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Philly New Tech Meetup #50 - May 2018 -- CIO Panel

Quorum at the Science Center 3711 Market Street, Floor 8 , Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)

This month we'll be chatting with local corporate CIOs and technology Vice Presidents about what new technologies they're keeping their eyes on. We'll also be talking "Entrepreneurial Thinking in Corporate Tech".

5:45 Networking and food

6:15 Welcome and sponsors

6:20 CIO Panel

Sandeep C. Katarnavre

Chief Information Officer & VP, IT.

Saint Gobain Construction Products North America

Sandeep joined Saint Gobain in May of 2016 in the position of Vice President - IT and Chief Information Officer for Saint Gobain Construction Products North America. He has responsibility for shaping the Information Technology (IT) strategy along with leading the Construction Products IT organization. He works closely with the leaders across Saint Gobain to ensure that IT accelerates innovation, leads and drives digital transformation, delivers against key business performance goals to help drive growth initiatives.

Vipul Chokshi

VP of Information Technology

C&D Technologies []

Mr. Vipul K. Chokshi was appointed Vice President of Information Technology in March, 2015. In this role, he oversees the architecture and implementation of all operational and business support systems that the organization uses to operate and manage business as well as design and development of Information applications that help keep C&D in a leadership position.

Mark Wheeler

Interim CIO

City of Philadelphia

Mark Wheeler, AICP, GISP is the interim Chief Information Officer for the City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology. He previous served as Deputy CIO and Chief Geographic Information Officer leading multiple teams of analysts, developers, and web designers. As GIO he introduced new spatial technologies and established programs to make web mapping, analysis and data sharing easy and accessible to all city staff to better enable decision making. Mark has previously worked as a consultant on planning and spatial analysis projects to local, county and regional governments in New York and New England. He started his career as an environmental educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of New York. He has a master’s in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts.

Karen Stine

VP, Enterprise Information Management

The Radian Group

Karen Stine is VP of Enterprise Information Management and is responsible for all development aspects of the data warehouse and reporting solution through the management of a cross-functional team and strong vendor relationships. Through Ms. Stine’s direction, all areas of the business are supported including Underwriting, Claims, Reserving, Operations, Finance, and the Executive team. In addition, Ms. Stine leads the data governance initiative to ensure a common language is spoken by the enterprise.

Kerry Benson

Managing Director and CIO


For more than 11 years, Mr. Benson has served as Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for PFM ( PFM is one of the nation’s leading providers of independent financial advisory, investment advisory, consulting, and strategic planning services to local, state, and regional governments, and not‐for‐profit organizations. PFM Asset Management (PFMAM) is among the leading investment managers in the United States, and provides cash management, multi-asset class investment management and investment consulting services to local governments and other tax-exempt institutions. PFMAM has $100+ billion in total assets under management


Eloise Young

SVP Strategic Planning & Information Services

Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

Eloise N. Young was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Information Services in April 2016 after serving as the Chief Information Officer of the Philadelphia Gas Works for nine years. In her current role Young is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of a robust, repeatable and participatory corporate strategic planning process. She became an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner in January 2018. A native Philadelphian, Eloise is a 2017 Citizens Planning Institute graduate who loves her city and enjoys doing volunteer work for area community groups.

6:40 CIO Q&A

7:20 Community discussion followed by Networking

7:45 Happy Hour

Sponsored by Duane Morris (, Kopelman Foundation, The Meet Group ( and Ben Franklin Technology Partners (


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