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April 30, 2017 to May 2, 2017
Nashville, TN

The Largest Gathering of Midmarket CIOs and Senior IT Executives

MES is the Midmarket IT executive event of the year. No other event can offer IT decision makers with exclusive access to more than 60 top vendors, seasoned Gartner analysts and an elite group of peers. Our unique format enables attendees to maximize their valuable time out of the office by building significant relationships and gaining critical knowledge – in one trip.  Working with Gartner, our strategic collaborator, enables us to deliver – without question – the industry’s best content available to the single largest annual gathering of midmarket CIOs. Expertly curated content includes demonstrations of cutting-edge products, services and new technology solutions designed to boost productivity and accelerate ROI. Senior-level IT executives leave this two and a half-day conference with the latest research, technology advancements and innovative best practices needed to build forward-looking IT strategies.

The Big Shift

How Senior IT Leaders Can Emerge As the Ultimate Business Innovators

CIOs and senior IT leaders must emerge as savvy influencers and become trusted allies to the business owners who have gained more control over IT purchases.  To survive this shift, CIOs must position themselves as the ultimate business innovators driving a competitive advantage with tech solutions while viewing the business holistically. They must be central to the shift in how employees, suppliers and customers perceive and realize the value of IT to benefit from it every day. The job today is to get the whole enterprise behind you then help lead everyone through the big shift.









Top Reasons to Attend


Expert advice. Meet one-on-one with highly regarded Gartner analysts to discuss the issues facing your midmarket business today.

Network. Engage with IT midmarket peers and vendors.

Award-winning vendors. Experience the Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Awards, highlighting the show's best technologies and solutions.

Innovation. Hear about the latest products and solutions from a variety of vendors through private boardroom appointments.

New technology. View products and services and meet one-on-one with top and emerging vendors at the Solution Pavilion.

Maximize Your ROI.   Build strong partnerships and get the competitive intelligence you need to drive revenue.

What Our Attendees Say

This summit was the best conference I've been to in a long while.  In less than three days I was able to find information that would have normally taken 6 months of web searching.  The best part was it put me face-to-face with the vendors I wanted to hear from and it wasn't all a sales ploy..”
― Michael Grosse, CTO, Sullivan University System
 I have never been to an event that offered such great networking as well as group feedback on current products and trends. I would highly recommend MES events to anyone that is thinking about going.” 
― Dane Holman, IT Director, McGowan & Co.
MES provides me with exposure to technology solutions that I would not otherwise have access to or may have considered. I get a chance to validate strategy with my peers while learning about their challenges and approaches.  Having direct access to Gartner industry insights is awesome.
 Brian Celardo, IT Director, Birch Family Services
At first, I wasn't sure if my company and my situation would translate well to MES. Once I started networking with my peers at the summit, I found many others in almost identical business situations and facing the same issues I deal with - getting proper IT budget, how to efficiently manage a small IT workforce - and exchanging knowledge with them was invaluable..”
 Robert Vinagray, CIO, Burma Bibas, Inc.
“MES is by far one of the best events for gathering information about the latest technology trends, discussing solutions for SMB's challenges, and last but not least finding out how various vendors can help you solve those challenges.” 
 VP of IT, College Loan Corporation

MES Spring 2017 Premier Sponsors



Ruckus Wireless














HP Enterprise/Intel


HPE SimpliVity


Scale Computing

MES Spring 2017 Event Sponsors

Catapult Systems
Intertec International
iT1 Source
Kaspersky Lab
KMC Controls
Level 3 Communications
QS2 Point
Silver Peak
Tec Professionals
The Comtel Group

Event Format

  Featuring Gartner – our strategic collaborator – to provide mid-market CIOs with exclusive access to current trends, research and the strategies needed in a time when midsize enterprises need to account for every IT investment made. Gain insights from seasoned Gartner analysts, leadership experts and leading technology suppliers.
The Solutions Pavilion show floor is an exciting, interactive setting for your live product demonstrations, face-to-face meetings, and networking.
Interactive Boardroom Appointments give you 30 minutes of dedicated presentation time to targeted groups of 12-15 pre-qualified IT executives segmented by technology interest
MES XCellence Awards where attendees honor the vendors with the most exceptional products, presentations, services and technologies they have seen throughout the event. This high profile event provides a showcased environment for your branding as well as an opportunity to address the entire audience.
Executive Keynote - Present to the full MES audience  where you can share your brand and industry perspective by having one of your experts speak.

MES Advisory Board

Henry Chace
CIO, Burns & Levinson LLP
James Fielder
Vice President of Information Systems, Farm Credit Services of Illinois
Ed Freed
IT Director, Service Express, Inc.
Paul  Furtado
Paul Furtado
Vice President of Information Technology, Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies
Aaron Geiger
Aaron Geiger
Chance Irvine
Chance Irvine
VP, IT Operations and Infrastructure, Proxibid, Inc
Glenn Leatherwood
Glenn Leatherwood
Manager of Internet and Portal Technologies, Valmont Industries
John Regula
VP/CIO, Allied Services
Tammy Barr
Tammy Barr
VP IS/CIO, Continental Mills
Jeff Lutes
Jeff Lutes
VP of Technology, Orlando Magic
Vennard Wright
Vennard Wright
CIO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Brian Melquist
IT Manager, Truck-Lite
Doug Pontious
BI Analytics Executive, Amerisure Insurance
Mary Wyderski
VP of Technology, Professional Service Industries, Inc.
Jesse Crum
Director of IT and CSO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
Ellen Christy, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Ellen Christy
SCIO - Housing & Economic Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Featured Speakers

Mike Cisek
Mike Cisek
Research Director, SMB Infrastructure & Operations, Gartner
James Kane
Renowned Loyalty Expert, Author And Speaker,
Jim McGittigan, Research Vice President, Gartner
Jim McGittigan
Research Vice President, CIO Research Group, Gartner
Niel Nickolaisen
Niel Nickolaisen
Chief Technology Officer, OC Tanner
Larry Bonfante
CIO Coach, CIO Bench Coach
Dan Negroni
Dan Negroni
Founder & CEO, launchbox

Giving Back

Channel@Work is our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much over the past three decades. This charitable arm of The Channel Company’s events group is designed to bring the IT community together to connect and give back to the local communities that host our events.

Our team identifies local charities and coordinates efforts with our committed vendors, solution providers and  IT executives to contribute time and donations to make an impact for a worthy cause. At MES Spring 2017, we will be supporting Soles4Souls, headquartered in Nashville, TN. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

We will be supporting their mission by holding a shoe drive onsite at MES.  So please remember to pack an extra pair of shoes (used, new, men's, women's, children's are all accepted!) and drop them off at the Soles4Soles collection bins located by the MES onsite registration desks.

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