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SIM New Extra - March 2016



March 2016


In This Issue
IT Trends Study Chapter Challenge
SIMposium 2016: Lead. Secure. Empower.
2016 Executive RLF Launches With Senior Leaders From Across The U.S.
Is the SIM Advanced Practices Council a good fit for you? 
Announcing the 2016 SIM Board of Directors 
Jim West: “Changed for the better” thanks to RLF



$22,000 in Prizes for IT Trends Study Chapter Challenge!
The Chapter Challenge is coming soon with a $7,000 Grand Prize. Is your chapter ready to WIN? 
Last year’s SIM IT Trends study was record-breaking! Member participation made this possible, so thanks to everyone who completed last year’s questionnaire. The Comprehensive Report and SIMposium slidedecks are free downloads to all members HERE(login required). Non-members can purchase the report for only $895.

The Chapter Challenger Contest will help us set new records in 2016!
Are you and your chapter ready to win? We have $22,000 in prizes so far for this year’s Contest. Here’s how it works: Read more…



SIMposium 2016: Lead. Secure. Empower.
SIMposium 2016 will focus on four main tracks which will help you move forward in your career with 20/20 vision. Learn how to become a stronger leader in the Leadership in 2020 track. Discover how to secure and empower your company's future in the Risk Management and The Future of Work tracks. Plus dive into SIM’s Core offerings in the Inside SIM track. 

Visit for more information on the unparalled educational content that will be available at SIMposium 2016. 



2016 Executive RLF Launches With Senior Leaders From Across The U.S.
19 senior leaders from Massachusetts to California are committed to building their executive capacity via SIM’s 2016 Executive RLF (Regional Leadership Forum). Read more...


Is the SIM Advanced Practices Council a good fit for you? An offer if the answer is yes.
We continue to gain value from participating in chapter activities as well as other programs to which we subscribe. Moreover, the amount of information on the Internet - some valuable, some not so much - keeps proliferating. Why even consider another SIM program.

Here's a quote from Pat Coffey, Senior Vice President at Allstate and a long-standing Advanced Practices Council member:

"I find value not only from Advanced Practices Council research and experts, but especially from the network of CIOs. The Advanced Practices Council is an incubator for new ideas that members can apply to their companies. I find myself both energized and exhausted by the amount of content packed into each new session."

Hear other Advanced Practices Council members describe the benefits they gain from the program at Read more


Announcing the 2016 SIM Board of Directors 
SIM is pleased to announce its 2016 Board of Directors, including three new board members: Joe Bruhin, CIO of Constellation Brands, Steve Heilenman, CIO of Computer Aid Inc., and Leo Pellerin, CIO of the United Way of Connecticut. 

The 2016 board is a diverse group of leaders who bring years of collective SIM involvement at the local chapter level, strategic development and implementation experience, and a strong commitment to and passion for SIM. 

2016 Board of Directors: 
Chair: Kevin More, CIO, The May Institute Inc. 
Vice Chair: Caren Shiozaki, EVP & CIO, TMST Inc. 
Chair Emeritus: Eric Gorham: CIO, REJIS Commission 
Treasurer: Joel Schwalbe 
Secretary: Leo Pellerin, CIO, United Way of CT 
Chapter Rep: David Berndt, Partner, Experience On Demand 
Chapter Rep: Kevin Sauer, CIO, Preferred Homecare 
Chapter Rep: Joe Bruhin, CIO, Constellation Brands 
Chapter Rep: Steve Heilenman, CIO, Computer Aid Inc. 

To view board bios, click HERE.






Jim West: “Changed for the better” thanks to RLF
Aetna leader springboards from RLF experience to SIM Central CT Chapter Board Member.

Jim West
 is a busy man.  He is a Senior QA Manager at Aetna in Hartford, CT, and in Aetna's Claims space, he also acts as a primary liaison between Business Leaders, Audit and all Technical areas, giving him a great perspective across both IT and the business. Jim also oversees Aetna's Test Solutions Engineers organization, which is responsible for driving testing activities, best practices, and process improvements across the organization and large programs.

But even on his busiest days, West remembers and relies on his experiences as a 2013 graduate of the NY Metro Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) where he gained invaluable leadership and life skills.  Since RLF, he has also been an active member of the SIM Central Connecticut Chapter, serving on its Board, and manages Aetna's ongoing participation in RLF by overseeing the selection of and advising each year's Aetna RLF participants.   Read more...






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