All posts by Robert Hof

ISACA St. Louis Chapter President


President’s Message – Spring 2019

Dear fellow members,

Thank you for contributing towards our success during the 2018-2019 chapter year! I am pleased to report that ISACA St. Louis is making great progress against key member engagement initiatives outlined at the beginning of the year:

  • Eight events were held across Berkley, Chesterfield, Clayton, Frontenac, and The Hill. Three traditional breakfast technical sessions were supplemented with social and outreach events, such as our first #SheLeadsTech
    • 373 total registered attendees
    • 242 unique attendees (24% of existing membership and 90 potential new members)
  • Members and potential new members have been kept informed through new or relaunched communication tools:
  • Louis chapter membership has grown 8% over the past year and 14% over the past two years; faster than peers such as Denver, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Great results are made possible through engaged volunteers, please consider joining the chapter board as we deliver on the next set of exciting member-focused initiatives are planned for the 2019-2020 chapter year. I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual general meeting & member social at the Axe House STL on May 23rd at 5:30pm!



Robert Hof

ISACA St. Louis Chapter President


On Target – Member Social and Annual General Meeting May 23

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Celebrate our 2018-2019 successes with an evening of networking, great food and flying sharp objects!


  • 5:30 – 6:00pm: Annual General Meeting and Safety Briefing
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm: Sugarfire 44 BBQ served, Axe Throwing & Social Networking

This free event is limited to chapter members, availability is limited to the first 60 registrants. Feel free to attend even if you do not plan to participate in the axe throwing activity. Please refer to the Axe House FAQ for additional detail, including venue rules and regulations.


CPE – 1 hour of CPE Available


Ratification of Updated Bylaws by Chapter Membership

Bylaws widely vary from organization to organization, but generally cover topics such as the purpose of the organization, who are its members, how directors are elected, how meetings are conducted, and what officers the organization will have and a description of their duties. As a matter of good organizational governance, bylaws are regularly revisited to ensure they remain aligned to current best practices.

The Chapter Board has updated the current ISACA St Louis Chapter Bylaws (2015)  to align with the current template provided by ISACA International – resulting in the ISACA St Louis Chapter Bylaws (2019). The 2019 revision has been  unanimously approved by the Chapter Board as well as ISACA International. In order to become effective, the general chapter membership must ratify the updated bylaws.

PLEASE VOTE using the ballot that has been sent to your ISACA membership email address of record!

In addition to the results of email-based voting, a vote will be held during the Annual General Meeting on May 23rd at 5:30pm at the Axe House STL to satisfy parliamentary requirements for ratification.


Managing Risk within the Intelligent Automation Lifecycle

Managing Risk within the Intelligent Automation Lifecycle Presentation

Presentation Description:

Intelligent automation is changing the world of business right before our eyes. The new wave of advanced technologies has the power to exponentially increase enterprises’ speed, scale, quality and precision to drive never-before-seen levels of operational efficiency. Given its clear benefits and countless use cases, it’s no wonder intelligent automation has taken off. As organizations embark on this broad and important digital transformation journey, it is critical we maintain focus on related risk, governance, and controls, as well as consider Intelligent Automation’s role and impact on Internal Audit and SOX. This presentation will focus on 3 key topics:

– Evolving Uses of Intelligent Automation

– Governance and Risk Management Considerations for the Intelligent Automation Lifecycle

– Opportunities to Leverage Intelligent Automation in Internal Audit and SOX


Bryan McGowan: Bryan is a Partner with KPMG, and leads the St. Louis Risk Consulting Practice. Outside of his local role, Bryan has responsibility for KPMG’s IT Internal Audit Product Development team nationally, which includes intelligent automation and other evolving technologies.

Nana Amonoo-Neizer: Nana is a Manager in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice. Nana is part of KPMG’s IT Internal Audit – Intelligent Automation product development team designing automated solutions to evaluate the risk and controls of organizations’ business processes.


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#SheLeadsTech Panel Discussion and Networking March 28

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ISACA St. Louis Hosting #SheLeadsTech Event March 28th!

Join us on Thursday, March 28th, at 5:30PM for a FREE after-hours networking event and panel discussion as part of ISACA International’s #SheLeadsTech initiative.

Open to the technology community and sponsored by ISACA St. Louis, the local chapter of ISACA International, this program will highlight the concrete initiatives being undertaken by leaders right here in St. Louis to increase the representation of women in technology leadership roles and the tech workforce!

Appetizers and beverages will be served!



5:30 – 6:00pm – Check-In & Networking

6:00 – 7:00pm – Panel Discussion

  • Ladan Kamfar, Emerging Technology Partnership Lead at Bayer & “St. Louis Women in Tech Exchange” Founder and Organizer
  • Haley Shoaf, Vice President of Impact at LaunchCode
  • Beth Casagrand, Director of Youth Programs, GlobalHack
  • Pamela Hermann, Vice President of Project Management at Altice USA & “Women in Cable Telecommunications” Midwest Chapter Advisor

7:00 – 7:30pm – Networking



RISE Collaborative Workspace
8820 Ladue Road, Suite 220
St. Louis, MO 63124
(PLENTY of parking behind the building)


Cost: Free

CPE: 1 hour CPE available