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SVTC Class II Directors Elected & 2012-13 Executive Committee Appointed
Your 2 cents worth: SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey
SVTC Bits & Grits: July 17, 2012
Welcome Back Member: ActionCOACH
Welcome Back Individual Member: Sarah Cheverton
Welcome Back Member: JMU School of Engineering
Welcome Back Member: Shenandoah University
CIT Federal Funding Assistance Program ... Schedule of Events
Job Posting: Marketing Technical Engineer, Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro
Job Posting: Field Application Engineer (Focus on Germany), Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro
SVTC Class II Directors Elected, and 2012-13 Executive Committee Appointed


Our thanks to all our members who took the time to vote
in our recent election.  We are pleased to announce that our Class II of Directors with a two-year term running from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 has been duly elected and appointed as follows:
  • Dr. Kim Blosser, BRCC, Mathematics,
    Physical Sciences & Technology
  • Ben Cash, BlueKey, Inc.
  • Sarah Cheverton, JMU Center for
    Instructional Technology
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco, Inc.*
  • Allon Lefever, Lefever Associates
  • Daniel Martin, PBGH, LLP
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton
  • Mike Rozmus, Rockingham Memorial Hospital*
  • Bob Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Robin Sullenberger, Shenandoah Valley Partnership
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU, School of Engineering
*New to Board

Our Class I of directors -whose 2-year term doesn't end until June 30, 2013- of course are:
  • Johnnie Barr, Action Coach
  • Dr. Mike Mitri, JMU College of Business
  • Dr. Bryon Grigsby, Shenandoah University
  • Chip Harvill, Cadence,  Inc.
  • Mike Lam, Premier Technical Services
  • Matt Light, Wharton Aldhizer and Weaver
  • Ken Newbold, JMU Research & Public Service
  • Ron Perry, grep Innovation
  • Ian Ray, SV SRI / CADRE
  • Nick Swayne, JMU CoE
  • Kevin Walsh, Lumos Networks
We extend our congratulations and sincere thanks to all our Board Members.  A special thank you goes to Rick Mathieu and Mike Steadman who are retiring from the board.  We appreciate their service and thank them for all their hard work.

At this week's board meeting the SVTC board also appointed our Executive Committee for the one-year term running July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, as follows.
  • President: Ken Newbold, JMU Research & Public Service
  • Vice President: Joey Groah, DIGICO
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  • Secretary: Heather Watson, JMU School of Engineering
  • Treasurer: Dan Martin, PBGH, LLP
  • Asst. Treasurer: Robin Sullenberger, Shenandoah Valley Partnership 
Our thanks to our executive committee for their commitment to the SVTC.  We are looking forward to a great year ahead! 

SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

The SVTC Events and Programming Committee meets over the summer to plan for the upcoming year.

The committee would like to hear from you ... what topics, speakers, locations would you like to hear about or visit in 2012-2013. What are the trends? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? What could we schedule for the tech user? What does a non-techie want to hear about? Remember, we are "techies and non-techies"-- technology users & creators!

Submit your suggestions using this very brief and painless form:
SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey

FYI - Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if  you wonder what speakers and luncheons we have hosted in the past, check this out:
history of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf)

Our thanks in advance for your participation.

Bits & Grits
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 8:00am
Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Welcome Back Member: ActionCOACH
Our thanks to ActionCOACH for their membership renewal.  Also, a special thank you goes to Johnnie Barr for his service on the SVTC Board.
We work with business owners to obtain greater results. Our clients obtain these results by implementing strategies based on the additional knowledge they gain and because we provide an outside perspective. The objective is to help the owner achieve their goals. In addition, we help install systems so the business "works" rather than the owner. We are a sounding board for their ideas and a member of their team. We utilize a process that has been proven with thousands of businesses worldwide. Our offerings are numerous and the owner decides the best fit.

We typically work with business owners and their team in a mentoring relationship. When appropriate, we conduct team alignments, team building workshops, sales training, and customer service sessions. Others receive value by attending an event such as our 90-day planning workshops, or a two-day intensive business boot camp. To understand how we work with business owners, we frequently meet with them to brainstorm ideas, strategies and tactics for their business.

Call us to schedule your individual discussion and find out how we would help your business get results.

For more information visit:
or call (540) 290-2618.

Welcome Back Individual Member: Sarah Cheverton
Our thanks to Sarah Cheverton for her membership renewal.  We also thank Sarah for her continued service on the SVTC Board, her service is much appreciated.
Sarah Cheverton is the Director of JMU's Center for Instructional Technology and Associate Dean of Educational Technologies. The mission of the CIT is to lead, support and advocate for the meaningful integration of technology into academic instruction.

Welcome Back Member: JMU School of Engineering
Our thanks to JMU's School of Engineering for their membership renewal. A special thank you goes to Heather Watson for her continued service on the SVTC Board of Directors.
At JMU's School of Engineering students experience a broad, interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum on their way to receiving a BS in Engineering. We offer a single, integrated, engineering degree that focuses on sustainability, design, and systems analysis in order to produce engineering versatilists who can address the wide range of ever-changing engineering challenges of the 21st century. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in the engineering workforce or pursue an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a wide range of engineering disciplines or in other professional fields (e.g. law or business). Our inaugural class graduated in May 2012.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-8110. 


Welcome Back Member:  Shenandoah University


Our thanks to Shenandoah University for their membership renwal.  A special thank you goes to Bryon Grigsby for his service on the SVTC Board.  

Shenandoah University is a comprehensive private university with an enrollment of more than 4,000 students in five schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions (Athletic Training, Nursing, Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy). The university offers over 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

For more information visit or call (540) 665-4525.
Center for Innovative Technology ... Federal Funding Assistance Program ... Upcoming Schedule of Events

CIT's Federal Funding Assistance Program is hosting several workshops to help you in your SBIR and STTR proposal development and submission! 

NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Checklist WEBINAR
July 12, 2012, 1:00-2:30pm Eastern
Have You Really Done your Homework?

How much time does it take to write a NIH SBIR Proposal?  Less time than you probably think. What takes, or should take, the most time is the planning.

In this webinar we'll explore the up front planning process for developing an NIH SBIR/STTR proposal and provide you with a checklist of key activities designed to help facilitate the actual writing.

Topics covered will include:
  • Pre-draft homework
  • Proposal development time table
  • Component inventory
  • Project planning checklist
Developing competitive SBIR/STTR proposals is not easy.  But given sufficient time and a thorough job of planning, the actual writing should be the easiest part.

This webinar is ideal for anyone targeting the August 5 SBIR/STTR deadline for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This webinar will be taught by Lisa Kurek of BBC, Etc., one of the leading NIH SBIR consultants in the country. 
For information and to register:
*   *   *   *   *
Low Cost SBIR Workshops & Tech Transfer Funding Forums Coming Soon:
University Tech Transfer Funding Forum
September 24, Charlottesville, VA

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop (NIH Focus)
September 25, Charlottesville, VA

University Tech Transfer Funding Forum
September 26, Blacksburg, VA

SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Workshop (NSF Focus)
September 27, Blacksburg, VA
For complete details and to register: 

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"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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Job Posting: Marketing Technical Engineer, Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro

General Requirements 

Bachelors degree in Engineering or Marketing or a related field; 2 years of prior Marketing experience preferred


Position Responsibilities


Strategic Marketing Research:
Maintain up-to-date understanding of industry trends and technical developments that affect target markets; Generate/analyze VPC sales data to provide summary reports to Marketing Pentium; Perform Market Research to assist Product Development in generating standard products for the market; Analyze VPC product in comparison to competitor products.


Marketing Communication:
Develop technical product presentations and educational pieces for customers; Provide application development and testing support for IT; Work closely with Marketing, Sales, and Application Engineering teams to communicate value and benefits of new product features/capabilities; Design and build tradeshow and sales demos.

Technical Duties:
Provide secondary support to application engineers and provide support on demo development; Generate models for rendering and educational purposes; Proactively develop/revise user guides and technical drawings.

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Job Posting: Field Application Engineer (Focus on Germany), Virginia Panel Corporation, Waynesboro

Focus: Germany with possible support for EMEA. 


The Field Application Engineering position will aid in the coverage of customers and prospective applications in Germany and will also be deployed to tradeshows, industry events, and customer facilities within the regional assignment. The position is responsible for providing product-related technical demonstrations in support of regional Sales/Business Development Manager strategies. An ideal candidate will have access to a home office setting and work from their home on days that they are not traveling.


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