Welcome to the November Edition of the CommuniGram!

It’s a very busy month across our region! Thank you to everyone who came out for the Fall Leadership Retreat at Pipestem. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

In this Issue:

  • Region 18 News
    • President’s Message 11-07-2016
    • President’s Special Edition CompTIA/AITP Message – 11-08-2016
    • 2018 AITP National Collegiate Conference Planning Meeting
  • Chapter News
    • Akron-Canton Chapter
    • Northeast Ohio Chapter
    • Greater Wheeling Chapter
    • RTP Chapter

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 11-07-2016

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s (BOD) meeting Sunday morning, 11/06/2016 after completion of the Region 18 Leadership Retreat this past weekend.  There won’t be a December BOD meeting. Our next Region 18 BOD meeting will be on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are normally on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month. The meetings are usually held via teleconference, but this one was in person. If you’d like to participate in future RD meetings, 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 at “mjscruggs@att.net” and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

Our Region 18 Leadership Retreat, “Building Leaders”, was held at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV this past weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016.  We had 38 attendees, of which 11 were enthusiastic college students. The education and networking were great. The Conference committee – Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio) was the Event Chairperson and the following were her Conference planning team:  Irene Edge (Northeast Ohio), Gireesh Gupta (Charlotte), Karen Kovacs (Greater Wheeling), Joyce Moses (Research Triangle), Harvey Schoenman (Pittsburgh), and Carolyn Walters (Tarheel) did an outstanding job:

  • Providing professional and leadership development for the IT professionals and students attending.
  • Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and students.
  • Staying on the forefront of information technology through education – the presentation on Emerging Technologies by Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley was excellent.

I want to thank the attendees for their support and participation throughout the weekend. We had very lively conversations and interactivity. Mother nature also cooperated and provided us with very sunny, pleasant Fall weather.

We presented the Association Chapter of the Year Award (AOCA) to Harvey Schoenman from the Pittsburgh Chapter.  Congratulations Pittsburgh!!!!

The slate of nominees for your 2017 Region 18 Officers was presented and approved. They are as follows:

  • President – Brad Moses – Research Triangle Chapter
  • Vice President – Carolyn Walters – Tarheel Chapter
  • Treasurer – Nick Regopoulos – Akron-Canton Chapter
  • Secretary – Mary Jane Scruggs – Northeast Ohio Chapter

We’re looking at having our conference next year in the Fall. One of the prime locations is Charleston, WV. Mary Jane Scruggs is chairing the committee.

I’ve written a Special Edition Communigram message with an update on the acquisition of AITP by CompTIA. PLEASE take the time to read it. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2017!

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our Communigram editor. Please keep her updated on your Professional and Student 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.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a dedicated team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to 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 and/or Chapter.

Thank you and let’s continue to have a great year!

Brad Moses
AITP Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926

Region 18 President’s Special Edition CompTIA/AITP Message – 11-08-2016

All active AITP members should have received the email from Julian Wade, 2016 President, AITP Board of Directors on November 1, 2016 and the email from Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO, CompTIA on November 3, 2016, discussing the acquisition of AITP by CompTIA effective November 1, 2016.

I’m not going to reiterate the content/comments in their respective emails. If you haven’t read them, you should do so. If you can’t locate them, please contact your Chapter’s Region Director (RD) or another Chapter member and they should be able to forward their copy to you.

There are some very beneficial aspects of our new relationship with CompTIA.  But, after the discussions we had at our Region 18 Leadership Conference this past weekend, I know there are also a lot unanswered questions our AITP Region 18 members have.

That’s why I’m asking you to email any questions you have about our new relationship with CompTIA to your Chapter RD, so they can consolidate them and forward them to me. Please do this NLT 11/30/2016 so I can consolidate them and present them to our Region Presidents Council, Dave Fish our new incoming 2017 Eastern District Director (member of Research Triangle Chapter in Region 18), and Julian Wade (current President, AITP Board of Directors).

I believe our new relationship with CompTIA will, as our Region 18 Leadership Region Mission states, enable us to continue to 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.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President.

Thank you and let’s continue to have a great year!

Brad Moses

AITP Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926

2018 AITP National Collegiate Conference Planning Meeting

We are proud and excited that our region was selected to host the 2018 AITP National Collegiate Conference in Cleveland, OH. AITP president Julian Wade signed a contract for the Cleveland Hilton for AITP NCC 2018 over these dates:  Apr 5-8, 2018.

To ensure the success of the NCC for both student and professional chapters, we need a chair/co-chairperson(s) to organize and manage tasks given to the Student Chapters (with their Faculty Advisors) and the Professional Chapters in our region.

Basically, Student Chapters handle student activities – scavenger hunts, games, LAN parties, socials, etc. are developed and directed by the student chapters.

Professional Chapters are responsible for recruiting sponsors, judges and proctors for the competitions.

There are tasks to be done before the next NCC in St. Louis (April 2017).  NCC Director Kevin Jetton asks that everyone try to send a large contingent to the 2017 NCC in St. Louis because you’ll be part of the Sunday morning post-NCC planning meeting.   Student chapters need to get together and create a short promotional video to be played at the NCC 2017 about the 2018 NCC in Cleveland.  Chapters should work to design a theme and graphic, too. KSUA Student AITP is working on this already and students proposed themes include: “Rock Your IT” or “Cleveland Rocks IT” or something to that effect.  KSUA AITP Students are already working on logo ideas to be put up for approval. If your group has ideas, please forward them on, too.

To kick things off so we’re ready for the April 2017 meeting at NCC St. Louis, we’d like to schedule a meeting with everyone to discuss communication methods, setting up committees, sponsorship ideas,  and begin planning for the conference in Cleveland. It would also be great to meet everyone.  We’d like to invite you to meet on Saturday, December 3 at 12 pm at the Arrowhead Golf Club & Banquet Center, 1500 Rogwin Cir SW, North Canton, OH 44720 fairwaysnc.com

Directions can be obtained using this link: http://bit.ly/2erAfp2.

Please plan to attend – looking forward to seeing you there. RSVP ccarvalh@kent.edu if you will attend.

We hope to hear from you soon and are excited to begin planning on a great conference in 2018 with you!

All the best,

Carolyn Carvalho – Faculty Advisor: Kent State University at Ashtabula Student Chapter of AITP
Shelley Marshall – Faculty Advisor: Kent State University at Ashtabula Student Chapter of AITP
Christina Burnworth – Faculty Advisor: Kent State University at Ashtabula Student Chapter of AITP
Cameron Hartley –KSUA Student AITP, president
William Oeffner- KSUA Student AITP, vice-president

Chapter News

Akron-Canton Chapter

Past-Presidents Night Banquet

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM9:00 PM

The Akron Canton Chapter of AITP invites you to honor our past Presidents at our 2016 Past Presidents Night Banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at Arrowhead Golf Club in North Canton, and will feature a sumptuous buffet prepared by Chef Rick Fagert and his staff.In addition to the fine food and comraderie, we will hear about Tech Trends in Northeast Ohio from Brad Nellis, Director of Market Strategy for Expedient, a data center and cloud services company with a presence stretching from Boston to Memphis. Previously, Brad was Executive Director of OHTec (formerly NEOSA), a tech trade association in northeast Ohio, and has in-depth knowledge of the performance of the IT sector. Brad will share insights into the industry as well as a forward view of opportunities and challenges.

To attend, please click here.

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The NEO Chapter’s student chapter, Kent State University at Ashtabula, was the proud recipient of the 2016 Community Impact Award awarded at the University’s annual Diversity and Social Responsibility Awards Banquet.

The Community Impact Award is awarded to recognize individuals, organizations and/or agencies (external to the University) who have developed programs or activities focusing on the positive development of under-represented/under-served populations within the University or surrounding communities.

Congratulations to the students of KSUA AITP!

Cameron Hartley of KSUA AITP accepts the Community Impact Award for the Chapter

Cameron Hartley of KSUA AITP accepts the Community Impact Award for the Chapter

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, November 9, 2016 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV.  The White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

The speaker for the evening will be Jeff “J” Hunter of VA Staffer Virtual Assistant Services. Jeff J Hunter comes equipped with more than ten years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management Consulting for both public and private sector corporations and he’s the founder of VA Staffer Virtual Assistant Services, where J’s team uses his unique approach designed and built by proven Project Management best practices.

The topic of discussion will be, Growing Your Business vs Running Your Business.


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Our unique virtual assistant team approach is designed and built by proven Project Management best practices. You’ll be assigned a Project Coordinator to work with you and will hand pick the appropriate Virtual Assistants for your tasks. We have a diverse team with unique skill sets to collaborate with you. We also have American Search Engine Marketing to help you get more visitors from Google by targeting keywords for organic search engine traffic to your website.

We will meet at the White Palace.  Social time and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The dinner will be at 6:15 p.m.   The Education Session will follow dinner with the main presentation starting at 7:00 p.m.

Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, and $23.00 for non-member guests.  We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

E-mail Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP, or register on our website.  Reservations are essential.

RTP Chapter

The Objective Prioritization Model – Aligning IT Investment with Business Strategy

For the November meeting of the RTP Chapter of AITP we tackle a difficult question: determining how does an IT organization prioritize limited funding resources, and at the same time have virtually unlimited needs, wants and great ideas?  Within most large organizations – as well as smaller businesses – time and resources are in short supply, making project selection difficult. Evaluating and prioritizing projects can be complex, but this vital step can have a significant negative impact on the business if not done correctly.  Rather than listening to the loudest screams, or “favored” group, the Objective Prioritization Model leverages a set of binary questions to simplify decisions about where to direct funding and resources. Prioritization can be defined as “a system to determine the right to have or do something before others” or  “a state of the level of importance or urgency in rank”.

Come join us for our November meeting where our panel will discuss how to use a quantitative approach to how IT organizations make critical investment decisions, that are aligned with the overall Business Strategy and increasing the bottom line.


Mikkel Ladegaard, Portfolio Management Consultant at The Portfolio Team

Michael Lubak, Director Business and Information Technology at Lord Corporation

Jim English, IT Service Manager at BB&T

Stephen Hutchings, Senior Operations Mgr., Project Mgmt. PMP, V3, CSM, Lean green Belt

Thursday November 10, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM  at the NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC (near the I 440 Hillsborough Street exit)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM         Networking
6:30 PM – 7:10 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business
7:10 PM – 8:30 PM         Panel Discussion – The Objective Prioritization Model

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!

Jen Addair, Editor