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SVTC Luncheon: Bring Your IT Questions for a Panel Discussion: June 14, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: June 19, 2012

Welcome New Member: Computer Connections

Welcome Back Member: JMU Outreach & Engagement

Welcome Back Member: Dr. Susan Conaty-Buck

Welcome New Member: Peter Denbigh

Member News: Cadence, Inc. Appoints New VP of Manufacturing

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012...See Updates

SVTC Luncheon: Bring Your IT Questions for a Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


The SVTC panel discussion will bring together top talent in the IT arena so that our group of experts can share each other's experiences and answer pertinent questions from the Valley's tech community concerning IT-type questions. Whether it is a true 'bits and bytes' question or possible visionary questions, send them our way.


This event offers you the ability to submit questions early to prepare the panel (see link below), or you may wait until the day of the event and put the panel to the "test" in fielding  your questions live. We hope to bring forth questions that all members may have or to introduce a new concept, disseminate facts, show different points of view, get people thinking in a new direction, or any one of a hundred other possibilities.


Panel members:


Joey Groah, DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design: Joey has been writing, directing, and producing video for 13 years for local, regional, national, and international clients in advertising, marketing, corporate communications, and broadcast design and branding.


Mike Lam, Premier Technical Services:  J. Michael Lam has over 35 years' experience in Information Technology Knowledge and Data Center Management. He retired from James Madison University in 2007 with over 33 years of Data Center Management, Design, and Leadership of the 13 full time engineers within his team. Mike is currently Vice President for Premier Technical Services and he oversees the Federal contracts and Engineering divisions. Mike was also awarded two patents on Data Center Multi-Purpose Design and Heat Transfer.


Ron Perry, grep Innovation: Ron's areas of expertise include:  Technology strategy, information security and forensics, web design and development, network architecture, server administration, telecommunications, manufacturing engineering, research and development, photography and creative services, entrepreneurship.


Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton IT Department:   Kurt has been a CTO for fourteen years, overseeing networks, servers, desktops, telephones, applications and the data center for the City of Staunton.    Kurt's focus is networking, security, and digital forensics.


REGISTER for the SVTC Luncheon and Panel Discussion on June 14, 2012


SUBMIT A QUESTION to the panel in advance...this will help them prepare


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Bits & Grits

Tuesday, June 19, 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 New Member: Computer Connections


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Computer Connections.


Computer Connections provides IT computer and networking services for small businesses in the Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Waynesboro area. Our expertise is in Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux based platforms, application software, and wireless/wired networks. We support current business systems as well as consult on future business needs.


or call (540) 414-2613.



Welcome Back Member: JMU Outreach & Engagement


Our thanks to JMU's Outreach & Engagement for their membership renewal.


Outreach & Engagement is part of Academic Affairs. Outreach and Engagement offers credit and non-credit programs as well as targeted one-time courses, certificate programs, and complete degree programs at a distance.


The mission of Outreach & Engagement is to serve as a catalyst by utilizing JMU resources to create mutually beneficial partnerships, advance educational opportunities, and empower individuals and our extended communities.  Outreach & Engagement works with faculty, academic units, students and community organizations to design, market and deliver a wide array of courses.


Outreach & Engagement also oversees the enrollment of non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students are individuals who enroll in offered credit courses but do not seek a degree.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-4253.



Welcome Back Member: Dr. Susan Conaty-Buck


Welcome back to Susan ... thanks for your membership renewal.


Dr. Susan Conaty-Buck, DNP, APRN, is a Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as a certified Informatics Nurse and researcher. She holds doctoral and master's degrees from UVA and an undergradate degree from JMU.


Her research interests include using information technology to improve safe sharing of healthcare information between providers and patients, providing information technology opportunities for patients to learn more about their health and wellness, as well as developing products to help older adults remain safely in their homes. She is currently in practice with Carilion Clinic and has an office in Dayton, Virgina.  She is also  President of the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and working to develop a Special Interest Group on Health Information Technology for that group.



Welcome New Member: Peter Denbigh


We welcome Peter to the SVTC membership.


Peter is an individual member of the SVTC.



Member News: Cadence, Inc. Appoints New VP of Manufacturing


[Staunton, VA - June 4, 2012] - Cadence, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jack Abato has joined the company as Vice President of Manufacturing at its Staunton, VA facility. In this position, Jack will serve as a key member of Cadence's executive team and will be responsible for managing the manufacturing facility at Cadence's headquarters.


Jack graduated from Osaka University in Japan and spent 10 months with Panasonic before heading back to the States. For the last 25 years he has had the opportunity to run manufacturing plants in 5 states and 3 countries (including McQuay International in Verona, VA). These plants have produced everything from bullet proof windows to medical devices.  Jack brings a wealth of manufacturing knowledge and leadership experience to Cadence. Jack is excited to return to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.


"We are pleased to have Jack join our team at Cadence. His experience and past accomplishments will help lead Cadence forward," said Alan Connor, President.




2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


Update as of May 15th:  We have now locked in the majority of our speakers! Check out the recently updated schedule:

We are also happy to announce that Kris Ohleth will be our keynote speaker on Friday, June 22! Kris is the Director of Permitting for the Atlantic Wind Connection backbone transmission project. To read more please visit the symposium page at:

Be sure to check out our exhibitors and sponsors! There's still plenty of room for exhibitors and we are happy to continue to accept sponsorship. 


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 


This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.  We will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)

Visit for full information 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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