Panel: Disruptive Technologies: Forecasting the Needs of The Future Workforce, Part 1

SIM StaffBreakout Session 2019, The Disruptive Future is Now

This panel of three technology leaders will examine how disruptive technologies are affecting their organizations. The discussion will focus on what they’re doing today, what they’re anticipating for tomorrow, and how they’re using this information to forecast and plan ahead.

Moderator: Mark Dronzek
Rich Moss
Kevin Burns
Jeff Luts

Mark Dronzek, Global Head of IT, Seeds division, BASF

Mark Dronzek is a Renaissance IT guy who’s ‘impressed with the urgency of doing.” He has been a Global CIO, entrepreneur, and management consultant. He has held leadership positions in and advised Fortune and Global 2000 companies across multiple industries (including pharma, agriculture, tech and non-profit).  He is currently Global Head of IT, Seeds division, BASF.

Mark’s roles have spanned Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. He has implemented multiple Global Shared Services and enterprise change management. He has also presented at national and international conferences, is on several Advisory Boards, is a LinkedIn provacateur and has collected far too many airline and hotel points.

Mark has a degree in British Literature from Wake Forest. He is an avid  basketball and beach volleyball player as well as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo. He also dabbles in writing, art, gardening and guitar power chords.


Kevin Burns, CIO/Director of Information Technology, City of Miami, Florida

Kevin has served as the Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology for the City of Miami since July 2014 with over 30 years of experience in progressively greater leadership positions.  Focused on strategic alignment, technical innovations, customer service, service delivery, and business relationships that provide enhanced and efficient process improvements and customer experiences. 

A proven leader with extensive experience from a 20-year career in the U.S. Army and an additional 20 years in corporate and local government.  Kevin has a strong background in Public Safety, Land Management, GIS, and Human Resources.  Kevin has also been a keen role player in bringing Smart Cities initiatives into the City of Miami. 

Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology – Serving a business population of ~1.5 million with an annual operating budget of $1B and a $17M Information Technology budget.  Leading a team of 93 IT professionals and supporting about 5,000 employees.  Charged with creating, planning, and executing the strategic, innovative, and day to day technology of the Magic City which is a technology hub and gateway to the Caribbean, Latin, and South America.  Highly sought out as an International Public Speaker on Smart Cities and Local Government Information Technology solutions.

Deputy CIO – Provided leadership and management expertise, vision, and strategic decisions to improve and maintain daily operations and innovate development and implementation of effective and efficient business process reengineering and deployment of new systems.  Rebuilt a department of 48 FTE’s to the current 93 by personally managing over 70 personnel actions.

Jeff Lutes, Vice President of Technology Orlando Magic

Jeff Lutes serves as the Vice President of Technology for the Orlando Magic.  In this role, he oversees the IT and broadcast technologies and services departments, which in turn are responsible for the technology infrastructures and platforms for the Amway Center, the organization and its G-League affiliate the Lakeland Magic as well as the organizations ECHL hockey team, the Orlando Solar Bears.

Prior to joining the Magic, Lutes worked as the vice president of technology for an international manufacturing company in Central Florida.  Jeff spent ten years with CNL Financial Group, located in Central Florida, where he served as CIO of the Shared Services Organization and Vice President of Business Systems for CNL Hotel and Resorts.

Jeff currently serves as the chair-elect on the board of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florid a and is a member of the executive committee of the Central Florida Technology Alliance.

Rich Moss, Mirador, LLC

Rich Moss is a nationally known technology executive with 17 years of IT Leadership experience. Rich started his career designing security and remote connectivity solutions.  He has a proven track record of translating business requirements into technical objectives and ensuring execution of complex whole-corporate initiatives. Rich developed enterprise-class technical strategies for non-profit organizations, financial service companies, retail chains, and start-ups. His ability to leverage cloud technologies and virtualization as levelers of the playing field in the favor of small businesses has driven the demand for his expertise as a thought leader and a public speaker. Rich is engaged in developing analytical insight to all sizes of businesses and regularly contributes to organizations that celebrate such. Rich is currently working with Mirador, LLC to revolutionize financial reporting.