• TECNA Board of Directors

    13 member board including 5 officers
    Skip Newberry
    Chairman
    Technology Association of Oregon
    President
    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.
    Steve Zylstra
    Chairman Emeritus
    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, development, operations and accomplishment of policy development, business goals and objectives and all financial matters related to the Council.

    Steven is a leading advocate for improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona, he was named in 2016 as “Leader of the Year, Technology,” by the Arizona Capitol Times, a “Most Admired Leader” by the Phoenix Business Journal, and “Executive of the Year” by the Arizona Society of Association Executives (AzSAE).
    Ryan Weber
    Treasurer
    KC Tech Council
    President
    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.
    Brooks Raiford
    Vice Chairman
    North Carolina Technology Association
    President & CEO
    Brooks Raiford serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of The North Carolina Technology Association Inc.
     
    Brooks has an extensive background in government relations, business development and operational management. With more than 10 years of experience with advocacy and policy issues, and has hands-on experience with operating 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations, he successfully improved the financial standing of Leadership North Carolina in one year, building cash reserves to one-third of the operating budget in his second year with the organization.
     
    His most recent position at Balfour Beatty Construction (formerly Centex Construction) allowed him to establish a successful network across North Carolina and gain relationships in areas that overlap with NCTA’s membership.
    Tom Hopcroft
    Vice Chairman
    Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
    President & CEO
    Tom is President & CEO of the Mass Technology Leadership Council, Inc. 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.
    Avvey Peters
    Vice Chair
    Communitech
    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.

    Kathy Knight
    Board Director
    Information and Communication Technologies Assn. of Manitoba
    CEO

    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 Tech 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.
    Richard Nelson
    Board Director
    Utah Technology Council
    President & CEO
    Under Richard’s leadership, the Utah Technology 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.

    Richard served as Chairman/CEO (2007-2009) of Technology Councils of North American (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.
    Doug Robertson
    Board Director
    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 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.
    Matt Gardner
    Board Director
    California Technology Council
    CEO
    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.
    Margaret Anderson Kelliher
    Board Director
    Minnesota High Tech Association
    President & CEO
    Together with the associations 350 member companies and organizations, Margaret works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, MHTA members represent various technology sector, including IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.
     
    Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Characterized as the “calm inside the storm” by the Star Tribune, Margaret has demonstrated she is a strong, pragmatic leader. Margaret chairs the Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, as well as the Minnesota Ballpark Authority Board of Commissioners. In 2014, she was elected vice chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees.
    Michael Schutzler
    Board Director
    Washington Technology Industry Association
    CEO
    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.
     

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