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August 16 Newsletter


Welcome to the SIMCAC Weekly Newsletter....
....Where each week, we'll share SIMCAC announcements, member spotlights, local/national industry news, upcoming events, and recaps of past ones! 

An evening with friends and family – A recap of this past weekend’s 5th Annual Member Appreciation Food and Wine Pairing event 

A little rain storm, just as attendees arrived, didn’t prevent friends and family from gathering on Saturday evening to celebrate SIMCAC’s membership.
      For the fifth year in a row, Blaise Thompson of Fusions Cuisine (a catering company affiliated with Yummy Pig Barbecue out of Leesburg, VA) delivered a wonderful tasting menu for SIMCAC members.  Members were presented with 5 courses, including a mojito shrimp cocktail, vegetable terrine with Boursin, crab cakes, herb marinated beef tenderloin, and a triple chocolate mousse cake. 
        We were also joined by Andy Meyrowitz, sommelier and owner of The Wine Harvest (a local wine store based out of Montgomery County).  Andy skillfully paired and presented wines from around the world, including a sparkling wine from Burgundy, a Chardonnay from Sonoma, a Roussanne from Washington state, a red blended wine from Austria, and a Port from Portugal.
       Between courses, the room filled with lively conversation and laughter.  Not surprisingly, many couples could be overheard making new friends and planning additional social events. 
     It is always great to spend time getting to know our fellow members at SIMCAC events, but this one always stands out relative to others.  This event is a perennial favorite because (thanks to our better halves) we come together as a family.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  See you in September!

Upcoming SIMCAC Event - The AI Revolution: Local Success Stories
10th September 10 at 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM in Vienna, VA

There's no doubt that artificial intelligence is already beginning to change society and that the pace of change is accelerating.  Its ability to augment human effort, extend automation, and discover patterns and categorize large data volumes promises to transform all of our businesses.

SIMCAC welcomes all current and eligible prospective members to join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, dinner, and a lively panel discussion with local IT leaders that are successfully embracing artificial intelligence and
transforming their organizations. Members must log in to register (event attendance is FREE for members in good standing). 
                         Register Now!

Event underwritten by Google Cloud

Upcoming SIMCAC Event - Major Cybersecurity Trends for 2019
October 1st from 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM in Arlington, VA

Organizations, public and private, as well as consumers across the world will face no shortage of cybersecurity challenges in 2019. Ransomware and social engineering cyber threats continue to be at the forefront as they exploit basic human behavior. Many companies have failed to prepare for GDPR and the continued rise of state-sponsored attacks will erode our trust in institutions, enterprises and services. Join us for an evening of lessons learned and insights into what’s down the road as we bring to you cybersecurity subject matter experts in a lively panel discussion. Are you prepared for the cyber threats of tomorrow?

SIMCAC welcomes all current and eligible prospective members to join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, heavy appetizers, and a lively panel discussion. Event attendance is complimentary for members in good standing.

                                            Register Now!


Event underwritten by Sirius, IBM QRadar, and Virginia Tech Research Center Arlington.

The Inaugural SIMCAC Charity Golf Outing

One of our core principles in SIMCAC is to give back to our community. As part of that commitment, a portion of the proceeds from this golf outing will fund our various Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) partners. Our donations fund programs for young students, high school graduates, and programs to train teachers on educating students in the STEM areas.

We have worked diligently to put together a stimulating and focused agenda, bringing together experts, visionaries and professionals from the IT industry. Visit the official event website for more information and registration. 

About the Venue: Westfields Golf Club

At Westfields, Fred Couples has built one of the top destinations for golf in Virginia. This stunning Northern Virginia golf course is fun and accessible for the novice, yet challenging and thought-provoking for the experienced golfer. Fred's professional play on hundreds of courses around the world, coupled with his experience in countless tournaments and team competitions, has given him exceptional insight into optimal golf course design. The perfect embodiment of that vision is yours to experience at Westfields Golf Club located close by to Centreville, VA.

Register Here!

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