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2019 Digital Transformation Summit Speakers

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BUILDING A Culture of Innovation

In his opening keynote, Joe will share insights on how Amazon organizes for innovation and he will take a deep dive into the four key aspects: Culture, Mechanisms, Architecture, and People. Amazon seeks to invent on behalf of their customers to create delightful experiences, and this keynote with inspire some ideas of how your company can adopt the ways Amazon implements digital innovation.

Joe Chung, Amazon web services

Joe joined AWS as Enterprise Strategist & Evangelist in November 2016. In this role, Joe works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers.

Prior to joining AWS, Joe was a managing director in Accenture’s award winning IT organization where he was responsible for enterprise architecture, agile delivery and innovation. He was accountable for driving the foundational components of Accenture IT digital strategy which included defining and implementing Accenture’s cloud strategy, next generation analytics platform, and modern web and mobile architectures.

During Joe’s time in Accenture IT he also led and drove large scale transformations across multiple business domains and application portfolios. He also spent time in Accenture’s consulting business serving the automotive and industrial equipment industry.


CIO Panel - Digital Innovation: Connecting Citizens to the County

The closing keynote will be a discussion panel featuring the CIO's from Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties and moderated by Chad Livengood of Crain’s Detroit Business. The executives will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities local governments serving a million or more citizens face when it comes to security, infrastructure, and digital access to county services.

Chad Livengood, Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Chad Livengood, Crain’s Detroit Business - Moderator

Chad Livengood is senior editor at Crain's Detroit Business covering Detroit on the rise, politics and public policy. At Crain’s, he’s focused on the intersection of business and public policy issues ranging from transportation and auto insurance to education and the workforce. He hosts a Crain’s podcast called “Detroit Rising” that is focused on telling the story of the businesses, entrepreneurs and leaders fostering Detroit’s revitalization.

He previously spent five years as a political reporter for The Detroit News, covering state government, the Detroit bankruptcy, the Flint water crisis and the 2016 presidential election. Chad also has worked at newspapers in Wilmington, Delaware; Springfield, Missouri; and Jackson, Michigan.

artificial intelligence, machine learning, business intelligence, digital marketing, return on investment

Michael Timm, Oakland County

Mike Timm is an IT professional, with 34 years’ experience, serving as the Director of IT for Oakland County for the past two years. An innovative information technology leader with over 30 years of experience in the private sector, Timm was previously the director of business planning and the project management office at Meridian Health Plan. While there, he established the office, built the team, implemented the business plan, and put in place key process metrics for its entire IT organization. Prior to that, he was the director of delivery at Entrega Systems Group.

His career began in 1985 with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), a former division of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), as a systems engineering manager/account manager supporting the General Motors North America account. He eventually rose within the HP organization to become a program manager/managing consultant for a number of industries including public utilities, rail transportation, insurance, shipping/logistics, and manufacturing.

In addition to technical disciplines in information technology infrastructure and applications, software process improvement, and lean manufacturing systems; Mike is also known for his focus on customers and relationships. In his current role, he is privileged to work with a great team of technical and service oriented professionals, supporting 82 county divisions, over 4000 employees, and 1.2 million citizens. 


Jako van Blerk

Jako van Blerk, Macomb County

The IT field has become an interest of mine through its use in business applications and processes. It has been my career path for more than fifteen years, of which the last eight years have been in Project Management, Management & Leadership positions, including Executive Management.

My current role as Chief Information Officer suits my natural ability to lead, and provides me with multiple opportunities to lead Strategic decision making, vision, labor negotiations, and other Executive level functions. Although my Technical expertise has been mostly in network design & engineering, I've spend 18 months as Manager of Applications & Enterprise Solutions and 15 months as Deputy Director to the Chief Information Officer, which gives me a well balanced perspective for my current role.

The dynamic nature of the Information Technology world create new challenges every day; I think that the ever changing environment is one of the main reasons I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing. I am a loyal, dedicated individual that excels under pressure and difficult situations.

Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez, Wayne County

Carlos Perez is the Chief Information Officer of Wayne County, the largest county in Michigan, and 19th largest in the nation. In his tenure at at Wayne County, Perez has built a team that values passion, hard-work, creativity, and applied engineering.

Perez is a versatile technology executive who loves people, technology, and automation. Over his 15 year career, he has seen successes in architecting IT solutions for top tier technology companies, managing a $20 Million operational budget, reducing annual operational costs by 14%, and eliminating $30,000 trouble tickets a year.



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