• Board of Directors

    The Technology Councils of North America Board of Directors is a 13 member board including 5 officers
    Doug Robertson
    Chair
    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.
    Ryan Weber
    Vice-Chair
    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.
    Julia Kanouse
    Vice-Chair
    Illinois Technology Association
    CEO
    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
    Treasurer
    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.
    Deon Gordon
    Board Director
    TechBirmingham
    President
    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
    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
    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.

     

    Frannie Matthews
    Board Director
    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. 
    Brian Moyer
    Board Director
    Greater Nashville Technology Council
    President & CEO
    Brian Moyer is President and CEO of the Greater Nashville Technology Council, the largest technology trade association in Tennessee.  He has founded and grown multiple technology companies over the past 25 years. 

    Brian is active in the Middle Tennessee community and sits on several community boards including the Lipscomb College of Computing and Technology Advancement Council, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Women in Technology of Tennessee, TechBridge Tennessee, the Nashville Chamber International Business Council and the HIMSS Tennessee Chapter.
    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.  
    Skip Newberry
    Board Director
    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.
    Avvey Peters
    Board Director
    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.

    Brooks Raiford
    Board Director
    North Carolina Technology Association
    President & CEO
    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
    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.

     
    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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