• TECNA Announces Finalists for First-Ever Innovation Awards

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    June 28, 2019

    For Immediate Release

    Santa Ana, Calif. — The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), representing more than 50 technology associations across the U.S. and Canada, today announced the finalists of its first-ever Innovation Awards. The awards program recognizes and honors one or more tech council staff and team members who have been integral to develop and implement innovative and impactful work on behalf of a tech association.
     
    "The response to the call for nominations was extremely positive and served to affirm what we already knew - that we have exceptional people working across the TECNA network, delivering innovative, high impact programs and services for our member companies,” said Doug Robertson, Chairman of TECNA. “At the summer conference in Madison, we will celebrate all the nominees and finalists and announce the winners."
     
    A panel of judges was formed to evaluate the nominations. There are twenty-one finalists in five categories. The 2019 finalists are:
     
    Creative Marketing & Communications:

    Technology Association of Oregon team members Rylee O’Brien and Skip Newberry for TECHLANDIA
     
    Technology Association of Iowa’s team for “We are Iowa Tech” video series
     
    WEtech Alliance (Wet4ech) team Member John-Marc Vachon for social media
     
    Arizona Technology Council team members Linda Capcara, Alec Robertson and Jillian Carapella for increasing visibility and member retention
     
    KC Tech Council team member Haley Regan for the “Cassie Project”

     
    Membership Retention & Recruitment

    KC Tech Council team member Kara Lowe
     
    Arizona Technology Council team members Deborah Zack, Leigh Goldstein, Jill   Brownley, Meredith Orr, Jeff Sales
    and Jamie Neilson

     
    Public Policy Advocacy

    Wisconsin Technology Council team members Tom Still, Steve Lyons, Bram Daelemans, Angela Schlobohm, Julie Johnson and Laura Kaiser
     
    Arizona Technology Council team members Steve Zylstra, Dianne McCallister, Jason Bagley, Ron Schott,
    Jeff Sales and Rachel Aja
     
    KC Tech Council team member Ryan Weber
     
    Technology Association of Georgia’s team members Heather Maxfield and Larry Williams

     
    Talent Pipeline and Workforce Development

    Minnesota High Tech Association team member Becky Siekmeier for “SciTechsperience”
     
    Greater Nashville Technology Council team members Jacqui Logan (staff), John Anderson (Advisory Board), Meg Chamblee (Advisory Board), Suzi Earhart (Advisory Board) and Joanne Eckton (Advisory Board) for the “Emerging Leaders in Technology (ELITE)” program
     
    Greater Nashville Technology Council team members Dominique Butts, Jacqui Logan and Sandi Hoff for “Traveling Tech Days”
     
    TechPoint (Indiana) team members Mike Langellier, Jacob Wolfarth, Merillat Flowers, Sara Croft and Al Carroll for “Jobs in Tech 101”
     
    Communitech’s team members Jill Reiner, Michele English, Karen Klink, Louise Merlihan and Jacob Walford for “Communitech Academy”

     
    Major Impact on Tech Community

    Palm Beach Tech Association’s team members Joe Russo and Danielle Casey for development of 1909, a co-working space and accelerator
     
    Illinois Technology Association’s Trisha Degg for the “Tech Challenge” program
     
    Greater Nashville Technology Council team members Jacqui Logan (staff) and Zach Gemignani (Summit Chair) for the “The Nashville Analytics Summit”
     
    Venn Innovation Inc. team member Jonathan Dunnett for delivery of growth programming
     
    KC Tech Council team member Ryan Weber for Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO)

     
    The winners will be announced on July 25, 2019 at the TECNA Summer Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
     
    About TECNA   
    The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents over 50 IT and Technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry. This is accomplished by empowering regional technology organizations and serving as their collective voice in growing the North American technology economy. More information on TECNA can be found at: www.tecna.org or @techcouncils on Twitter.
     
    Contact:
    Alina Hardy
    ahardy@tecna.org
    (714) 550-0309

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