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Chicago Chapter Hosts Region 5 Conference

Wednesday, May 30, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lawrence Winkelman, Secretary, AITP Chicago

On May 1-2 the Chicago Chapter was the showcase for the 2012 Spring Region 5 Conference in Arlington Heights, a Chicago suburb. The conference attracted more than two hundred participants and was supported financially by 16 sponsoring companies who max'ed out the space available in the exhibit hall.

Gary Czubak, president of AITP Chicago Chapter, welcomes everyone to the 2012 Region 5 Spring Conference.

The topics presented are relevant to key issues that many of us face in today's technology environment regardless whether your role is manager, practitioner, or vendor. The presenters offered both strategic and tactical methods to address those issues. Over the course of two days, attendees shared, learned and connected with each other and with technology partners.

Presenters featured executives from Boeing, Sears Holdings, Motorola Solutions, Caesars Entertainment, Tellabs, Loyola University, Accenture, ECOLAB/Nalco, Littelfuse, and AON Hewitt.

Additionally, Cisco, Forrester Research, Project Leadership Associates, Fusion Risk Management and Technology Leaders Association led discussions about the "best case" uses of technology, process improvement and professional development.

Rich Barnier, AITP Life Member and Chicago Chapter past president, introduces the keynote panel of distinguished CIO's (L to R) Ted Gaty, CIO, Aon Hewitt, Stewart McCutcheon, CIO & CPO, ECOLAB/Nalco, Susan Malisch, CIO, Loyola University Chicago, Edward Earl, CIO, Littelfuse, and moderator (offstage) Robert Kress, COO - Internal IT, Accenture.

The two day agenda included exceptional plenary sessions:

  • "Office of the CIO" (our chapter's term for the shared interest community made up of the CIO's staff) held the opening panel discussion titled "What is your IT organization really great at: Customer Intimacy, Operational Excellence or Innovation Leader?"
  • An all-CIO panel discussion, moderated by Accenture, titled "Running IT like a business"
  • A Forrester Research session titled "The future of mobile computing in the enterprise: A forward looking view".
  • The conference keynote presentation by Kim Hammonds, CIO, The Boeing Company titled "The Business of Technology at Boeing".

Conference keynote speaker Kim Hammonds, CIO, The Boeing Company discusses how her organization is helping Boeing achieve its business goals.

These plenary sessions were complimented by nine breakout sessions presented in three parallel tracks plus a full second day optional education track covering "Preparing your team for high yield innovation in the enterprise – concept to implementation".

Sponsor booths filled the exhibit hall to capacity. Gold sponsors from front are Cisco, Comcast and L&T Infotech.


The Program Management Institute, a Chicago Chapter strategic partner, provided information about their Program Management Professional Certification and other services.

In addition, Region 5 held its Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop for chapter leaders. The Leadership Workshop covered such topics as how to effectively use AITP membership programs (Student to Professional, Enterprise, Faculty Discount, etc.)  An AITP web portal overview was held.  And the attendees learned how to generate membership reports and request custom reports.  

From left to right:  Dunsten Nance (Capitol Chapter President), Mike Hall (Capitol Chapter Treasurer, Region 5 Secretary), John Council (Association Director, Past Region 5 President), Larry Schmitz (Region 5 President, Past Association President), and Chris Nimmer (Northeastern Wisconsin Region Director)

Celebrating our 60th Anniversary, the AITP Chicago Chapter is proud to have hosted this conference in the community where it all started. The Chicago Chapter officers and Board of Directors thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support throughout the year and we especially thank our members for contributing time and energy to the Chicago Chapter's success.

Mark Gilfand (left), Vice-President Region 5, and Tim Waterloo (center), President Oak Enterprises, check out the conference sponsors.

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