2011 Golf CIO Auction


Meet our celebrity CIOs that are golfing with us...


Bryson PayneDr. Bryson Payne, North Georgia College & State University

Dr. Bryson Payne has served as Chief Information Officer at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 2006. Prior to that, he taught computer science and information systems as an associate professor at NGCSU and at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. He also served as Director of the ICAPP grant program at NGCSU for three years, bringing over $850,000 in grant funding to support technology education. Most recently, he served as the university’s representative on the North Georgia Network grant-writing team, successfully garnering over $43 million in fiber optic broadband Internet investment to bring tens of thousands of Georgia families to the right side of the digital divide.

Dr. Payne earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Georgia State University and has published numerous articles in computer vision and bioinformatics, in addition to speaking regularly at regional and national conferences in instructional technology, information systems and IT management. He is currently the Chair of the University System of Georgia’s CIO Advisory Council, the professional organization of the 35 university and state college CIOs and IT Directors.


Chris DuncanChris Duncan, Hooters

 Chris Duncan began his career with Hooters of America in 1994 as Manager of Special Programs in the Marketing Department for Hooters. After eighteen months of managing their NASCAR program and starting up the Hooters Pro Golf Tour he moved into Operations where he learned the inner workings of running restaurants. A little over a year after building a foundation in Operations, Chris took over the helm of the Information Services Group.

Within six months of rebuilding the group, Hooters had rolled out an Enterprise Point of Sale system, eliminating all manual sales reporting and Payroll. Over the following ten years, Chris would lead his company in rolling out two major Point of Sale systems and continued automation both at the store level and at the Corporate Headquarters. Chris also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for the company.

With two major Point of Sale companies failing to satisfy the needs of Hooters, in 2005 Hooters set out to develop its own Enterprise-Based Point of Sale. In 2006 the product went into beta, and by early 2007 it had been deployed in all 123 Hooters Corporate locations and in 40 plus Hooters Franchise Locations. In 2006 Hooters won the Technology Innovation award from Nations Restaurant News for their accomplishments. ITWERCS (Information Technology Web-Enabled Restaurant Control System) was established and has since been put into pilot with several other restaurant chains. ITWERCS is a full featured Enterprise System, including Point of Sale, Inventory, People Management, Online Ordering and Digital Signage solution.


Ed DePrimoEd DePrimo, Landis + Gyr

Ed has over 25 years of IT management experience in a variety of industries and corporate environments. His experience is focused on IT Strategy, IT Governance and Organizational Development, Mergers and Acquisition Integration, and large scale Program Management. He currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer, North America for the smartgrid company Landis+Gyr.

Ed started his IT career in technical support and system administration and held various technical positions prior to moving into IT management roles. He has held senior IT management positions with both privately and publicly owned companies. Ed has a proven track record working with all levels of business management to identify, scope, prioritize, and delivery value from IT initiatives.

Ed holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the State University of New York and a Masters in Information Systems degree from Boston University.


Dan WebberDan Webber, Prime Holdings

Dan leads the technology efforts of the organization and brings 22 plus years of financial, operational, and technology experience to help companies enable and improve business processes and better leverage technology. Dan has served for many years as CIO for healthcare, manufacturing, technology and hospitality companies.

Dan is an active blogger, thought leader and is active in several community groups. Dan is President of Digitainment Georgia and Vice President of the Social Executive Council (SEC). The Social Executive Council (SEC) is invitation-only, for executive officer (CXO) or senior executives who are the social leaders within their organizations, and for the social strategy and social media leaders (Director and Above). It was created to explore the definition of social market leadership; the social transformation of the core enterprise lifecycles; customer, operational, product, information and employee, that drive the market success and corporation valuation of an organization. Dan's blog can be found at http://danwebber.wordpress.com. For more information on Dan, you can check out his LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/danwebber, follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SocialDanWebber or contact him directly at dan.webber@oncoservices.com.


Larry ClarkLarry Clark, Advantage Resourcing

Larry Clark currently is the CIO of Advantage Resourcing a multi-billion dollar Staffing firm an a former Executive in Residence at Georgia State University helping to establish the Center for Research in Information Systems. Previously he was Managing Director & CIO for Randstad USA, a leading employment services company and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Netherlands based Randstad Holding, He lead the effort to integrate and consolidate the information technology resources which resulted in annual savings in excess of 10 million dollars. Before joining Randstad, Clark served as the CIO for Onesource, Inc, a national provider of facilities services with annual revenues in excess of one billion dollars. Clark has also served as Vice President, CIO for Central Health Services, Inc., a regional provider of home health care services with revenues in excess of 350 million dollars. And as Commissioner of Administrative Services for the State of Georgia and cabinet member of Governor Joe Frank Harris, directed all aspects of the agency which managed the State’s business and financial functions.


Ron HutchinsRon Hutchins, Georgia Tech

Ron Hutchins is Associate Vice Provost for Research and Technology and Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Technology, at Georgia Institute of Technology and heads the Academic and Research Technology Department in OIT. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science at Georgia Southern College. His current fields of interest and development are centered on computer networking, but are divided into four primary facets: production network management; educational collaboration technologies; high-speed large-scale network design and management; and mobile and nomadic computing.

Since 1991, Dr. Hutchins has overseen operations and development of the Georgia Tech computer network, one of the largest academic campus networks in the Southeast. He is technical lead for the Southern Crossroads project, an aggregation of 22 universities, state education networks and research labs in the southeast. Dr. Hutchins has developed innovative collaborations with area schools and learning centers to utilize technology to enhance the learning process. Nomadic computing and remote access are the core of his doctoral research.


Dan BrownDan Brown, CredAbility

Immediately prior to joining CredAbility, Dan served as the CIO for Crown Financial Ministries. At Crown, he oversaw the Global Technology Group which supported Crown’s US operations and global operations in 80 countries. Before joining Crown, Dan was Senior Vice President of Enterprise Information Technology at SunTrust Bank, a Fortune 100 company and the 7th largest bank in United States. There, he reported to the CIO and was a divisional manager for 120 technology staff. His main focus was strategic planning, designing major technology improvements for the organization and coordinating offshore software development.

Prior to SunTrust, Dan was the Senior Vice President of Applications and Software Development for a global investment management firm, Lend Lease headquartered in Australia, and traded on the London Stock Exchange. His primary role was to oversee global technology used for portfolio and funds management in the UK, Australia and US.

He also spent several years working as the Chief Information Officer and head of technology for a national real estate advisory and management firm, nine years running his own consulting company and several years at Anderson Consulting.