April 2016 Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, April 13, 2016 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. The White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Meeting Topic & Speaker

We are proud to celebrate the Greater Wheeling Chapter’s 50th anniversary.

A Special Message from Joe Krehlik:

Our April 13th meeting is scheduled to be our 50th Anniversary Celebration evening, and what better way to celebrate than to invite all of the Past Presidents of both the years as DPMA and those as AITP. We hope to get as many as possible in attendance as we can.

All Past Presidents and a guest will be welcomed and can attend at no cost to them or their guest.

Also, we would like to invite any and all past members that would like to come to have a chance to see some old friends. These members will be welcomed at the current member price of $18.00 each for them and any guest that they would like to bring. We would like to make this a big 50th Anniversary Celebration. We will have an interesting item to commemorate our 50th Year for every member in attendance—both past and present members.

I would like to mention is that if you have any old pictures of members or past meetings, please bring them along to share. Another thing would be if you have any old computer items (old technology) that you could bring to the meeting to show off, I’m sure that the younger members would be amazed at how technology has changed. It would also be some nice reminiscing for the older ones too.

Our speaker for the evening will be Louis Yurkovitch

Louis Yurkovitch is a lifelong resident of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He received his BS degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from Wheeling College. He returned to get his MBA from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1992.

Louis has worked for the Kroger Company in the retail sector for over 44 years. During that time he has seen the retail grocery industry go from mechanical cash registers and no computers to the current state of the industry which relies on technology for everything. Over the years he has been a cashier, stocker, office person, and overall expert in all things technology related in the stores. He currently works in Corporate Technology as an Operations Analyst Store Systems Support with responsibility over 36 Kroger stores in the Columbus Division. As such he is part of a world class technology organization that supports over a thousand grocery stores, thousands of convenience stores, manufacturing divisions, and even jewelry stores.

He will discuss the evolution of technology in the retail industry and how it affects every one of us. We have all gone to the grocery store at some time to buy groceries. What you are not aware of is that technology is involved every step of the way from ordering to keeping the shelves stocked to checking out customers and how payments are processed. It will definitely make you think twice the next time you go shopping.

Event Schedule

We will meet at the White Palace. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentations will follow the meal. We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us

This is a special event with a great speaker and informative topic, so please RSVP early in order to allow the Wheeling Par k catering staff the opportunity to prepare sufficient food for everyone in attendance and to ensure there is seating available for our group.

E-mail Joe Krehlik at Joe.Krehlik@yahoo.com or Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP, or register on our website. Reservations are essential.

To find out more about the Greater Wheeling Chapter of AITP and
to register for this month’s dinner meeting,
visit our website at