The following candidates are for your consideration in the 2019 Board of Directors election. Voting opened on April 21 at 5:00 p.m. Central. It will close on May 21 at 5:00 p.m. Central. The results will be announced at the POWERUp 2019 Meeting of the Members on May 22.

Active Individual Members and the official representative of active Corporate Members and User Group Members are eligible to vote. If you are interested in voting in the election, join COMMON now.

Gordon Leary | Dawn May | Steve Pitcher

Gordon Leary (Incumbent)

Gordon Leary

Gordon currently the IT Manager of AMPORTS, Inc., and have been involved with the IBM mid-range community since 1987.  AMPORTS is an automotive port processor with locations in the US and Mexico.  He’s been attending COMMON conferences since 1988, and in the last several years have participated on several committees, served on the board of directors, and he is the current treasurer. The committees that he has been involved with include COMMON’s cognitive initiatives, Innovation programs, and the IT Executive conference. Gordon hopes to help grow the COMMON community through membership retention and growth.  He received his degree in Computer Science while attending Towson State University.

Dawn May

Dawn May is a leading authority on work management, systems management, performance, and diagnostics, with intimate knowledge of the IBM i operating system developed through her distinguished career with IBM.  Today, as an independent consultant, she focuses her skills on helping companies troubleshoot issues and plan for the future while teaching them how to get the most out of their IBM i systems.  Dawn is the author of the “i Can” blog ( and a frequent speaker.  In her spare time, Dawn enjoys photography, sewing, baking bread, and playing the piano.

Steve Pitcher (Incumbent)

Steve PitcherSteve Pitcher is an IBM i Specialist for iTech Solutions Group and an Industry Analyst at MC Press Online. He’s been a specialist in IBM i solutions since 2000 with an emphasis on modernization, security and collaboration products. Steve has been an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions for the last five years.