Chicago IT Leaders Dinner 

Your Journey to the Cloud

May 7th, 2019 • The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

SINC invites you to the upcoming IT and Business Leaders Dinner in Chicago on May 7th, 2019 at The Chicago Firehouse located at 1401 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605. If you are an executive looking to truly understand how to ensure a successful and seamless migration to the cloud then this is a must attend evening and networking opportunity with your peers.

The goal of the dinner will be to foster great relationships among new peers in the Chicago IT and Line of Business communities, all while enjoying education, open discussion on progressing IT and business strategy and delicious food and wine.

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Arrivals (Refreshments available)


Session Begins

Introduction (10 minutes)
The peer executive will engage the audience for brief introductions and discuss the format and key take aways from the guided interactive conversation and dinner discussion.

Guided Interactive Conversation 

IT executives are racing to join the mass migration as organizations are diving head first into the cloud. The question is, how are they getting there, and where are you on your journey? There are still hurdles keeping executives from a smooth transition, and causing FOMO (fear of missing out) within the industry. After moving past the how to stages, companies are finding increased efficiency across all departments providing a truly seamless experience. 

Please join Microsoft and KPMG LLP., as we bring leading IT and Business leaders together at the Chicago IT and Business Leaders Dinner, where we’ll discuss how to achieve a successful cloud migration. Along the topic of cloud, key topics we’ll discuss include:

  • Migration to the cloud, where to start and how to finish 
  • Diving into the cloud : developing a strategy and implementing action plans 
  • The people and the process – breaking down logistics 
  • Avoiding common hurdles to ensure a seamless cloud migration 
  • The ideal experience for cloud migration 
  • Tips and tricks to making an easy transition


Dinner Service by The Chicago Firehouse



Register to Attend


Greg Marchese – Principal, KPMG LLP.

Principal (Partner) at KPMG LLP. and is the US Lead for Emerging Technologies, Cloud Adoption and Migration, and Intelligent Automation.  Greg’s primary focus is helping clients rethink how they approach technology strategy and innovation. Greg has 25 years of experience working with clients to define and implement business and technology strategy.  He has worked across many industries including Financial Services, Telecommunications, High Tech and Life Sciences. 

Greg is the Azure strategy and enablement lead for the KPMG LLP./Microsoft alliance. This alliance is focused on real business transformation using Azure as the enabler and helping our mutual clients completely modernize how technology is built, deployed and hosted.


Robert (Rob) Strickland – CEO and Founder – M37 Ventures

M37 Ventures (dba Strickland Consulting) is a next-generation Management Consulting & Business Solutions Company that helps domestic and international organizations understand and harness the power of technology to propel their business and brand today, and well into the future. Additionally, Strickland provides services to several international companies as well as several large US-based brands. 

Rob Strickland presently is the founder and CEO of M37 Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm. Rob recently served as Chief Technical Officer for Leap Wireless/Cricket, which sold to AT&T in early 2014. Over his career Rob also served as Senior Vice President and CIO at T-Mobile USA from 2006-2010. He also held the position of CIO for Echostar/Dish network, Continental Cablevision and CTO for Landmark Communications (former owner of the Weather Channel).  Early in his career he worked at Apple (5 years), Harvard Business School, Stratus Computers and Honeywell International.  After the sale of Continental to US West, Strickland led several small VC backed start-ups in the mid-Atlantic states.

About The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Boasting a proud and resilient history, the landmark Chicago Firehouse Restaurant at 1401 South Michigan Avenue delivers a memorable, guest-first dining experience. Formerly Engine Company 104 of the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant infuses thoughtfulness into every detail. To uphold the longstanding tradition of serving the South Loop neighborhood, this acclaimed 1905 Romanesque Revival structure opened its historic doors in 2000 as the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant. The structure and menu are designed to reflect uniqueness, thoughtfulness, quality, and relevance. The past is preserved in the present with a variety of dining room options. The Bar Room, Company 104, is a refined dining experience celebrating the history of the firehouse. In the main dining room, the carefully appointed mural envelops guests in the ambiance of the 20th century.