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AIF Creates Focus Groups & Panel in Support of Information Technology Council

July 27, 2015

Tallahassee, Fla. – Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today announced the creation of three new focus groups – Cyber Security, Education and Health Care, as well as an IT Stakeholders panel in support of its Information Technology Council (ITC). 

“We are excited to announce the creation of the Cyber Security, Education and Health Care focus groups and an IT Stakeholders panel in support of AIF’s Information Technology Council,” said AIF President & CEO Tom Feeney.  “The focus groups will allow member firms to share ideas and build synergy with other firms with similar interests, while the IT Stakeholders panel will bring additional expertise and non-vendor perspectives on important issues to the Council.” 

The newly-formed IT Stakeholders panel consists of subject matter experts that are leaders in their respective fields – all with deep experience in various aspects of the application of information technology to government and industry.  The IT Stakeholder panel members include:

  • Steve Evans, Retired IBM executive, business and community leader
  • Rob Fields, Chief Information Officer, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Michael Johnston, Chief Information Officer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Bill Lindner, Director, Center for Academic & Professional Development – Florida State University
  • Ed Lombard, Attorney with Vezina, Lawrence & Piscitelli, P.A. specializing in government procurement law


“We welcome these respected leaders to our newly-formed IT Stakeholders panel and look forward to the group developing innovative measures that will lead to us furthering our mission of providing leading products and services to the State of Florida in an open and competitive fashion,” said Feeney.

AIF’s ITC is a group of leading information technology and telecommunications companies representing all aspects of the technology industry. The Council includes service and support providers, IT systems integrators, hardware and software companies, consultants and re-sellers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to medium-sized and small businesses. The Council was created in early 2006 with the clear mission to convey the value of IT to Florida’s government as the state was falling behind in re-engineering its business processes used in delivering citizen services. 

Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.  AIF supports the information technology industry through the ITC.

For more information on AIF’s ITC, please visit the AIF Information Technology Council page.

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