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TEMIA Elects Board, Ratifies Ethics Code

The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) announced Tuesday that it elected new members to its executive board and ratified a code of ethics at its annual meeting June 21.

Nineteen TEM companies and 32 attendees came to the annual meeting.

Trent McCracken, president of master agency Spectrum Inc., was elected secretary; Kevin Whitehurst, managing partner and co-founder of mindWireless IQ, was elected treasurer; and Ravi Padmanabhan, TEM service category leader at IBM Corp., was elected as an at-large board member.

There are four returning board members, who have served one year with one year remaining on their two-year terms. These include two officers: President Larry Foster, vice president and general manager of PINNACLE Software Solutions, a division of PAETEC; and Vice President Shahram Sharif, vice president of strategy and business development for Anatole. In addition, there are two at-large board members: Joe Chopek, president of Avalon Global Solutions, and John Perri, founder and CEO of Comview.

Outgoing board members include Secretary David Perdue, Treasurer Don Hobbs and at-Large board member Chris Mezzatesta.

In addition to the election, attendees and proxy votes from absentee members ratified TEMIA’s new Ethics Code, which creates industry standards for accuracy and truth in advertising, marketing, sales and all other forms of communication. It also states that members will seek to win on their strengths and not disparage competitors. The code requires members to disclose any potential conflicts of interest to clients.

It also calls for members that have evidence that another member or non-member may not be conforming to the principles of this Ethics Code, to notify the Ethics Committee (ethics@temia.org) for further review.

The idea of having it apply to non-members means that TEMIA will work to improve the entire industry,” according to a TEMIA press statement. In the next months, TEMIA will work to establish a balance implementing these standards while it works to avoid getting stuck in the morass of becoming a policing organization.”

“I believe the establishment of this Ethics Code is a game-changer for the association and the entire industry,” said TEMIA President Foster. “TEMIA has demonstrated how the power of collaboration can influence the industry for the betterment of our customers. TEMIA is poised to build upon the successes we have achieved and help our clients’ maximize their investments by streamlining their relationships with their technology supply partners.”

Founded in 2006, TEMIAs mission is to raise awareness and knowledge of TEM solutions and improve the ROI and service quality through the development, promotion and adoption of industry standards. TEMIA also seeks to cultivate shared industry knowledge among TEM providers, business partners, telecom service providers, and enterprise clients.


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