Spotlight on Clark Morrow and a Testimonial to the power of networking within SIM

I would like to share my story on how SIM helped me land my new CIO position. It was last February and things had been going well at my previous company. Seven months earlier I had been promoted to the executive team of the company in the role of VP of Information Services after a year of leading the IT organization through a major technology and process transformation. IT was seen as a strategic partner in creating a business platform to grow the business. It was fun going to work each day because we were making big improvements in the business. In February, management presented the new private equity owners with some interesting business options. Just as we were about to start major IT projects like a new ERP system, a new e-commerce system and a business intelligence system, these projects were put on hold to fund new strategic initiatives. Very rapidly, I went from looking to fill IT leadership positions reporting to me, to having those positions put on hold and then to having my position eliminated.

The day after my position was eliminated, I attended an executive networking session. I enjoyed meeting new people and helping them network, but it was the SIM Members-In-Transition group that helped me rapidly land the next position. I attended the MIT calls and the MIT meetings. Our own Joe Puglisi and Christopher Bernard who lead many of the MIT calls were instrumental in networking me into the new job.

A member of the board of advisors of my new company had contacted Joe Puglisi saying that he was working with a company doing a confidential search for a CIO. Joe mentioned the position to Christopher Bernard. Christopher had heard my « elevator » speeches at the MIT meetings and thinking there might be interest he gave me a call. After I expressed interest, Christopher sent my resume to the advisor. I had a phone screen with the advisor and then with the hiring CEO. That was quickly followed by interviews. On April 24th, I started my new position at Flo-Tech, in Middletown Connecticut. Flo-Tech provides managed print services for IT departments and manufacturers printer toner cartridges.

In the two years that I have been a Fairfield/Westchester SIM member, I have found the the guest speeches amazing and I have met numerous new friends and colleagues. One thing I was not anticipating was losing a job in February, interviewing in March and starting a new job in April. Without SIM I would not have heard about the opening and I’m sure that my search would have been longer. The MIT program is a truly valuable service. I hope I can give back to future Members In Transition.

While this transition was rather quick, looking on the bright side, the time off of work gave me extra time to spend with my two month old daughter and I still cherish that extra time.