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 + 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 + more exclusive relationship building opportunities.

Board of Advisor Webinar

View this short 4 minute video introduction to the Board of Advisors, hosted by NC TECH President + CEO Brooks Raiford




NC TECH Advisor Benefits:

  • Recognition on website, in our annual Tech Directory (printed in Jan 2020) and through badging at events, etc.
  • Special Invitation to Advisor Only Networking Receptions in Spring + Fall (4 receptions)
  • Flat pricing of $50 each for three of our signature events, for a total of $150 vs. regular member rate of $590. A $450 savings!
  • Access to Private Advisor Gatherings + VIP Receptions at Signature Events
  • Quarterly Newsletters
  • Complimentary Subscription to Business North Carolina magazine 
  • Connect with fellow Advisors through the private LinkedIn Group.


$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 Erin Jones.


Patricia Pepper - Managing Director

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

AirTight FaciliTech
Mara Fowler - Customer Experience Manager

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

Ally Financial
Keith Gordon - Chief Information Security Officer

American Technology Services, Inc.
Chris Schoenwetter - Team Lead, Security Services

APEX Analytix, LLC
Walt Kristick - SVP, CIO

Dave Boeberitz - Systems Development Lead

AT&T North Carolina
Brian Smith - Account Executive

Atlantic Packaging
Ken Thompson - Software Development Manager

Atrium Health
Michael Johnson - Director of Innovation

Avaso Technology Solutions, Inc.
Tonya Smyth - Global Account Executive

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

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

Noreen Allen - Chief Marketing Officer

Bank of America
Ben Pattison - Senior Vice President

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

Blue Acorn iCi
Mark Kelley - VP of Digital Engagement

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Jo Abernathy - CIO

Matt Bowen - Vice President, IT

Builders Mutual Insurance Group
Alan Mercaldo - Vice President, CIO

Candor Search
Kevin Poindexter - President

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Central Piedmont's Computer Technology Institute
Karla Shields - Executive Director

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

City National Bank
Jason Olds - Senior Vice President

City of Wilson
Will Aycock - Greenlight Manager

Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Austin Hall - Audit Manager

Coastal Federal Credit Union
David Faleski - CIO

Darren Anderson - Regional Sales Manager - NC, SC

Chris Hughes - Sales Director, Southeast

Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

Armon Rahgozar - Head of Conduent Technology Innovation

Corning Optical Communications
Rama Kandala - Director of IT

John Ruggles - Business Development Manager

Craven Community College
Annette Walker - IT Program Coordinator/Faculty

Creative Visions Strategic Events + Media
Matt Murray - Director

Credit Karma
Ashleigh Anderson - Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Credit Suisse
Luca Blanzuoli - Director, Global QA

Crown Castle Fiber
Jeff Fisherauer - Enterprise Account Executive – NC

Chris Hodges - Account Executive

Joe Bell - CEO

Cumberland Group
Justin Ivy - VP Sales Operations, Carolinas

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

Shelly Smith - Vice President of Business Development

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

Datum Software
Mary K. Guberman - Director of Client Services

Dell Technologies

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

Josh Mellott - Strategic Account Manager

Dimension Data

Dan Lumsden - Regional Director

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

DoubleBlaze Consulting
Ron Boling - Partner

Dualboot Partners
Michelle Coviello - VP of Client Development

Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business
Anita Stockmans - Director Business Development, 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
Danielle Sutton - Development Manager - University Partnerships

Kate Lewis - Branch Director

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

Embassy of Canada
Zachary Zimmerman - Trade Commissioner - FDI Promotion

Bray Jones - Chief Technology Officer

Eric Bezek - Regional Sales Director, N.C.

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

Bob Glass - Carolinas Market Business Development Leader

Robert Van Geons - President + CEO

Fidelity Investments
Jillian Munro - Head of Technology, Fidelity Digital Assets

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

ForeScout Technologies
Gary Riggi - Account Manager

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

Eric Massenburg - President

Genworth Financial
George Reichert - CIO

Global Knowledge
Charlie Baird - VP, Marketing

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

Greene Resources, Inc
Caitlin Hooks - Director of Client Development

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes - Director of IT

Sean McGhee - Senior Director, Strategic Relationships + Business Development

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

High Performance Technologies
Marty Chilton - VP of Sales + Services

HireNetworks Inc.
Tina Cochrane - VP, Client Development

Hornets Sports + Entertainment
Ronnie Bryant - VP of IT

HuntSource LLC
Matt Donato - Co-Founder + Managing Partner

Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

IES Communications
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

iiT Consulting
Mary Siero - President

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

InfusionPoints LLC
Gary Daemer - President

Inmar Inc.
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

Mike Lipps - CEO

Intellectual Capitol
Barry Newkirk - Managing Partner

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

IT People
Sai Nidamarty - Co-Founder + CEO

Ryan Lawrence - Vice President

Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

K+L Gates
Margaret N. Rosenfeld - Partner

Jonathan Shough - SVP + CIO

LaVallee + Associates
Mike LaVallee - Managing Partner

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

Trey Harb - Business Development

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

Live Oak Bank
Thomas Hill - Chief Information Security Officer

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Terry Phelps - SVP, MIS

Lord Corporation
Michael Lubak - Director, Business + Information Technology

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President


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

Jeff Barnhart - SVP - State Government Relations

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Kim Donica - Vice President, GTO

Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

NC Association of Electric Cooperatives
Chris VanLokeren - Chief Information Officer

Charles Carter - COO for Technology + Operations

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

NC State Executive Education
Dan McGurrin - Director, Executive Education

NC Tech Road
Jay Norman - CEO

neteffect technologies
Steve Deckard - Director of Sales

Bob Seaton - VP Engineering

Network Products, Inc.
Jennifer Sweet - Manufacturer Sales Representative - Legrand/Superior Essex

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Sam Whitt - Counsel

NextGen Tek Consulting
Dr. Harry Hunter - CEO

North Carolina Community Colleges System
Jim Parker - SVP + CIO

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

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

NorthState Technology Solutions
Marc Montoro - General Manager

NTT Data Services

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

Pacific Western Bank
Tony Brill - VP, Application Development

Palo Alto Networks
Anthony Fanale - Managing Director

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

PassionIT Group, Inc.
Jill Tracy - Business Manager

PC Matic
Eric Moore - Territory Account Executive

Peter Millar
Bob Bowling – VP, Technology

Pfeiffer University

Pfizer, Inc.
Melissa Bishop-Murphy - Senior Director

Piedmont Services Group
Matthew Foley - Technology Solutions Manager

Pitney Bowes Digital Commerce
Chris Spencer - State Government Client Executive

Poyner Spruill LLP
Eric Stevens - Partner

Public Consulting Group, Inc.
Cliff Daniel - Director

Hal Hawisher - COO

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

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology

Rebyc Security
Keith Haskett - President + CEO

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

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

Ridgemont Equity Partners
Anthony Cassano - Partner

Olga Muller - Director, Business Development

Robb Hultin - President

RTI International
Michael Kaelin - EVP + CFO

Rural Sourcing Inc.
Monty Hamilton - CEO

Ryan van Biljon - Vice President, Sales + Services

Bill McKeown - Sr. Manager, Global Data Centers

Brandon Stevens - Founder/CEO

Will Tomick - Marketing Coordinator

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

Jaimie Anzelone - Director of Marketing + Communications

Smith Anderson
Joe Dickinson - Partner

Joyce Weiland - President

SolarWinds MSP
Chanel Chambers – Senior Director of Product Marketing 

Solution Focused Agile
Maurice Hagar – President 

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

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

Mitch Needles - Regional Account Executive

StoneLaurel Consulting
George Williams - Chief Integration Officer

Stratice, LLC
Scott Franklin - COO

Stratifyd, Inc
Derek Wang - Founder + CEO

Jake Kiser - COO

Syneos Health
Darrin Pohlman - VP Enterprise Architecture + Strategy, Business Technology Innovation

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Jim Kunz - VP Business Development + Channel Sales

Tableau Software 
Chuck Ellstrom - Regional Sales Director

Talent Dimensions LLC
Cile Johnson - Chief Business Officer

Ricardo Madan - Vice President, Technology Products + Services

Ken Bednasz - Vice President of Application Engineering

TelWare Corporation 
Michael Canipe - Sales + Marketing Director

The Fahrenheit Group
William Kaluza - Managing Director

Jeff Waide - RVP of Sales

Sasha Birger - CIO

Katherine Hostetler - Enterprise Account Manager

Trend Micro
Lou Karwoski - Regional Account Manager, NC

Tri-Merit LLC, R+D Tax Services
Jason Jones - General Counsel/Director

Trilliant Networks
Prem Ranganath - VP, Quality + Risk Management

TriNet HR Corporation
Marlana Bunn - Senior Consultant

UNC Chapel Hill - School of Information + Library Science
Helen Tibbo - Alumni Distinguished Professor

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

Unified Technology Systems
Scarlet Powell - Director of Strategic Accounts

Vaco, LLC
Molly Snyder - Senior Associate - Technology

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

Wells Fargo
Erica Frazier - Vice President

Ashlund Dunaway - Community Director, Carolinas

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
Molly Martinson - Attorney

Yield Group Growth Advisory
Gary Schwake - Managing Partner

Matt Vertrees - Director, System Integrators

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