Board of Directors
The Technology Councils of North America Board of Directors is a 13 member board including 3 officers
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 board chair, 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.
Colorado Technology Association
President & CEO
Frannie spent 18 years with IBM and served as Senior Location Executive for Denver. She has over a decade of sales management and leadership experience with regional high-performance teams.
She has a passion for helping the next generation and has a particular interest in STEM education. Frannie taught high school-level Junior Achievement courses and works with University of Colorado students through the Leeds School of Business mentoring programs. She also mentors a student at the PTECH program at Skyline High School.
Frannie served as a board member for the University of Colorado Wellness Center and on the board of CTA before becoming the CEO. In 2018, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Frannie to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.
Greater Nashville Technology Council
President & CEO
Brian Moyer is CEO of the Greater Nashville Technology Council. Prior to that, he served as Executive VP and CIO for GAFFEY Healthcare and HealthTechS3.
Brian is a self-taught software developer and has founded and grown multiple technology companies, won awards for leading the fastest growing company in Middle Tennessee, and is named on several patents.
He sits on several boards including Alignment Nashville, the Lipscomb College of Computing and Technology Advancement Council, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Women in Technology of Tennessee, TechBridge Tennessee, Geek Cause, the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter, the Nashville Chamber International Business Council and TECNA.
Brian studied Economics and Engineering Management at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems and is a HIMSS Fellow.
Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. At age 24, she founded her first tech venture, AD2IT, and by 29, she became the youngest female to lead a Regional Innovation Centre. Pilon has over 10 years experience in the tech sector with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. In 2019, she took her love for tech to the airwaves hosting the ‘Tech In The City’ podcast. She was also recognized as a Top Social Media Influencer in Canadian Tech.
Pilon is a member of the Advisory Board for the CDMN, the Advisory Board for FIRST Robotics Windsor-Essex, and a regional and cross-border economic development trailblazer in the Windsor, ON/Detroit, MI
Venn Innovation Inc.
President & CEO
The President and CEO 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.
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
Vice President, Programs & Policy
Sara Fraim is Senior Director at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) and the Executive Director of the MassTLC Educational Foundation. She leads policy initiatives for the Council as well as strategy, content and programming for technology, innovation and security at MassTLC. Her leadership touches hundreds of tech companies in the MassTLC membership and greater MA ecosystem. She holds a BS in Political Science from Northeastern University and a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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.
Deon Gordon serves as CEO & President of TechBirmingham, the local technology council for Greater Birmingham, representing the interests and causes of approximately 300 tech companies and related organizations. Prior to joining TechBirmingham in December 2017, he led as the Director of Business Growth for REV Birmingham, an economic development agency partnered with City of Birmingham to focus on placed-based revitalization and small business growth. He proudly serves on the boards of the Railroad Park Foundation, Southern Research advisory body, Innovation Depot, and the Birmingham Business Alliance among others. He is an avid fan of Outkast, Ozark, and people who use the Oxford comma
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.
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.
Northern Virginia Technology Council
President and CEO
Jennifer Taylor is President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, one of the nation's largest and influential tech councils. Nearly 500 companies make up the NVTC membership and look to the organization for networking and education, peer-to-peer communities, advocacy, industry promotion, and branding of the region as a major global tech hub.
Technology Association of Oregon
Chief Community Engagement Officer & Chief of Staff
Cara Turano, TAO's newly named Chief Community Engagement Officer, is a high energy, civically minded executive and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She began her career in technology as an in-house recruiter for CTS, a regional consulting firm. Over 8 years, she moved into channel management and business development before becoming a director, achieving multiple years of revenue and profitability growth that led to the company's acquisition. Cara led a team with technology reseller, SHI, rebuilding an under performing territory before spending a heady year with a tech start-up. In 2016, she joined the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) where she became the first Chief Development Officer.
Technology Association of Georgia
President & CEO
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.
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.
Jennifer G. Young serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Technology Councils of North America.
Young hails from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, and she most recently served as Senior Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Life Sciences Pennsylvania - a statewide trade association for Pennsylvania’s life sciences industry. Previously, she spent 11 years with the Pittsburgh Technology Council, a member organization of TECNA. Young is an experienced association executive who understands the important role TECNA member organizations play to support the technology industry throughout North America.
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