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SIM Leadership Spotlight - July 2016

"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.



July 2016
Name: Phil Zwieg
SIM Role: SIM Nashville President

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


1. Please provide an overview of the SIM Nashville chapter.

The Chapter is relatively small compared to others, having some 25 active members at the moment.  However, we have a Board that is very committed to the Chapter and we hope to take strong advantage of that commitment.  We are re-connecting with past members and actively soliciting new members. Nashville is a booming city for the IT discipline.  Forbes cites Nashville as a “Top 10 city for creating IT jobs” and a Nashville Labor Market Study shows “the IT industry in Nashville is projected to grow 4/4% per year – adding over 7100 jobs.”  Our goal is to leverage and build on that growth. 

2. What are your goals for your term as the President of the SIM Nashville chapter?
With a number of Board members who have previous experience in other SIM Chapters, we expect to rely on that experience and strengthen the Chapter’s position in the Nashville IT Community.  We are also fortunate to have two RLF Facilitators in the Chapter who can use that program to build leadership skills in the area. That capability, along with leveraging our relationship with SIM, can create a meaningful differentiator from other local technology groups and provide a pipeline for future membership. Our goal is to double membership by early next year.  In addition, we are focusing on improving the value of our meetings for both members and guests.


3. What are the hottest trends in the industry?   

Like many other areas of the country, security and “the cloud” seem to be top of mind for everyone.  Another significant challenge in Nashville is the number of IT job openings, which can number as many as 1,000 at any point in time, paired with the relative scarcity of qualified prospects.  That challenge has been made even greater by the growth I mentioned earlier, fueled by the recent location of several large IT shops to the area.

4. What challenges is your chapter currently facing?

I see three.  First, growing our membership to make the Chapter a more viable organization.  Second, seeking alternate ways to fund our growth, meeting expenses and ability to contribute to the Nashville technology community.  And third, clarifying our position as a a pre-eminent Technology professional organization in Nashville, which has a number of competing well-established Technology professional groups.

5. What is one piece of advice you will give the next President of the SIM Nashville chapter?  

Keep the Board fresh through building succession plans and avoid “burnout” in current members.


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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