CTC's Gardner Elected to TECNA Board

Continuing its mission to promote economic growth, workforce development and public policies to advance the technology industry, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) today announced the appointment of Matt Gardner, CEO of the California Technology Council to its Board of Directors. TECNA also announced the appointment of Ryan Weber, CEO of KCnext, as its Treasurer and Avvey Peters, Vice President, External Relations, Communitech, as a Board Vice Chair.

"We're very pleased to welcome Matt Gardner to the TECNA Board of Directors," said Skip Newberry, TECNA Chairman and President of the Technology Association of Oregon "Matt brings vast experience promoting and supporting the tech industry and will be a valuable addition to the Board. I am also pleased that Ryan Weber and Avvey Peters will be stepping up to serve as TECNA's Treasurer and Board Vice Chair respectively. Both Ryan and Avvey are talented and energetic tech leaders."

"I'm proud to join my colleagues in serving on the board of TECNA," said Gardner. "It's an organization that provides immense value for professionals in this community of technology councils, and I'm very happy to represent the California technology community on the board."

Eight other executives currently serve on the TECNA Board of Directors.

Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus of the TECNA board. Brooks Raiford, President and CEO, North Carolina Technology Association, continues to serve as Board Vice Chair.

Continuing on the Board as Directors are: Tom Hopcroft, president and chief executive officer, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC); Tino Mantella, president and CEO of the Technology Association of Georgia, Jay Larsen, president and founder, Idaho Technology Council; Richard Nelson, president and CEO, Utah Technology Council; Kathy Knight,CEO, Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) and Doug Robertson, president and CEO, Venn Innovation Inc.

"Having just completed a highly successful CEO Retreat, I look forward to working with our Board to continue TECNA's important work promoting tech ecosystems throughout North America," said Newberry. "The Summer Conference in Portland promises to be one of the most ambitious in TECNA's history with sessions focused on workforce development, membership development, events and public policy."

TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry. TECNA represents more than 50 IT and technology trade organizations who, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America.