Join an exclusive group of partners and industry leaders for

Florida Polytechnic University’s
2nd Annual Industry Partner Summit

RSVP by Friday, April 3rd

Click here to register or call Kim at 863.874.8741

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Florida Polytechnic University
Innovation, Science and Technology Building
4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805

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Keynote Speaker

John Tonnison
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Tech Data

Tech Data Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer John Tonnison is responsible for the company’s worldwide innovation strategy, IT capabilities and operations. He leads a global technology team, driving innovation through Tech Data’s SAP Center of Excellence and the world-class e-business and cloud infrastructure. These technologies support the entire Tech Data enterprise, which generated more than $26.8 billion in net sales and shipped tens of millions of technology products to more than 125,000 IT reseller customers in more than 100 countries during its last fiscal year. Tonnison’s team is constantly enhancing and expanding the company’s suite of e-business services—facilitating three quarters of the company’s order activity—that closely integrate Tech Data’s powerful supply chain with the operations of vendor partners and resellers.

Tonnison joined Tech Data in 2001 as Vice President, worldwide e-business, leading the development of Tech Data’s e-business strategy and tools, growing the e-business share by 300%. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Information Technology for the Americas, continuing to drive Tech Data’s e-business vision and taking responsibility for all business systems technology, application software, and operations in the Americas. He was named Tech Data Executive Vice President and Worldwide CIO in 2009 and most recently has led the successful implementation of SAP in the U.S., Tech Data’s largest operating business.

Prior to joining Tech Data, he held executive management positions in the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany with TSN, Ameriquest, Log 2000, Frontline Distribution and Mancos Computers.  In those roles he gained substantial corporate ERP and Internet startup venture experience.  Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Tonnison became a U.S. citizen in 2005.

Event Schedule

8:30am Registration

Coffee and Networking

9:00am Morning Session

  • Welcome – Dr. Randy K. Avent, President, Florida Poly
  • Summit Overview – Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli, Provost, Florida Poly
  • Academic Program Breakout – Florida Poly Faculty

11:30am Luncheon

  • Project Based Learning – Dr. Randy K. Avent
  • Student Presentations – Florida Poly Students
  • Keynote Address – John Tonnison, CIO, Tech Data

Meet Florida Polytechnic University’s faculty-scholars and engage the next generation of innovative, leading minds ready to solve tomorrow’s real-world challenges.

Explore Industry Partnerships

  • Joint research opportunities
  • Product development
  • Advisory boards
  • Internships & jobs
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Learning space& equipment sponsorship

Join in Curriculum Enhancement

Provide input and feedback on academic programs focused on applied sciences, engineering, technology and innovation.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Florida Polytechnic University, Florida’s newest and 12th state university, is committed to partnering with industry leaders at the cutting edge of the high-tech environment to spur innovation, produce real-world solutions and ensure that graduates are job-ready to meet market needs. We prepare our graduates to assume leadership roles within the dynamic technological landscape of Florida, the nation and the world.

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The Terrace Hotel
Downtown Lakeland

Hampton Inn & Suites
Lakeside Villages

Hyatt Place
The Lakeland Center