• May 17, 2022

Celebrating 32 Years of Rocket Software with Community Day

On April 14, Rocketeers from across the globe celebrated Rocket Software’s 32nd anniversary and our annual Community Day!

The world has faced immense challenges and struggles over the last few months, so we encouraged all Rocketeers to exemplify our core values of Empathy, Humanity, Trust, and Love, and take paid time off to give back to their communities and volunteer with charitable organizations they care deeply about.

Celebrating our anniversary while giving back is an important part of our organization. Rocket was founded on April 16, 1990, when our Executive Chairman Andy Youniss began writing the first lines of mainframe assembler code for our first product. That product helped customers manage, govern and optimize access of their Db2 data through IBM’s Query Management Facility. Thirty-two years later, IBM QMF is still widely used by hundreds of customers around the globe and continues to be enhanced and modernized by a team of talented Rocketeers. Since then, our capabilities and pursuits as a company have only grown.

We’re lucky to have so many talented team members, and we hope this day brought them all closer to their communities. Here’s a look at how some of the Rocket team spent Community Day:

Katherine Gill helped fight hunger in Beaufort, South Carolina

Todd Elliot sorted and boxed food in Kansas City, Missouri

Swababd Bhanej and the HR team in Pune volunteered at a nursing home

A team in Naples, Florida, including our CIO Darlene Williams, dedicated their time at Meals of Hope to help address hunger

Brian Cram and family made a donation to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center – also known as “Friends of the Sea Lion” — in Laguna Beach, California

A group of Rocketeers spent the day at the Houston Food Bank

Bruce Holt volunteered at the Colorado Weld County Food Bank

Marguerite Kerr and Kelly Collins spent time at Open Table, a food pantry in Maynard, Massachusetts

A group of volunteers spent the day helping the Communities United preschool in Lexington, Massachusetts

Kate Wheat celebrated the day by making dinner for a sick neighbor awaiting surgery

Lisa Weinberg spent her afternoon cleaning up her own neighborhood

Rocketeers from Lithuania spent the afternoon cleaning a local park

John Crossno spent his day participating in an escort and military burial services for a WWII Veteran

Milan Shetti 5 Posts

Milan Shetti is Rocket's President and CEO. He joined Rocket in 2020 as President, Z Systems Business Unit. Prior to joining Rocket, Milan held various senior executive leadership positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, both as a business leader and technologist. He was most recently the SVP and General Manager of the Storage and Big Data Business Unit, and was previously CTO for HPE’s Datacenter Infrastructure group covering Compute, Storage and Networking products. Milan holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Minnesota and MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. He has served on various program teams evaluating research papers, and enjoys mentoring as well as reading scientific journals—especially publications from the IEEE and ACM.

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