Our Network

SIM Chicago wants to keep you in touch with what is happening in technology in Chicagoland. Beyond our own events, we connect our members with a network of other organizations throughout Chicagoland who are committed to informing the community about what is new in technology and supporting the growth of Chicago as a technology hub. This network includes:


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SIM Chicago is committed to providing premier events at reasonable prices, including insightful content and great networking. This would not be possible without the financial contributions and thought leadership from our sponsors. A list of our recent valued sponsors is directly below.


 Professional organizations, associations, academic institutions and premier information technology event planners that partner with SIM Chicago to provide high quality events promoting leadership, information technology and innovation.



SIM Chicago is an active participant in the international organization, SIMI. SIMI provides events, knowledge sharing, networking and educational opportunities for all SIM members.


AITP is the community of IT knowledge focused on empowering the IT profession by evolving its members to their full potential as a professional.

It is our goal, our purpose to provide a community network for the IT business professionals to reach their true potential by providing education programs for advancing technology and business skills, leadership development opportunities, networking, peer mentoring and knowledge sharing, and online resources.

As an AITP member, you will:

  • Meet People Working in Your Field of Interest!
  • Learn About Career and Business Opportunities
  • Stay Abreast of Industry Trends
  • Polish Your Leadership Skills
  • Converge Your Technology Skills with Business Skills
  • Build Lifelong Relationships
  • andStay Connected with the world of the new IT Profession!

Evanta Dedicated to creating and sustaining executive leadership networks for business leaders across the globe, Evanta has established a broad mix of unique conference and media-based platforms designed to meet the needs of executives across the C-Suite.

Evanta's flagship product, the CIO Executive Summit, operates in 29 cities across North America and expanded internationally to London and Sydney in 2007. It is complemented by the CIO Institute, a leadership development academy for technology executives who have been selected to assume significant management responsibilities, and the CIO Leadership Network, the industry's first invitation-only, online social networking site for technology executives.

The dramatic growth of Evanta's presence in the technology market led to the development and launch of an Executive Summit series for Chief Marketing Officers (CMO), Chief Financial Officers (CFO), Chief Security Officers (CISO) and Human Resource Executives. The company was acquired by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail & General Trust plc (DMGT) and, as a member of the FTSE 250, DMGT is ranked as one of Britain's largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.


SIM Chicago has been partnering with the Executives Club of Chicago for many years. We help produce and promote the ECC Technology events.

The Executives’ Club of Chicago (EC) is a business forum for thought leadership, professional development, and best business practices. Founded in 1911, The Club is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious business organizations. The Executives’ Club serves Chicago’s business community by providing information and resources needed to establish effective global partnerships, enhance intellectual exchange, develop future diverse business leaders, and promote Chicago as a world class global business center. In 2011, The Executives’ Club of Chicago observes its Centennial, celebrating 100 years of The Club’s Global Thinkers and Doers. The Centennial is marked by a variety of programs and marketing/communications initiatives. These include four Centennial Summits addressing women’s leadership, technology leadership, new leaders, and U.S.-India trade and investment relations.


The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry.

ITA’s agenda is simple – grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies.All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community.

Members of ITA benefit from unlimited access to strategic development programs, services, resources and events that support all members of their team. ITA leverages peer-to-peer collaboration and one-on-one mentoring with leaders from the technology industry to drive companies forward. In addition, ITA’s education, events, networking, access to facilities at TechNexus and much more are all focused on growing members businesses.

With over 700 member companies, ITA represents organizations from start-up to leader across the industry – software, mobile, internet, consulting, online services, electronics, telecommunications, green and across all industries – business, consumer, financial services, travel, manufacturing, healthcare, and so on – that represent Illinois’ diversity of companies “that make the technology, that make businesses run.”

HMG Strategy, LLC is the fastest growing provider of innovative IT leadership, management and technology support to CIO/Senior IT executives by focusing on the 360-degree needs of the CIO/IT Leader. Our conferences and services raise thought leadership, knowledge sharing and networking to the highest level. HMG Strategy provides access to an international network of more than 16,000 global CIO/Senior IT executives, industry experts and world class thought leaders.

Our CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a unique conference experience to build relationships with peers and gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of information technology. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide you with invaluable insights into the changing role of the CIO.


TLA helps senior information technology executives network to enjoy progressive, sustainable careers, drive excellence in IT and the businesses we support. In doing so, support successful and stable families and communities.

TLA for Senior IT Executives

TLA is an executive level networking forum enabling the career development needs of senior information technology professionals. TLA is about colleagues helping colleagues. Members are CIOs, VPs, Directors and Senior Managers across companies and industries committed to networking as a means of building and maintaining strong business relationships and their professional edge. For members in transition, TLA provides focused services to accelerate connecting to their next career opportunity.


Sponsors help make it great! 

SIM Chicago is committed to providing premier events at reasonable prices, including insightful content and great networking. This would not be possible without the financial contributions and thought leadership from our sponsors. A list of our recent valued sponsors is directly below.

Diamond Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Comcast was founded in 1963 as a single-system cable operation of 1,200 subscribers. Since then they’ve grown to be the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services with 24.4 million cable customers, 14.7 million high-speed Internet customers and 6.1 million digital voice customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

Platinum Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

For over twenty years, Peterson Technology Partners has proudly helped Chicago IT executives make the best hiring decisions. We focus only on Chicagoland based firms with an emphasis on finding best-in-class local contract and contract-to-hire tech talent in very short periods of time.

We utilize a culture-focused 5-Point Process and offer a 4-Point Promise yielding quality IT professionals for Fortune 500 and Mid-Size firms. 

 Our areas of expertise include: 

  • Application, Web, Mobile Development, DevOps and e-Commerce

  • Data Science, Analytics, Governance,  Business Intelligence (BI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Information Security

  • ERP (SAP & Oracle)

  • Architects, Project Managers, Business Analysts, QA

Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) specializes in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for hundreds of customers, including many Fortune 20 to Fortune 1000 companies. CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability and security that enterprise customers require, delivered through a tailored, customer-service focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne’s National Exchange (IX) platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue; reduce expenses; and improve service quality for enterprises, content and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management and service delivery throughout its large portfolio of data centers worldwide.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Proven IT specializes in providing office equipment, document management, IT services and managed services. Proven IT offers sales, service and support, as well as the highest performing line of products by Canon, Toshiba, Xerox, HP and Kyocera. By understanding the unique needs of our customers, Proven helps them succeed in their business ventures. On top of this, Proven delivers systems and services that are designed to increase the efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the document workflow of the offices we work with.

Proven was founded in 2003 and has grown to become one of the top industry providers in Chicagoland. Formed and run as a family organization Proven has been able to stick to its core values and achieve unprecedented industry growth and stability. Some of the achievements include:

  • The Chicago Tribune named Proven to the Top Work Places for the third consecutive year.

  • Proven made Crain’s Fast 50 for the fourth consecutive year.

  • Proven was also named to the Inc. 5000 list for the third straight year.

  • In 2017, Proven achieved 20% growth for the fourth consecutive year.

Proven’s mission is to be dedicated in providing customers, employees, and community with the highest level of service possible by focusing on the following objectives:

  • Commit to excellence and professionalism in servicing customers and supporting the community.

  • Help customers succeed by understanding their unique document management needs.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Headquartered in Itasca, IL, with satellite offices in both downtown Chicago and Dallas, TransTech IT Staffing is a leading provider of contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire services of IT professionals.

A Women Business Enterprise (WBE)-Certified IT recruiting firm, they have been delivering professional, flexible, and personable recruiting services since 1990. They serve a national clientele on a local, regionalized basis and are a Tier One vendor at a number of Fortune 500 companies. They are also experts at working within Vendor Management System (VMS) models.

The industries they work with include: healthcare, insurance, finance, state and local government, and banking. Their reputation is built on the ability to offer a wealth of recruiting experience and expertise, a vast network of candidates, and an unwavering commitment to building strong and lasting relationships with their clients, the consultants they place, and the professional communities in which they work.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

LRS is a global technology leader with several different business divisions. We employ more than 600 people throughout the world, and we continue to grow year after year.

Among our divisions are:

  • Output Management, developing and delivering simple yet powerful tools for managing application output

  • Consulting Services, providing IT staff augmentation and continuing the consulting tradition that began with the company’s founding in 1979

IT Solutions, helping businesses determine the best technology fit to reach their goals, from cloud to on-premise to big data and analytics and security against cyber threats

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

 Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. We help customers reimagine the future of work by providing the most comprehensive secure digital workspace that unifies the apps, data and services people need to be productive, and simplifies IT’s ability to adopt and manage complex cloud environments. With 2017 annual revenue of $2.82 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations including 99 percent of the Fortune 100 and 98 percent of the Fortune 500.

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Why Choose Mechdyne?

Because no one does broad-based technology better.

We lead the virtual reality systems revolution with our technology systems, and our reputation. We've provided custom software development and integration services to some of the top organizations in the world.

We are relentless about researching and developing better ways to solve the world's leading businesses' challenges. We help drive innovation in industries ranging from oil and gas to biotechnology, education to the military. As we merge the best ideas in engineering, system design, and software and hardware integration, we create innovative solutions that meet your needs.

About SIMI


SIM International (SIMI) is an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations.

SIM members strongly believe in and champion:

  • The alignment of IT and business as a valued partnership
  • The creation and sharing of best practices
  • The effective, efficient and innovative business use of information technology to continuously bring to market valuable products and services
  • IT management and leadership skills development that enables our members growth at each stage of their career
  • The replenishment and education of future IT leaders including a strong role in influencing university curriculums and continuing education
  • Working with the IT industry to shape its direction
  • Policies and legislation that stimulate innovation, economic development, healthy competition and IT job creation
  • Serving our communities and the industry through giving and outreach


In addition to the local chapter programs, SIM International provides programs and knowledge sharing at the national level:


You can view all of the information about SIM International here.