The ITA staff is committed to working with our members.Fred Hoch, CEO
Fred leads the overall strategic direction and management of the association. 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. A native Californian, now a deep-rooted Chicagoan, he is always seeking out ways to get in the water. If that’s not available, he enjoys the outdoors through biking, hiking or kayaking with and without his wife, three children and black lab. <full bio
Sarah Habansky, Vice President
Since joining the ITA in 2005, Sarah has played an instrumental role in developing what is known today as Chicago's preeminent tech event, CityLIGHTS. Sponsorships for the awards gala have increased by 300% with attendance growing dramatically year-over-year under her leadership. Sarah provides the strategy, content and direction for all ITA programs, including forging partnerships with key leaders and organizations to extend the reach and awareness of ITA. Leveraging her days of working on Capitol Hill, Sarah directs the ITA advocacy initiative including trips to DC to meet with key government officials. Prior to the ITA, Sarah worked at the Executives' Club of Chicago and has extensive experiencing running association programs and political campaigns. When she isn't hard at work, Sarah enjoys running, yoga, reading and taking a vacation to warm destinations. Lauren Sheridan, Senior Manager, Talent Programs
is making it her sole focus to run and manage the ITA's Talent
Programs. Creating relationships and being on top of the trending
talent needs of our members is her first priority. As a former IT
recruiter, Lauren understands the increasing demands of Tech jobs in
Chicago among many other roles. In her spare time she enjoys trying new
restaurants and activities in the city, playing beach volleyball in the
summer and going back to visit her family in Michigan when she can.
Meghan Bradley, Member Program Manager
Meghan helps plan and execute ITA member events and is responsible for the coordination of ITA development programs that drive business growth for member companies. Prior to joining ITA, Meghan had extensive experience working with nonprofits and associations. Her most recent position was as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Sporting Goods Association where she planned the annual conference and marketing activities. When she isn't working on the newest ITA event, she likes traveling, reading news and fashion blogs, exploring Chicago's restaurants and enjoying football season.
Michelle Cox, Marketing & Communications Manager
Michelle is leading the charge to increase ITA's member communication, branding and visibility in the tech industry. A native Michigander, she moved back to the Midwest after spending five years in our nation's capital working for a business publication. In her spare time Michelle enjoys reading, explore sites in her adopted city of Chicago and traveling. She has been to five countries in the past three years, including spending five months living in South America.Sandy Thomas, Member Services Manager
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.Taylor Kinsella, TechNexus Clubhouse Coordinator
Taylor runs and coordinates the TechNexus Clubhouse. Her responsibilities include coordinating TechNexus membership, managing day-to-day tenant relations, and organizing event and meeting space. Taylor is also a freelance hairstylist in her free time. During her spare time, she enjoys lounging at the beach, playing Scrabble, having dinner with friends, traveling and exploring Chicago.