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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.


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.


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.

Hotel Information:

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

Click 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. 

LaMirage Restaurant 
3223 Algonquin Road 
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 

Cost: $30 for AITP Members ($35 if you pay at the door) 
Click here to register for the dinner meeting.

Speaker: 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 Meadows-Schaumburg

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 and student).

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:

  • completeness of funding request and updated information on chapter officers and faculty advisor(s) with email addresses posted to the chapter's web page on
  • 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
  • activities undertaken by the student chapters 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

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 WinterNortheastern 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:  



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

Read all the news from AITP Region 5 in the December 2013 Newsletter and the July 2013 Newsletter.



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)

Learn more about the DPMA Legacy Society at the Foundation for Information Technology Education website -
See this Information Executive article to learn how you can leave a legacy!   



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



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 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. 

The SCOPA 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:    



Northeastern 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 (ROCA).

Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Chicago, Northeastern WisconsinSoutheast 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 six areas.

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 meetings.
  • 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 (chairman).



Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!

Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the award year of 2012. 

Northeastern Wisconsin
Southeast Wisconsin
Twin City

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 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.

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: 03/19/2014

Upcoming Events
Region 5 Fall 2014 Meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

800-Region President
Larry W. Schmitz
801-Region Vice-President
Ron W. Mathis
802-Region Secretary
Richard Boenisch
803-Region Treasurer
William R. Riter
805-Region Past President
Mark Gilfand

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