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SIM Memphis Quarterly Volume I, March 2009
In This Issue
SIM Supports Members in Transition
Local Strategy Series for Executives
SIM James Robinson Memorial Scholarship at LeMoyne-Owen College
Teen Tech Camp 2009
Call for Business Speakers
SIM Memphis 2009 BOD
SIM Memphis Welcomes New Chapter Members 
Brian Brittain
IT Director - Enterprise Data Architecture
FedEx Services
Deborah Campbell
Manager Global Technology Governance
Thomas & Betts
Randall Carrier
EVP, Deputy CIO
First Horizon National Corporation
Steve Happ
V.P. Information Technology
Katt Worldwide Logistics
Bruce Livesay
First Horizon National Corporation
Phillip Mashburn
VP of IT
Larry Raines
Director, SAP Center of Excellence
Smith & Nephew
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This is the first SIM Memphis Quarterly Newsletter which is designed to provide highlights of chapter activities from the last quarter and to let you know about upcoming events and opportunities. 
SIM Supports Members in Transition  
Since the 1980's, almost anyone who has been in the IT industry has experienced career transition, frequently and sometimes very unexpectedly.  The SIM organization provides support for Members in Transition (MIT) in the following ways:   
There are several tools found on the SIM website at SIM Career Resources.  Under the Resources section, an executive recruiter offers any SIM Member 30 minutes of free consulting around ideas about their careers or job search. 
  • SIM will waive your membership fee for the year following the year you enter into transition up until you are re-hired, at which time dues are prorated for the remainder of that year.
  • SIM Memphis offers an exclusive program developed by Susan Caldwell and Jana Markowitz geared toward MITs as they search and prepare for new career opportunities.

Susan CaldwellJana Markowitz

Susan Caldwell (above left) has over thirty years experience in IT roles, with the last seven as an IT recruiter including executive recruiting.  Prior to recruiting, Susan's positions focused on IT delivery consulting as a Systems Engineer with Data General (now EMC) and as a Director for Oracle Consulting Services.  She has also spent time on the other side of the desk as an IT practitioner.  These varied roles give her a unique 360 degree view on the hiring and job sourcing process.  Jana Markowitz (above right) has many years of experience in technology (including 15 years at IBM in systems engineering), consulting, and management development, with a special focus on helping information technology organizations with staffing, training, professional development and relationship management issues.
The first session was held in late March and was hosted at Thomas and Betts, thanks to Sue Conklin, and another first session will be scheduled again soon.  Currently the program consists of six sessions which last approximately two hours each and include: 

  • Marketing Yourself, Networking, and Hands-on Training on how to Leverage LinkedIn for Networking and Job Searches
  • Resume Writing
  • Posting Online - what, where, and if you should post online
  • The Behavioral Interview
  • So you want to be a Consultant - how to get started
  • Soft Skills for Technical People

The sessions can be conducted as a group or one-on-one as appropriate to the content.  Susan and Jana are relying heavily on the input of the MIT participants and are crafting the  session content based on their feedback.  If Jana and Susan do not have the expertise to provide what you need, they will do their best to bring in someone who can.  Here 's what your fellow SIM members have to share about the first session...

"I just wanted to say "thanks" to Susan and Jana for putting together a great program for the SIM MIT's.  It took a lot of personal time and energy and I know all of us who were there appreciate that effort. 
A special thanks also to Sue Conklin, for so graciously providing a place for us to meet!
SIM is all about the network that connects us and what a great way this was to provide support to fellow SIM members.  This modern era has seen the death of loyalty to a company, and the need to always be ready to move on.  The hard reality of the job market these days is the average person will change jobs every 2-5 years.  I think the message and techniques that Susan and Jana communicated so well are fundamental to professional growth for IT managers.  It would probably be a good idea to have a periodic chapter meeting that focuses on this message, evolving tools and trends, and the key actions that every one of us needs to take every day.
Again, thanks Susan, Jana, and Sue!!"
John Oglesby
"I want to reiterate John's message and add that it takes a special kind of vision to recognize the need for this dialog. Great initiative and outstanding follow-through.
As Susan's emails used to remind us,
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!
- Margaret Meade
Thank you Jana, Sue, and Susan,"
Dick Vandenberg

Sessions are open to all members, not just MIT.  If you are interested in attending the MIT sessions, please contact Susan or Jana.   Sessions will continue as needed. 
Strategy Series for Executives a Resounding Success!
The SIM Memphis Chapter has a long history of producing local one day Strategy Series Event for Executives each year. In 2007, the chapter took a break from producing a local event and hosted the most successful international SIMposium annual conference in SIM's history which was held at the Peabody Hotel with over 650 participants.  This past February, the Memphis SIM Chapter once again produced a local Strategy Series, What CEOs Want From the IT Organization:  Charting a Course Through Challenging Times, which was highly successful.
Over 120 Memphis area executives and sponsors attended to hear the impressive line up of national and local speakers who provided insight into current business conditions and approaches for being successful.
 Jana Markowitz
SIM Strategy Series for Executives, February 26, 2009, at the Esplanade Conference Center.  Above, attendees listen closely to presentations given by a stellar line-up of speakers.
SIM Memphis partnered with HMG Strategy to produce the event. Major sponsors included IBM, Polycom, Informatica, and CA. Proceeds from the event will be used for Community Outreach sponsored by the chapter including scholarship endowments at the University of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen, Teen Tech Camp and work with Stax Academy/Soulsville.
Strat John and Ed
SIM Memphis' own John Oglesby and Ed Charbonnet presented at the Strategy Series telling a great story and generating some laughs along the way
Strat Luffman Steve DIck
Left to right:  Dr. Jerry Luftman, event moderator, Steve Schaefgan, Strategy Chair, and Dick Vandenberg, Chapter President
Special Thanks
Special thanks to Stephen Schaefgan for chairing the event, Sue Conklin for chairing the Sponsorship Committee, Dick Vandenberg for leading marketing efforts, and to all the team members who participated in supporting event activities! 
SIM James Robinson Memorial 
Scholarship at LeMoyne-Owen College
In 2004, the Memphis SIM Chapter endowed a scholarship in Dr. Robinson's memory to offer promising students in Information Management and closely related fields scholarships to support their College education.
Jana Branham, Community Outreach, and Christi Daigre, SIM Memphis, have been working to update the terms of the agreement and to ensure that scholarships are awarded annually.
Kenneth Ray, a native Memphian and senior majoring in Computer Science at LeMoyne-Owen, is SIM's James Robinson Scholarship recipient. In addition to attending LeMoyne-Owen, Kenneth works at Nike processing orders in the distribution center and is also pursuing additional technical certifications. After graduating in May 2009, he will be pursuing a Masters in Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology and ultimately wants to work for NASA.
LM Scholarship Pic
Featured from left to right are Christi Daigre, Mark Stansbury, Interim Vice President Institutional Advancement LeMoyne-Owen, SIM Scholarship Recipient, Kenneth Ray, and Jana Branham at the annual LeMoyne-Owen Annual Scholarship Luncheon held on March 30, 2009 
Teen Tech Camp 2009
During the February Chapter Meeting, guest speaker, Steven Zolman, Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of NET(net) spontaneously offered to donate two laptops for Teen Tech Camp after hearing announcements about the chapter's community outreach programs as the meeting kicked off.  The laptops have already been delivered to the Memphis Public Library to use for this year's Teen Tech Camp.   Many thanks to Steven and NET(net) for their generous contribution to a great cause! 
  Dick Steve Net net Donation
Dick Vandenberg, Chapter President, thanks Steven Zolman, NET(net) for his donation of two laptops for Teen Tech Camp and for speaking at the meeting
This year Dennis Norton and Rick SanRoman will be coordinating Teen Tech Camp activities with the Memphis Public Library.  Dennis served as a judge and photographer last year and after experiencing the magic of Teen Tech Camp, was anxious to participate on the team for 2009.  
What is Teen Tech Camp?
Teen Tech Camp is an annual week long program produced by SIM Memphis in conjunction with the Memphis Public Library.  The purpose of the camp is to help get young people excited about technology while they are still considering their future career opportunities - perhaps they will choose IT as a career path after participating in the camp!
The camp is targeted at 12-15 year olds and exposes kids to various careers in IT as well as introducies them to emerging technologies.  Attendees who are selected pay nothing to attend.  The group is diverse and is comprised mostly of students from public schools.   
This year's program will teach students how to reformat used computers and install the Ubuntu (Linux based) operating system in preparation for producing their assignments.   The Library's ultimate goal is to have a mobile computer lab so that some of their 18 branch locations can enjoy the same level of technology programming they offer at the Central Library.

How can you help support this year's Teen Tech Camp?  

  • Sign-up to be a Bright Shiny Object (BSO) speaker which means giving 20 minute hands-on talk about a bright shiny object - something really "cool" that would make them want to pursue a technical degree/career.  Sessions begin at 9:00 Monday-Thursday of the camp, July 20th - July 23rd.  Or, consider volunteering someone in your company to be a BSO speaker!
  • Be a guest speaker on Friday, July 24th to talk about working in IT and how you came to be an information technology worker! 
  • Volunteer to be a judge on Friday, July 24th, when you'll review work produced by the students and see their excitement as they are presented with certificates.

Please contact Dennis Norton or Rick SanRoman to voluneer.

Teen Tech Ed Hovercraft

Teen Tech Camp 2008, Ed Charbonnet delighted participants with his talk on hovercrafts followed by rides.  Try to top this!

Computer Donations
Have any old computer equipment that is lying around or is not really being used much?  Chances are it can be put to good use for Teen Gaming and Tech events held a few afternoons a month at the Library.  (Laptops are preferred but all PCs/MACs are welcome -can be 4-5 years old). Please contact Curt Kitrell .

Special Thanks
Special thanks to Jana Markowitz who served as Program Chair for Teen Tech Camp for the last few years and to John Oglesby for conceiving and founding the Teen Tech Camp with the Memphis Public Library in 2005, for developing the concept of BSO speakers, and for working with SIMI to help promote the concept. 

Call for Business Speakers

Can you find two hours in your work week to make a difference in the life of a Memphis City Schools student?


SIM Memphis is helping make it possible for Memphis students at the Stax Music Academy to be educated in the technology of making music by partially funding the renovation of the Stax Music Academy's Recording Studio and Control Room.  The Stax Music Academy is one of the major programs of the Soulsville Foundation, a non-profit organization, created to serve the South Memphis neighborhood of Soulsville, USA.   

The mission of the Soulsville Charter School is to produce students who will be able to read, communicate effectively and possess high-order thinking skills through the interconnectedness of academics and music.
What can you do to help with this mission?   Be a business luncheon speaker!


The Soulsville Charter School is asking business people to visit the school at lunchtime and talk about their job, the education needed for their profession, and what they like about their job.


There are four lunch sessions - one for each grade, six through nine.  You may speak to one, two, three, or all the grades.


The business luncheon exposes their students to various career opportunities that they might not have known about or considered for themselves.


Please contact Lamonn Daniels at (901) 946-2535 ext. 360, identify yourself as a SIM Member, and arrange a time to speak.

Please contact Sue Conklin with any questions.  Thanks and you will have a great time! 

Special Thanks
Thanks to Sue Conklin for initiating the SIM Business Speaker Program with Stax and for its ongoing development! 


Memphis SIM 2009 Board of Directors
Jana Markowitz 
Back row (left to right):  John Lewis, Treasurer; Tony Rooney, Programs; Dick Vandenberg, President; John Oglesby, Vice President; Rick Pride, Past President  
Front row (left to right):  Susan Caldwell, Membership; Diane Coons, Marketing; Judy Simon, Membership; Jana Branham, Community Outreach; Steve Schaefgen, Strategy Series