Candidate Statements

Election is finished

Returning Board Members (listed alphabetically, by last name)

Thomas Beebe
(Washington, D.C., USA)

Prior to joining the IIUG Board last year, I have been with IIUG in a supporting role for over a decade during which I have actively managed the server, coordinated server migrations, made sure the infrastructure stayed up and resolved service interruptions when they occurred. I have also been an active member in the IIUG community, presenting at almost every IIUG and WAIUG conference since 2005, on a variety of Informix-centric topics. Professionally, the vast majority of my work is centered around Informix and besides being a developer and DBA with Informix I am also a huge advocate for it in the corporate world. I hope to get your vote to continue to help guide the organization, continue to work on the day to day business of the group, and continue to work on the larger project of modernizing the web site.

It has been very meaningful to be able to help work on IIUG policy, as well as working within the organization to continue to move the group forward. I would love your vote in hopes of being able to continue contributing in the areas I have been over the past year.

On my first year on the board, I have worked on updating the IIUG website, helped rewrite several internal board policies, as well as assisted with the setup of the new conference website. I have continued to be the active sysadmin for the server, so regardless of the election that role would of course continue. On top of that I am a web focused programmer and want to work to improve the mailing lists, continue the work on moving to a faster and more modern website, and help facilitate more services to members. I am happy to develop new code for the organization and the annual conference. I also have a ongoing project of trying to update the internal older systems we use.

Another useful attribute I bring to the board, as an Informix consultant I have to stay on top of the latest features while making sure I am still comfortable with almost all old versions. I have actively worked with 12.x and Informix SE in the same week, so I have a great deal of experience with the varied versions of Informix that the user base is running. This will help make sure that the IIUG both promotes the excellent new features that are being introduced without leaving those on older versions out of the focus of the group.

Gary Ben-Israel

Since he joined the board in 2004 Gary is speaking without fear for the IIUG members, dedicating many hours to the IIUG board and providing help, guidance and Information to the Informix user community.

Gary is currently the editor of the IIUG Insider and the coordinator for EMEA and APAC Local User Groups.

Gary is the CIO of Israel’s National Institute for testing and Evaluation.

NITE’s information management systems are running solely on Informix 12.10.

Gary is a certified Informix DBA and is leading a project converting all in-house applications to Java.

Gary volunteered to the Informix IDS 10, 11.10, 11.5, 11.7 and 12.10 EVP programs and helped writing the IDS 11 DBA test.

“I promise to continue working hard for the IIUG and representing the International Informix community.”

Miguel Carbone

Miguel Carbone “MC” has been involved with Informix technology since 1995. He started his professional career as a software engineer developing C/C++ solutions using Informix. He is president and principal consultant of MC Software, an IBM-Informix Consulting, Training, Translator and Tools Partner specializing in software development, data warehouse development, database design, performance tuning, high availability and Informix training and support.

Currently, Miguel specializes in developing creative, critical and strategic solutions to increase business performance, minimizing costs, providing his expertise to large-scale OLTP, web based and data warehouse systems requiring optimal speed, performance, and precision, developing and deploying critical nonstop solutions and environments.

Miguel is also the founder and president of the Brazilian Informix Users Group – BRIUG, a young but enthusiastic group, and has been serving on the IIUG Board of Directors since 2009.

Miguel “MC” is one of the most experienced Software Architects and IT Specialists in Brazil, leading a MC Software team, one of the most recognized technical teams, who develops unique and creative solutions. Miguel “MC” doesn’t have customers, “MC” has references. “Everything MC does, MC does with passion.”

Miguel founded and manage the first Informix center of excellence in Brazil, to maximize the quality of the solutions developed using Informix technology.

Art Kagel
(New Jersey, USA)

It has been an interesting and rewarding several years since I joined the IIUG Board of Directors. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to further serve the Informix user community and I would like to continue to do so for the coming year. The last year has seen a vast improvement in the recognition of the Informix community and of the product line itself within IBM and in the market in general and I believe that in addition to directly serving the community I can continue to foster that relationship and to expand it further. Simply put: Vote for me!

Cindy Lichtenauer
(Lenexa, Kansas, USA)

Cindy has served on the IIUG Board of Directors for many years and considers it both an honor and a privilege. Her focus in recent years has been on the IIUG Informix conferences, working as a liaison between the user and IBM and serving as Treasurer of the organization. Her favorite thing to participate in is the planning and execution of the yearly conference and she is looking forward to a successful 2017 conference in San Diego!

She has worked with Informix for over 20 years and still has a dedicated passion and energy for the product. Please vote for Cindy so she can continue to serve the Informix community!

Stuart Litel
(Boston, Massachusetts,USA)

Current President – IIUG

Stuart Litel is an IT professional with eighteen years experience working with Informix products. His early days with Informix products included beta testing Informix 4GL and Informix SQL versions 1 as well as the first versions of Informix Rapid Development System and Turbo (now known as On-Line). He is one of the country’s longest time users and developers of Informix products, and considered an authority and vast resource of Informix database knowledge.

Stuart is also the founder of the New England Informix User Group and remains a very active participant as the group’s leader today. Some noteworthy activities within the Informix user community include his technical contributions to various books published on Informix products as well as to the Informix Certification Exams administered by Informix Corporation.

Stuart’s professional work experience includes positions as Analyst, Developer, Data Base Administrator, and Project Manager. His knowledge spans the Informix product line and includes the various database engines as well as development tools. He has been a freelance Informix Consultant for more than ten years, providing his expertise to large-scale OLTP, web based and data warehouse systems requiring optimal speed, performance, and precision.

Vicente Salvador

Vicente has been working with Informix since 1988 when he started developing solutions with Informix 4GL. He has also been helping to improve Informix products participating on multiple Beta Programs. He is a recognized Informix consultant and specialist in Spain and Latin-America. Currently, he is the president of the Spanish Informix User Group where he provides Informix knowledge in their blogs. He’s a fan of Informix Technology and has a deep experience on IWA, Grid and replication technologies. He has developed a native IWA OLAP engine based on XML/A datamart definition, as well as a Java Framework for Informix Cloud applications. He has also been appointed as the architect of a Framework for developing Android mobile applications interacting with Informix servers. His current job position, as Software Engineer, Informix Consultant and Project Manager, allows him to increase his experience on how Informix brings value to Project managers, technicians and most important, customers.

Kate Tomchik
(Marietta, Georgia, USA)

I started using Informix 29 years ago at the Harris/3M company in 1988. I helped developed one of the first outbound telemarketing systems, where sellers would call purchasers of 3M copiers and offer to send new paper and toner that worked with their particular copier model. So in a way, I was one of the original annoying phone calls you get from vendors at your office! For the last 20 years I have been an Informix and DB2 LUW DBA, and now I am a Principal Engineer for The Home Depot. Trust me, I know the retail effectiveness of using Informix.

You should vote for me because I recognize the changing landscape of Informix usage. New systems may have died down in the US, but internationally it is stronger than ever. Other countries are much more appreciative of a lower cost database with a small foot print that is fast as hell! For this reason I have always argued against restricting the number of non-US board members, and have always wanted the voters to decide what they want. We need the best advocates who represent the current landscape of Informix.

We must get the word out to the managers out there that Informix is alive and prosperous – only they can we truly give a rebirth to the product. That is why we need some managers of companies that are successfully selling Informix to join our board. It is not just a board to run a yearly user conference, it is a group who are the key advocates for promoting Informix.

So I offer the best of both worlds since I have been both a DBA and a leader of Informix users. I am a Principal Engineer of the Informix product, I am active in the local user group, I am an IBM Champion for my work in helping promote the Informix product line, and I recognize the need for change in our current way of communicating with our users.  I have been working with the Board since 2004, and today primarily do Web Site updates and surveys.  It would be great to support the community another year on the Board.

Eric Vercelletto
Pont l’Abbé, France

My history with Informix started in 1986, and includes 11 years as a technical account manager for Informix Software Inc, in France and Portugal. The rest is helping customers to control their IT and be happy. But this is not so important, what follows is important.

The IIUG has a critical role in the actual existence of Informix. If there were no IIUG until today, Informix would be one more part of the DBMS Museum and certainly not what is is now: a modern, solid, extendable and fast DBMS software, matching today and tomorrow’s functional requirements, and that no one wants to change for anything else, unless she or he is obliged to. Let’s just think a bit: how many DBMS softwares can put together all those qualities?

It is the IIUG board’s duty to continue this task, because it owes it to the Informix community. To achieve this goal, the Board must be made of motivated people who do not fear to face adversity when Informix is threatened at some user company, or when a software editor wants to quit Informix because simply no one talks him about Informix anymore.

This is not just about selling Informix licenses and say “I like Informix”, this is about much more than that. This is about consolidating the developers community so that customers and software makers can find Informix technical resources. This is about showing the advantages of Informix in the Universities and Computer Science Schools. This is about helping a customer to defend Informix position when executive level wants to change just because they do not know what Informix is. This is about sharing technical knowledge with partners and customers, and so much more.

Working on these goals is my choice and my commitment, joining energy and workforce with this great team, if you decide to re-elect me as a member of the IIUG Board of Directors.


New Candidates (listed alphabetically, by last name)

Rhonda Hackenburg
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA)

Rhonda has been working with Informix products for 30 years, beginning with Informix-SE.  In her current position as Research and Development Manager for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board, she was instrumental in influencing her organization to continuing supporting Informix for their programming goals after the IBM acquisition.  This commitment is extended to current and future clients supported by her organization.

Rhonda continues to support the IIUG Board and Informix as a member of the IIUG Conference Planning Committee and has been involved since 2010.  She is the current VP for the Washington Area Informix Users Group (WAIUG).  Rhonda was a member of the IIUG Board during 2013-2015.  She is IBM Certified and has been an IBM Champion since 2013, an honor awarded to IT professionals who are leaders and supporters of IBM software and solutions.

Rhonda is employed by a very small organization and wants to represent the needs and concerns of other small organizations as part of her mission as an IIUG board member.  She will be honored to be re-elected as a member of the IIUG Board and will apply her enthusiasm and commitment to represent the entire Informix community ensuring Informix remains a viable product of the IBM portfolio.

I would appreciate your vote during the upcoming elections.  Thanks!

Bruce Simms
(St. Louis, Missouri, USA)

I have spent many years as a user and supporter of the Informix product line going back to the days of Turbo up through Inforix 12.10.  I have been involved in the St. Louis Users group, the as a member of the IIUG Leadership Council in early years of the IIUG and as a member of the IIUG Board. As a Senior DBA at Equifax, I continue supporting and using Informix. In addition to supporting the Informix engine I also support the installation of the 4GL tools, ESQL and ESQL COBOL. I support Informix as a member of the Planning Committee for the IIUG conferences, 2 years as a track chair and currently serving as the sponsor/vendor chair. Although I am currently not an IIUG Board member, I have strived to build solid relationships for Informix with vendors for the IIUG via Sponsorships.  The next few years are going to become very important to the Informix products in the IBM world as the IIUG is here to let the world know Informix is not a DEAD Product!  I continue spreading the benefits that Informix provides for my company as well at any type of company.