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SIM Leadership Spotlight December 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.

December 2015
Name: Jeff Stovall
SIM Role: Past President - Charlotte Region Chapter

This month’s Leadership Spotlight features one of the 2015 SIM Leader of the Year Award winners.  

Question 1  |  Question 2  |  Question 3  |  Question 4  |  Question 5  


1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am currently the Chief Information Officer for the City of Charlotte and as the city’s first CIO, I have held this position since 2008.  Prior to the role in Charlotte, I was in the role of Director of IT Merger Integration Planning with Sprint and held several executive roles (both in IT and in other functions) over seven years at the company headquarters in Kansas.  My “first career” was as a mechanical engineer with DuPont prior to enrolling in graduate business school full-time to redirect to an executive management track.


I joined SIM and the Charlotte Region chapter as a Founding Member in 2010.  Those of us who were Founding Members recognized a need for a practitioner-focused senior IT leaders’ organization that could provide continuing support to the Charlotte IT community in-between our established annual CIO Forums.  I was already a member of the nationwide IT Senior Management Forum and saw great value in having a similar organization locally.  In looking to start such an organization, we were introduced to SIM and found it to accurately target the needs of Charlotte’s IT leaders.


2. Provide a brief overview of your chapter an your role within the chapter.

The Charlotte Region chapter is only five years old and is approaching 100 members.  Our chapter is growing in size and in event programming.  Charlotte is known widely for our “field trips” to SIM members’ companies to see how they employ IT within their facilities.  Our chapter had its first golf tournament last year to raise money for regional STEM organizations.  We have supported K-12 STEM programs and have endowed a scholarship at UNC Charlotte in the College of Computing and Informatics, where we have maintained a presence on the Dean’s Advisory Board.  We are continuing to grow our regular programming to build wider opportunities for professional development and community networking. 


In my tenure with the Chapter I have been on the Advisory Board and have served as Vice President, President and Immediate Past President.  This year, I have served as Host Chapter Co-Chair for the 2015 SIMposium with Jack Rech, our current Immediate Past President.  After SIMposium, I will be working more on SIM mentorship opportunities with students at UNCC and on greater outreach to our members in transition.


3. What are the hottest trends in industry?

In the public sector, the hottest trends seem to be body-worn video, drones, and real-time analytics.  All of these point toward broader trends in machine-enhanced situational awareness and response.  The ability to extend human capabilities with robotics, Internet-connected sensors and networked machine-learning are just beginning to impact the nature of how we do work.


4. What challenges is your chapter facing?

Competition.  As Charlotte has grown, more organizations have appeared which compete for the time and attention of our IT senior leaders.  Goals and activities have started to overlap in a way that can make it increasingly difficult to distinguish the value proposition for the Charlotte SIM chapter.  We remain focused on delivering value for senior-level practitioners by providing an environment to connect, learn and contribute while not having to fend-off those looking exclusively to make sales.  If we are dedicated to providing this distinctive set of benefits, we will not have problems in maintaining and growing our membership, even while partnering with other organizations that share complementary community outcomes.


5. How can a chapter member get more involved in the their chapter?. 

It’s easy in Charlotte; we are a welcoming bunch!  The Board of Directors has recently expanded Advisory Board roles to create new programs, work with sponsors, and to engage in more fun; we’d like to add to the number of events we conduct each year. We invite any of our members to get involved these new roles -- talk to any member of the Board of Directors or the Advisory Board.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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