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An Interview with AITP President Bill Fly

Thursday, May 30, 2013   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Information Executive Editor
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Editor's Note:This interview is part of a series featuring AITP members. Check out Bill's story! If you or someone you know should be featured in an upcoming article, let us know. Contact us at aitp_hq@aitp.org. 

 2013 AITP President Bill Fly, CCP, CDP


Q How long have you been part of AITP?

A: I've been a member since 1972.   

Q: 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.

Q: 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 business environment. There are a lot of good people that I've known over the years.

Q: Who should 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, too.

Q: 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 better.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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 full benefit.

Comments...

Norbert J. Kubilus CCP MBCS says...
Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013
Good interview, Bill. Glad to see what's being accomplished during your term as President.
Vicki Hampton says...
Posted Monday, June 03, 2013
Nice job Bill! AITP is a great organization - but you have to take ownership of your role!

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