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About Region 5

AITP Region 5 represents 11 professional and 33 student chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, the St. Louis Metro area of Missouri, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Iowa and Wisconsin.

AITP is a national professional association comprised of career minded individuals who seek to expand their potential -- employers, employees, managers, programmers, and many others. The organization seeks to provide avenues for all their members to be teachers as well as students and to make contacts with other members in the Information Technology field, all in an effort to become more marketable in rapidly changing, technological careers.

 

Region Mission

The AITP Region 5 Mission is to:

  • Provide a vehicle for the exchange of information among our chapters and members.
  • Provide guidance, suggestions and training for successful chapter management.
  • Provide educational, networking, and leadership opportunities for our members.
  • Have fun and foster lasting friendships while we accomplish all of the above.

10/05/2012

  

Northeastern Wisconsin to Host the Fall 2016 Region Meeting October 12-14 in Appleton, WI

The Region 5 Board Meeting and Chapter Leader Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter meeting and a community IT Conference where the local AITP chapter is a major sponsor and organizer. Details coming. See www.technologyhubconference.com to learn more about the conference opportunities.

04/12/2016

 

 Twin City Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter

Region 5 had three chapters that qualified for Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Northeast Wisconsin and Twin City.  These Chapters demonstrated performance in all six areas being evaluated: Association support, Region support, support of future generations, local community involvement, business community involvement, and efforts in developing their chapter.  The selection was very challenging again this year because all of them demonstrated excellence in all six areas. This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Twin City.  Some of the 2015 accomplishments that made them stand out are:

  • Consistent participation by multiple chapter members in both Association and Region 5 activities.
  • Connection with student chapters as well as both financial and professional support of students.
  • Promotion of AITP to professional groups as well as a social media presence to aid in promoting AITP.
  • Involvement in numerous community organizations and business activities. 

Congratulations to 2015 Twin City Chapter President Sue Braun who also documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.

The Twin City Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA winners to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be awarded later this year.

The selection committee consisted of Larry Winkelman (Chicago Chapter), Nick Sondelski (Wisconsin River Valley Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter - chairman).

05/26/2016

 

Twin City Chapter Presents Student Award

by Chris Becher, Twin City Education Director

On April 21, 2016, the Twin City AITP Chapter in Bloomington/Normal, IL honored an Illinois State University student for superior academic and extracurricular involvement.

The chapter is proud to announce the recipient of the $500 Student Award. The award is given out annually to a student chapter AITP member that has at least 60 credit hours and is in an IT related field. Students must portray leadership skills, campus involvement, and strong academics.

The recipient this year is Colin Frazier of Illinois State University (ISU). Colin is currently a sophomore at Illinois State University studying to get his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with a possible Minor in Business.

 

After joining AITP in February of 2015, he has been able to meet other information technology professionals and learn what it’s like to work in a real business environment.

  • He won a scholarship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and as a result has engaged with mentoring from some of ISU’s professors.
  • He also went on field trips with the NSF Scholar group for the past two years, including ADM in Decatur last year and State Farm’s data center this year.
  • Next year Colin would like to be involved in a mentorship program through ISU to be able to learn more from people in his possible future professions.
  • His plans include interning in the summer of 2017, and graduation in May of 2018. After graduation, he hopes to become a software developer.

On behalf of the AITP Twin City chapter, we commend Colin on this achievement and wish him continued success.

05/06/2016



Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!

Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2015 award year.

Capitol
Northeastern Wisconsin
Twin City

The Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) was developed to recognize chapters for their efforts to become a well-rounded, effective group within their industry, local community and professional association. To qualify for COPA, a chapter must perform at least one qualifying activity in each of the categories of Association & Region, Chapter, Education and Community.

Region 5 will select the recipient of the Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) among the above three COPA winners. That chapter will advance to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA).

05/04/2016



 

Region 5 Scores Well at the 2016 National Collegiate Conference

The AITP National Collegiate Conference is the single largest event produced by AITP. Region 5 continues to participate heavily in this great educational opportunity and 2016 was no exception. Held April 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, the 2016 NCC, which had 677 attendees, was an outstanding success.

Region 5 chapters served as co-hosts for 2016 NCC, providing critical ingredients which ensured the overall success of the event:

  • Chicago AITP Chapter – Speakers, Exhibitors, Proctors and more
  • DeVry Chicago – Notebook PC’s and volunteers
  • Grand Valley State University – LCD Projectors and volunteers
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Thursday workshop, scavenger hunt, pictures and volunteers
  • Waukesha County Technical College – Saturday activity, volunteers and contest support

AITP Chicago’s Paul Dittmann and Bill Waas were the conference co-chairs.

Region 5 universities and colleges represented at NCC:
Ball State University
Central Michigan University
Devry University - Addison
DeVry University – Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Gateway Technical College
Grand Valley State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Loyola University Chicago
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College
Northern Illinois University
Northern Michigan University
Purdue University
Scott Community College
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
University of Southern Indiana
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Waukesha County Technical College

While ALL our student members from Region 5 and their faculty advisors who attended are winners, here is the list of those who brought home awards:

Region 5 Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year (2014-2015)
Ball State University

Mike Burell AITP NCC Volunteer of the Year Award:
Mark Krzyszkowski – Waukesha County Technical College

AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest – Professional Category
1st – Gateway Technical College
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College

AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest – Professional Category
2nd – Gateway Technical College

AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest – Casual Category
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College

ICCP Exam Statistics (60 exams given, 34 passed (57%))
2nd: Michael Clouse – Mid-State Technical College
3rd: Dustin Phillips – Purdue University

Microsoft Office Solutions Contest
1st – University of Southern Indiana – Brad Cadden and Carly Rhoades
HM – Grand Valley State University – Hanna Long and David Reynolds
HM – Purdue University – Jackson Beard and Zachary Braasch

Systems Analysis & Design Contest
1st – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kirtana Venkatraman
3rd - Purdue University – Miranda Lung and Ayushi Pradhan
HM - Purdue University – Luella Stonecipher and Jason Ho
HM - Purdue University – Stephen Claypool and Daniel Muldoon

PC Troubleshooting Contest
1st – Waukesha County Technical College – Charles Russell
2nd – Waukesha County Technical College – Micah Kordik
HM – Mid-State Technical – Wisconsin Rapids – Elijah Hilliker
HM – Purdue University – Andrew Gustafson

Database Design Contest
3rd – Purdue University - Kirtana Venkatraman and Sravya Antharam
HM – Purdue University – Aaron Taylor and Miles Harrison
HM – Purdue University – Jackson Beard and Hanqiu Cheng
HM – Purdue University – Aditya Gupta and Lakshmi Achutanand

Network Design Contest
1st – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Dananiel Schmidt and Brandon Wolf
3rd – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Corey Schoff and Nathanael Satnik
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Micah Kordik and Charles Russell

Enterprise Systems Contest
2nd – Central Michigan University – Richard Sivak
HM – Gateway Technical College – Jesse Hinojosa
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik

Security Contest
1st – Southern Illinois University – Carbondale – Cody Lingle
2nd – Waukesha County Technical College – Isaac Sagert
3rd – Waukesha County Technical College – Charles Russell
HM – Gateway Technical College – Amber McCrea
HM – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Brandon Wolf
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Theresa LaMott

Java Developer Contest
1st – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik and Dan Noonan
HM – Purdue University – Ryan Green and Anthony Natoli
 

AITP Web Project Competition
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – USTA Boys


See the full list of NCC Winners and Highlights and the all the NCC Information

Congratulations to all who participated. Once again, Region 5 students proved to be the "best of the best”.

 04/14/2016 


AITP Chicago Hosted Region 5 Spring Meetings April 7-8, 2016

Region 5 wishes to thank the AITP Chicago chapter for hosting the Region 5 spring  Board of Directors meeting and Chapter Leaders Workshop.  We were able to join the Chicago Chapter for an excellent educational session and dinner on April 7 in preparation for our meetings on April 8. We also wish to thank the National Collegiate Conference for providing meeting space for Region 5. 

04/08/2016


2016 Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced 

The 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Chicago, IL this year, with the theme "Innovation Hub: Transporting IT Professionals into the Future". AITP Region 5 provides grants to Region 5 student chapters to help defray the costs of participating in the NCC.

There were 9 entries received for this year's Region 5 grant. The Region 5 Board of Directors approved three grants of $250 each to be awarded for use in attending the annual conference.

The entries were evaluated on:

  • completeness of funding request and updated information on chapter officers and faculty advisor(s) with email addresses posted to chapter’s web page on www.aitp.org.
  • student chapter activities/accomplishments through the previous year
  • number of students that will be attending the NCC
  • number of competitions and number of teams that the chapter will be entering in the competitions
  • fund raising activities undertaken by the student chapter to obtain the funds to cover the costs to attend
  • description of how the funds would be utilized if awarded

The winners are, in no particular order:

  • Ball State University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Waukesha County Technical College

The other student chapters who submitted applications were:

  • Ferris State University
  • Illinois State University
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

We want to thank all the student chapters for participating in the grant process this year. The applications for the NCC Grant tally 78 students planning to attend the NCC. Our student chapters boast some of the best and brightest and have had several contest winners. We anxiously await the results of this year's competitions and best of luck to all our students and teams.

This year's NCC Grant Selection Committee consisted of Brian Runyon, Twin City Chapter (Bloomington / Normal, IL), Kim Winter, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter (Green Bay, WI); and Richard (Dick) Boenisch, Sheboygan Chapter (Sheboygan, WI) also the chairperson.

Region 5 represents 11 professional and 33 student chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, the St. Louis Metro area of Missouri, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Iowa and Wisconsin. Region 5 provides a vehicle for the exchange of information among chapters in the Region. It provides guidance for successful chapter management. The Region also provides educational and networking opportunities for its members.

03/07/2016

 

Region 5 NCC Grant Application Deadline is Feb.19, 2016

Note: The deadline for submitting grant applications was extended to February 19, 2016.

Region 5 Student Chapters: If your Student Chapter is planning on attending the National Collegiate Conference in Rosemont, IL, April 7 – 10, 2016, your chapter may qualify to be awarded a $250 grant from Region 5 to help with your chapter's travel/registration expenses.

Region 5 has approved funds to award up to three grants of $250 each to deserving Region 5 student chapters that will be attending the NCC.

To apply, Click on "Region Information” in the "Region Quick Links” section above. On the Region Information page, you will find links for "2016 Region 5 NCC Grant Form "and "2016 Region 5 NCC Grant Procedure". Download those documents and follow the instructions.

In the procedure, pay particular attention to point 6 since that is the criteria that is used by the Selection Committee to award grants.

The deadline for electronically submitting grant applications is February 19, 2016.

Hope to see you all in Rosemont!

More information on the NCC is available at http://www.aitp.org/ncc.

12/28/2015

 

Northeastern Wisconsin Chapters Presents Student Awards

The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of AITP is proud to announce two unrestricted $1000 awards to two very deserving AITP Student Chapter members!

First is Eric Gjerde, an IT student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), of Green Bay. Eric is majoring in IT, with an emphasis in Software Development, with an anticipated graduation of December, 2016.

 Eric Gjerde receives his award from Region 5 President and Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter Awards Director Ron Mathis

Next is Amy Roell, a student at Northern Michigan University (NMU), of Marquette, MI. Amy is majoring in IT, with an emphasis in Cyber Defense, with an anticipated graduation of May, 2016.

 
Amy Roell 

The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of AITP named this award to honor the memory of Sherry Anklam, a Chapter Past President who embodied all of the best values that this award is based on. Sherry passed away in 1995 at the early age of 44, but not before leaving her mark on AITP, the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of AITP, and the IT profession. She provided a role model for those who knew her.

02/01/2016

 

 Foundation for IT Education Scholarship Deadline 
is May 31, 2016

The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is now taking applications for the 2016-2017 academic year, for the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship, and the William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship through May 31, 2016.

These scholarships are available only to active AITP Student Members.

Scholarship applications can be found at the Foundation web site, www.edfoundation.org. Click on the Scholarship link to learn more about these IT Leaders, the scholarships themselves and to apply.

 01/18/2016


 

Region 5 Welcomes the University of Wisconsin - Stout Student Chapter

Region 5 welcomes its newest student chapter from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.  It is sponsored by the Wisconsin River Valley Professional Chapter.

Congratulations to the chapter officers and directors and all the members!

President - Jordan Sussman 
Vice-President - Chris Spieth 
Treasurer - Charles E. Jensch 
Secretary - Brandon Wolf 
Membership Chair - Brice Blankenship 
Programs Chair - Alex Meier
Faculty Advisor - Holly Yuan

12/20/2015


Ball State University Named Region 5 Outstanding Student Chapter

Region 5 is proud to have named Ball State University as the Region's 2014-2015 Outstanding Student Chapter. Ball State is sponsored by the East Central Indiana Professional Chapter

To be considered as the region's outstanding chapter, student chapters must have first attained the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA).  For schools to receive the SCOPA award they must have outstanding accomplishments in the areas of education, membership, public relations, chapter meetings and association participation.

Ball State will join the outstanding chapters from other AITP regions, to be considered for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award, which will be named at the National Collegiate Conference to be held April 7-10, 2016 in Rosemont, Illinois. 

Congratulations to all the members at Ball State.

12/20/2015

 

Region 5 Elects Officers for 2016

The Region 5 Board of Directors elected 2016 Officers. Serving for 2016 will be:

Ron Mathis(Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) – Region 5 President 

Paul Dittmann(Chicago Chapter) - Region 5 Vice-President

Dick Boenisch(Sheboygan Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary/Treasurer

Also serving as an officer will be Larry Schmitz (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) – Region 5 Past President.

We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who in turn, serves our chapters and members.

2016 Region 5 Officers (left-to-right):  President Ron Mathis; standing in for Past President Larry Schmitz is former president and current webmaster Mark Gilfand; Secretary/Treasurer Dick Boenisch and Vice President Paul Dittmann  

12/21/2015 

 

AITP Chicago & SIM Chicago 2015 CIO's Most Effective IT Team Awards

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of The University of Chicago Medicine, Jenner & Block, LLP and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, winners of the 2015 CIO's Most Effective IT Team Awards. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 19th, 2015. 

Click here for the full press release.

12/13/2015 

 

Chicago AITP, ISSA, and Infragard Chapters Announce 2015 CISO of the Year 

The Chicago chapters of the AITP, Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), and Infragard are proud to announce the winner of the 2015 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Award. This year's winner is Mr. Kevin Novak, the CISO and Technology Risk Officer for Northern Trust Bank. 

The award recognizes the achievements of the individual, Industry leadership and contributions in recognition of the key role that information security now plays in global, regional, and local business. 

View the full press release here.

10/26/2015 

 

Region 5 Members to Serve on 2016 Association Board of Directors

John Council of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as the 2016 AITP Association Executive Vice-President/President Elect. 

Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter, who was 2014 Association President, will be the 2016 Association Treasurer.

Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter and Carrie Drephal of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as Association Directors for the Central District.

Nita Adams of the Capitol Chapter will be a non-voting member of the AITP Board of Directors, as President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE).

Region 5 has a long history of providing the association with leaders and 2016 will be no exception. Congratulations to these members and thank you for your dedication and time to help lead our association.

10/22/2015 

 

Region 5 Chapters, Students Win AITP Student Awards
AITP announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) and the Student Individual Performance Award (SIPA). Among the winners are Region 5's Ball State University and Purdue University, which attained SCOPA and Elise Byers from Illinois State University received SIPA.

 

For schools to receive the SCOPA award, they must have outstanding accomplishments in the areas of education, membership, public relations, chapter meetings and association participation. For students to receive the SIPA award, they must have sustained meritorious individual effort, both in the administration of the student chapter and in the increase of knowledge in information technology.

Congratulations to Ball State, Purdue and Elise Byers!  

09/28/2015 

 

Chicago Hosted 2015 Fall Region Meetings

A BIG thank you to the Chicago Chapter for hosting the Fall 2015 Region 5 Board Meeting and conducting a Leadership Workshop. On Monday September 21, AITP Chicago invited region leaders to attend their informative dinner meeting at the La Mirage Restaurant featuring vArmour CISO, Demetrios Lazarikos who discussed Security and the Internet of Things.

On Tuesday September 22 Region 5 held its Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop at the Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg Hotel.

Workshop #1: An update from each chapter on their "Think Outside the Box" ideas

Workshop #2: National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair Update from Paul Dittmann. Chicago is hosting the 2016 National Collegiate Conference (NCC).

Click here for the detail Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop Documents.

09/25/2015  

 

Another Day in the Sun 
43rd
Annual Sheboygan AITP Chapter Golf Outing
By Larry Schmitz 

What are the chances that it won't rain on the 3rd Wednesday of August in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for 43 years in a row?  

Well, it hasn’t. And the Sheboygan AITP Chapter once again held their successful golf outing under sunny skies.

Shown (left to right) are Sheboygan Board members, Guy Fintelmann, Lou Buell, Mike Huber and Al Martell, checking in one of the participants. 

And, once again, it was my pleasure to play in the same group as the co-founder of the golf outing - Cliff Van Ess.  

Cliff was the Chapter President 43 years ago when Doug Doebert, a longtime member who has passed on, approached Cliff with the idea that the Sheboygan Chapter should have a "social type” event during the summer—a golf outing. 

Cliff liked the idea and the two of them put together the first outing. One small problem—Cliff had NEVER played golf in his life—but thought he should participate to support the event. So he borrowed a set of clubs and played his first round of golf. He confided in me today that he was, in his words, terrible. He said he shot 107 for nine holes. But he got the "bug” to become a golfer and has been playing (a lot) ever since. And, at age 92, still plays well-and almost every day. 

To underscore that last statement, Cliff WON the "B Flight” in today’s outing. That despite the fact he had higher (for him) than normal scores on the last two holes. He confessed that he "was getting a little tired at the end”. Hey, at 92 years old - you’re entitled.

 

As Lou Buell, Golf Outing Chairman, gave out the awards and prizes at the banquet, we wrapped up another "Day in the Sun” at the Sheboygan AITP 43rd Annual Golf Outing 

 

 

By the way – that is Cliff Van Ess in the left foreground, and next to him, Tony LaCrosse, Milwaukee Chapter, who was also in our foursome. 

This is what AITP is REALLY about—friendships, and business connections, that last a lifetime. 

08/20/2015 

 

AITP Chicago Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter

Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Chicago, Northeastern Wisconsin, St Louis and Twin City. These Chapters demonstrated performance in all six areas being evaluated: Association support, Region support, support of future generations, local community involvement, business community involvement, and efforts in developing their chapter. The selection this year was very challenging again this year because several of the chapters demonstrated excellence in all six areas.

This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Chicago. Some of the 2014 accomplishments that made them stand out are:

  • Strong efforts to enhance and grow their chapter.
  • The number of members participating in chapter committees and special interest groups.
  • Promotion of AITP to other professional groups and CIO’s in the Chicago area.
  • Hosting the Fall Region Meeting and Leadership Workshop.
  • Support for and involvement with student chapters and education organizations.
  • Involvement in many community organizations and business activities.

Congratulations to 2014 Chicago Chapter President Gary Czubak, Paul Koziel who documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.

The Chicago Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA winners to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be awarded later this year.

The selection committee consisted of Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter), Nick Sondelski (Wisconsin River Valley Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter - chairman).

6/17/2015

 

Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!

Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2014 award year.

Capitol
Chicago
Northeastern Wisconsin
St Louis
Twin City

The Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) was developed to recognize Chapters for their efforts to become a well-rounded, effective group within their industry, local community and professional association. To qualify for COPA, a chapter must perform at least one qualifying activity in each of the categories of Association, Region, Chapter, Giving Forward, Local Community, and Business Community.

Region 5 will select the recipient of the Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) among the above five COPA winners. That chapter will advance to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA).

See this Information Executive article for a list of all chapters across the country that earn COPA.

06/15/2015 

 

Region 5 Loses a Leader—Rick Piunti Passes On

By Larry Schmitz, Past Region 5 President

 

On May 24, Region 5 lost one of its former leaders. Rick Piunti succumbed to the side effects of Alzheimer’s disease at age 65. Rick was one of the most dedicated people I have ever known.  Dedicated to his family, his job and, yes, AITP. 

He was one of the "good guys” even as a kid growing up in Joliet, Illinois – earning the coveted Eagle Scout status from the Boy Scouts of America. 

Those of us from Wisconsin don’t understand how he went astray, but I failed to mention he was the ULTIMATE, dyed in the wool, Chicago Bears fan. For many years, living in "Packer Country”, Rick took his share of flack. But ONE year, somehow, the Bears beat the Packers. We had an AITP committee meeting early the following Monday morning at the local McDonalds. Rick showed up with: A Chicago Bears hat, jersey, coat, sweat pants, tennis shoes and, yes, even Chicago Bear socks. He didn’t say a word. Just sat there and smiled waiting for one of us dummies to mention "da game”. He was always fun to be around. 

Rick had a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was the Controller for Valley Packaging Industries in Appleton when I met him. His company went out and bought an IBM System 34 with the intention of using packaged software for their financial applications. But no package could handle the unique requirements of their payroll system. They had no DP/IT personnel on staff, So Rick, on his own, went back to school part time and earned an Associate Degree in Computer Programming. He proceeded to design and program the most complex, sophisticated payroll system I have ever seen.

About that time, Rick joined AITP and became very involved serving on the Chapter Board and ultimately becoming Chapter President. He then became the Region Director for the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter. From there he served as Region Secretary and Region 5 President. Not done yet, he was elected and served as Central District Director on the Association Board. Rick also achieved the Triple Diamond level of the Individual Performance Award.

As his Alzheimer became more pronounced, he could no longer work or even drive himself. But he was so dedicated to AITP, he would have his wife, Sheila, drive him to the Chapter meetings, drop him off and pick him up later.

A true AITP’er, a true leader and a true friend. We will all miss you Rick.

Editor’s note: More information about Rick can be found here.

06/03/2015

 

  

Region 5 Sponsors

We would like to thank Automated Records Management Systems (ARMS) for providing record retention services to our Region at no charge as their commitment to AITP and our profession.

Automated Records Management Systems, Inc.
Click the logo for more information on ARMS.

 

Region 5, Setting the Pace and on the Move!

 

Page last updated: 05/26/2016

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