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Chairman: 
Dave Chatterjee 
Associate Professor in MIS 
Terry College of Business 
University of Georgia 

dchatte@terry.uga.edu

Dr. Debabroto ‘Dave’ Chatterjee is Associate Professor, MIS department, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia (UGA). He currently serves as the Chairman of the Terry College MBA Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Society of Information Management (SIM) Atlanta Chapter, a position he has held since 2008. SIM is a premier knowledge sharing and networking community of senior IS executives, prominent academics, and other thought leaders.

Driven by a mission to positively impact practice, Dr. Chatterjee engages and influences executives through his teaching, writing, talks, and consultations. Much of his work has focused on recognizing and leveraging the strategic value of information technology (IT) and reducing the disconnect between technical and business people. Considered to be one of the leading IT educators in the world, he specializes in executive education and has taught for several years in the Terry College Executive MBA program (ranked 22nd globally in July 2013 by The Economist). He also teaches in the top ranked Global OneMBA program and the Masters of Accounting program for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught in the IT Leadership Program for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA.



Numerous teaching accolades and honors have come his way, such as the Outstanding Executive MBA Professor of the Year and UGA Outstanding Teaching Faculty Honoree. His research has been sponsored by industry grants and published in prestigious journals such as The Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Communications of the ACM, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Management Information Systems. 

He has served as a judge for the Georgia CIO of the Year Awards since 2010. His interviews on Cyber Security and Emerging Technologies have been aired on popular radio shows.

Vice-Chairman: 
Ron Gastin
VP of Technology for Supply Chain Systems 
Compass Group North America
rgastin@foodbuy.com 

Ron Gastin is Vice President of Technology for Supply Chain Systems at Compass Group North America. Compass Group is the world's largest foodservice and facilities management organization. It is the world's sixth largest employer with annual revenues of over $23B. Ron is responsible for leading, directing and providing the strategic vision for the technology organization that develops and maintains custom software used internally for contract, pricing and volume allowance management.

With over 30 years of working in the technology community, Ron has extensive experience in successfully leading business critical initiatives and high performing technology teams. Highly skilled at driving value to the business through the effective alignment of technology to organizational goals, Ron has a consistent and proven track record of delivering results and exceeding expectations across a variety of industries and technical environments. Ron leads the Product Management, Application Development, Reporting and Data Analysis, Quality Assurance, Application Support, Infrastructure, and Data Integration teams for Compass Group North America.

Ron graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and later received his Master's degree in Management from Georgia State. He was a finalist for the Southeastern Software Association's 2011 IMPACT Awards. Ron has been married to his wife Shirley for 25 years and has 2 sons, Drew and Colin.

Treasurer: 
John Dunbar 
VP and CIO 
Atlantic American Corporation

jdunbar@bellsouth.net

 

John Dunbar is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Atlantic American Corporation, a publicly traded holding company with three subsidiaries involved in well-defined specialty markets of the life, health, and property & casualty insurance industries. John is responsible for setting the information technology vision for Atlantic American, including the planning, development, implementation, and management of all IT systems.

Prior to joining Atlantic American, John was the VP and CIO for Aquilex Corporation, a provider of specialty repair and overhaul services for the energy industry. There he led a team of IT professionals responsible for the implementation and support of systems to deliver a competitive advantage and drive growth in a challenging economy. Before Aquilex, John served as Chief Information Officer for EMS Technologies where he provided global technology leadership overseeing all business systems, including ERP, CRM, supply chain management and web applications, as well as a worldwide voice and data infrastructure. John has been Treasurer and Board member of the Society for Information Management Atlanta Chapter since 2006, has served on the CIO Host Committee for the TechBridge Digital Ball since 2008 and is a longstanding member of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
 


Secretary:
Wesley Richard
Director, Global Applications
IMG
wesley.richard@imgworld.com

  

Proven, business oriented Global IT leader with over 17 years experience delivering solutions that maximize business growth and profitability. Recognized by CIO magazine as a rising star in IT leadership by winning the 2012 Ones to Watch award.

I have a broad background of global experience from both corporate America and consulting that covers strategic planning and tactical execution in all areas of IT. Throughout my career, I have managed through many challenging times where my adaptation skills and leadership qualities were proven. I have led my teams through mergers & acquisitions and successfully driven a business through the life-cycle of complete IT outsourcing. I have rescued numerous ‘at-risk’ projects. In fact, one of my greatest assets is striking a balance between business needs and technical possibilities. This has allowed me to create strategies and implement change across organizations that align objectives with technical solutions. 

My work has impacted high profile businesses and organizations such as the worlds premier sporting academy, the worlds top modeling agency, PGA Tour, Rugby World Cup, past and future Olympic games, and over 200 colleges and universities.



Program Chair: 
Patrick Wright
Senior Sales Executive 
Fidelity Information Services 
patrick.wright@fisglobal.com

 

Patrick has been involved with the SIM–Atlanta chapter for over 14 years. Patrick has served on the Board of Directors for 9 years. Patrick was asked by SIM National to start a new SIM Chapter in South Florida. The SIM South Florida chapter holds the record for the greatest attendance for an inaugural meeting, a meeting that Patrick personally planned and organized. Patrick served as the SIM South Florida chapter President for one year. Patrick has served as the Membership Chairman for SIM—Atlanta for 5 years and he has assisted two Membership Chairs for an additional 4 years. Patrick has personally recruited several IT leaders to join SIM every year he has been a SIM member. During Patrick’s last term as the Membership Chairman, he increased the SIM--‐Atlanta membership by over 50 new members, surpassing the SIM Chairman’s goal of 100 members in January 2011.

For over 17 years, Patrick Wright has interfaced with various levels of IT managers from many F1000 and mid--‐sized companies in Atlanta. Patrick has worked with many different types of clients and technologies, which has expanded his view of business operations and the use of technology. Patrick has received numerous awards and recognitions, including #1 office of the year and numerous SE Manager of the Year awards. Patrick has owned and operated his own firm and operated a F1000 professional services firm. He has an extensive network in the Atlanta IT community and that network expands every day.

Currently, Patrick is a Client Executive for FIS, the world’s largest developer of software and services for the financial services industry. FIS also provides a wide range of consulting service for all industries, which allows Patrick to interface daily with many of the IT leaders in the Atlanta community. Patrick has held Director--‐level or above positions, including 2 partner positions, in 4 companies in the IT services industry. He understands the value of technology and how it relates to a company’s P&L. Patrick’s profile was featured in a 2008 issue of the "Smart Set” business section of Atlanta Peach magazine as a successful young entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Patrick is passionate about giving back to the community. He is a member of the host committee at Buckhead Church, a mentor for 2nd grade students at Woodson Elementary, a "Big Brother” and a member of the Advisory Council for the Safehouse Outreach organization, a table host and active participant with Hi Tech Ministries, and Patrick volunteers for various charities throughout the year. In his spare time, Patrick is an owner of a local mixed martial arts academy, avid cyclist, and he trains and competes in triathlons.



Membership Chair: 
Mark Farbman
Regional Vice President
The Select Group
mfarbman@selectgroup.com


Mark manages The Select Group’s national relationships with Fortune 500 companies in North America to fulfill contingent labor needs. He oversees the business development activities for these accounts in addition to the management of TSG’s Onshore Recruiting Center of Excellence which is located in Raleigh, NC.

Mark has been in the technical staffing business since 1996, beginning his career by placing rocket scientists (really!) for NASA and key defense contractors. He transitioned into the IT staffing industry and launched branch operations for companies in Huntsville, AL, Austin, TX, and Atlanta, GA.

Mark is an active member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) where he serves as the Membership Chair and the Golf Chair. He is also an active participant in Sourcing Interests Group (SIG). He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in marketing. Mark lives in Alpharetta, GA with his wife, Keersten, and their two children, Hailey and Blake.



Member-at-Large: 
Zareer Siganporia
VP of Information Systems
Systems & Methods, Inc.

zareer@bellsouth.net

Zareer is the VP of Information Systems at Systems and Methods, Inc. (SMI), the technology and innovation leader in: child support payment processing; specialized government document management systems; combined debit cards for government disbursements and general use; and Georgia Department of Human Services financial and case management.
Zareer’s 15 year career in IT spans several leadership, management, data architect, and software development roles, with a strong background in product development and data management.

Prior to SMI, Zareer established and led the database development team for Schlumberger’s metering division. Here, he was awarded SQL Server Magazine’s first SQL Server Innovator Award, in 2002, for designing and implementing data partitioning in SQL Server 2000, to efficiently manage big data: tens of millions of automated meter readings per day. This technology was subsequently incorporated into SQL Server 2005.

Zareer has a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He has been a member of SIM Atlanta since 2010. He has been married to his wife Roshnak for 11 years and enjoys playing with his two daughters, Friana and Ariana, in his free time.



Past Atlanta Board of Directors


2009 - 2010

 
Chairman: 
Dave Chatterjee
 
Associate Professor in MIS 
Terry College of Business 
University of Georgia 
dchatte@terry.uga.edu
 
 
Vice-Chairman: 
Namita Tirath 
VP Marketing 
Pyramid Consulting 
namita@pyramidci.com
 
Treasurer: 
John Dunbar 
CIO 
Aquilex Corporation 
jdunbar@aquilex.com
 
Secretary: 
Darren Richardson 
Director, Finance, 
VersionOne Inc. 
darrenr@onebox.com
 
 
 
 
Program Chair: 
Shawn Willoughby 
Senior Director, IT 
TSYS Debt Management 
Shawn_Willoughby@nan.net            
 
 
Membership Chair: 
Patrick Wright 

The Experts, Inc. 
pwright@expertsit.com           
 
 
 
Past President/Member-at-Large:        
Chris Horace
 
Director, IT Procurement 
The Coca-Cola Company 
chorace@na.ko.com
 
 
Member-at-Large: 
Bob Keefe 
President, SIM International 
CIO 
Mueller Water Products 
rkeefe@muellerwp.com

  

2008 - 2009
 
 
Chairman: 
Dave Chatterjee 
Associate Professor in MIS 
Terry College of Business 
University of Georgia 
dchatte@terry.uga.edu
 
Vice-Chairman: 
Harwell Thrasher 
MakingITClear, Inc. 
www.makingITclear.com
 
 
 
Treasurer: 
John Dunbar 
CIO 
Aquilex Corporation 
jdunbar@aquilex.com
 
 
Secretary: 
Darren Richardson 
darrenr@onebox.com
 
 
Program Chair: 
Namita Tirath 
VP Marketing 
Pyramid Consulting 
namita@pyramidci.com
 
Membership Chair: 
Patrick Wright 
The Experts, Inc. 
pwright@expertsit.com
 
 
Past President & Member-at-Large: 
Chris Horace 
Director, IT Procurement 
The Coca-Cola Company 
chorace@na.ko.com                                 
 
 
 
Past SIM International President         
& Member-at-Large: 
Bob Keefe 
President, SIM International 
CIO 
Mueller Water Products 
rkeefe@muellerwp.com
 
 
 
2007-2008
 
 
President: 
Chris Horace 
Director, IT Procurement 
The Coca-Cola Company 
chorace@na.ko.com                  
 
Treasurer: 
John Dunbar 
CIO 
Aquilex Corporation 
jdunbar@aquilex.com                             
 
Membership: 
Namita Tirath 
VP Marketing 
Pyramid Consulting 
namita@pyramidci.com
 
Programs: 
Dave Chatterjee 
Associate Professor in MIS 
Terry College of Business 
University of Georgia 
dchatte@terry.uga.edu
 
Past President & Special Projects: 
Tom Stuetzer 
TechNet Services, Inc. 
tstuetzer@tnsatlanta.com
 
 
 
Web Site: 
Harwell Thrasher 
MakingITClear, Inc. 
www.makingITclear.com
 
 
 
Pavan Rai 
CIO and VP of IT, 
Dr. Tango 
prai@drtango.com
 
Tom Nemick 
Omicron 
tomn@omicron.edu
 
 

 
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