Features November 2018

Tom McElligott – Sharp Electronics Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There’s something major in the high-tech mix that’s soon to be unveiled by Sharp Electronics Corp., but Associate Vice President and CIO Tom McElligott wasn’t about to let the details slip during a chat with Toggle in early August. Still, while listening to the Irish-born McElligott expand on what a dynamic industry info-tech is, one […]

Kristine Bewley – Red Clay Consolidated School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s not a revelation that technology is a powerful tool that engages students, but Kristine Bewley has been awed by just how true it is. Now equipped with Chromebooks, students in grades 3 through 12 at Red Clay Consolidated School District are “super involved” in their curriculum; they take initiative, go out and do their […]

Zach Mather – Pueblo City Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the middle of a lesson on ancient Greece, all 26 of the classroom’s chromebooks begin to buffer, eliciting a string of frustrated sighs. Down the hall, students wait nervously for the next page of their state test to load online, while nearby the teacher struggles to upload the week’s grades into the learning management […]

Jason Rooks – Parkway School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

On a Wednesday morning in mid-September, a car carrying four high-school students pulls into the parking lot of a mall in Chesterfield, Missouri. Within a few minutes, three more cars arrive. There are 10 students in total, mostly juniors and seniors, all eager for the day ahead. Once inside the mall, they thread through the […]

Gregory J. Turner – MTM Technologies

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to cyberdefense in that perpetual war between the white and black hats of info-tech, there’s no Great Wall of China. So reminds Gregory J. Turner, the CIO and senior vice president of services for IT seller and solutions provider MTM Technologies in Stamford, Connecticut. Even if there were, he explains, it would […]

James Kurek – Liberty Property Trust

Est. reading time: 5 mins

High-tech oversight of more than 600 properties in the United States and United Kingdom needed upgrading. In-house, legacy software was an impediment to efficiency. So last year, Liberty Property Trust looked to bring aboard an info-tech boss who could help on all fronts, settling on James Kurek, an IT veteran of a quarter-century, whose background […]

Steven Laskowitz – Krasdale Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There might be irony in the technology boss of metro New York City’s premier independent grocery wholesaler being old school, but Steven Laskowitz seems so comfy the way he’s always been. “Information, efficiencies, services and accommodations” is how he describes the business model of Krasdale Foods, and the unpretentious and lighthearted Laskowitz would know. After […]

Sarah Richardson – HealthCare Partners

Est. reading time: 3 mins

In the end, it comes down to relationships, authenticity and always holding fast to humility and curiosity. With these values, you can get wherever you want to go, says Sarah Richardson. “Everything is about connections, but it has to be genuine,” she says. “If you’re out there doing something just because it checks a box, […]

Doug Duncan – Columbia Insurance Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There was no need for Doug Duncan to be a disruptor when he stepped into the role of CIO at Columbia Insurance Group in August 2017. The midsized commercial property and casualty insurer in Columbia, Missouri, was already a stable operation bolstered by a capable info-tech department of nearly 50. So the midcareer technologist’s responsibilities […]

Esteban R. Velez – Classic Hotels & Resorts

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Whether he’s on a business trip or just vacationing with his young family, Esteban R. Velez will look up the hotel’s info-tech director and ask him or her to lunch. “My kids hate me for that,” the jovial Velez tells Toggle. “But in this line of work, it’s essential that we all share ideas. The […]

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