How long have you
been part of AITP?
A: I've been a member since 1972.
Did you find it
easy to get involved with AITP?
A: From the very beginning, the chapter looped me onto the
board and within a couple of years I was president of the chapter.
What are some of
the things you like best about AITP?
A: The number one thing I like is seeing the students and
meeting them at the conferences like the NCC and the Region 3 Conference.
It's thrilling to me to see those young
people come and participate in the contests and learning activities.
They are the IT leaders of tomorrow.
Another thing I like about being a member in
AITP is the camaraderie and friendships I've developed over the years.
These are relationships outside of the normal
There are a lot of
good people that I've known over the years.
consider joining AITP?
A: Any IT professional who is interested in growing and
developing their career should consider joining.
The association has a lot to offer.
It's a good way for them to develop contacts
at the chapter level and take advantage of the education opportunities there,
How have you found
AITP to be different from other networking methods, such as social tools?
A: I've been in LinkedIn for quite a few years and have over
500 contacts, many of which I have never met and others maybe once.
Through AITP, I go to the local chapter
meetings monthly and make more face to face contacts.
I think it's so much better than anything I
can get through LinkedIn and other social media.
LinkedIn is good for research and making
company contacts, but it's just an internet tool.
Shaking hands and talking to people is much
What can someone
expect from a typical AITP meeting?
A: At some of user group meetings I've attended, I've been able
to gain technical skills.
But at the
AITP meetings I've been able to meet new friends and IT leaders in the
community. The topics at the meetings are more personal and help members
develop their "soft skills” vs. their technical skills.
In your role as
President, what are you expecting to see in AITP over the next several months?
A: I expect there to be continued membership growth which we
hope will accelerate through the membership campaign.
AITP is taking a good look, moving forward,
to get educated on how an association should be managed.
We have plans to improve our technology capabilities
through the use of cloud technology and making the event management system
available to regions and chapters for conferences.
I see a lot of activity in the area of
chapter and region support that wasn't there in the past as a reaction to
certain chapter's requests for help as their membership slips.
A lot of positive things are happening.
The Virtual Water Cooler on Region and
Chapter Support will be beneficial in this area.
Another thing coming up in the next several
months is an effort to pull in some non-dues revenue through the Partners chair.
Things like advertising and job postings.
How can a member
get the most out of AITP?
A: By participating and getting involved in your local chapter
and in time, moving on to the region and possibly the national level. You only
get as much as you put in. If you show up 1-2 meetings a year you won't get the