Event Details

Marriott Marquis Houston

1777 Walker St., Houston, TX

April 2, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Meet the 2020 CIO ORBIE Finalists

HoustonCIO has announced finalists for the 2020 Houston CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards, which recognizes the best-of-the-best in Houston technology leadership. Winners will be announced at the CIO of the Year Awards breakfast on April 2, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis Houston.

2020 Awards Season

CIO of the Year nominees & finalists are honored at a series of executive events, beginning with the Nominee Reception and ending with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards breakfast.


2020 Keynote

Becky Blalock, IT Thought Leader, Author, Speaker

Author of the bestselling book DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career and a trailblazer to the C-suite, Becky Blalock is a sought after speaker, IT thought leader and champion of skill and relationship building to achieve success in the workplace.



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


2020 Houston CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

7:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
7:00 a.m. VIP Reception*
8:00 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards Breakfast
10:15 a.m. Q&A with Keynote**

*Access limited to CIOs and select sponsor representatives.
**Access limited to CIOs, their direct reports, and select sponsor representatives.

Leadership Award Recipient

Wayne Shurts, EVP & CTO, Sysco Corporation

As Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Sysco Corporation, the leader within the Foodservice Distributor industry, Wayne Shurt's major focus is on the digital experience enjoyed by Sysco’s customers which include restaurants, colleges and universities, airlines, healthcare facilities, military facilities, and casinos. He ensures that technology addresses the specific needs of these customers allowing them to be more profitable. In his 4+ years at Sysco, Wayne has made a big impact repositioning Information Technology into a Business Technology function that is lean, agile, cost effective and customer focused. He has implemented a technology strategy focused on Operational Excellence, Agility and Analytics. Wayne’s leadership has resulted in dramatically increased speed to market for technology enablement and enhancements.

Explore 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.