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SIM Leadership Spotlight April 2015

"Leadership Spotlight" includes interviews with Chapter Presidents, SIM Board members, Management Council members and other SIM leaders.  "Leadership Spotlight" will not only highlight SIM’s leadership and chapters,  but it will offer insight from our leaders on topics, treads and issues facing the Society, our chapters and the IT industry.

 An archive of interviews will be found HERE.

April 2015
Name: Kurt Brungardt
SIM Role: New York Metro President


1. Please provide an overview of the SIM New York Metro chapter.

NY SIM’s goal continues to focus on being valuable for our members. There continue to be more and more opportunities for interacting with our peers through vendor events, online interactive mediums and competing professional organizations. In New York, I am invited to more than one industry or networking event every single day!

The fight to stay relevant and be valuable to our members as they grow and adapt in a changing world requires us to do the same thing. At NY SIM we are constantly trying new programs, new venues and new vendor relationships – over and over again. This is the fight to stay relevant.


2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM New York Metro chapter?
My goals as President are threefold. First, to work with my board, our committees and our members to constitute the fundamental and specific purposes for our Chapter and ourselves. Secondly, to build and grow a strong leadership team to execute our shared commitments. And finally, to help manage ourselves to our commitments by calling out when we fail (and with aggressive commitments we do fail regularly) and to change, modify and make new commitments as soon as we see better ways to fulfill our purposes.

3. What are the hottest trends in the industry? 

Although I could share my current thinking on specific technologies in answer to this question, I think the fundamentals such as cloud, social, mobile and the Internet of Things are well known. The trend I assess CIO’s should be focused on is how the use of these technologies will help their organizations increase revenue, decrease expense and provide increased protection for themselves through better security and control of critical business processes.


For many of us In IT today, our most challenging projects and responsibilities are focused in two areas. The first is to know enough about the business of our organization through our relationships and teams to identify appropriate opportunities for our overall organization – not just IT. Second, we need to be able to have built sufficient trust (having a history of being right helps) within our organizations to have our interpretations accepted and supported from the start of the project to its conclusion.


Oh, and then there is the technology stuff. Don’t get me wrong, there are some really challenging technology projects. For myself however, I find that I am succeeding and failing on projects based on my ability and my team’s ability to lead people through change.



4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing? 

New York City is an expensive place to hold Chapter meetings. Our costs for our monthly chapter events are close to $150/person. To build our Chapter’s membership ranks with high quality senior technology leaders compels us to constantly reassess the value of our programs to our members. Always!




5. What is the one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM New York Metro chapter? 
Be clear in the organization’s purposes (and yours). Build a great board filled with talented, passionate people that get things done. Hold yourself and your team accountable.

An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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