WTA Tech Conference 2022

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  •  May 19, 2022
     11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join Our Annual WTA Technology Conference 2022

Driving Business Digitally

  • When: Thursday  May 19th, 2022

  • Agenda:

    • 10:00AM – 11:00AM Sponsor Check In/Set Up
    • 11:00AM – 12:00PM Check In & Lunch
    • 12:00PM – 12:05PM Conference Kick Off  & Welcome
      • Troy Windorff, President of WTA
    • 12:05PM – 1:05PM  KEYNOTE:  “Driving a Digital Career”
      • Diane Schwarz, CIO of Johnson Controls    *During lunch*
    • 1:05PM – 1:25PM Break
    • 1:25PM – 2:10PM  “Continuum of Cloud”
      • Julia Fryk Data Architect & Tom Knapp, CIO at Waterstone Mortgage

Does your organization have challenges with IT and Analytics teams working together to achieve a single goal?

Join Tom Knapp, CIO of Waterstone Mortgage Corporation and Julia Fryk, Data Engineer at Waterstone Mortgage Corporation as they discuss how they achieved digital optimization by leveraging cloud technologies with two departments, how they worked together to achieve scale and flexibility, and how they created a single story solution of timely, trusted data used to drive success!

    • 2:10PM – 2:55PM 
      • Angela Johnson, CISO at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
    • 2:55PM- 3:40PM  “Driving Data” 
      • Maribeth Achterberg, Vice President Solution Delivery at Molson Coors

What does a completed digital transformation look like?

Realizing the value of driving your organization to modernize and be “digital” can mean many things. At the core of this concept is reducing TCO, improving agility and reducing risk by modernizing processes, technology and upskilling your people to meet the new and changing demands. If your organization was to fully modernize and complete its digital transformation what would that look like? Your IT infrastructure, applications and even business processes could all be services charged by consumption. One asset your organization will retain regardless of what digital transformation looks like for you is data. And you will have loads of it! It’s time to understand that if you’re driving digital, data is the fuel for future success.                         

    • 3:40PM – 4 PM Break
    • 4:00PM – 5:00PM Leadership Panel – Driving the Digital Wheel : Making Wisconsin a Digital Hub with our Technical Spokes; Talent, Tech & Transformation
      • Doug Barton, Director at University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium
      • Jennifer Drangstveit, IT Director @ CUNA Mutual
      • Antony D’Cruz, Director of IT & PMO at HSA Bank
      • David Reeves,  Former President at OpenGov and Executive in Residence at Marquette
      • Moderated by Tim Dickson, CIO at Generac
    • 5:00PM – 7:00PM  Networking Reception

Keynote Speaker

Diane Schwarz: Chief Information Officer – Johnson Controls

Diane Schwarz is the chief information officer of Johnson Controls, the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, ranked #66 in the Fortune 500. Schwarz is responsible for leading a global, business-aligned information technology organization. She develops and executes enterprise-wide IT strategy to ensure a strong digital core for Johnson Controls to scale and achieve its global growth objectives.

A senior IT executive with more than 20 years of experience in building and leading best-in-class IT teams, Schwarz most recently served as chief digital and information officer for Hunt Consolidated, and previously worked at Textron, Bell and Honeywell. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, her scope covers digital transformations, cybersecurity, data analytics, infrastructure and cloud operations, ERP/SAP applications and IT supplier management.

Schwarz holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a board member of NPower, a non-profit that creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities; a board member of T200, a non-profit that elevates women in technology; and an active supporter of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

About Johnson Controls:

At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places and the planet. With a history of more than 135 years of innovation, Johnson Controls delivers the blueprint of the future for industries such as healthcare, schools, data centers, airports, stadiums, manufacturing and beyond through its comprehensive digital offering OpenBlue. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world’s largest portfolio of building technology, software as well as service solutions with some of the most trusted names in the industry. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com  or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

Julia Fryk is the Data Architect for Waterstone Mortgage and has been vital in designing and implementing the BI systems in use today. She is passionate about all things data and loves researching the latest methodologies and technologies in the field of Data Engineering .

Julia is also the lead organizer of the Wisconsin Talend User Group and is vital to promoting and managing that organization. She was also awarded the title of Community Champion by Talend, reserved for individuals who make an outstanding level of contributions to the Talend community.




As Chief Information Officer, Tom Knapp oversees the Information Technology, Loan Delivery, Loan Servicing, Customer Service, and Corporate Support teams at Waterstone Mortgage. He has led the company’s strategy around digital mortgage, eClosing, and Business Intelligence as well as spear heading the efforts to transition to cloud platforms. As part of the Executive Management team, he has supported the expansion of the company into 25 states with over 700 employees and originating over $4 Billion in mortgage loans in 2021.






Angela Johnson is the Chief Information Security Officer for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. A tireless advocate for the better health and wellness of children, Angela works all levels of information systems to promote policies that support this goal. She has more than 17 years of experience in information systems, supply chain and financial services. Always focused on Children’s belief that kids deserve the best, Angela leads Children’s strategic efforts to improve security and infrastructure processes and securely implement new technology. She works in close partnership with all parts of the system to support innovation and collaboration while ensuring compliance with the strict regulatory environment governing the healthcare industry.

In her role as chief information security officer, Angela collaborates with other leaders to ensure infrastructure design and implementation meet security requirements. She also plays a role in planning, maintaining, securing, optimizing, expanding and protecting Children’s growing information technology infrastructure.

Angela brings a multi-disciplinary approach to leading and executing a risk-based enterprise information security, physical security, business continuity and infrastructure strategy and program, helping Children’s effectively meet the needs of the kids and families it serves.

Angela is a graduate of Marquette University where she earned her undergraduate degree. She also holds a MBA from Walden University. Angela is a member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee board, as well as president of the Midwest Cybersecurity Alliance. Prior to joining Children’s in 2017, Angela served as the director of information security at Robert W. Baird & Co in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Maribeth Achterberg is Vice President of Solution Delivery and a Member of the IT executive leadership team at Molson Coors Beverage Company. In this role, she drives IT solution design, builds, and implements solutions for global, craft, and specialty brands. She leads an organization of 180 internal and ~220 external IT professionals that flexes up to 600 FTEs during peak development and delivery. Her organization includes enterprise infrastructure, commercial, integrated supply chain, enabling functions and Data/ Analytics Management/Governance, Testing/QA, Integration, technical/solution architecture; and Project Execution and Organization Change Management. Previous to her role at Molson Coors, she held positions at Johnson Controls, Schneider National, Sodexo, Verity Management Solutions, and Knowledge InterSpace. She holds a BSM in Management and Marketing from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

WTA Leadership Panel


Doug Barton, Director, UW-Madison E-Business Consortium leads the UWEBC to implement strategies to achieve operational excellence and oversees the development of new and expanded ways to serve our members’ evolving needs for talent and organizational capability development, including leveraging the synergies between UWEBC and other UW-Madison campus units.

With more than 30 years of experience, Doug brings a diverse background working with and leading mission-driven and values-rich companies, including senior leadership positions at UBIX.AI and IBM.

Doug has spoken at industry and IBM conferences around the globe and local venues on topics ranging from design thinking, entrepreneurship, disruptive technology and innovation.

Doug holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.


Jennifer Drangstveit is an IT Director at CUNA Mutual Group where she leads the development teams supporting Lending and Commercial Insurance products. Her teams are currently focused on expanding product reach via additional channels, migrating applications to the cloud, and leveraging data as an asset.  Fifteen years in leadership positions have led her to be passionate about culture, team engagement and leveraging people’s strengths.





Antony D’Cruz serves as Senior Vice President, Director of Information Technology (IT) and Project Management (PMO) at HSA Bank, where he delivers technology capabilities and services to support the Bank’s objectives. Antony joined HSA Bank in 2018, bringing with him more than 20 years of global IT leadership experience.

He previously worked at Johnson Controls for 15 years, where he held various IT leadership positions in North America and Asia.  In his leadership roles, Antony had led business and technology transformation programs, and built teams to run IT at scale. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences from Western Michigan University.

A native of Malaysia, Antony lives in Mequon with his wife, their two children and dog.



David Reeves is the Former President at OpenGov and Executive in Residence at Marquette

David is a Milwaukee native who upon graduation began a tech career that moved him around the country and for the past 16 years in Silicon Valley before recently moving back home 1.5 years ago. David has held Senior Executive roles for PTC (a $12B software company out of Boston). Zuora, where he led the subscription start-up in revenue during its peak growth years and ultimately an IPO and a 2B valuation.

David’s recent role was the President of OpenGov, where he led the cloud software company from $2M in revenue to over 500 employees and a near 1Billion valuation.  David hired 46 people for OpenGov last year alone in the new office he put in MKE.

After stepping down in January from OpenGov, David is helping the Marquette Business School and MKE as an Executive in Residence as well as is busy with advisory work for Private Equity firms. David is also an investor in Character, a new local Venture Capital firm, a Board member for Journey House, and is an active member in the MKE Tech Hub, dedicated to bringing more technology jobs to our city.


Tim Dickson has served as Generac’s Chief Information Officer since August 2020. Tim previously served as the Vice President of Front Office IT at Motorola Solutions from 2015-2018, and additionally served as a divisional CIO leading Emerging Technologies, M&A, and User Experience for Dell, Inc from 2004-2015. Tim has a passion for leading Digital Transformation efforts, upskilling and investing in Digital Talent, and helping to make the greater Milwaukee area and the state of Wisconsin and popular tech hub.  Tim enjoys sharing emerging technology best practices, coaching and mentoring, and paying it forward by volunteering at various community service events in the area.








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