Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
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About Region 5
AITP Region 5 represents 12 professional, 1 satellite, and 44 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.
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.
Region 5 Spring Meetings To Be Held April 21-22, 2014 in Rolling Meadows, IL
The AITP Region 5
Spring Meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg (Illinois)
on April 21-22, 2014.
Many thanks to the AITP Chicago Chapter for stepping up to host this event.
The format of our Spring Meeting will be:
Join the Chicago Chapter for their regular monthly dinner meeting the evening
of April 21 at La Mirage Restaurant. The
cost to attend will be $30 for AITP members. Their speaker will be the Chief
Security Officer for US Bancorp on the topic of the State of Information
Security Systems in the U.S. This is very timely and interesting topic considering
the recent events at Target and other companies.
After the dinner meeting, we will adjourn to the hotel for our Region 5
Hospitality Suite for networking and camaraderie.
Tuesday morning, we will hold the Region Board Meeting at the hotel from
8:30-10:00 followed by the Leadership Workshop from 10:30am-1pm.
Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows-Schaumburg
3405 Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Rate: $84 plus tax
(single/double/triple or quad)
Includes hot breakfast and free onsite parking
The conference rate is available for those who decide to extend their stay
before or after our meeting dates
here to reserve your room
Our group code is: "ATP” (not "AITP”)
Reservation Deadline is April 10, 2014.
Chicago Dinner Meeting Information:
Monday April 21, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
3223 Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Cost: $30 for
AITP Members ($35 if you pay at the door)
here to register for the dinner meeting.
Jason Witty, SVP and CISO of U.S. Bancorp and winner of the 2013 ISSA/AITP CISO of
the Year Award. Jason will discuss "Information Security State of the Union 2014”.
Region Meeting Information:
Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Rolling
8:30 a.m.: Region
5 Board of Directors Meeting.
Includes an update on activities at the Association level.
10:30 a.m.: Chapter
Leaders Workshop. Following our 2014
Region theme of "Working Together to Build a Better AITP”, we will discuss how
our professional chapters can do more to support and interact with our student
chapters – and vice versa. Specifically,
how professional chapters can do a better job of supporting the student chapter
faculty advisors. We encourage all
chapter board members and student chapter faculty advisors to attend this
highly interactive sharing of ideas.
There is no charge to
attend the Region Meetings and they are open to all AITP members (professional
Click here for Meeting Agenda.
Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced
The 2014 AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Atlanta, GA this year. Region 5 is proud to provide three grants of $250 each to be awarded to winning chapters for use in attending the 19th annual conference.
There were 7 entries received for this year's Region 5 Grant. The entries were evaluated on:
The winners are, in no particular order
The other student chapters who submitted applications were
We want to thank all the student chapters for participating in the grant process this year. The applications for the NCC Grant tally 62 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 from this year's competitions and wish the 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, Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter (Green Bay, WI); and Richard (Dick) Boenisch, Sheboygan Chapter (Sheboygan, WI) also the chairperson. We thank them for their service to the region.
For more details see this Information Executive article: http://www.aitp.org/news/165177/.
Region 5 Welcomes the Northern Michigan University Student Chapter
AITP welcomes the Northern Michigan University Student Chapter in Marquette, Michigan. It is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin professional chapter.
Congratulations to the Chapter Officers and Directors and all the new members!
Chapter President – Melissa Millis
Chapter Vice President – Sebastian Savard
Chapter Secretary – Chelsea Hart
Chapter Treasurer and Membership Chair – Derek Weseen
Chapter Program Chair – Lewis Steiner
Chapter Webmaster – Brandon Collen
Faculty Advisor – Dr. David Helton
Read the 2013 Region 5 Newsletters
Region 5 Elects 2014 Officers
Pictured above, left to right Larry Schmitz, Bill Riter, Ron Mathis, Mark Gilfand, Dick Boenisch
The Region 5 Board of Directors elected its 2013 Officers at its fall meeting on October 11, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois. Serving for 2014 will be:
Larry Schmitz (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 President
Ron Mathis (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 Vice-President
Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter) - Region 5 Treasurer
Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary
Mark Gilfand (Twin City Chapter) - Region 5 Immediate Past President
We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who in turn, serves our chapters and members.
DPMA Legacy Society - DPMA Reunion
Howard Lee Smith, 1993 Association President, would like to organize a reunion of DPMA members sometime in the near future. If anybody is interested, please contact Howard at howard_lee_smith (at) earthlink.net.
Prepare for the 2014 National Collegiate Conference
April 10-13, 2014 in Atlanta, GA
Region 5 Student Members: Get ready for the 2014 National Collegiate Conference (NCC) to be held at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA, April 10-13, 2014. This is your chance for education, networking, job interviews, and competitions. NCC is a rich, unique and rewarding experience for all who attend.
Check out the NCC website at http://www.aitp.org/ncc.
Region 5 Fall Conference, Hosted by the Twin City Chapter, a Huge Success
The Region 5 Fall Conference, Region Board Meeting, and Chapter Leader Workshop were held October 10-11, at the beautiful Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference, hosted by the Twin City Chapter, had over 100 attendees. The educational sessions were top notch, with high marks from the attendees. There were numerous networking opportunities during the breaks in the vendor areas, the hospitality suite, and before/after the banquet dinner.
Twin City Chapter President John Haushalter and his conference committee - Sue Braun, Alan DeCrane, Mark Gilfand, Kira Kellerman, Jim Nelson, Kim Osterbrock, Luke Rogers, Elias Sahyouni, Tammy VanEgtern, (mentored by Larry Schmitz), did an outstanding job. They provided members and non-members alike with numerous opportunities to learn new technologies, techniques and skills. Topics included Cloud Computing, Big Data, Social Media and your Career, Mobile Technology in Law Enforcement, Transformation of Information Technology, Leadership, Team Work, Life/Career Balance and more. Many non-members learned about AITP and the value it can bring to IT Professionals.
The Region Board Meeting and Chapter Leaders Workshop were also great experiences for the attendees. It was one of the largest attended workshops in years. Region 5 would like to thank the presenters: 2014 Association President Mike Welch, Central District Association Director Vicki Hampton, Foundation for Information Technology Education President (and 2001 AITP President) Nita Adams, and Chicago's Larry Winkleman for their presentations.
Visit http://www.twincityaitp.org/region5 for all the conference details and click here for conference pictures.
Region 5 thanks the conference sponsors. Without them, there would be no conference.
Silver Sponsors: LRS Education Services, Country Financial, Code 42
Bronze Sponsors: Robert Half Technology, Wolfram, State Farm
Ball State Awarded Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award
Congratulations to the Ball State University Student Chapter, which was awarded the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) by the AITP Student Awards Committee.
award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of education, membership, public relations, meetings and Association participation. They require a student chapter to have dedicated and dynamic student leaders and truly supportive faculty advisors. Region 5 is proud to have these Outstanding Student Chapters.
Region 5 Members to Serve on 2014 Association Board of Directors
Congratulations to Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter who will be the 2014 Association President; Rick Steeber of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter who will be the 2014 Association Secretary; and Larry Friedlander of the St. Louis Chapter, who, along with Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter, will serve as Association Directors for the Central District. See this Information Executive article for details: http://www.aitp.org/news/134642/.
Wisconsin Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter
AITP Region 5 has named the Northeastern
Wisconsin Chapter as this year's recipient of the Region Outstanding Performance Award
Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for Chapter Outstanding
Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Chicago, Northeastern
Wisconsin, Southeast 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. All of them had excellent performance in two or more of these
evaluation areas but one chapter stood out as demonstrating excellence in all
This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Northeast Wisconsin.
Some of the 2012 accomplishments that made them stand out are:
- The number of
members participating in Association and Region boards, committees and
- The number of
visits to student and other professional chapter meetings and events.
- Hosting a
successful Region Conference and Association Meeting of the Members.
- Support for and
involvement with student chapters.
- Involvement in
many community and business activities and events.
- The professional
development activities for their members offered by the chapter and in
cooperation with the local Project Management Institute (PMI ) chapter.
Congratulations to 2012 Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter President Ron
Mathis, Randal Reed who documented the accomplishments, the Board of
Directors and the entire chapter membership.
The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA
winners to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be
awarded later this year.
Region 5 thanks the selection committee which consisted of members of the Sheboygan
chapter board; Lou Buell, Guy Fintelmann, Al Martell, Chris Roberts and Dick Boenisch
Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!
Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the award year of 2012.
The COPA recognizes chapters for outstanding achievement within the Association, the Region, their Chapter, their Business Community, the Local Community and the Student Community. See
http://www.aitp.org/news/130460/ for more information about the COPA and the outstanding chapters in other regions.
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.
Click the logo for more information on ARMS.
Region 5, Setting the Pace and on the Move!
Page last updated: 03/19/2014