RTP welcomes our community to celebrate those individuals, partners and companies that help to make a difference in the SWFL tech community.
The featured keynote speaker of the 2016 event will be Carl Stringer, Vice President - Information Technology and Employee Benefits for United States Sugar Corporation.
"The Exponential Growth in Technology and Its Effect On Our Lives"
His primary duties are to lead the information technology and employee benefits departments. Carl’s information technology areas of responsibility include application development, infrastructure management, desktop support, communications, corporate printing and business continuity. For employee benefits, Carl is responsible for retirement, health and welfare, payroll, workers’ compensation and employment. Carl joined U.S. Sugar in June of 2004 as Chief Information Officer and gained increased responsibilities in the employee benefits area during 2009. Carl was previously a member of the Ryder System Inc. senior IT team at their HQ in Miami for 2 years and prior to that worked for Accenture for 5 years in their Solutions Operations business unit at the Ryder account. Carl’s primary role at Accenture was in IT management for Ryder System Inc.
Carl originates from the United Kingdom where he held several IT positions in British Aerospace (BAe), Military Aircraft Division. Carl’s primary role at BAe was leading the Dynamic Software Rig team in designing aircraft subsystem simulations in order to test mission computer software routines for the Hawk series light fighter aircraft. Carl holds various certifications in application development, system administration and management studies and has an Honors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Northumbria University in England.
The event features presentation of awards: for Innovention, Transformation Partnership, Women in Technology and Scholarship.
- The Innovention Award - for a Southwest Florida company that has invented, improved or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution.
- Get Efficient
- The Transformation Award - for an organization or business that is achieving success through application or implementation of IT to overcome a business challenge.
- Amerispec SWFL
- 21st Century Oncology
- Salus Care Florida
- Woman in Technology Award - Recognizes the success and contributions of a woman to the technology industry of Southwest Florida through professional expertise and leadership. The recipient will exemplify the commitment of the partnership to a vibrant community of technology professionals and opportunity for all.
- Tracey Lanham, Hodges University
- Brandy Duncan, Get Efficient
- Wendi Fowler, The Client Server
- Partnership Award goes to someone who has truly forwarded the mission of the organization.
- Dr. Al Ball, Hodges University
- Jose Ruggero, Gartner
- Will McDonough, McDonough Law Firm
Registration is required to attend the event.
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