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Chicago: In partnership with The Society of Information Management (SIM) Chicago Chapter and the CompTIA AITP Chicago Chapter, The Executives’ Club of Chicago is thrilled to announce the list of semi-finalists for the 2021 CIO of the Year Award. The CIO of the Year Award has been presented for 25 years to a Chicago-based CIO whose accomplishments and innovations have created meaningful advances in the city’s IT field.

The award is given to an individual with experience in driving business value through creative leadership, innovating through technology, and creating business partnerships and best-in-class workplaces for IT professionals.

Following an extensive application review, the following 12 individuals have been selected as semi-finalists for this year’s award:

Bill Blount, Chief Information Officer, benefitexpress

Tracy Elmblad, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer, Hinshaw & Culbertson

Chris Heim, Chief Information Officer, Mesirow

Scott Morgan, Vice President of Business Development & Technology, Dental Lead & Chief Information Officer, Dearborn Group

Sean O’Kelly, Executive Vice President of Technology, Meetings & Events International

Marvin Richardson, Sr. Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Health Care Service Corporation

Robert Sarkis, Chief Information Officer, American Hospital Association

Peeyush Shukla, Chief Information Officer/Chief Technology Officer, Heitman

Kevin Steele, Chief Information Officer, National Restaurant Association

Tony Vaden, Chief Information Officer, ABC Supply Company

Eddy Wagoner, Chief Information Officer – Digital, JLL

Timothy Walter, Senior Vice President, Global Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Randa Apparel & Accessories

Beginning on Wednesday, August 11th, each of the semi-finalists for this year’s CIO of the Year Award will participate in a virtual “Meet the Semi-Finalists” series. To learn more about these conversations and register to attend, visit

The winner of the 2021 CIO of the Year Award, as well as the Innovator of the Year, and CIO+ of the Year will be announced on October 14th at the SIM Gala (registration information forthcoming and can be accessed at

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