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ITA Establishes Leadership Council

Friday, May 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
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Chicago, IL – May 17, 2019The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced today the formation of its Leadership Council. Composed of over 30 of Chicago’s key tech leaders, the ITA Leadership Council will work to build connections, share expertise and establish a unified voice for the Chicago technology industry.

Meeting several times a year, the Council will provide big-picture thinking to help drive programming, investment and policy for the ITA and the tech community at large. Members of the Leadership Council will work with their peers to influence the programs and initiatives that will help grow Chicago into a top tier tech hub.

“We recently completed a reorganization of our Board of Directors, downsizing the team that is responsible for driving forward the key operations of the ITA,” said Julia Kanouse, CEO. “However, in so doing we wanted to make sure we did not lose touch with our member base and that we continued to bring together important industry leaders to help us drive forward big picture thinking and new initiatives that the ITA and the community, at large, should be undertaking.”

The Leadership Council has responsibility for approving the slate of ITA Board of Directors each year, providing feedback on current ITA initiatives and bringing new initiatives and ideas to the table for discussion and debate.

Members of the Leadership Council include:

  • Lisa Agona, Chief Marketing Officer, Ensono
  • Choon Auk Quek, Head of Cloud Platform - North Central & Canada, Google
  • Jeremie Bacon, CEO, Imagineer**
  • Denise Bindelglass, Head of People, Active Campaign
  • Dorie Blesoff, Chief People Officer, Relativity
  • Sean Brown, CEO, YCharts
  • Scott Clements, CEO & President, OneSpan
  • Daniel Contreras, Technology Strategist, Microsoft
  • Brian Crannell, SVP, Corporate Development, Knowles
  • Ash EIDifrawi, Chief Commercial and Customer Experience Officer, Redbox
  • Elise Fleischaker, Vice President Marketing, Trading Technologies
  • Laura Frerichs, Director Research Park, University of Illinois
  • Jim Gagnard, Executive Chairman, Vertex Analytics
  • Kayne Grau, EVP Sales, TradeRev
  • Tina Gravel, SVP Global Channels, Cyxtera**
  • Dennis Grunt, Director Midwest, Silicon Valley Bank
  • John Higginson, Chief Technology Officer, Enova**
  • Fred Hoch, Partner & General Partner, TechNexus Venture Collaborative**
  • Jason Holmes, Chief Operating Officer, Showpad
  • Terry Howerton, CEO, TechNexus
  • Stacey Kacek, CEO, One Plus Systems**
  • Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision**
  • Kelly Manthey, CEO, Solstice**
  • Matt Miller, Chief Financial Officer, Centro
  • Ryan Milligan, Partner, ParkerGale**
  • Chris Morgan, Managing Partner, Lantern Partners
  • Jodi Navta, Chief Marketing Officer, SMS Assist
  • Matt Nicklin, Managing Director, First Analysis
  • Agatha Rymanowska, SVP Enterprise Operations, Conversant
  • Eric Wasowicz, Advisor/Investor, The Greenbrier Group
  • Jason Weingarten, CEO, Yello
  • Pete Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
  • Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871

    **Denotes ITA Board Director

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