Region 5 Future of Information Technology Conference is a Huge Success
Friday, October 26, 2012
Posted by: Larry Schmitz, AITP Region 5 President
(Green Bay, WI): The AITP Region 5 Fall Conference, hosted by the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter, was a resounding success. Held at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Green Bay on October 10-11, the conference provided the venue for the AITP Annual Meeting of the Members, the Association Board Meeting, and the Region 5 Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop. It also included 9 informative seminar sessions on topics ranging from new technologies to career planning to improving management skills as well as 15 sponsor exhibits.
The conference was attended by 174 participants from across the U.S. (90 professional members, 34 student members and 50 non-members).
The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter has a "thing" for guys named "Steve". Pictured left to right at the conference registration table is Steve Femal (Past Chapter President), Steve Gilsdorf (current Chapter Treasurer) and Steve Krueger (Past Chapter President)
The conference kicked off on Wednesday, October 10 with the AITP Annual Meeting of the Members presided over by Association President, Norbert Kubilus. President Kubilus, assisted by other Association officers, updated the standing room only audience on the accomplishments of 2011 as well as the status of current ongoing projects AITP is involved in. President Kubilus presented Eric Hungate, 2011 President of the Austin, Texas chapter, with the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (the William F. Howell Cup) for 2011. The meeting also served as the forum for presenting Norbert Kubilus with his Emerald Lifetime Achievement Award.
President Norbert Kubilus presides over the AITP Annual Meeting of the Members
Eric Hungate (right), 2011 President of the Austin, TX chapter, accepts the Association Outstanding Chapter Award from President Kubilus.
Region President Larry Schmitz (left) presents the Emerald Lifetime Award to Association President Norbert Kubilus
The first day's activities concluded with a social hour and Italian buffet banquet dinner. The featured banquet speaker was President Kubilus on the topic "The Future of Information Technology – and AITP's Role". After his great speech, Norbert was presented with an Aaron Rogers Green Bay Packer jersey and a genuine "Cheese Head" by Chris Nimmer, incoming Region 5 President, on behalf of the Northeastern Wisconsin chapter and Region 5. Then there were numerous sponsor door prize drawings for great prizes (AND "Lucky Larry" got shut out!! – a first.)
Conference attendees visit with the sponsors during the social hour event before the banquet.
Region 5 banquet dinner
The attendees then adjourned to the Hospitality Suite provided courtesy of Region 5, or took the free gaming coupons included in their conference 'goodie' bag and ventured into the adjoining casino.
Thursday's activities included the Region 5 Board meeting and the Chapter Leadership Workshop. The theme of the Workshop was "How to Recruit New Members – and Keep Them". Both sessions were well attended with many observers from the Association Board as well as other Region 5 members and members of other Regions. The Workshop, facilitated by Mark Gilfand, Region 5 Vice President, and Larry Schmitz, Region 5 President, proved to be a lively discussion of various ideas that chapters can use to build their membership and provide value to those members once they join AITP. Documents used in the Workshop presentations are available at http://www.aitp.org/region5 under "Region Information”.
The Region 5 Chapter Leadership Workshop evoked many good suggestions on how chapters can grow their membership--and keep existing members active and renewing their memberships. There was also great group interaction on how we can attract former student members and newer IT professionals to the ranks of the professional membership.
As is true of any successful undertaking of this type, there are many people to thank for their help in planning, organizing and putting on this conference. They include:
Conference attendees took the opportunity to visit sponsor booths.
Kimberly Bean: Robert Half Technology
Tim Mauck: Tushaus
Heidi Cain: ITT Tech
Tim Titus: Path Solutions
John Perrizo: ShoreTel
BJ Havlik: SRC Technologies
David Carlson: Navisite
Tom Sather: Career Works
Chris Nimmer: Zyquest
Joanne Fischer: TelecomInsites
Chris Czarnik: Fox Valley Tech
Norbert Kubilus: AITP Association President
Our Conference Committee:
- Joanne Fischer (Co-Chair)
- Larry Schmitz (Co-Chair)
- Maggie Beard
- Steve Gilsdorf
- Chris Nimmer
- Jay Esty
- Steve Krueger
- Steve Femal
- Bob Heimann
- Carrie Drephal
- Ron Mathis
Others Who Deserve Our Thanks:
- Mark Gilfand, Region 5 VP and Webmaster
For all he did to help promote the conference and help facilitate the Chapter Leadership Workshop.
- The Boards of Directors of the NEW Chapter, Region 5 and the Association
For all their support and attendance at this conference.
- Tony LaCrosse and Nita Adams
For the excellent Hospitality Suite that provided the venue for AITP members from all over the country to network and renew acquaintances as well as make new friends.
- Green Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau
For providing the conference "goodie bags" and Green Bay literature.
- Radisson Hotel and Convention Center
David Schumacher and Leslie Rotter and their staffs for being so accommodating to our group and providing an excellent facility and great food, etc.
- Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin
For the generous donation of the free gaming certificate
As you can see, the credit for the success of this conference can be shared by a lot of people--that is how AITP works best. "We built it, and they came" (no government funds involved – grin – couldn't resist). And I want to acknowledge and thank all the attendees. Without you, we would have had no conference. Let's do this again!!
Association President Norbert Kubilus (left), and Region 5 President and Conference Co-Chair Larry Schmitz are all smiles at the conclusion of a very successful conference
After his great speech at the Region 5 Conference, AITP President Norbert Kubilus decided to fly back to California -- first class!
Additional photos can be found at the Region 5 Photo Gallery.
Larry Schmitz, CCP,CMC
2012 Region 5 Fall Conference Co-Chair