Tom Drez, Chief Information Officer, Christian Brothers Services
Tom Drez serves as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director of the Information & Technology Services (ITS) Division of Christian Brothers Services (CBS). Tom joined CBS in 1987 to lead the division and take on the responsibility to strategically apply information technology to the business as an enabler to achieve desirable results. The ITS Division provides for operations, software and website design and development, and education. This includes responsibilities for implementing, supporting, and maintaining all aspects of computer, telephone, and audio/visual systems ensuring that technology usage fully supports organizational goals. He also has responsibility for information protection including privacy and security. CBS is a nonprofit organization that administers cooperative programs in the areas of health/retirement, property/casualty and consulting/technology to church organizations. Founded in 1958 by Brother Joel Damian, FSC, CBS began as a mutual cooperative purchasing group for Chicago-area high schools conducted by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Under Brother Damian’s leadership, the Brothers realized that pooling the financial resources and risk exposures of the schools would allow both the congregation and the individual institutions greater financial strength and leverage to purchase better coverage, with higher limits, at significantly reduced costs; benefits that commercial insurance carriers could not offer nonprofit organizations. Over time, the company has grown to administer and serve eleven Trusts which provide a variety of programs to congregations, organizations and dioceses both in the United States and Canada. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Lewis University along with the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is chairman of the Church Benefits Association's Information Technology Group as well as a member of the Diocesan Information Systems Conference (DISC) and member of the Lewis University Computer Science Advisory Board.