VISIONARY CIO | IT & BUSINESS MENTOR | AUTHOR/SPEAKER | BOARD MEMBER
Joe Topinka is a visionary Chief Information Officer, mentor, author, and speaker with more than 35 years of success in elevating and leading IT organizations to drive meaningful business results. A CIO with success across multiple industries, he creates agile, business-minded IT functions that are viewed as valuable assets to executive teams through a variety of business cycles. He is a passionate mentor who builds loyal, high-performing teams based on accountability, integrity, and consistency. Joe has been awarded CIO of the Year 3 times by 3 separate entities.
As the founder of CIO Mentor, LLC, Joe leverages his expertise and empowering leadership style to guide companies in capturing the power of technology to achieve profit-driven business results. For more than 15 years, he has applied his successful methodology that creates a bridge between business stakeholders and IT organizations, establishing a people-powered platform that aligns teams to compete. He also coaches IT leaders in transforming corporate relationships, leveraging the right technology, and prioritizing investments.
An accomplished author and frequent key-note speaker, Joe energizes and motivates audiences of all types through his relatable communication style that reveals the secrets of how to implement powerful business partnerships. He is sought after to coach executives and companies and speak on topics including the digital revolution from a business perspective, personal accountability, and next generation IT. His bestselling book, IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide, was named a top-ten read for CIOs. He is currently at work on his next book.
Joe leads and adapts business technology and IT functions enterprise-wide in his role as CIO. Previously, he served as CIO of Snap AV, a fast-growing manufacturer and distributor of high-quality audio/visual products. In addition, he served as Vice President of Multichannel Commerce and CIO of Red Wing Shoe Company where he transformed the organization by implementing an IT business partner program that delivered comprehensive business capabilities, provided reliable and insightful business insights, and substantially enhanced the reputation of IT within the organization.
Earlier in his career, Joe served as McGladrey’s first CIO, where he introduced new IT platforms for the firm’s largest lines of business and helped lead key initiatives for firm-wide cultural transformation. He was recruited to establish Bank of New York’s IT function for its new retail clearance and settlement operation as CIO, as well as developing the firm’s e-business strategy and implementing B2B ecommerce capabilities. During these foundational roles, he gained a deep knowledge of key markets and valuable understanding of the true meaning of sustainable competitive advantage.
An observant and pragmatic board member, Joe is Chairman of the Business Relationship Management Institute. He works to increase the organization’s credibility on a global scale, including presenting to the United Nations IT organization on its behalf. Deeply committed to his community, he serves as a board director for the Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative, offering vision and leadership to encourage IT career growth and advancement in the Charlotte