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.

2022 Board of Advisor Benefits

  • Discounted registration for NC TECH Signature Events (in-person registration discounted value of $400+).

  • Access to Advisor-only VIP gatherings at Signature Events with premium food and drinks.

  • Recognition of Advisor status on name badges and in our Board of Advisor online directory.

  • Exclusive Advisor Network Socials in Spring and Fall (fun activities such as Top Golf, escape rooms, brewery/winery tours and tastings, etc).

  • Board of Advisor quarterly newsletter and poll.

  • Access to exclusive Advisor group in the NC TECH Connect virtual community.

  • Complimentary subscription to Business North Carolina magazine.

  • Invitations to join NC TECH, from time-to-time, for special events.

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

Contact 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

Emily Larkin - Chief Information Security Officer

Ed Fody - Director

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

Ally Financial
Dan Lemont - Head - Technology Strategy + Execution

Phillip Appel - Founder

Patrick Coleman - Tax Partner - Technology

AT&T North Carolina
Brian Smith - Account Executive

Atlantic Packaging
Ken Thompson - Software Development Manager

Stacy Stratton - State + Local Executive

Nichol MacDonald - VP, Compliance Operations

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

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

Noreen Allen - Chief Marketing Officer

Dan Faltyn - CIO

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

Brown Advisory
Chris Wilson - Client Advisor

Catalent Pharma Solutions
Lindsay Fernandez - VP, IT Enterprise Applications

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Cherry Bekaert
Megan Hutchinson - Partner

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

CITE Research
Andrew Edwards - SVP, Polling + Insights

Ian Gertler - Social Media Strategist

Clancy and Theys
Mike Infinger - Director of Information Technology

Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Cloud Giants
Kelly Pfrommer - CEO

Shaun Olsen - CEO

CNP Technologies
Trey Harb - Sr. Client Executive

Coastal Credit Union
David Faleski - CIO

Coca-Cola Consolidated
Darrell Thompson - Sr. Vice President, CIO

Darren Anderson - Major Account Manager

Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

Armon Rahgozar - Head of Conduent Technology Innovation

Confianz Global, Inc
Anoop Menon - President + CEO

Cheryl Casale - Director of Sales

Conterra Networks
Selwyn Scott - Area Sales Manager

Corning Optical Communications
Angela Haneklau - VP of Sales

Credit Karma
Ashleigh Anderson - Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Cumberland Group
Damond VanWeerdhuizen - Enterprise Account Executive

Curran Biotech
Ken Russell - Chief Innovation Officer

Ram Jeyaraman - CTO

Jason White - Director - Search + Placement

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

Sam Gibbs - Specialist Executive

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

Digital Realty
Steve Eanes - Senior Account Manager

Dan Lumsden - Regional Director

Shannon Draegen - COO

DoubleBlaze Consulting
Ron Boling - Partner

Dualboot Partners
Michelle Coviello - VP of Client Development

Dude Solutions
Jodi McDermott - Chief Product Officer

John Castillo - Account Executive

Eagle Creek Software Services
Kevin Burkhart - Executive Vice President

Elon University - Office of the CIO
Pat Donohue - Assistant CIO + Director of Campus Technology Support

Embassy of Canada
Zachary Zimmerman - Trade Commissioner - FDI Promotion

Empowered Benefits
Amish Patel - CIO

George Reichert - CIO

End to End Computing
Esteve Mede - CEO

Antwine Jackson - President

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

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

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

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

Bill Harvey - Director, Southeast Public Sector

Garrison Consulting Group
Lynne Garrison - President

Bobbi Hall - Sr. Account Executive

Gig East Exchange
Will Aycock - Greenlight Manager

Giga Data Centers
Rick Sanford - CIO/CTO

Gilead Sciences
Marc Berson - SVP + CIO

Givens Communities
Richard Foor - Corporate Technology Director

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

Greyshore Associates
Paula Paul - Distinguished Engineer + Owner

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

HireNetworks Inc.
Craig Stone - CEO

Hornets Sports + Entertainment
Ronnie Bryant - SVP + CIO

Hyper Source
Pawan Misra - CEO

Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

IEM Inc.
Theodore Lemcke - CTO

IES Communications
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

Individual - Anna Langford
Anna Langford

Individual - Oita Coleman
Oita Coleman

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

Inmar Intelligence
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

Molly Harper - Account Executive

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

Jackrabbit Technologies
Darin Soll - COO

Ryan Lawrence - Executive Vice President

Chessy West - CFO

Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

Kinetic by Windstream
Richard Lehman - Consultant

Kryo Inc
Trey Robinson - VP of Engineering


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

Live Oak Bank
Renato Derraik - Chief Technology + Digital Officer

JP Conklin - CEO

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Terry Phelps - SVP, MIS

Steve Brewer - Director, State Regulatory + Legislative Affairs

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President

MAXX Potential
John Spauls - Principal Technologist

McGriff Insurance Services
Baker Freiberg - Employee Benefits Consultant

McGuireWoods Consulting
Laura Puryear - VP Government Relations - State

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Shayesteh Sims - VP, End User Technology

Michael Best + Friedrich
Joseph A. Dickinson - Partner

Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

Bill Taylor - VP, Outreach + Partnership Development

Charles Carter - Assistant Secretary for Technology Services

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

NC Tech Road
Jay Norman - CEO

Newmark Knight Frank
Issac Brown - Associate

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Sam Whitt - Counsel

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

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

Erica Emerson - CEO + Founder

One Source
Eric Gressel - Executive Vice President

Sean Larkin - CEO

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Opex Technologies
Ronnie Harrell - Managing Partner

Sheila Benny - President


Jessica Garcia - Regional Manager, Higher Education

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

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 Service Group
Matthew Foley - Technology Solutions Manager

Pyramid Consulting
Montae Monroe - Market Sales Account Manager

Jeff Maze - Founder / CEO

Hal Hawisher - COO

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

Random Bit
Susanne Ungerer - CEO

Rapid Technologies
Hanna Sylo - Regional Sales Manager

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology

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

REEDS Jewelers
Arthur Phidd - Chief Information Officer

Kay Krafft - CEO

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

Rural Sourcing Inc.
Monty Hamilton - CEO

Tim Campbell - IT Director

Jim Kunz - Enterprise Sales Executive

Segra Communications
Will Tomick - Marketing Coordinator

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

Smart CellCo
Carroll Spencer II - President

Smith Anderson
Lori Fuller - Attorney

Charlie Fitzpatrick - District Manager

Joyce Weiland - President

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

Brad Schomber - CFO

Spreedly Inc.
Christopher Hudel - CISO

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

StoneLaurel Consulting
George Williams - Chief Integration Officer

Jocelyne Terilli - Marketing Manager

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Jacob Godwin - Marketing + Communications Manager

Syneos Health
John Maslanski - VP Analytics + Collaboration

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Matthew Royse - Marketing Director

Steve Canterbury - Director of Finance

Eric Wimer - CEO

The Diversity Movement
Kurt Merriweather - Head of Products

The Nautical Group
John Sidebotham - EVP

Think Tech Advisors
Ed Burton - President

Jeff Waide - RVP of Sales

Ronnie Duncan - CEO

Sasha Birger - CIO

Town of Cary
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin - CIO

Trend Micro
Lou Karwoski - Regional Account Manager, NC

Trilliant Networks
Prem Ranganath - VP, Quality + Risk Management

TriNet HR
Marlana Bunn - Senior HR + Benefit Consultant

Amy Stewart - VP, Enterprise Technology

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

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

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

Tino Lancellotti - VP of Global Infrastructure + Production Support


$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

Board of Advisor benefits overview video

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