Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Congratulations to Michelle McBain for being elected to the Communities Executive Board at CompTIA

Congratulations to Michelle McBain for being elected to the Communities Executive Board at CompTIA - The World's Largest IT Association.

She will be vice-chairing the Advancing Women in IT Community which is is dedicated to empowering women with the knowledge and skills necessary to help their pursuit of successful IT careers, as well as to inspire women to enter the IT field as a career choice.

The community is a vital information resource, provides mentorship and networking opportunities, develops member-driven initiatives and programs, is active in legislation involving women and careers, and is actively involved in pursing the overall objectives of the CompTIA – ECAP (education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy). 

Members of this group are women who are currently in or aspire to be in IT careers and men who support this mission.

Full Press Release:

Jan 22, 2014

CompTIA Reveals New Communities Executive Board for 2014

IT channel leaders will help chart course for association initiatives
Downers Grove, Ill., January 22, 2014 – CompTIA, the leading non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, announced today that 21 executives from across the IT channel will serve on its Communities Executive Board in 2014.
The Communities Executive Board provides oversight and coordination for the association’s 10 member communities, assisting in strategy development and aligning community objectives with member needs and the association's direction.
“These channel leaders and all of our volunteers provide a great service to the industry by devoting their expertise and time,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations. “The collective experience, insight and vision of this group are unmatched anywhere else in our industry.”
The CompTIA Communities Executive Board includes the chairs and vice chairs from each of the 10 individual member communities. Serving on the board this year are:
Advancing Women in IT – Doriana Allyn, senior manager, environmental health and safety, Brother; Michelle Ragusa, global customer and partner experience manager, Cisco.
Cloud – Ted Roller, vice president, channel development, LogMeIn; Jason Bystrak, director of cloud services, Ingram Micro.
IT Security – Scott Barlow, vice president, sales and marketing, Reflexion Networks; Chris Johnson, chief executive officer, Untangled Solutions.
IT Services and Support US – Angel Pineiro, senior vice president, services, ASI System Integration, Inc.; James Walters, director, enterprise business service, Samsung.
IT Services and Support Canada – Kevin Hiebert, vice president, technology, IDS Solutions; Douglas Brown, national manager, solution services, Xerox Canada,
Managed Print Services – West McDonald, owner, FocusMPS; Gus Yusem, XPPS offer definition office, Xerox.
Managed Services – John Tippett, chief operating officer, EDTS; Vince Tinnirello, chief executive officer, Anchor Network Solutions.
Mobility – Heather Murray, director, sales and marketing, TDMobility, Tech Data; Michael Romero, vice president, West Coast mobility, SAP.
Technology Convergence – David Gilbert, chief executive officer, SimpleSignal; and Chad Massaker, chief executive officer, Carceron IT.
UK Channel – Mark Williams, chief executive officer, Pensar; and Susanne Dansey, independent IT consultant.
Dan Wensley, president, Plan 27, Inc., serves as the liaison between the Communities Executive Board and the CompTIA Board of Directors.
CompTIA Communities are the foundation of the association’s initiatives, programs, education, research and advocacy. These member-driven groups collaborate to advance specific technology solutions and growth in vertical markets and business segments.
Several of these groups will meet at the 2014 CompTIA Annual Member Meeting April 1-3 in San Diego.  Registration is now open for this event, where hundreds of top executives from all corners of the IT channel will gather for collaborative strategic planning and networking.
About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit and to learn more.
Steven Ostrowski