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AZ Tech Council
Austin Tech Council
California Technology Council
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Colorado Tech Assoc
Connecticut Tech Council
Howard Tech Council
Idaho Tech Council
Illinois Tech Assoc
The Tech Council of Greater Kansas
Mass Tech Leadership Council Inc.
Minnesota High Tech Assoc
Nashville Technology Council
North Carolina Tech Assoc
Northeast Ohio Software Assoc
New Hampshire High Tech Council
New Jersey Tech Council
New York Tech Council
OC Tech Alliance
Technology Assoc of Georgia
Technology Assoc of Kentucky
Tech Collective (Rhode Island)
Technology Assoc of Oregon
Tampa Bay Tech Forum
Technology Councils of NA
Utah Tech Council
Washington Tech Industry Association


Arizona Tech
Steven G. Zylstra Sc.D. (Hon.), President & CEO
Arizona Technology Council

Steven G. Zylstra Sc.D. (Hon.) serves as president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Technology Council, a role he assumed in December of 2007. He is responsible for strategy, development, operations and accomplishment of policy development, business goals and objectives and all financial matters related to the council. Zylstra is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona. He has served in numerous technology leadership and advisory roles to the governor and currently serves on several association, industry and community boards. He earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering technology from Western Michigan University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science in Technology from the University of Advancing Technology.


Doug Young, COO and Senior Vice President

Doug Young has been with The ASCII Group, the nation’s oldest community of independent solution providers, since 1995. ASCII provides its 1,000 small and medium sized business members with over 70 programs focused on savings, networking, marketing, and education, all of which are designed to strengthen the members’ businesses. Young has responsibility at ASCII for all membership issues as well as ASCII’s partnerships with several multibillion dollar distributors, and he is at the forefront of promoting the importance of the independent solution provider in the technology industry. He is also the co-creator and administrator of ASCII’s popular list serv, where ASCII members have traded over 100,000 messages on vendor recommendations, partnership opportunities, technical problem solving, and general business issues.

Before coming to ASCII, Young served as an attorney on Capitol Hill focusing on labor issues. In addition to his work at ASCII, he dedicates his time to several charitable activities, including Make-a-Wish as well as being Past President of Our Daily Bread in Fairfax, VA and the local University of Notre Dame alumni club. Young holds an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and a law degree from the College of William & Mary.


Austin Technology Council
Julie Huls, President & CEO
Austin Technology Council

Julie Huls is a thought leader and executive who has earned a distinguished reputation as a driver of enterprise in Austin, Texas. Accomplished in economic development, land development, business development, and community development, her notable successes include negotiating multi-million-dollar deals and leading successful organizational startups, expansions, and turnarounds. She is widely recognized by top executives as a visionary, take-charge leader and authoritative decision-maker who exhibits a rare combination of strategic awareness, analytical rigor, and relationship skills.

Currently Julie Huls serves as CEO and President of the Austin Technology Council, through which she serves as a national thought leader and champion of commerce, building productive partnerships among a diversity of private and public technology organizations with combined annual revenues of >$2 billion. Prior roles include VP of Operations for McCombs Enterprises and Marketing & Operations Director for Dwyer Realty Companies, both multi-million dollar real estate - land development companies. She also served as Executive Director and Advertising Consultant for TalkMedia, Inc., an Austin-based advertising agency.


California Technology Council
Matt Gardner, Chief Executive Officer
California Technology Council

Matt Gardner is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Technology Council and Co-Founder of the California Business Incubation Alliance. Matt is a co-founder, first employee and advisor to a number of startups, including Ruly, LNG Energy, Illusio and others.

In prior roles, Matt has been an advisor to incubators and accelerators including the Maryland Technology Development Center and Prospect Silicon Valley, and served as a Fellow (entrepreneur in residence) at the CommerceNet incubator in Palo Alto. He has advised on commercialization initiatives at institutions from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to the Gladstone Institutes, and from the Netherlands and Scotland to Australia and New Zealand. He developed an open innovation platform and strategic venture program for NYSE-traded REIT, BioMed Realty. He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business. Matt previously developed mentor networks, entrepreneurship and venture programs for the Bay Area Bioscience Association and the Technology Council of Maryland.

Matt has demonstrated leadership in the community through board memberships including the California Association for Local Economic Development, Team California, California Commission for Economic Development, the Alameda County Workforce Investment Board and Montgomery Works, the workforce board in Montgomery County, Maryland. He served as a founder and chair of the life science innovation boards for two members of Congress, Rep. Barbara Lee (California, 13th) and Rep. Jackie Speier (California, 14th). He is the co-author of legislation including Maryland’s angel investment credit and California’s net operating loss treatment. He has served on boards at the Council of State Bioscience Associations, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Matt chaired organizations including Seeding Labs and the State Medical Technology Alliance, and co-founded and chaired the California Biotechnology PAC, Maryland Venture Capital Task Force, Maryland Clinical Development Initiative, and US-Queensland Bioscience Business Council.

Matt is a contributing writer to START-UP Magazine. He is also executive producer of the radio program Tech Nation, heard on NPR, SiriusXM and American Forces Radio. His advocacy campaigns have won awards including the Silver Anvil Award of the Public Relations Society of America, for the BayBioIMPACT annual report, and an Emmy Award for the “Behind the Science of Life” television campaign.


Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Kristen Valerio Shock, Executive Director
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Kris Valerio Shock serves the thriving regional tech community as the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council. Shock brings an eclectic background to her role at CRTC starting with her first career as an actor, writer and producer. Following eight years in New York City, she returned to the Baltimore-Washington area and worked her way through "conventional business" boot camp including pounding the pavement selling wine to retail and restaurant accounts in Washington, D.C., nearly three years as Vice President of Membership for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, and Business Development Director at the Pomerantz Agency. Shock graduated from Towson University with a bachelor of science in fine arts and communication and is a member of the 2006 Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Class.


Colorado Tech
Wendy Nkomo, COO
Colorado Technology Association

Wendy Nkomo serves as the chief operating officer of the Colorado Technology Association. In this role, she excelled at identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability and achieve results. Prior to joining the association, Nkomo led a business transformation to enable aggressive growth as director of services & marketing at The Synergy Company, a manufacturer of organic dietary supplements and leader in sustainable business practices in Moab, Utah. Previously, Nkomo worked for Sun Microsystems for 11 years, predominantly as director of business operations. During her time at Sun, she excelled at identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability and achieve results. Nkomo served as a creative and perceptive business strategist displaying an exceptional ability to manage to outcomes and increase business value from people, process and technology assets in a variety of complex environments.

Earlier in her career, Nkomo directed the implementation of a new Oracle application as director of IT for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She also conducted demand-side management analysis and contributed to the development of proposals and programs focused on electric energy efficiency through load management as an economist at NEOS Corp. While pursuing graduate studies in Washington, D.C., she managed all support staff at McKinsey & Company and assisted with the launch of the McKinsey Global Institute. Nkomo holds a master of arts in economics from The American University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO

Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global information technology (IT) industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.

Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations. Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux’s love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (bachelor of science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (master’s degree in economics, 1997).


Tyler Orion, Interim President

Tyler Orion is currently serving as CONNECT’s Interim President. Having previously retired in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer of CONNECT, she sits on both the CONNECT Foundation and Association Boards. Orion served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance (RTA) from 2001 until its merger with CONNECT in 2005. Her career has included technology business development, defense conversion, manufacturing process improvement and business incubation, and she has operated several successful service firms, with an emphasis on emerging and early-stage technology.

Orion holds an MBA in Health Services Management. She currently serves on several boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum Executive Committee and CDC Small Business Finance, and she was an active volunteer with many of CONNECT’s programs and initiatives over the years. Orion has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to technology entrepreneurship.


Connecticut Tech Council
Matthew Nemerson, President & CEO
Connecticut Technology Council

Since mid-2003, Matthew Nemerson has been president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Technology Council, a trade association and public policy group dedicated to stimulating the growth of the state’s innovation economy. Previously, he was executive vice president and COO of Netkey Inc., a software firm that was acquired by NCR. Among his various
volunteer activities he chairs the New Haven Parking Authority, served on the Connecticut United Way Board, was on the New Haven Urban League and was a member of the Connecticut State Transportation Strategy Board. He is also treasurer and immediate past president of Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), an association of more than 50 technology councils and similar groups from almost every state and province in the United States and Canada. As part of TECNA, he led an effort to rebrand the group and helped add funding with the goal of creating a full-time staff and global policy role.


Howard Tech Council
Patrick Wynn, Executive Director
Howard Tech Council

With a background of nearly 30 years experience in strategic and consultative business development, Patrick brings excellent leadership to his role as Vice President, Technology and Innovation Strategy at the Howard County Economic Development Authority; serving as the Executive Director of the Howard Tech Council; and as an advisor to early stage companies. In less than a three year period, through Patrick's vision and leadership, the HTC has grown from a small community based tech council to one of the largest and most vibrant tech communities in Maryland.

Having been the Managing Director, Strategic Development at the CSO Breakfast Club; Vice President of Business Development at Sabera; and the National Sales Director for Lawson Software at Ernst & Young Technologies, Patrick leverages his solid background in cyber security, enterprise applications, wireless, banking, and strategic IT consulting markets. He has also held senior sales and management positions with Conklin & Conklin, ADP and Alcatel, among others. Patrick has a long successful track record engaging Fortune 1000 clients. He holds a BS degree from Salisbury University in Maryland.

Patrick’s qualifications include:

  • Building and Leading Successful Sales and Affinity Organizations
  • Development and Deployment of Channel/Alliance Strategies
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Advisor to Boards and Principals at Emerging Tech Firms
  • Turn Around Specialist for Under-performing Organizations


Patrick sits on the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Nominating committee; is a member of Infragard Maryland; has sat on the Maryland Governor’s Workforce Development Roundtable; and he has held a Top Secret Clearance.


Idaho Technology Council
Jay Larsen, Founder, President & CEO
Idaho Technology Council

Jay Larsen is founder and CEO/President of the Idaho Technology Council, a private sector organization focused on developing the innovative ecosystem in Idaho and the region. Larsen is a native Idahoan who graduated from Boise High School and obtained his BA from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Boise State. Telecommunication has been the industry where Jay has spent 20 years of his career, with start-up long-distance companies and has managed and led teams with U S WEST Cellular, AirTouch Cellular, Qwest Communication, and Verizon Wireless in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah. During these 20 years, Larsen led teams pioneering new wireless technologies and managed through several mergers and acquisitions. He has served on a U. S. Congressman’s staff as Director of Economic Development. Larsen’s key areas of focus are organizational development, marketing, networks, innovation, and leadership. He has coached several sports teams and lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and four sons.
Fred Hoch, President and CEO
Illinois Technology Association

Fred Hoch is president and CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, a next-generation trade association with more than 700 member companies that focuses on being a strategic development arm for its members. Under his leadership, ITA relentlessly champions the growth of technology and its applications for growth-stage companies, leveraging the transformative nature of technology to revolutionize industries. Fostering deep peer-to-peer collaboration and one-on-one mentoring with leaders from the technology industry, ITA uniquely integrates powerful and experienced resources to accelerate growth of the Illinois technology industry. Hoch is the co-founder of Chicago’s TechNexus, which was recently named one of the top 10 incubators in the U.S. by Forbes. He currently sits on the boards of the Illinois Technology Foundation, SmartBet Charities, the Technology Councils of North America and the World Lithuanian Center as well as the Advisory Boards of the UIC School of Engineering, the Chicago Innovation Awards, TechWeek and Toodalu.


Ryan Weber, President
The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City

Ryan Weber currently serves as President of KCnext. Most recently, Weber served as director of the Midwest Division of Angel Capital Group, where he focused on recruiting angel investors to the Greater Kansas City area to fund various ventures in the region. Prior to his time with Angel Capital Group, Weber served as a development officer for the College of Business Administration at his alma mater, Kansas State University, and spent time as a consultant with Pennington & Company of Lawrence, KS. Additionally, Weber serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and is a member of the executive mentor program for the College of Business at Kansas State University. Weber further demonstrates the value he places on staying involved in the community by supporting several other organizations in the region.



Mass Technology Leadership Council
Tom Hopcroft, President and CEO
Mass Technology Leadership Council Inc.

Tom Hopcroft is president and CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council Inc. (MassTLC), a business association that addresses the critical leadership issues of innovative technology and technology-enabled companies. Drawing on the rich legacies of Massachusetts Network Communications Council, the Massachusetts Software Council, and the New England Business and Technology Association Inc., MassTLC accelerates innovation by connecting people from across the technology landscape, providing access to industry-leading content, and offering a collaborative platform for driving ideas and people forward. A Massachusetts attorney and former adjunct professor at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration, Hopcroft formerly led and founded the New England Business and Technology Association (NEBATA) which merged with the Mass Software Council in 2005. After the merger he led the council’s cluster development activities, growing the cluster portfolio from three to ten active groups. Prior to founding NEBATA, Hopcroft served on the American Bar Association’s Information Security Committee, where he contributed to the drafting and editing of the ABA’s Digital Signature Guidelines: Legal Infrastructure for Certification Authorities and Secure Electronic Commerce, published in 1996. He also participated in the International Chamber of Commerce’s ETERMS Repository project, an international repository for incorporating terms by reference into EDI messages.


Minnesota High Tech Association
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO
Minnesota High Tech Association

Margaret Anderson Kelliher was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1998. In her first term, she was named “Freshman Legislator of the Year.” She was elected Speaker of the House by her colleagues in 2007. Characterized as the “calm inside the storm” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kelliher has demonstrated she is a strong, pragmatic leader. During her tenure as Speaker, she guided the passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard. In 2008, she built the coalition of DFLers and republicans that overrode Governor Pawlenty’s transportation bill veto. In 2012, she was appointed to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.


Nashville Technology Council
Bryan Huddleston, President and CEO
Nashville Technology Council

Bryan Huddleston serves as president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council. The mission of the Nashville Technology Council is to develop, connect and promote the Middle Tennessee technology community. The Technology Council serves to provide relationships, resources, advocacy and visibility to its 350+ corporate and institutional members. Our vision is to have growing and vibrant regional economy because of technology companies and individuals.

Bryan has lived in Tennessee the majority of his life and a Nashville resident since 1995. Prior to the Nashville Technology Council, Bryan worked at Microsoft for 8 years. Bryan has held previous positions as a mentor, product manager, developer and business development. Bryan has been active in the startup community by being a mentor JumpStart Foundry and Entrepreneur Center and investor in three startups. He sits on multiple community boards including the Lipscomb University SCI advisory board, Nashville State Foundation, Women in Technology and Nashville Entrepreneur Center.


NC Technology Assoc
Brooks Raiford, President & CEO
North Carolina Tech Association

Brooks Raiford has served as president and CEO of the North Carolina Tech Association (NCTA) since 2008. He is a North Carolina native with a passion for improving the quality of life in his home state, and has an extensive background in government relations, business development and operational management. His other current leadership activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Wake Education Partnership, on the Board of Advisors of the North Carolina New Schools Project, and as president of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University, where he is a former student body president and university trustee.


Northeast Ohio Software Association
Brad Nellis, Director
Northeast Ohio Software Association

Brad Nellis is the Director of the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Technology Network, which provides support for information technology members of COSE as well as tech companies in the region. Nellis joined COSE in 2004 as the inaugural director of, a free small business referral service made up of 13 economic development partners in Northeast Ohio. Prior to joining COSE, Nellis was managing partner of 4 Point Solutions, a small web development and custom software business. While at 4 Point Solutions, he launched a subsidiary business – Performance Parts Online, an online retailer of aftermarket engine parts, which he still owns today.


New Hampshire High Tech Council
Matthew Cookson, Executive Director
New Hampshire High Technology Council

Matthew Cookson is president and founder of Cookson Stephens Corporation. The firm oversees the New Hampshire High Technology Council of which Cookson serves as executive director. With 25 years of experience, Cookson has worked with and learned from leaders and innovators in the private sector, higher education and government. He has held senior level positions in higher education at UConn, New England College and the University System of New Hampshire, where he served as associate vice chancellor of external relations. Cookson also worked in the private sector for several years with PC Connection and a spin-off start-up in addition to working in state and federal government as a press secretary and legislative director.

Cookson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UConn and is a 2003 Leadership New Hampshire Associate. In 2009 he was named one of the “25 Leaders of the Future” by Business NH Magazine. Cookson is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and is actively engaged in many boards and organizations throughout the state.
Maxine Ballen, Founder and President
New Jersey Technology Council

Maxine Ballen founded the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) in 1996 with the support of a half dozen key technology support firms in New Jersey. Today the Council represents approximately 975 member companies who constitute the dominant technology sectors in the state. The NJTC‘s name has been linked to many of the recent technology milestones realized in New Jersey over the past 16 years. The NJTC is Ballen’s third non-profit startup. She was one of the pioneers involved in creating the highly successful entrepreneurial support community that now exists on the Pennsylvania side. Ballen is also a key leader on the national technology scene. She is a past-president and current board member of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), a national association of technology organizations throughout North America. She also is a board member of the University City Science Center, Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, DeVry/N.J. Board of Trustees, Fairleigh Dickinson University Advisory Board and the N.J. Meadowlands Commission Business Accelerator Advisory Board. She is a frequent speaker on both regional and national technology issues.


NY Tech Council
Erik Grimmelmann, Ph.D., Executive Director and Vice Chair
New York Technology Council

Erik Grimmelmann is the executive director and vice chairman of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH). He has been active in the technology community for more than 30 years. He worked at Bell Laboratories as a researcher and systems engineer, on the business side of AT&T where he served as AT&T’s Internet strategist, and as a senior vice president of Dun & Bradstreet. For the past 13 years, he has been involved with a variety of startups including Cometa Networks and Send Word Now. He has served on a number of panels including the White House Science Office, Counter Terrorism Technology Oversight Panel and the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Committee on Review of Switching, Synchronization, and Network Control in National Security Telecommunications, and on the boards of the National Information Infrastructure Testbed, the Information Industry Association, and the New York Software Industry Association.


Matthew Jenusaitis, President and CEO

Matthew Jenusaitis is the President and CEO of OCTANe, an Orange County, CA non-profit organization focused on connecting people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel high technology innovation and economic development. OCTANe has assisted more than 200 companies raise more than $500 Million in early stage capital building the high technology ecosystem in Southern California.

Jenusaitis spent 15 years at Boston Scientific Corp., where he served in numerous presidential, general management, and executive marketing positions. His most recent position with Boston Scientific was as the president of the $600 Million Peripheral Interventions Division (formerly Medi-Tech) leading the acquisition and integration of Cryovascular Systems, Inc. and EndoTex, Inc.

Prior to Peripheral Interventions, he led the integration of Interventional Technologies increasing their annual revenues from $25 Million in 2001 to more than $150 Million in 2003. Before that, he held executive marketing and marketing management positions in the Microvasive Endoscopy, Boston Scientific International, and Scimed Life Sciences divisions.

He sits on the board of directors of Creagh Medical, Pulsar Vascular and Precision Wire Manufacturing and the advisory boards for Cornell’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Chapman University’s Schmid School of Science and Technology, and the Claremont College’s Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.

Jenusaitis holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering cum laude from Cornell University, a master of science in bio-chemical engineering from Arizona State University and a master of business administration from University of California, Irvine.


OC Tech Alliance
Bob Brunson, Executive Director
OC Tech Alliance

Bob Brunson brings 15+ years of turn-key experience and a proven track record in management, strategic growth, marketing/PR and development with small firms, national brands and multi-million dollar companies to OC Tech Alliance. As the executive director and co-founder Brunson reports directly to the Board of Directors. From budgeting to programs, marketing to financial performance, he has turn-key responsibility for the organization’s viability and growth.

Brunson’s previous role was director of TechAmerica Orange County, where he had complete responsibility for the growth, development and performance of the OC Chapter – including the management of staff, six committees and approximately 30 volunteers.

Previously Brunson served as marketing and public relations manager for a division of Clear Channel Radio, where he successfully developed and managed all facets of the company’s first national marketing/PR campaign. In addition to Clear Channel, Brunson has worked with and developed/managed successful marcom campaigns for well-known brands such as Isuzu Corporation, United Way, PADI Americas, Noritsu, Time Warner and many others.


Technology Assoc of Ga
Larry Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer
Technology Association of Georgia

Williams brings more than 25 years of experience in global branding, international trade and finance, public and industrial policy, and administration and management to TAG. As the former president and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic development partnership, Williams helped facilitate local, national and international business growth and expansion programs. Under Williams’ leadership The Beacon Council created and executed a new economic development framework to help the area grow and secure investments in today's innovation economy. This is resulted in $687 million in new investment, 119 company relocations or expansions, and more than 4,500 new jobs.

From 2011 to 2014 Williams helped shape the vision for Atlanta’s tech sector as vice president of technology development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He provided leadership and direction to the Chamber’s Mobility Task Force, positioning Atlanta as a global hub of mobile technology, and to the Technology Leadership Council.


Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky
Dawn Marie Yankeelov, Chair
Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky

Dawn Marie Yankeelov is Chair of TALK, an open membership association for the technology community in and around Louisville, Kentucky, and is president of U.S.-based ASPectx specializing in business strategy, competitive intelligence, marketing and public relations for growth technology companies, and technology-driven corporations. As a marketing and public relations practitioner for 26+ years, she has counseled many companies on their marketing needs and executed effective campaigns in targeting, select markets – using Internet tools and traditional methodologies. Yankeelov’s client list includes international start-ups, publicly-traded firms, and other niche firms, primarily in the technology and healthcare sectors. In the recent twelve months she has focused on competitive intelligence related to IT software solutions, mobile applications and healthcare training.

Currently she serves as the chair of the Technology Section for the Public Relations Society of America, and on the board of University of Louisville Geriatrics. Yankeelov was an organizer of the 2004 International Idea Festival, the 1st Annual Data Mning Conference 2005 in Philidelphia; Louisville Women in Technology’s Healthcare IT Summit, ISSA’s Louisville Security Conference for 2003 and 2004. She has also been nominated as an Outstanding Woman in Technology for 7 years in the region. She was the founder and program coordinator of Louisville Women in Technology, a trade group now under the Louisville, Ky. Chamber. In recent years, she has served on the Venture Club of Louisville’s speaker selection committee; and as a developer of the World Affairs Global Nights Series. Yankeelov has also served as a course supervisor for the region’s Landmark Education Curriculum for Living.


Tech Collective
Kathie Shields, Executive Director
Tech Collective (Rhode Island)

With more than 20 years of business experience, Kathie Shields has performed roles in client services, leadership and facilitation, business development, and operational management as well as managing her own business. She is a recent graduate of Institute for Organization Management. An essential element of Tech Collective, Shields brings her experience and proven relationship management, communication and business development skills to oversee all operations and initiatives. She also drives membership, industry, government and community involvement. In these capacities, Shields serves the technology and business community as board member of The STEM Center at Rhode Island College, treasurer and board director of the New England Biotech Association (NEBA), committee member of the Career Pathways Taskforce, committee member of the Governor’s Biennial Planning Committee, member of the Community College of Rhode Island Computer Science Dept. Advisory Board, member of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) CEO Group of Technology Associations, member of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), and member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).


Tech Assoc of Oregon
Skip Newberry, President
Technology Association of Oregon

Skip Newberry is president of the Technology Association of Oregon. Newberry has worked for the City of Portland, Office of the Mayor since 2008. In addition to his software industry economic development experience, Newberry led the legislative effort that resulting in the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy by a city government and co-developed the award-winning regional open data and software application design initiative, CivicApps for Greater Portland.

Newberry’s experience working in Oregon’s software industry extends beyond the Portland Region. With family and professional ties to Bend, Oregon, Newberry was a founding member of the Tech Alliance of Central Oregon. Prior to joining Mayor Adams’ staff, Newberry co-founded SiBoom Software, a point-of-sale software company and merchant service provider serving the salon and spa industry. At SiBoom, Newberry developed legal and financial controls, employment policies, sales, marketing and distribution agreements as well as the company’s go-to-market strategy. Newberry also founded Lawyer Prep LLC, a skills-training firm offering a blended learning approach to professional skills development. At Lawyer Prep, Newberry successfully raised seed and Series A financing and led a team of more than 20 content providers and web developers.

Newberry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law (Hartford, CT), and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Colby College (Waterville, ME).


Tampa Bay Tech Forum
Heather Kenyon, CEO
Tampa Bay Technology Forum

Heather Kenyon is the chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, where she leads an organization that serves 300 member companies as well as the overall technology industry in the Tampa Bay area. From 2003-2008 she grew TBTF’s membership from 150 to 450 companies. These companies ranged in size from one-person entrepreneurial startups to the largest companies in the region, including Tech Data, OSI Restaurant Partners, Verizon and many other local giants. Kenyon was promoted from membership director to vice president of development in 2006, after increasing sponsorships and revenues more than 200 percent.



Bob Moore, Executive Director
Technology Councils of North America

Joining TECNA in June 2013, Bob Moore, a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with 15 years of association management experience, most recently served as vice president for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). At IFT he and his team worked with the board and 2,000 volunteers annually overseeing the development and implementation of the society’s content, community and certification strategies, programs and services. Previously, Moore worked with a variety of associations, including technology user groups, as associate director of education at SmithBucklin, the world’s largest association management company. Moore also worked as the director of community-based initiatives at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he secured several million dollars in grants, facilitated grantee best practice sharing, and supported policy development for children with special health care needs. Moore received a bachelor of science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Illinois State University and a master of arts degree in organizational communications from the University of Northern Iowa.


Utah Technology Council
Richard Nelson, President & CEO
Utah Technology Council

Richard R. Nelson is President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council (since 1999). Under his leadership, the Council’s industry-driven agenda has created the $300M Utah Fund of Funds, helped pass USTAR and the Engineering Initiative, raised rigor in high school requirements, and merged the life science and high-tech organizations.

Named one of the “100 Most Influential People” (Utah Business) and one of the “25 People Who Most Influenced Business in Utah” (Connect), he served as Chairman/CEO (2007-2009) of Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) representing 20,000 technology-related companies and championed the exclusive alignment with TechAmerica. Current boards include: Governor’s Economic Development Board (2001-2009), Utah Fund of Funds Board, national PKD Foundation Board, College of Engineering Industry Advisory Board (UofU), World Trade Center Utah, Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, Junior Achievement, Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (BYU) and others.

Honors include “CEO of the Year” from Utah’s technology industry and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the UofU College of Engineering. Nelson has an MBA (marketing & finance) from Northwestern University and a BS degree (finance) from Brigham Young University. Nelson had a life-changing kidney transplant and loves working and living in Utah with his spouse Karen, four sons and daughter.


Washington Tech Industry Association