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SIM Leadership Spotlight November 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.

November 2015
Name: Douglas N. Gabel 
SIM Role: President - NJ SIM Foundation

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


1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have been a SIM member since 2004. I learned about SIM from former SIM President Steve Finnerty. After obtaining membership with the NJ SIM Chapter I wanted to very quickly begin contributing to the organization. One of the best but time consuming jobs was Meeting Registration; so I took it. For three years I greeted SIM members at the door upon arrival for a monthly Chapter meeting, collected any outstanding fees, provided name badges and offered a greeting smile. It was the best way to get to know the entire membership quickly and contribute to a well-run organization. After holding numerous leadership positions over the past number of years, I am currently the President of the NJ SIM Foundation, the “give-back” extension of the NJ SIM Chapter. When I am not at work or at a SIM event, I’m probably doing something with my fellow elected officials in my town where I  am a township councilman. Additionally I am active with the Boy Scouts of America where I have been a scout and volunteer leader for over 50 years.  




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

The NJ SIM Chapter is a growing and vibrant chapter. With over 300 members, we hold interesting and valuable monthly meetings with topical and engaging speakers. Our chapter’s networking opportunities provide for great interacting and sharing between members. We host monthly chapter Member-in-Transition meetings and CIO Breakfasts where topical discussions facing CIOs today are discussed. Our NJ SIM Foundation, the give-back arm of our chapter is extremely engaged in providing non-profits with technology grants, resource advisory services and hands-on assistance as needed. It provides scholarships to worthy IT career-path students and the IT Career Awareness team is actively planning visits to middle schools introducing students to IT careers in a fun and interactive way. Our Foundation members also participate in hands-on service with organizations like Junior Achievement and others.


I have had the honor and privilege of holding numerous jobs within the Chapter. Beyond my days of managing Registration I’ve held positions on the Programs Committee, as VP of Administration, Chapter Treasurer for two years before transition my leadership to the NJ SIM Foundation where I was VP, EVP and now President. 

3. What are the hottest rends in industry?

The hottest trends I see today that are of special interest to me are the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and innovative ways to address digital security. The Internet of Things fascinates me. It is the vehicle from which solutions and innovative connectedness will be creating the way we live in the future.

3D printing is poised to change with world. It will open doors to give hands to those without, expand our possibilities in the field of medicine, create unexplored opportunities in the field of agriculture and so much more.

For digital security, driving towards a fully secured environment with a multi-faceted approach needs to be front and center so all can live in a safer and less worry-some world. 


4. What challenges is your chapter facing?

Most all chapters are looking to drive membership but even more importantly our chapter is looking to maximize attendance at our monthly meetings and Foundation volunteer events. Our Programs Committee diligently works to find topical speakers that will be of interest to today’s senior IT leaders. In addition to speakers, facilitating expert panels and topical roundtables add to the diversity and exchange of information within the chapter. Getting SIM Chapter members involved in hands-on activities our Foundation promotes is also an area where they can see first-hand the impact our profession can have with non-profits who do so much in our communities.


5. How can a chapter member get involved in the SIM NJ chapter?

The NJ SIM Chapter has numerous ways for the membership to actively participate in the life of the Chapter beyond the monthly meetings. All members can post SIM related topics or highlights from chapter events on social media, help suggest topics and speakers for meetings, help recruit new members, participate on a committee, (Programs, Communications, Membership, etc…) be a new member buddy, be a mentor, contribute as a helping hands participant for Members-In-Transition, or take on a leadership position on the Executive Council. Because our chapter has a Foundation associated with it, there are even more opportunities for members. They could be involved with evaluating technology grants for non-profits or student scholarship applications, providing resource advisory services to a non-profit, participate with hands-on volunteer opportunities, or speak to young students about IT careers. There are so many ways to be engaged and the rewards are great. 


An archive of interviews will be found HERE.


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