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Breakfast Discussion

  • Clubhouse Oakbrook 298 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL, 60523 United States (map)

Speaker: John, Phillips, Sr VP CIO Briggs Healthcare & COO Briggs Homecare

Please join SIM Chicago and John Phillips, SVP CIO Briggs Healthcare/COO Briggs Homecare, on December 13th for breakfast and a great discussion at the Clubhouse in Oakbrook.

Cloud & Cancer – A Tale of Two Transformations

In 2012, Briggs Healthcare was experiencing the pain of an aging IT infrastructure. Its total cost of IT was way outside the industry benchmarks for its business category and the rigidity of the environment was preventing the business from creating any sort of a competitive advantage in an industry that requires speed to market and the ability to pivot on a dime. John envisioned, researched, defined, and championed a radical change to Briggs’ technology platforms with one outcome in mind: - MOVE EVERYTHING TO THE CLOUD. Hence a new, professional journey of transformation began.

Five years later and near the end of the cloud project, John was diagnosed with HPV+ throat cancer after a small, painless lump appeared on his neck. As he had done before with Briggs, John envisioned, researched, defined and championed his own treatment path with one outcome in mind – TOTAL CURE. Hence, a new, personal journey of transformation began.

This is a tale of two transformations and John will outline, in great detail how his approaches to these professional and personal transformations were remarkably similar in nature with each requiring persistence, perseverance, and never losing sight of the end goal even when the journey throws unexpected and never-ending twists and turns. Expect this to be one of the most open and brutally honest presentations you will ever hear.


7:00 am – 8:00 am Networking

8:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet

8:30 am – 9:15 am Speaker Presentation and Discussion

9:15 am – 9:20 am Closing remarks

Member Cost - $35 per SIM member.  Includes breakfast

Guest Cost - $45 per non SIM member. Includes breakfast


Speaker Bio: John Phillips is an information technology executive with over 35 years of professional experience at publicly traded and privately held companies. John is currently an Executive Vice President and the Chief Information Officer at Briggs Healthcare. John is also the Chief Operating Officer for Briggs Homecare, the fastest growing business segment at Briggs. At Briggs Healthcare John has served in a number of executive capacities including Supply Chain Management, Distribution, Logistics, General Facilities Management, Customer Service, Quality Control, and Regulatory Affairs where John guided the enterprise through its first ISO certification. Most recently John envisioned and completely transformed Briggs Healthcare to a 100% cloud-based infrastructure over a 7-year period.

Previous positions include the CIO of Uline in Waukegan, Illinois, the Corporate Director (CIO) of Information Technology & Services at Trinity Industries in Dallas, Texas, the CIO of a US Freightway’s reverse logistics subsidiary in Dallas, Texas, the Director (CIO) of Management Information Systems for PrimeSource Building Products in Carrollton, Texas, and progression through several levels of management at Frito-Lay and Texas Instruments.

John has a Master of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Psychology.

John is active in several professional societies and organizations, and is a former President, Chairman, and Trustee for the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) having held similar Board positions for the Dallas-Fort Worth SIM Chapter. John has been recognized by both local and national SIM organizations as the Dallas-Forth Worth CIO of the Year and as SIM International’s IT Leader of the Year.

John has published articles in Handheld PC Magazine and Internet Week, and has been a featured speaker at many industry events including the Micro Focus International Users Conference, Burton Group’s Catalyst Conference, Gartner’s regional client briefings, SIM’s Regional Leadership Forums, Evanta’s CIO Executive Summit, and HMG’s CIO Executive Leadership Summit.

An avid fitness enthusiast, John routinely exercises 11 to 15 times per week including aerobic conditioning and strength training. John is also a guitarist and the manager of a cover band by the name of FlashDrive (

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