Meet the AIIM Team - Betsy Fanning

By Felicia Dillard posted 06-17-2014 18:12


Behind the AIIM logo is a group of passionate and dedicated professionals focused on serving our wonderful community of information professionals.

Together, we are AIIM!

This week we meet Betsy Fanning, Director, Standards and Chapter Relations. She started with AIIM in February 1998. It was the 2nd , Ground Hog day! ….and has been repeating her success every day since.

Betsy is from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA) area, born in Sewickley, PA. She grew up in Moon Township, PA. Her father had a drug store in a local community, Coraopolis. Moon Township was given one of the first moon rocks, which was pretty cool at the time. Coraopolis was a manufacturing town in its heyday with companies like Dravo and Pittsburgh DeMoines nearby where all of the Navy and Marine ships were built and launched into the Ohio River. She spent many years on the opposite side of Pittsburgh in Monroeville working for Westinghouse. She says, “Pittsburgh is rather polar in that people who live in the west never go to the east and vice versa. I never really adopted the Pittsburghese way of talking. There is a whole dialect that Pittsburghers have!”

Betsy now lives in Northern Virginia, with “the cutest Westie around”, Alex. She says her brother, who is staying with her, is a real trooper for everything he does to help her. That’s what family is for, right? Always there when you need them. Let’s meet Betsy.

Betsy Fanning

Director, Standards and Chapter Relations

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Twitter account: @bfanning

What do you do and what do you love about it?

At AIIM, I am responsible for our standards program and our chapters. I love interacting with the members. We have some great members that are very talented and knowledgeable. In addition to being a member of the Company of Fellows, I also have the pleasure of working with the elite group of AIIM Fellows. Each year, I administer the AIIM Board of Directors Nomination and election and the AIIM Awards Program. I love talking and working with our members sharing how great AIIM is. I think one of the greatest things about AIIM is that we get to do so many diverse tasks and learn so much about various facets of business. When I think back over my 16 year career at AIIM I am astonished at and proud of all the many things that I have been responsible for. I have grown and learned so much.

Describe yourself using 3 words only.

Dedicated. Knowledgeable. Caring.

What are you proudest of?

Professionally, I am proud of the content I have developed and the standards that I have helped to be published. Personally, I am proud of the family to which I belong, we may be a bit crazy but we are family.

What movie, no matter how many timse you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?

American President (I even have 3 DVDs of the movie!)

Summer or Winter?

Summer, definitely. I hate the cold, but love to see the snow. I wish it would just snow, let me see it, then melt immediately and go to 80 degrees.

What do you do for fun?

I love to garden and do crafts like knitting, counted cross stitch and many other things. My newest hobby is growing orchids. Lately, walks with Alex are a highlight of the day. I like to walk on beaches and curl up with a good book (paper preferable) and a hot cup of tea in front of a fireplace. When I am not walking, I love to swim and golf. In the fall, I am an avid Steelers fan.

Go AIIM Team!

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