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2003 AITP National Conference in St. Louis Succeeds and Delivers New Offerings

Monday, December 29, 2003   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christine Leja, CDP and John J. Zeman

By Christine Leja, CDP and John J. Zeman, your very grateful 2003 conference co-chairs

AITP President George Koscho and Conference Co-Chair Chris Leja hold up a proclamation from the City of St. Louis

The 2003 National Conference delivered a traditional conference with new offerings that received good reviews from the attendees and vendors. Attendees felt the conference tracks were the highest quality they had seen in some time. Congratulations to the outstanding speakers!

National Conference Firsts

ICCP certification training and testing was available for all attendees at no additional cost. Two attendees received their CCP. From the St. Louis chapter, Aaron Nance was one of the CCP recipients. Congratulations, Aaron!

Web-casting of all conference sessions, the AITP awards ceremony and the annual meeting of the members was donated by WebEx. Ten professional chapters across the U.S. participated, including: Big Country, Capitol, Central IL, Cornhusker, Mile High Denver, Milwaukee, Northeast WI, North Central Florida, Polk Country and Windy City. The SIU student chapter from St. Louis also participated.

CIO Security Forum brought together vice presidents of security from major companies and agencies representing different industries and included the FBI, MasterCard, Novell, Robert Half International and SBC to name a few. The speakers indicated that no one had brought them together before to share security issues. And the discussions were truly awesome!

Attendees, Partners, Sponsors and Vendors

AITP National Conference partnered with Data Connectors and was sponsored by Robert Half to bring 40 vendors and 500 local St. Louis attendees. The Webcast was provided by WebEx at no cost to AITP and was delivered to 10 chapters across the U.S. Out of state AITP member attendees numbered 100, including the executive committee, the association board of directors, region council presidents and Region 5 meetings. Southwestern Illinois College provided printed programs and space for the presentation slides.

Conference Vendor Row #1

Thanks to all Volunteers

Special thanks to the 2003 AITP National Conference Committee and their spouses (You couldn't tell that Norm Leja and Gina Einig were spouses and not members!) who contributed an infinite number of volunteer hours. And, thanks to the many volunteers from the St. Louis Chapter, the student chapters and AITP volunteers who were there to help out (Diane Shelton of the Hawaii Chapter is a prime example!).

And for posterity, here are the key National Conference Committee members:

Co-Chairs, Christine Leja, CDP and John J. Zeman
Vendors, Sue Morton and Todd Reichelt
Technology, Glenda Young
Speakers, Shari Miller
Website, Aaron Nance and Brenda Barton
Public Relations, Rich Kneller
Treasurer, H. Lyndal Colburn
St. Louis Chapter President, Ray Einig

Sam Luke provided a wonderful Hawaiian night on Friday evening that was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Thank you, Sam!

George Koscho filled the master of ceremonies role most effectively. Thank you, George!

AITP President George Koscho and Executive Director Ernie Stewart conduct the Annual Meeting of the Members.


And thank you to all who helped in any way and are not named here! You know who you are and we thank you! 

AITP Immediate Past President Kevin Jetton gives the Keynote address

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