Memphis Chapter - Society for Information Management
                                      Quarterly Newsletter  |  2016, 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
Welcome New Members!   
The chapter welcomes both new and returning members.....more>>

Members In The News
Bill Kettinger and Ed Charbonnet featured ...more>>
Community Outreach
SIM Outreach Activities
See our SIM website for details  ...more>>

SIM Scholarship Recipient
Congratulation to Rochandra Prewitt ...more>>
Thank you!
Laptop donations ...more>>

High School Robotics
Updates on competitions ...more>>

Teen Tech Camp
Dates are set for the summer ...more>>

Library CLOUD901
Lots of activities since the opening last year ...more>>

Tech Centers
Boys and Girls Clubs & Desoto County Career Tech West ...more>>
Programs in Review
A Recap of Q1 Programs ...more>> 
Special Updates
SIMposium 2016
Get all the news on SIMposium 2016 in October  ...more>>

 For more information on all Special Updates, please click here Special Updates ...>.
Membership_NewsMembership News
by Jim Sanders
New Members!

Membership is excited to welcome new members to SIM Memphis. We all look forward to getting to know you and seeing you often!

Meghann Chilcott
Vice President, Pharmacy Systems
Fred's, Inc. 

Meghann Chilcott currently serves as Vice President of Pharmacy Systems for Fred's, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. Mrs. Chilcott is responsible for systems, technical solutions, and support for approximately 370 retail pharmacies and 3 specialty pharmacies. Prior to Freds, Inc. Mrs. Chilcott served as Director of Pharmacy Services at Navarro Discount Pharmacies in Miami, Florida. As Director of Pharmacy Services, she oversaw pharmacy operations for a central fill pharmacy, pharmacy call center, and medication adherence program. Mrs. Chilcott is currently completing a Masters in Biomedical Informatics at Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology. Mrs. Chilcott currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two sons.

Jeff Cox
Application Development Manager
Truck Pro, LLC

Jeff is an Application Development Manager for TruckPro, LLC.  He has lived in Memphis his entire life, and graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.B.A. in Management of Information Systems in 2004.  Jeff began teaching himself to program and build PC's when he was 13 and has been hooked ever since.  The focus of his career has been software development, though he has also served as a Scrum Master / Project Manager, Adjunct Faculty at Southwest TN Community College, teaching C++ and Systems Analysis & Design, and as a Development Manager leading web and SQL projects. He lives in Arlington, TN with his wife, Danielle, along with their three dogs and one evil guinea pig who may or may not be plotting world domination.

Larry DeJournett
Director of IT Security and Infrastructure
EPG Insurance

Larry DeJournett has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector.  He is currently the Director of IT Infrastructure and Security for EPG Insurance, a global provider of insurance and warranty management solutions.  Prior to joining EPG Insurance, Larry has served small to medium businesses in sectors such as distribution, retail point-of-sale software production, e-commerce, and payment processing.  In addition to hands-on technical experience, Larry has experience managing IT operations, software development, providing business continuity / disaster recovery solutions, and ensuring cyber security and compliance.  Larry holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Information Technology from the University of Memphis.  He is also a member of InfraGard and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

Peg Scott
IT Director, Latin America, India and Asia
International Paper
Peg Murphy Scott has been with International Paper for over 30 years, where she has been an IT Director for almost 10 years.  She is currently the IT Director for Latin America, IP India, and IP Asia.  Prior to that, she was the IT Director for xpedx, IP's distribution business, which was divested in 2014.  Peg's career also includes over 12 years in various other IT leadership roles such as Senior IT Manager for Application Development, Manager of IT Strategy, Enterprise Project Manager, and Process Systems Group Leader; as well as experience with mergers, divestitures and acquisitions; outsourcing; and organizational design and development.  Peg obtained her Bachelors of Science in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.  She relocated to Memphis from Cincinnati, Ohio in the fall of 2014. 

Jon Weber
Director, Enterprise Infrastructure Services
University of Memphis

Catie Welsh
Associate Professor
Rhodes College
Catie Welsh joined the Rhodes College faculty as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Fall of 2013.  She's originally from Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in computer science from Ursinus College, a liberal arts college in the aptly named Collegeville, PA. After working as a software engineer for a few years, she returned to school full-time and completed her master's degree in computer science at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and then completed her PhD in computer science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. At Rhodes, she has taught many of the courses in the computer science curriculum at a variety of levels. Her primary research interests are in computational genetics and bioinformatics and she has recently been collaborating with the computational biology department at St. Jude. She is also an affiliate member of the Bioinformatics program at the University of Memphis.  Catie currently lives in Midtown Memphis with her husband and their five dogs.

Bill Kettinger
Professor and FedEx Chair of Excellence in MIS
University of Memphis

Let's congratulate Bill Kettinger on his recent publication in MIS Quarterly Executive (2016, Volume 15, Number 1, pages 1-19) co-authored with Stefan Henningsson titled "Managing IT Integration Risk in Acquisitions."
The article presents a framework for assessing IT integration risk in acquisitions. Using the experience of Trelleborg AB, a serial acquirer, we illustrate the framework's merits for managing high-risk acquisitions and identifying low-risk acquisitions. Based on insights gained from Trelleborg, we provide recommendations for CIOs on assessing and managing IT-related risk in acquisitions.  Way to go Bill!
Congratulations are also in order for Ed Charbonnet who was recognized at the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis annual dinner for his service!

OutreachCommunity Outreach
by Ed Charbonnet and  David Ulloa
Check out the local outreach activities on our SIM Website!

You heeded the call for the laptop request!  Thanks to Debra Black at Terex who donated five laptops, and Aaron Goodwin at Wunderlich who donated six laptops.
Contributed by the U of M, Anna Michael

Rochandra Prewitt, a student in the Department of Business Information & Technology (BIT), was recently awarded a regional scholarship by the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). The scholarship included a $1,500 award.
The SIM scholarship is exclusively for junior or senior BIT majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Rochandra's excellent GPA and impressive interview made her the ideal choice for the award. She is a great representative of the BIT department.
"I am very appreciative to be chosen for the SIM scholarship," said Rochandra Prewitt. "Both SIM and the University of Memphis have contributed immeasurably to my success."
"Rochandra has proven herself to be a model BIT student. She sets the bar high for herself and works hard to get there," said Dr. Robin Poston, interim chair of the department Business Information & Technology.

Four teams from Memphis went to the Arkansas Regional Competition March 11 & 12.  The teams were from White Station, Collierville, Mitchell and Memphis Business Academy.  After the nine qualifying rounds, White Station was ranked 11th out of 49 and Collierville was ranked 13th.  Both advanced into the quarter finals where they competed valiantly but did not move on to the semi-finals. Mitchell ranked 26th after the qualifying rounds and MBA ranked 41st.  All learned a great deal and will be competing in another regional competition before March is over.

White Station also competed in its second match March 23-26 and placed 8th out of 51.  They had the highest scoring BOT during the Autonomous phases.  They received the Judges award for their innovative targeting system that used the camera to seek out the target and move the BOT into position to fire.

Congratulations to all four schools on their accomplishments and learning for the year!


Please take note of the dates of Teen Tech Camp (TTC) this summer:

Horn Lake TTC (2nd year): July 18 - 22
Memphis Library TTC (12th year):  Also July 18 - 22
Whitehaven (2nd year):  July 25 - 30


The doors to CLOUD901 opened last September, and in less than 6 months we are already seeing over 150 teens a day in the space, learning, creating, and showcasing! Periodically, they hold a showcase.  See this link for details on the one held in March and get involved next time!


BGCM - Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have made very significant additions to its technology center (903 Walker Ave) and most specifically in the areas of technology training as well as soft skills such as how to interview and the importance of showing up on time.  Check out what they are learning:
Laying the Foundation
Fresh Career Tracks

Desoto County has also opened a new "Career Tech West".  It is a very impressive new facility with state of the art training in IT, HVAC, Automotive and Cuisine.  See their web page by clicking on the Career Tech West above. 
by Ahmed Esmail

Programs in Review 
January Program - Compliance - the Legal and Financial Impact

IT managers are now bound by law to store, backup, encrypt, secure and protect their confidential data, and demonstrate that they are doing this satisfactorily.
Many organizations in the public sector and the regulated industries, such as utilities and legal or financial services, have to demonstrate an information security policy that proves they have a range of steps and measures in place. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators reserve the right to prosecute.

Justin Joy, Attorney at Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., shared the legal aspects of a breach and how to mitigate risk. 
Loretta Duncan, FACMPE Sr. Consultant at State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, spoke about the financial impact of a breach and how to protect your company the right insurance.

February Program - The Culture of Employee Engagement & Recognition

For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming threat. Now, it's no longer looming - it's here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65. The boomers embraced technology like no other generation so IT departments are faced with brain drain as they retire. With fewer people in the work-age population and even fewer of them going into technical fields, hiring managers are faced with a shortage of qualified people to backfill the vacated positions.  In addition, for the first time, the workplace is made up of multi-generations, each with different work styles. Managers must learn these differences in order to form high functioning teams and retain talented employees from all generations.

Kendra Angier Vice President Human Resources at Ingram Micro North America
Bo Hormberg
Vice President/Recruiting Manager
Robert Half Technology

March Program - Are you ready for Disaster?
Disasters can strike anytime, anywhere, and most generally occur with little or no warning.  As information technology professionals, a large share of the burden for planning for disasters and certainly recovering from disasters falls to us.  Are you ready?

While Dale Lane was handling the flooding disaster he had time to join us and discuss how to be prepared for all times of disasters that can happen. Brian Thompson spoke about making sure your data is protected during a disaster how important business continuity is to a company.

Dale Lane
Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness
Brian Thompson
Solutions Architect at Expedient
Special Updates
by Michael Jones

SIMposium 2016 - 20/20 Vision: The Future is Now!

October 23-25, 2016 at Mohegan Sun Resort, Uncasville, CT

It's time to "Sharpen Your Saw"!   Join us at SIMposium 2016 to strengthen your connections and make new connections to help you lead, succeed and empower in the future.  

Keynote speakers and emcee' just announced!   Hear Thom Singer, "The Conference Catalyst" weave it all together throughout the conference as the Emcee'.  Listen to Michelle Tillis Lederman as she discusses "The Relationship Driven Leader".  Get the latest updates on Cybersecurity activities from Ed Amoroso (former AT&T SVP and CSO). 

Register NOW at  Current SIM member price of $695 increases to $795 on 6/1/16.   You must log-in first with your log-on and password to get the correct pricing.   Please make sure you reserve your hotel on the same time; link is on the website. We have a great low rate of $157/night at the Mohegan Sun that starts on Friday, 10/21/16.  Come early and have some fun! 

Lastly, don't miss our Monday night social event sponsored by Pfizer.  Join us for an evening of networking, food and fun at Margaritaville, located within the Mohegan Sun.

Next Program

May 5, 2016 
Cloud Services
Watch your email for registration details!  

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Debbie Smith


SIM Memphis

2016 Board of Directors



Jarrett Morgan



Tony Fischer



Dennis Norton



Jim Sanders

Mason Rotelli



Ahmed Esmail
Joe Cutrell 



Ed Charbonnet

David Ulloa



Debbie Smith

Robert Stalder



Josh Siddon

Joe Sanders



Michael Boyd


Michael Jones

Newsletter Contributors
Ed Charbonnet
Ahmed Esmail
Michael Jones
Jim Sanders
David Ulloa
Debbie Smith, Editor