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Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of business, technology, and public leaders dedicated to the development of North Carolina’s tech sector.  Advisors serve as a resource by providing guidance and feedback, assist with growing the membership and promoting NC TECH through their networks. 

Advisors range from those who have interest in eventual service on NC TECH’s governing Board of Directors, to those that appreciate the benefit of discounted event registrations, to those who seek a more visible level of engagement and more exclusive relationship building opportunities.

Board of Advisor Benefits

  • NEW! FREE Access to ALL paid virtual events including Outlook for Tech, the Diversity & Inclusion in Tech Summit, State of Tech, Leadership Summit (virtual access) and the Summit for Women in Tech ($455 value).

  • NEW! Exclusive Programs/Happy Hours: Advisor-exclusive programs with content and interactive discussion facilitated by a guest speaker where advisors also get to meet fellow advisors to make connections.  Spring sessions on Cultivating Relationships and fall sessions on The Go-Giver: How Generosity is the Secret to Success.

  • Access to Private/Exclusive Gatherings + VIP Sessions during Signature Events (virtually or in-person when possible)

  • Access to private Advisors group in our virtual community, NC TECH Connect.
  • Recognition on website, badging at events, etc.

  • Advisors are encouraged to post on their LinkedIn that they are a part of NC TECH’s Board of Advisors.

  • Advisor Quarterly Newsletters and special alerts to inform and request input on new NC TECH initiatives.

Click here to view a brief video overview of Advisor benefits.

Contact Erin Jones if you have questions about, or are ready to join, the NC TECH Board of Advisors.

members of the board of advisors

101 Solutions LLC
Keith Tobias - CTO + PE Principal

5S Technologies
Les Roach - Director of Sales + Marketing

A Cultivated Mindset
Patrick Hill - Executive Director

Abrigo
Emily Larkin - Chief Information Security Officer

Accenture
Ed Fody - Director

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

AHEAD
Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

Ally Financial
Dan Lemont - Head - Technology Strategy + Execution

AT&T North Carolina
Brian Smith - Account Executive

Atlantic Packaging
Ken Thompson - Software Development Manager

Attain
Stacy Stratton - State + Local Executive

Avalara
Nichol MacDonald - VP, Compliance Operations

AvidXchange, Inc.
Mike Praeger - Co-Founder + CEO

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

Bandwidth
Noreen Allen - Chief Marketing Officer

Blue Acorn iCi
Mark Kelley - VP of Digital Engagement

Blue Cross NC
Jo Abernathy - CIO

BrightFlow Technologies
Brian Mangum - Founder

Brighthouse Financial
Perry Pao - VP, Head of IT Operations + Infrastructure

Builders Mutual Insurance Group
Alan Mercaldo - Vice President, CIO

Catalent Pharma Solutions
Lindsay Fernandez - VP, IT Enterprise Applications

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Cherry Bekaert
Kara Stucky - Senior Tax Manager

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Jeffrey Moore - Director, Partner Sales Organization

CITE Research
Andrew Edwards - SVP, Polling + Insights

Citrix
Ian Gertler - Social Media Strategist

City of Wilson
Will Aycock - Greenlight Manager

Clancy and Theys
Mike Infinger - Director of Information Technology

Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Cloud Giants
Kelly Pfrommer - CEO

CloudWyze
Shaun Olsen - CEO

Coastal Credit Union
David Faleski - CIO

Cohesity
Darren Anderson - Major Account Manager

CommScope
Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

Conduent
Armon Rahgozar - Head of Conduent Technology Innovation

Confianz Global, Inc
Anoop Menon - President + CEO

Connection
Cheryl Casale - Director of Sales

Corning Optical Communications
Angela Haneklau - VP of Sales

Credit Karma
Ashleigh Anderson - Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Credit Suisse
Luca Blanzuoli - Director, Global QA

Crown Castle Fiber
TBD

Cumberland Group
Damond VanWeerdhuizen - Enterprise Account Executive

Curran Biotech
Ken Russell - Chief Innovation Officer

Cysiv
Chris Hughes - Enterprise Sales Director

DataStaff, Inc
Mark Prakke - Sr. VP of State + Local Government Solutions

Data Network Solutions
Bruce Fisher - Director of Sales + Engineering

Davis Moore
Matthew Cooke - Partner

Dell Technologies
Andrea Rekrut - Manager, Process Engineering + New Products Program Management

Deutsche Bank
Mark Collins - Director - Equities, Risk, + Core Trading Technology

Digital Realty
Steve Eanes - Senior Account Manager

Diversified
Dan Lumsden - Regional Director

dmarcian
Shannon Draegen - COO

DoubleBlaze Consulting
Ron Boling - Partner

Dualboot Partners
Michelle Coviello - VP of Client Development

Dude Solutions
Jodi McDermott - Chief Product Officer

Dynatrace
John Castillo - Account Executive

Eagle Creek Software Services
Kevin Burkhart - Executive Vice President

Elon University - Office of the CIO
Tony Rose - Senior Business Analyst

Embassy of Canada
Zachary Zimmerman - Trade Commissioner - FDI Promotion

Empowered Benefits
Amish Patel - CIO

End to End Computing
Esteve Mede - CEO

Enitech
Antwine Jackson - President

Envestnet | Yodlee
Jillian Munro - Group Head, Data + Analytics Technology

Equinix
Eric Bezek - Regional Sales Director, NC

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

ExtraHop Networks
Kevin Bartlett - Regional Sales Manager

Fahrenheit Advisors
William Kaluza - Managing Director

FCEDC
Robert Van Geons - President + CEO

Fidelity Investments
Jordan Ford - SVP, Tribe Leader, Planning + Advice Platform

First Citizens
Don Keeley - VP; Sr. Manager, Application Development + Support

Flexential
Rick Williams - Regional Sales, VP

Forsyth Technical Community College - Office of Information Technology Services
Deanne Wesley - Chair, Davis iTEC Center

Fortinet
Bill Harvey - Director, Southeast Public Sector

Fusion360
Eric Massenburg - President

Garrison Consulting Group
Lynne Garrison - President

Genesys
Bobbi Hall - Sr. Account Executive

Genworth Financial
George Reichert - CIO

Giga Data Centers
Rick Sanford - CIO/CTO

Google
Christopher Chesnutt - ABP, Google Data Center

Green for Life
Hubert Barkley - Vice President, Information and Technology

Greene Resources, Inc
Chris Ruffin- Director of Technology Recruiting Solutions

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes - Director of IT

HCL America Inc.
Rahul Singh - Senior Director + Head of Operations, Global Delivery Centers, Americas

HireNetworks Inc.
Craig Stone - CEO

IBM
Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

IEM Inc.
Theodore Lemcke - CTO

IES Communications
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

Individual - Oita Coleman
Oita Coleman

Infosys Limited
Anurag Varma - Vice President, Head of Government Affairs

Inmar Intelligence
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

Insight
Molly Harper - Account Executive

insightsoftware
Jim Triandiflou - CEO

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

Jackrabbit Technologies
Darin Soll - COO

JLL
Ryan Lawrence - Executive Vice President

K+L Gates
Margaret N. Rosenfeld - Partner

Kevel
Chessy West - CFO

Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

Kinetic by Windstream
Richard Lehman - Consultant

Kryo Inc
Trey Robinson - VP of Engineering

LabCorp
Jonathan Shough - SVP + CIO

Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Eric Kern - Executive Distinguished Engineer

Levvel
TBD

Live Oak Bank
Thomas Hill - Chief Information Security Officer

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Terry Phelps - SVP, MIS

Lumen
Derek Kelly - Government Affairs Director

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President

MAXX Potential
John Spauls - Principal Technologist

McGriff Insurance Services
C. Kelly Upchurch, III - VP, Employee Benefits

McGuireWoods Consulting
Jeff Barnhart - SVP - State Government Relations

MCNC
Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

MetLife
Shayesteh Sims - VP, End User Technology

Michael Best + Friedrich
Joseph A. Dickinson - Partner

Microsoft
Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

NAF
Bill Taylor - VP, Outreach + Partnership Development

NC Association of Electric Cooperatives
Chris VanLokeren - Chief Information Officer

NC DHHS
Charles Carter - COO for Technology + Operations

NC State Entrepreneurship
Tom Miller - Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach + Entrepreneurship

NC State Executive Education
TBD

NC Tech Road
Jay Norman - CEO

Newmark Knight Frank
Issac Brown - Associate

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Sam Whitt - Counsel

North Carolina Community Colleges System
Jim Parker - SVP + CIO

North Carolina Department of IT
Glenn Poplawski - Deputy State CIO/Chief Solutions Officer

North Carolina Independent Colleges + Universities
Vicki Humphreys - Director of Information Technology

ONEByte, LLC
Erica Emerson - CEO + Founder

One Source
Eric Gressel - Executive Vice President

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Opex Technologies
Ronnie Harrell - Managing Partner

Optricity
Sheila Benny - President

Optum
Kerri Patterson - Director of IT

Pacific Western Bank
Tony Brill - VP, Application Development

Parker LORD
Michael Lubak - Director, Business + Information Technology

Parker Poe Adams + Bernstein LLP
Skip Lohmeyer - Chief Information Officer

Participate
Julie Keane - Chief Academic Officer

PassionIT Group, Inc.
Scott Rose - Managing Partner

PC Matic
Eric Moore - Territory Account Executive

Peter Millar
Bob Bowling – VP, Technology

Pfizer, Inc.
Melissa Bishop-Murphy - Senior Director

Piedmont Services Group
Matthew Foley - Technology Solutions Manager

Quinsite
Jeff Maze - Founder / CEO

RadixBay
Hal Hawisher - COO

Railinc Corp.
Cathelene Thomas - Chief of Staff, Executive Adminstration + Facilities

Rapid Technologies
Hanna Sylo - Regional Sales Manager

Rapidops Inc.
Aaron Petrosky - President

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology

Red Hat, Inc.
Melanie Chernoff - Government + Community Affairs Sr. Manager

REEDS Jewelers
Arthur Phidd - Chief Information Officer

Relias
Kay Krafft - CEO

RENCI
Shannon McKeen - Consultant

Research Triangle Foundation
Kevin Patterson - Director of IT

Resolvit, LLC
Craig Scates - Partner

Retail Business Services LLC
Subodh Mishra - VP, IT Solutions Delivery

RightDirection Technology Solutions
Joey Hutchins - President + CEO

RTI International
Anne Hungate - VP of Infrastructure + Operations

RTriad Enterprises LLC
Kevin Robinson - President/CTO

Rural Sourcing Inc.
Monty Hamilton - CEO

SAS
Tim Campbell - IT Director

Secure-24|NTT
Jim Kunz - Enterprise Sales Executive

SEGRA
Will Tomick - Marketing Coordinator

Silver Tree Consulting + Services
Richard Ricks - Managing Partner + CEO

Smart CellCo
Carroll Spencer II - President

Smith Anderson
Lori Fuller - Attorney

Snowflake
Charlie Fitzpatrick - District Manager

SoftPro
Joyce Weiland - President

Spectrum Enterprise
John Moore - Regional Sales Manager, Government + Education

Spoonflower
Brad Schomber - CFO

Spreedly Inc.
Christopher Hudel - CISO

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

STEP CG
Mitch Needles - Regional Account Executive

StoneLaurel Consulting
George Williams - Chief Integration Officer

Stromasys
Jocelyne Terilli - Marketing Manager

StrongKey
Jake Kiser - COO

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Jacob Godwin - Marketing + Communications Manager

Syneos Health
John Maslanski - VP Analytics + Collaboration

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Syntax
Matthew Royse - Marketing Director

TCDI
Greg Michalek - Director of Business Development

TeamLogic IT
Erica Spivey - Business Development Director

Telit
Ken Bednasz - Vice President of Application Engineering

TharseoIT
Eric Wimer - CEO

The Nautical Group
John Sidebotham - EVP

Think Tech Advisors
Ed Burton - President

TierPoint
Jeff Waide - RVP of Sales

TimelyText
Ronnie Duncan - CEO

Tizbi
Sasha Birger - CIO

Town of Cary
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin - CIO

Town of Morrisville
Steve Rao - Mayor Pro Tem

Trend Micro
Lou Karwoski - Regional Account Manager, NC

Trilliant Networks
Prem Ranganath - VP, Quality + Risk Management

TriNet HR
Marlana Bunn - Senior HR + Benefit Consultant

Truist
Amy Stewart - VP, Enterprise Technology

UNC Kenan Flagler
Sandra Chandler - Associate Director, Employer Engagement + Recruiting

UNC Wilmington - Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
Diane Durance - Director

Vaco, LLC
Emily McBride - Senior Associate

Veracity Solutions
Jack Jones - Executive Director

Visible Value
Chandra Storrusten - CEO

Wade Associates
Kevin Flowers - AAI, Advisor, Innovation Risk Division

Wake Tech Community College
Ryan Schwiebert - VP/CIO of Information Services

Walk West
Kurt Merriweather - VP, Strategy + Operations

Webonise
Rob Katz - CEO

Winston Salem State University
Raisha Cobb - Deputy CIO + CISO

Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Gerry Hayes - President + CEO

Wyrick Robbins Yates + Ponton LLP
Molly Martinson - Attorney

Zerto
TBD

Investment

$600 annually, billed at the time of your organization's NC TECH membership renewal (we'll pro-rate the amount for those joining outside of the annual dues cycle so that future billing will be aligned).

Each NC TECH member organization may have one (1) representative on the Board of Advisors.

Time Commitment

Service on the Board of Advisors is calendar friendly!  There are no meetings, per se.  We convene about once a quarter, most often in conjunction with existing events and meetings on our calendar, and communicate virtually with newsletters/special message and through an exclusive LinkedIn group.  We also give advisors first dibs on special offers that come our way (private suite at a sporting event, seats at the NC TECH table at business awards events, etc.).

For more information about serving on the Board of Advisors and/or to sign up to serve, contact Erin Jones.

Board of Advisor benefits overview video

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