2008 Digital Ball

May 10, 2008

The 2008 TechBridge Digital Ball, presented by Accenture, once again exceeded all attendance and sponsorship goals. The gala event held Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center brought 1,200 technology, business and nonprofit leaders together for an evening of dinner, dancing and visually stunning performances. Ninety-four corporate sponsors gave more than $1.2 million in cash and in-kind donations to the Digital Ball to fund TechBridge operations and its nonprofit technology programs and services. Guests were treated to a feast featuring arial stunts, flame throwing and toasts to technology.

Click to view:
– 2008 Digital Ball Photo Gallery
– 2008 Digital Ball Video

2008 Digital Ball Hosts

2008 Digital Ball Co-Chairs

Kristin Kirkconnell
SVP & CIO
Atlanta Gas Light, an AGL Resources Company
Hometown: Agana, Guam
History: 2003, 2004, 2005 Digital Ball Host; 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 TIA Judge; 2007 Digital Ball Co-Chair
Jean-Michel Ares
SVP & CIO
The Coca-Cola Company
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
History: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host

 

2008 Digital Ball Hosts

Rocky Wiggins
SVP & CIO
AirTran Airways
Hometown: Owensboro, KY
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
Robert Marburger
CIO
Alston & Bird LLP 
Hometown: Rockdale, TX
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
John Dunbar
CIO
Aquilex Corporation 
Hometown: Richmond, VA
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
Don Zimmerman
SVP & CIO
Arby’s Restaurant Group
Hometown: Paynesville, MN
Sandy Hofmann
CIO-in-Residence, ATDC
COO, Closets and More
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
History: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Dan Crowe
CIO
AutoTrader.com
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
History: 2007 TIA Judge
Cindy Tierney
SVP & CIO
Beazer Homes USA, Inc.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2007 TIA Judge
Larry Frey
VP & CIO
BlueLinx Corporation
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
History: 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
Joe Oesterling
VP & CIO
Cbeyond
Hometown: Frankfort, IN
History: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Guido Sacchi
SVP, Corporate Strategies & CIO
CompuCredit
Hometown: Rome, Italy
History: 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Greg Morrison
VP & CIO
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
History: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
Chris Kenyon
EVP, North America Systems & Technology
Elavon
Hometown: Key West, FL
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
Rich Mendola
VP of Information Technology & CIO
Emory University
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
Rob Webb
CIO
Equifax
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
Carlos Cabrera
VP & CIO
Exide Technologies
Hometown: Havana, Cuba
Marian Lucia
Former EVP & CIO
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Hometown: Beaver Falls, PA
History: 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2005, 2006 TIA Judge
Steve Olsen
Group President, Internet Banking & Electronic Payments
Fiserv, Inc.
Hometown: Needham, MA
Randy Fox
CIO
GE Energy Services
Hometown: Anderson, IN
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
John Seral
VP & CIO
GE Infrastructure
Hometown: Chicago, IL
History: 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Co-Chair and 2005 Digital Ball Host 
Beach Clark
VP of Information Technology
Georgia Aquarium
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Ed Steinike
EVP & CIO
ING Americas
Hometown: Wisconsin
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host
Edwin Marcial
CTO
IntercontinentalExchange

Hometown: New York, NY
Thomas Gaines
CIO
King & Spalding
Hometown: Ft. Pierce, FL
History: 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2005, 2006 TIA Judge
Ken Rabun
CIO
Manhattan Associates
Hometown: Atlanta, GA 
Helen Berg
SVP & CIO
Merge Healthcare
Hometown: Charleston, SC
History: 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Don Riley
CIO
Mohawk Industries
Hometown: San Jose, CA
History: 2007 TIA Judge
Phil Davis
General Manager, Information Technology & CIO
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Hometown: Detroit, MI
History: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Larry Clark
Managing Director & CIO
Randstad
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
Jason Molfetas
CIO
Recall Corporation
Hometown: New York, NY
Ann Franks
VP & CISO
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Hometown: Clanton, AL
History: 2005, 2006 Digital Ball Host and 2005, 2006 TIA Judge
Steve Winterbottom
Vice-President of IT, Cisco
Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company
Hometown: Detroit, MI
History: 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Wade Vann
SVP & CIO
Simmons
Hometown: Hampton, VA
Becky Blalock
SVP & CIO
Southern Company
Hometown: Greenville, SC
History: 2003, 2004, 2007 Digital Ball Host, 2002 TIA Judge and 2005, 2006 Digital Ball Co-Chair
Wes McDowell
VP & CIO, Georgia Region
Southern Company
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
History: 2007 TIA Judge
Brian Shield
EVP & CIO
The Weather Channel
Hometown: Burlington, MA
History: 2005, 2006, 2007 Digital Ball Host
Sue Powers
CIO
Travelport GDS 
Hometown: Carbondale, IL
Barb Kunkel
CIO
Troutman Sanders LLP
Hometown: Rochester, NY
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2007 TIA Judge
Dave Barnes
SVP and CIO
UPS
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
History: 2007 Digital Ball Host and 2006, 2007 TIA Judge
2008 Digital Ball Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor

NPower Network Founding Sponsor

Terabyte/$30,000 Sponsors
 

Gigabyte/$15,000 Sponsors


Megabyte/$10,000 Sponsors

Atlanta Gas Light, an AGL Resources Company
Alston & Bird LLP
Avanade
AVYVE
BMC Software
Cbeyond
ChoicePoint, Inc.
Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
Compuware Corporation
Daugherty Business Solutions
Dimension Data
DLA Piper US LLP
Equifax
Gartner, Inc.
GE Infrastructure
Georgia Natural Gas
Presidio Networked Solutions
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Primus Software Corporation
RCG Information Technology
SAVVIS
Silicon Valley Bank
Silverpop
Smith & Howard
SPI
The Madison Henry Group
UPS
What’s Up Interactive
XOsphere, Inc.


Kilobyte/$5,000 Sponsors

Abacus Solutions
Alliance Data
ATDC (Asankya, Emcien, Oversight, Vendormate)
Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management
AutoTrader.com
CCCi
Cherry Bekaert & Holland LLP
Closets and More
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Definition 6
Elavon
EMC Corporation
Executive Alliance
Exervio Management Consulting
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Gadfly
Geller and Linowes Families
Hunter Technical Resources
Imlay Investments, Inc.
Information Management Systems, Inc.
Intellinet
Lehman Brothers
Macy’s Systems and Technology
MD&E, Inc.
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management
nuBridges/C. Tycho and Marie Howle Foundation
Omnilink Systems
Patni Computer Systems Inc.
Pyramid Consulting, Inc.
Randstad
RenovoData, Inc.
Sapient
Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
Southern Company
Staffing Technologies
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
The People Network, Inc.
ThoughtBridge
Time Warner Telecom
Wintellect

Media Partner


2008 Community Builder Award

The Community Builder Award recognizes technology leaders who have demonstrated outstanding community participation in the civic and nonprofit sector while supporting local economic growth in the IT sector through their business practices.

At Digital Ball® 2008, TechBridge and TechLINKS announced the winner of the 2008 Community Builder Award:

Guido Sacchi
SVP, Corporate Strategies & CIO
CompuCredit

 

We also congratulate our finalists:

Dan Crowe
CIO
AutoTrader.com
Joe Oesterling
VP & CIO
Cbeyond
John Seral
VP & CIO
GE Infrastructure
Brian Shield
EVP & CIO
The Weather Channel


2008 Community Builder Award Judging Panel

Kornelius Bankston, Project Manager, Global Commerce: Innovation and Technology Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tiffany Brott, Sr. Manager – US Marketing & Communications, Accenture
Ann Cramer, Director North America, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Russ Hardin, President, Woodruff, Whitehead and Evans Foundations
Alicia Philipp, President, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

2008 Community Builder Award Given By

 

2008 Digital Ball Executive Committee
Clint Bailey, Hunter Technical Resources
Tiffany Brott, Accenture
Meg Ferguson, Southern Company
Scott Garrett, Garrett Group
Michael Halbert, Northridge Systems
Sandy Hofmann, ATDC/Closets and More
John Hutchins, Troutman Sanders LLP
Janet Turnure, Aggelos