Chris Maritato, VP of Business Technology, Sonic Automotive

 Maritato Chris webMr. Maritato is responsible for leading the Business Technology organization that enables the business to deliver a predictable, repeatable and sustainable best in class experience to customers at Sonic Automotive, one of the largest industry-leading automotive retailers in the United States that operates over 100 dealerships and with over 25 different automobile brands. Coupled with his management and leadership experience, he held senior level positions responsible for the technology, provided steering and strategy for multiple fortune 500 organizations, as well as led the technology operations and digital transformation in many world markets that included the Americas, the European Community and Asia / Pacific regions. His role in each organization was to recreate, rebuild, and expand IT competencies through both internal development and external business acquisition initiatives. He was one of 25 to receive the CIO Ones to Watch Award by CIO Magazine and has been named in the Charlotte Business Journal as CIO of the Year in 2017.  Mr. Maritato currently serves on the board for the CIO Charlotte Leadership Association, Ballantyne IT Professionals, and advisory board member for HMG Strategy for the Charlotte Summit. He also serves as a Judge for the Blue Diamonds Award to help inspire, engage and support students through their educational journey.