ITA Announces New Chair of Its Board of Directors
Monday, March 4, 2019
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
Jeremie Bacon named as chair of the Illinois Technology Association
Chicago, IL – March 4, 2019 – Today, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the election of Jeremie Bacon as the chair of its board of directors. Bacon is the CEO of Imagineer Technology Group, a position he has held since Imagineer’s 2018 merger with Synap Software Labs, which he co-founded in 2015. Before Synap, Bacon served as the president of Orc Group, and prior to that, he spent ten years as the president and CEO of Backstop Solutions, which he co-founded in 2003.
Bacon succeeds Fred Hoch, co-founder and general partner of TechNexus Venture Collaborative, who has served in the role for two years, following his tenure as founding CEO of the organization.
“I am excited to lead ITA’s board of directors and work closely with senior leadership to further execute ITA’s mission of making Chicago a leading tech hub,” said Bacon. “Having been a member for over a decade and serving on the board for several years, I understand the value ITA brings to individual companies and the community at large. The ITA has a very bright future and I look forward to helping the tech community in Illinois continue to grow and thrive.”
Supporting Bacon in his role is a newly aligned board of directors. ITA’s new board includes:
- Tina Gravel, SVP Global Channels, Cyxtera
- John Higginson, Chief Technology Officer, Enova
- Fred Hoch, General Partner & Co-Founder, TechNexus Venture Collaborative
- Stacey Kacek, Chief Executive Officer, One Plus Systems
- Julia Kanouse, Chief Executive Officer, ITA
- Amanda Lannert, Chief Executive Officer, Jellyvision
- Kelly Manthey, Chief Executive Officer, Solstice
- Ryan Milligan, Partner, ParkerGale
“It’s been my honor to serve as Executive Chair for the past two years,” said Hoch. “With a new board structure and Jeremie as chair, I’m more confident than ever in the impact ITA can have on the local tech community. As a seasoned entrepreneur, successful investor and advocate for Chicago tech, I have no doubt that Jeremie will help ITA realize it’s next iteration as it continues to grow and expand its services.”
During the last decade, ITA has crafted a new trade association business model specifically to maximize opportunities for technology companies to advance through key growth stages. The expansion of ITA has resulted in nearly 450 member companies benefitting from its program and service offerings, which include leadership exchanges, professional development workshops and advocacy programs, to name a few. The most influential aspect of ITA is its power to convene, as in the last year alone more than 5,000 executives from 2,000 companies engaged with ITA.