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Southwest Missouri AITP to host annual IT Executive Panel and first annual Techie Awards on January 25th, 2016

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The Southwest Missouri chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) provides monthly IT education and IT peer networking opportunities to our 230 members. We are the largest AITP chapter in the United States. We host Tech IT Out, the largest annual technology expo in Southwest Missouri. Proceeds from the expo and our annual golf tournament allow us to grow our scholarship endowment at CFO and award scholarships to technology students each year.

IT Executive Panel

Southwest Missouri AITP is hosting our annual IT Executive Panel at OTC on Monday January 25th, 2016. Executives from various industries will share their thoughts on predictions for the coming year, in demand IT skills, business factors for implementing technologies, technologies with the most career impact, outsourcing, and more.

The IT Executive Panel has been our best attended event of each year; and with good reason! Every year we invite in IT Executives from some of the area’s largest and most tech savvy organizations to participate. Our panelists are some of the region’s leading minds in IT leadership and application of technology to drive business strategy. The goal of the IT Executive Panel is to give our members a chance to gain insight from the panelists on leadership, employee development, IT trends, business strategy, sought after skills, etc. Every year, our panelists deliver that and more. You do not want to miss this chance to hear from some of the area’s top IT executives!

2016 Panelists

Greg Shoemaker – CIO – BKD
Brent Bossi – CIO – Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bruce Douglas – Technology Director – Springfield Public Schools
Gary Blackard – CIO – Evangel University
Lin Thomason - CIO - Great Southern Bank

TechiE Awards

We will be hosting our first annual TechiE Awards during this event. The TechiE Awards will recognize organizations and individuals for tech excellence in Southwest Missouri. Never before has the Southwest Missouri technology industry had our own award ceremony, and we think it’s high time some of the shining stars of IT in the area are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to technology sector.

Award Categories

Community Impact Award
Most Innovative Startup Award
Enterprise Tech Award

Seating is limited. Members and guests must register online to attend this event. Cost for guests is $15 with food, or no charge without food.

Note: Media may contact us in advance for free admission to event, even if online registration is sold out.


Event: Southwest Missouri annual IT Executive Panel and first annual Techie Awards
Hosted by: Southwest Missouri AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals)
Sponsored by: O’Reilly Auto Parts
Date: Monday January 25th, 2016. Social begins at 5:30pm. Event begins at 6:00pm.
Location: OTC (Ozarks Technical Community College) Lincoln Hall #211, 815 N. Sherman Ave, Springfield MO

Primary Contact: Luke Shepard, Southwest Missouri AITP, Programs Committee Chair 417-343-3327
Alternate Contact: Jason Klein, Southwest Missouri AITP, President 417-222-6722