2016 ConnectivIT® Ball Overview

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Presented by Microsoft, the 2016 ConnectivIT® Ball, was held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Nearly 580 guests, including 37 CIOs from Charlotte’s corporate IT community, raised a record-setting $940, 000 to empower local nonprofits through business and technology solutions. The event featured a Parisian theme.

With extensive business networking, fantastic entertainment, recognition of a nonprofit technology achievement, and an after party to get even a CIO dancing, the ConnectivIT® Ball is an evening on the "must list" for the technology community.

The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter won the 2016 Technology Innovation Award (TIA), sponsored by Accenture.

Check out the 2016 ConnectivIT® Ball photos here.

Check out the 2016 ConnectivIT® Ball program here.

Find our 2016 ConnectivIT® Ball sponsors here


CIO & Sponsor Events

The CIO Host Reception - Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The CIO Host Reception is hosted by Bank of America and catered by The Compass Group at the top of the Bank of America Corporate Center.
The event brings together 35+ area CIOs and 100 IT professionals to celebrate the impact of Apparo’s work in the community and to deepen relationships.

The ConnectivIT® Cocktail - Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The ConnectivIT® Cocktail precedes the Digital Ball and brings together the top tier sponsors of $15,000 and above to network with CIO's and IT Business leaders. The event is a sold-out event with 30+ CIOs and 125 IT influencers and leaders. This exclusive event is held in the Duke Energy Vista, overlooking Charlotte and the surrounding communities.


ConnectivIT® Series 2016 CIO Host Committee

Shawn Cherry, AAA Carolinas Motor Club
Liam Durbin, American Tire Distributors
Bill Pappas, Bank of America
Dave Matthews, Bank of America
Kevin O'Rourke, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company
Aaron Higley, Campus Crest
Pete Murphy, Cardinal Innovations
Eric Christian, Carolinas HealthCare System
Craig Richardville, Carolinas Healthcare System
Eric Goodwin, Carolinas Healthcare System
David Lindsey, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat
Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Charlotte Mecklenburg School System
Cam Faison, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company
Kevin Ledford, Chiquita Brands International Inc.
Jeff Stovall, City of Charlotte
Darrell Thompson, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated
Walter Rowe, Colfax Corporation
Rob Watkins, Compass Group
Allen Kim, CPI Security Systems
Mike Laurenti, Delhaize Group
Chris Heck, Duke Energy
Jakob From, Electrolux
Ames Flynn, Extended Stay America
Josh Jewett, Family Dollar
Deb Watt, Foundation For The Carolinas
Jim Clendenen, Harris Teeter
Steve Hagood, Ingersoll Rand
Victor Fetter, LPL Financial
Dave Garrett, Novant Health
Brad Merlie, Piedmont Natural Gas
Detlef Dohmen, Polypore International
Markus Hill, Rodgers Builders
Dave Rice, S&D Coffee
Joe Topinka, SnapAV
Chris Maritato, Sonic Automotive
Michael Keating, Springs Global
Rick Doody, SPX
Kevin Eamigh, SPX Flow Div.
Kirby Miner, Sunbelt Rentals
Raja Musunuru, The Steritech Group, Inc.
Kevin Murphy, TIAA-CREF
Robert Barnhart, UTC Aerospace Systems
Theresa Wilson, Wells Fargo