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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.

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2022 Advisor Benefits

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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
Keith Tobias - Principal

5S Technologies
Mike Shook - CEO

Emily Larkin - Chief Information Security Officer

Ed Fody - Director

ACF Technologies, Inc.
Jan Opalka - CEO + President

Jim Molnar - Senior Client Director

Aligned Technology Group
John Zemonek - Managing Director

Alliance of Professionals + Consultants
Troy Roberts - CEO

Ally Financial
Dan Lemont - Executive Director - Tech Strategy + Office of the CIO

APCO Worldwide
Travis Bullard - Senior Director

Patrick Coleman - Tax Partner - Technology

AT&T North Carolina
Brian Smith - Account Executive

Atlantic Packaging
Ken Thompson - Software Development Manager

Attain Partners
Philip Agee - President & Chief Operating Officer

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

Axiom Path, Inc.
Sakib Kadak - CEO/Principal

David Doolittle - Vice President of Global Communications

Bizcom Global
Mark Wiener - President

Blue Acorn iCi
Mark Kelley - VP of Digital Engagement

Blue Cross NC
Jo Abernathy - CIO


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

Ashley Berenson - Vice President, Product

Asaf Gendler - Director of Product Management

CEM Corporation
Mark Raynard - Director of IT

Centri Business Consulting
Ryan Starkes - Partner

Cherry Bekaert
Megan Hutchinson - Partner

Cisco Systems, Inc.
Liz McCormick - Regional Sales Manager

City of Raleigh - Department of IT
Beth Stagner - Director, Enterprise Applications + Data

Clarkston Consulting
Michelle Tartalio - Associate Partner

Marty McDermott - COO

CNP Technologies
Faye Postma - Director of Marketing

Coastal Credit Union
TJ Wyman - Chief Digital Services Officer

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

Tony Rossi - Field Applications Engineer

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

Credit Suisse
Paul Masterson - Director of Cognitive + Digital Services 

Cross Impact Coaching
Betsy Kauffman - Founder + CEO

Don Shin - Founder + CEO

Data Network Solutions

Ram Jeyaraman - CTO

Jason White - Director - Search + Placement

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

Davis Moore
Matthew Cooke - Partner

Dean Dorton
Jason Miller - Business Consulting Director

Dell Technologies
Sean Hayes - Director of Product Operations

Sam Gibbs - Specialist Executive

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

DH Griffin
Patrick Love - Director of IT

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

Duke Executive Education - Fuqua School of Business
Anita Stockmans - Director, Executive Education

Duke Tech Solutions
Sudheer Dharanikota - Managing Director

John Castillo - Account Executive

ECPI University - Raleigh Campus
Natalie Ocean - Business Development Manager

Elevance Health
Amish Patel - CTO, Technology Platform + Cloud Enablement

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

George Reichert - CIO

Antwine Jackson - President

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

Eric Bezek - Regional Sales Director, NC

ERC Broadband
Bradley Cain - Vice President

Kevin Lareau - Sr. Enterprise Account Executive

Justin Hanke - Senior Manager, Technology Consulting

Fayetteville Cumberland County EDC
Robert Van Geons - President + CEO

Fayetteville Public Works Commission
Mark Lawler - CIO

Fayetteville State University - Office of the CIO
Dr. Hector Molina - CIO

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

Fifth Third Bank
Preston Bergen - Triangle Market President

Fike + Co.
Anessa Fike - CEO

First Citizens
Jerome Savage - IT Systems Integrator

Pat Watkins - Sales Director

Fortuna BMC
Diana Potts - Chief Operating Officer

Garrison Consulting Group
Lynne Garrison - President

Bobbi Hall - Sr. Account Executive

Gilead Sciences
Marc Berson - SVP + CIO

Christopher Chesnutt - ABP, Google Data Center

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

Greene Resources
Dave Bartos - Technology Account Manager

GreerWalker LLP
Mark Haynes - Director of IT

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

Omar Hamid - CEO

HireNetworks Inc.
Craig Stone - CEO

Hornets Sports + Entertainment
Ronnie Bryant - SVP + CIO

Jenna Lazenby - Business Development Manager

Vishwani Dua - WW Delivery Migration Leader

ICAP - Intellectual Capitol
Barry Newkirk - Managing Partner

IEM Inc.
Theodore Lemcke - CTO

IES Communications
Gilbert Romo - VP of Sales + Marketing

Individual - Oita Coleman
Oita Coleman

Infosys Limited
Deverre Lierman - AVP, Delivery Head

Inmar Intelligence
Kevin Goode - Vice President of Information Technology

INTech Foundation
Jerika Jones - Executive Director

Internetwork Engineering
Sean Rollman - CTO

Invest Hong Kong
Dimitris Horiatis - Senior Manager, Innovation + Technology

Investors Title
Randy Moran - VP, Engineering

Melissa Wittner - President

Jackrabbit Technologies
Darin Soll - COO

Ryan Lawrence - Executive Vice President

Becky Scott - Sr. Manager, Technology Community

Erkang Zheng - CEO

Kilpatrick Townsend + Stockton LLP
Carl Sanders - Partner

Kinetic by Windstream
Sid Trivette - Sr. Client Solutions Expert

KTL Solutions
Stephen Reid - VP Sales + Marketing

Bola Oyegunwa - CIO, Labcorp Drug Development

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

Lobby CRE
Anne Hollander - CEO

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Terry Phelps - SVP, MIS

Anders Hanisch - Enterprise Account Executive

Steve Brewer - Director, State Regulatory + Legislative Affairs

Macro Integration Services, Inc.
Terry Morgan - President

Sarah Rogers - Program Manager + Consultant

MAXX Potential
John Spauls - Principal Technologist

McGuireWoods Consulting
Tommy Sevier - SVP for State Government Relations

Todd Broucksou - Senior Director of Community Support

Shayesteh Sims - VP, End User Technology

Michael Best + Friedrich

Scott Sample - Sr. Client Director

MiSource Staffing

Momentum Telecom
Ahmed Diallo - Major Account Executive

Charles Carter - Assistant Secretary for Technology Services

NC Tech Road
Jay Norman - CEO

Newmark Knight Frank
Issac Brown - Associate

Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Joe Dickinson - Member

North Carolina Community College System
Patrick Fleming - Sr. VP + 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


Erica Emerson - CEO + Founder

Sean Larkin - CEO

OnTarget Group, Inc.
Steven Dmiszewicki - CEO

Pacific Western Bank
Tony Brill - VP, Application Development

Parker Hannifin
Michael Lubak - Director, Business + Information Technology

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

PharmHand Consulting
Zack Miller - CEO

Pinnacle Financial Partners
Greg Winkler - Commercial Banking Manager

PS Solutions
Wayne Hippo - Owner/Managing Partner

Lennie Austin - Partner

Pyramid Consulting
Montae Monroe - Market Sales Account Manager

Jeff Maze - Founder / CEO

Racepoint Global
Stephanie Styons - Senior Vice President

RBC Bank
Richard White - Head of Technology 

Red Canary
Brennan Manion - Regional Director of Sales

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

REEDS Jewelers
Arthur Phidd - Chief Information Officer

Kay Krafft - CEO

Amanda Miller - Associate Director for the National Consortium for Data Science

Research Triangle Foundation
Kevin Patterson - Director of IT

Resolvit, LLC
Craig Scates - Partner

Retail Business Services LLC

RightDirection Technology Solutions
Joey Hutchins - President + CEO

RoleModel Software
Doug Meeker - Director of Business Development

RTI International

Brady Terrents - Senior IT Manager

Chris Hughes - Regional Director, Enterprise

Pryor Davis - N.C. V.P.

Christopher Lawson - Vice President

Segra Communications
Daniel Eskew - VP Enterprise Sales

Silver Tree Consulting + Services
Lauren Holt - CFO

Todd Christy - General Manager

Smart CellCo
Carroll Spencer II - President

Smith Anderson
Lori Fuller - Attorney

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

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
Jacob Godwin - Marketing + Communications Manager

Summit Leadership Partners
Nancy McNelis - VP Strategic Partnerships

Syneos Health
Stephen Rayada, EVP Enterprise Shared Services Technologies 

Synergy Technical
Dan Finn - Southeast Sales Manager

Syngenta Crop Protection
Christopher Langley - Global Head of IT, Seeds R&D

Steve Canterbury - Director of Finance

The Diversity Movement
Kurt Merriweather - Head of Products

The Hardy Financial Group
Andrea C. Hardy - Financial Planner

Ronnie Duncan - CEO

Town of Cary
Nicole Raimundo Coughlin - CIO

Sammie Ammons - Business Development Manager

Trend Micro
Lou Karwoski - Regional Account Manager, NC

Triangle Esports Academy
Caleb Smith - CEO

Trilliant Networks
Prem Ranganath - VP, Quality + Risk Management

TriNet HR
Heather Shaffer - Director of Sales

Jaye Anna Hill - Vice President, Cyber Security Manager

UNC Health
Rachel Foppiano - HCS Exec. Director: IT - System Relations

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

Vaco, LLC
Kara Heine - Business Development, Technology

Jim Olevano - Principal Architect

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

Western Governors University, North Carolina
Ben Coulter - Chancellor

Winston-Salem State University Office of the CIO
Raisha Cobb - CIO

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

Wyrick Robbins Yates + Ponton LLP
Molly Martinson - Attorney


$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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