Board of Directors Election Results

COMMON Announces 2018-2019 Board of Directors

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 23, 2018: COMMON, the largest association of IBM technology users, announced its new Board of Directors during the Meeting of the Members at the Marriott Rivercenter hotel today. With election results in, Amy Hoerle was reelected to the Board of Directors. She is joined by Pete Helgren and Scott Klement, all serving three-year terms.

At the meeting, COMMON also announced the new Board of Directors officers for 2018-2019:

  • President – Larry Bolhuis
  • Vice President – Amy Hoerle
  • Treasurer – Gordon Leary
  • Secretary – Yvonne Enselman
  • Immediate Past President – Justin Porter

Other members of the Board of Directors are Charles Guarino, Steve Pitcher and John Valance. Manzoor Siddiqui, Executive Director of COMMON, and Alison Butterill, World-Wide Product Offering Manager for IBM i, also serve on the Board.

The COMMON Board of Directors is made up of dedicated volunteers elected by the association’s membership to provide stewardship to the organization.

Available Scholarships to COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition

In just a couple of short months, COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition will bring together authorities in the industry on IBM i for four days of education and networking. Each year in conjunction with COMMON, the COMMON Education Foundation (CEF) awards scholarships that recognize contributing members of the COMMON community, and those committed to the IBM i platform. This year, once again, the CEF will be offering the Al Barsa Award scholarship, open to all COMMON members. Al was fiercely dedicated to i. As such, he was an overall advocate for the community and mentor to others. This scholarship honors an individual who exemplifies Al’s commitment and support of IBM i. Award of the scholarship is based on candidate’s commitment and dedication to the i Community, volunteer record and history as an advocate for i. The recipient of this award receives a conference registration to the 2017 COMMON Annual Meeting and is presented with a plaque during the event’s Opening Session. Candidates may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another individual. If you know of someone deserving of the award or would like to nominate yourself, go to to apply. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 07, 2017.

In addition, the CEF also awards the John Earl Memorial Scholarship by nomination only. Earl was a dedicated speaker and Subject Matter Expert for COMMON for over two decades. His dedication to knowledge sharing and mentoring helped make the community grow. He, along with the former IBM Partners in Education program planted the initial seed for what would become the COMMON Education Foundation. John was a tremendous influence in the community throughout his years and the memory of his dedication and accomplishments still live on today. With the help of HelpSystems, this scholarship has been established in John’s name to recognize a member of the COMMON community that exemplifies John’s dedication to the growth of the IBM i community. Scholarship is by nomination only and covers the Registration expenses for COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Both awards, in addition to those awards dedicated to the educators that teach IBM i in colleges, will be awarded at COMMON’s Annual Meeting and Exposition’s Opening Session in Orlando on May 7, 2017.

COMMON Introduces New Member-dedicated Site, Cosmo

Columbus, Ohio: Today, COMMON introduced its members to its new Member-dedicated website, Cosmo. Cosmo provides members access to the latest COMMON news and events along with value-added benefits and simplified functions to make their membership experience as smooth and beneficial as possible. With Cosmo, members have more control of their membership experience. From something as simple as tracking membership renewal to deciding what information they would like to receive, Cosmo puts members in the driver seat of their experience.

Cosmo offers multiple other benefits, including Community Forums focused on all the latest IT trends. There, members can connect with others that share the same interests and meet the experts that can provide advice. An Events section allows members to review and schedule their COMMON events so they never miss out on an educational opportunity. Additional features, including an added level of functionality, provides ease in navigation, and valuable historical data provides a glimpse into past activities, all benefits not seen with the prior membership platform.


COMMON – A Users Group is the world’s largest user group Association of IT professionals and IBM technology users. The organization represents a membership of more than 20,000 business computing professionals across a broad range of industries. COMMON has a long history of providing leading education, invaluable networking opportunities, advocating for members and professionally certifying business computing professionals. COMMON’s mission is to enhance the careers of its members. For more information about COMMON, visit