Tom Stafford is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Halifax Health, a network of hospitals, clinics, and professional centers based in Daytona Beach, FL, and the largest healthcare provider in east central Florida. Mr. Stafford joined Halifax more than 10 years ago, following 10 years as an engineer and product developer in the medical device industry. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Stafford holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with more than 15 years of experience managing technically complex projects. Mr. Stafford is responsible for the financial, time, resource and quality management of the Information Technology department. He successfully accomplishes this by focusing IT on four core objectives: customer service, maintaining Operational Stability (100% uptime), enhancing the Hospital’s operational and strategic initiatives, and safeguarding ePHI. Under Mr. Stafford’s leadership, Halifax Health has made the Best Places to Work in IT list by Computerworld magazine for three years in a row. In 2017, Mr. Stafford won a Computerworld Premier 100 Award for his exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.