The Midsize Enterprise Summit is pleased to announce the expansion of its Advisory Board, with five influential IT leaders who will be serving as the voice of the midmarket and help shape the conference’s strategic direction. Joining the Board are a diverse set of leaders from a wide range of industries and markets. The newest Board members include Jesse Crum of Knoxville Hospital Clinics; Brian Melquist of Truck-Lite; Doug Pontious of Amerisure Insurance; Vennard Wright of Prince George’s County Government and Mary Wyderski of Professional Service Industries, Inc. All are passionate about helping other midmarket IT leaders succeed.  For a complete list of the Midsize Enterprise Summit Advisory Board, please visit: https://www.thechannelco.com/events/mesw16/about#advisors  

Below is some information on the five newest IT leaders serving on the MES Board:

Jesse Crum, Knoxville Hospitals and Clinics

Jesse Crum serves as the director of information technology at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, the premier healthcare facility in central Iowa. Crum is responsible for all technical systems in the hospital including the network, servers, telephone, storage, PACS, Nurse Call, EMR and more. To date, Crum and his team, have implemented a new VM environment, a complete data center and network restructuring, Cerner (EMR), Offsite Backup utilizing Veeam and LightEdge for storage and disaster recovery and other various medical related systems including an extensive remodel of the hospital and expansion of its clinic and PT.

Brian Melquist, Truck-Lite

Brian Melquist leads the IT organization at Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a major producer of safety lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches, and safety accessories to the heavy-duty truck, trailer, and commercial vehicle industries.  Headquartered in Falconer, New York, Truck-Lite has additional U.S. manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport, and McElhattan, Pa., Gilbert, Ariz., (Rigid Industries) and Saline, Mich.,  (DAVCO Technology).  International facilities are located in Harlow and Birmingham England; Puebla, Mexico; and Eisenach, Germany.  Melquist holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and joined Truck-Lite as an IE. After successful implementation of the company’s first PC network in the 90’s, Melquist was drafted into service in the IT department.  He has been the senior IT leader for over 20 years.

Doug Pontious, Amerisure Insurance

Doug Pontious currently serves as CIO, CTO, BI and Analytics Executive with Amerisure Insurance.  He is an innovative technology executive, who has gained extensive expertise in strategic planning and complex solution delivery for an array of very successful business and information technology ventures. Pontious’ broad experience includes accomplishments ranging from designing, developing, and implementing high-performance technical architectures to leading a large business process outsourcing organization.

As a seasoned global leader, Pontious has accumulated significant operational, marketing, and customer service related business expertise in delivery of sophisticated enterprise application suites and advanced business intelligence frameworks.  He has also established a strong business acumen from a diverse base of industries including insurance, financial services, and healthcare. Pontious has served as CIO of Lifestyle Lift, StarTek and was the global CTO of SITEL.

Vennard Wright, Prince George’s County Government

Vennard Wright is currently the CIO for Prince George’s County Government and is a proud, lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, Md.  As CIO, he provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology capabilities and services to support the county’s mission. As the director for the Office of Information Technology he ensures that OIT’s service delivery is in alignment with the county executive’s goals and objectives for the county. Prior to joining Prince George’s County, his professional IT experience included serving as director of technology for Hillary Clinton during her successful Senate re-election campaign and subsequent presidential campaign.

Mary Wyderski, Professional Service Industries Inc.

Mary Wyderski serves as the vice president of IT at Professional Service Industries, Inc. PSI is a nationally recognized consulting engineering and testing firm providing integrated services in several disciplines, including geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and engineering, facilities engineering and consulting, environmental consulting, asbestos management and industrial hygiene. PSI is a leader among the nation’s independent testing organizations and ranks among the largest consulting engineering firms in the country. As VP of IT, Wyderski manages the technology needs of PSI’s 125 global offices and helps to set the company’s strategic technology initiatives. She has led the migration to Microsoft Office 365 and the establishment of the company’s SharePoint intranet project.

If you are interest in joining the MES advisory board or attending an upcoming event please contact Robert DeMarzo, SVP of Event Content & Strategy at rdemarzo@thechannelcompany.com .