President's Message

SIM Charlotte – President’s Message (2021/2022):

 Todd Buelow
The SIM Charlotte Region Chapter is the preeminent community of senior technology executives in the Carolinas centered in Charlotte. The Chapter also serves Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and Rock Hill in South Carolina and Asheville, Gastonia, Hickory and Winston Salem in North Carolina.

SIM Charlotte is where IT professionals connect, learn, and grow in order to lead.  Relationship building, learning opportunities and community outreach in the form of STEM education are the three pillars of the organization. These three pillars combine to create a vibrant network that strengthens the entire region and contributes to the economic engine that powers Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

We have grown to over 160 members and are proud that 85+% of our members are buy-side senior IT.  SIM Charlotte is a great supporter of local STEM efforts by sponsoring scholarships and academic programs  for local schools, colleges and universities to further IT Leadership and Development.  We have raised and distributed over $620,000 to local STEM scholarships and nonprofits!

In addition to the local resources, SIM Charlotte members draw on a vast wealth of connections and offerings from the SIM National level.

In the next year, we have several exciting things happening including the re-launch of our in-person quarterly meetings, our Golf Tournament, and our annual IT leadership conference. These are all great opportunities to network, expand your professional acumen, and make an impact on local STEM nonprofits. 

We’ll be adding more programming and offer more informal networking opportunities while building upon last year’s successes. Contact our Membership Co-Chairs, Casey Zaitz (  and John Murdock (, to find out how to best engage with our organization.

Connect. Learn. Grow. Lead.
Todd Buelow
President, SIM Charlotte Region Chapter