Most Effective IT Team Award


  2022 Most Effective IT Team Awards

Note:  There were no Team Award Programs held in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid.     The 2020 Award was being moved to fall and we're not sure we'll be ready for the fall of 2021.   It's hard to do Team program virtually.   As a result we decided to hold off until 2022 to restart the Team Award Program.   Thanks for your patience and understanding.   The Team Awards have been a great way to recognize the hard work of the staffs that makes a CIO successful.

  2019 Most Effective IT Team Awards

The Chicago Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Most Effective IT Team Awards.  This year’s team winners are:

1st Place - PSAV - Lighthouse Team

CIO Kathie Kozik - Team Lead Wayne Vincent

2nd Place:  CIBC Bank USA - CIBC Cross-Board Banking Team

CIO Dean Haacker - Team Lead David Bergman

3rd Place:  Delta Dental Plans Association - National Data Strategy Team

CIO Scott Jessee - Team Lead Fred Kwong

Winner's Panel

Fred Kwong, Wayne Vincent, David Bergman


Since 2009, the “Most Effective IT Team Award” has been presented annually by CompTIA AITP and recognizes high performing teams that have done an outstanding job of improving the success of their companies’ business.  This year the Pan Asian American Business Council has joined us as a co-sponsor.   Teams will be selected for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.  Relative performance will be used to adjust for company size.  This is a serious award.  Judging will be done by a panel of CIOs, Directors and Senior IT Executives.

The awards evaluation process occurs over a 180-day period including a nomination, qualifying, and peer panel evaluation, culminating with an Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on March 4, 2019.  The Awards presentation is one of the most highly attended technology leadership events each year.  We look forward to seeing you at this event and recognizing and congratulating all of the award-winning teams.

This year’s Applicants include teams from diverse organizations such as:  AAR Corporation, CIBC, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Delta Dental, DXC/United Air Lines, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,  Gift of Hope, IAA (Insurance Auto Auctions), Partstown, PSAV, and Stratosphere Networks.

Judging panel includes:  Patrick Maroney, CIO at Central States Funds & Former CIO of the Year; Craig Youngberg, Cyber Risk and Resilience at Accenture;  John Fisher, Transformational CIO & Chief Executive at rethinking IT. Inc. & former CIO of the Year;  Mark Griesbaum, Relationship Manager at RLF (Regional Leadership Forum) – SIM & former CIO; Ramnath Cidambi, CIO at Illinois Student Assistance Commission; Frank Yanan, SVP GIS & BISO at Bank of America; Dave Kamath, Managing Partner at Querion Services  & Former CIO; Gary Czubak, Partner @ Fortium Partners and Former SVP/CIO; and Larry Winkelman, Partner at Fortium Partners & Former CIO.

Prior winners include:  Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Zurich Services, Nuveen, City of Chicago, Mesirow Financial, Connect Hearing, University of Chicago Medicine, Jenner & Block, USG, Tate & Lyle, Association Management Center, True Value Company, tradeMonster Group, Kraft Foods/Mondelez Int’l, DeVry, Crowe Horwath LLP, Motorola Mobility, Hallmark, Chicago Public Schools, Cardian Learning Group, Options Clearing House, Loyola University, Littelfuse

Nominated teams will be judged and awarded points on these effectiveness categories:

  1. Innovation and Team Collaboration (30)
  2. Organizational Change management (20)
  3. Business Value creation (40)
  4. Community service (10)

The Keynote Panel:

The Keynote for this year’s event will be a panel which consists of representatives of the 3 Award Winning Teams.  The 3 representatives identified at the event will each share information about what their teams accomplished to win their award.  The following panel discussion will be moderated by John Fisher and will cover topics such as leading business transformation and building and maintaining high performing teams.

John is President and Founder of rethinking IT, a firm that helps client organizations think differently about their technology solutions.  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.

John is a member of the Board of Directors of AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago.  He was recognized by Computerworld Magazine as one of their Premier 100 IT Leaders and named Chicago’s CIO of the Year in 2002.  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 eBusiness Strategy.

Please join us for an exciting evening to recognize these three award winning teams and also enjoy outstanding networking with your peers.

We expect attendance of 100+ including Team members, C Level Judges and a wide range of Senior IT professionals.

When:  Monday, March 4th, 2019, 5:30-8:45 PM
Where:  The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago
CompTIA AITP and PAABC Member Cost:  $70 Includes plated dinner, dessert and limited drinks
Guest Cost:  $90 Includes plated dinner, dessert and limited drinks


5:30 pm – 6:15 pm     Social Hour
6:15 pm – 7:00 pm      Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:20 pm     Awards
7:20 pm – 8:15 pm     Award Winner Panel and Q&A
8:15 pm – 8:45 pm     Network and Adjourn

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