Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

The Chicago chapter of SIM is one of the largest chapters in the association with more than 200 members. SIM Chicago provides a unique opportunity to interact with thought leaders throughout the technology and business fields and to join peers in giving back to the industry and community.

The Board of Directors is comprised of nominated business and technology leaders from the Chicago community, focused on sharing their time and talents in growing the association and value of membership. Each brings decades of experience to enhance the community of leaders that SIM exemplifies.





Rick Merrick

Wayne Bulmahn

Alwin Brunner

Tom Behnke

 John Svelnis





Ellen Barry

Bill Blount

Paul Corning

John Fisher

Laszlo S. Gonc

 Mark Griesbaum

 Dean Haacker

Greg Hubbard

  Patrick Johnson
VP, Membership

Kathie Koch

Eric Lannert

 Susan Malisch

Ron Mathis
VP, Sponsorship

Mark McGee
At Large

Rob McGillen

Jane Prugh
At Large


Don Schmidt
VP Programs

Dan Vonder Heide
VP, Programs

George Wang
VP, Marketing

Tim Waterloo
VP, Philanthropy




Rick Merrick

Board Role: President|

CIO, TCS Education System



Rick Merrick is the CIO for TCS Education System in Chicago, a system of 5 colleges with 7000 students in 13 locations around the country. With a team of 50 IT professionals, he is responsible for strategic planning of IT initiatives as well as day to day operations, which includes everything from datacenter operations, telecommunications, business applications and desktop support.

Previously, Rick worked as Director of IT for K12 Inc. and Director of Business Applications for Cardean Learning Group. Rick holds of Bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of the SIM RLF program. 





Wayne Bulmahn

Board Role: President-Elect 

CIO, Unite Here Health



Wayne Bulmahn is an IT business doctor. For over 25 years, he has helped heal and re-build IT organizations, transforming them from reactive firefighters to proactive teams that solve business problems, ensure customer success, and enable growth.

He is the Chief Information Officer at Unite Here Health, a $1B labor management trust fund focused on providing high-quality, affordable health care to participants. Wayne also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Illinois Technology Foundation, a premier organization focused on the successful transition of technology students from academia to the workplace

Previously, Wayne served as Director of Service Delivery and Strategy for Acxiom IT (now Ensono), a global infrastructure services company. There he oversaw customer success, solution strategy, and the effective delivery of over $54M in annual services for a Fortune 250 client. Before Acxiom, he served as Director of Technology for Sidley Austin, a $1.5B global legal advisor. He led a hands-on transformation of IT strategic planning, architecture, and service delivery to help enable global growth of over $700M. He also helped build and lead CIO advisory and solution strategy practices at Donnelley Enterprise Solutions, LANSystems, and Evernet.

Wayne has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University.









Alwin Brunner

Board Role: Chairman

Sr. Vice President & CIO,
Heidrick & Struggles



Alwin Brunner holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Heidrick & Struggles, world’s most established Leadership Company. Alwin leads the technology strategy and solutions to support Heidrick’s global business. In addition, Alwin oversees Heidrick’s knowledge management function.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Alwin held several senior positions at the Adecco Group. Alwin Brunner was appointed Chief Information Officer for all Adecco business in North America in early 2004. Prior to this, Alwin held the Chief Technology Officer position for all of the Adecco Group and in this position and prior positions he was an operational leader. Most notably, Alwin lead the internal Adecco IT service companies, providing IT services to Adecco businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Prior to joining the Adecco Group, Alwin had several years of experience as an interim manager and as a consultant, managing several transformations and change projects for larger and public commercial organizations. Alwin holds a business administration degree from the Polytechnical Faculty of Rotterdam. He is married, has two children and is a sailing enthusiast.









Tom Behnke

Board Role: Treasurer

Director IT, Kellogg Company



Tom Behnke is Senior Director IT for the Kellogg Company. Mr. Behnke leads the company’s infrastructure and service management functions that span global network/data communications, IT service management tools, IT financial governance and software asset management. He has a proven track record of pushing past the status quo to deliver outstanding business outcomes by reshaping what is possible with both his direct and indirect teams.

For Kellogg Company, Mr. Behnke is helping lead the company’s charge to transform its legacy infrastructure services to the cloud, while deploying next generation technology solutions along the way. Tom joined the Kellogg Company in 2015 with over 15 years of IT leadership experience in both consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to joining the Kellogg Company, Mr. Behnke served as the associate director IT for Kraft Foods Group, Inc., overseeing all aspects of information technology, including network and communications infrastructure. In addition, Tom serves as a board member for the Chicago chapter of the Society of Information Management. Mr. Behnke has a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Loyola University Chicago.





John Svelnis

Board Role: Secretary

Business Relationship Director,
US Foods



John Svelnis is currently a Business Relationship Director at US Foods. In this role, he owns the relationship between the National Sales organization ($12B in revenue) and IT for the firm. This responsibility includes ownership of multiple supporting systems, delivery of key projects, prioritization of incoming IT requests, cross-functional coordination, and broadly maximizing the return of IT investment on behalf of the National Sales team.

Previous to this, John held multiple leadership positions at US Foods including Director Strategy & Planning, owner of several $10M+ programs, and Program Manager of $30M transactional system conversion project. Additionally, John built and led an internal Management Consulting organization, owned all IT deployments to the 70 distribution centers and rolling stock (5500 trucks) and built out the firms first IT PMO from the ground up.

Prior to joining US Foods, John held various delivery roles at two consultancies, Bauhaus Technologies and The Revere Group.John holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana, and Masters of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.






Ellen Barry

Board Role:  At-Large

Principal at EBarry Group



Ellen Barry leads a small women owned IT consulting business, The EBarry Group, after spending over 10 years as CIO for the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority. The Authority owns and manages McCormick Place, Navy Pier and the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel. Along with overseeing the traditional responsibilities of IT, Ms. Barry has been successful in implemented revenue generating initiatives by insourcing the delivery of Internet and Technical Services to Exhibitors, Show Management and Meeting Planners for convention and meeting planning events; installing revenue generating wireless services throughout McCormick Place and Navy Pier which allow for over 8000 concurrent users within the facility; and implementing a gigabit circuit to “next generation networks” including Internet2 and other next generation networks.

Prior to MPEA, Ellen Barry was part of the Mayor’s effort to re-invent City Government in the area of technology. Ms. Barry held the position of 1st Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago. As 1st Deputy CIO, Ms. Barry was responsible for two major outsourcing initiatives, one for desktop support and one for data center operations. Previous to her role as 1st Deputy CIO, Ms. Barry worked with Chicago’s Police Department in numerous IT and Strategic Planning activities including efforts toward implementation of a major Criminal History Records Information System. Prior to coming to the City of Chicago, Ms. Barry worked as an internal consultant for various private sector organizations in strategic IT development, planning and project implementation. Ms. Barry holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MBA in Quantitative Methods and Computers from Loyola University.

Ellen Barry has been a life-long resident of the City of Chicago. Ms. Barry is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award presented by WITI (Women in Technology, International) Chicago Chapter Ms. Barry has the following affiliations:

  • i.c.stars*, Board Member, Executive Committee Vice Chair, Event Committee Co-Chair

  • SIM Board Member, Chicago Chapter Chairman 2007, Chapter President 2006

  • Executives’ Club of Chicago Member, Technology Club Member

  • Association of IT Professionals (AITP) Member

  • DePaul University, College of Computing and Digital Media Program, Advisory Council Member





Bill Blount

Board Title:  Sponsorship

CIO at benefitexpress



Bill Blount is Chief Information Officer of benefitexpress, a cloud-based technology firm specializing in benefits administration for enterprise organizations. He is known for a people-first mindset which allows him to build collaborative, high-functioning teams. Across IT disciplines, his organization consistently delivers business value through technology solutions for large employers.

Prior to joining benefitexpress, Bill held a similar role at PayFlex, where he led the post-acquisition integration of PayFlex into Aetna. In earlier roles, he built and managed highly scalable solutions while at e-commerce leaders FTD.com and Restaurant.com, and consulted for clients as diverse as such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Oracle Corporation.

His experiences have inspired him to serve as a mentor to university students taking their first steps, as well as those already progressing on their career path.  Bill holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.






Paul Corning

Board Role:  At-Large

Co-Founder and CEO of Aptitive Corporation



Paul Corning is the Co-Founder and CEO of Aptitive Corporation, a Chicago-based IT consulting firm that specializes in data integration, business intelligence, data warehousing, and custom application development.

Mr. Corning has more than 30 years of experience helping organizations better leverage their technology investments, as a senior strategist and architect of complex systems and business integration projects. He has expertise in Business and IT Transformation, Data and Analytics, Outsourcing, Project Management and Management Consulting. Mr. Corning has led multiple startup organizations as a Founder, COO, and Managing Partner. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Augustana College and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago






John Fisher

Board Role: Philanthropy

President, rethinking IT



John Fisher is President and Founder of rethinking IT, a firm that works with IT and Business Leaders who want to transform their organizations. Based on over 30 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems, John has developed a successful approach to helping organizations select the appropriate technology strategies and solutions to improve their business.

Previously, John served as Chief Value Officer of NET(net), Inc. an IT optimization firm that helps clients enhance the overall effectiveness of their key IT supplier relationships and achieves on average a 30% savings on IT spend through effective and focused negotiation techniques

John served as Chief Information Officer of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world's largest association management and professional services company. He joined SmithBucklin in 1996 as the company's first CIO, and directed the company's information technology (IT) resources as well as its technology investments. He led a number of critical technology initiatives, including the implementation of over 70 ERP systems, John also held senior IT management positions at CNA Insurance Companies, and Continental Bank.

John was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2006 by Computerworld Magazine, and in 2002, the Windy City Chapter of AITP selected John to receive their CIO of the Year award. He is one of the founding members and past president of the DePaul CTI Alumni Association and the CDM Leadership Council. In 2003 he received DePaul's Alumni Champion Award. John is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Illinois Technology Foundation. He is a frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as negotiations, leadership and running IT as a business. John is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches graduate level courses in IT Strategy, Social Media, Negotiation, Leadership and Project Management.

John holds an M.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University, a B.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University.






Mark H. Griesbaum

Board Role: Trustee 

Managing Partner, Affinity4U



Mark Griesbaum is currently the Managing Partner, at Affinity4U. Formerly Senior Vice President of Business Operations at TCS Education System (TCS ES). Mark oversaw marketing, admissions operations, instructional design, student management, information technology, international services, and the learning management system for online-blended programs of TCS ES affiliates, which includes The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College, and The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. Mark joined TCS ES as President of TCS Online in 2010.

Prior to joining TCS Education System, Mark was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cardean Learning Group. Prior to Cardean, Mark was Chief Information Officer at Career Education Corporation.

Mark’s award-winning leadership was acknowledged by Computerworld Magazine, where he was recognized as one of Computerworld’s "Premier 100 IT Leaders 2006."





Laszlo S. Gonc

Board Role:  At-Large

Co-Founder and Managing Partner -
Next Era Transformation Group, LLC



Laszlo S. Gonc is responsible for helping organizations, corporate and non-profit alike, navigate the digital frontier advising on cyber security, IT risk mitigation, compliance and building digital technology strategies that drive performance and business value. He has experience across a number of industries advising boards, developing security strategies, evaluating IT risk and spearheading critical projects for senior leadership.

A member of Infragard, ISSA and ISACA, he serves as Executive Vice President for the Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Vice-Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Executive Council as well as the boards of Society for Information Management (SIM) and Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF). He is an invited guest speaker at conferences and universities providing thought leadership on the state of cyber security, mitigating technology risk, executing compliance requirements and implementing project management best practices.






Dean Haacker

Board Role:  Sponsorship




Dean Haacker is a Global CIO that delivered more than $3 billion in business value for leading companies in the high tech, consumer goods and financial services sectors. An expert team builder, change agent and negotiator with a successful track record in large-scale programs, transformations, turnarounds, mergers, sourcing and operations excellence. He managed $300 million budgets, led global teams of 500 people, closed strategic deals with global technology partners and successfully implemented Agile, ITIL and Lean Six Sigma.

Dean serves on the board of SIM Chicago and the ChicagoCIO Leadership Association and is a member of AITP Chicago.  He was a finalist for the Chicago CIO of the Year Award in both 2018 and 2019 and won an ORBIE award in 2017 as CTO of The PrivateBank.  Dean previously served in global technology leadership positions at The Nielsen Company, Motorola and the Hewlett-Packard Company and is a distinguished graduate of Arizona State University.








Greg Hubbard

Board Role: VP Marketing 

Director of Engineering,       
Moda Operandi



Greg Hubbard is a Director of Engineering at Moda Operandi, the premier online designer retailer. Greg is responsible for building and leading the Chicago office for the New York City based Moda Operandi.

Greg has experience in companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 1000 in various industries (Insurance, Credit Reporting, Marketing, Education and Financial Services). In addition to leadership roles, he has been a hands on technologist from the engineer to solutions architect level. He has also been a leader for Agile transformations. He has a Master’s degree in Information Systems from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University.





Patrick M. Johnson

Board Role: VP, Membership 

Managing Partner,
GreatBear Associates, Inc



Pat Johnson is Managing Partner of GreatBear Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in management advisory services in information technology strategy, policy, and operations. Mr. Johnson has over 25 years management experience, largely focused in rapid-growth, turnaround, and merger/consolidation environments. He has a proven record as a Program and Engagement Manager who develops and mentors highly motivated teams that achieve superior results. He has extensive experience aligning Information Technology investment with business strategy and vision, while emphasizing profit enhancement and cost containment.

Mr. Johnson's cross-disciplinary talents include engagement management, complex program management, management consulting, project risk identification and mitigation, IT management, eBusiness, outsourcing, operations analysis and improvement, business process modeling, and governance. He’s been invited to speak before various groups on technology risk assessment, technology strategy, operations improvement, business continuity planning, information systems security and control, and service oriented architecture. He is currently team-teaching a course on Business Modeling for Service Oriented Architecture.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes work with start-ups, private equity firms, both “traditional” and emerging industries, and large academic institutions.

Mr. Johnson is active with several professional associations and affiliations including those with the Executives’ Club of Chicago, Society for Information Management (Chicago Chapter Board), Executive Technology Forum, Technology Executives Club, Technology Leaders Association, University of Minnesota Alumni Association (Chicago Leadership Team), Saint Thomas Academy Alumni Association, Loyola Academy Fathers’ Club, DePaul University CTI Executive Leadership Lab Exploratory Committee, Association for Computing Machinery, I.E.E.E. Computer Society, and American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

Through SIM-Chicago he is also actively involved in exploring ways to facilitate inter/intra-agency data sharing in association with Illinois Data Exchange Affiliates (IDEA) in conjunction with the Chicago Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

He is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts as well as its Carlson Graduate School of Management.





Kathie Koch

Board Role: Sponsorship

Columbia College Chicago



Kathie Koch joined Columbia as its chief information officer (CIO) in August 2018 reporting to the chief financial officer. Kathie provides leadership in all areas of Information Technology (IT) including Enterprise Application Systems, Academic Technology, IT Operations and Security, and Reporting Analytics. Additionally, she oversees the planning and implementation of an updated IT infrastructure that supports the changing needs of faculty, staff, and students as outlined in the Strategic Plan.

For more than 30 years, Kathie has led people and processes in support of enterprise IT solutions, through management, strategic planning, analysis, design, architecture, development and process engineering.  Kathie has been successful in deployment of creative and sustainable solutions that address client needs and business challenges. Previously at the University of Chicago (UChicago), Kathie served as both the interim associate vice president for IT and CIO as well as the executive director for both Administrative Services and Operations and Service Management. As interim CIO, Kathie provided counsel and guidance to university executive leadership, more than 20 IT units and nearly 1,000 IT professionals throughout UChicago. Kathie’s oversight helped to ensure the IT enterprise effectively supported the university’s research and teaching mission as well as business operations. Prior to UChicago, Kathie spent nearly 20 years in the private sector working for companies including Aon and Blackwell Consulting Services.









Eric Lannert

Board Role:  Programs

CTO, Cloudbakers



Eric Lannert is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology leadership, business operations, management, and sales. He joined the Cloudbakers team as Chief Technology Officer in 2017. In this position, Eric is responsible for supporting delivery teams with technology strategy, new product and service development, scalable processes, and outstanding professional development in the context of accelerating growth over 100% per year.

Eric started his journey into the world of technology at Indiana University, earning a B.A. in Finance and Computer Information Systems. His career started within the Emerging Technologies group of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). His passion for learning kept him going to earn a Masters in Computer Science specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Northwestern University. In 1999, he went on to earn 11 U.S. Patents for his work in the field of computer simulations and goal-based learning. 

In 2001, Eric decided to bring his business, technology, and learning experience to the non-profit tech job training world and joined i.c.stars. For the next 16 years, Eric helped i.c.stars grow from start-up to a nationally expanding social enterprise. 

Outside of the office Eric enjoys taking morning runs with his family 90Ib Boxer, Teddy, drinking red wine with his college sweetheart wife of 25 years on their porch in Andersonville, and trying to keep up with his two teenage daughters! Yet, even with his busy family life Eric still finds time to volunteer and develop STEM opportunities in CPS schools, as well as writing code to automate his house, finances, and investing.







Susan Malisch

Board Role: Trustee

CIO, Loyola University Chicago



Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and IT services that support student learning, research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service.

With over 30 years of implementation and operations experience in Information Technology (IT), Susan has provided technology leadership for a variety of strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions, IT governance and program management, and business strategy transformations. Prior to joining Loyola, Susan has held technology leadership positions at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, NSC Systems Group, Inc. and Southwestern Bell Communications.





Ron Mathis

Board Role:  VP, Sponsorship

Director of Corporate IT Operations,
Illinois Tool Works ( ITW )



Ron Mathis is Director of Corporate IT Operations for Illinois Tool Works ( ITW ) headquartered in Glenview, Il. ITW is a $14B annual revenue, highly diversified manufacturing organization operating 85 divisions across the globe. Ron is responsible for all aspects of Information Technology supporting the Corporate headquarters and global business functions.

His 25+ years of experience spans the breadth of IT disciplines in a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce. Ron holds a B.S. in mathematics and theoretical computer science from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the RLF program.







Mark McGee

Board Role:  At-Large

Vice President at Ensono 



 Mark McGee has spent over 25 years building Outsourcing, Managed Services, Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure Solutions, Consulting, and Executive Search Companies.  He has an extensive track record of leading companies through stages of start-up, turnaround, multi-million dollar growth organically and through multiple M&A transactions. Mr. McGee currently functions as Vice President at Ensono offering Hybrid IT Solutions for your Infrastructure, Mainframe, Cloud and Business Application Services.  Previously was the President of both Sonoma Consulting and Halo Group which were acquired by Fahrenheit IT in 2018. He previously was the Chief Operations Officer for Innovation Group, a 300 million dollar UK based Business Process Outsourcing firm.  He was responsible for running operations and full P&L for all six of the U.S. divisions, comprising 600 employees and had successfully completing a reorganization and turnaround plan.  In 1998 Mr. McGee founded BlueSuit, which was subsequently named the sixth fastest growing services company in the country by “Talent Economy Magazine” and was sold in 2004 to Harvey Nash a UK based company which brought McGee on as Managing Director in the U.S. over the next 5 years.  Mr. McGee has worked very successfully in progressive Sales Leadership roles with other Software, Services, Managed Services, Offshore and Outsourcing companies (CIBER,  Affiliated Computer Services and CCC Information Services).

Mr. McGee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Minor in Economics, from Eastern Illinois University




Rob McGillen

Board Role: Membership

Director, Office of
CIO Services at CBIZ CMF, LLC



Globally experienced, transformation executive helping companies achieve business innovation in the digital age. 25+ years in the technology and professional services industries, leading multi-national IT organizations, integrating companies through IT M&A programs, and delivering digital solutions which drive profitable growth.

Expertise in technology strategy and leadership (global / digital / CIO), IT M&A / turn around, and IT advisory practice building (business development, solutions sales, delivery leadership, operations / P&L management, recruiting and talent mentoring). Passionate about building high performance teams and mentoring for leadership.

Industry focus in Health and Life Sciences, Insurance, Financial Services, Professional Services, Manufacturing, Energy, and Technology.





Jane Prugh

Board Role:  At-Large

Managing Director,
Corporate Strategic Resourcing



Jane Prugh brings high energy, enthusiasm, and over 20 years experience servicing Fortune 1000 companies. Her success is paved with measurable results and expertise in the areas of Complex IT Solutions,vProcess Re-engineering, Change Management, Project Management Training, and Leadership Training. Jane has been instrumental in identifying, staffing, and delivering critical initiatives domestically and globally. She has serviced many clients with household names across a variety of industries. Jane earned her B.S. in Education from Drake University.











Don Schmidt

Board Role: VP,  Programs

Former VP-IT User Services,
Briggs Healthcare



Don Schmidt was the Vice President of Information Technology at Briggs Healthcare. His primary responsibilities for this role encompassed a wide variety of strategic business and technology initiatives built for and aligned with the business. Don’s most significant recent achievement was the transformation of resources, technology and system ownership from IT-owned enterprise solutions to cloud-first business-owned solutions. The transformation delivered business solutions while providing the business with a richer ownership of its own technology.

Don holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX. Don maintains an active membership in the Society for Information Management, Chicago Chapter where he is on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Membership. Don also is a guest lecturer at Loyola University speaking on the disciplines of Project Management.





Dan Vonder Heide

Board Role: VP, Programs

Director for IT Services,
Loyola University Chicago



Dan Vonder Heide is a director for Information Technology Services at Loyola University Chicago. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the University’s networks, server operations, and data center facilities, as well as client support. In addition, Dan provides leadership for the teams that govern budget services, and performance management, and has led a variety of strategic projects for the University. A member of the Loyola team for more than 30 years, he currently leads a department of approximately 30 IT professionals.

Dan holds a Bachelor of General and Integrated Studies with a focus on communications and management, and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management, both from Loyola University Chicago. Dan is a graduate of the SIM RLF program. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Keller Graduate School of Management and Loyola University Chicago.





George Wang PMP

Board Role: VP Marketing, Referrals

CMO, Peterson Technology Partners
Interim COO/CIO, Arx Nimbus



George Wang is a business technology leader, innovator and translator, having held senior roles in both technology and business areas. He implemented multiple technology "firsts" in wireless telecomm, insurance, financial services, healthcare and education. His 25+ year journey through startup, mid-cap and Fortune 500 firms has given him a broad industry perspective of the common as well as unique business and people challenges in enabling technology transformation and innovation. During the second half of his career, George has been passionate about implementing change in the social good areas of education and healthcare, something that every human is entitled to regardless of socio-economic class.

George is currently Chief Marketing Officer for Peterson Technology Partners and interim COO and CIO at Arx Nimbus, a Cybersecurity software startup that mathematically quantifies risk, using regulatory frameworks, into financial terms. Previously he was Cluster CIO for the State of Illinois, focused on our Students (K-12, Community Colleges and Universities). Prior to that, he was Technical Director, New Business Development at Stericycle, where he launched a new Healthcare IT startup investment fund SteriVentures LLC, identified new business service lines and led the technical M&A assessment of two major acquisitions out of the 300+ that Stericycle has completed.

George has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a MS in Engineering Management from National Technological University (the very first graduate-level accredited satellite distance learning institution in America). He is a Board Member of SIM Chicago, former PMI Chicago Executive Council Vice-Chair and former AITP Governance Co-Chair. He has also been a volunteer mentor for various healthcare startup accelerators including Chicago’s MATTER and HealthBox and is a strategic advisor for MondoPoint LLC which is part of the MATTER incubator.

Interesting Fact: George was one of four software engineers selected to implement America’s first digital (IS-54 TDMA) cellular phone for Motorola. The very first American digital cellular call was actually transmitted in Illinois in 1992 and 24 years later we have over 7 billion digital cellular handsets in use globally.





Tim Waterloo

Board Role: VP, Philanthropy 

President, Oak Enterprises



Tim Waterloo is founder and President of Oak Enterprises, located in Glen Ellyn, IL. Founded in 1984, Oak Enterprises provides quality IT consultants and direct hire search services to Chicago’s major corporations who emphasize quality, value and strong relationships.

In addition to SIM, Tim is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and TechServe Alliance, the national voice of the IT consulting industry. Tim is a past President of the TechServe Alliance Board of Directors.

Tim earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.