3 CS Week Highlights for Team AAC

3 CS Week Highlights for Team AAC

Two weeks ago Team AAC joined CSWeek.org and hundreds of attendees from utilities, vendors, and consultancies at the annual CS Week event. This year we occupied the Phoenix Convention Center and the Hilton Phoenix Suites in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some highlights:

Women in Utilities

AAC had the honor of being Elite Sponsor for CS Week’s Women In Utilities networking. The after hours event took place Tuesday evening and drew a crowd of more than 100 men and women interested in supporting #WomeninUtilities as an event and an initiative.

The aim of Women in Utilities is to promote women employees, supervisors, managers, and executives in the utility industry by supporting them, mentoring them, and responding to their unique needs. The annual CS Week networking event provides a live forum for women leaders to tell their stories and career paths with junior contributors.

We wrote about it with Denise Kruger here.

“I took joy in seeing women I hadn’t seen since last year,” said AAC’s Jeanne Bufkin who had a hand in organizing the gathering. “We had an amazing guest speaker, and the attendees thoroughly enjoyed hearing her guidance, suggestions, and lessons learned.”

Your Aging CIS: What’s Next and How to Move Forward

AAC also presented a CS Week College Class on what to do when you’re thinking of changing your utility’s mission critical (CIS, ERP, FMIS, etc.) system. Thirty utility professionals attended, asked dozens of challenging questions, and provided valuable insights into events happening at their own utility.

Managing Partners Steve Wenke and Rick Cutter walked the class through the phases of Assessment, Selection, and Implementation providing some insight into Team AAC’s NavigateOne methodology. Steve and Rick also led exercises wherein the attendees could begin planning their own CIS projects from identifying key resources inside the utility to organizing the RFP and through building the project team.

For the live tweets that complemented the session, click here.

The Aztec Room at the Arizona Biltmore

Each year we like to treat our valued clients to a unique local experience and in Arizona we found a rare jewel. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Aztec Room at the Arizona Biltmore provided the perfect elegant stage for our client appreciation dinner.

“We were so thrilled that our clients were able to spend a night with us, enjoying fantastic food and live music,” said Jeanne Bufkin.

The food was extraordinary from the Sonoran Chicken Tortilla Pin Wheel appetizers to the Prickly Pear Parfaits desserts. Our live music provided by NEON offered a taste of the Arizona music landscape and got everyone excited for Thursday’s street party.

Overall, this was the best CS Week in its existence. The landscape, accommodations, organization, and content all surpassed previous efforts. For his last event as COO, Jerry Duvall headed toward retirement with a clear win. Thanks to him for all he’s done to elevate this important industry event.

Thanks, CS Week for including Team AAC. See ya’ll next year!

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