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--Upcoming Events--

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Disruptive Technology
In association with the Cal Berkeley Alumni Association
Speaker:  Glenn Kelman, CEO Redfin 
5:30--8:30 pm Dinner Event 
Seattle Yacht Club

Glenn is CEO of Seattle-based Redfin (, a mission-driven, technology-powered real estate broker backed by Greylock Partners and T. Rowe Price. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. In his seven years at Plumtree, Glenn at different times led engineering, marketing, product management and business development; he also was responsible for financing and general operations in Plumtree's early days. Prior to starting Plumtree, Glenn worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a Sequoia-backed start-up acquired by IBM. Glenn was raised in Seattle and was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to the Redfin blog and Twitter.

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*If you are a CAL Berkley Alum, you will receive a $20 discount on registration for this event!  Call the SeaSIM (206-795-0457) office for the discount code.

Thursday June 12, 2014
Seattle SIM Leadership Workshop
Leadership Course: Diamond Performance Framework

with former Blue Angels solo lead pilot, John Foley

8:00-9:00 Check-in/Registration, peer networking and continental breakfast
9:00-5:00 Diamond Performance Framework® course, luncheon inclusive

Museum of Flight

John graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, John was a "Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master’s degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College. He makes his home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

While engaging at an activity when life depends on successful communication, accurate information, trust and follow-through, John observed that these are the same traits that successful individuals use to achieve excellence.  The model and the message of Diamond Performance Framework® are byproducts of John’s ongoing pursuit of continuous improvement. As a Blue Angel, John was part of a team that consistently performed in intense, high-stakes environments. With thousands of hours as a carrier pilot and hundreds of hours as an instructor pilot, John was an elite aviator when he joined the Blues. But to perform with this team – flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches from his teammates – John had to improve his performance by 300 percent!

John’s post-Navy experiences as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and as an entrepreneur put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of team excellence found in the Blue Angels and create a model that helps others on their journeys toward High Performance. - See more about that model here. To learn more about Foley’s motto: Glad To Be Here®

Sponsored by Presidio, Seattle SIM members and invited guests will participate in a full day of Foley’s Diamond Performance Framework® class, beginning a process of critical thinking and moves to create a vision and execute at a higher level both as individuals and as teams.  The cost to attend this valuable event is $100 for members and $200 for non-members (with approval.)   

is $TBD.  To register, please contact our office at:   (206) 795-0457 or

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Speaker:  John Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Microsoft
5:30--8:30 pm Dinner Event 
Seattle Yacht Club

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John W. Thompson was named CEO of Virtual Instruments in April of 2010. He has been an investor and member of the Virtual Instruments Board of Directors since 2009.

Prior to joining Virtual Instruments, John was chairman of the board and CEO of Symantec Corporation, the leader in internet security, from April 1999 to April 2009. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, Thompson transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, from individual consumers to many of the world’s largest enterprises. He helped grow revenues from $600M to more than $6B in ten years. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until October 2011. John also served in a number of senior leadership roles at IBM Corporation, including general manager of IBM Americas, prior to assuming the CEO role at Symantec.

Thompson has served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of nation’s critical infrastructure, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the cause of the 2008 financial collapse and to make recommendations to Congress on steps to avoid or mitigate the impact of a reoccurrence. He is an active investor in early-stage companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Liquid Robotics, the world’s first wave-powered autonomous platform, and is an advisor to PernixData, a Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) provider. John is chairman of the board of Microsoft, the world's largest software company, and is a trustee for Wetlands America Trust.

He has also served on the boards of NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company), Fortune Brands, Seagate Technologies, and UPS.

Thompson has been recognized by a number of industry and business associations for his leadership and public service. In 2012, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group recognized him with the Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement award, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation named him Pioneer Business Leader in 2010 and in 2008 Junior Achievement recognized him as a Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Thompson was also awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica Foundation for his contributions to the high-tech industry.

Thompson completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M and holds a Master’s degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ken Piddington, CIO Global Partners, AP
5:30--8:30 pm Dinner Event 
Seattle Yacht Club

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Ken Piddington joined Global Partners as the firm’s first-ever CIO four years ago.  Fortune magazine featured his work in this piece: Global Partners CIO Helps Company Go From $6B In Revenues To $18Billion In Four Years.




--2013 Member of the Year--

The Seattle Area SIM chapter honored Benjamin Beberness, CIO of Snohomish County PUD as the SIM member of the year for 2013, at the Seattle CIO Forum.

Benjamin was selected because of his outstanding contribution to both the Seattle Area SIM chapter and the work he has done for his employer.  Within the chapter, he serves as Vice President of Membership where he has effectively driven renewals of current members and recruitment of new members.  His contributions to Snohomish County PUD and the energy sector have been substantial.  Here is a small sampling of Benjamin's work:
  • Guiding the implementation of a new ERP system
  • Driving business transformation as part of new system implementation
  • Serves on numerous industry association boards   
  • National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) Advisory Board   
  • Public Regional Information Security Event Management (PRISEM) Advisory Board
  • Chairman of the Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) Advisory Board
In addition, Benjamin serves his community and his kids through coaching various sports including volleyball and basketball.On behalf of the board of the Seattle Area SIM chapter I congratulate Benjamin Beberness as our chapter SIM Member of the Year.  Thank you Benjamin!

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