DallasCIO Names 37 Finalists for 2021 CIO of the Year ‘ORBIE’ Awards

Dallas CIO of the Year finalists were tapped for excellence in technology leadership in seven categories: corporate, public sector, healthcare, enterprise, large enterprise, global, and super global.

A virtual event will be held on February 26.

Update: The annual Dallas CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards program, which honors chief information officers that demonstrate excellence in technology leadership. Winners will be announced on February 26 at a virtual event.  Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon will talk about the importance of tech on the experience of travelers as the keynote speaker. Here’s a look at the honorees in a special section of the Dallas Business Journal in partnership with DallasCIO.

The Dallas CIO Leadership Organization announced finalists for the 2021 Dallas CIO of the Year Award.

Honorees include 37 finalists in seven categories: corporate, public sector, healthcare, enterprise, large enterprise, global, and super global.

The “ORBIE,” which has been around for more than 20 years, honors excellence in technology leadership among chief information officers who are evaluated on their leadership, innovation, business value creation, and community involvement.

The awards will go virtual on Feb. 26 to honor winners who stand out in innovation, business value creation, and community involvement. For more information, visit dallascio.org

The finalists for 2021, announced in a DallasCIO web post, are:

Super Global CIO Finalists

Nancy Flores , EVP, CIO, and CTO, McKesson

Tammy Gilbert, CIO and Head of Corporate Technologies, Fidelity

Sue-Jean Lin, SVP and CIO, Alcon

Sudhir Nair, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Loan Depot

Pankaj Patra, SVP and CIO, Brinker International

Angela Venuk , CIO, GameStop

Global CIO Finalists

Ramnik Kamo, EVP Global Operations and CIO, Mavinir

Christi Liebe, Global CIO, Omni Logistics

Bill McDonald, CIO, WIS International

Andy Potter, CTO, Rug Doctor

Gertrude Van Horn, SVP and CIO, NCH Corp.

Large Enterprise CIO Finalists

Ashley Denison, CIO, Caliber Collision

Jim French, CTO, Transplace

Vipin Gupta, Group VP and CIO, Toyota Financial Services

Nimesh Mehta, CIO, National Life Group

Mike Santimaw, SVP and CIO, Rent-A-Center

Enterprise CIO Finalists

Brian Drevicky, CIO, Supreme Lending

Michele Rodgers, CIO, Exeter

Hina Shamsi, CIO, Texas Capital Bank

Trey Smith, CIO, MIC Global Services

Mani Suri, SVP and CIO, 7-Eleven

Corporate CIO Finalists

Joan Holman, CIO, Clark Hill

Jyoti Lynch, CIO, European Wax Center

Steve McLaurin, VP and CIO, Denbury

Mark Overton, SVP and CIO, Greyhound

Neelu Sethi, SVP and CIO, Reddy Ice

Healthcare CIO Finalists

Vin Crispino, CIO, BayMark Health Services

Shane Henderson, CTO, Signify Health

Joe Longo, SVP and CIO, Parkland

Pamela McNutt, SVP and CIO, Methodist Health System

Theresa Meadows, SVP and CIO, Cook Children’s   

Jan Ross, CIO Technology Division, N Thrive

Public Sector Finalists

Mark Elrod, Director of IT, North Texas Food Bank

Jack Kelanic, CTO, Dallas ISD

Doug Short, CIO, Trinity River Authority

Caren Skipworth, CIO, Collin County

Michael Youngs, VP of IT Services, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

This story was updated with updated honoree and event information on Feb. 18, 2021, at 8:30 p.m.

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