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2011 Meeting Schedule

All Regular meetings are 1st Monday evening of every month, (unless otherwise indicated) with a member/sponsor Golf Tournament in May and a traditional Holiday Banquet each year in December.

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Regular Meeting Times:
Social Hour: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Program: 7:00 - 8:30 pm (approximately)

January 10, 2011 [2nd Monday]
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Topic:  "Successful Landings.” 

The program will consist of a panel of influential CIO’s who have recently landed in new positions. Each will share their experiences and what they have done in the critical first 30-60-90 days to ensure a "successful landing.” 



  • · Linda Jojo – Energy Future Holdings
  • · Nellson Burns – Holly Corp
  • · Jay Reed – Archon Hospitality




  • · Kevin Christ – Grant Thornton

February 7, 2011
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Topic:  "Managing Business Chaos.”

As a CIO and senior leader, you are in the pivotal position not only to survive, but to thrive in this rapidly changing, globally competitive, increasingly regulated business environment. If you can leverage the chaos going on, you can re-invent the paradigm from "delivering” IT services to "creating” business value in your enterprise.

Speaker:  James Proctor, CEO and founder of The Inteq Group, Inc.

He is the author of Mastering Business Chaos – 12 Secrets to Being Indispensable and Becoming a Playmaker. James draws on over 30 years of experience working with IT and business professionals across the spectrum of business and industry, and throughout the world.   As James says –"Get on board. Get out in front, or get left behind!”


March 7, 2011
Spring Kick-Off Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Topic:  "How to be High Touch in a High Tech World"
Speaker "Basketball Bill" Chaffin
Basketball Bill Chaffin

"Bill’s passion for teaching and shooting through examples and illustrations are both effective and entertaining. He has mastered the art of shooting free-throws and the techniques of an accomplished motivational speaker and combined it into one unique package."

--According to former Head Basketball Coach of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, Jim Cleamons, and Owner of 8 NBA Championship Rings

April 4, 2011
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

2010 DFW Chapter SIM IT Executive of the Year Award
John Burke, Co-Founder & CIO, Ambit Energy
Pres. Jowers presents award to John Burke

President Jowers presents 2010 DFW Chapter IT Executive of the Year
to John Burke, Ambit Engergy

PRESS RELEASE (Click here)

"Latest Buzz in Cyber-Security” 

The program will consist of a panel of CSO's and other security experts. Each will share their real world experiences and what they have done to prepare and/or react for ever changing cyber-threats.” 


  • Tom Cross – Manager, X-Force Threat Intelligence and Strategy, IBM Internet Security Systems
  • David Bentz -- U.S. Secret Service, Cyber-Crime Task force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Robert Miles -- Chief Information Security Officer for UT Southwestern
  • Doug Simmons -- Gartner, Security Analyst



  • Bradley K. Jensen, PhD -- Principal Academic Relationship Manager, Microsoft Corp.  

April 28-30, 2011 [Thursday thru Saturday]

SIM Chapter Leaders Summit

HOST:  DFW SIM Chapter


Location:  Texas Health Resources Headquarters facility

612 E. Lamar Boulevard, Arlington, TX 76011[Map]

Conference Hotel:  Hilton Hotel in Arlington TX;

2401 E. Lamar Boulevard, Arlington, Texas, USA 76006
Tel:  1-817-274-6644

Dates: April 28 (National board meets), April 29, and half day April 30 (Saturday).

SIMI Summit DFW Chapter Leaders

Notes from 2011 Summit in Arlington, TX

DFW Chapter Leaders relax after a long day of planning for the future of SIM.

2-Stepping at the Arlington Trail Dust Restaurant.

Last Year's Summit Activities (Click Here)


May 12, 2011 [Thursday afternoon]
Special Meeting: Annual Golf Tournament -- Members & Sponsors ONLY

Bridlewood Country Club; 11:45 am to 7 pm (Lunch, dinner, and prizes)

Vendor Sponsored -- Members & Sponsors ONLY!
Location: Bridlewood Golf Course [Map]

Event Announcement (Details click here)
Registration form -- Members ONLY; Due by May 5th.

2009 Golf Tournament Pictures (Flickr)

May 19, 2011 [Thursday; 8:30 am - 4:30 pm]
Special SIM Partner Meeting

Dallas InnoTech

Location: Irving Convention Center

SIM-DFW Board of Directors
voted to approve a partnership with the
Innotech Conference being held at Irving Convention Center.  This is
a pilot to determin if there is value for SIM-DFW members.  This does
not replace our partnership that we have with HMG for our September
meeting each year.

Discount Tickets Available from any SIM Board Member.

IT Executive Luncheon for SIM members
($35 for SIM members; not part of the Meal Package)
"IT Talent Management:  Keeping your star performers"
Hosted by John Cole, SIM Board

Panelists:  Kevin Campbel
l, SVP and CIO, Hunt Consolidated, Inc
                     Mark Stone, SVP and CIO, Safety-Kleen
                     Relle Howard VP IT, Flow Solutions Group, Flowserve Corp.
                     Nellson Burns, VP of IT, Holly Corp.
                     Barbara Carlini, CIO, Dean Foods

June 6, 2011
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Carl HammerschlagTopic:  "Authenticity and Leadership: Sustaining Your Passion and Purpose

Dr. Hammerschlag's life work has been chronicled in three critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, and two children's books. He holds the highest honor given in the speaking profession, the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame Award and is a recipient of the National Caring Award.

Speaker:  Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, MD, CPAE, America's Healing Doctor

Carl A. Hammerschlag is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker and healer. A Yale-trained psychiatrist; he has spent more than twenty years working with Native Americans. He is an expert on how to survive in rapidly changing cultures.

July 11, 2011 [2nd Monday; RLF students invited]
Regular Additional Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Topic:  "No Limits"

Speaker:  Brian Shul, Author, AF Fighter Pilot, TOP GUN Instructor, SR-71 Pilot

August 1 2011
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]

Topic:  "Promises and Perils of Innovation?"   Have you been to TED?

Panelists/Roundtable:  HP Fellow, Charles Bess

Moderator: Leon Kappleman, PhD, UNT, Director Emeritus of the ISRC (now CDIT) at UNT

Innovation is an engine that powers organizations for future relevance and prosperity. It is fueled by the conflicts, constraints, and trade-offs that exist in the business environment. Innovations can be tangible/physical (e.g., a new supply chain application) or intangible/logical (e.g., a new approach to managing customer service), and often are a combination of both. 

This roundtable will begin with a presentation by Charlie Bess about what is driving organizations to be innovative today and ways to convert that potential into business value; followed by a facilitated roundtable discussion in which attendees can share their experiences, lessons learned, and current concerns about innovation.

September 12, 2011 [2nd Monday]
Special Meeting [Half-Day Conference before Meeting; SIM Members and C-level Executives]

HMS SIM Summit

Location:  The Westin Galleria Hotel -- Dallas

HMG Summit: The Transformational CIO:  Innovation and Growth Strategies for Success [Details]

Time:  12:30 - 8:00 pm; Dinner provided

Speakers (partial list):

Steve Holland, CTO, 7-Eleven Corporation;  Brian Bonner, VP & CIO, Texas Instruments; Nellson Burns, VP IT, Holly-Frontier Corp.

OPEN to all C-level Executives and IT Professional Academicians: REGISTER HERE

The CIO Executive Leadership Summit will attract CIO/IT leaders and C-level executives from the greater Dallas area. The Summit is designed to deliver world class thought leadership in a club-like setting. Attendees will receive unique insights into best practices and will hear success stories involving leadership, management, technology and career development.

Hunter Mueller Group, CEO

Debbie Jowers, SIM President

Highly interactive sessions will provide many opportunities for attendees, speakers and panelists to be engaged in both learning and discussion. The objective for the day is to deliver high quality useful information that attendees can develop into an action plan.

October 3, 2011
Fall Kick-off Meeting

Open M eeting -- Golf Sponsors Invited
Location: Omni Park West 

Topic: "Futurism With A Human Touch"

Speaker:  Howard Rheingold, Author, Columnist, IT Pundit, Founding Exec. Editor of HotWired


November 7, 2011
Regular Meeting

Location: Omni Park West [Map]]

Topic: CIO Panel:  "Lessons Learned--Moving, Expanding, Contracting Office Space, Data Centers, etc."

Kevin Campbell's Top 10 List of Lessons Learned (Click Here)


Kevin Campbell, SVP and CIO, Hunt Consolidated, Inc. – Responsible for formulating and guiding worldwide technology strategy 


Sallie Trotter, Vice President - Global Services – Experian Global Technology Solutions -- Responsible for global process and automation

Mark Reynolds, VP, IT Infrastructure & Operations, Fossil Inc. – Responsible for Fossil’s global infrastructure and operations, and very recently led Fossil’s data center move

Sean Goff, Managing Director, Project Management - CB Richard Ellis – Specializes in corporate and data center moves

Rajakumar Ganesan, Senior Consultant at SAVVIS, Inc. Consulting primarily in data center hosting, outsourcing, and consolidation and migration

November 13-15, 2011
2011 SIMposium in Orlando 

2011 SIMPosium Orlando
Annual SIM International Convention -- Register early for best prices
The Early Bird Discount $995 for SIM Members and $1195 for Non-SIM Practitioners.

Go to to register now!
Last year the Dallas SIM Chapter had more attendees than any chapter
Make Your Reservation Here before September 7.

December 7, 2011 [Wednesday Evening]
SIM Holiday Banquet [DFW SIM Members, spouses or dates ONLY]

Gaylord TexanLocation: Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center , Grapevine [Map] 

Yellow Rose Ballroom on the Atrium Level

Time: 7 pm cocktails; 8 pm - 9:30 pm dinner

Dress: Ladies:  Dressy or Holiday attire; Men:  Business suit or Tuxedo

NOTE: Reserve a room at the Gaylord Texan through SIM for a sumptuous night after the Banquet. Special single or double SIM rate: $174.

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