The Bluegrass Chapter of IIBA is please to announce the first two inductees into the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame, Daryl Keltz and Aaron Whittenberger. The purpose of the Hall of Fame awards are to recognize those individuals within the community that have made significant individual contribution to the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky. Nominations for the awards were accepted from the community in 3 categories: Service to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass, and Service to an Organization within the Bluegrass. Two of the three categories did not require membership or affiliation with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Please help us congratulate our 2016 inductees.
Inductee: Daryl Keltz, PMP
Category: Service to Bluegrass IIBA Chapter
Daryl provided great energy and leadership during the formation of the Bluegrass Chapter. He became an inaugural member of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter and a member of its Board of Directors, as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in August 2013. Over the next two years, Daryl worked tirelessly to increase the reach of the Chapter by increasing its marketing channels and reaching out to the community to ensure that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter’s name became widely known in the community.
Daryl was responsible for publishing the chapter events and other chapter news in the local newspapers. He initiated the chapter’s use of social media by establishing accounts with LinkedIn and Twitter. Daryl went beyond his Marketing and Communications duties by seeking out tasks that needed to be accomplished and took it upon himself to accomplish them. He created the first-time and attendee feedback surveys that are now distributed at each chapter event. This allows the chapter leadership to gain feedback on its programs from the participants so that future events will be more valuable. He ensured two-way communication and sharing of promotional material between the IIBA and PMI chapters in Lexington. He also reached out to the local chapter of internal auditors (CKIIA) to open communication and sharing channels.
Daryl was a tremendous asset during the development of the chapter. He was instrumental in helping it grow in reach, membership, and a strong professional development program. Congratulation Daryl! Thank you for all of your hard work.
Inductee: Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
Category: Advancement of the Profession in the Bluegrass
In the summer of 2013 Aaron reached out to several members of the Lexington business analysis community to gauge their interest in having a local IIBA chapter. Receiving over 70 affirmative responses he organized a meeting with those interested. Over the next several months, he orchestrated the building of the leadership team, beginning of the professional development program, and the development of infrastructure and support services for the newly formed chapter. His passion for business analysis and the IIBA was quickly recognized by the chapter leadership and he was elected the first President of the Chapter.
Aaron was the first of the chapter leaders to represent the chapter when participating in the ITT Technical Institute Program Advisory Committee (PAC). Along with helping ITT Technical Institute develop their curriculum, this helped get the chapter’s name out to the community. He helped the chapter leaders to design and develop a membership and marketing brochure, which the chapter uses to reach organizations within the community to get them involved in the chapter’s programs. Alongside chapter leadership, Aaron helped to organize a CIO Panel discussion to give the community opportunity to interact with and get the perspective from business executives in the community. This event was used to award the chapter’s strongest corporate supporter, Tempur-Sealy. It also helped get Toyota and UK Healthcare involved with the chapter. Aaron helped organize a BABOK v3 Virtual Study Group hosted by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. Through his marketing, this study group included participation from individuals in the Bluegrass region, Cincinnati, OH, Burlington, VT, and Nashville, TN.
Aaron continuously brings in regional and national speakers to ensure a strong professional development program for the Bluegrass business analysis community. Aaron led the chapter leadership to develop a Professional Development Workshop in August 2015 as a half-day business analyst training opportunity. Aaron has recently reached out to SQS-USA (Galmont Consulting) and TEKsystems to get more involved in the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter program by participating in a Recruiters and Consulting Firm panel discussion.
Aaron helped launch the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to provide networking and educational opportunities for business analysis professionals of the Bluegrass region. He wished to raise awareness of the value that Business Analysts bring to organizations, raise awareness of business analysis as a profession, and increase the level of business analysis service delivered to organizations of the Bluegrass. He has triumphantly done so and left the Bluegrass with a flourishing chapter. Congratulations Aaron! Thank you for all of diligent leadership.