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Carson College of Business Business Technology Symposium

Business Technology Symposium

October 5th, 2018 | 1-3p.m. | CUB Auditorium

Learn how technology drives value in successful businesses

The annual Business Technology Symposium convenes a panel of technology executives from leading enterprises. Panelists discuss current and emerging issues facing information technology leaders.

Get ideas to advance your enterprise.

Explore opportunities that digital technology presents, and discover how you could harness them in your business.

Be inspired by top info tech executives.


2017 Master of Ceremonies:

Jaimie Jacobsen
Business Manager, Slalom

Jaimie Jacobsen has over 14 years of experience in the consulting industry. She just celebrated her 10 year anniversary at Slalom where she is currently the Business Manager for the Seattle office. As the Business Manager, she serves in a Chief of Staff capacity to the General Manager, is responsible for financial reporting and forecasting, and assists in setting and driving the market strategy. Outside of her role as Business Manager, Jaimie manages a group of client delivery consultants and leads the Analyst Program for early career hires. Prior to joining Slalom, she worked for Deloitte where she supported clients primarily in the health care and public sector industries. Jaimie is a proud alum of the WSU Carson College of Business graduating from the Management Information Systems program in 2003. She has served on the Management Information Systems Advisory Board for over 10 years including as the Chair from 2014-2016. She lives in Sammamish, Washington with her husband Jeff and dog Lucy. Outside of work, you can find her on the golf course or in the stands of Martin Stadium cheering on the Cougs!


2017 Presenters:

Chip Suttles
Vice President of Technology, Seahawks

Chip Suttles begins his sixth season with the Seahawks as Vice President of Technology. He is the voice in guiding the values and mission for the technology needs of the Seahawks and First & Goal Inc. He is responsible for aligning technology vision with the overall business strategy of the organization and increasing the performance of the organization by modernizing technology to improve the customer experience and drive increased revenue. His areas of focus include maintaining & optimizing the IT infrastructure, modernization of stadium technology, supporting player performance analytics, developing CRM systems and enhancing the organizations’ mobile applications. Suttles joined the Seahawks after working most recently for the Vancouver Canucks in 2010-11 as Director of Technology. Prior to his two seasons with the Canucks, Suttles worked as the Director of Broadcast Integration for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Working with VANOC marked Suttles’ fourth time participating in the Olympic Games; he had previously served in various technology roles in support of the Olympic Games in Torino, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. Suttles and his wife, Lauren, have two sons and a daughter. He enjoys participating in a variety of recreational sports and has founded and actively serves on the board of directors for his community’s local youth football organization

Darren Garber
Chief Scientist, Vector Space Systems

Darren Garber has over 20 years of experience in mission design, analysis, and operations with expertise in advanced navigation systems and exploiting new technologies for spaceflight. Darren earned his Masters of Science and PhD in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has supported more than 40 missions spanning commercial, New Space, traditional aerospace, international and US Government programs to include NASA and the DoD. Dr. Garber leads Vector’s research and development team and oversees Vector’s integrated space mission architecture across launch vehicles, satellites, and payloads leveraging the GalacticSky infrastructure.


CJ Barker
Director of Software & Solutions Architecture, The Walt Disney Company

CJ Barker has a wide breadth and depth as a technologist leading & managing technical teams while architecting and developing complex consumer and public software systems across numerous domains such as security, media, and academia. He has over 18 years of professional software development experience and management, 10 patents granted from the USPTO, holds a Master of Science in Computer Science, and extensive experience of research and development across numerous Fortune 500 companies: The Walt Disney Company, Symantec, Dell, University of Texas at Austin and IBM. This has led to intimate knowledge and experience with mobile computing, web development, information security, e-commerce, distributed computing, legacy systems, networking, concurrency, and embedded systems.

2016 Master of Ceremonies:

MelinHeidi-thumbnail2Heidi M. Melin
Chief Marketing Officer
Plex Systems

Heidi Melin is an experienced executive with over 20 years of experience in marketing in the technology industry. She develops strategic direction for the marketing initiatives of Plex Systems, Inc., a company focused on providing plant floor-focused Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to manufacturers in cloud.

2016 Presenters:

Steve Tarr
Former Vice President of Information Technology
Verizon Wireless

Steve Tarr (’76, ’84) has deep experiences providing strategic, tactical, and operational leadership in a wide range of industries including global telecommunications, health care, senior living, and education ranging from large corporations to startups. His work in high-pressure, highly regulated environments have delivered exceptional business growth and performance. Currently, he works with boards and CEOs to transform their organizations. He is the founder of the Business Technology Symposium at Washington State University.


Adriana Gil Miner
Vice President of Corporate Communications

Adriana Gil Miner heads up global corporate communications for Tableau. With over 15 years of technology marketing experience, she brings together the art of storytelling, technology, and marketing to create break through campaigns that help the bottom line and build up brands. She thrives on bringing new technologies to market and helping scale up marketing operations. She has helped launch Samsung 3D TVs, built digital platforms at American Express, and managed Recurring Payments, a top growth program. She also put the product innovation firm Artefact on the map. Gil Miner studied mass communication in her native Venezuela and obtained a master’s degree in digital communication from the University of Washington. She loves to travel and prides herself in discovering and nurturing up-and-coming marketer rock stars.


JustinCurtis_2016Justin Curtis
Director of Product Information Technology

Justin Curtis (’01) heads up the product information technology department for Zumiez, an international specialty retailer with over 650 stores in four countries. Prior to starting with Zumiez in 2010, he spent nearly a decade providing business intelligence solutions to a variety of aerospace, banking and software development companies in the Seattle area. He has spent much of the last decade leading a team of technologists to implement a variety of technology solutions. He has been heavily involved in building those teams by recruiting, interviewing, and hiring recent college graduates for a variety for tech-related positions, including analysts, developers, and project managers. He is a proud graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems.


Past presenters have included:

  • Kris M. Kutchera, Vice President Information Technology, Alaska Airlines, Inc.
  • Jeff Wile, Vice President of Cloud, Hosting & Engineering Services, Disney
  • Tim Chrobuck, Chief Technology Officer, Community Transit
  • Michel Danon, Chief Information Officer, Sound Transit
  • Mike Dreyer, Chief Information Officer, Visa
  • Rory Hudson, Vice President of IT, Zumiez
  • Marianne Marck, Senior VP Consumer Technology, Starbucks
  • Paul Moulton, Executive VP and Chief Information Officer, Costco
  • Kaj Pederson, Senior VP of Technology, Pharmacy OneSource
  • Ingvar Petursson, Chief Information Officer, Expedia
  • Andy Reinland, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, F5 Networks
  • Chip Suttles, Vice President of Technology, Seahawks, Sounders, and First & Goal
  • Steve Tarr, Chief Information Officer, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare
  • Jason Waram, Vice President of Personalized Platforms, ESPN
  • Dave Weinmeister, Chief Information Officer, Foster Farms
  • Dennis Korevitski, Chief Information Officer, Sonosite
  • Erik Arnold, Chief Information Officer, PATH
  • Joel Chaplin, Chief Information Officer, Virtuouso
  • Rietta Stoneman, Vice President of IT, VoiceStream

Talk about tough issues you face.

Discuss the challenges of being a senior technology executive with a high level of corporate responsibility.

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Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship

Thanks to our sponsors

Steve and Cyndie Tarr
Mike and Amy Dreyer


For more information on sponsoring events, please contact:

Jeff Pilcher
Director of Development
Carson College of Business



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