Board of Directors

2023-2024 IIUG Board of Directors

The operation of the International Informix Users Group (IIUG) is managed and directed by a President and Board of Directors. The current members of the IIUG Board of Directors are:



Thomas Beebe
Woodbridge, VA, USA
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Tom has been working with Informix for over 20 years. He has previously been an IIUG board member as well as the current president of the Washington Area Informix User Group. As someone actively working with everything from Informix SE to the latest 14.x he has a wide range of experiences to bring to the table. As well as perspective that may be useful to users who are not always on the latest releases.

Gary Ben-Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
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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 works as an Informix consultant.

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 12.10 and 14.10 EVP programs and helped writing the IDS 11 DBA test.

Gary is an IBM Champion for Analytics for the last 11 years



Carlton Doe (IBM Representative)
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Carlton has, in a way, come back home. Carlton is one of the 5 founders of the IIUG, was its second president, was Chair of the Advocacy Committee which helped convince Informix to be the first major database to release on Linix, and is an IIUG Directors Award recipient.
Carltom’s involvement with Informix began in 1989 as a DBA / engine administrator and (kind-of poor) 4GL developer for several companies. During that time, he started the Utah Informix Users Group which he presided over for several years and which led to working with 4 other local Users Group presidents to create the IIUG. He has written more than 5 books on Informix which were translated into multiple languages and sold around the world along with a number of technical articles. He joined Informix in a technical sales and sales management role in 1999 which he continued after the IBM acquisition. Today Carlton is IBM’s World-Wide Technical Sales lead for Informix. In addition to helping IBMers and customers with Informix sales or technical questions, he creates and maintains internal and external Informix training classes which he teaches as often as he can.

Rhonda Hackenburg
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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Rhonda is the Research and Development Manager for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and was instrumental in influencing her organization to continue supporting Informix for their programming goals after the IBM acquisition and again after the IBM/HCL partnership. She will extend this commitment to current and future clients supported by her organization.

Rhonda has served on IIUG Board of Directors for a combined eight years and has been a member of the IIUG Conference Planning Committee since 2010. She is the current Vice-president for the Washington Area Informix Users Group (WAIUG). Rhonda 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. She has been working with Informix products since 1987.

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


Art Kagel
East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
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Art Kagel has been working with Informix database and development products almost since the beginning. He is a frequent contributor to the IIUG Forums and the CDI Usenet group and a popular presenter at conferences. Art is founder and President of ASK Database Management working as a Principle Consultant providing services to IBM Informix users around the world. He is also a former winner of the IIUG Directors Award for his outstanding contributions to the Informix Community and an eight time IBM Champion for Information Management.


Cindy Lichtenauer
Lenexa, Kansas, USA
President – IIUG Board of Directors
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Cindy Lichtenauer has been working with Informix products since 1989. Twelve of those years were spent at the Informix Lenexa Kansas office, as a Systems Engineer.

Cindy continually works to spread the word about the Informix product line, to provide knowledge to Informix users and to influence the future and direction of Informix products.

As a board member since 2004, Cindy has served as Treasurer, Local User Group Advocate and lead the Conference Planning Committee. In March 2019, she was elected President of the IIUG.

Cindy is an IBM Champion since 2010, and in 2019 was awarded the status of Lifetime IBM Champion.


Vicente Salvador
Barcelona, Spain
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Vicente has been working with Informix since 1988 when he started developing solutions with Informix 4GL.

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 have precious knowledge on how Informix brings value to Project managers, technicians and most important, customers.

Bruce Simms
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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I have been working with the Informix products since the mid 80’s, this includes Turbo, Online5, V7, V9, V10, V11, V12 and V14 as well as development tools such as 4GL, ESQL/c, ESLQ/Cobol and other tool sets. I was involved in the St. Louis Informix User Group when it was active as well as member of the Leadership Council in the early years of the IIUG Founding.

I’m a recipient if the IIUG Director’s Award and multiple years as member of the IBM Champions group, member of the IIUG Conference Planning Committee working on the following areas (Session, Vendor, AV and other areas) as well as the Informix Tech Talks for the last year. I Have been on the IIUG Board of Directors multiple times/years and wish to continue working in this group for the advancement and growth of the Informix Products for the years to come as this is what I feel is one of the best relational databases available in the market today and want to see it continue to be around and supported as such.

I feel I have time to now to work with IBM and HCL in seeing this product grow and work with younger groups to learn what the products bring to market and to help growing users train/learn what the products can do for their employers and help employers find employees which know the Informix product line and how to help them fit in.