• 5/18/2016 – Wednesday – noon – 1:30 pm – Rivers Club – Fresh Perspectives: Refreshing an Established Records Management Program
    Records management programs are often perceived as de facto in most colleges and universities. However, many institutions have only recently launched programs, and entrenched RM programs are reevaluating their position with the proliferation of electronic records, email retention, and digital liabilities. Alex Toner, University Records Manger at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss the ways in which he’s working to refresh Pitt’s program and review its effectiveness, including updating retention schedules, justifying the need for institutional support, collaborating on research data management, and raising awareness among users.

    Alex J. Toner
    University Records Manager
    University of Pittsburgh
    Alex J. Toner at LinkedIn
    Alex J. Toner is the University Records Manager at the University of Pittsburgh. He has managed student academic records in the Office of the University Registrar, and served as a NHPRC Project Archivist at the Senator John Heinz History Center where he processed over 150 archival collections. Alex is a member of the steering committee for the records management roundtable within the Society of American Archivists and chair of the external relations committee of the Staff Association Council at Pitt. He earned his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.

    We hope you will join us.

    RSVP no later than Friday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m. to

    Member Cost: $35
    Guest Cost: $35
    Cash bar available

    NOTE: You will be billed for the full dinner cost for cancellations received within 48 hours of the event.

  • 6/11/2016 – Saturday – 10:00 – 11:30am (meet at 9:45am) Heinz Field stadium tour

    Join us on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00am for our first ever tour of legendary Heinz Field, home to the NFL Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers. If you are interested in football, Pittsburgh history, or networking with ARMA chapter colleagues, then join us for this fun and interesting get-together. Tours of Heinz Field provide guests with a behind-the-scenes look into the FedEx Great Hall, Clubs, Luxury Suites, Press Box, Field, and much more! For stadium facts, see
    Heinz Field Tour

    Thanks to our sponsor Hyland Software.
    Hyland Software

    Parking: Bus parking is located along Reedsdale Street. Monday – Friday Individual cars/vans arriving before 11am must park in Gold Lot 1 off of West General Robinson Street for $7.00. At 11am or after individual cars/vans must park in Gold Lot 2 off of North Shore Drive for $7.00. Guests may also park in the West General Robinson Street garage (pricing is based on an hourly rate.) Parking is available for school buses only along Art Rooney Avenue, it is metered parking. Saturday Parking is available starting at 9 a.m. in Gold Lot 2 for $7.00. **PLEASE NOTE: For tours on daylight weekday Pirate Games, parking will be the $15.00 event rate all day.

    Logistics: Tour meets 9:45am under the FedEx Great Hall sign (to the left of the flat screen TV) on Art Rooney Avenue. Comfortable shoes are recommended and tours are ADA accessible. For updated information or changes in dates, please check, e-mail or call us in advance.

    Lunch: Following the tour, we will meetup for lunch at nearby Rivertowne North Shore – Pittsburgh (337 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, Phone: 1-412-322-5000). Note: your lunch is not included in cost below.

    If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than Friday, May 27 at 12:00PM to Deb Karafinski by clicking on one of PayPal options below.


    Cash or check, or pay online thorough Paypal. Credit card can also be used on Paypal by clicking “Don’t have a Paypal account.”

    Cost for members and non-members:

    $8 Adults (Ages 18-55)
    $7 Children/Senior Rate (Ages 5-17 and 55+)

    Please take special note that this chapter program meeting is taking place on a Saturday morning, not a Wednesday evening.

    We look forward to seeing you at Heinz Field!


  • 4/20/2016 – Wednesday – noon – 1:30 pm – Egregious Data Security Breaches, Hacks & Leaks: Lessons from the Trenches — a joint ARMA/PLAA session

    ARMA Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Legal Administrators Association presented a joint meeting on


    Cybersecurity is a real concern for everyone today, including businesses and enterprises of all kinds. How and why did the recent data breaches of Sony Pictures, the Office of Personnel Management, Anthem, Ashley Madison, and the Pentagon happen? What can we learn? What makes such targets vulnerable? Who is hacking and why? How is this relevant to your law firm or business and your clients or customers? How do you protect your business, including decisions regarding appropriate cyber insurance coverage?

    Our speaker were David G. Ries, Esquire, Clark Hill PLC and Matthew Magner, Senior Underwriting Officer of Chubb Specialty Insurance and
    Mr. David Ries at Mr. David Ries at
    Thanks to our lunch sponsor Ricoh.


  • 3/16/2016 – Wednesday – noon – 1:30 pm – Proactive Steps to Enact Your Retention Policy — a joint ARMA/ILTA session

    March’s joint session with ILTA addressed PROACTIVE STEPS TO ENACT YOUR RETENTION POLICY.

    Most Law Firms have adopted Information Governance policies that outline retention plans for physical and electronic information. Very few firms have actually enacted retention on any of their physical or electronic content. A large part of the reason for this is that their systems and processes for managing information are not configured around the retention process. This session offered some practical suggestions on how to change business process and software configuration to efficiently enact retention.

    Our speaker were David Beauchemin, Information Governance Product Manager for InOutsource, provides project management and information governance consulting services to law firms. He supports firms in designing and documenting business processes to maximize efficiency and compliance, creates custom-tailored software training documentation and leads training sessions for staff members.
    Mr. David Beauchemin at

    Beauchemin has a particular interest in the area of physical and electronic file retention and has managed large-scale retention/destruction projects for law firms. He has guided initiatives to reduce paper reliance as part of office space consolidations and moves and has been part of the implementation team for a variety of records management systems.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University.

    Cost: Free for ARMA/ILTA members and guests.

    Lunch sponsor: InOutsource

    Registration closed by March 10 to :

  • 2/24/2016 – Wednesday – 5:30 – 8:00 pm – Truth or Dare: Can You Prove Compliance?

    Recent research shows that while 87 percent of organizations have formal RIM programs, only 8 percent measure compliance, and only a paltry 7 percent of total employees are engaged in these RIM systems. A framework of basic RIM risk controls (that is, anticipated activities based on policy) can help set expectations across your enterprise and provide a means by which you and your business units can evaluate performance and plan for remediation. Once measured, performance can be benchmarked against your business’s goals or even against the performance of other organizations. The old adage of “what gets measured is what gets done” holds especially true when considering the financial, legal and security risks of the explosive volumes of information being created each and every day across your enterprise. As a result, controlling and managing information has become more complex and requires more than a standard RIM staff to police compliance activities in accordance with the needs of your customers, regulators and shareholders. This session provided a blueprint for managing such a complicated web of information.

    A companion Practical Guide to a RIM Risk and Controls Framework with a set of pre-defined controls and rankings were made available for attendees.

    Attendees explored:

    • How to institutionalize a RIM “risk and controls framework” that includes timing, roles and responsibilities
    • How to assign ratings to performance
    • The value of benchmarking results

    Chris Whitaker, PhD, MBA is a Senior Advisor in Iron Mountain’s Professional Services organization.

    Dr. Chris Whitaker

    He has been in Document Management/Records and Information Management for over 20 years working for companies such as Iron Mountain Consulting and Xerox Corporation. He has partnered with numerous global organizations to mitigate risk and reduce costs for managing information through the development and implementation of best practice RIM programs. His work in this area spans multiple industries, including Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retail and Life Sciences. Chris holds an MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta and a PhD from Northcentral University. He is a current member of ARMA in the Virginia area. Chris can be reached at or 804-929-2127.

    Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services, providing solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit for more information.

    We learned how to prove compliance with your records policies and processes.

  • 1/27/2016 – Wednesday – 5:30 – 8:00 pm – How can Computer Forensics, E-Discovery and Defensible Disposal Inform your Information Governance Program?

    We received an overview of computer forensic practices, e-discovery data collections and the role records management policies and processes have in defensible deletion. We learned secrets that that may give insights to improving your records program.

    Mr. Brett Creasy is the Vice-President and Director of Digital Forensics at bit-x-bit, LLC.
    Mr. Brett Creasy, CSE, CISSP at

    He is responsible for leading bit-x-bit’s team of forensic examiners and technicians in the preservation and analysis of electronic evidence. Mr. Creasy has conducted hundreds of examinations on a wide variety of systems including laptops, desktops, servers, cell phones, and external devices such as USB hard drives and optical media. He has testified as an expert witness numerous times in both state and federal courts. Mr. Creasy is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) and a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners. He has a B.S. in Information Technology with a specialization in Information Security and Assurance and an A.S. in computer network security and forensics. He also holds multiple other certificates and certifications in the areas of project management and information security, including being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP ®).

  • 12/9/2015 – Wednesday – 6:00 – 8:30 pm – 2015 Holiday Party

    ARMA Holiday Invite

    Seasons come
    And seasons go
    Can you believe it’s already snowed!
    But that didn’t bother the ARMA hearty
    Because they knew it was time to PARTY!!!!

    Came one and came all, who joined us for the annual ARMA Holiday Party, once again being held at the Grand View Buffet at the Rivers Casino where you joined us for food, fun and friends! Featuring the all-you-can-eat buffet, plus a wide selection of salads and desserts, including soft drinks, coffee and tea. Cash bar available.

    Grand View Buffet
    Rivers Casino
    777 Casino Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15212

  • 11/18/2015 – Wednesday – 5:30 – 8:00 pm – Ghosts and Legends of Western Pennsylvania

    Back by popular demand is local author and historian Thomas White. Tom turned his love of history and his profession as an archivist into several award winning books. You joined us as he explored the history and cultural meaning behind some of our region’s supernatural legends. You heard the story of whispering dead beneath the Black Cross, the ghostly woman of Summit Cut Bridge, the phantoms of Pittsburgh’s steel mills, and the ghosts and cults that stalk Blue Mist Road. You learned the truth about the curse at the old Quaker Church, Judge Reddick’s contest with the Devil, and many other spooky tales.

    Thomas White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s History Department and an adjunct professor of history at La Roche College. Tom received a master’s degree in public history from Duquesne University. Besides the folklore and history of Pennsylvania, his areas of interest include public history and American cultural history. He is the award-winning author of nine books, including Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania, Forgotten Tales of Pennsylvania, Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia (co-authored with Edward White), Gangs and Outlaws of Western Pennsylvania (co-authored with Michael Hassett), A Higher Perspective: 100 Years of Business Education at Duquesne University, Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History and Lore, and Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters, and Miracles (editor).

  • 10/21/2015 – Wednesday – 5:00– 7:00 pm – Mobile Device Security – Mapping the Mobile Device Risk Model to Products Which Help Mitigate Those Risks — Join your colleagues at ARMA Pittsburgh as we network with information systems security members of ISSA.

    Enterprises are trying to understand the mobile security landscape, they are also in the process of understanding their own mobile risk appetite, as well as trying to address different pockets of populations with different use cases requiring different solutions. During this presentation we will map out the risks of storing sensitive data on mobile devices then break down what is required to secure enterprise mobility into a series of smaller problems, addressed by different technologies.

    Our speakers were Ken Dickey, AVP Business Development, Cadre Information Security, and Chris Loughner, Enterprise Security Consultant, Cadre Information Security.

  • 9/16/2015 – Wednesday – 5:00– 7:00 pm – A Social on Social Media Governance: The Do’s and Don’t of Managing Social Media was our ARMA Pittsburgh at our first event of the 2015-2016 season! As organizations continue to incorporate social media into their business processes, there is an ever-increasing need to manage social content effectively. We learned why we need to take action now. This session detailed the steps required to manage social media to support business objectives and information management requirements. Common pitfalls to avoid were discussed. Our AIIM speaker Jesse Wilkins, IGP, CRM, CIP, CDIA+ explained how Social Media Governance benefits your organizations. Click here for Mr. Wilkin’s bio.

    This event was ARMA Pittsburgh’s Carl E. Weise Memorial Seminar. Thanks to those who joined AIIM and your colleagues at ARMA Pittsburgh at this educational event on social media to honor our former colleague colleague Carl E. Weise’s legacy as a great educator on information governance across email, social media and other emerging technologies.

    ARMA Pittsburgh 2015-09-16 Myrna Weise and Jesse Wilkins. Photo CC BY-NC-ND (c) 2015 Angel Ramos
    Special guest Mrs. Myrna Weise and our AIIM speaker Mr. Jesse Wilkins at ARMA Pittsburgh’s Carl E. Weise memorial seminar on “A ‘Social’ on Social Media Governance.” Photo used by permission of Angel Ramos. (c) 2015 Angel Ramos CC BY-NC-ND

All meetings (unless otherwise noted) are held at 5:30 pm at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA

ARMA Pittsburgh offers events and programs on a wide range of topics. In addition to the monthly programs, we also offer a tour each year of a local venue.

We have CRM-credentialed volunteers who will assist those interested in furthering their professional development by applying for CRM accreditation. If interested, please contact us for upcoming study dates.

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