CHICAGO, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechAmerica announced today several new appointments to its Midwest Board. T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (Nasdaq: VDSI), continues as Chairman of TechAmerica's Midwest Board, and Marty H. Singer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCTI) , continues as Vice Chairman.
Member executives joining the Midwest Board include Monica Mueller, Director, Public Affairs, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI); Patrick Theisen, Regional Manager, Government Relations, General Electric (NYSE: GE); Steve Lalonde, Executive Vice President of Sales and Sales Operations, Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX); Sandeep Nain, President, SNtial Technologies; and Jake Parrillo, Midwest Manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs, Google, Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG).
"TechAmerica is the prominent U.S. technology industry organization that provides extensive resources and a meaningful voice to state and federal government for legislation vital to its members," said T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, VASCO Data Security International, Inc., Chairman, TechAmerica Midwest. "We welcome the addition of our new Midwest Board members and look forward to their contributions in the coming months to strengthen TechAmerica Midwest and our impact on the local and national technology industry."
TechAmerica's Midwest Board supports the direction and strategic objectives for the organization in the Midwest Region, and its efforts to effectively represent the high-tech industry on state, federal and international public policy issues. TechAmerica Midwest also provides access to a comprehensive portfolio of resources, targeted programmatic and industry engagement opportunities, and drives several economic development and industry initiatives each year to attract and retain key talent and companies in the region. The Midwest Board also regularly evaluates new products, services and affinity programs offered through the association to its members.
"This is a committed group that represents some of the most innovative companies in Illinois and our country," said Ed Longanecker, Executive Director, TechAmerica Midwest. "The companies and executives on our Midwest Board reflect the extensive portfolio of products, services, and policy support we provide to technology companies in all stages of development and size."
Additional Midwest Board members include: Santos LaMantia, President, Chief Executive Officer, Shure Inc.; Kim Hammonds, Chief Information Officer, The Boeing Company; Jason Liu, Chief Executive Officer, UC4; Jess Jankowski, Chief Executive Officer, Nanophase Technologies, Inc.; Jesse Kevan, Global Environmental Compliance Manager, Tellabs, Inc.; Phillip Gerskovich, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Zebra Technologies Corporation; Michael Krauss, President, Market Strategies Group; Thomas R. Reedy, Chairman, iTRACS Corporation; Joseph A. Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Telular Corporation; Gary R. Fairhead, President, Chief Executive Officer, SigmaTron International, Inc.; William S. Johnson, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Cabot Microelectronics Corporation; John Thode, Dell Inc.; Michael Schamberger, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP; David Heinzman, Vice President Global Operations, Littelfuse, Inc.; Anthony Wilson, Director, Midwest State Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation; Joseph Krekeler, Enterprise Account Manager, Intel Corporation; Donna Baiocchi, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Apple Inc.; Bob Blee, Market Manager, Silicon Valley Bank; and Karen Westbrook, Manager Business Development, SAIC, Inc.
TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry – the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,200 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry's largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members' top and bottom lines. TechAmerica is also the technology industry's only grassroots-to-global advocacy network, with offices in state capitals around the United States, Washington, D.C., Europe (Brussels) and Asia (Beijing).It was formed by the merger of AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association), the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and the Government Electronics & Information Technology Association (GEIA).Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org.