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SIM Austin Chapter Newsletter April 2019


Important Member News

Membership Renewals

Thank you to all our SIM Austin Colleagues that have renewed their membership for 2019.  We are thrilled to see you again this year!

For our colleagues that haven't renewed yet, we would love to have you continue your membership in 2019 and be part of the Austin SIM Chapter family.  If you didn't renew your membership by end of day on April 30th, you will find that your account has been "deactivated".  In order to renew your membership once this happens, please send an email to  You will receive an invoice with a link to pay online.  Once the invoice is paid, SIM National will reactivate your account. 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.

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.

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SIM IT Trends Study

Austin SIM Members - We need your help!

SIM has officially launched the 2019 SIM IT Trends Study.   By completing the questionnaire you help our chapter win its share of cash prizes in the IT Trends Chapter Challenge Contest that our chapter has used for STEM scholarships in past years. 

Members should have received an email from Chris Maurer or Leon Kappelman in the past three weeks with a link to participate in the study questionnaire which takes less than 20 minutes to complete.  Everyone that completes the questionnaire will receive a personalized and confidential benchmark report comparing your responses to the aggregates of your fellow SIM members. 

Thank you in advance for your support!.

Featured Event

May SIM Austin Monthly Meeting - A Connected World by Dr. Bob Metcalfe

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening with Dr. Bob Metcalfe as he talks about the connected world we live in.  

The most important new fact about the human condition is that we are connected, which is generally a good thing - see Metcalfe's Law (V~N^2).  But the Internet is only 50 years old and already 55% of humans are on it, over 4 billion humans and 8 billion things.  We have not yet figured out how to handle all this connectivity so we have spam, fake news, security hacks, toxic discourse ...  And the next, augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things is upon us.

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Where: Microsoft Corporation, 10900 Stonelake Blvd., Austin, TX  78759 (map)

To Register, go to:  SIM Austin May Meeting

Thank you to our sponsor, AXEN    


Recent Event

April SIM Austin Happy Hour – Sponsored by Experis!


Held on April 9, 2019     

Many of our colleagues and friends enjoyed an evening of networking while learning about the science and technology of brewing craft beer at the World Beer Cup Gold Medal-winning craft brewery, Hops and Grain! Hope you were able to attend!  

See you at our next event!

Save the Date

​​CIO Roundtable - Austin ('by invitation only' event)

May 10, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Stephen Elkins, CIO at City of Austin, and Kathy Wetzel, Society for Information Management President and CIO at the Texas Association of School Boards would like to invite you to a newly organized CIO Roundtable Luncheon.  This 'by invitation-only' event has been designed to bring CIO's together to discuss current day challenges and to collaborate as a group to solve problems.

When:  May 10, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where:  CTECC - Combined Transportation, Emergency, and Communications Center, 5010 Old Manor Rd., Austin, TX  78723 (map)
To Register:  go to CIO Roundtable 'By invitation Only' Event

SIM Connect Live: March 15– 17, 2019 – Orlando, Florida


Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with more than 500 CIOs, senior IT executives, leading academicians, and prominent consultant at SIM Connect Live on May 15 – 17, 2019 in Orlando.

SIM Connect Live, the Society for Information Management’s flagship national event, provides a multi-day, immersive learning experience for top IT leaders.

The 2019 event offers premier opportunities to explore cutting-edge trends, identify strategies for business successes and for expand leadership competencies amidst today’s disruptive and exciting business environment.

When: Wednesday, May 15, - Friday, May 17, 2019

Where: Renaissance SeaWorld, 5577 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821 (map)

To Register, go to:  SIM Connect Live - Orlando

InnoTech Austin 2019: November 19, 2019

Save the date! InnoTech Austin returns to the Austin Convention Center on November 19, 2019. Registration will open this summer!

For information on being an exhibitor or sponsoring, contact .

Interested in speaking?  Session submissions are being accepted now. Submit your session proposal to no later than January 15, 2019. Sessions must be educational in nature, timely and relevant to the IT and business community.


If you would like more information on becoming a sponsor or know of a great vendor that you have worked with and can recommend their work to others, please click here Become a Sponsor.


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2019 SIM Austin Executive Committee

President: Kathy Wetzel
President-Elect: Lou Senko
Past President: Vijay George
Secretary: Beverly Moore
Treasurer: Amy Kelley
VP Communications: Karen Calvert
VP Membership: Anh Selissen
VP Member Engagement: Robert King
VP Marketing: Jessica Taylor
VP Programs: Heather Poggi-Mannis
VP Sponsorship: Rudy Rodriguez
VP STEM Initiatives: Wendi White
At Large: John Burgtorf
At Large: Stephen Elkins
At Large: Bart Lauwers
At Large: Rudy Montoya
At Large: Greg Nichols


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