March 2017 Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the CompTIA and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, March 8, 2017 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.

Meeting Topic & Speaker

The Internet of Swings
Mike Ressler – Diamond Kinetics, Inc.

Mike Ressler
Mike Ressler – Diamond Kinetics, Inc.

As a connected device company, Diamond Kinetics is collecting sensor data from the swings of players ranging from 8 years old to professional athletes. Baseball, as a sport, is filled with fantastic statistical analysis of on-field results. The SwingTracker sensor gives the kinematic “cause” to the on-field statistical “effect.” Armed with this data, we’ll discuss how Diamond Kinetics approaches visualizing its data for comprehension and action as well as how Diamond Kinetics is approaching machine learning. Connected devices are an inevitable part of the future and the statistics-driven world of baseball will likely find a way to unlock the potential of such a rich data set.

Mike Ressler is a native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, where his high school volleyball team won two state titles (Go Bears!). Carnegie Mellon University brought Mike to Pittsburgh, where he studied Computer Science and graduated in a record 2.5 years. Combining his passion for sports and computer science, Mike started StatEasy in 2010, a statistics and video company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, Mike is the Director of Engineering for Diamond Kinetics, Inc. a connected device company focusing on the movement data of athletes in baseball. Mike is a father to three awesome kids: Genevieve (2011), Mikey (2013), and Bradley (2015).

Event Schedule

We will meet at the White Palace. Social time and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will be at 6:15 p.m. and the presentations will follow the meal.
Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $12.00 for AITP student members and $23.00 for non-member guests. 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 Park catering staff the opportunity to prepare sufficient food for everyone in attendance and to ensure there is seating available for our group. E-mail Karen Kovacs at to RSVP. Reservations are essential.

Upcoming Event

June is our month to meet with the Pittsburgh Chapter for our Annual Joint Meeting. We have arranged for an outstanding speaker, Todd Thibodeaux (see attached bio), to talk to us regarding CompTIA and AITP and what the future holds for all of us. If that is not enough enticement, the Pittsburgh chapter is celebrating their 65th anniversary, and we invite our sister chapter and all of our AITP friends to join us for this meeting and to enjoy a piece of anniversary cake.

Since 1952, the Pittsburgh Chapter has changed name…. from NMAA (National Machine Accountants Association) to DPMA (Data Processing Management Association) to AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) to our current name CompTIA AITP. The Pittsburgh chapter has a long heritage of commitment to education and networking and has earned numerous COPA, ROPA, and the AOPA) Association Outstanding Performance Award in 2008 and 2015. Come join us and celebrate!

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