth and drive profitability. Analytical thinker who identifies market trends and evaluates new technology investments to meet demands of ever-changing marketplace. Agent of change, adept at communicating complex issues in a language that resonates across cultural and functional boundaries. Exceptional ability to leverage technical expertise to negotiate complex contracts

and formulate innovative solutions to operational challenges across multiple environments. Motivational team leader who unites and drives cross-functional teams toward exceeding product and project milestones. Trusted advisor to senior leadership team who interfaces comfortably with all layers of stakeholders. Strong general management and P&L experience. Seeking to boost profitability of Retail Company through innovative technology solutions and product-driven speed to market processes.


Nigel Fortlage

Vice President Information Technology & Social Business, GHY INTERNATIONAL

Nigel has his Certificate in Applied Management: Information Technology Specialization through the University of Manitoba. He joined GHY in 1988, and is currently the vice president of information technology, social business leader, and member of the organizations executive team.

He leads the organization’s development of the company’s Information Technology area to adapt to demands of an information-intensive industry. Nigel is the architect and overseer of GHY’s technology infrastructure, oversees relationships with the company’s technology-related vendors, and is visionary in equipping GHY to meet its present and future challenges. He is partnering with other leaders of the organization to adapt and leverage

social media as part of the firms overall business development and growth strategy.

Under his leadership GHY was recognized by IBM and Common as leaders in information technology simplification and virtualization with the award of the first ever Innovation award for infrastructure simplification. He is one of six inaugural candidates as an IBM Champion for IBM Power designation. Nigel continues to serve on various industry and professional boards and committee’s. He is a founding member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Innovation Awards, CIO Association of Canada, and Manitoba CIO peer support group on LinkedIn; he has spoken at many national and international events.

Harrison Lewis

Chief Information Officer, NORTHGATE MARKETS

Harrison is the Chief Information Officer for Northgate Markets. Mr. Lewis specializes in Business Intelligence, Retail ERP, Data Warehousing. Price Optimization, Data Quality, RFID based Customer Loyalty programs, Scan based trading, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Enterprise Architecture, and SoX. Harrison has a deep understanding of the retail business and its challenges. He continually assesses and implements technology solutions that allow businesses to

overcome challenges, realize opportunities, and comply with increased regulations. He has over 24 years of experience in the retail industry, with over 15 years of experience in providing technology solutions to organizations. Mr. Lewis served in leadership roles at Haggen, Inc., The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, H. E. Butt Grocery Company, and the Kroger Company. Additionally, he serves on the Board at many corporate, education, and community organizations in the Northwest.

Rob Lloyd

Chief Information Officer & Director, CITY OF AVONDALE

As CIO, Rob Lloyd directs the City of Avondale’s (AZ) diverse technology portfolio. His department supports projects and operations throughout the municipality, covering public works, police, fire, utilities, economic development, family, parks and recreation, libraries, development, and engineering services. In his time with the city, Avondale has been named one of the top-ten Digital Cities of America four consecutive years for its use of technology, engagement with customers, and innovative programs. In both 2013 and 2014, the City of Avondale was named the #1 Digital City of America for its population group. Rob has 14 years of senior management

and executive experience spanning the technology, government, and utilities sectors in Arizona, Colorado, and Oregon. He serves on advisory and governing boards for the Midmarket CIO Forum, Arizona Technology Summit, Phoenix CIO Executive Leadership Summit, Maricopa Association of Governments, KnowledgeNet, and Genesys. His civic activities include service with United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and as a Girl Scouts of America Gold Award mentor. He was named one of the Top-25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2015 by Government Technology Magazine and is a 2013 Phoenix Business Journal Forty Under 40 honoree.

Cory Mason

Cory Mason


Cory Mason is currently the CIO at Twin Disc Inc. He has previously held positions at University of Wisconsin-Parkside serving as Small Business Development Director; Harley-Davidson Inc. serving as Director of Information Technology/CIO Produce Products Group; S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. serving as Director of Global IT Architecture. He has taught information technology and business management courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Within the community, he is currently serving as board member of the

Racine Uptown BID Board and board member/past board Chair of the UW-Parkside Business Advisory Board. Previously he has been a board member/past President of the Racine Symphony Orchestra; board member Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI); board member/past Chairman of the Racine Area Soccer Association; board member/past President South Eastern Aquatics. He holds an M.B.A. from Marquette University and an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Parkside with majors in Chemistry and Business Management.


Sam McMakin

Chief Information Officer & Managing Director of IT, AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL

Sam is the CIO / Managing Director of Information Technology at the American Chemistry Council—a 200+ employee Trade Association focused on Chemical Industry Advocacy. With over 15 years of IT Leadership experience, Sam is responsible for establishing, planning, and administering the overall Information Technology strategy, policies, and goals for the Association. He mentors and manages 13 staff and is currently engaged in transforming the business to adapt for the Mobile User, improving efficiency across the enterprise while continuing to streamline back-office IT operations. He serves a member of the ASAE Technology Council as well as Director on the

National and Mid-Atlantic Microsoft CIO Advisory Boards. Before coming to the Association arena, Sam held the positions of IT Education Manager and established and directed the IT Project Office at a major petrochemical corporation. Sam’s diverse business and leadership experience helps balance his passion for technology to extend beyond the technical application focusing on providing innovative business solutions. Included in the drive for efficient/effective technology, Sam has an equal passion and focus for Business Process Improvement balancing People, Process, & Technology.


Craig Reno

Vice President, Information Technology, ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION

Craig Reno currently serves as Vice President, Information Technology for St. Louis Community Credit Union, a leading full-service financial institution in the St. Louis area. In this role, he has executive responsibility for technology including strategy, governance, shared services, application support and vendor management. Craig has effectively led numerous projects in his career, including ERP Implementations/upgrades, Application Development, Business Intelligence, E-commerce, Outsourcing and

Infrastructure, in domestic and international companies. Prior to his arrival at St. Louis Community Credit Union in 2013, he was an IT leader for (9) years in the Metal Fabrication industry, (13) years in the Chemical industry and (7) years in Healthcare at a leading research university. Craig has held many roles in technical, functional and leadership positions, with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.


Janet Sebastian

Director, Information Technologies, ROUSH ENTERPRISES

Janet Sebastian is the Director, Corporate Information Technologies for Roush Enterprises. Ms. Sebastian is responsible for enterprise wide IT Strategy, planning, security implementations and operations, as well as commercial technology solutions at Roush. In particular, Janet brings process reengineering, turnaround management and organizational development strengths to her current (and prior) roles. She is widely recognized as a leader who transforms IT organizations into high performance strategic entities. Ms. Sebastian joined Roush

in 2003, after serving in several other executive IT roles with EDS, Cranbrook Educational Community, SmithGroup, and BuildNet. Ms. Sebastian brings with her over 25 years of Information Technology industry experience, and began her career in technology with EDS as a Systems Engineer in late 1984. She is a member of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and the Society of Information Management. Janet also is a member of Baker College CIS Advisory Board.

Eric Tewey

Eric Tewey

Chief Information Officer, Swisher International Group, Inc.

As Chief Information Officer, Eric is a business focused IT executive. He is a visionary and bottom-line focused leader with demonstrated experience in re-shaping IT into an integral business driver. He is respected for a wide range of industry knowledge, solid sense of integrity, and demonstrated passion for people and results. Eric has more than 20 years of IT leadership experience in the management and development of value-added business solutions and organizations. He has experience derived from a wide range of industries, both public and private.

These industries include transportation, logistics, financial services, manufacturing, customer service, employee services, and the Department of Defense. This experience has provided exposure to an impressive list of business challenges, organizations, and successes. Eric is known for his success in efficiently creating and deploying IT solutions across many business models. He drives results and provides innovative methods to improve both IT operations and clients’ bottom-lines.

Dave Widener


David Widener

Director of Information Technology & Project Management, DEAD RIVER COMPANY

David Widener is the Director of Information Technology and Project Management for Dead River Company (DRC), a privately held distributor of energy fuels (oil, propane, natural gas, electricity) and associated home comfort services (hardware installation and service, plumbing, water treatment, HVAC, etc.). Serving Northern New England for more than 100 years, DRC prides itself on caring, integrity, and excellence, providing its customers unparalleled value and service for their respective energy needs. David works closely with the senior management team at DRC to drive enhanced business value and customer satisfaction through project execution and technology value enablement. Specifically, Mr. Widener is responsible for strategic planning and road-mapping for IT

and Project Management Office (PMO) functions; technology, project management and security governance; system/application project portfolio management; as well as Lean process improvement initiatives driven from the Project Management Office (PMO). With 20 years of field-based experience, Mr. Widener began his career as a cartographer (map making) before joining the field of Information Technology in the early 90s. Mr. Widener holds both a BBA and MA from Ohio University and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College (VT) and serves on several socially and environmentally focused non-profit organizations in New England.

Joel Wolfe

Vice President Information Services, J-W ENERGY COMPANY

A recognized technology leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, Joel Wolfe offers a unique blend of executive acumen, team-building, and IT solutions development credited with strong ROI and operational improvement at J-W Energy Company. As Vice President, Information Services, Joel leads a responsive IT organization that consistently delivers results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, with substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.

Joel’s career includes leadership roles at First USA Bank & Stream International, where he helped to build a team of application and desktop personnel responsible for supporting over 30k users across the US. Joel was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an Oklahoma State University alumnus and maintains active membership in several recognized industry organizations, including: CIO Technology Executive Council, Midmarket CIO Forum and the Energy CIO Group.

RC Woodson

RC Woodson, MBA

Vice President Information Technology, DOYON, LIMITED

R.C. has over 28 years of experience in the IT industry, with over 10 years of senior executive experience in providing technology solutions to organizations. He has experience derived from a wide range of industries, both public and private.  These industries include logistics, financial services, and the Department of Defense. He has taught information technology and business management courses at local colleges. Currently, R.C. is responsible for establishing, planning, and administering the overall Information Technology strategy, policies, and goals for the Doyon Limited. Doyon is one of the top ten Alaska regional corporations. We run more than a dozen companies across several different pillars. And we own 12.5 million acres of land in the Alaskan Interior, making us one of the largest private landowners in the nation. Alaska is defined by its abundant natural resources. And it’s no surprise that oil is among the most prized. Engineering, drilling operations, remote camp services, and security—together, our

companies blend expertise and technological muscle in support of smooth, safe, and successful operations in the North Slope oil fields. R.C. is known for his expertise in Mergers & Acquisitions, server & network architectures, distributed systems and Enterprise Resource Application implementations. R.C. has installed, maintained and managed large enterprise resource applications.  He is talented in efficiently creating and deploying IT solutions across many business models. He drives results and provides innovative methods to improve both IT operations and clients’ bottom-lines. R.C. mentors and manages IT activities for five subsidiary companies as well as the parent company. His company is currently engaged in transforming the business to adapt improving efficiency across the enterprise while continuing to streamline back-office IT operations. He serves a member of the AVTEC Technology Council as well as Area Director on the Alaska InfraGard Executive Board.

Jeff Young

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, HAYNES INTERNATIONAL

Jeff Young is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Haynes International. He has been with Haynes since 1981 after graduating from Krannert Business School, Purdue University with a B.S. in Industrial Management and minors in CS and IE. Jeff also has an MBA and has lead the global information technology group for the company since 1994. Jeff is the Security Officer for

the company and is actively involved in compliance and governance for Haynes, a publically traded company. Haynes International, Inc., headquartered in Kokomo, Indiana, USA, is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of high-performance nickel- and cobalt-based alloys used in corrosion and high-temperature applications.