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2012 Events

November meeting

Topic: Are You Ready For What’s Next? AITP November CIO Forum

Presented by:

Modis is a global provider of IT staffing services. Modis connects  the very best IT professionals to great opportunities at leading  companies every single day – for both temporary and permanent assignments across virtually all industries. Using their insight,  flexibility and expanded resources to anticipate the needs of  leading tech companies to help them make exceptional connections with top tech talent.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Program Description:

Industry  leaders share their insight on the recovering United States economy,  increasing job growth, and how evolutionary change in business models  and operating standards are impacting IT.  Learn how they are delivering value to advance the goals of their businesses.

Please join the members of AITP (Association of information Technology Professionals) as we sit down with some of Richmond’s leading CIOs to discuss an array of topics including changes in customer demands and behavior, workforce optimization, technology transformation, business analytics, and allow you to ask your own questions.

  • Kavansa Gardner - MBA, PMP, Director of Information Communication and Technology Services, Richmond Public Schools
  •  Bob Fowler - CIO, Estes
  •  Steve Fox - CIO, Va. Alcohol Beverage & Control

Panel information:

Kavansa Gardner is responsible for establishing, planning, and directing the organization’s IT architecture, standards, design framework, procurement approaches, implementation operation policies, monitoring/maintenance strategies and district-wide technology training. He has been with Richmond Public Schools  for 11 years where he began as an Applications Developer and Project Manager and was promoted to Director of Information Technology. Prior  to joining Richmond Public Schools, Kavansa Gardner worked as a  Senior Applications Developer and Project Manager at several companies including Alfa Laval Industries, AMF Reece, and ECK Supply Corporation.

Bob Fowler is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Estes Express Lines, a $1.8 billion dollar international freight  and logistics company headquartered in Richmond, VA. He is responsible  for long term IT strategy and operations for the entire company and  its divisions. Bob works closely with executive management on key  business initiatives, such as process improvement, cost management, sales strategy and more; making sure IT is adding value through proper  alignment with corporate strategy.  Bob is active in the baseball community, coaching  many teams over the years and working with kids with special needs so  that they can enjoy the game of baseball as well.

Steve Fox  is currently the Chief Information Officer for the Virginia  Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. He oversees the agency’s Enterprise Information Technology activities for a $740M retail  business and is responsible for the day-to-day IT operations of the agency, IT Service and Project Delivery, and interfacing with Northrop  Grumman and VITA. Mr. Fox has worked in the Defense Industry supporting the U.S Army and  Intelligence communities on various programs. He has over 17 years of IT consulting and leadership experience with Booz Allen & Hamilton, Capital One Financial, Wellpoint Health Systems, and Circuit City.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee for RichTech and is a  member of the CIO Council for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr Fox supports Richmond Sports Backers and has served as a coach for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon Training Team.

October meetingTopic: Sustainable Adaptability: Business Transformation in the real worldPresented by:

CapTech Consulting

CapTech, a Richmond-based IT professional services company, designs, manages and integrates IT systems for America’s most respected businesses.  The company offers services in IT Management Consulting, Systems Integration and Data Management with principle offices in Richmond and Reston, VA, Charlotte, NC and King of Prussia, PA.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Program Description:

Globalization and technology advancements create opportunities for companies who are able to understand and leverage their impact and stress for those who find it difficult to keep up. Transformative change requires organizations to rethink why they exist.  The transformation effort must coexist with current business practices to ensure customers are not affected, frequently using existing staff and resources – in other words “changing the tires without pulling over”.  Come hear from a stellar panel of experts with deep and broad knowledge gained via their experience transforming enterprises.

You may also join the AITP LinkedIn Group to keep informed about programs and other networking opportunities.

  • Dave Buisson - Dave’s trived in the constantly changing IT outsourcing arena for the last 15 years.  He is currently with Xerox Corporation as the Senior Executive Account Manager responsible for the MWV (MeadWestvaco) account.  Previously, he was the Global Account Manager responsible for the GE (General Electric) account.  Business transformation was the norm for the global conglomerate of businesses within GE, and constant transformation has been the norm for MWV Global Business Services over the last five years.
  • John Francesconi, PMP - Senior Information Technology SDLC manager,    formerly of IBM, Bank America, Capital One, Philip Morris, The Commonwealth of Virginia, with extensive experience in providing performance and leadership roles managing cross-functional teams to transform business and IT organizations with solutions that meet business strategies and goals. John is currently the Program Manager for SAP / worldwide operations at Mead-West-Vaco here in Richmond.
  • Rubi Gemmell - Rubi is an Organization Transformation Practice Lead with eTelic, Inc., a Richmond, Virginia-based IT and consulting firm. With roots as a technologist and CEO of a software development company, Rubi notes that her clients’ solutions often are not complete via technology alone. Thus began her passionate quest to provide meaningful, lasting resolution to organizational  issues. She focuses on creating a holistic overview of her clients’ organizations  so that leadership can think and act strategically.
  • Pat O’Reilly - Project Manager, MWV Xerox Services, LLC. Has an exceptional track record serving as a leader for large teams, keeping staff focused, motivated and delivering through distracting times. He is experienced leading systems teams across all business areas, including high volume transaction processing systems (such as POS and Warehouse Management), as well as Enterprise Data warehousing.
  • Gayle Turner ‘s - Team and her helped over 100 advertising agencies around the world transform their new business systems, including J. Walter Thompson, Grey Global and Euro RSCG (the world’s largest agency at the time). A significant part of the process in all instances was what are laughingly called “soft skills”. We taught seasoned professionals and novices alike communications’ skills which enabled them to better understand their value from their clients’ POV and to listen in a manner that enabled them to better understand their clients’ needs and then how to present solutions in a manner their clients could understand and accept. There has been a recurring theme throughout the years of helping individuals, teams and organizations as a whole improve their performance by helping them communicate more effectively, efficiently, and respectfully.


September meetingTopic: “Dude, where’s my desktop?”– Desktop Virtualization from those Who Have Been TherePresented by:Formerly PlanIT Technology Group

SLAIT Consulting is an Information Technology consulting services company  specializing in delivering customized, creative IT solutions for customers in the  commercial, state and local government sectors. Services provided include  Virtualization, Professional Services, Managed Services, Enterprise Storage,  Network and Security. SLAIT, a privately owned firm, works with their clients to  take new approaches to reducing costs, increasing performance and mitigating  risks.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 11, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Program Description:

Just as server virtualization has shrunk the number of physical machines in the data center, desktop virtualization aims to shrink the number of physical machines distributed out to end users.  Does this accomplish the goal of lowering costs and easing maintenance?  What other benefits are there and what are the costs?  Come hear from those who have been there, both vendor and customer.

September’s Guest Panel

  • Patrick Butler - Vice President of Operations, Proxios.  Since joining Proxios in 2007, Patrick has served in several technical  roles including Help Desk Technician, Network Engineer, and Help Desk  Manager. As Vice President of Operations, Patrick has accountability  for the strategic and tactical leadership of all infrastructure components  required to deliver and support the Proxios cloud offering.
  • Alex Funke - Sales Manager, Citrix Systems, Inc.  Alex specializes in virtualization, Citrix, staffing software, recruiting  software, major account sales, solution selling, proposals & RFP  responses, recruiting, staffing, executive search, ASP, SaaS, and professional  services
  • Tom Johnson - Lead Architect, MeadWestvaco’s End User Computing organization.  During his career, Tom Johnson has managed enterprise e-Mail systems,  directory services environments, identity management systems, server operating systems, and the MWV North American Field Services  organization.  For the last few years, Tom has been focused on the End User Computing (EUC) environment.  This includes  the laptop and desktop environments, mobile devices, file and print  services, end point protection, and desktop and application virtualization  technologies.  In 2011, the EUC team performed an in depth proof of concept of desktop and application virtualization technologies focusing on  the comparison of VMWare products and Citrix products.
  • Jared Mabry - Director of Technical Services, Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA) Capital Division.  Jared’s team supports  the infrastructure, data center, and desktop operations for eighteen acute  care facilities over four states. Working in healthcare, Jared’s focus has  been providing agile, cost effective technical strategies that better enable  physician engagement, while promoting integration towards the goal of a  unified electronic health record.
  • Rob Parker - Leader, MeadWestvaco’s End User Computing organization.  Rob Parker has overall responsibility for the End User computing staff and  activities associated with architecture, management operations, quality  assurance, and security of MWV’s Global Business Services End User  Computing environment. During his career, Rob has managed desktop  computing for ACS (now Xerox), MWV’s account and Field Services for the  MWV headquarters.

June Meeting

Topic:  – Concrete Strategies: Enabling IT Cost Control and EfficiencyPresented by:

Date: Tuesday, June 12, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

June’s Guest Panel

  • Chris Burroughs – VP IT Infrastructure Services, Americas, Allianz Global Assistance (formerly Mondial Assistance)
  • Rajeev Khanna – Technical Services Manager, Capital One
  • Mark Morton – President, Morton Consulting

Program Description:

Program Sponsors:


A nationwide consulting firm with corporate headquarters in Troy, MI, providing Professional Staffing and Project Based Services and Solutions for Fortune 1000 clients in a broad range of industries.

Emerson Network Power / Liebert

Emerson Network Power is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity from grid to chip for telecommunications networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. The company delivers software, hardware, and services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for your business.

You may also join the AITP LinkedIn group to keep informed about programs and other networking opportunities.

 May Meeting

Topic: Big Data: Using Intelligence to Discover New Markets and Drive Innovation

Presented by:

Date: Tuesday, May 8, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

LocationHilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Register: Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

Panel members

Peter Aiken – Founding Director and Owner, Data Blueprint

Karen Bernhard - Capital One, US Card Decision Sciences Infrastructure Director of Data Analysis – Decision Science Solutions

  • Peter Faherty – Sr. Sales Consultant, Informatica
  • Kim Mahan – CEO, IntelliGraph, Inc. & Director of Emerging Technologies, Genworth Financial
  • David McCarty - Strategic Initiative Consultant, Hitachi Data Systems

Program Description

Information is power. Big data, when managed properly, provides valuable insight for business intelligence, security, operation, and compliance. Organizations that fail to utilize their data often fall behind, struggle to compete with data savvy information rich competitors, and lose market share. Our program will address two perspectives, the systems view which considers hardware, storage, as well as data integration aspects; and the business intelligence/analytics perspective.

Please join us for a panel discussion on the use of Big Data by organizations to derive actionable intelligence, discover new markets, penetrate further into existing markets, and drive innovation.

Panelist Information

Peter Aiken is widely acclaimed as one of the top ten data management authorities in the world.  In addition to examining the data management practices of more than 500 organizations, he has spent multi-year immersions with organizations as diverse as the US DoD, Deutsche Bank, Nokia, Wells Fargo, The Commonwealth of Virginia, and Walmart.  As President of DAMA International (dama.org), his expertise in the practice is unquestioned.  He has been a member of the Information Systems Department at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business since 1993 and jointly owns, with the University, Data Blueprint(.com) an award-winning, data management/IT consulting firm.

Karen Bernhard’s experience at Capital One ranges from managing large data analysis teams, to leading the data stewardship organization, and delivering large data transformation programs. Her eleven years in  Marketing & Analysis, Operations, Program Delivery, and IT gives her a broad base of experience with which to diagnose and solve problems. In her current role, As Director of Decision Science Solutions, Karen’s responsibilities include matching business solutions and platforms, driving their execution through delivery, and enhancing a focus on Innovation.

Peter Faherty is a Senior Sales consultant based in Baltimore, Maryland.  Peter has worked in the Data Quality / Data Integration space dealing with multiple clients throughout the US and EMEA for over 15 years.  He specializes in Financial Services Technical Sales for Informatica where the focus is to maximize the business return on data for their clients.

Kim Mahan  is the CEO of IntelliGraph Inc., a Richmond based technology startup, and Director of Emerging Technologies at Genworth Financial. Kim’s over 15 years professional experience, includes management positions with global responsibility for IT development, architecture, operations, and digital marketing. Kim is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and GE Six Sigma Black Belt.

David McCarty  is a Master Strategic Initiative Consultant based in the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Hitachi Data Systems. David specializes in File, Content and Cloud solutions, covering North and South America. Prior to joining HDS, David worked 4+ years as a Technology Consultant for EMC covering the Eastern Region. While at EMC David focused on BuRA (Backup/Recovery/Archive) solution sets with a keen emphasis on Archive and Compliance.

April Meeting

Topic: Employee-Owned IT: Information systems security challengesTopic: Get your Data Center in Shape: Efficiencies and Best PracticePresented by:

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 17, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

LocationHilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Register: Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

Panel members

  • Dean Wagstaff - Senior Infrastructure Advisor, Wellpoint Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • James C Willis, PE – Richmond Site Leader for Syska Hennessy Group
  • James Swope - Vice President and General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
    regions for QTS
  • David Deck  – Customer Sales Engineer, Dell Federal Systems – U.S. Navy

Program Description

We know it’s important, so what are the actual driving factors for maximizing data center efficiency without compromising reliability? Analysis shows that while energy consumption in data centers nearly doubled in the last five years, data center output increased fourteen-fold, and data center efficiency increased eight-fold over the same period. How do we identify, justify and prioritize data center efficiency improvement projects? Which strategies yield the most bang for the buck? We have assembled industry leaders in data center nfrastructure solutions.

Please join us as they share their practical experiences, data center efficiency improvements you can leverage, and future innovations on the horizon.

Panelist Information
Dean Wagstaff is a senior infrastructure advisor with Wellpoint Blue Cross Blue Shield. Wellpoint is the largest health insurance company in America based on membership. Dean leads WellPoint’s Data Center management team and is team lead for daily Operations of WellPoint’s 32 Data Centers, and regional computer rooms across the country. He has over 23 years of Data Center facilities management experience, and was the team lead on the design and engineering of WellPoint’s premier data center which is a 58,000 square foot site located in Richmond Va. Dean also recently led a project to expand WellPoint’s St. Louis data center in 2011.Dean is a certified project management professional (PMP), and is a principal member of the Uptime Institute, and AFCOM. Dean has a vast amount of knowledge concerning data center facilities management, and some of the key challenges facing data center managers in today’s environment. Dean is a graduate of ECPI, and has taken many additional data center planning, and engineering courses over his career.

James Willis is the Richmond Site Leader for Syska Hennessy Group, a national leader in the design of Critical Facilities. In addition, he is an Associate Partner and the lead Mechanical Engineer for the office. James has over twenty-five years of experience engineering mechanical systems for mission critical, commercial, healthcare and educational clients. At Syska Hennessy, James has designed a wide range of infrastructure projects for CF clients, including a 2MW expansion of an existing data center, a DDC to PLC control conversion for a 4800-ton central plant, and integration of a new 650,000 gallon chilled water thermal storage tank into an existing central plant system. James has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University. From 2005-2010, James served as an officer for the Richmond chapter of ASHRAE culminating in being named the top chapter president in Region III. James currently serves on the chapter Board of Directors.

James Swope is Vice President and General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions for QTS. QTS is a leading national provider of datacenter solutions and fully managed services for enterprise businesses. James has 18 years experience in sales and sales management with deep industry knowledge of leasing and selling mission critical datacenter infrastructure, managed hosting/computing, IP networking, business systems applications and telecom infrastructure consulting.Prior to joining QTS, James was employed by Digital Realty Trust with responsibility for developing and closing new enterprise, systems integrator and service-provider datacenter opportunities including the lease of turn-key data centers, acquisition/leasebacks, and powered base building infrastructure. James also held positions with Verizon Business’ Data Center Services organization, Telcordia, Cable & Wireless, eCommerce Industries, and UUNET.

David Deck has been around IT in various sales/marketing roles for the last 25 years. He has served as a technical advisor for Dell in public sales, and is currently a member of the core U.S. Navy sales team.  David focuses primarily on datacenter infrastructure, server and storage technologies at SPAWAR, NAVFAC and parts of NAVSEA.

March Meeting
Topic: Employee-Owned IT: Information systems security challenges


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Date: Tuesday, Mar. 13, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Panel members

  • Rick Fowler – Senior Audit Specialist, Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Hubert D. Harris – Chief Information Officer, Virginia State University
  • Dr. Glenn S. Dardick – Director, Longwood University Center Cyber Security
  • Robert Baskette – Commonwealth of Virginia Security Architect
  • Catherine Brown – Public Sector Healthcare Account Manager, The North Highland Company

Meet the Panel Experts

Program Description

Employee-Owned IT or as is commonly referred to “Bring Your Own” (BYO) device is fast becoming the new normal for many organizations and a risky proposition for CIOs who are required to support the organization’s push to reduce IT costs while satisfying user demands for device choice.

CIO’s, when considering implementing BYO strategy, must balance risks and control goals relating to sensitive corporate resource access. as well as end users’ needs. and desires for device diversity. At a minimum, BYO plans must take in to consideration competing and or conflicting goals such as (a) keeping employees happy (social), keeping processes running effectively (business), manage costs (financial), and keeping bad things from happening (risk).

As we see more diversity in mobile device platform types, and further consumerization of these devices, CIO’s will have no choice but to cede to business executives’ request for access to corporate resources, not only for themselves, but also for their support staff, mobile/teleworkers and in some instances, external business partners.

This month’s panel will explore the security effects and implications of employee-owned IT devices such as tablets, smartphones, and netbook use for digital interaction on a daily basis of both personal and corporate data. Please join us as they share their perspective on current trends, practical experiences you can utilize, barriers to implementing a plan that is secure, and vision of what is on the horizon.


February meetingTopic: VCU School of Business
Dr. Jeanne Ross, Director of the Center for Information Systems Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management will visit the VCU School of Business on March 1-2, 2012 as the Charles G. Thalhimer Family Scholar-in-Residence.IT professionals are invited to a breakfast with Dr. Ross on Friday March 2, 2012 at The Commonwealth Club: 401 W. Franklin Street; Richmond, VA 23220. (click hereto view map).Free event. Please register by February 28.
Schedule: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast — 8:00 a.m. Speaker — 9:00 a.m. Q&APresentation and Discussion Topic: “The IT Unit of the Future: Rethinking the Value Proposition” — In recent years, IT units have been working to ensure world class Run and Build services. As The Cloud becomes a force and external and business partners take on more responsibility for Run and Build, the IT unit’s value proposition has shifted toward helping the firm exploit technology for business value. How can the IT unit succeed in this new role?
If you have any questions, please call the Department of Information Systems at 804.828.1737(Please note that the dress code for the Commonwealth Club is business attire; jacket and tie are required for men.)Topic: Information Technology Career Outlook for Richmond and Central Virginia – Opportunities, Challenges and New Directions for Job Seekers in 2012 and Beyond.Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia

Program Description
Improve your Career Action Plan by arming yourself with information. Please join AITP as we explore the job and career outlook for Richmond and Central Virginia with a panel of experts at the pulse of recruiting, hiring, staffing, and job growth. Learn who is hiring, what positions will be hot or cold in 2012, and where the opportunities and challenges are. Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.

You may also join the AITP LinkedIn group to keep informed about programs and other networking opportunities.

Panel members

  • David Ingram – President and CEO, Capital TechSearch
  • Carmen Pastrana – Fort Lee Transition Services Manager
  • Leslie Burns – Human Resources Manager, IT Governance at General Electric
  • Daniel McRae – IT Manager Infrastructure Services, City of Richmond
January meetingTopic: Business and Economic Outlook for Richmond and Central Virginia
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 10, Networking 5:15 pm – Program – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:Hilton Garden Inn at Innsbrook, 4050 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia.Program Description
Economically and politically, Richmond and Central Virginia have experienced unprecedented times that will have a great impact on 2012 and beyond. Join AITP as we explore the new economy and business outlook for Richmond and Central Virginia with a panel of experts charged with managing and driving business growth. Learn where the opportunities and challenges in 2012 lie and how the economy of 2012 and beyond may be very different from our past.Become a part of business success by starting off the New Year armed with business outlook intelligence.
Seats are limited, so register now, and you won’t forget later.You may also join the AITP LinkedIn group to keep informed about programs and other networking opportunities.Panel members

  • Kim Scheeler – President and CEO Greater Richmond Chamber
  • Greg Wingfield – President Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Povar – Business Development Director, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
  • Roy Webb – Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond