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Meet Your 2013 Association Candidates 8/28/2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Leja, AITP Recruitment Committee Chair

Virtual Water Cooler: Meet Your 2013 Association Candidates
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 2 PM CDT!

The Association Recruitment Committee is sponsoring an audio conference call for professional members to meet their 2013 Association Candidates. Hear directly the AITP goals and objectives these association leaders have for AITP in 2013 and beyond. This virtual water cooler (audio conference call) includes a special segment for the Western District Association Director candidates who face an election in September.

The Association Board of Directors (ABoD) at the July board meeting approved by acclamation the candidates for positions where there was only one candidate. Only the Western District Association Director position has two candidates that will require an election. Here are your 2013 Association Candidates:

  • Executive Vice President/President-Elect: Mike Welch, CDP/CCP
  • Secretary: John Council, CDP/CCP
  • Treasurer: Paul Ziems
  • Central District: No candidate ( The Central District Recruitment Committee, DRC, will need to seek a candidate to complete the full open term.)
  • Eastern District: Barbara Viola
  • Southern District: Julian Wade, CDP/CCP
  • Western District: Pete Schmitt and Al Strong, CDP/CCP (Election to be held.)

Please join the audio conference call (Virtual Water Cooler) to hear from these candidates!

Please complete this quick on-line form:, to register and to get the call in number and web conference link.   


  • Introduction: Sponsored by Association Recruitment Committee (ARC)
  • 2013 Association President, Bill Fly, CDP/CCP, on the Association's Vision, Mission and Direction
  • 2013 Association Board-Approved Candidate Statements
  • Election Process Reviewed for Western District
  • 2013 Western District Association Director Candidates Statements
  • Questions and Answers

A PowerPoint presentation is available at with a summary of each candidate's goals and objectives, as well as their background. The candidates will use this PowerPoint during the Virtual Water Cooler conference call.

September Voting

Since only the Western District has multiple candidates, voting in September will be only for the Western District professional members in good standing as of August 31, 2012.

The Central District Recruiting Committee will need to seek a candidate to appoint given that no candidate submitted an application to run for Central District Association Director.

For the Western District candidates facing an election during the month of September where all professional members in good standing submit their vote, the campaign process began in mid-July 2012 and lasts through September 30, 2012 at 4 PM CDT. The actual voting period begins September 1, 2012 at 8 AM CDT and ends September 30, 2012 at 4 PM CDT. Remember that beginning this year, professional members in good standing may only vote once. Once the vote is submitted, it may not be changed!

As a reminder, AITP chapters are grouped into regions and regions have been grouped into four districts. See the Find a Region Page,, for a map of the Regions. 

  • The Western District is composed of Regions 1, 2, and 4.
  • The Southern District is composed of Regions 3 and 7
  • The Central District is composed of Region 5
  • The Eastern District is composed of Regions 11, 13, and 18.

Each district has two representatives with offset terms. Each district seeks an Association Director in 2013 for a two year term. Again, given that two District representatives have been approved by acclamation and the Central District had no candidate, there will be voting only in the Western District for their Association Director.

Association officers sought for 2013 are: Executive Vice President, Association Secretary and Association Treasurer. The Executive Vice President (President Elect) position has a three year commitment with one year as Executive Vice President, one year as President, and one year as Past President. The Association Secretary and Association Treasurer positions are each one year terms. This year there was only one candidate per association officer position. Since the Association Board of Directors has approved by acclamation these association officer positions at the July 2012 board meeting, there will be no association voting for 2013 association officers by professional members in good standing.

Western District candidates have been advised of the campaign process and procedures. Regions 1, 2 and 4 and the chapters in those regions make up the Western District. Regions and the chapters in these regions may endorse one of the candidates. Western District professional members may receive an endorsement letter from their region or chapter. The endorsement letter will give both candidate names and endorse one of the candidates. Regions and chapters are to follow their guidelines for selecting the candidate to endorse. If you have any concerns about the campaign process, submit your concern via email to and the Association Recruitment Committee (ARC) will provide a response.

Again, Western District professional members in good standing begin voting on September 1, 2012 at 8 AM CDT and may vote only once. Once a vote is submitted, it may not be changed. Voting ends on September 30, 2012 at 4 PM CDT. The AITP website,, home page will direct Western District professional members in good standing to the voting page.

Special thanks are extended to the members of the Association and District Recruitment Committees who have assisted in bringing forward the 2013 association candidates:

Association Recruitment Committee

  • Nita Adams - Region 5
  • Steve Brooks - Region 7
  • Christine Leja (Chair) - Region 5
  • John Parkinson's - Region 18

Central District Recruitment Committee

  • Nita Adams (Chair) - Region 5
  • Vickie Danielson - Region 5
  • Tony LaCrosse - Region 5

Eastern District Recruitment Committee

  • Tom Emmerth - Region 11
  • John Parkinson's (Chair) - Region 18
  • Ed Rippon - Region 11
  • James C. Siano - Region 13

Southern District Recruitment Committee

  • Steven Brooks (Chair) - Region 7
  • Sherry Deese - Region 7
  • Jim Smith - Region 7

Western District Recruitment Committee

  • Margaret Ibbotson - Region 2
  • Rick Moore - Region 1
  • Barry Peters - Region 1
  • Debbie Stelmach - Region 2

AITP is as good as each member's contributions! Please review each candidate's information, at, join the Virtual Water Cooler on August 28 to meet your 2013 association candidates, feel free to contact the candidates to understand their AITP perspectives, and for those professional members in the Western District, make an informed decision by voting for the candidate you feel will best represent AITP and the IT industry!

Thank you for investing in the future of AITP!

Christine Leja, CDP/CCP
2012 ARC Chair

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