March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of the CommuniGram! It’s shaping up to be a very busy month across our region, be sure to check out what’s in store and participate!

Region News

Region 18 President’s Message – 02-28-2017

There are a lot of new changes occurring to AITP as a result of the acquisition by CompTIA. David Fish, our Eastern District Director has written a monthly Eastern District Director’s Message for our Monthly Region 18 Communigram starting with this issue of our Communigram, keeping all of us abreast of what is happening at the national level.

Our next Region 18 BOD meeting will be on Thursday, March 23, 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. 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 “” and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

Our Region 18 Mission:
• 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

Mary Jane Scruggs is the Chairperson for our 2017 Region 18 Conference/Retreat and already has several professionals who have volunteered towork on her committee. We’re looking at having our conference next year in the Fall. One of the prime locations is Charleston, WV. If you’re interested in working on next year’s conference planning committee, don’t hesitate to contact Mary Jane.

Your 2017 Region 18 Officers are:
• President – Brad Moses – Research Triangle Chapter
• Vice President – Carolyn Walters – Tarheel Chapter
• Treasurer – Nick Regopoulos – Akron-Canton Chapter
• Secretary – Mary Jane Scruggs – Akron-Canton Chapter

The 2018 AITP NCC (National Collegiate Conference) that was going to be held in Cleveland, OH has been put on hold by CompTIA. As soon as we know more we’ll update you.

Make sure you don’t miss your submissions for the following:
• Professional Chapter – PCI.
• Student Chapter
• New COPA Worksheet

There is a new AITP logo – please download and update your site and documents (the instructions were to not throw out existing stocks with the old logo, just make sure it is used in all new versions).

Jen Addair,, 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, 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 have a great 2017!
Brad Moses
AITP Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926

Eastern District Director’s Report – David Fish

By now we should all be aware that CompTIA has absorbed AITP into their organization. The transition has so far gone smoothly. A much needed infusion of funding for growing AITP is already noticeable. The major promises from this merger are membership growth, increased value for members, an increased awareness on an industry level of AITP as an organization, and enhanced chapter effectiveness. On the chapter level, we have been assured that we will be self-governing; conducting our business without interference from the national organization.

I see many positives coming from this merger. For example, until the May kickoff of a new membership campaign, new member national dues have been reduced from $105 to $79 per year. Anyone who is a member right now will also see that reduction for one year at dues renewal time. After May, dues will be $99 per year, which is still a reduction.

I have personally attended a free CompTIA webinar that covered updates to various aspects of certification subjects. Webinars will be an ongoing benefit to AITP members. Coming soon will be a free career planning service, access to Skillsoft resources, and discounts on personal and IT related goods and services.

Generally the future of AITP looks bright. We should soon be seeing an influx of members into our chapters as a result of the exposure that CompTIA is providing to AITP. There will undoubtedly be some bumps in the road along the way, but I believe that an AITP / CompTIA partnership will ultimately be successful and return our organization to the type and size that we enjoyed years ago.

David Fish, AITP Advisory Board member for the Eastern District.

Chapter News

Akron Chapter

The first meeting for 2017 will be on Thursday March 16th at the Bit Factory in Akron. Austin Zellner will be giving us an introduction to MongoDB. I am personally looking forward to the presentation to get a better understanding of this technology myself. Please use this link to RSVP for the event:

Something new we have done this year to help reach more people was to sign up for Please check us out on this new channel,

We are still working on putting the finishing touches to your 2017 Program year. However, please save the following dates for us:
Thursday March 16th
Speaker: Austin Zellner
Topic: MongoDB
Location: The Bit Factory
Thursday April 20th
Speaker: Sarah Dutkiewicz
Topic: Mentorship
Location: The Software Guild
Thursday May 18th
Speaker: Benazeer Daruwalla
Topic: IBM Blockchain / Distributed Ledger Technology
Location: The Bit Factory
Thursday September 21st
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
Location: The Bit Factory
Thursday October 19th
Speaker: TBD
Topic: TBD
Location: The Bit Factory
Thursday November 16th
Speaker: TBD
Topic: Past Presidents / Awards Banquet
Location: TBD

I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Carlton Ramsey
Chapter President
CompTIA Association of IT Professionals (Akron-Canton Chapter)

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the CompTIA and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, March 8, 2017 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.

Meeting Topic & Speaker

The Internet of Swings
Mike Ressler – Diamond Kinetics, Inc.

As a connected device company, Diamond Kinetics is collecting sensor data from the swings of players ranging from 8 years old to professional athletes. Baseball, as a sport, is filled with fantastic statistical analysis of on-field results. The SwingTracker sensor gives the kinematic “cause” to the on-field statistical “effect.” Armed with this data, we’ll discuss how Diamond Kinetics approaches visualizing its data for comprehension and action as well as how Diamond Kinetics is approaching machine learning. Connected devices are an inevitable part of the future and the statistics-driven world of baseball will likely find a way to unlock the potential of such a rich data set.

Mike Ressler is a native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, where his high school volleyball team won two state titles (Go Bears!). Carnegie Mellon University brought Mike to Pittsburgh, where he studied Computer Science and graduated in a record 2.5 years. Combining his passion for sports and computer science, Mike started StatEasy in 2010, a statistics and video company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Mike is the Director of Engineering for Diamond Kinetics, Inc. a connected device company focusing on the movement data of athletes in baseball. Mike is a father to three awesome kids: Genevieve (2011), Mikey (2013), and Bradley (2015).

Event Schedule

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. and the presentations will follow the meal.

Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $12.00 for AITP student 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 to RSVP. Reservations are essential.

Upcoming Event

June is our month to meet with the Pittsburgh Chapter for our Annual Joint Meeting. We have arranged for an outstanding speaker, Todd Thibodeaux, to talk to us regarding CompTIA and AITP and what the future holds for all of us. If that is not enough enticement, the Pittsburgh chapter is celebrating their 65th anniversary, and we invite our sister chapter and all of our AITP friends to join us for this meeting and to enjoy a piece of anniversary cake.

Since 1952, the Pittsburgh chapter has changed name…. from NMAA (National Machine Accountants Association) to DPMA (Data Processing Management Association) to AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) to our current name CompTIA AITP. The Pittsburgh chapter has a long heritage of commitment to education and networking and has earned numerous COPA, ROPA, and the AOPA) Association Outstanding Performance Award in 2008 and 2015. Come join us and celebrate!

To find out more about the Greater Wheeling Chapter of CompTIA and AITP

visit our website at

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The Northeast Ohio Chapter will hold its meeting this month on March 23th, 2017 at the Kent Ashtabula Campus / Lake Room from 6:00PM – 8:30PM.

Topic: Collect, Analyze, & Connect with IBM’s WATSON

Menu and Cost: TBA 

RSVP to Brenda Angle at by March 20th

Richmond Chapter

The Richmond Chapter will hold their March meeting on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Topic: Richmond’s Startup Scene

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

Location: VCU Depot, 814 West Broad St., Richmond, VA


Mark Wensell, CEO – Mark is an accomplished leader in the technology industry, having developed many innovative business solutions. We’ll learn about APIVista’s vision for the future of business interconnectivity and what the implications are for legacy and emerging platforms.


Chris Eide, CTO – Chris and the team at Connexus are developing an innovative secure payment process that is set to transform the way financial institutions handle data and transactions. As financial technology continues to evolve, Connexus Secure leads the charge to harness the power of secure data to provide better experiences for service providers and customers alike.


Paul Hurlocker, CEO – Notch is a consulting firm that applies its expertise in machine learning and software development to deliver solutions that help businesses leverage data more effectively. Notch works with companies ranging in size from startups to the Fortune 500 to provide the predictive capabilities that are changing the competitive landscape.


Ankit Mathur, CIO – Roundtrip is leveraging data and mobile technology to provide healthcare professionals with an easy-to-use platform that connects patients with on-demand transportation when and where they need it. Ankit’s experience in healthcare IT and software product development will ensure Roundtrip’s rapid adoption brings efficient service and a better quality of life to those in need.

RTP Chapter

The Role of Women in Information Technology

In Fall 2016, the US & News Report noted that during a 30-year period, the number of women computer science majors had dropped from 37 percent in 1984 to 18 percent in 2014.

During this same period, the IT profession in the US created more than three times the number of jobs than the national average. However, by 2025, the study estimates that women will hold only 20% of IT jobs in the US.

The RTP AITP Chapter hosts the local Women in Technology International Chapter for an important discussion on what steps the IT profession can do to attract more women, especially into leadership roles.

Panelists include:

Annette Foster, Moderator Owner, L.A. Foster & Associates
Belinda Weinbrecht R & D Director for Marketing Operations, SAS
Dr Sandra K. Johnson CEO, SKJ Visioneering
Jennifer Durbin Director, IT Security & Compliance at Patheon
Joy Hodge Vice President, Human Relations, Fidelity Investments
Teena Piccione SVP of Information Technology, Fidelity Investments
Victoria Thio Counter Fraud Development Manager, IBM Watson Financial Services

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM         Networking
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM         “Women in Information Technology in North Carolina”

Where: NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC (near the I 440 Hillsborough Street exit)

When: March 9, 2017

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM         Networking

6:30 PM – 7:45 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM         “Women in  Information Technology in North Carolina”

That’s all for this month!

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



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