Welcome to the August Edition of the CommuniGram!

Summer is still going strong and so is our Region! Best of luck to everyone who will participating in the Pittsburgh Chapter’s Golf Outing this Saturday.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, especially you, Student Members!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 08-03-2016

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 07/28/2016.  Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month except for the month of November. The meetings are 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.

We continue to make 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.

Our Region 18 Conference/Retreat will be held at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV for the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016. Please start making your plans to attend.  Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio) is the Chairperson for our planning committee. The following are your Conference planning team: Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio), Irene Edge (Northeast Ohio), Gireesh Gupta (Charlotte), Karen Kovacs (Greater Wheeling), Joyce Moses (Research Triangle), Harvey Schoenman (Pittsburgh), and Carolyn Walters (Tarheel). If anyone would like to be involved on the Conference/Retreat planning committee, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the team members. We have a block of rooms reserved. But you should make your reservations ASAP because, other than the block of rooms we have reserved, there are no other rooms available at Pipestem for that weekend.

The Pittsburgh, PA Chapter is having their annual golf outing on August 6th. This will also be a Region 18/Pittsburgh, PA Chapter 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.

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 Commungram, 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 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 continue to have a great year!

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

Chapter News

Pittsburgh Chapter

The Pittsburgh Chapter will be hosting a Picnic Lunch/Golf Outing Scholarship Fund Raiser at the Butler’s Golf Course, Elizabeth, PA on Saturday, August 6, 2016 – starting with golf at 8:00 am, and followed by an outdoor Bar-B-Que picnic & refreshments & prizes all for just $95 per golfer. For 2016 we will be back on the Lakeside course.

For those coming up on Friday and staying overnight, we can meet for dinner at the Butlers Golf Course restaurant that evening. You can view the menu at http://www.butlersgolf.com/inn_menu/inn_menu.htm. There are also other restaurant options on Rt 51. If you are interested in doing this, please send an email to aitp.pgh@gmail.org.

Places to stay overnight.

Butlers Bed and Breakfast
See http://www.butlersgolf.com/stayplay_rates/stayplay_rates.htm.
800 Rock Run Rd
Elizabeth, PA 15037
(412) 751-9121

Econo Lodge
1303 Route 51, Clairton, Pennsylvania 15025
Address: 1303 Clairton Blvd., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Phone:(412) 384-5811

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh West Mifflin
3122 Lebanon Church Rd, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122
Book online or call: (800) 315 26211 or (800) 315 2621

Comfort Inn West Mifflin
1340 Lebanon Church Rd, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15236
Phone: (412) 653-6600

Every golfer will receive a very nice blue 19-1/2” x 11” x 11-1/2” AITP duffle bag with a sleeve of golf balls. See picture below. This is in addition to morning donuts and coffee, a hot dog and drink at the turn and the picnic barbecue lunch after golf. This year’s main raffle prize will be a 48” TV. There will be lots of other raffle prizes as well.


For detailed information about the outing, including golfing and sponsorship forms, please visit http://www.aitp-pgh.org/golf-outing/.

Richmond Chapter

The Richmond Chapter’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6pm. The topic will be The Cloud Revolution. The chapter will delve into the current trends and challenges of cloud services.

The discussion will touch on the major cloud players, internal cloud solutions, security, FedRAMP, and more! Our diverse panel will include perspectives from leadership, project management, and development. We look forward to a lively discussion, and we hope to see you there!

Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

Location: Snagajob Office, 4851 Lake Brook Dr. Glen Allen, VA

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, August 10, 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).

Meeting Topic & Speaker

Ric Thompson – TSG Technology Services Group

Ric Thompson has over 22 years of experience in technology sales and channel management with companies like Data911 Mobile Computer Systems, Enterasys Networks, Pitney Bowes and AT&T Capital Corporation.   His experience has focused on selling value and creating IT solutions across North America / Canada, the Caribbean and South America.

Ric also served on the leadership teams of Marconi / Ericsson, Alcatel Networks & AT&T Capital to help set sales models and review of customer business needs. He was responsible for negotiating purchasing contracts to meet the dynamic needs of the Fortune 500.

Currently, he is responsible for Corporate Sales & Business Development at Technology Services Group located in the Highlands on Cabela Drive.

Ric was a member and served as Treasurer of the Greater Wheeling Chapter during 2007-2008.

TSG Topic:  Following an introduction of Technology Services Group’s diverse portfolio of services, Ric will be joined by Luke Redd, Director of Engineering at TSG to discuss the latest technical aspects of voice and data center solutions.

Education Session

The Education Session on PC Gaming will be presented by Anthony Massa.

Event Schedule

We will meet at the White Palace.  Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  The dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentations will follow the meal.

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.

RSVP to Join Us

This is a special event with a great speaker and informative topic, so please RSVP early in order to allow the Wheeling Park catering staff the opportunity to prepare sufficient food for everyone in attendance and to ensure there is seating available for our group.

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

RTP Chapter

Internet of Things Product Showcase

This month, RTP AITP presents The Internet of Things (IoT) Showcase.  For this meeting, we have invited IoT entrepreneurs to describe their products and how they are implementing IoT solutions to solve real world problems.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs who are driving the IoT revolution in the Research Triangle Park area.  For the main portion of the meeting, we have invited 3 entrepreneurs to present for approximately 15 minute each, with an opportunity for Q&A after each presentation.  An exhibition area will be available during the networking time, with additional opportunities for entrepreneurs to present their solutions, If you missed our last September meeting on IoT, or you still wonder what the IoT trend is all about or are unfamiliar with the subject and how it will impact our profession, then this is a great opportunity to have your questions answered.

When: Thursday August 11, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Registration and Networking starts at 5:30 PM, Dinner is at 6:30. The feature presentation will be from approximately 7:10 pm to 8:30 pm.

Where: NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC

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!

Jen Addair, Editor