August 2015 Print

President's Report

August is here and that means the summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start back up.  I am sure many of you are busy trying to fit last minute vacations and outings or buying school supplies.  Our chapter officers have been busy too with a lot of exciting changes and programs that have been launched and are now available to you.

One of the most exciting is the announcement of our collaboration with the St. Louis chapter of the Society for Information Management.  Working with them we are proud to announce the presentation of Tony Davis, Consulting Fellow and former Global IT Leader with who will be speaking on “Building a Business Service Reliability Strategy”.  This is a free event and will take place at the CenturyLink Technology Solutions building in Town & Country.  If you have not signed up yet, you should do so.  Early registration is free.  A $50 door charge will be tolled for anyone that does not register through the chapter early.

Working with HDI, we are glad to announce that HDI will be holding HDI Support Center Analyst Certification training on September 28th & 29th here in St. Louis.  Members receive $100 off the purchase of training.  If you would like to sign up for training, please make sure that you use promo code: LCSTL.  Early registration discounts are still available until August 18th.

The deals do not end there.  We are happy to announce that working with HDI we are able to offer a $200 discount on any new or renewed HDI Professional level memberships.  This is a limited time offer good through September 30th.  To receive this discount, you may contact a Gateway Chapter officer, purchase/renew via the HDI website or by calling the HDI Customer Care Center at 800.248.5667.  If you are going through the website or calling HDI directly, be sure to let them know that you are a Gateway Chapter member to ensure you receive the discount.  

As always, as part of the global HDI effort, we want to recognize the best and brightest in St. Louis.  Our chapter will once again be accepting nominations for Analyst of the Year, Desktop Support Technician of the Year, HDI manager of the Year and the HDI Team Excellence Award.  To be nominated for the Analyst, Desktop Support and Manager of the Year, the individual cannot have won the award in the previous year.  Nominations are currently being accepted and the link for submissions can be found under the announcements area of our website.

We would like to take a moment to recognize and thank EasyVista as our newest chapter sponsor.  Thanks to their sponsorship we are able to partner with groups to bring in some of the speakers that are scheduled for our upcoming meetings.  As an added bonus, EasyVista is inviting all Gateway Chapter HDI members attending Fusion 2015 to their cocktail reception.  If you are attending Fusion, and would like to attend this cocktail reception, please email me us so that we can send you the RSVP information.  If you would be interested in learning more about EasyVista, their services and products, please check out their website at

We also want to take a moment to thank our renewed sponsors Robert Half Technologies and Bomgar.  These two companies have been long time sponsors for our chapter and have helped us in numerous ways to improve our chapter and bring in highly respected, top notch speakers and information.  If you are unfamiliar with Robert Half Technologies and Bomgar, you may find more about them by clicking their logos on the front page of our website

Speaking of websites, if you have not noticed or have not been to our website, you should check it out.  We have made several upgrades to the page.  While it is still a work in progress, you can see many of the changes and find a lot of information there.  Our August and September meeting signups are posted as well as information from previous meetings.  In addition, we have added resources such as a jobs board, a lending library and member’s only resources such as access to live recordings from previous meetings. 

As always, I want to thank all of our members and participants.  We value your feedback.  Without you, none of this could happen.  If you have not already, please take a moment to fill out our survey so that we may continue to offer beneficial programs for you and your team.  If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our officer team.  Our officers are:

Tom Russo – VP of Membership – [email protected]

Mike Fitzpatrick – VP of Communications – [email protected]

Neil Peterson – VP of Vendor Relations – [email protected]

John Jester & Amy Bate – VPs of Programs – [email protected]

Joe Arechederra – Chapter President – [email protected]


Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all at our meetings.

Joe Arechederra

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Calendar of Events

Please take a moment to register for our  upcoming meetings:


Century Link Technology Center
1 Savis Parkway
Town and Country, MO 63017

August 20, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM



Urban Chestnut Brewing Company (Grove Location)
4465 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

September 10, 2015
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM


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