SIM National Board Elections

The 2020 SIM National Nominating Committee has finalized the slate of nominees for 2021 and has received approval from the SIM National Board of Directors to distribute to the SIM membership for a vote. Of the nine board positions, two board members are up for re-election and one board seat will be vacant on December 31, 2020. The SIM National Board of Directors have also voted to expand the board to include two new Director positions for 2021, for a total of 11 board seats. Director positions are three year terms and begin on January 1, 2021.

The slate of nominees is as follows:
  • Joseph Bruhin
  • John Buccola
  • Richard Hook
  • Susan Malisch
  • Jeffrey Stovall
Please review the nominee's biographical information below. A link to the ballot will be emailed to active SIM members. If you did not receive a ballot, please email for assistance.

Voting will be open until 6:00 PM ET on December 15, 2020.

Joe Bruhin


Mr. Bruhin has nearly 30 years as an information technology professional and leader. 

Currently he is Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Breakthru Beverage Group, serving on Breakthru’s Executive Leadership Team. Joe is responsible for overseeing the implementation and execution of a holistic IT Strategic Plan, driving Breakthru’s increased focus on digital transformation and developing a world class IT organization.

Prior to this, he was the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Constellation Brands Inc, responsible for all aspects of people, process, technology and business leadership for Information Technology across the Globe. He directed all aspects of the organization’s information technology activities supporting the organization's overall strategic goals

He is an innovative, top performing Senior Technology Executive with progressive experience identifying and implementing innovative technology to drive growth. His superb academic preparation (MBA), combined with his inherent ability to lead has fostered a reputation as the “go-to” leader for IT strategies, solutions and implementations. Aligning organizations to the right IT strategic imperatives, creating engaged IT teams and empowering both IT and non-IT employees to succeed is a specialty.

He has a passion for new, innovative digital technology solutions. Coupled with his uniquely strong ability to partner with top leaders across global organizations to develop and implement innovative business technology solutions, he has earned the reputation of a truly transformation IT leader who will dependably deliver value to any area of a global business.

Mr. Bruhin has served as Vice President of Information Systems at Diageo, where he developed technology vision, strategy, and business process and systems solutions for the North American business. He served as VP of Global HR Systems where he was responsible for developing and implementing Diageo’s custom Global People Performance Management System, aligning several large global organizations onto a single unified People Performance Management system.

Mr. Bruhin also served the CIO for Diageo’s Australian business in Sydney, Australia, where he created and implemented an IT strategy to transition from legacy applications to state of the art technologies, bringing the technology footprint into alignment with global solutions and creating a high performing IT team.

He serves as Treasurer on the Society for Information Management (SIM) National Board of Directors. SIM is the largest international network of senior IT leaders, consisting of nearly 5,000 members across approximately 40 chapters in the US and Canada. He is a graduate of the SIM Regional Learning Forum (RLF), and a long-standing member of the SIM Advanced Practices Council (APC) which is a CIO think-tank that focuses on research related to emerging and new to world technologies and IT practices. 

Mr. Bruhin is a transformational business leader with a track record of creating business value by leading breakthrough performance in IT. He is recognized as a motivational leader and mentor who creates an environment for success, creates high performing teams and inspires technology leadership. 

He earned his undergraduate as well as his Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Connecticut. 

Joe is the Chapter Representative of the following Chapters: Albany, Central Florida, Detroit, Minnesota, Northeast Ohio, Research Triangle Park, South Florida, Toronto and Western NY.

John Buccola  

John Buccola serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Profit Enhancement Systems, the most tenured and respected technology expense management firm in the United States. He is responsible for both client delivery and product enhancement for PES' next generation spend platform. Prior to PES, Buccola was CIO for WASH, North America's premier provider of multifamily housing services, where he was recognized by MIT and Microsoft for his work in advanced analytics. John also held CIO and IT leadership roles at Panavision and Alliance Healthcare. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and technology from the University of La Verne.

Mr. Buccola is a past-Chairperson for SIM Southern California and has served on the chapter board since 2003. He is one of the founders of our Enclave® program and its inaugural and current Program Chair. He is also a member of the SIM National Chapter Advisory Council. In addition to SCSIM, he also serves as a board member of several private and non-profit organizations.

Rich Hook

Rich Hook

Richard A. Hook is the Chief Information Officer for Penske Corporation and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG). Penske Corporation is a closely-held, on-highway, diversified transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, transportation component manufacturing and professional motorsports. Penske Corporation manages businesses with revenues of $26 billion, and employing more than 50,000 people worldwide. 

Rich has over 20 years’ experience as an information technology professional and business leader. Prior to being named CIO, Rich was the VP of IT Infrastructure for Penske Automotive Group and before joining Penske in 2009, he held various positions at Arthur Andersen LLP, H&R Block Financial Advisors and Federal-Mogul Corporation.

Rich holds a BBA from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Rich is also a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Detroit chapter and SIM Advance Practices Council (APC). 


Susan Malisch

Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan leads the development and implementation of the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and delivers IT services that support student learning, faculty research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service. Ms. Malisch frequently contributes in significant roles beyond IT at Loyola. Prior to joining Loyola, Ms. Malisch held technology leadership roles at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, and ATT (formerly Southwestern Bell Communications). Ms. Malisch is the recipient of several leadership awards, including the 2016 SIM Leader of the Year Award and the 2010 CIO of the Year award from the SIM Chicago Chapter, the Executives Club of Chicago and Association of IT Professionals. Ms. Malisch is a past President and current Trustee for the SIM Chicago Chapter and volunteers with a number of educational and professional organizations. When asked why she would like to serve as a SIM board member, Ms. Malisch shared the following: “SIM is our community – our active engagement and participation is essential to maintain a vibrant, relevant and “connected” experience. As our profession evolves, so too, SIM seeks to evolve services and offerings to ensure we are informed, aware and competitive. Years of experience as a volunteer board member and leader has deepened my understanding of the mission, planning, and operations of a professional association. The competitive landscape for non-profit associations has grown in recent years with many market players offering similar programming in for-profit models. Ours is the only professional association run by an all-volunteer board that promotes and supports our business technology leadership/CIO community, and also gives back, and invests in, the local chapter communities. The combined capabilities and awareness of some of the challenges and opportunities facing professional associations, coupled with my commitment and passion for technology and leadership excellence, service in our community, and lifelong learning demonstrate both my ability and desire to lend these skills to advance the mission of SIM.In addition to volunteer board service for the local Chicago SIM Chapter, I've previously served as a board member and member of the Financial Aid Committee for the Lycee Francais de Chicago, and have also served as Vice President and President for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities -Conference on IT Management (AJCU-CITM). I find the service on these volunteer boards to support the mission and vision of these groups that I so believe in to be very rewarding and one way that I can give back to the communities that have given me so much.”


Jeff Stovall

Jeff Stovall is a past-President of the Charlotte Region SIM Chapter and was host co-chair of the 2015 SIMposium. Jeff is a founding member of the Charlotte SIM Chapter and initiated the chapter’s Member-In-Transition program in 2016. In 2015, Jeff was named a SIM Leader of the Year. Jeff served as Chief Information Officer for the City of Charlotte, NC from 2008 to 2018. Under his leadership, the City of Charlotte achieved five consecutive “Top Ten Digital City” awards and managed the technology preparations for the successful 2012 Democratic National Convention. Jeff was recognized as one of Government Technology Magazine’s 2018 “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers”, the NCTA Public Sector CIO of the Year in 2017 and 2014, and 2017 InspireCIO (“Orbie”) Charlotte Nonprofit/Public Sector CIO of the Year. Jeff was cited as one of the “50 Most Important African Americans in Technology” from 2009 to 2012 by eAccess Corporation and is a member of the IT Senior Management Forum, having been on its membership committee since 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics, a position he has held since 2016. Currently, Jeff works with the Oracle State/Local Government Applications Strategy & Development team where he has responsibility for business development and go-to-market solutions for the CX SaaS applications team. Prior to the City of Charlotte, Jeff worked within the manufacturing and telecommunications industries in multiple executive and management functions. Jeff received his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an alumnus of the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia.