What's Next in Information Technology Management


December 9, 2003
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Annual Employment Panel

Where are all the jobs?

Each December we bring together a panel of courageous people to tell us what they see in Colorado employment trends.  Then, we ask them to predict the next year.  Back in the late 1900s, the year before a shortage of technology workers showed up in the market, the RMIMA employment panel predicted a shortage of mainframe programmers, in addition to other technologies.  In December, 2000 the panel predicted a softening of the market in 2001.  That was an understatement, but they saw it coming.  Our panel moderator will read last year's predictions for 2003 and compare them to reality.  Finally, we will ask panelists to look into their crystal balls and predict technology employment for 2004 in Colorado. 

Richard Martinez

Sr. Director, Human Resources, Sun Microsystems
Rich Martinez is the Sr. Director, Human Resources for Sun Support Services.  In this capacity Rich partners with the Sr. Vice President of the business and his leadership team to set the HR Strategy for Support Services, a business comprised of 6,500 employees in over 50 countries delivering over $3B in services. Rich has held this position for over 3 years during which time Support Services has transitioned from 3 independent geographies to a global delivery organization with a common Vision, Mission, and Values.

Prior to joining Sun Rich spent his career in the Oil Industry with Total S.A. and Mobil Corp. At Total, Rich was the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for Total's U.S. subsidiary headquartered out of Denver. At Mobil, Rich held a variety of Sr. HR positions at the Corporate, Division, and field level in manufacturing, logistics, R&D, finance, marketing, and sales organizations. 

Rich holds a Bachelors of Science in Business from California Polytechnic University, Pamona and holds professional certifications from the American Compensation Association and the Human Resources Certification Institute. 

David Suson

Founder and President of ProlianceGroup 
Our primary focus is as an executive search firm, focused on finding and placing top sales and management talent in hi-tech companies across the US.

Jeff  Sherrard

Deputy State CIO and Chief Architect
Jeff Sherrard is Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Architect for the State of Colorado. He is responsible for assisting state CIO Leroy Williams with the implementation of the statewide information technology strategic plan and for driving information technology architecture standards as part of the strategic plan. 

Sherrard most recently served as Chief of Strategic Technology for the State of Colorado, Department of Labor and Employment, in charge of the technology re-systemization program for unemployment insurance benefits and taxes. His previous positions include Vice President of First Data Corporation/Western Union; Director of Engineering at US WEST Dex Internet Group; Vice President and CTO of MoneyZap; Manager of New Initiatives at CTA Inc., Advanced Information Systems Division; Technical Manager/Systems Engineer at Martin Marietta's Advanced Automation Technology Division; and Software Design Engineer at Texas Instruments. Sherrard holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

Ken McDonald

Senior Associate, Sequel Venture Capital
Prior to working at Sequel, Ken was Director of Product Management for the Oracle Store, Oracle's vehicle for selling software and services online, which is one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Web today. Ken has also helped start two companies, Topica and Open Horizon, and has worked at Booz-Allen, Intel, and Dun & Bradstreet Software.  B.A., Dartmouth College; M.B.A. Stanford

Panel Moderator: Carl Mather

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