Thankful for SIM Chicago

John Svelnis,   Board Member

John Svelnis,

Board Member

Now is the time of year when we take a short break from our busy lives to spend time with family and friends and reflect on what we have to be thankful for, both personally and professionally, before one last end-of-year push. 

I know I am blessed, as I would expect many of you are, with a wonderful group of family and friends, a group I look forward to spending time with over this long weekend. Another thing we have in common to be thankful for, by virtue of the fact you are reading this letter, is SIM Chicago. I have been a SIM member for almost a decade, and board member for three years. I count my participation in SIM Chicago the many things I am thankful for.

  • I am thankful for the chance to see world class speakers such as Retired Admiral, U.S. Navy and former head of NSA, Mike Rogers, speak at our bi-annual Gala events.

  • I am thankful for the opportunity through our SIM Breakfast series to listen to peers openly discuss new ideas or their experience facing the same challenges I face today, what they learned, and how they ultimately found success.

  • I am thankful these breakfasts are held in both the suburbs and downtown so I can attend regardless of where my work finds me in within the metropolitan area.

  • I am thankful for the chance to connect socially with this wonderful network, whether it be at our annual golf event, or the Winter Social and Member Appreciation event coming up in January 2019.

  • I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in efforts that philanthropically support our community and beyond, such as the Feed My Starving Children event earlier this month, where 40+ of our members helped pack enough meals to feed over 100 children for an entire year.

  • I am thankful for the access to the wonderful technology leadership network that form this organization.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and look forward to seeing you at a SIM event soon.