Annual Conference IT

2024 Annual Conference: Information Technology

Track Speakers

john thompson and logoJohn Thompson

Bestselling Author, Speaker, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, EY

John is an international technology executive with over 37 years of experience in the fields of data, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI).

John is responsible for the global AI function at EY.  His role is to actively lead the design, development, implementation, and use of innovative AI solutions, including Generative AI, Traditional/Classical AI, and Causal AI, across all of EY Service Lines and functions and for EY’s clients. The team is comprised of – an Applied AI Research group, a product development organization, and an AI Consulting Practice.

chris przbysz and logoChris Przbysz

CIO, Ideal Industries

Chris Przybysz (shibish) is one of those rare people who always knew what he was meant to do with his life. He developed a passion for technology as a child and was writing complex computer programs at the age of 10. Chris has been helping others understand complicated machines and systems ever since.  His IT career began after earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University.  His early career was technical in nature, holding programming, engineering, and architecture positions.

After earning a master’s degree from DePaul University, Chris transitioned to senior leadership roles.  The first 25 years of his IT career was anchored in a commercial lighting facility in Racine, WI.  In 1996, he started as a Y2K Programming Intern at Ruud Lighting and now Chris is Chief Information Officer for IDEAL Industries. His mission remains the same: Apply urgency, closure, and context to navigate our dynamic technology landscape and drive results that have a positive impact on the enterprise.

Information Technology Track Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring our IT track? Contact our Membership and Corporate Sales Director Beth de Garcia at or 608-265-0645.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee members provide guidance on track content, topic suggestions, and speaker selection. Thank you to the 2024 IT Track Steering Committee:

Sean Asp
Sean Asp
Director of IT, Foremost Farms

John Kruel
John Kruel
CIO, Jeweler’s Mutual

Kris Cherukuri
Kris Cherukuri
VP of IT, Sargento

Lisa McDonough
Lisa McDonough
Director of Client Solutions, FarWell

Practice Director

Heidi Rozmiarek

Position title: Information Technology Practice Director


As the IT Practice Director, Heidi Rozmiarek leads the technology practice of the UWEBC. She works with member companies to ensure education, research, and advisory service offerings are aligned with the needs of the membership. Heidi brings over 20 years of experience helping companies achieve operational success by leveraging technology and data through her work in consulting and senior leadership positions in software development, data management, and enterprise applications. Heidi’s diverse background includes extensive experience in the healthcare industry, where she spent over a decade leading technology and analytics initiatives for healthcare providers, insurers, and life sciences companies.

Heidi holds an MBA from the University of South Dakota, a BS in Computer Science, Marketing, and Finance from Morningside University, and a Master’s Certificate in Accounting from Edgewood College.