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Awards and Recognition

Each year, Connect recognizes community members for various achievements.  Annual awards include:

Connect Volunteer of the Year - Presented to a Connect member who has gone above and beyond in sharing their time and talents to advance Connect's mission of delivering education, networking opportunities and advocacy to its global members.

HP Recognition Award - Like the Member of the Year award, the HP Recognition Award acknowledges outstanding contribution.  This award is presented to an HP employee who is passionate about Connect and goes beyond or even outside of their responsibilities to support the community.

NonStop Availability Award: This international award recognizes companies that keep high standards to meet customer expectations of availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

In 2013, Connect recognized:

Greg Guthman, Wipro (Quest Diagnostics - Volunteer of the Year
Greg Guthman has a long history of being a community volunteer.  He has been a vocal force for the OpenVMS community; but his efforts have also reached across all HP enterprise technologies. Greg also held a seat on the Connect board of directors in 2009-2011. In 2013, Greg served as OpenVMS SIG co-chair and as the master of ceremonies for the
Connect OpenVMS Boot Camp held in Boston earlier this year.  His knowledge, passion and witty personality made this year’s OpenVMS Boot Camp one of the best ever. He happily shares his expertise with those who need it and was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for the Future Leaders in Technology scholarship fund. Greg is a model volunteer and truly deserving of Connect’s highest honor, Volunteer of the Year.

The HP Networking Team - HP Recognition Award

Under the excellent leadership of Bethany Mayer, the HP Networking Team that supports Connect: Mike Banic, Alicia Moody, Mary Gabra-Tanious, Diane Fukuda and Erik Papir is a force to reckon with!  The team has provided unparalleled support to Connect to help us build the Enterprise Networking Special Interest Group (SIG) by providing education, influence and
peer-to-peer best practice sharing opportunities for our members.  The HP Networking team clearly understands the value of community and how important it is to give HP customers an opportunity to help each other and to help HP continue to improve their product and service offerings. And by connecting members to subject matter experts, solutions, and peers,
the HP customer/Connect member will naturally get the greatest return on their HP networking investments.  Connect is appreciative of its relationships with HP and all enterprise business units. This year it salutes the HP Networking Team
and honors them with the 2013 Connect HP Recognition Award.

Hilton Worldwide - Supplier of the Year

Congratulations to Hilton Worldwide, the Connect Worldwide Supplier of the Year. We are especially grateful for our
Hilton Global Account Manager, Rocco LaForgia. We met Rocco over a year ago in Dallas, Texasat the ASAE meeting. ASAE
represents more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. We love working with Rocco and therefore we look to Hilton Worldwide first when we are planning our conferences and events. Rocco lives up to everything in the Hilton mission statement, and it is a pleasure to work and associate with him.

In 2012, Connect recognized:

Neil Barnes, Volunteer of the Year

This year’s Volunteer of the Year has been a member of ITUG and now Connect for many years. He has served as chapter leader for the active BITUG chapter and continues to serve BITUG in planning their chapter and annual events. He also serves on the Connect chapter committee bringing his great experience and expertise in chapter development to the entire Connect community.

While he is very passionate about the NonStop community, he selflessly serves the entire Connect global community in this role. He recently wrote a paper on ‘How to run a successful chapter’ and rarely misses He holds many technology credentials including an HP Master ASE and manages a large data center for Lloyds Bank in London. Connect congatulates this year's winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, Mr. Neil Barnes!

 Brad Harwell - HP Recognition Award
Each year, Connect recognizes an HP employee who not only helps support Connect, but is also a passionate volunteer often going above and beyond their job description to give to our great community of HP business technology customers around the world. Due to our rule about not awarding volunteers currently serving on the board, this year’s recipient has never formally been recognized for all that he has done to serve, support and grow the user community.

Through the years he has not only helped us by championing Connect within HP, he also contributed his business acumen to the board of directors and staff. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for all that he has done and seen us through. Whether it was moving an entire trade show from New Orleans to Orlando in 30 days or a legal consolidation of three user communities in less than 9 months, this HP "super hero” was always by our side to save the day. For 9 years, he has given his blood, sweat and tears (yes tears) to the user communities. He stood for and continues to stand for the best interest of Connect and the HP customer. Above all, we are proud to call him friend. With sincere appreciation, Connect congratulates this year's winner fo the HP Recognition Award, Brad Harwell!

In 2011, Connect Recognized:

Clyde T. Poole - Volunteer of the Year
Clyde is fondly known as the ‘conscious of Connect’. He is passionate and giving of his time and expertise and is always there when you need him.  As a former board member of Encompass and DECUS, he is best known for being our resident parliamentarian – always following the letter of the ‘by’law.

Wendy Bartlett - HP Recognition Award
Wendy is always available and willing to serve to ensure we provide the most relevant content and technology focused benefits to our members. She will roll up her sleeves and jump in to help when asked and has been steadfast in her support over the years. Her support of HP’s NonStop customers is not only recognized by the Connect board but also by its members and her HP peers.

MasterCard Worldwide - NonStop Availability Award
This year, entrants from around the world were judged on numerous criteria, including system and network availability, complexity of environment, quality of outage data, and best practices. Three finalists were honored in 2 categories: "Winner” and "Honorable Mention”.  Finalists honored in their respective categories were MasterCard Worldwide, BV Zahlungssysteme GmbH, and VocaLink


In 2010, Connect recognized:

Oliver Bach, Volunteer of the Year Award

Oliver is a volunteer taking the role of the Connect Community Manager in Germany. In that role he is working with Connect Worldwide to promote and support its online plaorm and the social media presence and using it as a means to grow membership.

He is a student of Computer Science at a major technical university in Germany and volunteered to be the Chairperson of the OpenVMS 'Research and Teaching' Community in Germany.

In addiRon, Oliver has led the iniRaRve to integrate Connect Germany with Connect Worldwide's YM/myCommunity, schedules and runs local webinars and supported Connect Germany's annual event. He is also very acRve in driving parRcipaRon both at the member and leadership level.

Dlaine Maox, HP Recognion Award

Dlaine Maox's knows no boundaries when it comes to supporRng Connect. She is an incredible resource who has given her Rme so generously to the community to assist in meeRng the needs of members.

In her 'official' role with Connect, Dlaine serves as liaison to the Connect chapter leaders and supports Chapter acRviRes. She also coordinates quarterly meeRngs with all HP staff who provide support to Connect to ensure that everyone is on the same page and aware of all of Connect's acRviRes and opportuniRes to contribute.

When Connect needed a 'few' extra hands at HP Tech Forum, Dlaine rallied the troops to help ensure Connect's parRcipaRon and support was world class. And she delivered.

NonStop Availability award

Each year Connect and HP award a member of its NonStop community the coveted NonStop availability award. The trophy is passed each year to the new winner and this year was presented to:


2009 Awards and Recognition Archive

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