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2020 RMG's Annual Presidents' Seminar: Learning from Past Company Presidents

Press Release: RMG Consultants, Inc. [December 5, 2019]

Learn from Past Company Presidents as They Share Perspectives and Advise the Library Industry at RMG's Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top


Friday January 24, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia at the
Nutter Theater in the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Listen and dialogue with veteran Library Industry technology leaders at the 30th RMG Annual Presidents' Seminar at ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, January 24, 2020, 2pm - 4pm at the Nutter Theater in the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Hear and ask about what these former technology company leaders have to say about their Library Industry experiences, perspectives, and advice.

What lessons can we learn from our library automation industry's history as we consider how libraries will absorb and adapt the onslaught of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), high speed (5G) mobile data technologies, quantum computing?

Listen, learn, and join the conversation with these industry veterans.

RMG invites other past panelists to participate from the audience at the 30th RMG Presidents's seminar.

We are honored to welcome colleagues who have agreed to a presumably cold and possibly snowy Philadelphia January journey to share their thoughts as Panelists at the 30th Annual RMG Presidents' Seminar:

Lana Porter

Former CEO of Ameritech Library Services and epixtech

who has served on the Boards of epixtech, Dynix, University of Detroit Mercy, Friends of the Libraries USA, and Leadership America. She now sits on the Boards of the Murray State University Foundation, the Murray State CIT National Advisory Board, and Leadership Women as well as several advisory boards of small and medium businesses.

Kelvin Walker

Former Managing Partner, 21st Century Group, LLC, that was an investor in Dynix 1999-2007, and in partnership with RLJ Equity Partners, LLC, acquired in 2011 and sold in 2015 Media Source, Inc. (MSI Information Services that owns Horn Book, Library Hotline, LJ, School Library LJ, etc.). Kelvin is currently CEO of the Dallas Citizens Council.

Vinod Chachra

Former President & CEO, VTLS Inc. (1985 to 2014); Vice President, Computing and Information Systems, Virginia Tech (1972 to 1985); inducted into Virginia Tech Faculty Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Virginia).

Helped to establish Radford University's "Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab" Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competency Training involved in workforce training in areas like Cyber Security and Geospatial Intelligence. Vinod is currently President, Foresight, LLC, and serves on corporate and not-for-profit boards: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (VTIP), Flex Metrics,Electric Design and Distribution (EDD), Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation (BM&CF),Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC).

Carl Grant

Former Ex Libris (USA) Inc., President; VTLS, Inc. President & Chief Operating Officer; Ameritech Library Services, Vice-President;

Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Vice-President; Data Research Associates, Vice President. Carl is currently Dean (Interim) of University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Bill Schickling

Former President and CEO of Polaris Library Systems; Innovative Interfaces Inc.'s EVP of Business Development (after III's purchase of Polaris). In a feel-good industry acquisition, Bill was one of the six Polaris employees who bought the company from Croydon Company, a privately held investment firm (led by the legendary Marty Blackman and Morris Bergreen) that owned Gaylord Information Systems (that launched Polaris in 1997) as a division of Gaylord Bros., a maker of library furniture, shelving and supplies.

Bill retired from Innovative in 2017 and currently is Library Trustee at Oswego Public Library

Jane Burke

Former President of NOTIS Systems; President/CEO of Endeavor Information Systems until its sale to Reed-Elsevie; and the Director of Serials Solutions. Since joining ProQuest in 2005, Jane has led development of software solutions, as well as serving in other senior leadership roles for ProQuest. Jane is currently VP Strategic Initiatives at Ex Libris.

The RMG Seminar is open to everyone for dialogue on topical issues and concerns -- registration is not required.

Attendees are invited to ask questions of this year's Panelists and other past panelists in attendance - who have been entrusted with delivering platforms and solutions for global library systems, services, and content to thousands of libraries serving millions of library users worldwide.

Rob McGee will moderate the session with assistance from RMG's Geoff Payne (Melbourne Office).

Rob McGee and Geoff Payne (RMG) are library information technology consultants specializing in team-based enterprise learning processes for IT planning and procurement projects and IT Strategic Planning for libraries and Higher Education institutions. RMG helps libraries identify and take advantage of digital opportunities to re-engineer services, processes, workflows, and practices and to determine ROI in technology choices.

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Publication Year:2019
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:December 5, 2019
Publisher:RMG Consultants, Inc.
Company: RMG Consultants, Inc.
Record Number:24735
Last Update:2024-02-13 12:21:40
Date Created:2019-12-05 16:57:01