A couple weeks ago, we started a series to introduce the COMMON audience to the COMMON Board Members. We began with one of our longest running members, Larry Bolhuis. This week, we would like to introduce Steve Pitcher, one of COMMON’s newest members and Board Member. He joined COMMON shortly before his first conference five years ago. In addition to currently serving on the Board, Steve has been serving on the COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) since 2012, and is an integral part of the YIP committee. He speaks regularly at COMMON conferences as well as COMMON virtual events.
Here were Steve’s responses to the general questions we asked each of the Board Members:
Share something about yourself that many others don’t know. (For example, you were on Wheel of Fortune as a teenager, your favorite ice cream is spinach flavored, etc.)
Not sure whether this would be considered odd or funny, but I can tell you nothing relaxes me more than ironing clothes. If I have a bad day or get frustrated, I pull out the ironing board and somehow there is instant harmony in the world.
What was your strangest Power Systems / IBM i experience?
About 15 years ago, I went into a colleague’s server room and the first thing I saw was a tarp hanging from the ceiling over their two servers. The tarp was there to protect the servers from the sprinkler system situated above. The room was nearly airtight with the little rubber protector at the bottom of the door. I couldn’t help but wondering at the time, they’ve protected the servers from above but how long would it take to fill up a 10×10 room with water.
Since Steve is relatively new to the Board, and with just five years as a COMMON member, he may offer a different perspective on COMMON. With only a brief snapshot of COMMON’s history, where does Steve see COMMON headed?
What do you foresee for COMMON in the future?
I think our diversification options for education are getting some real traction. Webinars and virtual conferences are so important considering how the economy can affect our travel budgets. And for those of us who can make it to Spring and Fall Conferences, I hope to see an overall growth of younger people and people new to Power Systems and IBM i. While it’s been on the rise recently, I really want to see it extend and that’s what we’re partly trying to facilitate with YIPs.
Thank you to Steve for providing us a glimpse into his world. Look for more information on other Board Members in the coming weeks.