Oct. 6: Top business executives share information technology

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Carson College logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Learn about technology careers and how technology drives value in successful businesses at the annual Business Technology Symposium, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the CUB Auditorium at Washington State University.

The public and students in all majors are invited to hear top executives from leading enterprises discuss technology career pathways and how technology professionals create solutions for business problems.

Presenters at the Business Technology Symposium will include:

Chip Suttles

Chip Suttles, vice president of technology, Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc. Suttles guides the values and mission for the technology needs of the organizations. He aligns technology with overall business strategy to improve customer experience and drive increased revenue. His focus areas include maintaining and optimizing the IT infrastructure, modernizing stadium technology, supporting player performance, analytics, developing CRM systems and enhancing the organizations’ mobile applications.

CJ Barker

CJ Barker, director of software and solutions architecture, The Walt Disney Company. Barker leads and manages technical teams while developing complex consumer and public software systems across several domains such as security, media, and academia. He has more than 18 years of experience in professional software development and management and holds 10 patents. His expertise also includes mobile computing, web development, information security, e-commerce, distributed computing, legacy systems, networking, concurrency, and embedded systems.

Darren Garber

Darren Garber, chief scientist, Vector Space Systems. Garber leads Vector’s research and development team and oversees the company’s space mission architecture pertaining to launch vehicles, satellites, and the GalacticSky infrastructure. He has supported more than 40 missions spanning commercial, new space, traditional aerospace, international and U.S. government programs including NASA and the Department of Defense. Garber has more than 20 years of experience in mission design, analysis and operations with expertise in advanced navigation systems and exploiting new technologies for spaceflight.

Jamie Jacobsen

Jaimie Jacobsen (’03), business manager of Slalom, will serve as master of ceremonies. At Slalom’s Seattle office, she serves as a chief of staff to the general manager and is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and assisting with driving market strategy. She manages a group of client delivery consultants and leads the Analyst Program for early career hires. Jacobsen has more than 14 years of experience in the consulting industry including 10 years with Slalom.

The event is hosted by the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship within the WSU Carson College of Business, and is sponsored by Avista, Mike (’85, ’86) and Amy Dreyer (’86) and Steven (’76, ’84) and Cyndie Tarr. Learn more.



  • K.D. Joshi, professor of information systems, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-5319, joshi@wsu.edu
  • Sue McMurray, assistant director of communications, WSU Carson College of Business, 509-335-7578, sue.mcmurray@wsu.edu