Digital Ball 2008

April 26, 2008  

Imperium: The Great Forum
Presented by 2008 sungard logo

2008 strength act 2Ancient Rome, where citizens mattered and community was vital, was the theme for Digital Ball 2008 held at The Westin Charlotte on Saturday, April 26. NPower's legions, representing 80+ companies, came together to raise over $550,000 to support NPower's work in the nonprofit community.

Co-Chairs Martin Davis (CIO, Wachovia) and Rich McKnight (CIO, Novant Health) highlighted the need for the nonprofit community to leverage technology to further their mission and emphasized the positive impact that NPower is making. They thanked sponsors for supporting NPower and helping nonprofits harness the power of technology.

2008 tia awardThe inaugural Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented to Community School of the Arts. Community School of the Arts will use the Technology Innovation Award to create a web-based, user-friendly registration system to dramatically improve the enrollment process for students, parents and faculty.

2008 Host Committee

2008 host group photo 2


  • Co-Chair Martin Davis, Corporate CIO & EVP, Wachovia
  • Co-Chair Richard McKnight, SVP and CIO, Novant Health
  • Ronnie Caropreso, SVP, Technology Executive Treasury & Payments Services, Bank of America
  • Jim Kelly, SVP, CIO, Capital Markets & Wholesale Banking Technology & Operations, Bank of America
  • John Sternbergh, SVP & CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Lynne Scott Safrit, Site Director, Castle & Cooke NC/NC Center for Research
  • Cam Faison, CIO, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry
  • Jolanta Zwirek, CIO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
  • Rob Watkins, CIO, Compass Group
  • Kevin O'Rourke, IT Director, Domtar
  • A. R. Mullinax, CIO, Duke Energy
  • Josh Jewett, CIO, Family Dollar
  • Cecil Smith, EVP, CIO, First Charter Bank
  • Steve Hagood, VP and CIO, Goodrich
  • Steve Stone, CIO, Lowes
  • Jack Rech, CIO, National Gypsum
  • Peter Hermann, former President & CEO, North Carolina Technology Association
  • Dave Jones, President and CEO, Peak 10
  • Leslie Ennis, CIO, Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Jeff Arnie, former SVP of IT, Scottish Re
  • Heath Byrd, CIO, Sonic Automotive
  • Til Guldimann, Vice Chairman, SunGard
  • Ken Chinchar, Regional VP, TimeWarner Telecom
  • Mirsad Hadzikadic, Dean, College of Computing & Informatics, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  • Susan Certoma, CIO-CIBT, Wachovia
  • Ronald Scott, IT Director, Wellman Inc.
  • Ted Claypoole, Senior Member, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice