The Board — Arizona Technology leaders making a difference in their communities.
Chris Spear, President
Chris is President of his own consulting firm, SPEARIENSE, which provides COO and CIO services. He worked as a CIO, VP Operations for the Phoenix VC-backed SaaS company, Infusionsoft, and in senior IT and Operations roles at employers ranging from his own $2M software startup to a $5B publicly traded office products giant.
His expertise is setting the vision for delivering optimal value to customers, and aligning teams, cultures, processes and systems to deliver results. He has extensive experience in operational responsibilities including strategic planning, process automation, and team building. He has been at the forefront of architecting and implementing operations platforms with cloud technologies. He has enabled growth and scalability of key processes for enterprise human capital management, inside and field sales teams, support and services contact centers, and over 600 geographically-distributed retail store operations. Chris holds an MBA and a BS in Business Management Marketing and International Business from Brigham Young University.
John Hurley, Past President
John is the Managing Director at Hurley & Associates, LLC and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in program management, project management, change management, strategic planning, market planning, sales, recruiting, process management, budgeting and team leadership. His industry experience includes financial services, insurance, banking, manufacturing, utilities and healthcare.
Brad Lontz, Vice President
Brad is the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT for Nautilus Insurance Group, part of the $7.5B W. R. Berkley Corporation. As part of the senior leadership team, Brad is responsible for driving the digital transformation across Nautilus – replacing all core systems during his tenure. Brad has over 20 years of experience in information technology across Financial Services, Software Development, Manufacturing and Distribution industries. He has worked with executive teams leading digital transformation and instituted Agile and DevOps cultures in IT organizations. Brad has experience in Program Management working with large development teams as well as leading merger and acquisition teams.
Prior to Nautilus Insurance Group, Brad was a Senior Director at Liberty Mutual Insurance and held IT leadership positions in manufacturing, sales and marketing, R&D, and distribution. Brad has an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business and a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Merril "Merf" Fratkin, Secretary
Merrill is a senior IT leader for nThrive, a national leader in hospital revenue cycle management. Merrill is leading several integration initiatives related to the recent acquisition, as well as, a number of interdisciplinary teams across the enterprise in strategic platform integration and application architecture. He is responsible for developing IT strategies and roadmaps for new productions and services, technology integration strategies for M&A, driving efficiencies in application development and forging a single team approach to automated business integration.
Merrill has had several other instrumental roles at Adreima while the company grew from 23 employees in 2003 to over 1,000 at the time of the acquisition including HR and Finance director. Merrill was a key participant in the initial sale to a private equity firm in Chicago.
Merrill earned a graduate in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Phoenix in 2005. His undergraduate degree is in Information Systems from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.
Mark Wysolmierski, Director of Communications
Mark started a 25 year career in Information Technology as the Manager of IT for the Instrumentation Division of Diagnostics Products Corporation in Randolph, New Jersey. Mark and his family moved to Cave Creek, Arizona in 1998, initially consulting and then taking a position as an Integration Engineer at MicroAge, contracted to Bank One for Y2K migrations. In May 1999, Mark accepted a Systems Administration position with Avnet, where he has worked ever since.
Mark is currently the Manager of x86 / Virtualization and Cloud at Avnet. He manages a veteran team of 13 systems administrators located in Arizona and in Shanghai, China. They support over 2,000 virtual machines and over 600 physical servers globally and in Microsoft Azure. Mark has his Microsoft MCSE and MCTS certifications, is Linux+ certified and NetApp NCSA certified.
Dan Konzen, Treasurer
Dan Konzen is the Campus Chair, College of Information Systems and Technology and Chair, Scholarship Editorial Board for the University of Phoenix. He is an accomplished visionary leader of innovative solutions with over 25 years of strategic leadership, organizational change, intrapreneurship, and project management with broad experience in all aspects of financial, risk management, knowledge management, and the strategic development, implementation, and application of innovative technology solutions for multiple organizations in both profit and non-profit sectors. Dan has direct experience with strategic corporate governance, application systems andatabase development, content management system development and implementation, customer relationship management applications, enterprise resource planning applications, administrative and financial software implementation, data analytics financial consulting, litigation and claims management, cybersecurity risks, profitable underwriting, course design and development, knowledge and learning management, and faculty mentorship and administration. Dan is a prominent and regular speaker on finance and technology topics in person as well as via radio and television.
During his tenure, he has numerous publications and presentations on finance, leadership, technology, cybersecurity, intrapreneurship, social change, and personal development. He has developed and curriculum mapped numerous graduate and undergraduate finance, accounting, and management courses. He is also Co-founder and Director of Zen Investment Group / Fiesta Lakes and he serves as President Emeritus and Associate Director for Jazz in Arizona and serves as an Advisor on several additional boards. Prior to this he served as board director and chief executive officer for a national identity theft recovery firm, Director of Finance, as Chief Financial and Risk officer (CFO/CRO), and as acting Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO) of national warranty and administration companies.
He is currently pursuing his PhD in Walden University’s Applied Management & Decision Sciences program with an emphasis in Leadership and Organizational Change. He holds an MBA (Honors) in Finance/Insurance/Risk Management; an MBA (Honors) in Knowledge and Learning Management from Walden University; and a BS (Honors) in Business Management from the University of Phoenix; additionally he holds the designations of Master Project Manager (MPM), Master Financial Planner (MFP), Chartered Risk Analyst (CRA), Certified International Project Manager (CIPM), and Chartered Business Analyst (ChBA), Fellow in the Council on Ethical Billing (FCEB), Fellow in the Global Academy of Finance and Management (FGAFM), and Fellow Claims and Litigation Management (FCLM).
Diane Smigel, Director of Membership
Diane Smigel is President and CEO of Palladium IT Advisors, a Scottsdale-based firm specializing in IT Recruiting and Advisory Services for mid-market and enterprise clients in the Southwest. Palladium's core services include Technology Advisory Support for Executives, and Recruiting for IT Leadership roles and hard-to-fill technical positions.
Diane is a well-respected IT and professional services executive with over 30 years of experience serving the strategic technology needs of mid-market and enterprise clients. Prior to launching Palladium IT Advisors, Diane was Vice President, Consulting Operations with MSS Technologies and a Partner with Tatum LLC in the Phoenix office. Previously, Diane served as Regional Vice President of the Northeast and Southwest Regions for Cambridge Technology Partners, a highly acclaimed consulting firm that pioneered the fixed-price, fixed-time project delivery model.
Diane also held senior technology executive roles in the Financial Services and Insurance industries, and was Vice President, Corporate Information Services with John Hancock Financial Services in Boston MA. Diane holds a BA in Mathematics cum laude from Boston University, and resides in Scottsdale Arizona. Diane is a member of the Arizona Technology Council, the Shea Group, and the Society of Information Management.
Mike Glynn, Director of Sponsorship
Mike Glynn is currently Managing Partner at MSGlynn & Associates in Scottsdale. He has over 30 years of experience and expertise in Managing IT organizations, Outsourcing, IT Services, IT Consulting, and Project Management. Mike has held senior positions such as CIO and CEO while managing IT organizations, and IT Service and Consulting Businesses.
Formerly Mike was a Managing Partner at Transition Partners Co, a national management consultancy recognized by senior executives as trusted advisors to solve strategic problems in information technology. Mike also served as a Managing Director for CSC’s Chicago-based consulting business unit. Prior to CSC, he was the CEO and President of TransTech, a mid-market systems integrator and IT staffing firm, where he developed a strategic vision and led the migration of the company from a staffing-oriented business to a project-oriented systems business; specializing in systems development, eBusiness, enterprise systems, web hosting and infrastructure solutions. Mike spent the bulk of his career at EDS. Mike filled the CIO role and managed the IT organizations for several Component Divisions of General Motors. Additionally, Mike was a Vice President in consulting at A. T. Kearney.
Mike is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Finance for Kansas State University and a former Board Member for the Society for Information Management (SIM) in Chicago. He received his BS in Computer Science from Kansas State University and holds a MS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Cat Silverman, Director of Education
Cat is the Senior Manager - Global IT Projects at Avnet. She is a strategic IT business leader and team-builder with over 15 years planning / executing enterprise strategy, leading change and creating value. She is an executive "chief of staff" adviser, leading data-driven decision-making. She is an expert communicator, fostering partnership, collaboration and consensus.
Prior to Avnet Cat held senior manager positions in project management, strategic planning and analysis for ASU, SilverMedia and Qwest Communications. She holds an MSIM from the ASU W.P Carey School of Business. She also holds a BS from North Dakota State University in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Dual Major in English & Journalism / Broadcast Communications. Her certifications include: PMP, Prosci Certification and CSM Certified ScrumMaster.
Deborah Decorrevant, Advisor to the Board of Directors
Deborah is an IT Business Relationship Manager at Salt River Project, a local power and water delivery utility. She is a highly engaged and collaborative IT professional with over 25 years of leadership experience. Her diverse skill set includes IT strategic planning and roadmap development, business relationship management, cross-functional team leadership, IT governance and business intelligence architecture. Prior to joining SRP, Deborah was the Senior Director of Enterprise Data Management at Choice Hotels International, creating strong collaboration with business areas to provide strategic solutions for their diverse information needs.
Michael Sperling, Advisor to Board of Directors, also assisting as Director of Programs
Michael’s experience in the IT industry spans over 50 years having held several management positions with companies such as AT&T, First Interstate Bank and the City of Phoenix.
He led the development of Tax and License system, the Economic Development Information systems among several other important initiatives for the city of Phoenix. He was the founder and chairman of the Arizona Millennium Group which was the first networking group worldwide for Y2K project managers.
Michael has been a member of SIM since 1984 and a former President and Treasurer of the Arizona chapter. He has also served as Director of STEM Outreach and on other committees.