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Paul Edmunds - Recognized by Vivit for 20 Years of Service

Posted By Lisa Nordhoff, Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013


As of July 31, 2013, Paul Edmunds, one of Vivit’s initial founders, announced his retirement from Duke Energy after 39 years of service. The current Board of Directors, staff and members of Vivit would like to congratulate Paul on his retirement and sincerely thank him for over 20 years of service to Vivit.

Paul has been instrumental in building Vivit into the successful organization it is today. In November of 1993, Paul helped to organize the first HP Software user group meeting in Dallas, Texas, which had over 450 attendees. Since that time, Paul has been dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of HP Software users everywhere, helping grow the Vivit community to over 15,000 members, through 74 local chapters, spanning 25 countries and 13 worldwide Special Interest Groups.

"When Open View Forum (initial name of Vivit) was started back in 1993, the organization had a very technical focus,” said Paul in a recent interview with Vivit staff. "It has been amazing to see how Vivit has expanded worldwide as the IT industry has changed over the last 20 years.”

Paul mentioned that when he started in this industry, the worldwide web wasn’t even in existence. He has really enjoyed seeing how the IT industry has evolved and how Vivit has really helped the software user community by educating users around the world. He feels the IT world will continue to evolve especially with the new strategic "game changers,” big data, cloud, mobility and security. He also mentioned that he felt he was able to be successful in the IT industry because he was able to embrace change and challenges, and had the opportunity to communicate with others in the industry through Vivit.

"Vivit is very important to the software user community,” Paul said. "Vivit is an ideal outlet for learning best practices using HP software, plus, it gives IT professionals the opportunity to network with others in the industry to learn what others are doing, what is working well or not working well, discuss the direction of the industry, and develop a network of peers on a local and worldwide level. The value Vivit brought to me over the years was instrumental for my career and I really encourage others in the industry to get involved.”

Paul also shared that the one thing he was looking forward to in retirement was "no schedules.” He is also looking forward to spending more time with his family, especially his grandchildren and plans to do some traveling, continue to be a fitness instructor and stay active with biking.

Vivit co-leaders Jim Copio and Mark Ford of the North Carolina Chapter recently presented Paul a plaque recognizing and honoring him for his years of service. A surprise luncheon was also held in his honor. Many attending the luncheon shared special memories of Paul’s accomplishments and talked about all the fun they have shared together. Vivit is very fortunate to have had the benefit of Paul’s leadership, expertise and friendship the past 20 years.

Congratulations and best wishes to Paul as he enters this new phase in his life.

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Bradley Clark says...
Posted Thursday, August 01, 2013
This is awesome! Congratulations Paul!
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Tracy avent says...
Posted Thursday, August 01, 2013
cheers mate, well deserved recognition. hey, are we all a bunch of gray haired guys these days?
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