Vivit Announces New Board Members and Officers

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Vivit, the independent, worldwide HP Software users group, announces new board members and officers. They all share their thoughts on leading the Vivit community forward.

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At Vivit, we provide a community, whether virtual or physical, where support, guidance, and the wisdom of experience are shared. – Karen Semonson, President Vivit Board of Directors

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Vivit, the independent, worldwide HP Software users group has closed their elections and announces their new board members and officers.

Newly Elected Board of Directors

  • Colin Fries
  • Jason Kennedy
  • Jonathan Piersol


  • Karen Semonson, President (re-elected)
  • Jonathan Piersol, Vice President
  • Brad Clark, Secretary (re-elected)
  • Michael Collins, Treasurer

"As the global economic marketplace calls for businesses to be more agile, the business technologists who deliver strategic services for key business decisions and operational processes will answer the call. Vivit is an organization comprised of the best and brightest business architects, facilitators, and problem solvers. As change leaders in their organizations, Vivit members drive dynamic business change by building business enabled architectures through the utilization of the HP Software BTO portfolio. At Vivit, we provide a community, whether virtual or physical, where support, guidance, and the wisdom of experience are shared.”

"I am honored to be re-elected as President of Vivit by my peers on the International Board. I am excited about the collaborative synergy on the Board of Directors with new officers Michael Collins from xMatters as Treasurer and Jonathan Piersol from George Washington University as Vice President. These two new officers provide strong future leadership for the board and the community as we renew our Vivit business model and the key services we deliver to the HP Software community. Brad Clark, the returning Secretary, provides strong navigation skills in the areas of governance and membership as we answer the needs of our community through strategy and planning. From the Officers and the Board, we all welcome the opportunity to enhance the three Vivit pillars of community, advocacy and education in the coming year."
Karen Semonson, President Vivit Board of Directors

“It is with great pride and honor that I serve the greater Vivit worldwide community as one of its directors. In the short time that I've been on the Board, I have been deeply impressed with the expertise, experience, and dedication that our membership possesses. They continually find innovative ways to push the HP suite of tools to their fullest potential as they incorporate them into their daily operations. Our future success as a Board will be marked by the growth of Vivit’s voice and its ability to better influence the creators inside HP Software. I look forward to working closely with our membership, partners, and the HP Software community to advance our goals and expand our presence.”
Jonathan Piersol, Vice President Vivit Board of Directors

“I am honored to serve the Vivit community as Secretary once again. We've made fantastic strides over this past year, strengthening our relationships with HP Software, our local chapter leaders, our special interest group leaders, partners, and members all across the world. Our focus over the coming year will be on updating the electronic services that we offer our membership, especially working in collaboration with the new HP Software Solutions Community. I look forward to continuing to work with the incredibly knowledgeable and diversely experienced Board members, staff, and volunteers to continue to grow the Vivit community. ”
Brad Clark, Secretary Vivit Board of Directors

“It is an honor to be able to represent the organization and the Board of Directors in the officer capacity of Treasurer. Vivit is now in a great position of stability as an organization, and the potential for growth and offering better services to the user community is at its highest position in years. I look forward to all the upcoming changes over the next year.”
Michael Collins, Treasurer Vivit Board of Directors

“I am humbled to have been nominated by the Vivit community to serve on its Board of Directors. Being elected to this post is an unbelievable honor. However, it is not an honor that comes free of responsibility, in that many of the decisions that the directors will be asked to make entail significant benefits and / or consequences for the entire organization. So needless to say, I do not take this duty lightly and will do my best to prove that the community’s faith in me is not misguided.”
Colin Fries, Vivit Board of Directors

"Thank you to the Vivit community for putting your trust in me to help this organisation move forward in developing innovative HP Software education, community, and advocacy opportunities with you. As a representative for Vivit users worldwide, I look forward to interacting with members globally and enabling the organisation to find creative ways to engage HP with their customers beyond the annual conferences; at the offices and desktops of the global user community. Vivit truly is the best & brightest, and I'm honoured to represent such a group. I am excited to provide thought-leadership from an international perspective and action at the local & global levels to see this community excel."
Jason Kennedy, Vivit Board of Directors

View the entire Vivit Board of Directors here.

About Vivit
Vivit is a non-profit corporation founded in 1993 (as OpenView Forum) by customers of Hewlett-Packard's Software products to represent the interests of HP Software customers, developers, and partners worldwide. Vivit represents and serves the broad HP Software Community and is the endorsed HP Software users group. Vivit currently has members all over the world representing all areas of Business and Industry.

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