2018 CIO of the Year

ORBIE Awards

2018 Winners

Super Global

Akash Khurana
VP, CIO & CDO
2018 CIO Awards

Global

Ellison Scudder
CIO & SVP
2018 CIO Awards

Enterprise

Michael Dove
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards

Corporate

Aldrich Varilla
IT Director
2018 CIO Awards

Nonprofit

Lenny Schad
CTIO
2018 CIO Awards

2018 Finalists

Super Global

2018 CIO Awards
Scott Crowder
SVP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Marc Franciosa
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Akash Khurana
VP, CIO & CDO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Wayne Shurts
EVP & CTO
2018 CIO Awards

Global

2018 CIO Awards
Ismael Cooper
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Venu Madduri
CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Brad Rable
CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Ellison Scudder
CIO & SVP
2018 CIO Awards

Enterprise

2018 CIO Awards
Michael Dove
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Rocco Ivanovich
VP IT
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
David Mosley
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Jonathan Sider
CIO
2018 CIO Awards

Corporate

2018 CIO Awards
Christian Hanz
VP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Antonio Marin
VP IT
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Troy Matherne
VP IT
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Aldrich Varilla
IT Director
2018 CIO Awards

Nonprofit/Public Sector

2018 CIO Awards
Myra Davis
SVP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Maria O’Neill
SVP & CIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Lenny Schad
CTIO
2018 CIO Awards
2018 CIO Awards
Charles Thompson
CIO
2018 CIO Awards

2018 Keynote

Brad Cowles

President, Core & Main Fire Protection, and Chief Operating Officer, Core & Main

Brad Cowles was recently named President of Core & Main Fire Protection, a leading national distributor of fire protection products and fabrication, with 34 locations across the US. Cowles also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Core & Main (formerly HD Supply Waterworks, Ltd.), a role he has held since January, 2017. Core & Main is the nation’s largest distributor of water, wastewater and storm water products and services, with over 250 US locations. As COO, Cowles leads Core & Main’s growth initiatives in Advanced Metering Technologies, Fusible Piping Solutions, Water Treatment Plants and Strategic Accounts. Cowles was heavily involved in the divestiture to private equity of the Waterworks division of HD Supply, and the subsequent creation of the stand- alone Core & Main company and its new brand.

Previously, Cowles was the Chief Information Officer for HD Supply, where he was responsible for the Information Technology organization and all technology-related services for the enterprise, from IT Infrastructure through applications including on-prem, cloud, web and mobile for business operations and for customers. He was recognized as the 2016 Enterprise CIO of the Year by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association, and he is an active member of that organization’s Advisory Board. Cowles joined HD Supply in 2005, where he held leadership roles of increasing responsibility in Mergers & Acquisitions, IT and three business units – Lumber & Building Materials, Interior Solutions, and Waterworks & Fire Protection.

Cowles has more than 24 years of distribution, engineering, manufacturing and IT experience. Prior to his time at HD Supply, he spent 10 years with the Michelin Tire Corporation in various leadership roles in research and development, manufacturing and quality in both the United States and France. He is fluent in French.

Cowles holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

About Core & Main

Core & Main (www.coreandmain.com) is one of North America’s largest distributors of water, sewer, storm, fusible piping and fire protection infrastructure products that serves the needs of both contractors and municipalities in all aspects of the water, wastewater, clean water, landfill, energy, and fire protection industries. Core & Main operates more than 250 branches serving North America, the Caribbean and international markets. The company provides localized, customer- driven services including jobsite delivery, will call or direct-ship options, diversified logistics and innovative solutions that contribute to its customers’ success.

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The Houston CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of supporting and recognizing the senior technology leadership of Houstons’ top organizations through a series of year-long events.

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