Organization Information

Media Contacts

Manzoor Siddiqui
Executive Director

Anna Marrah
Marketing Coordinator

COMMON Headquarters

8770 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1350
Chicago, IL 60631

About Us

COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization represents professionals involved with the application of Power Systems and related platforms within a wide variety of business environments.

COMMON’s goal is to enhance the careers of its members. To do so, it offers numerous in-person and online educational programs throughout the year. COMMON’s showcase conference is the Annual Meeting and Exposition held each spring. At this conference, members of the Power Systems world – including IBM, users, and solution providers – converge for the largest meeting of its kind. With over 300 educational sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and a world-class expo, there is something for all attendees.



Representatives of the media are welcome to attend COMMON conferences. To receive a media registration kit, please contact Anna Marrah.

How to Request an Interview

All media questions will be answered by the current COMMON President or a spokesperson that the president may appoint. To arrange an interview or speak with a COMMON spokesperson, please contact COMMON’s Executive Director, Manzoor Siddiqui.

Press Conferences / One-on-One Meetings

Many companies exhibiting at POWERUp are interested in meeting with the press to announce new products and services developed for the midrange marketplace. As a pre-registered member of the press, you will be notified of interested exhibitors by email prior to the conference.

In addition, press attendees typically schedule between 10 and 15 one-on-one meetings with exhibitors to get the inside scoop on the latest product announcements. A one-on-one meeting is an ideal opportunity to get answers to key questions that could provide your publication a competitive edge.

COMMON provides an on-site Press Room for one-on-one meetings and for the distribution of exhibitor press kits. The room is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.