Features Region: Midwest

Tarunjeet Mann – Lockton 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The stakes were high when Tarunjeet “TJ” Mann oversaw online security at Children’s Mercy Kansas City from 2017 to 2022. The stakes might even be higher since he took on a similar role across town at Lockton.  Lockton is the world’s largest independent insurance brokerage, active in over 125 countries. There’s more for hackers to […]

Alina Walters – City of Lakewood 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The chief information officer for a large city oversees the technology infrastructure and digital strategy that drives the city’s operations and services. With a deep understanding of a bustling metropolis’s unique challenges, the CIO works closely with various departments to leverage technology solutions that enhance efficiency, boost cybersecurity, and improve the overall community experience.   Alina […]

Kader Sakkaria – StudentUplift 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For many young people, college—especially their first year—can be as stressful as it is exhilarating. They’re often immersed in a perfect storm of living away from home, adjusting to different eating and sleeping habits, establishing new relationships and under pressure to perform academically while avoiding the pitfalls of their newfound independence.   The American College Health […]

Roshy Francis – GE Healthcare 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Picture this: a person is out for a routine morning stroll when they suddenly collapse from a heart attack. They are rushed to the nearest hospital and are admitted to the intensive care unit. As the person’s condition worsened, it became apparent that multiple care teams would be needed to save their life.   This person’s […]

Evan OBranovic – Traverse City Area Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In today’s fast-paced world, technology plays a crucial role in education, providing students with the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age. Evan OBranovic, the executive director of technology for Traverse City Area Public Schools, understands the importance of standardizing technology across the district and ensuring equal access for all students. […]

Mike Cappetta – Northwest Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Mike Cappetta had been chief technology officer for Northwest Bank for about 18 months when he was offered the opportunity to become chief data officer in December 2022. For almost 35 years, Cappetta managed technology, projects and strategy in the banking and finance industries at giants including Price Waterhouse, U.S. Bank and Citibank. So, he […]

Craig McBeath – City of Bloomington

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Craig McBeath earned a promotion to director of information technology for the City of Bloomington, Illinois, just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And his first task was keeping the city’s services up and running as the whole country was shutting down. Located in central Illinois, roughly two hours southwest of Chicago, Bloomington is home to […]

Jako van Blerk – Macomb County

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Onward it goes, the migration of on-premise case management systems to the more secure yet still accessible cloud. Time was when it might have been met with dissent by the people who administer Michigan’s Macomb County, but as Chief Information Officer Jako van Blerk assures, the process proceeds according to plan and with the support […]

Rockford Benson – Ashtabula County

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Ashtabula County, Ohio, sits on the shores of Lake Erie, all 720 square miles of it dotted with quaint towns and picturesque greenery. It’s known for its wine country, covered bridges and—if you ask Rockford Benson—the down-to-earth friendliness of its 97,000 people. Benson is a native son who came home to serve his neighbors. He’s […]

Alex Magdics and Scott Bauer – Majestic Steel USA

Est. reading time: 4 mins

As tech leaders, Alex Magdics and Scott Bauer are both Men of Steel and a Dynamic Duo in their roles at Majestic Steel. Superman and Batman comics aside, they have teamed up to provide technology innovations and solutions for Majestic Steel for more than a decade. Bauer, who was the first full-time IT employee when […]

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