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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.