Park City, UT

West IT & Security Leaders Forum 2024


May 19 – 21, 2024

By bringing together the top 80 Executives in the region, we will discuss the most pressing Technology and Leadership challenges we face in an ever-evolving corporate landscape.

Over the next two and a half days, we will nurture meaningful relationships and tackle the challenges inherent to IT in a smaller, more dynamic setting. You will learn from your peers through various workshops, panels, roundtables and presentations. Our closed-door policy fosters an environment where all discussions are confined within the Forum walls, enabling more genuine and engaged conversations.

Learn about the latest and most innovative technologies that can bridge some of your organizational gaps through qualified one-on-one engagements, scheduled strategically throughout the Forum and selected by you, based on your most pressing needs.

Build new relationships and nurture existing ones, share in your successes and commiserate in the challenges that we all face as IT Leaders.

Join us for the West IT & Security Leaders Forum and leave ready to inspire action within your Organization!

Master of Ceremonies

Shawnna DelHierro

Chief Technology Officer Recently of Sportsman Warehouse


Pendry Park City

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Forum Agenda

Agenda may be subject to change. Click on each day to view full agenda.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM MST

Get familiar with SINC Staff and the event layout. Secure your complimentary Swag Bag and learn how to use the Onsite Application for Peer Engagement and win great prizes!

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MST

Engage your Peers over canapes and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Buffet meal serving 5-star food and great Peer engagement

7:30 AM - 8:20 AM MST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM MST

Introduction from our Master of Ceremonies, setting the tone for a great day ahead!

8:40 AM - 9:30 AM MST
ROUNDTABLE + PANEL: Driving The Business Through Technology

It is no secret that technology is changing the fabric of business operations and outcomes, and collaboration between IT and the business is more important than ever before. The conversation is no longer about how to align IT with the business, however in many cases technology is still viewed as a commodity rather than an enabler. So what can we do to successfully change this mindset both within our own organizations and across the industry as a whole? During this session, we will discuss the various challenges IT and digital leaders face when undergoing this cultural shift.

Moderator: Shawnna Delhierro, Chief Technology Officer Recently of Sportsman Warehouse


Ben Pehrson, CIO, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Aaron Bentley, CIO, Salt Lake City

Rob Strickland, Interim CIO, Infovista

Scott Wibirt, Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing – Chief Security Architect & Strategist, Fortune 500 Global CPG Retailer

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM MST
WORKSHOP - Never-ending, Unacceptable Levels of Risk, How do We Sleep at Night?

We invest a lot into patching and correction of misconfigurations, but we never really reach a point where we can say we have a tolerable amount of risk in our environment. We feel deeply, at a certain point, with a skilled enough attacker, or one bad decision, a breach is likely to happen. This can be incredibly taxing.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Can I define a “tolerable” amount of risk?
  •  How do I measure more within my security program (and why should that matter)
  • What helps me sleep the most at night?

Speaker: Jeff Vogt, Field CTO, Lacework

Presented by: Lacework

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM MST
WORKSHOP - Achieving the Benefits of Converged Endpoint Management

Managing endpoint risk and compliance is more challenging today than ever before. Today’s CISOs have to manage risk from many thousands of globally distributed, heterogeneous assets, while also responding to ever increasing audit scrutiny and regulatory compliance requirements.

Join this session, Achieving the Benefits of Converged Endpoint Management, to learn more about how to:

  • Identify & remediate risks that create the greatest exposure.
  • Assess & measure unknown vulnerabilities.
  • Maximize IT budgets and staffing during economic uncertainty.
  • Enhance existing investment in strategic technology vendors.

Speaker: Jake Turner, Solutions Engineering Vice President, Tanium

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee or tea and a snack

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM MST
WORKSHOP - Predict, Explain, Retain: Better Data Analysis for Better Security Programs

Getting past the hype of AI and ChatGPT, there are huge benefits to practical (and less sexy) applications of AI that can make the lives of security practitioners better. And despite all the buzzwords and overpromises coming from our industry today, there actually are real and meaningful ways AI tools will help security professionals make better risk decisions, faster and more accurately in order to mitigate risk in tangible ways for the business. In this talk, we’ll show some examples of how AI can help predict risk, cut through complexity when making risk decisions and even help to retain senior staff while keeping them focused on the tasks that matter most.

Speaker: Nathan Wenzler, Chief Security Strategist, Tenable

Presented by: Tenable

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM MST
PANEL - Sustainable IT Trends and Lessons Learned for Early Momentum

Join our nonprofit partner for this panel session to learn:

  • How companies are making sustainability part of their IT/Business alignment, and achieving success.
  • How companies should be thinking about and addressing the growing number of government regulations around sustainability.
  • How your organization can gain quick sustainability wins and start making progress on initiatives today, regardless of where you are on your journey.

Moderator: Steve Rovniak, Vice President, SustainableIT


Jason Simpson, VP of Engineering, Choice Hotels

Ben Pehrson, CIO, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Eric Irving, VP of IT, Marvell Technologies

Brought to you by SustainableIT

12:45 PM - 1:40 PM MST

Open seating, Buffet-style lunch. Serving food for all tastes, Palates, and preferences. Vegan and vegetarian options available

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM MST
PRESENTATION - The Evolution of the Technology Leader to Enterprise Strategist

Technology leaders are now key players in strategic decision-making throughout their organizations. Their insights are crucial for identifying new business opportunities, assessing risks, and making informed decisions that balance innovation with sustainability. They play a vital role in developing strategies that capitalize on digital transformation, data analytics, and artificial intelligence to drive growth and efficiency.

Speaker: Shawnna DelHierro, Former CTO, Sportsman Warehouse

2:25 PM - 2:55 PM MST
WORKSHOP - How to Build a Five Star Data Protection Program

It’s time to get serious about data protection. With breaches on the rise and sensitive data widely distributed across cloud and mobility, organizations need a solid data protection strategy more than ever. But how should you structure your data protection program to ensure you can deliver game-changing security?

Join this engaging session to learn the best strategy for building a five-star data protection program. You’ll get guidance from industry experts on cutting-edge approaches that not only provide airtight protection, but drastically reduce cost and complexity.

This session will cover:

  1. What the best architecture for data protection is
  2. How to gain complete visibility to all your sensitive data
  3. Strategies to secure top uses cases around data in motion and at rest
  4. Data protection best practices

Speaker: Tom Bryant, Sr. Director, Data Protection, Zscaler

Presented by: Zscaler

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM MST
WORKSHOP - Bragging Writes: Translating the Work of IT into Business Value

What do you do when you believe hard work speaks for itself, but others just aren’t hearing about it? In today’s hybrid work environments, learning how to represent your team’s achievements can be challenging. Where executives once saw workers daily, your team now feels unseen, underrepresented, unrecognized, or unappreciated for their accomplishments. As IT leaders, we have a unique responsibility to maintain stable, secure infrastructures, while simultaneously showcasing the work of our teams.
In this workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for spotlighting the team, the work, and the business impact in writing.

Speaker: Emily Cellar, VP of IT Security & Infrastructure, iFit

3:35 PM - 3:50 PM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM MST
FIRESIDE CHAT - Using AI to Enhance Customer and Employee Journeys

In today’s dynamic business environment, companies face the imperative of delivering instant answers and assistance to customers engaging with digital channels. This informative discussion addresses the vital elements needed to produce tangible results to meet this demand. While AI tools and smart agents can minimize human intervention, professionals across sales, marketing, and customer service must navigate customer interactions and team collaboration in new ways. In this chat we will address the challenges to be aware of in the strategic deployment of these technologies and steps to take to ensure they deliver expected value.


Mike Egli, CX Client Principal, RingCentral

Rob Strickland, Interim CIO, Infovista

Presented by: RingCentral

4:25 PM - 5:15 PM MST
PANEL - Translating Cybersecurity Strategy into Action

During this session, we will discuss how to bridge the gap between theoretical cybersecurity frameworks and their practical implementation within organizations. It offers insights into effectively translating high-level security strategies into actionable steps that can be understood and executed by IT teams and security professionals. The session emphasizes the importance of aligning cybersecurity measures with business objectives to ensure both are resilient against evolving digital threats.

Moderator: Scott Slover, VP, Sales, SlashNext


Brent Dillon, Director, Infosec and Compliance, Sportsman’s Warehouse

Angela Mcguire, FVP – Cybersecurity Program Management, East West Bank

Venkat Shatagopam, Chief Information Officer, Targus

Nadeem Iftikhar, Former CISO, NextNav

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5 star food and great Peer engagement

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM MST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM MST
CISO PANEL - Integrating Cybersecurity and Business Strategy

This Panel will discuss how to seamlessly blend cybersecurity measures with overarching business objectives. The panel will explore practical approaches for ensuring that cybersecurity investments enhance business value, support growth, and align with long-term strategic goals. This dialogue aims to equip participants with strategies to make cybersecurity a driving force behind business success, rather than an afterthought.

Moderated by: Brad Carvalho, Director of Sales Engineering, Cyera


Sasha Pereira, CISO, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems

Jasmine Hicks, Head of Information Security – Gaming; Chief of Staff – Global CISO, Light & Wonder

Elena Seiple, CISO and Head of Corporate Technology, Zillow Group

Scott Wibirt, Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing – Chief Security Architect & Strategist, Fortune 500 Global CPG Retailer

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM MST
WORKSHOP - WTF is Hyperautomation?

SOC teams face a tough reality: their security tools don’t work together, they’re drowning in alerts, and there aren’t enough people to handle it all. But Deepwatch is innovating ahead of the curve by securing and providing a compelling return on security investment for over 200 enterprise companies at one time. How do they do it? By embracing hyperautomation. Join us to learn how cutting-edge organizations like Deepwatch are adopting hyperautomation to:

  • Automate processes to eliminate boring, repetitive tasks that slow down security teams
  • Eliminate alert fatigue with automated event filtering, triage and enrichment
  • Increase customer satisfaction with faster onboarding and response times


Patrick Orzechowski, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Deepwatch

Josh Morris, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Torq

Presented by: Torq

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM MST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM MST
WORKSHOP - Cyber Defense Strategies for Earlier Detection and Faster Response

Delve into the flaws of the traditional cybersecurity landscape and how a modern SOC should focus on outcome-based services without relying on logs or the cost and complexity of a SIEM

Speaker: John Minasyan, COO, LMNTRIX

Presented by: LMNTRIX

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST
PRESENTATION - Beyond the Hype: Making Autonomous Security Operations a Reality

The relentless growth of cyber threats and the increasing complexity of modern IT environments have stretched security teams to their breaking point. Autonomous solutions promise much-needed relief, but CISOs are rightly cautious. This session cuts through the hype, providing a pragmatic roadmap for incorporating autonomous capabilities into your security operations.

We’ll explore the spectrum of autonomy, from basic automation (Level 4) to true AI-driven decision-making (Level 5), clarifying what’s possible today and what lies on the horizon. Discover the compelling reasons driving the need for autonomous alert triage and response and understand the critical role of the “virtual analyst” in this evolution.

This session will equip you with the knowledge to:

  • Demystify ” autonomous” and its varying levels.
  • Grasp the urgency for autonomous solutions in modern security operations.
  • Conceptualize the “virtual analyst” and its potential impact.
  • Learn key criteria for evaluating virtual analyst solutions.
  • Understand the challenges in building and deploying virtual analysts.
  • Define the evolving role of human analysts in an autonomous future.

Join us to explore a realistic path toward autonomous security operations and prepare your organization for a more secure tomorrow.

Speaker: Kumar Saurabh, CEO, AirMDR

Presented by: AirMDR

12:35 PM - 1:30 PM MST

Serving food for all tastes, pallets and preferences. Vegan and vegetarian options available. Serving to-go boxes for those in a hurry!

West Executive Advisory Council

Marc Mackey

Director of Global Technology PMO


Shawnna DelHierro


Sportsman Warehouse (Former)

Nadeem Iftikhar



Roger Franke

Vice President of IT


Elena Seiple



Niel Nickolaisen


Sorenson Communications

Paul Duchouquette


FDH Aero

Chris Stoneley


Cathay Bank

Robert Martin


Bridgepay Network Solutions

Vijay Mohnish


Ria Financial

Marcel Spitalnik

Director of Business Transformation


Adip Dsouza

VP of Technology

Merchants Mortgage & Trust Corporation

Sylvia Jessen

Director of IT

University of Utah School of Medicine

Tanweer Surve

Executive Director, Cloud Control Management

Wells Fargo

Forum Speakers