ITA Staff
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FRED HOCH
Executive Chairman
+1.312.924.1062 | fred@illinoistech.org
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Fred provides strategic direction and guidance to ITA. When he’s not doing that he is jumping in the fray with companies each and every day to figure out their needs and provide insight, connections and collaboration. He uses that spectrum of experiences, and a dose of sarcasm, in his daily business and personal endeavors. A native Californian, now a deep-rooted Chicagoan, he is always seeking out ways to get in the water and enjoy the outdoors through biking, hiking or kayaking with and without his wife, labrador and three children.

JULIA KANOUSE
CEO
+1.312.924.1443 | julia@illinoistech.org
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Julia leads the overall strategic direction and management of the association. She’s focused on strengthening and expanding the member value proposition to increase the ITA’s overall impact. Born and raised in Idaho, she might be one of the only Idahoans you’ll meet in the Midwest. Julia is an avid runner and keeps her training up by running after her three children.


TRISHA DEGG
VP Talent Programs, Executive Director TechForward
+1.312.924.1686 | trisha@illinoistech.org
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As the VP of Talent Programs, Trisha is here to help our member companies find the best in Chicago’s talent pool. With over 9 years of corporate recruiting, campus recruitment and HR experience, Trisha thrives on finding new ways to locate talent and is passionate about networking to share ideas. Originally from a small town in downstate Illinois, Trisha has become a city girl and enjoys exploring all Chicago has to offer! In her free time she likes to travel and is a self-proclaimed foodie and aims to try as many Chicago restaurants as possible.

JON PFISTERER
Director, Membership
+1.312.924.1694 | jon@illinoistech.org 
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Jon is responsible for growing the membership base of the ITA by building relationships within the tech community. With over 10 years in sales, 9 years in the healthcare association space, Jon brings a unique balance of selling and spokesmanship. Born in Chicago, but moved to the burbs as a baby,Jon grew up in Arlington Heights and now resides in Lake County. Jon is a tech enthusiast and has passion for all things tech.

NOLA RENNER
Senior Engagement Manager
+1.312.924.1682 | nola@illinoistech.org
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Nola leads the engagement strategy for ITA. She focuses on increasing the overall value for our members through the ongoing development and execution of the organization’s core areas of focus. Before joining the ITA team in 2014, Nola worked in Account Management and Digital Ad Sales. In her free time, Nola enjoys exploring the ever changing Chicago culinary scene, frequently traveling with her husband (they recently got married and went to the Greek Islands for their honeymoon!) and loves spending time with her family and friends.


GARY HOTZE
Marketing Manager
+1.312.924.1044 | gary@illinoistech.org
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Originally from Houston, Gary brings his Texas-sized personality to the table to help drive ITA’s marketing programs, including our digital presence on the website, social and email. With a formal degree in English and a background in development, he harnesses creativity and technical know-how to elevate the ITA brand and its members. An avid bike commuter and fitness enthusiast, he enjoys rides along the lake and weight lifting during the week. On the weekends, he is sure to be hosting a dinner party with friends or out dancing. 

SANDY THOMAS
Member Services Manager
+1.312.924.1061 | sandy@illinoistech.org
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Sandy handles all services and requests for our ITA member companies. Some of these services include scheduling member companies for ITA Spotlight and posting jobs to the ITA Talent Board. She also oversees the membership process. Prior to joining the ITA, Sandy worked in the publishing industry for nearly 9 years, and she previously worked for a professional sports and entertainment company. Sandy enjoys running, reading and spending time with her two daughters and husband.

KRISTINA ZWOLFER
Programs & Events Manager
+1.312.924.1031 | kristina@illinoistech.org
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Prior to joining ITA, Kristina worked at an Association Management Company in the events and education department. Kristina was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, trying new outdoor activities and enjoying the summer weather at the beach.

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