March 2019 SIM Member Monthly Meeting


The Unique Challenges of IT Management

for a Houston's Sports Team

Chris Hanz


Okpara Young

Director of IT

Jeff Schmitz

VP of IT

Come out to Minute Maid Park to hear a special panel discussion from the IT leaders of the Astros, Rockets and Texans.  You will learn how each are managing their unique information technology landscape, from infrastructure challenges to the fan experience:


  • The Fan experience - how do they stay competitive through technology to “wow” the fans

  • Staying up on technologies - namely with connectivity tools such as Wi-Fi and DAS

  • IT vendor management – working with traditional vs. non-traditional vendors


You will have a unique opportunity for a private tour of Minute Maid Park. Tour time starts

promptly at 4:30 PM CST. Networking, Beer, Wine, Ball Park fare start at 5:30 PM CST.


  • Chris Hanz, VP & CIO, Houston Astros

  • Jeff Schmitz, VP IT, Houston Texans

  • Okpara Young, Director IT/Telecom, Houston Rockets

  • Ken Piddington, CIO, SGR Energy – Moderator


  • Parking is FREE and will be available at the Houston Astros controlled lots located at Texas Ave. and Hamilton St.

  • Entrance to the event will be at the Right Field Gate, located at Preston St. and Hamilton St. 

  • Event will be held in the Champion’s Pavilion at the Torchy’s Deck

If you are not a SIM Houston member, there is an easy way to come to this event. 

Email and we will get you signed up and a seat at this great event!

Ken Piddington

Panel Moderator

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