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

View this short 4 minute video introduction to the Board of Advisors, and the Advisor Brochure below. 

  Advisor brochure


members of the board of advisors

A Cultivated Mindset
Patrick Hill - Executive Director

Emily Larkin - Chief Information Security Officer

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

Ally Financial
Keith Gordon - Chief Information Security Officer

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

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

Bank of America
Ben Pattison - Senior Vice President

Blue Acorn iCi
Mark Kelley - VP of Digital Engagement

Blue Cross NC
Jo Abernathy - CIO

BrightFlow Technologies
Brian Mangum - Founder

Brighthouse Financial
Drake Cody - Head of Security Operations

Builders Mutual Insurance Group
Alan Mercaldo - Vice President, CIO

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Cherry Bekaert
Kara Stucky - Senior Tax Manager

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

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

Shaun Olsen - CEO

Coastal Credit Union
David Faleski - CIO

Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

Armon Rahgozar - Head of Conduent Technology Innovation

Confianz Global, Inc
Anoop Menon - President + CEO

Cheryl Casale - Director of Sales

John Ruggles - Business Development Manager

Corvid Cyberdefense
Pete Seeber, Chief Strategy + Risk Officer

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

Mary Brezler - Senior Client Partner, Health Solutions

Cumberland Group
Damond VanWeerdhuizen - Enterprise Account Executive

Curran Biotech
Ken Russell - Chief Innovation Officer

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

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
Diane Zanner - Manager Production Operations

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

Dan Lumsden - Regional Director

Ed Carroll - General Manager

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

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

End to End Computing
Esteve Mede - CEO

Eric Bezek - Regional Sales Director, NC

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

ExtraHop Networks
Kevin Bartlett - Regional Sales Manager

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 Planning + Information Services
Deanne Wesley - Chair, Davis iTEC Center

Eric Massenburg - President

Garrison Consulting
Lynne Garrison - President

Genworth Financial
George Reichert - CIO

Giga Data Centers
Rick Sanford - CIO/CTO

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

High Performance Technologies
Marty Chilton - VP of Sales + Services

HireNetworks Inc.
Craig Stone - CEO

Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

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

Molly Harper - Account Executive

Mike Lipps - CEO

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

Brian Cesca - Senior Director

IT People
Sai Nidamarty - Co-Founder + CEO

Jackrabbit Technologies
Darin Soll - COO

Ryan Lawrence - Executive Vice President

Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

K+L Gates
Margaret N. Rosenfeld - Partner

Jonathan Shough - SVP + CIO

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

Trey Harb - Business Development

Live Oak Bank
Thomas Hill - Chief Information Security Officer

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Terry Phelps - SVP, MIS

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

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Shayesteh Sims - VP, End User Technology

Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

Tony Galati - CEO

Jerry Passione - Senior Director, Corporate Engagement + Relations

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

Bob Seaton - VP Engineering

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

Josh Mellott - Enterprise Acount Executive

One Source
Eric Gressel - Executive Vice President

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Opex Technologies
Ronnie Harrell - Managing Partner

Sheila Benny - President

Kerri Patterson - Director of IT

Brittany Botzum - Application Sales Manager

Orion Innovation
Ben Vellani - Account Executive

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

Partners Behavioral Health Management
Michael Kincaid - CIO

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

Poyner Spruill LLP
Eric Stevens - Partner

Jeff Maze - Founder / CEO


Hal Hawisher - COO

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

Rapidops Inc.
Aaron Petrosky - President

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology

Rebyc Security
Keith Haskett - President + CEO

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

REEDS Jewelers
Arthur Phidd - Chief Information Officer

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

John Lane - Vice President - Talent Consultant

RightDirection Technology Solutions
Joey Hutchins - President + CEO

Olga Muller - Director, Business Development

RTI International
Michael Kaelin - EVP + CFO

RTriad Enterprises LLC
Kevin Robinson - President/CTO

Rural Sourcing Inc.
Monty Hamilton - CEO

Bill McKeown - Sr. Manager, Global Data Centers

Will Tomick - Marketing Coordinator

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

Jaimie Anzelone - Director of Marketing + Communications

Smart CellCo
Carroll Spencer II - President

Smith Anderson
Joe Dickinson - Partner

Joyce Weiland - President

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

Spreedly Inc.
Jillian Munro - CTO

Stearns Financial Group
Dennis Stearns - President

Mitch Needles - Regional Account Executive

StoneLaurel Consulting
George Williams - Chief Integration Officer

Stratice, LLC
Scott Franklin - COO

Jake Kiser - COO

Syneos Health
John Maslanski - VP Analytics + Collaboration

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Matthew Royse - Marketing Director

Greg Michalek - Director of Business Development

Ken Bednasz - Vice President of Application Engineering

TelWare Corporation 

Terra Dotta
Anthony Rotoli - CEO

Eric Wimer - CEO

The Fahrenheit Group
William Kaluza - Managing Director

The Nautical Group
John Sidebotham - EVP

Think Tech Advisors
Ed Burton - President

Jonathan Harrell - Regional Manager

Jeff Waide - RVP of Sales

Sasha Birger - CIO

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
Marlana Bunn - Senior HR + Benefit Consultant

Amy Stewart - VP, Enterprise Technology

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

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

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

Vaco, LLC
Emily Gamiel - Senior Associate

Kimberli Nichols - Account Manager

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

Rob Katz - CEO

Wells Fargo
Erica Frazier - Vice President

WGU North Carolina
Catherine Truitt - Chancellor

Whitehall Advisory Group
Michael Teden - Chairman

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

John Christy - Senior Account Manager

Matt Vertrees - Director, Global Alliances


$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.

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