Welcome to the April Edition of the CommuniGram!
The AITP NCC is this week! I hope you’re getting excited (and packed)! I wish all of our student chapters the best of luck if you will be attending the Conference in Chicago. I hope to meet some of you, both students and professionals. Be sure to say hello, I will be attending the conference with the Kent State University at Ashtabula Chapter.

I will be sending a special NCC Edition of the CommuniGram upon my return. Please send me your pictures and stories by April 15th! Our members want to hear about your experiences!

Safe travels and good luck in your competitions and certifications!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 04-04-2016

We had our first Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 03/22/2016. We’re all excited about what we can do to enhance Region 18’s value to our chapters and members.  We’re planning on having our Region 18 Board of Directors meeting the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month except for the month of November. The meetings will be held via teleconference. If you’d like to participate, please contact your RD for the dial in numbers or any of your Region Officers. If you’re not an Officer or RD, please contact Mary Jane Scruggs and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

I think we’re making progress setting our goals and planning activities for 2016 that will, as our Region 18 Leadership Region Mission states, add long-term value to our members by:

  • Providing professional and leadership development for IT Professionals
  • Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and prepare for the future
  • Staying on the forefront of information technology through education.

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our CommuniGram editor. Please keep her updated on your Chapter activities so they can be included in the next CommuniGram, which she normally publishes during the first week of each month. Please submit your updates/articles to Jen NLT than the end of the last week in the current month.

Our webmaster is Bill Miller, wbmpm@earthlink.net. If you have any suggestions for improvement to our website or updates/changes that you think need to be made, please don’t hesitate to contact Bill.

Nick Regopolous, our Treasurer, presented a budget for 2016 which was approved by the Region Board of Directors at our March meeting. Region 18 is financially sound!

Joyce Moses, Region 18 Vice President and Harvey Schoenman, Region 18 Past President are actively looking for ways we can fulfill our mission to our members – to YOU, this year.  This will need to be a Team accomplishment and YOU may be contacted to assist in helping us deliver value to our members.

At our Region 18 Conference in the Spring of 2015, there were several young professional members that attended and wanted us to keep Region 18 functioning and delivering value to our members. We hope these young professionals, together with all of our other members will step up to the plate and contact their Chapter’s RD or one of our Region Officers and let them know that you’re willing to give at least a few hours of your time to help The Leadership Region accomplish our mission.

We’re tentatively planning on having a Region 18 Conference in the fall. Right now, we’ve reserved space at Pipestem State Resort, Pipestem, WV for the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016. But, we’re also looking at a possibility of having it in Williamsburg, VA. Craig Kennedy, RD for our Richmond Chapter is researching the feasibility of making this happen. This is very preliminary and subject to change as we continue our planning. If anyone would like to be involved in a Conference planning committee, please don’t hesitate to contact Joyce Moses at joyce@gpsolutionsinc.com.

Also, our Pittsburgh, PA Chapter is having their annual golf outing on August 6th. We’re looking at having this also be a Region 18 social event where the golfing members of our Region can mix, mingle and have a great time playing golf and networking.  All profits from this event are used for scholarships.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Harvey Schoenman our immediate Region 18 past president.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a great team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to its’ members – but, we can’t do it alone.  We need your help also. So, please step up to the plate and volunteer a few hours of your time and talent to your Region.

Thank you and let’s have a great year!

Brad Moses

AITP Region 18 President


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Chapter News

Akron Chapter

The Akron Chapter will host its next meeting on Thursday, April 21st. The meeting will be held at OE Connection (Map)

The topic of discussion will be: People First: The Next Computing Paradigm
As the digital experience moves beyond Mobile First and users regularly engage with multiple devices and screens, solutions need to evolve to support fluid interactions across devices. We will explore the concept of creating People First experiences and the benefits of doing so, and also examine how we can facilitate device interactions in order to best support the mobility of the individual experience, while also balancing privacy and security concerns.

The speaker for the evening will be Brian Stein. Mr. Stein is the Managing Director of Pervasive Path Consulting, a firm which focuses on helping companies make the most out of mobile. Brian has worked with large enterprises to envision, plan for, implement and launch mobile solutions for customer engagement and commerce, field service, mobile supply chain, and business process enablement. In addition to his role with Pervasive, Brian is the President and co-Founder of Wheedle, a service which connects consumers who are looking to go out, with establishments who want to attract their business. Brian is also an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University where he teaches a course on Mobile and Digital Strategy.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required via Eventbrite. We reserve the right to turn away walk-ins based on room capacity.

Charlotte Chapter

The Charlotte Chapter held their April meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2016.

The Hendrix Business Systems provided this month’s program. The topic was “Managing the Document Output Chain – Security, Scanning & Printing Workflow, Document Storage and More”. Denny Martin, solutions specialist for Hendrix, lead the presentation. Denny was born and raised in Central Florida. He started in the office equipment industry in 2008 at a small dealership on the east coast of Central Florida. He started providing sales and support for I.T. managed services, document management, and output management in 2010. Denny moved to Charlotte in August of 2015 and started with Hendrix Business Systems.

Hendrix Business Systems is a family owned business that has been serving the Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh North Carolina areas for over 38 years with high volume copiers and printers. As an Authorized Canon Dealer, they provide document solutions for a variety of businesses throughout the Southeast region, including copier service and repair. They bring companies the printing equipment they need to function each and every day, and they are proud to deliver consistent, dependable service to clients in a variety of industries.

Greater Wheeling Chapter

50th Anniversary Celebration

Our April 13th meeting is scheduled to be our 50th Anniversary Celebration evening, and what better way to celebrate than to invite all of the Past Presidents of both the years as DPMA and those as AITP. We hope to get as many past presidents as possible in attendance. If you know of the whereabouts of any of those names and can provide us with an email address or a snail mail address we would appreciate you getting them to us. Please send any information to Joe Krehlik at Joe.Krehlik@yahoo.com or at work at 740-695-7695.

All Past Presidents and a guest will be welcomed and can attend at no cost to them or their guest.

Also, we would like to invite any and all past members that would like to come to have a chance to see some old friends. Again, if you have any information of those members, let me know so that we can get them their invitation. Those members will be welcomed at the current member price of $18.00 each for them and any guest that they would like to bring. We would like to make this a big 50th Anniversary Celebration. We hope to have an interesting item to commemorate our 50th Year for every member in attendance both past and present members.

For more information…
David Rapp, a Greater Wheeling Chapter Member and CIO of Wheeling Hospital has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs in the U.S.! Congratulations, David!

To read more about David Rapp and this great honor, please click here.


Northeast Ohio Chapter

For its April meeting, AITP Students are hosting the Northeast Ohio (NEO) AITP Professional Chapter April Meeting! Join us to hear students present on their experiences and travels to the 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference in Chicago!

The Presentation will be held on April 21st from 6pm to 8pm in the Blue & Gold Room.

The topic of discussion will be: KSUA Student AITP Experiences in NCC 2016 – Rosemont, IL

Please RSVP to Brenda Angle by April 14th.

During its March Meeting, the chapter held a creative leadership building session. Building requires expert skills and knowledge. The chapter explored the Leadership Qualities essential for creating a Building Permit in a unique and creative way!

neo march 2016

Pittsburgh Chapter

The Pittsburgh Chapter’s April meeting will be held on April 25, 2016 at Silvioni’s Restaurant (North Hills) at 5:30pm. The subject will be How to prepare for retirement which will be for people just starting their careers and people looking to retire.

The chapter will be presenting a deserving student a scholarship from proceeds from last year’s golf outing. This years golf outing will be held on August 6, 2016 at Butlers Golf Course. Please click here for an entry form for the Golf Outing. The deadline for entries is July 22nd.

Richmond Chapter

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm, the Richmond Chapter will hold their April meeting. The topic will be Social Marketing!

RTP Chapter

On April 14th, the RTP Chapter will host their April meeting at the NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Grab a beverage and network with fellow IT professionals starting at 5:30, have dinner at 6:30, and then settle in to hear our featured presentation at 7:00.

The topic of this meeting will be: Cyber Security: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Sony, Target, OPM, Home Depot, J P Morgan chase, Michaels, Staples … the list continues to grow. The news media tell us how bad it is. Vendors work to sell us more cyber security tools. The body of standards dealing with cyber security – ISO 27001, NIST 800-53, CIS Critical Security Controls is tailored for cyber security experts.
What do law enforcement agencies see as the biggest cyber security issues, what are the key protection and detection mechanisms that must be in place, and how does one respond to a breach.
Join the RTP chapter of AITP and a panel of security and law enforcement professionals to better understand the real threats most business and IT organizations face, how best to respond or at least mitigate the risk, and what level of incident response is needed when the inevitable breach happens. Come to RTP AITP’s April meeting and find out. Join fellow members and panelists including:
  • Peter J. Ahearn, President, Ahearn Consulting, LLC and former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Thomas Hyslip DSc, Resident Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Unit
  • Mark Whitteker, President Raleigh ISSA and Sr. Manager Government Security, Cisco Systems, Inc.

To Register for this event, please click here.

Chapter Leaders, Members, and Students, do you have a news item or article that you would like to see included in the next CommuniGram? Drop me a line! Region Members would love to hear about what your chapter is up to!

Have a great April! Good luck and safe travels to everyone attending the NCC!

Jen Addair, Editor