Colloquium: Modernizing COBOL the PNC Way

Posted on 9/30/2008 11:13:50 PM

Presented by Ms. Linda Lutes, Eric Meredith, Kimberly Jones, Chris Comfort, and Mark Boyd from PNC Bank

Wednesday October 8, 2008

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in 201 Weyandt Hall

Followed by a meeting with students at 301 Stright Hall from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

About the Speakers

Linda Lutes has seventeen years of experience at PNC, where she is currently a vice president and system director of Customer Information Technology. Linda has twenty-five years of work experience in Finance. She has a master’s degree in Information Science and an MBA from Duquense University and an undergraduate degree in Information Sciences from Robert Morris. Linda is also PMI Certified.

Eric Meredith started his career as a retail manager before returning to the University of Pittsburgh to study information technology in the early 1980s. Since that time, he has held an IT career spanning twenty-eight years in the consulting, communications, manufacturing, utility, transportation, and banking industries. Meredith joined PNC Financial Services Group in 1994 as a developer, later managed the Advanced Technology Group, and is now chief architect. In his spare time, he enjoys learning to play the piano, performing sleight of hand, and studying Tang Soo Do karate, in which he has attained the rank of fourth degree black belt.

Kimberley Jones started working in technology in 1985 as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Army while living in Germany. Her experience has spanned many different technical areas in the full gamut of technology, including Help Desk/Support, Network Engineering, and Application Development focusing on Securities and Brokerage applications to the current role of technology project management. She joined PNC as a software engineer in the Capital Markets team in 2002 and now works in the Risk Management and Shared Services Technology area. Kimberley graduated with a B.S. from Slippery Rock University. She enjoys spending her free time reading.

Chris Comfort has been with the PNC TPS organization for seven years and currently is the serving as a business analyst, project manager, and most recently as the application manager for the Vested Interest 401k and BPM (Business Process Management) technologies. Chris is responsible for managing various college recruiting initiatives, including intern, undergraduate, and management associate programs. He has ten years of experience in Information Technology in various disciplines.

Mark Boyd is senior consulting IT specialist with the Rational brand at the IBM Corporation. He specializes in helping mainframe customers modernize their assets, architectures, processes, and skills. Mark has worked at IBM for over thirty-one years, having been a product engineer, facilities engineer, client representative, sales specialist, and technical specialist. Mark has a mechanical engineering degree from The Ohio State University. He is married and has three grown children.