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.

 

JASON MANGOLD
VP Membership
+1.312.924.1694 | jason@illinoistech.org
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Jason leads the membership and sponsorship teams within the ITA. He focuses on making sure members see the value and return on their investment in the association. Jason brings with him ten years of sales and consulting leadership from both profit and nonprofit organizations. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, Jason enjoys giving back to the tech community and has dedicated his career to creating pathways and programs for individuals interested in getting into tech. In his free time, you can usually find Jason at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs, at a local music venue taking in a show or attending national poker tournaments across the US.

 

 

GARY HOTZE
Digital 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.

 

 

KAYLIN BERG
Programs & Event Manager
+1.312.924.1052 | kaylin@illinoistech.org
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As part of the Programs and Events team, Kaylin spends most of her time plotting and planning different events for ITA members and members of the tech community, including educational programs, workshops and leadership dinners. Harnessing her background in marketing and degree in English, she has a tremendous passion for organization and event planning.  Her devotion ensures every aspect of an event is planned for and perfect. Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Kaylin enjoys discovering new dessert recipes, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

 

JESSICA PRATH
Programs & Event Manager
+1.312.924.1031 | jessica@illinoistech.org
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Jessica spends most of her day managing programs and events for our members and the greater tech community. In addition to planning signature ITA events, she channels her passion by focusing on ITA’s Student Membership Programs and Women Influence Chicago initiatives. She has a degree in Business Management and Administration with concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources. Jessica considers herself a foodie and is a “lives to eat versus eats to live” type of person. Growing up, Cher from Clueless was her role model, so it’s no surprise that she strives always to be the “hostess with the mostest.” In her spare time, you can find her getting lost in a good book or planning her next travel destination.  

 

 

JESSICA HUGHES
Member Success Specialist
+1.312.924.1682 | jhughes@illinoistech.org
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A Chicago native and Harry Potter enthusiast, Jessica engages and empowers the ITA member base as the most forward-facing representative of ITA. With a double-major in sociology and psychology and a background in social work, Jessica brings her care, compassion and understanding of the human condition to her endeavors. Her strong communication skills propel ITA's engagement efforts and collaborations across the tech community. Day in and day out she is consistently meeting with members and attending events demonstrating her support and exceeding the needs of the ITA network.   A wino at heart, she is often found socializing with friends at eateries and her humble abode with a glass of wine in tow. She dreams of owning a dog, eating mozzarella sticks and spending the weekends at her family's lake house. 

 

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