The Evolving Role of the ‘Effective Tech Executive’

Join us for an Exclusive Networking Event and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 25th at 5:30pm
Shinola Hotel
Detroit, MI


Panel Discussion


Networking with Technology Leaders


Valuable Insights

Discover the latest challenges technology leaders face and how to overcome them

The expectations placed on technical leaders are greater than ever before. Join us as we explore together how to navigate the complexities of the role and help your organization to succeed.

  • From efficiency to innovation
  • Balancing new feature development and technical debt
  • Recruiting and retaining top technical talent
  • Creating a culture that yields business results
  • Capitalizing on data and data strategy

Meet our speakers

Kevin Kicklighter
Kevin Kicklighter
VP Of Engineering

Kevin has over 30 years of career experience and is responsible for leading the engineering efforts on some of the most innovative products Savant has brought to market. Kevin helps oversee the development of the complete hardware and software offerings. His hands-on technical expertise, strong leadership skills and track record of delivering results make Kevin an integral part of Savant.

Mark Walz
Mark Walz

Mark is the CTO of SpotOn and has led the technology organization through several acquisitions, fundraising rounds, and unicorn status. He is a visionary leader with an impressive track record of over 20 years of technical leadership experience. Mark’s past roles include his experience as the VP of Engineering at StockX and Chief Architect at Tweddle Group.

Ty Beltramo
Ty Beltramo
Advisor, Technical Leader

With past experience as the CTO of Mapquest, Chief Architect of GM Onstar, and Chief Innovation Officer/CTO at Tweddle group, Ty is a crucial part of CGS Advisors Fellows network. He is a hands-on technical leader with proven expertise in connected solutions and large enterprise integration projects.

Chris Spiek
Chris Spiek

Chris co-founded the Re-Wired Group in 2006 and worked for over a decade to popularize the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework. During that time he helped teams at Basecamp, Facebook, Intercom, and Dropbox define their product strategy. In his current role at Autobooks, Chris is leading Product Strategy and creating game changing products for customers.

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Arrival and Networking
Join us for a VIP networking experience and appetizers.
Panel Discussion
Meet our panelists and learn how they are navgating the evolving role of a Technology Leader.
Strolling Dinner and Networking
Enjoy a strolling dinner while networking with technology leaders from innovative organizations.
Conclusion and Parting Gifts
Depart with new relationships and a small parting gift.

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Shinola Hotel

Join us in the heart of Detroit at the Shinola Hotel for this VIP invite only event. Food, drink and complimentary valet parking will all be provided.

Network with technology executives — CTO, VP of Engineering, Head of Product, Director of Design – from some of the most innovative companies around.





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Meet the hosts

Megan Fales
CEO at Transcenda

Megan has over 15 years of experience leading globally distributed teams and delivering cutting edge technology solutions. As co-founder and CEO of Transcenda, Megan has delivered 450% growth year over year, while navigating both COVID and the war in Ukraine. She believes that if you put people first, success will follow.

Alexey Koval
CTO at Transcenda

Alexey has driven the delivery of hundreds of products to market over the past 15 years, while working with some of the most innovative companies and leading globally distributed delivery teams. As co-founder and CTO of Transcenda, Alexey has scaled Transcenda to over 170 team members in 6 countries.



Shinola Hotel is located on the 1400 block of Woodward Avenue in the center of Detroit.

1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
48226, United States