An Interview with Edward G. Rippon
Monday, January 7, 2013
Posted by: Carolyn Dolezal, AITP Executive Director
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Q: How long have you been part of AITP?
A: I have been with AITP for over 15 years. I was part of its predecessor, DPMA, and served in many roles with the Suffolk County, New York chapter supporting programs, membership, and as conference chair.
Q: What has that relationship with AITP meant to you?
A: I've really enjoyed being able to attend meetings across chapters. Our interactions give us a chance to provide input and hear different perspectives. I've been able to attend meetings in Dallas, Chicago, DC, Baltimore, and New York to name a few.
Q: How has that translated into what you do and how you've seen AITP help others?
A: We create white papers from the topic areas discussed at our meetings and members have access to these. At our meetings, such as one covering Cybersecurity, we may have standing room only for the topic.
I will do whatever I can to help create and deliver great programs for professional learning. In the course of the meeting we hear various perspectives and all kinds of angles on the topic. We have great presenters and panels to discuss issues, we may gather together with an affiliated organization on topics of interest. We have great camaraderie with everyone there. As a result of these discussions, we may create a series to go deep on a topic, and we may have speakers in one meeting spark interest in a topic where they get invited to another.
I have so much energy for AITP. AITP members are great people and great professionals who are very proud of their profession. Our meetings give us a chance to find contacts and help each other with business and technology questions, and also have a little fun along the way. At AITP we enjoy the company of some truly wonderful professionals. We'll do things together such as dinners, we might take a cruise, we celebrate Oktoberfest, or we'll host a cookout. We look for ways to make the time together very worthwhile and enjoyable.
AITP is a terrific organization and I love being a member.