It is my honor to announce that John Jackson has become a member of the Austin AITP advisory committee.
John's career in information technology spans over twenty-five years covering programming, business analysis and project management. He has worked for several major companies including Occidental Petroleum, Eastman Kodak and Dell Financial Services. He earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2004. PMI is a worldwide organization of over 200,000 project management professionals representing 125 countries.
John currently holds a position in the development and support area for the worldwide ERP system at URS Corporation. URS is the largest global engineering design firm and a leading U.S. federal government contractor providing a comprehensive range of professional planning, design, systems engineering and technical assistance, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance services. They have 28,000 employees in two divisions: the URS Division and the EG&G Division, which includes the operations of Lear Siegler Services.
John has been a member of AITP since 2002 and has served as both Vice President and liaison to the student chapters. In 2003 and 2004 the Austin AITP chapter went through some tough times. John was the glue that held the chapter together during this time and started our chapter's rebuilding that continues today. His official title was Vice President, but he filled every position that was needed. He found a new meeting place, lined up speakers, built up attendance at meetings, collected admittance fees, handled publicity, and sent out meeting invitations. He was primarily responsible for getting the chapter's finances out of the red and substantially into the black. It is fair to say that our chapter would be be here today without John's support during this period.
John joins Russ Finney (VP and CIO, Tokyo Electron) and Jim Weatherby (Director of IS, Texas Legislative Council) as the third member of Austin AITP's advisory committee. We look forward to John's guidance and counsel as we continue to develop our organization in the coming years.
The Austin AITP advisory committee is made up of both experienced former AITP board members and of Austin area IT executives. The standing board of directors taps the collective wisdom and experience of the advisory committee on many issues from running meetings to planning interesting events to developing the organization and growing the membership. It is a great benefit to have the members of this select group available for advice and feedback on the board's ideas.