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New Chapter & SIG Leadership - July 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Chris Carpenter
Solution Architect
Independent Consultant
Seattle Chapter Leader

Chris Carpenter is the leader of the Vivit Seattle Chapter.He is an HP Accredited Integration Specialist for HP ALM and QuickTest Professional tool set.Chris has over 6 years of consulting experience at many of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies.He was raised in Bellevue, WA, with Microsoft in his backyard which has inspired a lifelong passion for technology. When you catch Chris not working, he is most likely enjoying the outdoors hiking, kayaking, or boating on Lake Washington.

Melissa Jacobson
Public Relations
Orasi Software, Inc.
Atlanta Chapter Leader

Melissa Jacobson is the new co-leader of the Vivit Atlanta Chapter. She is currently a public relations specialist at Orasi Software, Inc. and helping with corporate involvement with Vivit. Melissa is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama and majored in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She is excited to be involved with Vivit and looks forward to learning more about the software industry. Born and raised in Marietta, Ga; Melissa’s hobbies include reading, writing, traveling and going to concerts.

Brian Pohl
Lead Technical Architect
San Antonio Chapter Leader
Mobile SIG Leader


Brian Pohl is the leader of the Vivit San Antonio Chapter and the Vivit Mobile SIG. Brian is the Lead Technical Architect responsible for the Testing Domain at USAA. Brian has held various technical and management positions in QA and has utilized HP Quality and Operations products since 1996. Brian enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with family.

Bernard Szymczak
Senior IT Systems Engineer
Progressive Insurance
Ohio Chapter Leader
TQA SIG Leader

Bernard Szymczak has been working with the HP toolset for over a decade, back when the tools were owned by Mercury. His primary focus has been on implementing Quality Center/ALM across a large enterprise organization for the past three years. Bernard is an active member of the Ohio Vivit chapter and has given presentation on administration and setup of the QC/ALM toolset.

Gustavo Torres
Outer TI
Brasil Chapter Leader


Gustavo has been using HP Software tools for several years. He runs a small consulting firm, called Outer, specializing in IT operation management solutions. Previously, he worked for Global Crosssing, deploying and maintaining OMU, NNMi and SiteScope for its customers hosted in three Brazilian data centers, and Tivit, conducting similar projects in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the US.
Gustavo holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and lives in São Paulo.

Maurice van den Driessche
Solution Architect
HP SM SIG Leader

Maurice has 23 years of IT experience.   His strengths and interest lies within scrutinizing existing Service -, Asset -, or Project and Portfolio Management processes. Not just as stand-alone processes, but proving added value in combining these processes to deliver real strategic value.

He tends to be very direct and open in my communications, whilst keeping the way of communication very simple and understandable, resulting in vivid conversations with my customers. The customer and Maurice work to a common goal: identify the process (es) to improve, design the new process (es) and build and deliver on that improvement; these conversations are based on mutual respect.

The focus on these processes can be as part of the implementation of a new software solution, an upgrade of a software solution or as part of a process [re] design to improve the way working.

Maurice has very energetic appearance, and a strong ‘can do’ attitude. 

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