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PRESIDENT
Tony Fischer

Tony Fischer has over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector. He is currently the Director of Information Technology and a Key Business Executive for the City of Germantown. Prior to serving with the City, Tony led the Global IT Service Delivery organization for the Americas region at Medtronic. He also was the chairman of the Medtronic Information Technology Operations Committee which set worldwide standards for software and hardware solutions for the company's 45,000 employees. Tony also serves as a Communication Specialist for FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue program where he has provided technical expertise at many of the nation's largest disasters and has been a Reserve Firefighter for over 25 years. His combination of technology and emergency services experience provides a unique insight into the business continuity needs of organizations. Tony holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Technical Management from the University of Phoenix. He has also completed the Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Tony has been an active member of SIM since 2013, serving as Vice President in 2016.



VICE PRESIDENT

Ahmed Esmail

Ahmed currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer at The Conrad Pearson Clinic. His responsibilities include the technology infrastructure, electronic medical records system and governance. He has over 20 years of experience in information technology and management. Ahmed holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and a Master's Degree in Information Technology. He has over 10 years of teaching experience and serves on several college advisory boards. Ahmed has been a member of SIM since 2013, serving as Programs Chair in 2015 & 2016. He has also been active in several community outreach programs as well as helping to attract new members.



TREASURER 
Dennis Norton

Dennis has served in IT and business leadership roles for more than twenty years. He has worked in a variety of industries including accounting, banking, manufacturing, and real estate services. Currently, Dennis is Director of IT for Radians, a manufacturer of safety products such as gloves, eyeglasses, vests, and hearing protection. Prior to Radians, he held a variety of leadership roles with Kraft Heinz Company including IT, Integrated Business Planning, Facilities Services, Marketing Support, and Safety, Security & Environmental Management. Dennis holds BSEE and MBA degrees from University of Memphis and is a certified Project Management Professional. He has been a SIM member since 2002. SIM involvement includes Member SIMposium 2007 Program Committee; Co- organizer 2009 Teen Tech Camp; Member 2010 Strategy Series Venue Committee, Board Community Outreach Chair 2010-2013 and Treasurer since 2016. Dennis is married to Sarah Hundley Norton and they have one daughter Catherine who is currently attending University of Mississippi School of Law.



PROGRAMS CHAIR 
Joe Cutrell

Joe Cutrell is a Director of Strategy & Innovation at AT&T Global Business Solutions, helping build a team dedicated to innovation, technical vision and strategy. In his current role, Joe brings 25 years of experience in platform scalability and reliability to large enterprises. As a customer driven resource, he assists with engineering best practices, industry trends, and business solutions for AT&T’s largest customers. Further areas of focus include internet security, collaboration strategy, mobile sensor networks, and dynamically controlled infrastructure. Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Memphis and currently resides in the Memphis area with his wife and two young children. Joe joined SIM in 2014, serving as Programs Co-chair on the 2015 & 2016 Board.



PROGRAMS CO-CHAIR 

Peter Kim

Currently Peter is a Senior IT Manager and HIPPA Security Officer at Campbell's Clinic. Peter has over 10+ years of Healthcare experience in planning, developing and implementing leading-edge multi-million-dollar technology solutions addressing business challenges. He also develops strategic plans for the regional implementation and operation of client services, product support, quality assurance and training. He is responsible for managing four clinics and two outpatient surgery centers for 45 physicians and 430 employees. Key projects accomplished include the purchase new 3 Tesla MRI, the purchase/replacement of existing PACS systems, the upgrade to existing X-ray CR systems with Digital X-ray system and the redesigned of VMWARE ESX/SAN infrastructure and WAN networks.  Peter graduated from the University of Memphis Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in Computer Engineering and is currently studying 2016 MS Cyber Security and Information Assurance from the Western Governors University expected to graduate June of 2018. Peter has been an active member since 2014.




STRATEGY SERIES
CHAIR
Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders is the Director of I.T. Systems and Telecommunications for The Juice Plus+ Company. Formerly he was the CIO and Director of Information Technology Services for the Memphis Housing Authority where he was responsible for the technology services and systems that allows the Housing Agency to provide low-income housing assistance to the citizens of Memphis, TN. Before joining the Memphis Housing Authority, Joe was General Manager and Vice President at TW (Formally Time Warner) Telecom, Inc. where he managed a Sales and Operations organization for Memphis, TN, and Little Rock, AR. Joe has a career span in Information Technology of more than twenty-five years he has played major roles in large organizations and institutions. He has held Senior and Executive level positions at the City of Memphis, First Horizon/First Tennessee Bank, Sabre (an American Airlines subsidiary) and First USA Bank (now JPMorgan Chase). He began his career in the US Treasury and the US Department of Justice before becoming an Independent Consultant for Mobil Oil Corporation. Joe has been a keynote speaker to national and international conferences for Hewlett Packard, IBM, Oracle, World Cyber Security Conference in Nigeria and most recently in Wilmington, Delaware for the NAAAHR National Conference. Joe is currently on the board of the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Greater Memphis IT Council and is in the 2015 Leadership Memphis Executive Training program. Joe has been a member of SIM since 2014 and was the Co-Chair for the 2016 Strategy Conference.




STRATEGY SERIES

CO-CHAIR 
Jeff Wilhelmy

Jeff is originally from Cincinnati, OH and has a degree in Economics with a double minor in Management Information Systems and Psychology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. Jeff joined International Paper as the IT Manager for the Imaging Papers business in the Loveland, OH. The Imaging Papers business was created as a result of several acquisitions and Jeff’s major focus in this role was to consolidate all of this business onto a single systems platform. Upon completion of this consolidation project in 2002 Jeff and his family relocated to Memphis, where he accepted a role as the IT liaison to the enterprise SAP supply chain project for the Printing & Communications Papers (P&CP) and the Coated and Super Calendar sectors (now Verso). Jeff later moved to the Business Liaison Manager role, and then to a Deployment Manager role leading the implementation of the Planning & Scheduling portion of the SAP project for P&CP. In 2009 Jeff joined the P&CP IT team asthe Sr. BusinessInformation Manager for Converting Papers, Pulp, and Sector Supply Chain. 




MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Jim Sanders

An information technology professional with more than 30 years of experience, Jim most recently served as Vice President of IT for Perkins & Marie Callender's. In this role, Jim was responsible for all aspects of the organization's information technology and systems including point of sale, restaurant back office systems, corporate systems and manufacturing ERP systems. Prior to joining Perkins, Jim led the mainframe and open systems development teams supporting the merchandising, sales processing, inventory control, and financial systems Fred's Inc., a $1.8 billion regional discount retailer. In the role of VP of Systems Development, he worked closely with internal business partners to understand their business and systems needs, assist in the prioritization of their requests, scheduled and monitored new development of system enhancements and support.   Jim has also served in IT systems development management roles with International Paper where he led the team tasked with the development, maintenance, and support of their main order entry system and with Federal Express where he led development teams supporting various corporate departments. Early in his career, Jim served as a Senior Software Specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation. Jim holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rhodes College. Jim has been a member of SIM since 2013 and was Membership Chair in 2016.



MEMBERSHIP 
CO-CHAIR
Robin Poston

Dr. Poston leads strategic knowledge sharing initiatives about information systems and technology for the Fogelman College of Business to modernize the college's academic and research approaches. This includes serving as the Department Chair of Business Information and Technology with responsibility to serve all aspects of the department's portfolio of BBA in BIT, MS in IS, and graduate certificate programs in information assurance, data analytics, project management, and software testing. As Director of the Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP), she supports interdisciplinary research initiatives to build up scholarly and curricular competencies at the University of Memphis that will help position the university as a national and internationally recognized thought leader in the science of systems testing.   Dr. Poston led a standing-room only breakout session at the 30th Annual strategy Series for Executives on ‘Strategy in Information Technology’. The talk discussed theories of the firm and their strategies especially as they related to information technology to encourage new ways to think about the purpose of strategic thinking, what this means to a company, and how IT plays a role in making strategies work.  She has worked with SIM current and past presidents and chapter members to define synergistic collaborations with University of Memphis initiatives.




MARKETING CHAIR
Robert Stalder

Rob Stalder has 20 years of experience in IT program/project management, ERP implementation, infrastructure benchmarking, custom application development & maintenance, and eProcurement. He joined the University of Memphis in July 2013 as the Director of Enterprise Application Services, which makes him responsible for all of the major administrative and academic IT applications used across campus. Prior to joining the UofM, Rob worked in the consulting unit at Gartner in DC for five years where most of his work was for the Federal Government. He worked for the Corporate Executive Board for two years prior to that, and performed quantitative benchmarking of large infrastructure organizations. While in the DC area, Rob was a member of the local SIM chapter. While living in Atlanta, Rob was an IT Program Manager with General Electric for five years where he was in charge of application development & maintenance for procurement, supply chain management, and Six Sigma quality in the GE Energy/Power Systems business unit. He started his professional career as a SAP implementation consultant with Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers for six years where he was heavily involved with business process redesign of sourcing, manufacturing, quality, and field service processes. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and earned his MBA in Finance & Marketing from Emory University in Atlanta. Rob joined SIM in 2014 and is now Membership Committee Chairman focusing on new member recruitment and social media.



MARKETING 
CO-CHAIR
 
Bob Johnson

Bob has participated in the local SIM chapter since 2000 and served in numerous capacities ranging from event host (amazingly wonderful holiday parties, for example), speaker (you probably won’t remember the various topics, but they were super-fantastic), Strategy Series advisory board (admittedly very little work, but all of it high quality), and Membership and Program Committees. He has been the CIO at Rhodes College since 1999 and served in the same capacity at Belmont University prior to coming to Memphis. Top of mind: Bob counts on 2017 being the year when flip phones are cool again.




COMMUNITY OUTREACH
CHAIR
David Ulloa

David has over 20 years of professional experience in IT. His career started as an IT consultant in the International Commerce and Metallurgic Industry. Some years later, he joined one of the top automobile manufacturers as their local head of IT and was rapidly promoted to the corporate Shop Floor Production Systems Division in charge of developing and supporting the Lot Trace Systems. David left the automobile industry to move to a multi-billion-dollar company in the IT service area where he led multiple global engineering groups across several industries