Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
Vice President of Professional Development
Director of Technology
Previous Chapter Positions:
Aaron Whittenberger is a frequent speaker at IIBA® and corporate meetings and conferences in the region. He is an avid promoter of IIBA®, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, business analysis as a profession and the recognition of its practitioners.
Aaron graduated from Wright State University with two Bachelor degrees. He began his career at Dayton Freight Lines as a Corporate Accountant. After two years in Accounting, the CFO noticed that Aaron liked working with the computers so when the company decided to go to the IBM midrange computer he asked Aaron to head up the project. Aaron spent the next three years bringing in and learning the new midrange computer system, bringing in and learning a new freight software package, writing the training manual, and traveling to the eight freight terminals to install computers and train their people on the new system. After getting the company up on the new software package, Aaron learned programming so he could make changes to the software that the company wanted.
After going to a couple more companies, Aaron received a phone call that offered a hefty pay raise to come to Northern Kentucky and become a consultant. After 18 months at his first client he called the consulting firm to inform them that his contract was coming to an end. That is when he found out they were actually an Engineering firm who was trying Information Technology, and was no longer interested in IT. So he found his next client and became an independent consultant.
In 2008, Aaron learned that he was going to have an opportunity to attend a business analyst boot camp training session. So he researched what a business analyst is and what they do. He realized, he has done all this stuff in his career, he has just never held the job title “Business Analyst”. This ignited a passion in him and he knew he found his calling. Later that year he obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) designation.
During five years on the Cincinnati IIBA Chapter Board of Directors, Aaron volunteered to help his friend from Louisville as Deputy Regional Director for IIBA’s Americas Eastern Region. One month later, his friend stepped down as Regional Director raising Aaron to that position.
Realizing the 62nd largest city in the United States – that was in his back yard – didn’t have an IIBA chapter, Aaron reached out through social media to business analysts in and around Lexington to gauge their interest in having an IIBA chapter. Finding a group of interested folks, he worked with them to organize, start and charter the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. The group made Aaron the first President of the Chapter.
Aaron lives in Independence, Kentucky. He has four sons that live in the area. He often plays golf with one son and his dad. He recently retired from umpiring high school baseball and a couple of years ago played his first ever game of cricket with co-workers. Come join Aaron on the greatest adventure of his life…the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.