Candidates for 2014-2015 Board

RMOUG Board of Directors campaign statements for 2014-2015

List of nominees


Ron Bich

Campaign Statement

Joining RMOUG in 1997 Ron became and active volunteer in 2000 and a Board Member in 2002.   He has worked on improving member benefits without increasing costs to members.   Working as a volunteer his goals have been directed towards increasing member benefits and involvement.    His volunteer work includes many board positions and actively participating in volunteer roles through the years such as TD volunteers, Newsletter Mailings and editing, IS Web and member system, etc…  As a continued Board Member Ron has proven he will continue to work towards enhancing member benefits.

Qualifications and Biography:

With each of the positions Ron has held within the Board of Directors for RMOUG he has worked towards improving and maintaining benefits RMOUG offers to its members.    As IS Director he restructured our IS systems with a member volunteer team, as President his leadership provided a solid direction for the Board to follow to work towards enhancing their area membership benefits, he initiated a team effort to change our corporate structure to a nonprofit status and maintain your benefits without increasing your costs.   During his tenure as Membership Director he organized volunteer areas, coordinating available volunteers with tasks identified by each of our Board Members.


Chris Chase

Campaign Statement

Mr Chase is a long time member of RMOUG and has served as the leader of the Hyperion/EPM special interest group (SIG) for the past 3 years.  He is a frequent speaker at RMOUG meetings, the Hyperion/EPM SIG, and at the annual Training Days conference, as well as other local conferences and national conferences such as Oracle Open World, Collaborate, and KScope.  Chris is also a member of the board of directors for the Colorado chapter of the Oracle Apps Users Group ( and is also an active member of ODTUG.  Mr Chase would like to continue service to the Colorado information technology community with RMOUG as a member of the board of directors.

Qualifications and Biography:

Chris Chase is a managing partner with The Bean Group.

  • Hyperion Planning and Essbase professional with over 20 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing corporate IT solutions using OLAP and OLTP databases and object oriented programming languages

  • Strong presentation skills ranging from technical to analytical presentations given to all levels including C-Level executives

  • Self-motivated problem solver with strong analytical skills and an ability to develop and maintain a high level vision, while also working hands-on to complete detailed, complex tasks

  • Proven team leader with strong managerial skills and an ability to quickly master new technologies and understand how they fit into a corporate technology strategy


Bobby Curtis

Campaign Statement

My name is Bobby Curtis and I’m seeking re-election as the Social Media Director for the board of directors for RMOUG.  After serving on the board over the last year, I have learned a great deal about how the user group runs and how we can continue to improve over time.  By being a part of the RMOUG board of Directors I have been able to focus more on community relations and how to continue to improve the group as time moves forward.

In the past, I have a severed on many boards to include, the youth baseball league here in Georgia. As a board member for the youth baseball league, I severed as a general board member and ended my tenor as President.  Over time, I was able to build relationships with other board members that helped the organization improve and become a facility known for youth sports.   Due to my commitments with work and the Oracle Community, I resigned from the league in 2012; yet still remain as a sounding board for some of the remaining board members at the park.

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to present on a variety of stages from my local Georgia Oracle User Group (GOUSER), RMOUG TD 2013, and Oracle Open World in 2012/2013. These presenting opportunities have allowed me to spread the word of RMOUG as a valuable regional user group during presentations, webinars and Oracle meetings outside the state of Colorado and into other regional area providing RMOUG additional exposer to a new audience.

Qualifications and Biography:

My position as a Senior Technical Consultant with Enkitec, offers me incredible support from my company to be involved in my local and remote user groups. I hope to be a positive resource within the RMOUG board of directors and of assistance to other board members through collaboration and skills that will continue to make RMOUG the successful Oracle User Group it is today.

Please elect me for the 2014-2015 year.


Vincent Giasolli

Campaign Statement

I have worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the Special Interest Group director.   I first became a member of RMOUG in 2000. I strongly support and believe in RMOUG and working with the RMOUG BOD has provided insight into how a successful organization is run.  I volunteered at many RMOUG Training Days, most recently in 2013 and 2012, and am consistently impressed by the presentations and organization.  A second year on the RMOUG BOD will provide more opportunity to help RMOUG grow and succeed.

Qualifications and Biography:

Vincent Giasolli has been using Oracle and the Oracle E-Business Suite since 1992.  He is currently working in downtown Denver in the Oil and Gas industry. He has been employed across industry segments including Manufacturing, Government, Financial, Medical, and Real Estate.  as a DBA, Developer, Data Architect, Software Engineer, Ombudsman and Project Manager.  He has a Masters in Computer Science and is an Oracle Certified Professional.


Dan Hotka

Campaign Statement

I have been a regular contributor to RMOUG for well over a decade now.  I used to run a user group in Iowa where we too had a Training Day and I modeled the event after your Training Days event.  I am the current president of the Iowa Oracle Users Group (, where I do most of the meeting arrangements.  I have a lot of trade show experience, having spent a considerable amount of time working with several software vendors.  I have been a regular contributor to your RMOUG SQL magazine.  I appreciate the Training Days and quarterly meeting speaking slots I have done for you in the past.  I have quite the following of RMOUG members at each of your events.  I receive a lot of positive feedback from both the RMOUG board and various attendees.

I am looking forward to serving on the RMOUG board in whatever capacity is asked of me.

Qualifications and Biography:

Dan Hotka is a training specialist and an Oracle ACE Director who has over 32 years experience in the computer industry, over 27 years of experience with Oracle products.  His experience with the Oracle database dates back to the v4.0 days.


Mark James

Campaign Statement

I have had the pleasure of working for the RMOUG Board of Directors in the capacity of Membership Director over the 2013-2014 term.  I have also assisted with initiatives for RMOUG Scholarships, Newsletter Article Reviews, Annual Training Days Event Planning and New RMOUG Membership Portal Review over the last year as well.  I would be honored to continue working with RMOUG and being a member of the RMOUG BOD for the 2014-2015 term, so please accept this as my official campaign for consideration in the next RMOUG BOD election.

Qualifications and Biography:

Mark James has over 15 years of IT Experience, mainly as an Oracle Database Administrator, while also being highly skilled on numerous other major database vendor platforms as well.  He has been an OCP since Oracle 8i through all versions up to 11g.  He holds a BS in Accounting (1993), an MBA in Finance and Accounting (1997) and an MSCIS Degree in Database Technologies (2000).  He taught Master’s Level Database Technologies Courses for almost 10 years at Regis University and has been teaching Master’s Level Database Technologies Courses for the University of Denver (DU) for over 8 years.  He has worked as a DBA for several major companies in diverse business lines such as Internet Services, Telecom, Finance, Healthcare, Defense, Automotive, Energy, Oil and Gas.


Andreas Katsaris

Campaign Statement

My first goal would be to engage RMOUG members and solicit systematic feedback in order to assess potential SIG groups that can be formed. Following that I will plan and organize these groups and engage local RMOUG members but also industry recognized speakers that may regularly present in order to maintain interest and attract new members. My expectation is to leverage existing and new contacts from my network to attract new members and grow the RMOUG SIGs to a level that they attract out of state attendance.

Biographical Information:

My extensive background in IT (19 years) includes technical positions as a C++ developer, Oracle DBA, technical manager, data warehouse architect and OBIEE/ODI developer/architect in a variety of industries and environments. For the last 8 years I have been part of Arisant, LLC and as a co-founder and senior partner I have had to opportunity to grow my experience in the areas of Product Management, Account Management, marketing and business development. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many customers in the US as well as several countries in Europe and gain invaluable experiences.

I have been attending and presenting at RMOUG for several years (in a very non-regular and not predictable manner, I am afraid to say!) and feel that my time has finally come, to offer my time and expertise to RMOUG.

I believe my unique combination of technology and management skills will be invaluable to RMOUG.


Art Marshall

Campaign Statement

Having been a volunteer at RMOUG Training Days and an RMOUG website volunteer technician, I am poised to take on additional responsibilities to assist with the planning and the direction of the group for the coming year.  Being involved with RMOUG during the past several years has been a great knowledge gaining, rewarding experience for me, and I wish to contribute my efforts to the good and growth of the organization in return.

Qualifications and Biography:

I have worked in the IT industry since 1980, having used various database systems from then on, including my first exposure to Oracle in 1991. My Oracle responsibilities started with platform migration, then query and Forms development, and then those of a database administrator since 1997, in both production and development environments, including those of non-clustered, Data Guard, and RAC. Versions that I have been involved with include 6, through 12.  With this long-term involvement in IT, I have a strong commitment to continually expand my knowledge of important Oracle database technologies, and to facilitate the usage and sharing of that knowledge with others.


Dr. Robert Mason

Campaign Statement

I have worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the scholarship director.  In addition, I presented at the RMOUG Training Days 2014 on the subject of Hadoop Pig Programming and I volunteered as a room monitor for 5 sessions.  I enjoy working with the RMOUG BOD and it provides an opportunity for community service.  I first became involved with RMOUG in 1999.  At one of the RMOUG meetings I was recruited by Regis University (Don Archer) as an affiliate faculty member in the SCIS Database Technologies program where I taught Oracle classes for 10 years on a part-time basis.  Later I joined Regis as a full-time faculty member in 2011 after completing my Ph.D.  Over the years I have presented many times at RMOUG Training Days.  I have always been impressed by the high quality of the presenters and participants at Training Days and other RMOUG events.  I hope that you will consider me for another term on the RMOUG BOD.

Biographical Information:

Bob Mason joined Regis University as a full-time assistant professor in January, 2011.  Prior to accepting this position with Regis, he was employed by various Fortune 500 companies for 25 years as a DBA, Data Architect and Software Engineer.  He was also an affiliate faculty member at Regis for 10 years. His Ph.D. dissertation research was focused on the resolution of the interoperability gap challenges that exist between Learning Object Repositories & Learning Management Systems using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

  • Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – August, 2011
  • MBA with an emphasis in CIS from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX – 1992
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN – 1981.


Chris Ostrowski

Campaign Statement

I have worked on the RMOUG Board of Directors for the past year as the Vendor Representative.  I have presented at the RMOUG Training Days every year for the past 13 years (except 2006 and 2011).  I cherish the opportunity to work with the RMOUG BOD and contribute to the local Oracle community here in Denver.

My first interaction with RMOUG was back in 1996 – I attended RMOUG Training Days back when it was held at the Holiday Inn at Wadsworth and Hampden – I knew right then I had stumbled upon something special. To work with an organization as influential as RMOUG is a great honor to me, both as a presenter and a 3-time member of the board.

I sincerely hope that you will consider me for another term on the RMOUG BOD.

Biographical Information:

Chris Ostrowski is an Oracle Solution Architect Director for Avout in Colorado. He has worked with Oracle technologies for over 20 years as a Developer, DBA, Project Manager and Enterprise Architect. Recently, Chris has focused his efforts on Service Oriented Architecture technologies including Oracle JDeveloper, the Oracle SOA Suite and Enterprise Technologies including Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle’s Application Integration Architecture. He is the author of three books from Oracle Press, “Oracle Application Server 10g Web Development”, “The Oracle Application Server Portal Handbook” and the upcoming “Migrating to Fusion Applications”, is a certified Oracle SOA Implementation Champion and is a proud member of the Oracle ACE Program.


John Peterson

Campaign Statement

I have been doing Oracle related work since 1991, as a Developer, DBA and DBA supervisor.  Other IT experience, as a Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Administrator, Storage Administrator, Applications Database Administrator.  During my years on the board of directors with RMOUG, I have served as Board Vice President, VP/Treasurer, Treasurer, Secretary and Director of Scholarship/Education since 1999.  Have presented at quarterly educational workshops and at the annual Training Days conference.

Have volunteered for other committees such as Training Days. Have presented at other conferences.

Currently also serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Oracle Applications Users Group.

 I would be honored to serve on the RMOUG Board of Directors for another term.

Biographical Information:

Responsible for support in the day to day operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of relational database Management Systems (RDBMS) (Oracle 10g and later) at the Denver Federal Center and across the BLM.  Assure proper management of RDBMS systems, including log management, backup and recovery verification, point in time recovery capabilities, performance tuning, monitoring, documentation and troubleshooting. Work with Application and System Developers in the development and implementation of new RDBMS based systems and applications.