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AITP/SIM 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards

Wednesday, November 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Czubak, AITP Chicago President

Chicago, Illinois – November 7, 2013



AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the teams of True Value Company (pictured left above) and tradeMONSTER Group (pictured right above), winners of the 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. All nominations, judging, and elections were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 7th.

The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Society for Information Management (SIM) are proud to announce the winners of the 2013 CIO’s Most Effective IT Team Awards. This year's team winners are True Value Company – Large Company Winner and tradeMONSTER Group – Small Company Winner.

Representing the IT team of True Value Company are Eva Basner-Katz, Director of Infrastructure & Security, Robert Weismann, Manager/Retail Services & Associate Support, Scott Zelms, Manager/Applications Development Legacy Systems & Support, Mike Weeder, Retail Systems Architect, and Lisa Snyder, Director, Business Services led by Rosalee Hermens, Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

Representing the IT team of tradeMONSTER Group are Kris Kohlstedt, Director of Technology, Dan Applebaum, Director of Technology, Lucy Bishop, QA Manager, and Dham Pathervellai, Manager of Integration and Operations led by Sanjib Sahoo, Chief Technology Officer.

Taking place over a 90-day period and culminating with an Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago in November, the program consists of a nomination phase, a qualifying and detailed application process, and a peer panel of judges who score each team. The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of the teams as well as the significant role that teams play in the overall success of an organization and contributions to the IT community as a whole. Nominated teams were judged in award classes based on company size with points awarded in the following categories: cost effectiveness, innovation, change leadership, value creation, service quality, and community. The program received local industry support and sponsorship from Comcast Business Class, CDW, and DivIHN Integration.

Guest speaker Robert (Bob) Edwards, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer United Continental Holdings presented on "Working Together” – How to Help your IT Team Overcome Tremendous Challenges.

Susan Malisch, President of SIM Chicago and VP, CIO at Loyola University Chicago, and Gary Czubak, President of AITP Chicago were delighted by this year's slate of CIO nominated teams. "There are some excellent success stories in the Chicagoland business technology community that we should know about. These awards help CIO’s and the community recognize high performing teams that are making a difference for their businesses,” said Malisch. Czubak shared "It is a great honor to recognize not only those teams within our vast technology community that receive this award, but also those that strive to be worthy. I offer my sincere congratulations to all!"

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