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New Chapter & SIG Leadership - August 2012

Posted By Lyndsey Zajac, Monday, August 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Leandro Demari
Global Capability Manager
Brasil Chapter Leader

Leandro Demari is the leader of the Vivit Brazil Chapter. Leandro earned an MBA in IT Service Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil and also completed a program in international management at the University of California, Irvine. He is an Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) in the HP Operations Manager and has been working with HP Service Management & Operations Center toolsets since 2003. He lives in São Paulo, Brazil with his Wife Leticia. Leandro`s hobbies is photography and travel.





Rodney Detrick
Director of Sales
Orange County Chapter Leader



Rodney Detrick is the leader of the Vivit Orange County, CA Chapter. He is the Director of Sales for HP Elite Partner, Techport Thirteen, and has held numerous leadership roles in the software industry over the past 16 years. He's worked for large organizations, including IBM and Borland Software and maintained leadership roles in the growth of numerous successful technology startups. Rodney is a certified trainer for Dale Carnegie's Leadership Training for Managers and The Sales Advantage. Other accreditations include a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration in Executive IT Management. Rodney has held a variety of leadership roles in the community including the Saddleback YMCA Child/Parent Program, Cub Scouts of America, Jr. All-American Football, AYSO, Mission Viejo High School Football Boosters. A Southern California native, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids traveling, skiing and hiking. He has been practicing & performing magic for over 30 years and loves to incorporate a little prestidigitation into his business meetings and training.


 Audra Kutz
Regional Sales Manager
Advanced MarketPlace
HP Service Management
Special Interest Group Leader





I made the unlikely jump from Language Arts Secondary Instructor to the technology industry in 1999. In a matter of weeks I went from teaching Shakespeare to solving Betrieve Error 20 and writing SQL statements. Although I only spent two years as a help desk engineer and software trainer (for a company that went on to become acquired by Microsoft), it was a fantsastic foundation for my career in the IT Service Manager industry and my ultimate love of sales (i.e. making friends for a living.) Subsequently, I  jump started a fledgling start up consulting company's sales and marketing endeavors in late 2001 and experienced great success as I grew their business year after year until I came aboard for a larger HP partner, Advanced MarketPlace (AMP) in 2009.  My past two years at AMP have been spectacular! Our footprint has literally exploded in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and the true reward is seeing our customer's ecstatic embrace of an HP partner in the region made up of not just developers, but best practice experts, Project Managers who are ITIL certified and intimate with the HP toolset, and consultants with the deepest expertise in existence. AMP's ability to successfully deploy large scale implementations is second to none and I am proud to be affiliated with this professional team.  We possess not only experience and industry knowledge, but stand on a belief in integrity that is our trademark.  That rare combination keeps our customers coming back and makes me happy to wake up every morning and go to work for such amazing people.
I am excited to be a part of Vivit. User groups play an integral role for our customers and for us. I co-founded an HP Service Manager User Group in St. Paul in 2009 that still meets quarterly today. It's value to the community has been tremendous and I look forward to providing that same value to the Vivit community in the months and years to come!


Douglas Vaughan
IT-Quality Control Anlst Leader
Principal Financial Group
Iowa Chapter Leader

Doug Vaughan has been working in software quality assurance since 2006 when he joined the IT department at the Principal Financial Group’s Health Division.  He became involved in automation shortly thereafter and quickly moved into a full time automation position.  Since then, Doug has been instrumental in developing the current automation framework for the Corporate System Support Division within The Principal.  Doug, a native Iowan, enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and learning new ways to do just about anything. 

Laura Walker
Director of Business Development
HP Sercice Management 
Special Interest Group Leader


Laura is the Director of Business Development for StrataCom and serves the HP Software community as a leader focusing on ITSM for the Chicago, Texas, Southern California, Minnesota, and Kansas City chapters of Vivit. Laura currently also serves on the Board of Directors for Vivit Worldwide as well.
Laura’s career has focused on the ITSM industry for the past ten years working for HP ITSM partner StrataCom. In addition to her volunteer efforts with Vivit, Laura has been very active in both itSMF and HDI organizations as well, helping to organize, sponsor, and facilitate events. Laura was elected by Vivit as the Leader of the Year for the Americas region in 2011. Laura has been instrumental in making Vivit user group sessions available virtually to those who reside elsewhere or are unable to attend in person. Laura joined Vivit with an altruistic spirit to accomplish her goal of uniting the HP ITSM community through networking opportunities and bringing more and better information to HP Service Manager clients around the country.







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