TrendsMay 31, 2022

The Evolving Role of the ‘Effective Tech Executive’ Event

Effective Tech Executive

The Evolving Role of the ‘Effective Tech Executive’ Event

We recently hosted a networking event in downtown Detroit where we discussed the challenges facing technical leaders and how they can overcome them. Topics included:

  • 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

Leaders from Fortune 500 organizations and some of the most innovative startups joined us for networking and exchanged insights while learning from our speakers.

Meet our Panelists:

Chris Spiek, Chief Product Officer at Autobooks.

Chris co-founded the Re-Wired Group in 2006 and worked for over a decade to formalize and popularize the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework, one of the most prevalent product development tools in use today. In his current role at Autobooks, the first fully integrated payments and accounting platform for business, delivered through online banking, Chris is leading Product Strategy and creating game changing products for customers.


Kevin Kicklighter, VP of Engineering at Savant.

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, CTO at SpotOnMark Walz, Chief Technology Officer at SpotOn.

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, Advisor and Technical Leader at CGS Advisors.

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.


We are grateful for our panelists and local tech community for joining us, and we’re looking forward to hosting future events.

Oksana Masliukh