There have been many big changes happening in AITP as the acquisition by CompTIA continues. Stay tuned! Until then, check out what our Region’s Chapters are up to for February!

Chapter News

Charlotte Chapter

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) – Charlotte Chapter will hold its February meeting on Wednesday, February 22.

We are pleased to have Carol Jegou, Chairman & CEO of ALL GREEN RECYCLING, INC., a Nationally Certified Woman Owned Business, present this month’s program entitled “It is 2017. Do you know where your EWASTE goes?”.

Carol Jegou has taken her company from an idea to a 2 location Electronic Recycling and Environmental Technology Company. She has decades of experience in relational marketing. Ms. Jegou is responsible for overseeing investments, key national accounts, entry into new markets and new industry developments. Her passion is interacting with the Charlotte, NJ and National footprints for the company. She represents All Green Recycling in charitable efforts as well as civic and professional events. Through Carol’s endeavors All Green Recycling has created a not for profit, the AGR Foundation 501(C) 3, which trains and hires individuals with barriers to employment in the Electronic Recycling Industry. Ms. Jegou is on the Wipe Out Waste Advisory Panel in Mecklenburg County and has been a judge of the yearly event. In 2015 All Green Recycling Inc. was the recipient of the highest award. Prior to her position at All Green Recycling Inc. she was a consultant to fortune 500 level executive women.

Date – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time – 11:30am – 1:00pm
1:30am – 12:00pm Networking and Lunch in Mt. Kilimanjaro Conference Room
12:00am – 12:05pm AITP Update/Introductions – Larry Bumgardner
12:05am – 12:50pm It is 2017? Do you know where your EWASTE goes?
12:50 – 1:00pm Q&A/Wrap-Up

Location – Microsoft
8050 Microsoft Way
Charlotte, NC 28273

Cost: FREE
Parking: FREE

We look forward to seeing everyone at our February meeting. To register for the event, please send an email to

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) held its February meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV.

Meeting Topic and Speaker

A Demonstration of Adobe Connect
Chris Murphy – Clarix Technologies, Inc.

Chris Murphy is a Senior Account Manager at Clarix Technologies, Inc., the recipient of Adobe’s Partner of the Year 2016 Award, and the largest strategic partner focused on Adobe’s eLearning technology stack. Chris’ background is in corporate communications, international business, and corporate and nonprofit training, and draws from his experience with LMS technology, web-conferencing software, and virtual event management tools.

Adobe® Connect™ Meetings

Adobe® Connect™ Meetings enables organizations to go beyond screen sharing, meet, communicate and collaborate far more effectively with colleagues, partners and customers – anytime, anywhere, on virtually any internet connected device.

Pittsburgh Chapter

The Pittsburgh Chapter will host a presentation on Web Development on Monday, February 27th.

Web Development – How to build a website for free without having to learn any coding

Date & Time: Monday February 27th at 5:30pm
Where: Birmingham Bridge Tavern, upstairs room.
Address: 2901 Sarah St, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203
Parking: Available all along Sarah St
Cost: Only what you eat and drink.

Presentation Details

How to build a website for free utilizing a state of the art web development platform that doesn’t require you to learn how code.

Get introduced to the latest web building technology that will allow you to build a website quickly and easily for free. This technology even utilizes HTML5 and one of the latest and hottest IT concepts called AI which will allow you to build a website without any coding. The speaker will address some latest trends in web development in addition to demonstrating the building of a website during the presentation. The intent of this presentation is to make you aware of this type of technology and show you how it actually works. Keeping up with the latest trends in technology is an important step in maintaining ones expertise and career. Whether you are a web developer or just want to learn how to build a website this presentation may be one you want to attend. Join us as we take a look at a state of the art web development platform that even utilizes AI that will bring your website to life without you having to perform any coding. BIO

Presenter: Philip G. Svesnik, Retired CIO, Westmoreland County

He has over 40 years of technical, administrative, and management experience in the Information Systems field. He has extensive experience with implementing current technologies into the organizations infrastructure to more cost effectively meet the changing demands of the organizations business units as well as dealing with the reorganization of the staffing required to carry out the mission on Information Systems. He has also taught IT related courses at PITT and WCCC. Phil is also a past president of AITP Pittsburgh and a current board member.

RTP Chapter

IT Staffing Shortage: The IT Professional / Educator Response

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the RTP Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) feature a topic that discusses how IT professionals and educational institutions can join together to reduce the shortages of IT personnel in our nation, state, and in the RTP area.

It’s been said that a lack of focus on or interest in STEM in our elementary education programs as well as geek stereotypes and misinformation on IT career viability all contribute to a lack of interest in IT related degrees and an under supply of IT staff matriculating from degree programs. Whatever the causes, it’s apparent that insufficient students are selecting IT careers and this starts early in the education process.  Come hear from education’s professionals discuss what IT professionals can do to change this.

Panelists include:

Mark Samberg, M.Ed.  Tech Innovations Lead
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
College of Education, NC State University
Dennis J. Perks Education Consultant
Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education
Career and Technical Education
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
David Mantica President, ASPE Inc.

Where: 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 – 7:45 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM         “The IT / Educational Instituion Answer To IT Staffing Shortages”

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