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Chamber’s IT Committee Looking to Expand

The Chamber’s Information and Technology Committee, chaired by John Vann Vice President Infrastructure Operations & Support at Valero, is expanding its focus and reach and is inviting more technology professionals from our membership to participate. This allows more businesses and IT professionals to participate in the work of the committee and will extend the value of the committee to every member.

The committee will include three subcommittees and three cross-cutting programs that touch each of those subcommittees. 

Lawanda Parnell, with CPS Energy, will lead the Government/Community subcommittee, which will pertain largely to the public sector. Rudy Ramirez, with Zachry Corp., is in charge of the Business subcommittee, tasked with bringing in younger talent to the IT Committee and forming a portal to advertise IT industry jobs. Carolyn Green, of Texas A&M University – San Antonio, will lead the Academia subcommittee, which will focus predominantly on curriculum and measurement funding. 

The cross-cutting programs focus on long-term issues. Julie Walker, with L-3 Stratis, is spearheading the Legislative & Communications program for the 3rd year in a row, with a focus on the IT Committee's State & Federal agendas. Workforce Development is led by Don Lindberg, with Experis IT, who will work closely with the Academia subcommittee to assess skills gaps and continuing education. Chris Cook, of BexarMet 9-1-1, is managing the Cybersecurity efforts of the committee. His program’s mission is to establish San Antonio as a Community of Excellence.

At the most recent IT Committee meeting, with the help of Marcus Mora, of Sunteleo, the Economic Development staff was able to roll out a SharePoint site specifically for the committee to communicate and move forward with their priorities. The IT Committee meets once a month for 90 minutes, but many of the groups need additional meetings of their own in-person and via conference calls. The SharePoint site is an additional way Chamber members can work together for their business and for the IT industry.

For more information on getting involved with The Chamber’s IT Committee, please contact Lisa O’Briant at or (210)229-2190.  Please visit our additional website at  

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