Memphis Chapter - Society for Information Management
Quarterly Newsletter  |  2014, 
Vol 1  
About the Newsletter
The Quarterly Newsletter provides an overview of SIM Memphis Chapter news, upcoming meetings, events, and location community outreach programs.
Executive Summary
Membership News

SIM Memphis continues to grow!   


Welcome New Members!

Community Outreach

Teen Tech Camp prepares for its 10th session!

This one week summer camp for teens ages 13-15 takes place during the day from July 21-26 at the main branch of the Memphis Public library. Volunteers are still needed. ...more>>  


SIM Memphis Implements NPower 

SIM Memphis is implementing NPower's Web platform in order to match tech volunteers to schools and non-profits. ALL SIM Memphis members are asked to register as tech volunteers. ...more>>  


Other Updates
Did you know that registration for the September 23 SIM Strategy series as well as November 2 SIMposium 2014 is now open? Did you know that time is running out to provide input into the IT Trends study (and enter our chapter for a $1,000 prize)? For information on these key topics along with important news concerning the Members in Transition program, please click here Other Updates ...>.

Membership_NewsMembership News
by Susan Caldwell
New_Members Welcome New Members!


Peter Kim, IT Director, Campbell Clinic


Peter has over 10 combined years as IT Director of West Clinic and Campbell Clinic.  He is currently working at Campbell Clinic on IT projects in Health Care, IT security, BI/Data Mining, Systems interfacing and custom applications. 

His experience also includes 6 years in military grade computer systems,
5 years in digital circuit design and engineering, and 10 years in Healthcare IT, network infrastructure and clinical/business systems implementation.

Peter's specialties are Healthcare EMR/PMS/PACS systems, Network Infrastructure design, DR design, IT Security, HIPAA Security, Systems interfacing, Project management and digital circuit design and software design. 

Peter leads the VMWare Users Group in Memphis. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a BSCET, Computer Engineering and is fluent in Japanese and Korean.



Tammy Pilgreen, CIO, Herff Jones and Varsity Brands


Tammy Pilgreen is a seasoned IT and General Management Executive with a broad background in Business Operations, Sales, Marketing, IT, and Finance. Tammy has spent approximately half of her career leading and managing technology initiatives in various capacities, ranging from the DIY consumer products and automotive industries in the 1990's to high school and college focused products and services in the past several years. The other half of Tammy's career has been spent on general management and consulting, with a focus on sales, marketing, R&D, and distribution of products to big box retailers, as well as other Fortune 100 manufacturers. The intersection point of deeply understanding these areas of business, combined with 10+ years of experience in leading IT, make Tammy a strategic enabler of leveraging technology for advantage to the business.

Tammy manages an IT team of about 150 employees across the U.S. Her recent work includes implementation of several key technologies which have helped the Varsity business to grow revenues and profitability: Business Intelligence tools, CRM and associated front office applications, a web based custom product configurator tool for Varsity Sales Reps, and a modernized platform for event registration and management are a few results of Tammy's leadership in the area of technology at Varsity.

This year at Herff Jones, Tammy has developed a new IT strategy and is leading the IT team to modernize the front office applications, including CRM, an on-demand personalized ecommerce platform, and a BI platform. In addition, her Herff Jones IT team will implement a new data integration middleware, enabling smoother integration of 20+ back office systems.

Tammy is originally from Minnesota, where she graduated from St. Mary's University with a double major in Business and Spanish.   She currently lives in Memphis, TN with her husband, Tom; they have 3 sons ages 24, 22, and 16. Tammy enjoys camping, boating, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.



Rob Stalder, Director of Enterprise Application Services, University of Memphis  

Rob Stalder has 20 years of experience in IT program/project management, ERP implementation, infrastructure benchmarking, custom application development & maintenance, and eProcurement. He joined the University of Memphis in July 2013 as the Director of Enterprise Application Services, which makes him responsible for all of the major administrative and academic IT applications used across campus.

Prior to joining the UofM, Rob worked in the consulting unit at Gartner in DC for five years where most of his work was for the Federal Government.  He worked for the Corporate Executive Board for two years prior to that, and performed quantitative benchmarking of large infrastructure organizations.  While in the DC area, Rob was a member of the local SIM chapter.

While living in Atlanta, Rob was an IT Program Manager with General Electric for five years where he was in charge of application development & maintenance for procurement, supply chain management, and Six Sigma quality in the GE Energy/Power Systems business unit.  He started his professional career as a SAP implementation consultant with Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers for six years where he was heavily involved with business process redesign of sourcing, manufacturing, quality, and field service processes.

Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and earned his MBA in Finance & Marketing from Emory University in Atlanta.  He is both PMP and CISSP certified.  Rob lives in East Memphis with his wife Elizabeth, who is an alumna of the UofM.



Jennifer Wyatt, Senior Director of Information Security, ServiceMaster


Jennifer Wyatt is the Senior Director of Information Security, Compliance and Process Management at ServiceMaster. She is currently responsible for security, IT SOX and PCI compliance for 7 brands within the ServiceMaster family including American Home Shield, Terminix, Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, Amerispec, and TruGreen. She also manages the project process office for ServiceMaster IT.

Jennifer has held multiple Information Technology positions in Memphis including First Tennessee and FedEx with over 15 years' experience. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Memphis and is currently seeking her Master of Business Administration from Christian Brothers University. She is actively involved in DeNeuville Learning Center, SIM, and multiple community volunteer programs.

Jennifer is very family oriented with three teenage children. She loves golf, reading, traveling, learning anything new, leading new tasks or solving hard challenges, and community service. She is a huge Memphis Tiger fan!





After sitting out a year, we are so happy to welcome back long-term member Rick Brown.



Rick Brown, Director Information Technology North America, Allenberg Cotton Company

Allenberg is the largest Cotton Merchant in the world, handling in excess of 8 million bales and ranking in the top 25 exporters from the US. Allenberg's cotton operations are located in the US, Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, and India. The core business is the trading, marketing, and delivery of cotton, as well as trading futures and options. They are also involved in Ginning, Warehousing, Trucking, and International Logistics.

Over the course of his career Rick has worked in all aspects of a technology organization including: Operations, Telecommunications, Network Engineering, Software Design, Development, and formerly SVP & CTO of Dunavant Enterprises, a $2B multi-national corporation. As the Director of Information Technology for Allenberg North America, he is responsible for strategic planning, management and governance of technology and IT personnel, project feasibility assessment, contract negotiations, managing outsourcing agreements, managing software development, network engineering, business analysis, PMO, and support services. Rick has international business experience through the technology initiatives undertaken in the various geographic regions in which Dunavant operated which required an in-depth understanding of all aspects of business including, commodity trading, supply chain management, international trade finance, and managing personnel geographically dispersed around the world.

Rick has his Executive MBA from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management from Christian Brothers University. He also holds an Associate's degree in Computer Engineering from State Technical Institute (now Shelby State Community College). He is Chairman of the American Cotton Shippers Association Data Systems Committee, Chairman of the Executive MBA Alumni Association Recruiting Committee, and a member of the University of Memphis MIS Advisory Board.


Member on the Move!


Greg Jackson, EMEA IT Technical Services Manager, International Paper 


Greg Jackson has been named EMEA IT Technical Services Manager effective February 1, 2014.  In his new role, he is responsible for EMEA Telecommunications, Regional Support, Remote Support, IT Helpdesk.  He and his wife are relocating to Poland.   Good luck Greg. We will miss you!




Gary Jones, Business Systems Analyst, Buckman International


A graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), with a major in Management Information Systems, Gary has been a Business Systems Analyst for Buckman Laboratories Intl in Memphis, TN for the past four years. He joined Buckman as a Programmer Analyst directly from Ole Miss seven years ago. Since then he has functioned as an application developer, business systems analyst, data architect, and project manager. He led the development efforts for several strategic customer-facing systems that have added to Buckman's competitive differentiation in the marketplace.

For the past year, Gary has been developing as a team leader of the Buckman group responsible for custom development. As he continues developing as a team leader, he'll be learning project portfolio management, mentoring junior developers, coordinating global projects, and coordinating resource allocations for the application development team.

Gary and Jenny, his wife of 13 years, and have two sons, Hayden, age 7, and Hunter, age 11. His time away from work these days is usually consumed in helping them with 2nd and 5th grade homework... which he says is much more difficult than he remembers! When not doing homework, he and the family are usually attending baseball or soccer games. The entire family loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity to be outside and spend the day playing sports, hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs.



Bryson Steinmeyer, IT Administrative Analyst, Buckman International  

Bryson started his career at Buckman in 2006 and has held the roles of Communication Resource Generalist, PC Technician, and PC Systems Analyst before assuming his current position. In this role, he works as an IT Administrative Analyst, with responsibilities that include administering the company-side project management and project portfolio management system, tracking and providing visibility to IT costs, maintaining a global application portfolio, authoring IT policies and standards, administering change management control processes, and ensuring compliance with contract terms and conditions. He has a passion for IT process management and has recently acquired an ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification. Bryson looks forward to entering IT management in the future.  Bryson has assumed the role of Webmaster for the Memphis SIMnet site.

Bryson was married in 2013 and enjoys traveling with his wife. Most recently, they visited the Cayman Islands. When not working or traveling, he enjoys playing classical and jazz guitar, and is preparing an acoustic guitar album to release on iTunes. He is also learning to build custom wood furniture and hopes those newfound skills will aid him one day become a guitar luthier hobbyist.

Community_OutreachCommunity Outreach
by Danita Macon
By David Ulloa


Teen Tech Camp at the Memphis Public Library is our longest running program. A total of 211 students have attended in the years leading up to this 10th session. 


We are very excited to participate in this 10th Event of the Teen Tech Camp. We are still looking for goody donations and we would take any additional volunteers.


We have been collaborating with the First Regional Library system in the DeSoto area to have our first out of state TTC in 2015 at the Horn Lake library. This can be the first of many other Out of state TTC. Let's do Arkansas in 2016!


To volunteer or to provide donations, please contact David Ulloa


SIM Memphis Implements NPower  

By Jana Markowitz


SIM Memphis is partnering with NPower, a non-profit which provides a free web platform to connect Tech Volunteers to the schools and non-profits who need them. We hope NPower's online tool will make volunteering for STEM Outreach activities in Memphis easier for our members (and their staff and friends) so even more people will volunteer.


NPower's skills-based volunteering platform, The Community Corps, forges connections between impassioned volunteers, non-profits and innovative education partners.  Whether it's mentoring at Black Girls Code, speaking at IT Career Day at the U of M, performing IT assessments, providing website development, social media or software training - if the volunteer opportunity relates to tech, NPower and SIM together will provide Memphis technology professionals the opportunity to make a difference.


NPower has created a registration portal specifically for SIM Memphis and our Memphis non-profits and schools. The Memphis Public Library is registered and will be seeking volunteers for their Teen Tech Tuesdays, Teen Tech Camp and other projects. More non-profits and schools will be registering and posting their needs for volunteers in the near future.


As part of registering you complete a profile which identifies your skills and background as well as the types of events and activities for which you want to volunteer. When events are posted by non-profits and schools, if your skills match their requirements, you will receive an email alerting you to the opportunity to volunteer. If you are interested in an event, you contact the organization seeking volunteers. You can also search the database of volunteer opportunities.


Do you want to register as a volunteer through the SIM Memphis Portal?

Click on this registration link: Memphis Volunteers


Or cut and paste this URL:  



Have a non-profit or school in Memphis you would like to get registered?


Ask non-profits to register at this link:


Or share with them this URL:



Other Updates

Strategy Series - 2014
Registration is now open for the 28th annual SIM Strategy Series for Executives. This event will be held September 23, 2014 at the Hilton Memphis. You may register at

Simposium 2014
SIMposium 2014, the premier conference for technology executives, practitioners, and business leaders is now open for registration. The year, the conference will be held in Denver, CO starting November 2nd and running through November 4th. You may sign up by following this link SIMPosium 2014.

SIM IT Trends Study
The deadline to complete the 35th anniversary SIM IT Trends survey has been extended to May 31. Please participate by clicking the link in the personal email you received as a SIM member.

Members In Transition Program

Start utilizing this SIM member benefit today!

The Members In Transition (MIT) program was developed to assist SIM members who are in transition or looking to make a career change, by providing a forum to share leads, connections, opportunities and advice. We encourage all members to join, whether you are looking for a change or just want to help fellow members in need. Start expanding your network today!  

Already employed? Members need your help!

Join in the MIT program to help fellow members. There is no time commitment to fulfill so you can be as active as you would like. Here's how you can get involved...

  • Members in need are looking for part time or contract work - find them on the Helping Hands Roster.
  • Offer advice on the weekly telecoms held Tuesdays @ 12pm ET or Thursdays @ 8am ET
  • Offer up connections by joining our Linked In group
  • Post openings that others have shared with you, or that are open at your organization
  • Offer advice to those in need.

Looking for a new position? Currently out of work?

MIT can broaden your search and provide the resources you need!

You can take advantage of ALL of the MIT resources mentioned above as well as the Career Portal. Here you will find resources to help in your job search. Resources include...

  • Job boards
  • Weekly live webinars
  • Job source resources
  • Resume review
  • Resource library including past webinars, audio recordings and articles

For a complete list of benefits visit (under career center) or contact Jana Markowitz or Susan Caldwell, your local MIT representatives.

For more information on how to get involved contact Veronica Sullivan at


Next Meeting

June 5, 2013
Rhodes College
Business Intelligence, Document and Knowledge Management  - Unfair Advantage? 



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SIM Memphis

2014 Board of Directors



Mario Simmons



Michael Jones



Jim Boyd



Jana Branham

Susan Caldwell 



Bob Johnson



Danita Macon



Darrell Price



Jarrett Morgan

Kevin Morgan



Rick Pride 



Dick Vandenberg


Past President

Della Adams


Newsletter Contributors
  Susan Caldwell

    Jana Markowitz 

David Ulloa
Danita Macon
Mario Simmons
About SIM
Established in 1968, the Society for Information Management (SIM) is the premier network for IT leaders. SIM is comprised of more than 3,600 members including CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, and foremost consultants. Through its 31 chapters, SIM provides resources and programs inspired by IT leaders for IT leaders that enable CIOs to further develop their leadership capabilities and those of the emerging leaders in their organizations. SIM provides the premiere collective voice to advocate policy and legislation on behalf of the IT profession. 

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