2024 AITP Jackson Awards Banquet

  • January 25, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Market Street, Flowood, MS, USA 155 Market Street Flowood, MS 39232

Join us for a night of celebration at the Amerigo Italian Restaurant on Market Street in Flowood, MS, USA. The 2024 AITP Jackson Awards Banquet is a not-to-be-missed event where we honor the outstanding achievements of individuals in the tech industry. Get ready to mingle with like-minded professionals, enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, and applaud the remarkable winners. This in-person event promises an unforgettable evening filled with laughter, inspiration, and networking opportunities. Mark your calendars and be part of this prestigious gathering!


Our Mississippian of the Year for 2023 Bobby Freeman

Bobby Freeman was named the Director of the Mississippi Cyber Unit by Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Executive Director Baxter Kruger on 1 January 2023. Prior to joining the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, Freeman served full-time as the Cyber Operations Officer for the Mississippi Army National Guard. With the Mississippi Army National Guard, Bobby mobilized to Iraq in 2009 with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team as the Company Commander for the Brigade’s Signal Company. He also mobilized domestically with the Mississippi Army National Guard’s Cyber Protection Team detachment in 2018 and 2021.

Bobby has over 25 years of military experience in information technology and security. He earned his Master of Science in Cybersecurity from Liberty University in 2020 and a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. He has received extensive information technology and cybersecurity training through the military and currently holds industry certifications including CompTIA’s Advanced Security Practitioner, Security+, GIAC's Cyber Threat Intelligence, and the EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker.

AITP began as the National Machine Accountants Association back in the 1950s, and an active chapter was formed in Jackson at this time. With the advent of powerful, mainframe computers and the accompanying staffs, the name was soon changed to DPMA (Data Processing Management Association) to focus more on the processing of all types of data. However, with the proliferation of personal and mid-range computers, this name also became dated, and effective in 1997 the association members changed its name to AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals).

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