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June 4, 2021

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Meet the 2021 ORBIE Winners!

The CIO of the Year ORBIE Award recognizes CIOs who have shown excellence in technology leadership in Alabama. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

2021 Awards Season

CIO of the Year nominees & finalists are honored at a series of executive events, beginning with the Nominee Event and ending with the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.


2021 Keynote

Fran Dramis, Author, Speaker & Innovator, F. Dramis LLC

F.A. (“Fran”) Dramis is recognized as one of the country's top IT leaders, and has been recognized by a variety of publications as one of the nations top CIOs. He brings extensive knowledge and experience with implementing effective leadership systems in IT organizations and managing technological transformation. Currently, Fran serves as the CEO of F. Dramis LLC, a technology consulting and investment firms. He is a renowned speaker and consultant and has published three books on leadership principles and retention. Formerly, Fran served as the Chief Information, Ecommerce and Security Officer for BellSouth corp. During his tenure, BellSouth's IT and Security groups were nationally recognized as top organizations in their fields.



Alabama CIO of the Year Awards sponsors are highly valued partners invited by local CIOs to experience the unique opportunity of recognizing the senior technology leadership of top organizations in Alabama through a series of year-long events.


2021 Alabama CIO of the Year Awards Agenda

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pre-Event Networking
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. VIP Reception*
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CIO of the Year® Awards
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Post-Reception

*Access limited to CIOs and select sponsor representatives.
**Access limited to CIOs, their direct reports, and select sponsor representatives.

Leadership Award Recipient

Curt Carver, VP of IT & CIO, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Dr. Curtis Carver was named Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer in June 2015, following a national search. In this role as servant leader and enabler of others, he leads a team of dedicated professionals who support UAB’s mission by providing world-class IT solutions with a focus on innovation, agility, and cost efficiency.

Explore 20 years of CIO ORBIE finalists and winners.