Press Release
Regarding Randall Munson

For Immediate Release

Lisa Muenkel

COMMON to Recognize Outstanding Speakers at Fall 2000 Conference

CHICAGO, June 14, 2000 COMMON, the world's largest group of users involved with IBM and IBM-compatible information technology, will honor its Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame Medal Recipients at its Fall 2000 Conference and Solution Center, to be held Oct. 22-26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

COMMON established the Speaker Excellence Program to recognize presenters at its conferences whose sessions were exceptional in both content and delivery. The following speakers will be recognized in Baltimore for presentations given during

COMMON's Spring 2000 Conference:

Gold Medal Award

Randall Munson
Robert Tipton

Silver Medal Award

Robert Cozzi, Jr.
John Earl
Susan Ganter
Wayne Madden
Jon Parris
Jim Sloan
Frank Soltis
Greg Veal
Blair Wyman
Larry Youngren

Bronze Medal Award

Dr. Russell Barnes
Al Barsa
Dave Boutcher
Alison Butterill
Michael Cain
Robin Clark
Phil Coulthard
Wayne Evans
George Farr
Tom Hadley
Ron Harvey
Laura Knapp
Kelvin Lawrence
Skip Marchesani
Trevor Perry
Becky Schmieding
John Sears
Tim Simek
Clauss Weiss

"Speakers are one of COMMON's cornerstones. Without them, our organization could not deliver timely, insightful and useful information to conference attendees," said COMMON President Robert Cozzi, Jr., who is also a long-time COMMON speaker and Speaker Excellence silver medal recipient. "Through the Speaker Excellence Program, we are able to recognize some of the top speakers in the information technology industry for the exceptional quality of their presentations, which are essential to the success of COMMON conferences." Many of the speakers recognized will present their award-winning sessions at COMMON's Fall 2000 Conference in Baltimore. Information on COMMON's speakers and the Fall 2000 Conference and Solution Center is available on COMMON's Web site at COMMON Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame Awards are based on evaluation forms turned in by attendees following each session. Ratings are based on the average of responses to questions regarding session content; the speaker's presentation skills; the speaker's ability to communicate their knowledge of the topic; use of training aids; and the overall rating for the session. There were 660 qualified sessions presented at the Spring 2000 Conference.

The top 1 percent is awarded a Gold Medal; the next 2 percent a Silver Medal; and the next 4 percent a Bronze Medal.

For more information on COMMON or the Fall 2000 Conference and Solution Center, contact:

COMMON Headquarters
230 West Monroe, Suite 220
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 800.777.6734 or 312.279.0192
Fax: 312.279.0227

COMMON is the world's largest group of users involved with IBM and IBM-compatible information technology. The organization comprises more than 6,500 individual and corporate members representing more than 23,000 IT professionals involved with the application of IBM AS/400*, Netfinity* and related platforms within a wide variety of business environments. Through its semiannual national conferences and its Web site at, COMMON provides comprehensive education and knowledge-sharing opportunities for those involved in the application and optimization of IT within business environments.

COMMON has 40 years of experience in delivering quality education to its members. The organization is focused on the future and continues to evolve to meet the needs of today's networked world.

* Trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation

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