2017 ConnectivIT® Ball Overview

Presented by Microsoft, the 2017 ConnectivIT® Ball was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Nearly 550 guests, including 30 CIOs from Charlotte’s corporate IT community, raised a record-setting $980,000 to empower local nonprofits through business and technology solutions. The event featured a "Believe the Impossible" 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.

Heart Math Tutoring has won the 2017 Mission Possible Economic Opportunity Award (formerly the Technology Innovation Award), sponsored by Accenture.

Check out the 2017 ConnectivIT® Ball photos here.

Check out the 2017 ConnectivIT® Ball program here.


CIO & Sponsor Events

The CIO Host Reception - Thursday, November 3, 2016, 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 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 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 2017 Host Committee

Shawn Cherry, AAA Carolinas

Mike Laurenti, Ahold Delhaize

Suhas Yerra, AIG

Paul D. Cavnaugh, AvidXchange

Bill Pappas, Bank of America

Dave Matthews, Bank of America

Kevin O'Rourke, Barnhardt Manufacturing Company

Aaron Higley, Campus Crest

Pete Murphy, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Craig D. Richardville, Carolinas HealthCare System

Eric Goodwin, Carolinas HealthCare System

Eric Christian, Carolinas HealthCare System

Cam Faison, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company

Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Jeff Stovall, City of Charlotte

Kevin Ledford, CloudGenera

Darrell Thompson, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated

Walter Rowe, Colfax Corporation

Rob Watkins, Compass Group North America

Allen Kim, CPI Security Systems

Josh Jewett, Dollar Tree

Chris Heck, Duke Energy

Jakob From, Electrolux, North America

Mitch Elligton, Empowered Benefits

Ames Flynn, Extended Stay America

Deb Watt, Foundation For The Carolinas

Jim Clendenen, Harris Teeter

Steve Hagood, Ingersoll Rand

Scott Ross, Lowe's Companies

Victor Fetter, LPL Financial

Dave Garrett, Novant Health

Detlef Dohmen, Polypore International

Dale Lancaster, Red Ventures

Michael Hitchins, North America Rentokil

Markus Hill, Rodgers Builders

Steve Ermish, ScentAir

Al Mele, SCOR Global Life Americas

Joe Topinka, SnapAV

Chris Maritato, Sonic Automotive

Michael Keating, Springs Global US

Rick Doody, SPX Corporation

Kevin Eamigh, SPX Flow

Kirby Miner, Sunbelt Rentals

Robert Barnhart, UTC Aerospace Systems

Brad Merlie, Utiligent

Theresa Wilson, Wells Fargo