Boardroom Events is pleased to announce the finalists for the Spring 2017 Midmarket CIO Award of Excellence.

This distinguished award honors innovative IT executives who’ve successfully partnered with leading solution providers to drive business forward. It celebrates these standout midmarket organizations and helps highlight their stories with peer executives and IT teams.

Of the dozens of applications and nominations submitted, the following four most clearly articulated cases of executives leveraging vendor partnerships to improve business operations and positively impact bottom lines.


Dave Hofmeister, VP IT, Champion Windows

Champion Windows sells custom-built replacement windows directly to homeowners through over 60 sales and installation offices in more than 30 states. A stalled ERP implementation had duplicate orders going to manufacturing, failed order fulfillment and little to no reporting from retail locations.

With the company’s existence in jeopardy, Dave Hofmeister was recruited to the CIO role for his 35+ years in IT and four previous successful ERP implementations. He enlisted Indusa to help Champion rollout Dynamics AX in the corporate office and eventually to 55 retail locations. This centralized accounting package alone brought over $2 million in annual savings regarding software and hardware maintenance and operational efficiencies.

In less than two years, Champion became a profit making company, and the business has better control on order taking, order processing, inventory control, production planning, order fulfillment, invoicing, and account receivables.


Jeff Young Haynes InternationalJeff Young, VP, CIO, Haynes International

Founded in 1912 in Kokomo, Indiana, Haynes International is one of the world’s largest developers, manufacturers and distributors of high performance nickel and cobalt-based alloys for use in high temperature and corrosion applications.

Mimecast LogoFrustrated with the email archiving system and completely lacking business continuity plan for the email server, Jeff Young partnered with Mimecast for 99-year email archiving capabilities with no additional charges for extended retention or storage capacity overages.

“Per-user pricing simplified our budgeting process, especially since there are no charges for aliases, distribution lists, or employees who leave the company, and 7-second search SLA was a huge factor since our rapidly expanding archives were straining our previous platform’s search tools,” Young explained.

Mimecast gave Haynes a triple advantage for archiving, security and continuity, with all services easily administered with helpful communication alerts and easy-to-read graphical displays. Mobile apps and personal web portals improved productivity by providing anyplace access to email and data.


RC Woodson Doyon LimitedRC Woodson, VP IT, Doyon Limited

Woodson is the VP of IT at Doyon Limited, a 40-year old Alaska Native corporation that operates everything from oil field services, land and natural resource development to utility management, construction and tourism companies.

Federal regulatory pressure, customer requirements, and now, senior management expectations mandated the need for a more formalized and robust information security program to protect Doyon’s systems and assets. In order to design a security policy, Woodson had to collaborate with senior management across all the corporation’s individual companies to determine how much money needed to be invested and what size staff would be needed to design policy and regulate across the organization.

Info-Tech helped Doyon analyze and integrate regulatory and industry best practice frameworks, combining COBIT 5, PCI DSS, ISO 27000, NIST SP800-53, and SANS to ensure an exhaustive approach to security.

Woodson added, “This project also elevated the perception of the security team from being a hindrance to an enabler for the organization.”


Stephen Toth UtzStephen Toth, CIO, Utz Quality Foods

Utz is the largest independent, privately held snack brand in the United States, producing over 3.6 million pounds of snacks per week while operating more than 1,100 distribution routes using direct store delivery to get the freshest pretzels, chips and snacks from ovens to shelves as quickly as possible.

Information BuildersWith the help of Information Builders WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform, Utz recently created a self-service analytic application called SnackBoard that allows our regional sales managers to determine how well they are meeting goals by examining data through nine views or widgets including sales goals, warehouse goals, labor, and stale and damaged goods.

Tying daily production more closely to sales has enabled Utz to streamline product supply, so factories maintain enough inventory for current needs, minimizing waste and running strategic promotions. Previously a report-driven organization empowered only by a static view of the past, Utz now uses real-time analytics to accelerate decision-making.


The winner will be announced Tuesday, April 11 at the conclusion of the Midmarket CIO Forum in Savannah, GA at the Westin Savannah Harbor.