Previously, Skip was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur. Skip serves on advisory boards for Wells Fargo and Worksystems, Inc.
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.
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 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.
He serves on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and MassTLC’s Education Foundation board.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.