The Vivit Board of Directors presented the Champion of the Year Award
to Mary Kay Petersen, Leader the Year Award to Scott Anderson, and
Speaker of the Year Award to Todd DeCapua. The Americas Awards are
presented each year and winners are chosen from a select group of
talented volunteers who are member-nominated because they have
demonstrated excellence and outstanding service to the Vivit Community.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the awards presentation.
Martijn Stuiver, Chapter and Special Interest Group Chair, Vivit Board
of Directors, said, "These awards are given with great pride showing
appreciation for the outstanding volunteer service each individual has
demonstrated this past year. To be nominated by fellow members, shows
how well respected and talented these individuals are in the IT
industry. I expect the number of nominees for these awards will continue
to grow in the coming years since Vivit is the ideal outlet for
professional contributions and career development.”
Mary Kay Petersen, 2013 Champion of the Year, serves the HP Software
community as a Chapter Leader in Oregon and as a Special Interest Group
(SIG) Leader for the HP Service Management SIG. She hosted numerous
webinars this past year covering HP Service Manager, Asset Manager, and
uCMBD topics and has been instrumental in growing the HP Service
Management SIG to over 360 members.
Mary Kay has worked in the field of information technology for over
25 years and has been with Mentor Graphics for the past 19 years serving
as their Director of IT Service Management & Enterprise Security.
She has been influential in adopting ITIL best practices and in
implementing the following: HP Business Service Management for
Enterprise Monitoring, HP Service Manager for Global Help Desk &
Operations and HP Asset Manager for managing IT Assets and Contracts.
Scott Anderson, 2013 Leader of the Year, was recognized for his
leadership of the Iowa Chapter and for sharing best practices across the
HP Software Community. For the past five years, he has organized
quarterly Iowa Chapter meetings along with his co-leaders and has been
instrumental in managing the Vivit Midwest Regional events. Recently,
he brought multiple local user groups together for a focused meeting on
Agile Test Processes, and attendance increased by 300% -- a new best
practice that has been shared.
Scott has worked in test automation for 15 years and currently works
at Aviva as a Senior Automation Engineer. He is an expert on HP’s
Application Lifecycle Management, Unified Functional Testing, and using
VB.Net to enhance testing processes.
Todd DeCapua, 2013 Speaker of the Year, serves the HP Software
Community in multiple capacities. He frequently delivers webinars to
Vivit members on topics related to both testing and development of best
practices, and he continues to volunteer his expertise as a Leader for
the Delaware and Philadelphia Chapters. He co-founded and co-leads two
new Special Interest Groups, DevOps and Mobile, while also leading the
Agile SIG. Over the years, Todd has received several industry
recognitions, including: HP Software Universe "Best & Brightest” and
2010 Vivit Leader of the year.
Todd has worked in the field of information technology for over 20
years and is one of the technology industry’s most respected thought
leaders on Application Performance Engineering and Network
Virtualization. He is a renowned speaker, author and visionary.
Currently, he serves as Vice President of Channel Operations and
Services for Shunra Software. He manages the company’s Advisory Board
and drives partnerships and strategic alliances. He has been
instrumental in developing partnerships with HP, CA, IBM, Parasoft,
Perfecto Mobile and Soasta, to name a few. He is also a member of HP’s
Customer Advisory Board for Performance both in US and Europe.