Event Details

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July 31, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Meet the 2020 ORBIE Winners!

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership in Houston. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

2020 Awards Season

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


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

7:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
7:30 a.m. VIP Reception*
8:30 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards Breakfast
10:45 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 (fmr), Sysco Corporation

Wayne is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sysco Corporation (2012-2019), the global leader in the Food Service distribution industry. At Sysco, Wayne led the transformation of the technology function into a modern Silicon Valley styled product and solutions based organization that applied technology, data and analytics to reimagine and remake not only Sysco but the food service industry. Wayne is currently an Independent Director at Armstrong World Industries (NYSE - AWI), where he is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Environmental committees and contributes to digital, cyber, and innovation strategies. Armstrong is a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling and wall solutions.

Explore 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.