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Midsize Enterprise Perspectives: CIO Leadership In Challenging Times


May 6, 2020 10:15 AM

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Leslie Cothren
IT Director @Universal Mental Health Service
Leslie W. Cothren Obtained an Associate's degree in Business Computer Programming in 1995, a BA in Computer Information Systems in 2000, and an MBA with a marketing emphasis in 2006. He is certified as a CISSP, HCISPP (Healthcare Information Systems Privacy Practitioner), and ITIL v3 Foundations. Cothren has been in Information Technology since 1994, when he began his career as a backup operator. He served as the IT Director of King Hickory Furniture Company in 1997 and remained with that company for 13 years. In 2007, he joined Universal Mental Health Services as IT Specialist. In 2008, promoted to IT Director, where he's been since that time. Cothren is active in SIM (Society for Information Management), HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society), and several smaller organizations.
Tammy Barr
VP Information Services & CIO @Continental Mills
As VP IS/CIO, Tammy leads the Information Services department at Continental Mills, a privately held Food Manufacturer in the Seattle area which produces several well-known products including Krusteaz Baking mixes, Ghirardelli Brownies, Wild Roots Trail mix, Alpine Cider and Kretschmer Wheat germ. During the 22 years Tammy has been with Continental Mills, she has been responsible for the successful implementation of many major systems, including the company’s first ERP Application and several large scale manufacturing automation systems. Also during her time with Continental Mills, she has participated in growing the company from a regional manufacturer servicing the Pacific Northwest, to a national company with an international presence and multiple manufacturing sites across the US. In this role, Tammy is committed to building high performing teams who are both technically excellent and business savvy, seeing that as the key to her department’s success. In 2014 Tammy was named one of
Adrian Porter
Senior Manager, Data Operations @1-800-CONTACTS
Adrian Porter is the Senior Manager, Data Operations at 1-800 CONTACTS, the world’s largest contact lens store. Through its call center, website, and award-winning mobile application, 1-800 CONTACTS has pioneered a better buying experience and backs it up the best customer service in the industry. Porter has worked in the IT department for 1-800 CONTACTS for 21 years and his experience has ranged from help desk, programmer, systems operations, to DBA, and management. His current role is tasked with overseeing the data infrastructure, security, and data performance for the enterprise. He believes a leader’s success relies on their ability to surround themselves with talented, passionate individuals and removing obstacles from their path, thus allowing them to flourish and succeed. He has a love for the intricacies and untapped value of data and how they truly are the foundation upon which all organizations reside. Porter received a B.S. in Business Administration from Brigham Young Un