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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter September 2018


Upcoming Featured Event - Tomorrow!

There's Still Time! Take Advantage of Exclusive Discount Code! Register For InnoTech Austin

There is still time to register for InnoTech Austin  being held TOMORROW, October 2, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center.

Your registration provides access to many educational conference sessions such as:

  • Data and Analytics Track - Full Day
  • Network & IT Security Track hosted by ISSA
  • ISSA Cybersecurity War Game Exercise
  • Cloud Based Technologies
  • Infrastructure, mobility and more
  • Prizes – including iPad, Xbox, Beat headphones, flat screen TV and more
  • InnoTech Happy 45-Minutes (the perfect place to win prizes and mingle over complimentary beverages & exhibits)

Plus, one of our very own Board members, Blake Holman, will be speaking! Don't miss his session, "Collaboration and Cloud Architecture," from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.!

Register now at and use Discount Code SIM8C to receive 100% off of your complimentary InnoTech admission or 20% on all special events including:

An extra registration fee is required for these special events. Visit for more information and to register.

SIM STEM Golf Tournament - Thank You to All!

 Thank you everyone who contributed to the success of this year's SIM Austin STEM Golf Tournament held at Avery Ranch Golf Club on September 20th!

Here are some stats from the tournament:

  • $$ Raised: With your contributions we raised $10k this year which will go towards scholarships for students at UT Austin who have attended Code Longhorn Summer Camp associated with the Department of Computer Science at the University.
  • Number of Players: 66
  • 1st Place Prize: Custom Sunfish Headcovers (for each player)
  • 2nd Place Prize: Alignment Sticks (for each player)
  • SIM Austin provided miscellaneous prizes for the raffle
  • TASB and Software One had multiple teams at the tournament

A special "Thank You" to our Platinum Sponsor The Judge Group for hosting this event!  

Save the Date

November Austin SIM Monthly Meeting - November 13, 2018

Mark your calendars for our next monthly meeting being held on Tuesday, November 13th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and stay tuned for more information!

December Austin SIM Holiday Happy Hour and Annual Chapter General Meeting  - December 11, 2018

Plans are being made for our annual meeting on Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. along with our final Happy Hour of the year. Stay tuned!

Austin SIM Membership News!

2018 SIM Members

Thank you for your SIM Membership in 2018!  Soon it will be time to renew your membership for 2019. We look forward to providing more valuable programming in the coming year.

Not a Member?  Join Now!

Join the Austin chapter of SIM and collaborate with us on best practices, trends, and lessons learned.   We are interested in understanding what resources you need to be successful in your career as well so that we can align our events with the needs of our members.

Membership to the Austin SIM chapter includes membership in SIM National, the premier professional organization for top IT executives.

Join Today!


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2018 SIM Austin Executive Committee & Board Partners

Vijay George (President)

Kathy Wetzel (Treasurer)

Wendi White (VP Programs)

Anh Sellisen (VP Membership)

Robert King (VP Member Engagement)

Blake Holman (VP Sponsorship)

Karen Calvert (VP Communications)

Eric Hungate (Past-President)

John Burgtorf (Trustee)

Bart Lauwers (Trustee)

Casey Burkhart (Executive Committee Support)

Ankur Gaba (Board Partner, Membership)

Keri Pearlson (Board Partner, National SIM Liaison)

Heather Poggi-Mannis (Board Partner, Programs)

Jessica Taylor (Board Partner, Outreach)

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