Technology Summit
November 4, 2021

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Event Program

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Event Emcee

John McNeely

Avertium | Senior Vice President
John founded Sword and Shield, now known as Avertium, in 1997 to provide managed cybersecurity and consulting services. He is co-founder and President of the Knoxville Technology Council.
Technology Showcase

This series of short presentations from partner organizations, big enterprises and startups alike will highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Knoxville and the achievements of businesses in our area.

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Tech Showcase Emcee

Brandon Bruce

Uncat | Co-founder and CEO
Brandon is a technology entrepreneur and Vice President of the Knoxville Technology Council. In 2011, he co-founded Cirrus Insight, and more recently co-founded Uncat, an accounting software service.
Partner Organizations
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
Tech Showcase Presenters
Patrick Hunt
Lirio | Chief Evangelist
Patrick Hunt has over 30 years of experience in digital product strategy, development, management, and marketing. He is currently a founder and Chief Evangelist at Lirio, a behavior change AI company that moves people to better health through hyper-personalized communications. He is also a mentor and Executive in Residence at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, helping design and implement programs for early and growth stage companies in the region.
Matt Kittrell
CGI | Director, Consulting Delivery
Matt Kittrell recently joined CGI as the Knoxville Center Leader for CGI’s Commercial and State Government (CSG) Strategic Business Unit (SBU). Prior to joining CGI he was with IBM and Concentrix for over 20 years where he built his career by providing his clients with transformative, tech-infused solutions. Matt holds Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business.
Clayton Homes
Michael Jenkins
Clayton Homes | Director of Digital Technology
Michael Jenkins is the Director of Digital Technology at Clayton Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the US and a Berkshire Hathaway company. With an extensive background in marketing and software engineering, Michael thrives leading innovative and creative teams using the latest technologies to elevate the customer experience. In his free time, Michael enjoys programming, spending time with his family and playing music.
Jewelry Television
Chris Meystrik
Jewelry Television | CTO
As Chief Technology Officer at Jewelry Television (JTV), Chris is responsible for the management of the enterprise systems that run all aspects of the business, including: customer engagement, sales execution, warehouse operations, merchandising, and planning. Since joining JTV in 2005, Chris has lead initiatives to map out a vision and propel JTV’s success through technology, redefine and lower the economics of technology, implement efficient agile methodologies, and hire a world-class technology staff.
Chris Hobbs
TeamHealth | Assistant Director of Telemedicine
Chris Hobbs, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, is a technology professional with more than 25 years of experience with helping companies implement industry leading solutions and strategic initiatives. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Telemedicine for TeamHealth, one of the largest care providers in the country and a trusted partner for Hospitals. In her role, she leads amazing teams in innovation that extends the reach of Clinicians to the Patients who need them most, through the devices they use every day.

Tiffany Cross
Covenant Health | Informatics Officer
Tiffany Cross, MBA, MLS, ASCP, is a healthcare informatics leader with more than 23 years of experience in health system operations, information technology, informatics, corporate governance, and strategic business development. She currently serves as the Informatics Officer for Knoxville-based Covenant Health, a community-owned health system that includes 10 hospitals, outpatient and specialty services, and physician clinics. In her leadership role, she champions innovations in clinical systems to support safety and excellence, putting technological tools in the hands of clinicians to enable them to provide the best care for their patients.

Innovation Spotlight

Deep dive into Covenant Health’s Tele-ICU and other telehealth services, including the impact they’ve had on our region.

Covenant Health
Chris Skinner
Covenant Health | Informatics Officer
Chris Skinner, MBA, BSN, RN-BC-Informatics, is a healthcare leader with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, information technology, informatics, multi-facility and corporate-level operations, governance, and business development. He currently serves as the Informatics Officer with Knoxville-based Covenant Health, a community-owned health system that includes 10 hospitals, outpatient and specialty services, and physician clinics. He is responsible for IT operations; informatics education, workflow and support; managing virtual-health programs, and clinical technology innovation.
Tech Workforce Panel

Our panel of tech leaders, HR pros, and recruiting experts will discuss what the Future of the Tech Workforce looks like in this new age of the hybrid office model, along with challenges and solutions to hiring and building a strong tech team.

Discussion Moderator

James Luby
Patriot Talent Solutions | Director of Strategic Sales
James has over 15 years of experience in Information Technology solution delivery. He is co-founder of Knoxville-based, Patriot Talent Solutions. James currently leads Patriot’s strategic IT solutions and sales, while setting strategy for Patriot’s operation that consists of clients and IT contractors in 18 states.

Clayton Homes
Stephanie Flood
Clayton Homes | CIO
Stephanie Flood is the Chief Information Officer of Clayton Homes. She is a proactive and energetic technology leader passionate about building great teams that are focused on personal growth, business value, innovation, and phenomenal customer experiences. In addition to leading Technology, Steph has been recognized for implementing and leading Clayton’s Innovation and DEIB programs. Steph sits on the boards of Covenant Health, TennesseeCIO, and Knoxville Technology Council.
Christine Horwege
CGI | Director, Cyber Federal
Christine has more than 20 years of experience in information technology in the commercial and federal government space. She has significant expertise in enterprise program development, supporting Fortune100 clients with information, cyber risk and security programs. Christine is responsible for industry outreach, providing subject matter expertise, supporting product development and consulting opportunities focused around cybersecurity. She provides expertise and insight for other initiatives and tasks related to CGI Federal cyber strategy.
Jewelry Television
Stephanie Rowan-Waller
JTV | Director of Human Resources
Stephanie Rowan-Waller is Director of Human Resources at JTV. She’s been with the company since 2003. In her role as Human Resources Director, she supports the Technology, eCommerce, and Marketing organizations within the company.
Technology Spotlight

Deep dive into the work of the ORNL HPC Clusters Group to manage workloads sent to the Summit supercomputer for COVID-19 research.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Elton Cranfill
ORNL | Group Leader, HPC Clusters Group
Elton is the group leader for the HPC Clusters Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His group is responsible for delivering HPC clusters that support visualization, data transfer, & pre/post processing for highly-scalable clusters (Summit & Frontier). His group is also exploring edge computing, software defined, and composable infrastructures for advanced data workflows connecting systems-of-systems, from instrument-to-supercomputer.


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About KTech

The Knoxville Technology Council connects, develops, promotes, and advocates for the technology industry in the Greater Knoxville region. We believe the technology industry is essential for our community to thrive. KTech unites the region’s technology leaders and empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, and resources. We are advancing Knoxville as a technology hub and center of innovation.