Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of business, technology, + public leaders dedicated to the development of North Carolina’s tech sector.  Advisors serve as a resource by providing guidance + feedback, assist with growing the membership through introductions + referrals, + promote 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 + more exclusive relationship building opportunities.

Who's in?

View the current roster of the Board of Advisors below.


2019 NC TECH Advisor Benefits (NEW):

  • Recognition on website, in our annual Tech Directory (printed in Jan 2019), through badging at events, etc.
  • Special Invitation to Advisors Only Networking Receptions in Spring + Fall (4 receptions)
  • Steeply Discounted Registration to: Outlook for Tech Event, State of Technology Conference + NC Tech Awards Gala*
  • Access to Private Advisors Gatherings + VIP Receptions at Signature Events
  • Quarterly Newsletters
  • Complimentary Subscription to Business North Carolina magazine
  • Special Invitations (to join NC TECH at select partner events + other opportunities)

*Advisor Value on Registration Rates for (3) Signature Events in 2019

$590 (member regular registration rate) - $150 (advisor registration rate at $50 per event) = $450 savings

Member Registration Rates for (3) Signature Events in 2019

Outlook for Tech $175 + State of Tech $215 + NC Tech Awards $200 = $590


$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 + meetings on our calendar, + communicate virtually with newsletters/special message + 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 +/or to sign up to serve, complete the form below or contact Emily Young.


ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

ADT Cybersecurity 
Ron Culler - CTO

Laurie Leigh - Director of Sales

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

AirTight FaciliTech
Tony Rossi - Head of Mission Critical Solutions

Alamance-Burlington School System
Dennis Frye - Executive Director, Technology

Ally Financial
Keith Gordon - Chief Information Security Officer

Altus UC
Chris Smith - Director - Business Development

APEX Analytix, LLC
Walt Kristick - SVP, CIO

Dave Boeberitz - Systems Development Lead

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Greg Lamm - Vice President, Information Technology

ATCOM Business Technology Solutions
Dan Litman - Director of Sales

Atrium Health
Michael Johnson - Director of Innovation

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

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

B/E Aerospace
Ben Holder - Corporate Director Enterprise Applications

Noreen Allen - Chief Marketing Officer

Bank of America
Casey Smith - Private Client Advisor

Amish Patel - D&TS Business Information Officer-Deposits, Operations and Fraud

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Jo Abernathy - CIO

Harmandeep Singh - Co-Founder + Chief Growth Officer

Builders Mutual Insurance Group
Alan Mercaldo - Vice President, CIO

Cadrillion Capital
Mike Hillhouse - Chief Information Officer/Security Officer

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Doug Speight - Executive Director, American Underground

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Steve Ermish - CIO

Sean Ahlum - Director of Business Development

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Rob Simora - CTO

Derek Kelly - State Local Government + Legislative Affairs Manager

Cherry Bekaert
Kara Stucky - Senior Tax Manager

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Jeffrey Moore - Regional Manager, NC Public Sector


Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Austin Hall - Audit Manager

Coastal Federal Credit Union
David Faleski - CIO

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Darrell Thompson - VP Information Systems + Services

Darren Anderson - Regional Sales Manager - NC, SC

JP Dougherty - Director of Sales

Debra Ferris - Senior Account Executive

Corning Optical Communications
Rama Kandala - Director of IT

Craven Community College
Annette Walker - IT Program Coordinator/Faculty

Creative Visions Strategic Events + Media
Matt Murray - Director

Credit Suisse
Kevin Walker - Director, Information Technology

Crown Castle Fiber
Jeff Fisherauer - Enterprise Account Executive – NC

Kristine Gibson - Business Development Executive

Joe Bell - CEO

Dais X
Neal Davis - CEO

Dassault Systemes Americas
Tom Schorr - Director, Technology Alliances, Strategy + Market Development

Paula White - CEO/President

DataStaff, Inc
Rob Crabill - Senior Vice President of Operations

Daring Systems
Anne Hungate - President

Dell Technologies
Brent Taylor - Senior Director, Global Supply Chain

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

Dimension Data
Grant Sainsbury - SVP, Solutions

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Tom Tollerton - Senior Manager - Cybersecurity Advisory Services

Dan Lumsden - Regional Director

DoubleBlaze Consulting
Ron Boling - Partner

Dualboot Partners
Michelle Coviello - VP of Client Development

Duke Energy
Chris Heck - CIO

Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Meredith Conder - Executive Director, Executive Education

Duke University + Duke Health, Office of Licensing + Ventures
Dinesh Divakaran - Associate Director, Office of Licensing + Ventures

Spencer Snedecor - Regional Director

Eagle Creek Software Services
Kevin Burkhart - Executive Vice President

ECPI University - Raleigh Campus
Bill Armour - Campus President

Embassy of Canada
Zachary Zimmerman - Trade Commissioner - FDI Promotion

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

Bray Jones - Chief Technology Officer

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

Bob Glass - Carolinas Market Business Development Leader

Fidelity Investments
Jillian Munro - SVP Enterprise Cybersecurity

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

Emily Colligan - Account Manager

ForeScout Technologies, Inc.
Gary Riggi - Regional Account Manager

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

Freudenberg IT LP (FIT)
Katie Thacker - Business Development Manager

Eric Massenburg - President

Genworth Financial
George Reichert - CIO

Greene Resources, Inc
Caitlin Hooks - Director of Client Development

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes - Director of IT

Hall Booth Smith PC
Richard Sheinis - Partner

HCL America Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Norm Miller - Account Executive

HireNetworks Inc.
Tina Cochrane - VP, Client Development

Hornets Sports + Entertainment
Ronnie Bryant - VP of IT

Greg Boone - President + CEO

IES Commercial, Inc.
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

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

InfusionPoints LLC
Rob Seate - SVP + Chief Cyber Risk Strategist

Inmar Inc.
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

Mike Lipps - CEO

Intellectual Capitol
Barry Newkirk - Managing Partner

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

IT People
Sai Nidamarty - Co-Founder + CEO

Jack A. Heil, CPA CFF PFS
Jack A. Heil - CPA

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

Jones Lang LaSalle
Ryan Lawrence - Vice President

Jonathan Shough - SVP + CIO

LaVallee + Associates
Mike LaVallee - Managing Partner

LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC
Dave Recchion – Principal

Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Jerry Fralick - Chief Security Officer

Patrick O’Neil – Global Corporate Communications Director, Technology Strategy

Live Oak Bank
Thomas Hill - Chief Information Security Officer

Lord Corporation
Michael Lubak - Director, Business + Information Technology

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President

Lisa Russell - Director

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

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Medfusion, Inc.
Dan Harmon - VP of Product + Strategy

Meridian IT Inc.
Gary Shipman - National Account Manager

Kim Donica - Vice President, GTO

NC Association of Electric Cooperatives
Chris VanLokeren - Chief Information Officer

NC State Poole College of Management
Dan McGurrin - Director, Executive Education

Net Friends, Inc.
John Snyder - President

Bob Seaton - VP Engineering

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Sam Whitt - Counsel

North Carolina Department of IT
Glenn Poplawski - Solutions Director/Chief Solutions Officer

NorthState Technology Solutions
Marc Montoro - General Manager

NTT Data Services
Carrick Carpenter - Vice President, Provider Solutions


One Source Communications
Kirk Waddell - Director of Business Development

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Opex Technologies
Ronnie Harrell - Managing Partner

Ryan Minto - VP External Affairs, United Health Group

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

PassionIT Group, Inc.
Scott Rose - Managing Partner

Peter Millar
Bob Bowling – VP, Technology

Pfeiffer University
Kenneth Russell - VP Digital Transformation + CIO

Pfizer, Inc.
Melissa Bishop-Murphy - Senior Director

Piedmont Services Group
Matthew Foley - Technology Solutions Manager

Pillar Technologies
Dan Putman - Craftmanship Vanguard

Pitney Bowes Digital Commerce
Chris Spencer - State Government Client Executive

Poyner Spruill LLP
Eric Stevens - Partner

Public Consulting Group, Inc.
Rick Purcell - Associate Manager

Hal Hawisher - COO

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

Randstad Technologies
Tim Morris - Managing Director

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology

Rebyc Security
Keith Haskett - President + CEO

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

Red Zone Resources, Inc.
Michael Barefoot - President

Shannon McKeen - Consultant

Resolvit, LLC
Craig Scates - Partner

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

Riverturn, Inc.
Kevin Duerr - CEO

Olga Muller - Director, Business Development

RTI International
Michael Kaelin - EVP + CFO

Rural Sourcing Inc.
Monty Hamilton - CEO

Ryan van Biljon - Vice President, Sales + Services

Sarah Levitt, LLC
Sarah Levitt - President

Bill McKeown - Sr. Manager, Global Data Centers

Shaw University - Office of the CIO
Hooshang Foroudastan - CIO

Signature Consultants, LLC
John Suther - Local IT Branch Manager

Silver Tree Consulting + Services
Cliff Strickland - Vice President, Technology Modernization

Sirius Computer Solutions
Jim Olevano - Technology Professional

Skookum Inc.
Bryan Delaney - Co-Founder + VP

Small Footprint, Inc.
Seth Carpien - VP of Sales

Smith Anderson
Joe Dickinson - Partner

Joyce Weiland - President

SolarWinds MSP
Brian Benfer – Senior Director, Sales

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

Spirit Communications
Ricky Pitts - Regional Sales Manager

Square 1 Bank
Tony Brill - Vice President, Software Development

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

Supreme Court of North Carolina
Fred Wood - Director of IT

Syneos Health
Jim Mulholland - Vice President, Digital Business Technology Innovation

Syntelli Solutions, Inc.
Shikha Bhatnagar - CTO

Syzygy Solutions, LLC
Dean Dolittle - Principal Partner + Sales Executive

Tableau Software 
Chuck Ellstrom - Regional Sales Director

Talent Dimensions LLC
Cile Johnson - Chief Business Officer

Ken Bednasz - Vice President of Application Engineering

The Fahrenheit Group
William Kaluza - Managing Director


Sasha Birger - CIO

Katherine Hostetler - Enterprise Account Manager

Trillium Health Resources
Mike Lewis - VP Technology + Informatics, CIO

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

Unique Comp Inc
Gautam Tooley - Sr. Vice President

Vaco, LLC
Josh Haymond - Partner

Veracity Solutions
Scott Heffield - VP of Delivery

Vidant Health
Tammy Wilkins - Talent Acquisition Consultant

Visible Value, LLC
Chandra Storrusten - Managing Director

Scott Feinstein - Sr. Director - Govt. + Education Sales

Waste Industries USA, Inc.
Hubert Barkley - Director, Information Technology Services

Wells Fargo
Erica Frazier - Vice President

Bobby Condon - GM, Southeast

WGU North Carolina
Catherine Truitt - Chancellor

Winston Salem State University
Derrick Murray - Chief Information Officer

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

Wyrick Robbins Yates + Ponton LLP
Tara Cho - Partner, Privacy/Data Security Practice

Xerox Corporation
Michael Spinelli - Sr.Client Manager, Public Sector

Zencos Consulting, LLC
Fritz Lehman - EVP Sales + Marketing

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