November 9 Dinner Presentation "Celebration of Washington DC Chapter Closing"

Dear Current/Former Member:

You are invited to attend a dinner meeting to share your thoughts and experiences about the chapter. Enjoy a good meal and some togetherness as we close out the chapter.  Come join us in this unique event.  Make your reservation as soon as possible.
CompTIA completed an evaluation of the active chapters to determine which chapters are ready to be selected as CompTIA chapters.  Some 33 chapters were accepted and are accessible on the new July 2017  web site.
Our chapter was not selected to become an active chapter under the CompTIA structure.  Our members can elect to be members of CompTIA in general but there is no Washington chapter.

The board was very disappointed by our rejection but realized that without CompTIA support that our capabilities are restricted.  We have decided that it is time to close the Washington DC Chapter so we will do so as of December 31, 2017.

So we are having this party on November 9 to celebrate the end of an era. We will give thanks to those who kept the chapter operating.  Our menu will include wine with our meal at the special price of $20 each per member (current and past) and a guest.  

So come join us for some fun.

Jack Roof, President

Please register by clicking on "RSVP For Event" no later than November 3.  
6:00pm to 7:00pm Network and Registration
7:00pm to 8:00pm Dinner served
8:00pm to 9:00pm  Sharing of thoughts.
About the Venue
Alfio's La Trattoria, in Chevy Chase, MD (, within walking distance of the Friendship Heights Metro Station and Free Valet Parking, specializing in Northern Italian Cuisine.
Phone: 301-657-9133

AITP Members and Guests:  $20
There will be a $5.00 charge for those without a reservation.
Special:  Guests of Members pay the AITP Member rate so invite your friends and coworkers.
The cost includes a main entrée  (typically meat, seafood and vegetarian options), salad, rolls, coffee/tea, and dessert and a cash bar is available throughout the evening.
Vacation time...  There will not be July & August Monthly meetings.  Enjoy your Summer.

Dear Members and Prospective Members:

We will keep you informed about the CompTIA AITP transition progress.  The fate of the chapter evaluations will be decided soon.  A new web site is coming in July. 
 CompTIA is promoting a conference in Austin Tx on July 31 - August 2.  See following details about the benefits of attending.
We don't want you to miss out on the must-attend IT event of the year, ChannelCon 2017.
Here's some of what will be waiting for you in Austin:
  • 12 Months of Membership to CompTIA AITP! Because you expressed in an interest in CompTIA AITP, we thought you'd like to know that registration for ChannelCon includes a full year of membership (a $99 value)!* AITP member perks include: exclusive access to the most robust IT career portal and online resume builder; job search and interview best practices; interactive soft skills training; local chapter and event networking opportunities, plus more!
  • Expert-led Content and Training! Get new skills to improve your job performance at the CEU-eligible Tracks4Techs sessions. Designed specifically for "hands-on" technology professionals and led by industry experts, these sessions on Aug. 1-2 will cover the top technical challenges and opportunities facing IT pros today. 
  • Hot Tech Trends: Gain valuable insight for your organization and stay ahead of the game with two days of TechTrends sessions covering the topics and developments most relevant to IT pros and the businesses they help run - from smart cities and artificial intelligence (AI) to data and software.
ChannelCon 2017
July 31 - August 2 | JW Marriott | Austin, TX
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*Don't worry. Even if you don't attend ChannelCon, we will send you the promo code for the discounted $79 early-bird membership rate to join AITP when it launches.

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June 8 Dinner Presentation "Bet you didn't know that I could hack you from..."

Many people have seen the movies about hackers and state of the art network security, few know that it is easier to gain access to a network than you think.  This could include the current environment of viruses and malware, phishing scams, or just simply an unsecured copier or printer.
These devices are often a forgotten piece of the network that has the ability to give you full access to anything you want over time.  Whether it's a copy of a print or scan job or a user's login information, this important part of digital information needs to be secured.  That includes locking down open ports and thumb drive capabilities, protecting the hard drive with encryption or DOSS, and protecting the operating system from malware.  Every network should have a holistic managed print program that encompasses the security, ease of management for IT staff, ease of use for user, any compliance/regulatory rules, and improved workflows at a cost that makes sense for your organization.

What's in it for me?

Meridian is sponsoring this event and has asked Jordan Arnold, Director of Managed Services Solutions to be our speaker.  

Good food, Good networking, Good information about Print Management systems
to learn:
  • How to secure your print environment based on your culture and needs
  • The Rise of on demand Wireless access
  • How to balance what users want that they already have at home-
  • Print/scan/copy from wherever, whenever, and however they want.

Extra! Extra!  Meridian will provide special gifts/handouts as a sponsor of the event.

Meridian will offer anyone that attends a free managed print assessment for their organization.
For a brief overview of Meridian's area of expertise, contact

Come join us for the evening and network with your IT peers to celebrate the CompTIA AITP commitment to make your work life better. 

Please RSVP by Monday noon, June 5.  


Name of Speaker:  Jordan Arnold
Title of Speaker: Director, Managed Services Solutions

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   Jordan has worked with a variety of Washington area organizations, ranging from under 50 users to several thousand, to develop plans to improve their networks and workflows.  This includes consulting on networks, mobility, cloud services, security, managed print programs, document management, workflow automation and more.  Jordan began working for Meridian 8 years ago in the managed services department, lead the managed print program and solutions team, and now directs the managed network services for Meridian as well as providing vCIO services to more than 50 clients.  Jordan has had a lifelong passion for technology that continues today, enjoys reading a great story of fiction or truth, and spending time with family.


Please register by clicking on "RSVP For Event" no later than noon, June 5. 

6:00pm to 7:00pm Network and Registration
7:00pm to 8:00pm Dinner served
8:00pm to 9:00pm Presentation (including time for Q&A) before departing for the evening.

About the Venue

Alfio's La Trattoria, in Chevy Chase, MD (, within walking distance of the Friendship Heights Metro Station and Free Valet Parking, specializing in Northern Italian Cuisine.

Alfio's La Trattoria,  4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3622
Phone: 301-657-9133

AITP Members: $25 - Non-Members: $30 - Students: $20

There will be a $5.00 charge for those without a reservation.
Special:  Guests of Members pay the AITP Member rate so invite your friends and coworkers.
The cost includes a main entrée  (typically meat, seafood and vegetarian options), salad, rolls, coffee/tea, and dessert and a cash bar is available throughout the evening.

Note that the May 11 Dinner meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of speaker.  Look for our June announcement.
Summary of April 13 Dinner " Update of CompTIA - AITP Merger Progress"

Dear Members and Prospective Members:

At the last minute, Ms Shawn Sanford of CompTIA  AITP, arrived to give an update on the transition to CompTIA.  She was helpful in explaining the process.  For individual new memberships, a powerpoint notice to sign up has been distributed to the CompTIA network.  Interested names are being collected for followup when the new CompTIA website is established in July.  These are at the discounted dues rate of $79.  The normal rate will be $99 in July.  They have collected over 4,000 interested names so far.  

For AITP Chapters, an evaluation process is in place to query the 60 chapters as to viability and fit to become a sponsored CompTIA chapter.  The decisions will be made as mid May.  The top 20 chapters will be given extra staff and financial support to make them the advertised model chapters of CompTIA.  The next group of 20 chapters will get less support but will function as chapters.  The final group of 20 chapters will be disbanded.  So with a limited staff of three, this is the chapter transition plan for CompTIA. 

 CompTIA will not micro manage the chapter's administration.  They have to prepare by-law change format and decide who will be the board of directors.  All this will take them time to complete for several chapters.  

Our view of the CompTIA merger benefits to the chapter would be the aggressive marketing capabilities from the expansive CompTIA data base of IT students and professionals that are in the DC area.  To have more members at various levels of experience and specialties would add value to being a member of a professional association.

Where does the DC chapter fit in to this transition?  Well, the nation's capital should have a chapter of CompTIA but will it be the former AITP chapter or a newly created model chapter?  The current chapter has 23 members which is at the lowest level.  The officers have been serving for several years and need new blood to carry on.   The monthly dinner format with educational speaker is not working as well as it has in the past.  We need to infuse webinar sessions and expand the social media tools into our educational program.  As a professional group we need to continue the Code of Ethics requirements as part of being a member.  
We will know more about our fit in the evaluation process very soon.
Go to and check it out.
Thanks to all who attended the April meeting and in particular, a special thank you to Shawn Sanford for her efforts to help us understand the transition process.