2017 Americas Award Winners
2017 - Leader of the Year Americas
Integration SIG Leader
Jeff Downs, Principal Solutions Architect, Tasktop Technolgies received the Leader of the Year Award for his long-standing leadership of the Software Lifecycle Integration Special Interest Group. Jeff hosted multiple webinars, coordinated Vivit roundtable discussions at HPE Discover and worked together with several LUG leaders to support their groups. The wildly popular webinars and roundtables proved that the SLI SIG is delivering content that is relevant to the challenges HPE Software users are facing today. With Jeff’s facilitation and support since 2007, the group’s membership has grown to over 780 HPE software customers and partners.
At Tasktop, Jeff helps companies in a wide variety of industries make better use of software development and delivery tools and enable collaboration across the software lifecycle—through the power of integration. Jeff also has more than ten years of hands-on testing and test tool experience at LexisNexis, where he helped guide the transformation of their Test Center of Excellence. As an HPE test tool administrator, Jeff drove the effort to improve efficiency and capability through tool best practices, integration, and administration.
2017 - Speaker of the Year Americas
Jason Benfield, Leader Product Management, HPE, received the Speaker of the Year award for sharing his expertise and insights at the Arizona Local User Group meetings Jason shares information on a wide variety of topics, including those that the members asked for based on the results of a recent survey. Jason went above and beyond to share the latest information concerning the spin merge with Micro Focus, and the release train for the ADM products. He engaged the audience and facilitated a true interactive conversation.
Jason leads the Performance Engineering Product Management team at HPE. Prior to joining HPE, he served as the Director of Product Marketing at Blueprint. Jason has also led Agile Transformation efforts and worked as a Product Manager/Product Owner at several Fortune 500 companies (Dell, Cisco, etc.) as a Professional Services consultant. Jason spent the first half of his career in Software Development after graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
2017 - Champion of the Year Americas
Arizona LUG Leader
David Hensel, Senior Strategic Account Executive, HPE, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community and contributing to the success of the Arizona Local User Group. He is a big supporter of Vivit and has worked tirelessly to promote Vivit and the Arizona LUG to his customers, successfully driving attendance to LUG events and bringing new members to Vivit through his efforts. David takes an active role in helping the Leaders there plan their LUG events and coordinates getting support and sponsorship from his HPE Software colleagues and partners. David's continued support has helped the Arizona LUG immensely.
David manages HPE’s strategic accounts for the ADM business unit. He has over 20 years of IT sales experience with an extensive background in software development tools and processes. David has a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MBA from the University of San Diego. He and his wife and two children live in Phoenix, AZ
2016 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2016 - Champion of the Year EMEA/APJ
Australia LUG Leader
Jane Gibson received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community throughout Asia-Pacific. She has worked tirelessly in building an HPE software customer community across the region by hosting regular technical customer forums to showcase solutions and networking events for executives.
Gibson also partnered with Vivit to host webinars delivered by customer speakers often sourced from the Vivit community to share their experiences of using HPE software in their business. Membership in Asia-Pacific has grown considerably during this time.Gibson, HPE Software Customer Advocacy Lead Asia-Pacific, has worked with HPE for thirteen years. Her passion is hearing what customers have to say, giving them a voice to promote their success and in networking amongst their peers.
2016 - Leader of the Year EMEA/APJ
Germany LUG Leader
Dr. Carsten Neise received the Leader of the Year Award for expanding the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management Special Interest Group in the northern and eastern part of Germany. He leads regular meetings for members in this region and has begun hosting meetings for members in the entire DACH region.
Dr. Neise is Senior Consultant at profi.com and has more than five years of experience in software development and software testing. He focuses on the effective test design completed by using test automation tools properly; he combines this with test data management (including the measure of test data quality) and service virtualization. Neise also conducts load and performance tests, and he has a passion for model based testing.
2016 - Speaker of the Year EMEA/APJ
Dr. Pedro Mendes
Portugal LUG Leader
Pedro Mendes received the Speaker of the Year Award for sharing his practitioner’s expertise on data protection and recovery, Big Data, and Internet of Things through Vivit webinars and sessions at the annual Discover conferences in Europe. Members value his focus on the benefits and not only on the technology. Mendes said, "sometimes there is a gap between technology and benefits; that’s where I think we can make all the difference.” His efforts to deliver the best content possible is being recognized through this award. Mendes also serves as the Leader of the Portugal Local User Group.
Mendes is a Business Unit Manager at Datasmart. Previously, he worked as a Client Manager for a French Multinational company called GFI. He has a post-graduate degree in project management, and he is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.
2016 - Top Virtual Contributor EMEA/APJ
Germany LUG Leader
Wolf-Dietrich Schmook received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. He has been a member since 2000 and one of the first contributors and moderators for the online product forums. Schmook also regularly participates in webinar events which has earned him the title of Top Virtual Contributor. He delivered the first Network Node Manager training in Germany many years ago. Due to the complexity of the ever growing portfolio of HPE software, he has designed and developed the Concepts, Components and Functions (CCF) trainings for HPE Software Education Services.
Schmook, CTO at cTc GmbH in Germany, is a trainer and coach for IT related topics, including IT-Operations with almost all related HPE software products: AM, APM, BPM, BSM, CMS, CO, CSA, DCA, DP, LR, NA, NNMi, OM, OMi, OO, PM, SA, SM, SiS, SOM, UCMDB, and UD. For over twenty-five years, he has been teaching HPE courses and working with customers in over thirty countries to help them make better use of their systems, complete successful integrations, trouble shoot, tune, and become familiar with Vivit. He is also among the top ten virtual contributors in HPE’s new community, ITOM Insiders.
2016 Americas Award Winners
2016 - Champion of the Year Americas
Dina R. Love
Big Data SIG Champion
Vertica SIG Champion
Dina R. Love, Senior Technical Instructor, HPE Vertica, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community, not just in the United States, but globally. She has been a strong advocate and supporter of Vivit, leading the Big Data special interest group and now championing the newly formed Vertica special interest group for members worldwide. Love shares her expertise by leading educational webinars and presenting at conference roundtables. With her classroom "call to action” to join and engage with Vivit members, she gives customers and partners a vehicle to collaborate and share best practices to drive the most value from their HPE software investments.
Love is a Senior Technical Instructor in the Big Data Delivery team at HPE Software Education teaching the Vertica product courses to customers, partners, and employees. Prior to joining HPE, she worked as a Senior Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer for many years in Silicon Valley companies and has IT experience as a Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, IT Project Manager, Technical Support Engineer, and Technical Consultant.
2016 - Leader of the Year Americas
Ohio LUG Leader
Pam Eifel, Quality Assurance Shared Services Domain Manager, Keybank, received the Leader of the Year Award for her long-standing leadership of the Northeast Ohio local user group. With her facilitation and support since 2007, the group’s membership has grown to over 780 HPE software customers and partners. Eifel organizes speakers and group meetings for members in all areas of testing and quality assurance.
Eifel is a Quality Assurance and ITSM professional with more than 30 years of IT experience. She is also active in the Greater Cleveland ITSMF community and is ITILv3 certified.
2016 - Speaker of the Year Americas
TQA SIG Leader
Robert Linton, Vice President of Applications Lifecycle Management, CorTechs, Inc., received the Speaker of the Year award for sharing his expertise and insights in webinars hosted by Vivit as well as frequently speaking at annual Discover sessions and roundtables.
Linton has 30+ years of IT experience, with 18 of them in the field of Software Quality Engineering. Over the past five years, his focus has been on Testing as a Service and leveraging the HPE ALM solutions in various cloud environments. His team has amassed many years’ worth of experiences that can assist HPE software users worldwide as they migrate their IT efforts, including their QA testing efforts into cloud environments.
2016 - Top Virtual Contributor Americas
Configuration Management SIG Leader
HPE Service Management SIG Leader
Robbie Clay-Ament, Advisor IT Risk, Delta Air Lines, received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for her participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. She has been a member since 2011, and she engages with other members around the world by moderating webinars, spreading the news of user group activities through social media and the Vivit website, and contributing posts to the Configuration Management System and HPE Service Management special interest groups.
Clay-Ament has been involved in ITSM and Configuration Management since 2001 and has been at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta for 20 years. She is the advisor and domain architect in the IT Operations and PMO areas.
2015 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2015 - Champion of the Year EMEA/APJ
Dr. Andreas Birk
TQA SIG Leader
Dr. Andreas Birk received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit user community through his long-standing leadership of the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group (SIG). He co-founded the TQA SIG in 2008 and since has driven TQA activities, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. With his facilitation and support, the TQA SIG created several new regional networks. His contributions have resulted in a thriving TQA community with group meetings in Europe and webinars for members worldwide.
Dr. Birk, Founder and Principal Consultant of Software.Process.Management in Germany, has more than 25 years of experience in the software domain. His focus is on requirements management and large-scale agile development, and he helps organizations establish tool-supported work practices. Dr. Birk received the Leader of the Year award in 2010.
2015 - Leader of the Year EMEA/APJ
Agile SIG Leader
Stevan Zivanovic received the Leader of the Year Award for his guidance of the Agile Local User Group in the United Kingdom, hosting webinars and meetings and representing Vivit in the region. He focuses on setting up regular meetings in London for HPE software users interested in Agile.
Zivanovic, Principal Account Director at Infuse Consulting Ltd. in London, has over 23 years of IT work experience and has enabled enterprise organizations to deliver software through enhanced technical testing approaches which involves combining process improvements, test tool usage, and efficient and affective test design. Zivanovic is passionate about the professionalism of testers and is active in the ISO29119 standard in Software Testing, the British Computer Society and ISTQB. In recent years, through direct experience of using agile practices, he has supported organizations to transform their development processes to being agile.
2015 - Speaker of the Year EMEA/APJ
Toine Jenniskens received the Speaker of the Year award for sharing his practitioner’s expertise on DevOps through webinars hosted by Vivit as well as frequently speaking at annual Discover events and local events in The Netherlands.
Jenniskens, Business Architect Infrastructure and IT Management, Rabobank IT Nederland, holds a masters degree in Social Sciences and specialized in management of service organizations. Throughout his career, he has held positions as lead operations architect, product manager, project manager, department manager, and ITIL process manager. He also serves as the Chairman of Interexperience, the Dutch HPE user community and alliance partner with Vivit and Connect. Jenniskens believes in sharing knowledge and insights to help others succeed; in return, more insight comes back to him. "Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge is even more so…,” says Jenniskens.
2015 - Top Virtual Contributor EMEA/APJ
Sweden LUG Leader
Jan Czajkowski received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. He has been a member since 2007 and co-leads the Swedish Local User Group, HUGS, serving on the Board for the past five years and as the Chairperson for the past year and a half. Czajkowski is a frequent contributor to forums discussing Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) / Quality Center related topics, like the HPE community forums, TDForums, LinkedIn, and Vivit forums. He also participates in all online Board of Directors nominations and elections.
Czajkowski is a Quality Center Consultant at SQS Sweden with over 14 years of experience in ALM/Quality Center as well as Unified Functional Testing. He has been working with a great number of customers in Sweden and Norway, implementing upgrades, workshops, mentoring, and day-to-day maintenance. Czajkowski has been teaching HPE courses on Quality Center and Quick Test Professional in the Nordics during the past 9 years, and he also created his own two-day course in Quality Center Scripting. In 2015, he received the Leader of the Year Award.
2015 - Champion of the Year Americas
Amy Heindel, Presales Enterprise Software Consultant, Hewlett-Packard, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community in the United States. Heindel has been a consistent advocate, participant, and supporter of Vivit, beginning with OpenView Forum Local User Groups in Michigan in the late 1990s. She has shared her knowledge by presenting at Local User Group meetings, and she encouraged customers to collaborate and share best practices in Vivit meetings and online events to drive the most value from their HP Software investments.
Heindel has over 19 years of experience as an HP Software Technical Sales Solution Architect focused on IT Management solutions, with over 10 years of experience working in Corporate IT and Internet consulting before her tenure at HP.
2015 - Leader of the Year Americas
Kansas City and St. Louis
Dan Boswell, Manager of Testing for the ATC contract at the USDA, Ace Info Solutions, Inc., received the Leader of the Year Award for his outstanding guidance of the Kansas City and St. Louis Local User Groups. Boswell organized meetings for HP customers in both cities, creating plenty of events and collaboration opportunities. He frequently spoke and extended the reach to members not in the local area by broadcasting the meeting virtually.
Boswell has worked in testing and automation for over 15 years and has been in the IT field for over 25 years. He has expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and Unified Functional Testing.
2015 - Speaker of the Year Americas
TQA SIG Leader
Bernard Szymczak, IT Systems Engineer Lead – Enterprise Software Services and Architecture, Progressive Insurance, received the Speaker of the Year award for presenting on Software Quality topics at Local User Group Meetings, at Ohio State University, and through a series of well-attended webinars.
Szymczak has more than 12 years of Software Quality Management experience and is a leader in his field, specializing in IT Service Management Incident and Problem Management for quality insurance systems from HP and others, HP software infrastructure design, consulting best practices, training for HP systems at Progressive’s IT University, and upgrades and new solutions for HP and others in the Business Innovation Garage. He supports an HP Software user base that is currently over 3,500 and across 18 business platforms.
2015 - Top Virtual Contributor Americas
Steve Williams, GTM and Offering Manager for HP Helion Managed Cloud Broker for HP Enterprise Services, received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community.
Williams works with the US Public Sector region and is based in Maryland near Washington, D.C. For the last 15 years, he has helped enterprise customers evolve into agile IT by utilizing enterprise automation solutions and focusing on process enrichment for true IT and business transformations.
2014 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2014 - Speaker of the Year EMEA/APJ
Gordon Appleby received the Speaker of the Year award for presenting internationally on Performance Testing, representing Vivit at HP events, and encouraging others to participate in the Vivit community.
Appleby is one of the founding directors of Trust IV in the UK, a company established in 2005 and which specializes in software quality and software risk management. With over 25 years of IT and telecommunications experience, he is considered a thought leader in Performance Testing and Test Automation. With a background ranging from Operations, Development, Support, Quality Assurance and Management, Appleby offers significant benefits of technical depth and managerial breadth to his customers and colleagues.
2014 - Leader of the Year EMEA/APJ
Sweden LUG Leader
Jan Czajkowski received the Leader of the Year Award for his leadership in the the Swedish local user group, HUGS, serving on the local Board for the past four years and as the Chairperson since April 2014. He organized several meetings and seminars and is a frequent speaker at the local user group events.
Czajkowski is a Quality Center Consultant at SQS Sweden with over 13 years of experience in ALM/Quality Center as well as Unified Functional Testing. He has been working with a great number of customers in Sweden and Norway, implementing upgrades, workshops, mentoring, and day-to-day maintenance. Czajkowski has been teaching HP courses on Quality Center and Quick Test Professional in the Nordics during the past 8 years, and he also created his own two-day course in Quality Center Scripting.
2014 - Champion of the Year EMEA/APJ
Violet Seah received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community in the APJ region, in particular Singapore. Seah organized a series of webinars covering the wide spectrum of the HP Software portfolio and reached out to customers and partners in the region inviting them to learn and connect through these web events. She also brought HP employees to the community by regularly presenting the value of Vivit to the sales and marketing teams. In Singapore, membership has grown 178% in the last year, and the first local user group was founded. Seah worked with the local user group leader to organize the first meeting on August 15, 2014.
Seah has close to 20 years of regional marketing experience and specializes in B2B technology marketing. She is currently the HP Software Services Marketing Manager, APJ, as well as the HP Software Regional Lead, Community and Reference Program, APJ.
2014 - Top Virtual Contributor EMEA/APJ
Business Service Management
Mark Laird received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for his participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. He has been a member since 2010 and runs the Business Service Management (BSM) Special Interest Group (SIG) and participates in other virtual SIGs in related areas. He attends live webinar events to acquire cross-training on HP products and services and searches the forums, blogs, and newsletters regularly for solutions to issues or questions about HP Software product installations. Recently the BSM SIG has taken on hosting the HP BSM and Operations Manager practitioner forum which extends the scope of Vivit. He also participates in all online Board of Directors nominations and elections to bring outstanding leadership to Vivit.
Laird has over 10 years of experience with HP Solutions including Business Service Manager, Operations Manager, and the Service Management solutions. Currently a Group Technical Architect at Steria, a European IT service industry leader, he provides support and advice as well as pre-sales expertise across the wide HP suite including Business Service Manager, uCMDB, Operations Manager, and Cloud Service Automation.
2014 - Speaker of the Year Americas
Data Center Automation
Ron Cornwell, 2014 Speaker of the Year, frequently delivers webinars to members worldwide on topics related to Data Center Automation. He was spotlighted as a panelist and presenter at the Vivit Virtual Summit on Cloud in November 2013. He presented three sessions at HP Discover 2013. In addition, he co-leads the Vivit Data Center Automation Special Interest Group and has served as a member of the HP Customer Advisory Board on Cloud and HPOO Special Interest Group for the past several years.
Ron has worked in the IT field for over 15 years. He has been involved with several key initiatives including Data Center Consolidations, Data Center Automation, and most recently deploying Private Cloud. He is currently the Team Lead for the Data Center Automation group at McKesson Corp. Prior to joining McKesson, he was a member of the US Army. He continues to support our country’s military through volunteerism and donations to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
2014 - Leader of the Year Americas
Florida Local User Group Leader
Paul Shovlin, 2014 Leader of the Year,was recognized for his leadership of the Florida Local User Group. Paul started as a contributor and speaker with the Tampa Mercury User Group in 2005 and was instrumental in starting the Vivit Local User Group in Florida six years ago. He helped increase the number of Florida meetings by moving to a quarterly model. Paul has spoken for multiple Local User Groups across America this past year, and he has shared his extensive meeting planning knowledge with other leaders. In addition, Paul fostered a relationship with HP Marketing representatives to bring them to the table. Paul also contributes his expertise worldwide by serving on the Membership Committee.
Paul has worked in software quality for 18 years and currently holds the position of Director of Client Management for Checkpoint Technologies. Paul focuses on assisting customers to identify Quality Assurance (QA) and software testing challenges and offering cost effective and industry leading solutions. Paul is HP Certified in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and is an HP Certified Instructor.
2014 - Champion of the Year Americas
Local User Group/SIG Leader
Todd DeCapua, 2014 Champion of the Year, was recognized for expanding the Vivit community by co-leading Local User Groups in Delaware and Philadelphia, four global Special Interest Groups focused on DevOps, Mobile, Agile, and Performance Engineering, frequently delivering webinars, and writing blogs. Over the years, Todd has received several recognitions from Vivit, including HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest,” 2010 Leader of the Year, and 2013 Speaker of the Year.
Todd is a seasoned software professional with more than 20 years of experience in IT applications development, IT operations, product marketing, product management, channels operations and business development in several domains including Mobile, Agile, Cloud, and Performance. He recently joined HP in April 2014 through their acquisition of Shunra; he is currently a Senior Product Marketing Manager of Application Delivery Management, Go-To-Market and is responsible for Network Virtualization and Service Virtualization.
2014 - Top Virtual Contributor Americas
Randy Mikel, Top Virtual Contributor, received recognition for his participation in and contributions through Vivit’s website. He has been a member since 2007 and has utilized the many resources available to members. He participates in virtual Special Interest Groups, attends live webinar events to acquire cross-training on HP product and services, and searches the forums, blogs, and newsletters regularly for solutions to issues or questions about HP product installations. He also offers his tips and knowledge on issues that other members post in the forums and participates in the Houston and Chicago Local User Groups. He hosts Local User Group meetings at his place of employment and has presented a case study on his company’s ITSM implementation. He also participates in all online Board of Directors nominations and elections to bring outstanding leadership to Vivit.
Randy has over 15 years of experience with Project and Portfolio Management (PPM). Currently at Halliburton, a Houston-based energy products and services industry leader, he provides IT team leadership to support 3,200 users of the HP PPM Suite for the global SAP application support teams, as well as over 400 other enterprise applications and the Project Management Organization which manages over 1,500 global IT projects. He also supports other HP software products: Service Manager, uCMDB, Asset Manager, and Quality Center.
2013 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2013 - Speaker of the Year EMEA
Business Service Management
Mark Laird, 2013 EMEA Speaker of the Year, is co-leader for the Business Service Management (BSM) SIG, as well as a presenter who represents Vivit within the wider HP community at conferences and webinars. He has presented as part of the BSM SIG, helped with Vivit APJ (Asian Pacific and Japan) webinars, spoken at roundtable events and elevated Vivit’s presence at the HP UK Software Universe.
Mark has been in the IT industry for over 25 years, and has been promoting, using and deploying HP Software for the past 10 years. He currently works as Group Technical Architect for Steria and now has responsibility for continuing to develop the HP, Cisco and VMware partnerships within Steria. Steria, as both an HP Partner and Customer, has a unique insight into the use of HP Software in the real world and as such, Mark is also a member of HP’s Customer Advisory Board for Business Service Management, providing feedback and insight into customer requirements for future versions of the suite.
2013 - Leader of the Year EMEA
Sweden LUG Leader
Mostafa Moussavi, 2013 EMEA Leader of the Year, is being recognized for his passionate support of user group and member meetings. He believes that because of VIVIT, end users are able to influence the development and improvement of the HP Software tools, serving both HP and the end user. Moussavi’s insights about Vivit members having different needs because of their diverse roles in IT, and how they deploy HP Software, led him to introduce parallel technical sessions at meetings throughout Sweden. He is a speaker at Vivit meetings and shares his experience with other members.
Mostafa has 24 years of experience in IT. He is a technical test specialist with nine years of experience with performance testing, performance test methodology and test automation. He has worked mainly with HP Software test tools as Quality Center, LoadRunner and QTP/UFT. He currently works as a Test Automation Specialist at SEB in Stockholm. He is also a teacher in "QTP & Running Automated Tests in QC,” and is responsible for SEB’s Test Automation Community.
2013 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Rene De Vleeschauwer
Belgium LUG Leader
Rene De Vleeschauwer, 2013 EMEA Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software community as a LUG Leader in Belgium and has a special interest in the Testing, Quality, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Special Interest Group (SIG).
René has worked in IT for more than 30 years, starting with IBM mainframes. He is now the founder and CEO of IKAN, a Belgian-based software vendor that is an HP Software Enterprise Management Alliances Program (EMAP) Partner. As a niche player in the ALM space, De Vleeschauwer helped IKAN to develop strategic relationships with industry leaders like HP, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others. His key focus is to position the IKAN product set, IKAN ALM for lifecycle, build and deploy, and MetaSuite for test data management, which are complementary solutions to the HP ALM offerings.
2013 - Speaker of the Year Americas
Philadelphia and Delaware
Agile, DevOps, Mobile
Todd DeCapua, 2013 Speaker of the Year, serves the HP Software Community in multiple capacities. He frequently delivers webinars to Vivit members on topics related to both testing and development of best practices, and he continues to volunteer his expertise as a Leader for the Delaware and Philadelphia LUGs. He co-founded and co-leads two new Special Interest Groups, DevOps and Mobile, while also leading the Agile SIG. Over the years, Todd has received several industry recognitions, including: HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest” and 2010 Vivit Leader of the year.
Todd has worked in the field of information technology for over 20 years and is one of the technology industry’s most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and Network Virtualization. He is a renowned speaker, author and visionary. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Channel Operations and Services for Shunra Software. He manages the company’s Advisory Board and drives partnerships and strategic alliances. He has been instrumental in developing partnerships with HP, CA, IBM, Parasoft, Perfecto Mobile and Soasta, to name a few. He is also a member of HP’s Customer Advisory Board for Performance both in US and Europe.
2013- Leader of the Year Americas
Iowa LUG Leader
Scott Anderson, 2013 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his leadership of the Iowa LUG and for sharing best practices across the HP Software Community. For the past five years, he has organized quarterly Iowa LUG meetings along with his co-leaders and has been instrumental in managing the Vivit Midwest Regional events. Recently, he brought multiple local user groups together for a focused meeting on Agile Test Processes, and attendance increased by 300% -- a new best practice that has been shared.
Scott has worked in test automation for 15 years and currently works at Aviva as a Senior Automation Engineer. He is an expert on HP’s Application Lifecycle Management, Unified Functional Testing, and using VB.Net to enhance testing processes.
2013 - Champion of the Year Americas
Mary Kay Petersen
Oregon LUG Leader
HP Service Management
Mary Kay Petersen, 2013 Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software community as a LUG Leader in Oregon and as a Special Interest Group (SIG) Leader for the HP Service Management SIG. She hosted numerous webinars this past year covering HP Service Manager, Asset Manager, and uCMBD topics and has been instrumental in growing the HP Service Management SIG to over 360 members.
Mary Kay has worked in the field of information technology for over 25 years and has been with Mentor Graphics for the past 19 years serving as their Director of IT Service Management & Enterprise Security. She has been influential in adopting ITIL best practices and in implementing the following: HP Business Service Management for Enterprise Monitoring, HP Service Manager for Global Help Desk & Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.
2012 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2012 - Speaker of the Year EMEA
South Africa LUG Leader
Mihai Grigorescu, 2012 Speaker of the Year, is co-leader for the South Africa LUG, and was recognized for a series of outstanding webinar presentations for members on best practices and real life practical usage of HP ALM. Mihai is also lead several roundtables at the HP Discover conference in Frankfurt, Germany, December 4-6. He has been in the software testing industry for over 5 years and is now the TCoE Tools Lead at Accenture in South Africa. He has a passion for testing in general and for business as well as technical processes. He is an avid fan of making optimal use of available tools and processes which assist the overall testing efforts and projects. He is also currently a board member of the SIGiST committee (Special Interest Group in Software Testing for South Africa) and is an active speaker in national and international events
2012 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Germany LUG Leader
Stefan Mohr, 2012 Champion of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding effort to advance and grow the community. Stefan has been a Vivit member and LUG leader for five years and has helped to organize the two-day German User Group Meetings for more than seven years. He was the 2009 Leader of the Year Award winner, and because of the expansive community he has built throughout Germany and the outpouring of member nominations, Vivit is awarding him with Champion of the Year. Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 15 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.
2012 - Leader of the Year EMEA
TQA LUG Leader
Olli Laiho, 2012 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his outstanding leadership for the online Testing, Quality and Application Lifecycle Management (TQA) Special Interest Group. He is a qualified expert on HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Quality Center products and a Quality Assurance specialist. He is also driving the value of utilizing Business Intelligence tools in Quality Assurance and Testing to improve the output and performance of Quality Assurance organizations worldwide. He has helped lead the TQA Special Interest Group for four years, adding blogs, tips and tricks, and webinars for members around the world. Olli is a frequent speaker and roundtable leader at the international HP Discover conferences and an instructor for Vivit Advanced Training, focusing on HP ALM and Quality Center. Olli works as a Senior QA Consultant for Assure "The QC Guys" in Finland.
2012 Americas Award Winners
2012 - Champion of the Year Americas
DevOps SIG Leader
San Jose/Silicon Valley LUG Leader
Paul Peissner has championed both the advancement of IT professionals (helping them take advantage of the quickly changing IT industry) and gathered a variety of industry experts and leaders to work with the Vivit global community. He has established and grown member-participation and recruited leaders for local LUGs and global Special Interest Groups. He has helped Vivit establish strategic partnerships and recruit community sponsors. Paul has regular conversations with Vivit team members on how to improve member services, become more visible to IT professionals, and bring more members to the Vivit community
His strategy to combine the efforts of HP Software Applications and Operations teams to help optimize IT organizations and advance the careers of Vivit’s IT professionals has resulted in the launch of the Vivit DevOps Special Interest Group, which he leads. Paul is also a Northern California Leader for the Silicon Valley and San Jose LUG, connecting users and thought leaders in the region. Additionally, he has served as an advisor to the Vivit Board of Directors and offers his insights and expertise to the wider community, speaking at local LUG meetings in the US and Europe and co-presenting on live web events.
As a Business Development specialist for many technology companies, Paul has become a strong advocate for partner-based "eco-system innovation”, encouraging IT’s adoption of Cloud and the creation of self-service education and training programs to assist in industry adoption and global standardization efforts. He understands the limits of an R&D platform team, the growing needs of their customers, and the wealth of resources the right partnerships can provide to both.
Paul has been a part of numerous partner-based Enterprise solution launches, many partnerships which resulted in acquisitions-the co-authoring of an IT Ops Automation patent (submitted in 2010) and the recent Enterprise Cloud Development launch with CollabNet.
2012 - Leader of the Year Americas
Mark Herbert was nominated by members of the Vivit Arizona LUG who value his vital leadership role in their local community. Mark has led the Arizona LUG for three years; before this, he led the Pittsburgh LUG which he founded in 2006 as a Mercury user group. Mark organizes quarterly events with special emphasis on customer presentations focusing on both applications and operations technologies. In addition, Mark engages members in the event process by operating a forum on the Vivit Arizona web site so they can request topics of interest for upcoming events.
Arizona LUG Leader
Nationally, Mark is bringing his expertise to the HP Discover conference as a roundtable leader.
Mark is an HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) with HP Quality Center and HP QuickTest Professional. He has been working in software Quality Assurance and using HP testing tools since 1999. Mark is also an HP Certified Instructor in these tool sets.
2012 - Volunteer of the Year Americas
Mary Kay Petersen
HP Service Management SIG Leader
Oregon LUG Leader
Mary Kay Petersen is the Director of IT Service Management at Mentor Graphics, a manufacturer of Electronic Design Automation solutions headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Mary Kay has worked in the field of Information Technology for 25 years, the past 17 years at Mentor in roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mary Kay has been the driving force behind adopting ITIL best practices at Mentor, selecting HP as a strategic vendor and recently implementing HP ServiceCenter for Global Help Desk & Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.
2011 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2011 - Champion of the Year EMEA
Trim SIG Leader
Paolo, who lives in France, founded and initiated the Vivit Information Management TRIM LUGs in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. Through Paolo's outreach, Vivit adopted the TRIM user groups inherited from the HP Software acquisition. Vivit's by-laws do not allow HP employees to hold a leadership position in the user community, which was historically required for an award. However, Vivit created the Champion of the Year award for any individual who is an HP Software customer, partner or employee and who strives and succeeds to expand the Vivit community. Vivit expresses thanks to Paolo as an HP employee for his efforts to assist the TRIM user groups in joining Vivit, to extend the share of knowledge, and to welcome new members. Face-to-face kickoff meetings have been organized in the United Kingdom, and recruitment for further member countries such as Italy and South Africa are now planned.
2011 - Leader of the Year EMEA
HP Service Management
Martijn lends his expertise and leadership in the field of service management tool implementation to the Vivit community. As co-Leader for the Vivit HP Service Management Special Interest Group, Martijn organized and led global virtual events and roundtable discussions at all HP DISCOVER conferences and at the Customer Forum of the EMEAs in Paris and Berlin. He has been instrumental in forming cohesive communication and collaborations among Vivit Leaders and HP Software in EMEA. Martijn contributed his knowledge and assistance to the Vivit Germany annual conference in Frankfurt, and he has recently established a local HP Service Management LUG of Vivit in the Netherlands where he resides.
2011 - Leader of the Year Americas
Chicago, Kansas City
and Richmond, Virginia
Laura Walker shares her talents and strong leadership as a Local LUG Leader in Chicago, Kansas City, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia. She has formed strong local communities centered on IT Service Management, and she also helps to organize and lead IT Service Management events for other Local LUGs around the United States as well as the worldwide HP Service Management Special Interest Group.
Laura Walker is the Director of Business for StrataCom, an HP Gold Partner specializing in IT Service Management, and has been employed in the IT Service Management industry for 10 years. Laura holds a B.S. in International Business and an MBA degree. She is an active industry volunteer within the IT industry.
Laura is also the itSMF Dakota President. She has served on Dakota and Minnesota itSMF extended boards and on a variety of committees including programs and membership. She loves working in information technology because of the continuous change.
2010 EMEA and APJ Award Winners
2010 - Leader of the Year EMEA
TQA SIG Leader
Dr. Birk, who resides in Germany, founded the Testing, Quality, and Application Lifecycle Management Special Interest Group (TQA SIG) in 2008 for Vivit members around the globe. Together with his co-leaders, he has built it into an active, thriving forum for hundreds of HP Software users. He has organized webinars and created a vibrant online community hub, featuring discussion forums and valuable information repositories. In Germany, he has organized the TQA tracks at the annual Vivit conferences. Andreas serves on the membership committee, collaborates with the Vivit Board of Directors, and has attracted numerous new members to the Vivit community. Dr. Birk was nominated by members of the TQA SIG who value his energy and ability to get others engaged.
As founder and principal consultant of Software.Process.Management (SWPM), Andreas supports process improvement initiatives on testing and application lifecycle management with integrated HP Quality Center solutions. He values collaboration, learning, and experience sharing as important keys to success in software organizations.
2010 - MVP Americas
Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Chicago
and Michigan LUG Leader
As Vice President of Sales for Professional Computers Inc. (PCI), Rocky has been working with HP hardware and software solutions for over 23 years in a channel partner capacity. His success has come from his customer-first strategy, focusing on customer service.
This approach to HP customer service led to Rocky's involvement with Vivit and his commitment to adding value to the HP Software and Solutions community.
Rocky has been an active member of Vivit for over 15 years and a Leader for the Michigan and Ohio Local Users Groups for the past 11 years, adding Local Users Groups in Indiana and Kentucky in 2009. He also supports the Chicago Local Users Group and recently coordinated the 2010 Midwest Road Show in six cities. Rocky has facilitated at least eight to ten local Vivit events a year since 1999 so that HP Software and Solutions customers can network and share best practices, learn about HP updates, and hear about third party solutions.
In 2004, Rocky took on the role as Vivit Membership Chairman with the responsibility for growing Vivit's local users group community around the world. Under his leadership and Vivit staff support, the number of LUGs has grown from about a dozen to over 45 LUGs worldwide with LUG start-ups in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
2010 - Leaders of the Year Americas
Delaware LUG Leader
Todd built a solid users group focused on Quality Assurance, Software Testing, Functional Automation, Performance Engineering, and Agile Scrum. His vision and leadership provides a highly engaging and collaborative learning environment for all participants. Todd's leadership has resulted in sustained growth of a very active local user community.
Todd, VP of Worldwide Consulting for Shunra, is one of the tech industry's most respected thought leaders on Application Performance Engineering and a renowned speaker, author and visionary. His IT & QA background encompasses nearly all industries and over 70 organizations with extensive consulting experience -- before joining Shunra in 2010, he held senior leadership roles both within IT Development and IT Infrastructure at ING DIRECT, the largest internet bank in the United States -- providing him a uniquely authoritative view of the global business impact of the new best-practice models for performance engineering.
His expertise includes application development, global project management, partnership strategy, collaborative methods like Agile Scrum, infrastructure architecture, business continuity and disaster recovery. At Shunra is to drive professional services, training/education and partnership programs for nearly 2000 worldwide customers deploying applications in WAN, Web, Mobile and Cloud environments.
In 2009 he was invited to sit on the Customer Advisory Board for LoadRunner & Performance Center, Mr. DeCapua was named 2010 HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest". He is also a certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Practitioner, and Six Sigma Green Belt; and is also accredited with an MBA, Concentration in Finance.
St. Louis LUG Leader
Colin eagerly took on the Leader role for the St. Louis Local Users Group in 2009. He focused on HP Quality Center and HP Performance Center product offerings while growing the group to over 100 members strong in one year. Colin has been instrumental in increasing the frequency of local events as well as organizing Vivit Regional events. His tireless effort to bring presentations of interest to the St. Louis Local Users Group has also been key to its rapid growth. His Co-Leader is Charles Fleisher.
Colin was elected to the Vivit Board of Directors in June of 2010 and was recently elected to serve as its Treasurer. Colin has 10 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked in the hardware, network, and software support arenas, as well as software quality assurance.
2009 Award Winners
2009 - Leaders of the Year EMEA
Germany LUG Leader
Stefan is a co- leader for the Vivit LUG in Germany. His energy, willingness to go the extra mile, and ability to get others engaged has built one of the strongest local user groups worldwide. It was from the voices of his local LUG that he was nominated. His efforts have resulted in local user conferences packed with over 18 presentations and multiple tracks lasting 1 ½ days with over 130 participants. Stefan's commitment to the HP Software user community in Germany speaks volumes about his leadership abilities and traits.
Stefan is the Consulting Manager and a Principal Consultant for the ITC GmbH in Germany. Stefan has more than 12 years experience in implementing, customizing, training and selling of HP Software products and ITSM Consulting. As a certified ITIL Service Manager, he focuses on integrated ITSM solutions for enterprise and SMB customers based on HP Software and 3rd party products.
Germany LUG Leader
Frank is a co-leader for the Vivit LUG in Germany. His energy, willingness to go the extra mile, and ability to get others engaged has built one of the strongest localuser groups worldwide. It was from the voices of his local LUG that he was nominated. His efforts have resulted in local user conferences packed with over 18 presentations and multiple tracks lasting 1 ½ days with over 130 participants. Frank's commitment to the HP Software user community in Germany speaks volumes about his leadership abilities and traits.
Frank has 15 years of experience with HP software and knows the products both from a user and vendor perspective. He currently works for IT unlimited AG, a Platinum HP business partner focused on implementing, supporting and operating IT management solutions. Prior to this assignment, he held several leadership positions in product management, business development and marketing at HP's OpenView business unit.