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Michael Jones

Michael Jones has been involved in Information Technology and Computer Manufacturing for over 13 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.  Michael has been a member of SIM since 2012 most recently serving as board Vice President.


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 3.5 million passengers in 2013 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 four-year member of SIM and was Co-chair of the 2013 and 2014 annual Strategy Series events.

Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd currently serves as Interim Controller for Livestock Nutrition Center.  He is the retired Chief Information Officer for Ducks Unlimited, providing leadership to DU’s technology team for some 22 years.  Jim led this team to provide infrastructure for functional groups within the organization, and fulfilled other key leadership roles for Ducks.  Prior to appointment as CIO in 1998, Jim served as Controller for DU for 6 years.  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 Strategy Series Co-Chair in 2012 and 2013. 

Ahmed Esmail

Ahmed Esmail currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at The Conrad Pearson Clinic.  His responsibilities include the technology infrastructure, electronic medical records system and governance.  He has over 20 years of experience in information technology and management.   Ahmed holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology.  He has over 10 years of teaching experience and serves on several college advisory boards.  Ahmed has been a member of SIM since 2013 and has been active in several outreach programs as well as in helping to attract new members.  He’s looking forward to putting his knowledge and background to work in building a strong slate of programs.


Joe Cutrell

Joe Cutrell is a Director of Strategy & Innovation at AT&T Global Business Solutions.  As a strategy resource for AT&T’s largest customers, he provides technical direction to help them address their unique business challenges.  Joe assists with infrastructure architecture and works directly with enterprise executives to align technology with business priorities.  With a focus on communication and collaboration solutions, he also provides design expertise for connecting users and systems with reliable, scalable network services.

Kevin  Morgan

Kevin Morgan is the Director of Brand Performance Support at Hilton Worldwide.  In his role, he leads the Owner Support function within the Hampton Brand Performance Support organization.  His team is responsible for fostering engagement and loyalty with the Hampton Brand to promote new unit growth and increased revenue. Prior to his current position, Kevin has held a number of leadership positions at Hilton Worldwide including Director of Brand & Guest Technology, where he was responsible for guest facing technology strategy. Kevin has also led strategy and communications at McDonalds LLC USA in the Great Southern Region, which was comprised of over 700 restaurants and 140 Owner/Operator franchisees. Kevin received his Executive MBA from the University of Memphis in 2010 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Management at the University of Phoenix in 2005. Kevin has been actively involved with the Memphis Chapter of the SIM since 2007.  He frequently volunteers with Teen Technology Camp and Technology Career Day at the University of Memphis. In 2013 Kevin was the chair for the chapter’s Marketing Committee and in 2014 he was co-chair of the annual Strategy Series event.

He also is a part of the advisory board for the Kemmons Wilson School for Hospitality Management and Fogelman College of Business MIS, and the executive board for the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education at the University of Memphis.

Josh Siddon

Josh serves as the Executive Director of Information Technology at the Shelby County School District in Memphis, TN. He is responsible for all the technology day to day operations where he facilitates the decision process for procurement, integration, coordination, operation, installation, maintenance, training, and support for technologies in all sectors of the district.  Josh has over 16 years of experience in Information Technology, both direct hands-on and in management roles. Prior positions held include Regional Director, Department Manager, Network Manager, Sr. Systems Engineer, and Network Administrator.  Josh spends his free time promoting the STEM initiative throughout Memphis and DeSoto County by sharing his love for technology and robotics.  He is a board member for the Bayou Region of US FIRST an international non-profit organization that promotes STEM through robotic competitions.  Josh has been a member of SIM since June 2014 and has been very active in the SIM Memphis Chapter’s STEM initiatives.  He also played a strategic role in the 2014 Strategy Series by encouraging and scheduling US FIRST Robotics Teams from Memphis to attend and demo their programs and robots for attendees. 

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. Danita has been a member of SIM since 2012 and has been very active with the chapter’s Community Outreach beginning with the STEM outreach to local girls’ schools.  In 2014, Danita assumed the role of Community Outreach Chair. 

Ed Charbonnet


 Ed Charbonnet has been involved in IT for almost 40 years.  He started by leading teams that developed  terminal and communications controllers in the 70’s and advanced to lead projects for Parts, Inc. that  developed Point-of-Sale and Inventory Control systems in over 1200 automobile parts stores.  He has  developed data warehouses for three companies.  Other than the auto parts business he has spent time in  the IT aspects of the pharmacy industry, nursing home industry, and food manufacturing and  distribution.  He has been a President/part-owner of a small software company, CIO for a nursing home  company, and Director for the food company.  He has been deeply involved in projects to install Oracle  Apps and SAP apps.  Ed is currently is VP for Development at Amador of America where he has been  interfacing mature Cobol applications to Tablets, portable bar code scanners, web pages and  implementing XML interfaces to suppliers and customers.  Ed has been a member of SIM since 1998  where he has been active in SIM Community Outreach for 8 years starting with the demonstration of a  home-made hovercraft to the Teen Tech Camp in 2006.  He became one of the leaders of Teen Tech Camp  4 years ago.  He worked with Jana Markowitz to develop the "Build-a-Computer” program.  In addition, Ed  has served in several capacities of his church’s parish council including President and is currently a  member of the choir.  He is father to 3 children – one daughter is in medical school at Northwestern; the  son is a regional director for the Boy Scouts in Memphis; and the second daughter is studying biology and  chemistry at the University of Memphis.  Ed loves swimming, biking and scuba diving and has listened to  over 100 audio books since 2006 – mostly while biking and swimming.  Early in his career Ed had a  mentor who told him "There are two types of engineers - those who make mistakes and those who have  stopped learning.”  Ed has tried to live his career by that motto. 

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.

Debbie Smith

Debbie is Sr. Manager, IT-Process Information Management in Global Manufacturing at International Paper.  She leads all enterprise IT-related activities for initiatives to enhance Global Manufacturing, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability processes.  She is also responsible for ensuring that the technology supporting these processes is aligned with the company's IT strategy.   Working directly with the Global Manufacturing organization Debbie leads IT-related initiatives to reduce costs, improve people and process efficiency, and provide data and metrics to measure key performance indicators.  Debbie serves on three IT wide initiatives within IP: outreach to H.S. for STEM related careers, innovation efforts and Diversity and Inclusion Council.  Prior to this role,  Debbie has led the Deliver IT related activities as Sr. Manager  that worked directly with the Global Deliver organization related to warehousing, transportation, export and freight costing; and was a manager working on various SAP implementations within Finance/Cost and the Supply Chain transformation project for the mill businesses.  The last 16 years of her 29 year career has been spent in Information Technology.  Debbie has been a member of SIM since 2013 actively participating in the STEM Community Outreach program and serving on the Marketing committee.

Mason Rotelli

Mason is V.P. and CIO of TruckPro, a distributor of name brand heavy duty truck and trailer parts with over 150 locations across the US and Canada. In this role, Mason is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology.  Prior to TruckPro, Mason held IT leadership positions for Communications Supply Corp., Newark Electronics, Anixter, and Baxter Healthcare.    Mason joined the Memphis SIM chapter in 2013 when he relocated to Memphis from Chicago.  


Susan Caldwell

Susan is Owner/Managing Partner of 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 37 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, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the National Association for Women Business Owners.  She has been a SIM member since 1994 and has served on the board as President, Vice President, Strategy Series Co-Chair, and Membership Chair.  She has participated on multiple Strategy Series and Outreach committees and served as the Co-Chair of the Host & Venue committee for SIMposium 2007 held in Memphis.  She also is a part of the Advisory Board for the Fogelman College of Business MIS.

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.

Michael Boyd

Michael is Executive Director of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Southwest Tennessee Community College. He joined Southwest Tennessee Community College in December 2009. He provides leadership and strategic direction for current and future technologies at Southwest Tennessee Community College   His areas of responsibility include Technology Operations, Client Service and Support, Enterprise Application Support, IT Resource Management, Project Management and Media Services. Michael has over 19 years of IT experience, where he has held a variety of information technology roles for companies as well as leadership positions in the areas of corporate information system architecture, ecommerce, internet software applications, enterprise business ERP applications and process redesign.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis.  He is a 2011 Dale Carnegie graduate and a 2013 Maxine Smith Fellow.


Michael has been a member of SIM since 2012.  He is also Chairman of the Tennessee Board of Regents IT Sub Council, a TN Achieves/Promise Mentor and a SMARTS Mentor as well as a Board Member of the Greater Memphis IT Council. Michael is married to Tamika and they have 2 children, Darius and Taylor.  He is enjoys golf, mentoring youth and young adults and coaching baseball and basketball and travelling




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