• TECNA Board of Directors

    13 member board including 5 officers
    Doug Robertson
    Venn Innovation Inc.
    President & CEO
    The President and C.E.O. of Venn Innovation Inc., Doug Robertson has been active in innovation policy and economic development for over 20 years. He has contributed to numerous regional and national innovation policy committees and reviews and the development of New Brunswick’s innovation strategy.
    Doug is a member of the TECNA Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN) and the Board of Directors of 3Plus Corporation, a regional economic development organization serving the Greater Moncton region.
    Ryan Weber
    KC Tech Council
    Ryan currently serves as President of the KC Tech Council, an industry association and regional advocate for Kansas City’s tech industry. He represents KC’s tech industry internationally as a board member, and treasurer, of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).

    In 2013, Ryan was mentioned as a "Rising Star," by KC Business Magazine and is a 2015 graduate of the Centurions Leadership Program. Recently, the Kansas City Business Journal listed Ryan in the “Power 100,” a list of the most influential business leaders in the KC region.

    Ryan is a member of the executive mentorship program for the College of Business at Kansas State University, his Alma Mater. He is also involved with several other non-profit and charitable organizations in the region.
    Julia Kanouse
    Illinois Technology Association
    Julia is the CEO of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA). With innovative resources that connect members to the local tech ecosystem, build their talent networks and create visibility for their brands, ITA’s mission is to drive investment, talent and innovation for Illinois’ tech ecosystem.
    Prior to joining the ITA, Julia spent ten years at the National Restaurant Association where she led marketing for the Association’s revenue-generating products and programs. In addition to membership and sponsorship, Julia oversaw product and marketing programs for the ServSafe training brand. She introduced several brand extensions and helped position the program for international expansion. Julia began her career as a technology consultant at Accenture.
    Matt Gardner
    California Technology Council
    Matt brings together backgrounds in economic development, nonprofit management and startups in his approach to building the CTC.  
    Prior to the CTC, Matt was a senior VP at TechAmerica. In his role as President and Chief Executive of BayBio, Matt served in one of the most visible roles of public leadership in the life science industry in the world. His career in nonprofits began at the Technology Council of Maryland.
    Previously, Matt was the North American Director of Business Development for the government of Queensland, Australia. Matt’s work included biopartnering campaigns, capital formation programs and participation in policy teams ranging from economic diversification in primary economies to venture financing. While serving Queensland, he founded and chaired of the Queensland-United States Bioscience Business Council.
    Tom Hopcroft
    Board Director
    Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
    President & CEO
    A Massachusetts attorney, Tom formerly led and founded the New England Business and Technology Association 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, Tom 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 serves on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and MassTLC’s Education Foundation board.
    Brian Kennedy
    Board Director
    Pittsburgh Technology Council
    Senior Vice President for Operations and Government Affairs
    Kennedy joined the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2001, and has helped to bring innovative new services to the region’s technology ecosystem that accelerate the ability of employers to locate highly skilled talent, access national and international customers and to raise the investment capital necessary to grow.
    In his government relations capacity, Kennedy has played a key role in promoting the development of a competitive regional business climate and in bringing the voice of the region’s emerging technology sector to state and national policy leaders.
    He currently serves on the advisory board of the Sister City Association of Pittsburgh and as advisory board member to the Conservative Energy Network, which promotes the use of wind and solar energy. Kennedy served as a past chair of the Local Government Academy, an organization focused on improving the performance of municipal governments.
    Kathy Knight
    Board Director
    Information and Communication Technologies Assn. of Manitoba

    Kathy worked with ICTAM's Board of Directors and the Manitoba ICT sector to grow the organization into the robust, relevant and responsive association it is today. ICTAM has evolved to become the leading voice of the ICT industry in Manitoba. 
    Kathy has delivered programming and initiatives to grow Manitoba's ICT sector through targeted business development activities; promoting ICT careers to youth; and, creating greater knowledge about how this sector contributes to the economic well-being of this province.


    Jay Larsen
    Board Director
    Idaho Technology Council
    President & Founder
    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.
    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 US 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 also served on a U. S. Congressman’s staff as Director of Economic Development. Jay’s key areas of focus are organizational development, marketing, networks, innovation, and leadership.
    Skip Newberry
    Board Director
    Technology Association of Oregon
    Skip is a frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. Before joining the TAO, Skip served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, Skip’s projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund.
    Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. Skip serves on advisory boards for Wells Fargo and Worksystems, Inc.
    Avvey Peters
    Board Director
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications

    Avvey focuses on strategic communications, advocacy, and partnership development to advance the Waterloo Region tech industry. Avvey has helped to frame Communitech's digital media strategy, bringing together public and private sector partners to grow Canada’s tech sector through efforts like the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Communitech Hub. In 2014, she was also appointed Managing Director of CDMN – a network of more than 25 innovation hubs across the country.

    Avvey is a former executive director of the Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region, a charitable organization that connects youth to careers, with particular emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    Brooks Raiford
    Board Director
    Michael Schutzler
    Board Director
    Washington Technology Industry Association
    Before joining the WTIA, Michael led the merger of Livemocha – a community of 17 million language learners – with the popular education software company Rosetta Stone. He also built Classmates.com into the first profitable social media application, transformed online marketing at Monster.com, and grew the online gaming business at RealNetworks to become a global leader. 
    He teaches part time at the University Of Washington Foster School of Business, serves on several boards, and is an investor in Flowplay, YouSolar, Koru, Moment, 9 Mile Labs, Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu Forum, and Social Venture Partners.
    Steve Zylstra
    Board Director
    Arizona Technology Council
    President + CEO
    Steven G. Zylstra, Sc.D. (Hon.) serves as president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, a role he assumed in December of 2007. He is responsible for strategy, operations and all financial matters and accomplishment of policy development for the Council. Zylstra is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona.
    Zylstra has served in numerous technology leadership and advisory roles to the Governor and currently serves on several association, industry and community boards, including being recognized as an Aspen Institute Fellow for his work in workforce development. 

    Steve 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.
    Tim Jemal
    Technology Councils of North America
    Executive Director
    Tim is the founder and current president of Jemal Public Affairs. He has nearly 30 years of experience in public affairs, association management, government relations, public relations, fund development and strategic planning in California, nationally and internationally.

    Prior to founding Jemal Public Affairs, Tim served as the Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA) of Orange County and the Inland Empire, representing more than 150 high-tech firms throughout Southern California. In November 2012, Tim was elected to a four-year term as a Trustee of the South Orange County Community College District. He has served as President of the seven-member Board of Trustees since December 2015. In November 2016, Tim won re-election to a second four-year term as a Trustee for the District.

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