Vivit Announces the 2016 Americas Award Recipients

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The award recipients are as follows: Pam Eifel, Leader of the Year, Robert Linton, Speaker of the Year, Dina R. Love, Champion of the Year, and Robbie Clay-Ament, Top Virtual Contributor.

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Our volunteer partners continue to make Vivit a valued and trusted source for innovative ideas and experience with HPE software.

Vivit today announced the Americas award winners at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Discover Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Board of Directors presented:

  • Leader of the Year Award to Pam Eifel, Keybank
  • Speaker of the Year Award to Robert Linton, CorTechs, Inc.
  • Champion of the Year Award to Dina R. Love, HPE Vertica
  • Top Virtual Contributor Award to Robbie Clay-Ament, Delta Air Lines

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the awards presentation recognizing outstanding service to the non-profit Vivit community of HPE software users. Winners were chosen from nominations by members worldwide.

“Partners are defined as ‘ones that are united with others in a common interest’,” said Tammy Young, Local User Group and Special Interest Group Chair, Board of Directors. “This perfectly describes Vivit volunteers around the world. They share their talents, skills, and expertise in different areas within the Vivit community. Some choose to lead, others choose to speak or teach, and some choose to be active participants in local user groups and worldwide special interest groups. Our volunteers are partnered with Vivit to bring value to the HPE community of users and are critical to the continued success of Vivit because they give that most valued commodity—their time. Our volunteer partners continue to make Vivit a valued and trusted source for innovative ideas and experience with HPE software.”

Leader of the Year:
Pam Eifel, Quality Assurance Shared Services Domain Manager, Keybank, received the Leader of the Year Award for her long-standing leadership of the Northeast Ohio local user group. With her facilitation and support since 2007, the group’s membership has grown to over 780 HPE software customers and partners. Eifel organizes speakers and group meetings for members in all areas of testing and quality assurance.

Eifel is a Quality Assurance and ITSM professional with more than 30 years of IT experience. She is also active in the Greater Cleveland ITSMF community and is ITILv3 certified.

Speaker of the Year:
Robert Linton, Vice President of Applications Lifecycle Management, CorTechs, Inc., received the Speaker of the Year award for sharing his expertise and insights in webinars hosted by Vivit as well as frequently speaking at annual Discover sessions and roundtables.

Linton has 30+ years of IT experience, with 18 of them in the field of Software Quality Engineering. Over the past five years, his focus has been on Testing as a Service and leveraging the HPE ALM solutions in various cloud environments. His team has amassed many years’ worth of experiences that can assist HPE software users worldwide as they migrate their IT efforts, including their QA testing efforts into cloud environments.

Champion of the Year:
Dina R. Love, Senior Technical Instructor, HPE Vertica, received the Champion of the Year Award for expanding the Vivit community, not just in the United States, but globally. She has been a strong advocate and supporter of Vivit, leading the Big Data special interest group and now championing the newly formed Vertica special interest group for members worldwide. Love shares her expertise by leading educational webinars and presenting at conference roundtables. With her classroom “call to action” to join and engage with Vivit members, she gives customers and partners a vehicle to collaborate and share best practices to drive the most value from their HPE software investments.

Love is a Senior Technical Instructor in the Big Data Delivery team at HPE Software Education teaching the Vertica product courses to customers, partners, and employees. Prior to joining HPE, she worked as a Senior Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer for many years in Silicon Valley companies and has IT experience as a Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, IT Project Manager, Technical Support Engineer, and Technical Consultant.

Top Virtual Contributor:
Robbie Clay-Ament, Advisor IT Risk, Delta Air Lines, received the Top Virtual Contributor Award for her participation in and contributions to Vivit’s website which is the hub of the worldwide community. She has been a member since 2011, and she engages with other members around the world by moderating webinars, spreading the news of user group activities through social media and the Vivit website, and contributing posts to the Configuration Management System and HPE Service Management special interest groups.

Clay-Ament has been involved in ITSM and Configuration Management since 2001 and has been at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta for 20 years. She is the advisor and domain architect in the IT Operations and PMO areas.

About Vivit:
Vivit is a non-profit corporation founded in 1993 (as OpenView Forum) by customers of Hewlett Packard Enterprise software products to represent the interests of customers, developers, and partners worldwide. Vivit represents and serves the broad Hewlett Packard Enterprise software and solutions community and is the endorsed Hewlett Packward Enterprise software users group. Vivit currently has members all over the world representing all areas of business and industry.

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