TEM, WEM and MDM Association: TEMIA Elects New Board

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TEMIA Board Members Look to New Challenges in TEM WEM and MDM

I look forward to working with the board, our managing director, TEMIA members, and other market participants, as the board works to expand the benefits, effectiveness of existing programs and reach of TEMIA.

The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA), the authoritative voice for Telecom Expense Management (TEM), Wireless Expense Management (WEM), Mobile Device Management (MDM) and solutions providers in related areas conducted its annual elections on May 23, in Washington DC.

Executive Board members provide leadership, oversee policy and set direction. Each year, there are rolling elections for a portion of the board serving a two-year term. Voting at TEMIA’s annual dinner and proxies, for those that could not be present, selected

  • James Price, of ICOMM Consulting, as executive board president
  • Shahram Sharif, from Anatole, as vice president
  • Christopher Thierry, from Etelesolv, as secretary
  • Joe Chopek, of Avalon Global Solutions, will serve as an at-large executive board member
  • John Perri, from Comview, will serve as an at-large executive board member
  • Lisa Johnson, from IBM, will serve as an at-large executive board member
  • Kevin Whitehurst, from mindWireless, is returning for another year in his two-year term as treasurer

TEMIA’s Executive Board is critical to driving greater levels of success for this organization, and the entire TEM, WEM and MDM industry. In addition, the executive board works to support the organization’s mission:

  • Expanding the size of the TEM WEM, MDM and related markets
  • Fostering ongoing performance improvement through open industry standards
  • Promoting TEM, WEM, MDM and related areas to customers, carriers, and analysts
  • Advocating for TEMIA members working with carriers and clients

“I am honored to follow Dave Spofford and Larry Foster as the new Board President of TEMIA. We are grateful for Dave and Larry’s efforts in getting the association to where it is today. I will strive to match their contributions as TEMIA embarks on its next phase. I look forward to working with the board, our executive director Joe Basili, members, and other market participants, as the board works to expand the benefits, effectiveness of existing programs and reach of TEMIA.”

Shahram Sharif, Executive VP of Anatole, stated, “It has been a pleasure and privilege to drive the international agenda of TEMIA as part of the executive board. I look forward to continuing in this role and expanding on TEMIA’s contribution to raising the standards and sharing best practices on how TEM solution providers and those in related fields can help international organizations support their international clients.”

Christopher Thierry, of Etelesolv “As a Canadian-based member of TEMIA, I am very pleased to be joining the board in a leadership role, along with a growing contingent of international companies. TEMIA has taken significant steps in its growth and approach, which makes us extremely proud to be a member and represent the values of the association.”

“The new additions to the TEMIA board give us exceptional depth to continue promoting the vision and values of the organization,” said current TEMIA Treasurer Kevin Whitehurst, co-founder and managing director of mindWireless “Now in its fifth year, TEMIA continues making great progress in developing the telecommunications expense management standards, benchmarks and process definitions that improve the quality and value that we deliver to our clients.”

Lisa Johnson, from IBM stated, "Empowering enterprises with valuable information regarding Telecom Expense Management enables maturity within the industry world wide. Joining TEMIA lines up with IBM's global strategy and objectives with Telecom Expense Management services."

John Perri, founder and CEO of Comview stated, “I’m excited to have been re-elected to TEMIA’s Executive Board and I plan on continuing the next two years to help grow TEMIA and the Telecom Expense Management industry.

Joe Chopek said, “our firm Avalon Global Solutions “AGS” is now in its third year as a TEMIA member. I am proud to be elected and serve a second term as a TEMIA executive board member. AGS has benefitted greatly from TEMIA membership with new business opportunities, valuable learning experiences, the sharing of ideas and business practices. We are using the TEMIA Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to better define and set performance metrics with clients. We are active on several committees and look forward to working on a new committee, which will monitor industry mergers and acquisitions and keep a database of investment companies and banks who are interested in funding TEM and Technology management companies.

Learn more about TEMIA member benefits and access webinars and reports.

The largest Telecom Expense Management (TEM) service providers founded TEMIA, the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association, in 2006. TEMIA has grown to 38 members who manage over $36 billion of telecom and data spend with members that have international corporate headquarters.

TEMIA's mission is to raise awareness and knowledge of the values and benefits of TEM, WEM, and MDM solutions, to improve the quality and value of TEM solutions through the development and promotion of open industry standards, and industry knowledge among TEM Solutions Providers, business partners, telecom service providers, and enterprise clients.

For more information about TEMIA, visit us online.


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