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Mario Simmons

Mario Simmons has over 20 years of IT and business experience in all phases of the SDLC. He has led teams of varying sizes for projects such as ERP Implementations, Paperless Initiatives, Budgeting Solutions, CRM Upgrades, Enterprise Contact Center Solutions and Contract Management. His experiences both domestically and internationally have provided him with a unique view on the technology world and team building. He has worked in both non-profit and for-profit organizations including: ALSAC/St. Jude, GE, NCR and IBM. He is assistant minister of Raleigh Community Church of Christ, father to Amir (12), and devoted husband of 17 years to Faye Simmons.  Mario has been a member of SIM since 2005.  He has served on the 2013 Board as Vice President and been active on several committees including Community Outreach, Strategy Series, and Programs. 


Michael Jones

Michael Jones has been involved in Information Technology and Computer Manufacturing for over 12 years.  Mr. Jones currently serves as Deputy CIO for the City of Memphis where he has been tasked with all of I.T. Operations which supports 8000+ users.   Michael began working with the City in 2008 and worked his way up to Assistant to the CIO where he was assigned to work directly with the newly elected Mayor and his staff to assist with all of their technical needs during his transition into office.  He has introduced video conferencing to the City, Online Video Streaming for Council, and 311 direct dialing for services for the citizens of Memphis.  He has served as Datacenter Manager where he helped to bring online a new Exchange environment.  Michael also worked as a Senior Manager for a major computer manufacturer where he actively managed teams consisting of 150 employees for the repair and refurbishing of laptops and printers for Dell and HP.  Michael has been an integral part in helping to develop Critical Management, Change Management, and Root Cause Analysis procedures for the City.  He is currently working to bring real-time tracking and job allocation with integration into Oracle for the city’s Code-enforcement division and has been recognized for his efforts in Information Week and other publications. 

In his former career, as an Operations Manager with FedEx, he helped to design and execute the International Sort Facility in Oakland, CA.  He has a degree in M.I.S. from the University of Memphis.

Michael believes in and embraces customer service while looking for better ways to provide information technology.


Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd serves as Chief Information Officer for Ducks Unlimited, providing leadership to DU’s technology team.  This team provides the infrastructure for functional groups within the organization.  In addition to his role as CIO, Jim shares responsibility for Meetings & Conferences (including logistics for DU’s national convention), DU National Headquarters building, Mail and Print services, and facilities issues throughout the organization.  Prior to appointment as CIO in 1998, Jim served as Controller for DU for 6 years.  Jim joined Ducks Unlimited in May 1992 as DU was making plans to relocate to Memphis in September 1992.  Prior to joining DU, Jim served as Director of Entrepreneurial Services for Ernst & Young in the Memphis office.  In twelve years with Ernst & Young, Jim provided all phases of accounting, audit, tax, and business advisory services to privately-owned and emerging businesses in the Mid-South.  Jim is a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee, and a member of both the AICPA and the Tennessee Society of CPAs.  Jim has been a SIM member since 1999.  He has served on the board as SIM Memphis Stratey Series Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013.

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson is a VP at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he supports Information Services -- a blend of Library, Information Technology Services, and Institutional Research -- as well as Student Affairs – another blend of counseling services, residence life, student conduct, campus safety, and athletics. This union of support for Student Services and Information Services has offered the potential for the rapid replication of successful service processes and project management structures as well as alignment of the business and technology planning functions, especially in times of transformation and cultural upheaval.

Bob, who holds a Ph.D. in Religion (Hebrew Bible) from Vanderbilt University, previously held the CIO position at Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and taught religion and linguistics at Vanderbilt University and Sewanee, the University of the South. Bob has been a member of SIM since 2000.

Kevin  Morgan

Kevin Morgan was recently promoted to Director – Brand & Guest Technology, Digital & Wi-Fi Products at Hilton Worldwide.  In his new role, Kevin will work closely with Hilton Worldwide brands, IT, and other stakeholders across the company to define and execute roadmaps for guest-facing products that generate revenue and enable hotel operational efficiencies.  Key projects that he will be tasked with include hotel brand and product elements of Wi-Fi, on property mobility strategy, digital amenities, and components of Hilton's Digital Lobby initiative. He is no stranger to the hotel industry having previously spent 11 years at Hilton in both corporate and hotel capacities.  Prior to his current position, Kevin was with McDonalds LLC USA, where he was Regional Strategy & Communications Manager, Great Southern Region, and was responsible for communications and strategic business planning for over 700 restaurants and 140 Owner/Operator franchisees. He was recently recognized with the 2012 McDonalds Communications Leadership Award.  Kevin received his Executive MBA from the University of Memphis in May of 2010. Kevin started his undergraduate degree at the University of Memphis, and after transferring to Chicago completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Kevin is actively involved with the Memphis Chapter of the SIM since 2007 where he frequently volunteers with Teen Technology Camp and Career Day at the University of Memphis. In 2013 Kevin was the chair for the chapter’s Marketing Committee.

Jarrett Morgan

Jarrett Morgan is the Director of Information Technology for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.   He is currently responsible for all areas of Information Technology at Memphis International including Financial Systems, Access Revenue Controls, Network/Cable Infrastructure, CCTV/Access Control, and Telephony.  Memphis International Airport served over 7.7 million passengers in 2012 and ranks as the busiest cargo airport in North America and second busiest cargo airport in the world.  Jarrett is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.  He is actively involved with many organizations including the American Association of Airport Executives, Airports Council International – North America and InfraGard.   Jarrett has over 15 years’ experience in Information Technology including past positions with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and FNC, Inc., a Software Development firm focused on real estate mortgage technology.  Jarrett is a three-year member of SIM.

Danita Macon

Danita is a 23-year information technology professional and has worked in various positions for Time Warner Cable and the University of Memphis.  Currently serving at NIKE as the North America Technology Distribution Center Production Support Director she provides leadership to the production support teams which support the warehouse management and control systems in distribution centers in Memphis, TN, Foot Hills Ranch, CA, and Toronto, Canada. 

As the 2005-2006 Information Technology Division "PRO” award recipient, Danita was recognized for her involvement and leadership in the SunGard Banner ERP implementation.  Additionally, she was selected to be the 2011 University of Memphis Maxine Smith Fellow, a fellowship which provides access and opportunity to the contribution and enhancement of campus ideas, thoughts and experiences.

Having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Memphis, she is a True Blue Tiger fan, avid sports enthusiast, and lover of family, music and food.

Darrell Price

Darrell, the Manager of Interactive Technology at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is part of a leadership team with a vision to build on-line experiences as rich and engaging as walking through the physical hospital. Prior to working in the non-profit space, Darrell delivered innovative solutions as a part of a Fortune 50 company in the paper and packaging industry and in the specialty pharmacy sector of the healthcare industry. All told, Darrell has more than 20 years in the Information Technology / Information Management arena. In addition to delivering technology solutions, Darrell is focused on coaching and leading individuals and teams to perform at a high level of effectiveness. He maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation granted by the Project Management Institute and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis. He has been a member of SIM since 2010.

Jana Branham

Jana has over 25 years in Information Technology.  She is the CIO at ACH Food Companies, which markets, sells, and produces a variety of cooking oils, baking and flavors.  Some well-known brands include Mazola, Argo corn starch, Fleischmann's yeast, Karo syrup, Weber’s and Spice Islands seasonings.  Operating through two divisions, consumer products and commercial products, ACH caters to the retail, industrial food and foodservice industries in the US, Canada, and Mexico.  Prior to joining ACH, Jana held positions at Hilton developing an in house High Speed Internet program for over 3000 hotels, and International Paper where she spent time managing infrastructure, data warehousing and supply chain implementations.  Jana graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.B.A and began her IT career at IBM as a systems engineer. Jana joined SIM in 2002 and served on the board as Community Outreach Chair 2007 through 2009, as well as the five time chair of the Strategy Series Sponsorship committee.

Susan Caldwell

Susan is Owner/Sr. Partner with Wellton LLC, a professional services organization headquartered in Memphis which specializes in Talent Acquisition solutions and HR consulting for the information technology industry.  Susan has over 30 years experience in technology and has held customer service-focused positions with some of the largest corporations in America, including Oracle, Data General/EMC, Compaq/HP, and Hilton Hotels.  She has a B.S, Business Administration, from Christian Brothers University, and an A.S., Information Technology, from Tennessee State Technical Institute (now Southwest Tennessee Community College).  She holds credentials as a National Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a National Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS).  She is founding member of the Memphis Area Oracle User Group, a member of the Project Management Institute, the Data Management Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management.  She has been a SIM member since 1994 and has served on the board as Strategy Series Co-Chair, Vice President, President, and Membership Chair and participated on multiple Strategy Series committees and as the Co-Chair of the Host & Venue committee for SIMposium 2007. 

Rick Pride

Rick is President and Principal Consultant with CIO Services Group, LLC, a consultancy with specialties in IT leadership, assessment, strategy and business optimization.  An accomplished information management executive, Rick has broad experience providing global business and technology leadership.  His industry background includes healthcare, medical devices, pharmaceutical, consumer products, government and non-profit organizations.  Prior to his consulting activities, Rick was CIO of Smith & Nephew, a global orthopedic medical device company.  Previous to that he was VP CIO of Maybelline, a health and beauty aids business, where his responsibilities included IT, Logistics and eBusiness.  Before Maybelline, he was a divisional leader for Clairol, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bristol-Myers Squibb Intl and Mead Johnson where he provided IT and business leadership, internal consulting and technology assessment for consumer products, pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs.  Rick is a computer science graduate of Purdue University with an MBA from the University of Evansville.  A member of SIM for over 15 years, Rick is on the Board of Directors of SIM International as a Chapter Representative and has served the Memphis chapter in a variety of roles including President, Vice-President, Program Chair and Strategy Series Chair.

Dick Vandenberg

Dick is a senior IT leader with experience in banking, manufacturing, and distribution, plus broad expertise in multiple technical domains. He is CIO and Lead Consultant with CIO Services Group, focused on providing interim IT leadership for organizations facing large changes. Prior to that he was CIO of Transaction Graphics, VP, Systems Manager at First Tennessee, International Resource Manager at Hogan/CSC, and has held leadership roles at Leader Federal and Orgill Brothers.  He has been a member of SIM since 2005 and has co-chaired the 2011 Strategy Series for Executives,  been SIM Memphis Vice-President in 2008 and President in 2009 and 2010, and served as a member of the SIMposium 2007 program committee.



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