Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Edition of the CommuniGram for 2017!

In addition to this being the first CommuniGram of 2017, it also marks my first year as your CommuniGram editor! I hope you enjoy these newsletters. If you ever have a suggestion or news idea, feel free to send them my way. addair.jen@gmail.com

Here’s to another great year!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 01/07/2017

Great news!  Effective 01/01/2017, David Fish from the Research Triangle Chapter in Region 18, became the newest Eastern District Director for Association.  There are a lot of new changes occurring to AITP as a result of the acquisition by CompTIA.  David will be writing a monthly Eastern District Director’s Message for our Monthly Region 18 Communigram starting with our February 2017 issue, keeping all of us abreast of what is happening at the national level. He’ll be attending the Joint Planning Meetings with AITP and CompTIA on January 24th & 25th in Chicago.

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. 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 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 volunteered to be the Chairperson for our 2017 Region 18 Conference/Retreat and already has several professionals who have volunteered to be 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 – Northeast Ohio Chapter.

The 2018 AITP NCC (National Collegiate Conference) will be held in Cleveland, OH. The first planning meeting has been held. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this conference in 2017. There will be a monthly update on their needs and progress at every AITP Region 18 BOD Meeting. Please make sure and read the minutes from our meetings so you can determine if and where you can help make this NCC a resounding success. Remember, Region 18 is “The Leadership Region”.

There are few key dates that your Chapters need to be aware of:

There was also an email that went out to all Chapters – 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, 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 have a great 2017!

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

Chapter News

Akron Chapter

The Akron Chapter’s Board of Directors held a Christmas Celebration at Wolf Creek Tavern last month.

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, January 11, 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 (map via bing).

Meeting Topic & Speaker

Four Things Managers Should Know About SQL Server

John Sterrett – Procure SQL LLC

Microsoft SQL Server is rapidly evolving. Today, there are monthly builds and two-year major release cycles. The feature list is growing in the shape of a hockey stick graph. Pricing and your hosting options have changed. Tonight, we will focus on why recovery is vital to your business success. You will learn why the cloud is the future, how performance tuning is easier today, and how to squeeze the most out of your SQL Server budgets.

John Sterrett is the CEO and the Founder of Procure SQL LLC.  Procure SQL LLC, is a Microsoft Data Platform consultancy who focuses on stabilizing performance, availability and operations for clients who are using SQL Server. John is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and is a Microsoft® Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform.

Previously, he was a Sr. Database Admin Advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases behind dell.com.  John has presented at many community events, including PASS Member Summit, SQL Rally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQL Saturdays, PASS Chapters, and Virtual Chapter Meetings.  John is a leader of the Austin SQL Server User Group and founder of the HADR Virtual Chapter.

John is also a Past President of The Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP and a Past President of Region 18.

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 kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP, or register on our website.  Reservations are essential.

2017 GWC Officer Installation

John Parkinson, past president of the Greater Wheeling Chapter and also past president of AITP Region 18, will be performing the 2017 GWC Officers Installation.

President – Dolph Santorine (Monoceros Ventures)
President – Anthony Massa (West Liberty University)
– Bill Fairbanks (Murray Energy)
– Graydon Henry (Wheeling Hospital)
Past President
– Bill Fairbanks (Murray Energy)

Directors (2) for a 3 Year Term – 2017 thru 2019
David Rapp (Wheeling Hospital)
Marilyn Perhacs (Weirton Medical Center)

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The Northeast Ohio chapter hosted a Holiday Celebration and White Elephant Auction at Moy’s Restaurant last month.

Pittsburgh Chapter

Pittsburgh AITP Chapter Board of Directors is so proud to receive the AOCA award at our Holiday meeting December 12, 2016. Also the AOCA cake CONGRATULATIONS PITTSBURGH AITP CHAPTER.    It was a great meeting and our speaker Dave Baker back by popular demand was excellent.   Topic was as follows:

  • Who are you?  Your future employer wants to know!
  • Personality Tests, and Social Media in Job Search Processes
  • The use of Personality Tests in Job Search today – why companies use them, their validity and legal uses.
  • Social Media Tools in the Job Search universe – the most popular social media tools, and what they say about you!

David J. Baker, the Founder, President and CEO of Human Capital Advisors, has almost 30 years of corporate and executive.

We were also very surprised when the President of ISSA Michael Sotace presented a check to President Stan Hoffman for our scholarship fund.

RTP Chapter

January 2017 Meeting of the RTP-AITP Chapter

Emerging IT Trends for 2017

Featuring Panel of local IT Leaders with Audience Q & A

On Thursday, January 12, 2017, the RTP Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will kick off 2017 by hosting its annual panel of local IT leaders to share their thoughts about emerging IT trends for 2017.

The panel will include members of our local RTP-AITP Management Advisory Council including:

  • Mark Dronzek, Former CIO, Family Health International
  • Tracy Doaks, Deputy CIO,  State of North Carolina
  • Nasrin Azari, Founder and CEO of Mobile Reach.

Ample time will be allowed for audience questions and answers with the panelists.

Resolve now to join your local AITP Chapter in 2017 for a year-long opportunity to stay abreast of critical IT topics by local IT Leaders!  Networking with your peers included for free!  As always, guests are welcome to this event.

Thursday January 12, 2017 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 – 7:15 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business

7:15 PM – 8:30 PM         “Emerging IT Trends for 2017”

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