Chapter Events

July 24, 2019 / Summer Social Event

Who doesn't love watching baseball on a warm summer evening?

Join us at Impact Field as the Chicago Dogs take on the Milwaukee Milkmen. Enjoy dinner and drinks as you watch the game from the Fan Experience Field Suite, just inches away from the left field warning track. Impact Field was built in 2018 and features many modern amenities.

Chicago Dogs BaseballWhen: Wednesday, July 24, 6:00-10:00 pm
Gates open at 6:00 pm.
Dinner is available from 6:30-8:30 pm.
First pitch is at 7:05 pm.

Impact Field
9850 Balmoral Ave
Rosemont, Illinois

If you're driving, Impact Field is easily accessible from I-294 and I-90. And parking is free!

The park is also accessible via public transportation by taking the either the CTA Blue Line or the Metra North Central Line to Rosemont, then taking the free Rosemont Entertainment Connector Trolley to the park.

Our dinner buffet includes:
  • Vienna Beef hotdogs served with classic Chicago condiments
  • Hamburgers served with lettuce, tomato, onion
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Kettle chips
  • Baked potato salad
  • Country coleslaw
  • Cookies
  • Coke / Diet Coke / Sprite
Plus you'll get two drink tickets that can be used for alcoholic beverages at any of the bars located throughout the park.

Your ticket also gets you:
  • a Chicago Dogs baseball cap
  • access to a batting cage so you can practice your swing!

September 19, 2019 / Chapter Meeting / Save the date!

Join us for late afternoon snacks and networking.

When: Thursday, September 19, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Featured presentation 1
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Featured presentation 2

November 21, 2019 / Annual Awards Banquet and Chapter Meeting / Save the date!

When: Thursday, November 21, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Awards presentation: Analyst of the Year and Desktop Support Technician of the Year
  • Featured presentation 1
  • Networking with colleagues
  • Featured presentation 2
1901 Woodfield Rd
Schaumburg, Illinois

May 16, 2019 / Chapter Meeting


4:00 - 4:15 Welcome, refreshments, icebreaker, chapter business, HDI's transformation
4:15 - 5:00 Letting Go of Your Best Talent: A Winning Strategy - Zak Koch (vcpi)
5:00 - 5:15 Networking and refreshment break
5:15 - 6:00 Breathing New Life Into Knowledge Management With Self-Help Technology - Gary Mellott (EasyVista)
6:00 - 6:15 Networking and refreshment break
6:15 - 7:00 Diversity in the Workplace - Hamza Rashid (TEKSystems)


1501 Woodfield Rd, Suite 110W
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Speaker bios

Zak Koch

Zak Koch, vcpi

Zachary Koch is the Vice President of Client Services at vcpi and has been in IT Support for 17 years. Zak started his IT career while serving in the US Marine Corp, and now leads a dynamic team of 90 service and support professionals. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management and multiple certifications from Microsoft, HDI, and ITIL. Zak enjoys sharing his experiences and insight through his membership on several local college advisory boards, participation in HDI and volunteering for community events.

Zak will explain why letting go of your top talent is one of the best things you can do for your team. Even the most successful service desk will lose its best talent. It’s inevitable–but this may not be such a bad thing. The service desk can be a gateway, the launch pad for a successful IT career. Embrace this reality and build a culture that revolves around professional development and self-improvement! 

Gary Mellott

Gary Mellott

Gary Mellott joined EasyVista in 2016 and serves as the Vice President of Sales for the Western US. Gary is responsible for growth strategies focusing on new customer acquisition, existing customer maturity and partner enablement. Gary has over three decades of technology business development experience including being a founding employee of the Help Desk Institute in 1991. He has an additional 18 years of executive leadership experience at two of the industry’s other leading IT Service Management technology vendors.

Hamza Rashid

Hamza Rashid

Hamza Rashid is a diversity lead for Chicagoland and the Midwest region of TEKsystems. Hamza is responsible for working with 10 different markets within the Midwest region to help promote and grow multicultural diversity within the workplace. He has been with TEKsystems for the last 6 years and has been the diversity lead within Chicagoland for nearly 4 years. Hamza will explain various labor trends and the importance of diversity in the workplace for every organization and the benefits that come along internally and externally.
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