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SIM San Diego is an association of the IT community at large, including senior IT executives, prominent academicians, and other IT thought leaders, who share and enhance their industry knowledge for the benefits of its members and their organizations, who build industry brand awareness and contribute to the growth of the IT community to attract and retain top talent in San Diego.

To be recognized as an exemplary Information Technology organization that enriches the personal and professional growth of its members and affiliates, and enhances the brand of, and contributions to, its IT community.

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Mark Guidi
Leading Through Change
July 21st, 2016

"Mark’s presentation during last night’s leadership workshop was excellent. I will be teaching some of his change and resilience insight at my next staff meeting. Cudoos for selecting Mark to present to the group."

 Lynn Ewing
Chief Information Officer
San Diego Convention Center Corporation



"The Leadership Workshop was the first SIM event I attended as a new member and I really enjoyed it. The networking time at the beginning of the event gave me the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to other members and reconnect with previous colleagues. The workshop itself was an engaging mix of learning and active participation. The interesting part is how Mark used Aikido examples to reinforce strategies of how to successfully respond to change in the workplace. It was both informative and entertaining – a unique spin to delivering a leadership workshop."

Amy Benton

Director, IT


"I have been a member of SIM San Diego for less than 8 Months. In that short time,  I have made invaluable contacts in IT and Cyber Security. Recently, through collaboration with another organization that SIM made possible, we set a course to keep our information better protected at home or overseas. We have just scratched the surface of possibilities that come with being part of SIM San Diego. I looked forward to our future endeavors."

Eric Dixon

Regional CIO


"I have been an active participant and supporter of the San Diego SIM chapter for many years in various capacities. I have consistently found this forum to be a very valuable and productive use of time, not only to keep current pace with the latest IT trends and not only to continue to network with a core set of IT peers around the region, but most importantly to create a connected San Diego IT community to address common issues and challenges that impact and effect all of the IT leaders in the region independent of industry, business model and company size. The San Diego IT community is fairly small in terms of market capitalization supported, but it is very active and relevant in terms of thought leadership and willingness to share ideas. It has been a thoroughly rewarding experience to date and I’m sure will continue to thrive guided by the consistent and passionate leadership of the founding members."

Martin Gluck




"I joined SIM as a founding member of the San Diego Chapter.  Traditionally I was primarily involved in professional organizations specific to my industry. SIM facilitates sharing of information across industries which is both refreshing and enlightening.  Educational forums provide opportunities to learn from future thinking individuals as well as provide practical information to assist in solving today’s issues.  I also appreciate the opportunity to interact with organizations of different size and complexity.  I encourage those who want to broaden and enhance their knowledge to join SIM.” 

Mary Kay Payne


Arch Health Partners


"I have found SIM to be an invaluable organization. It has been a source of personal and professional development opportunities, and through SIM I have built relationships with several interesting and experienced IT leaders in the San Diego region and beyond. Several of these busy professionals have provided career assistance and advice to my students. As an educator, I appreciate SIM's interest in nurturing the next generation of CIO's and IT thought leaders. The San Diego chapter has done a fantastic job of inviting university students to participate in networking and growth opportunities and their generous scholarships have encouraged students to stay focused on careers in IT leadership. All of us have many valuable organizations vying for our time, but I am committed to participation in SIM because of its strength as a learning community that connects IT leaders  locally and globally."

Maria Zack, PhD

Professor and Chair

Mathematical, Information and Computer Science

Point Loma Nazarene University



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San Diego Board of Directors



Abe Lietz
Chief Information Officer
Jenny Craig & Curves

 Marketing Chair


Yasmin Shah

Co-founder & President Emeritus, SIM San Diego
Founder & CEO, Seenager, Inc.

Membership Chair


Barb Munro 

Co-founder, SIM San Diego 
Co-founder and Partner, The Carrera Agency   


Karen Gibson

Chief Information Officer 



Program Chair

Steve Phillpott 

Chief Information Officer 
Western Digital Corporation




Colin Black 
Chief Information Officer 


Academic Liaison

Bob Cohen
Managing Partner  
Tridea Partners, LLC





Bill Lukefahr
Former CIO
Prometheus Labs


Board Advisor

Micahel Zill
Chief Information Officer 




Membership Organizations

The following organizations are represented in SIM San Diego:


ACADIA Pharmaceuticals




Amazon Web Services

American Specialty Health
AMN Healthcare
Arch Health
Aspect Software

Becton, Dickinson and Company


California State University San Marcos

ConAm Management Group



Curves | Jenny Craig
CUSO Financial Services

Cymer, Inc.

Dexcom, Inc.

DJO Global

Exagen Diagnostics, Inc.

Fish & Richardson P.C.

GenomeDx Biosciences, Inc.


H.G. Fenton

Human Longevity, Inc.

Ignyta, Inc.


Jack in the Box

KPMG Advisory

KP OnCall, LLC

Lytx, Inc.

Millennium Health
Mitchell International 

Mitek Systems
North County Health Services

Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc.

Organova Holdings, Inc.

Otonomy Inc.

Perceptyx, Inc.


Philips Volcano

Point Loma Credit Union
Point Loma Nazarene University

Prometheus Laboratories Inc.


Rady Children's Hospital

Response Genetics



San Diego Convention Center
San Diego County Credit Union
San Diego Futures Foundation 

San Diego Housing Commission
San Diego State University 
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

SeaSpine Orthopedics

Seenager, Inc.

Sempra Us Gas & Power

Sequenom, Inc.

Sharp Community Medical Group

Sharp Healthcare 
Sony Playstation; Sony Computer Entertainment America
Stone Brewing Co.
The Arc of San Diego
The Carrera Agency
The Ken Blanchard Companies

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Tridea Partners

United States Marine Corps

University of California, San Diego

University of San Diego

Verenium Corporation

Veteran's Medical Research Foundation

Vital Therapies, Inc.

Welk Resort Group

West Development, LLC

Western Digital Corporation


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