CHICAGO, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TechAmerica announced today several new appointments to its Midwest board of directors, encompassing a broad spectrum of the technology sector in the Midwest.
"TechAmerica continues to be the leading advocacy organization representing the high-tech industry in Illinois, throughout the Midwest and across the United States," said T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI), Co-Chair, TechAmerica Midwest. "We welcome the addition of our new Midwest Board members, look forward to their contributions, and welcome their support in strengthening TechAmerica and our impact on the local and national technology industry."
Joining Mr. Hunt and Co-Chair Marty Singer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, PCTEL, Inc. on the TechAmerica Midwest Board are: John D. Yerger, III, President, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Diamond Technologies; Jim L. Kaput, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA); Peter J. Urbain, SVP, Partners, Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE); John Kinzer, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB); and Philip G. Franklin, VP Operations Support, CFO, and Treasurer, Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS).
TechAmerica's Midwest Board supports the direction and strategic objectives for the organization in the Midwest Region and the organization's efforts to effectively represent the high-tech industry on state, federal and international public policy issues.
"This group represents some of the most innovative companies in the U.S. and all are committed to supporting the mission of TechAmerica," said Marty Singer, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), Co-Chairman, TechAmerica Midwest. "The diversity of companies and executives on our Midwest Board also reflect the broad product, service and advocacy offerings available through TechAmerica."
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 regularly evaluates new products, services and affinity programs offered through the association to its members.
"We thank all TechAmerica Midwest members for backing our efforts to elevate awareness for our industry, our commitment to improving the business climate in the Midwest and our leading advocacy program focused on supporting the technology industry in Illinois, throughout the country and abroad," said Ed Longanecker, Senior Vice President, TechAmerica.
Additional Midwest Board members include: Santos LaMantia, President, Chief Executive Officer, Shure Inc.; Jason Liu, Chief Executive Officer, UC4; Jess Jankowski, Chief Executive Officer, Nanophase Technologies, Inc.; Jesse Kevan, Global Environmental Compliance Manager, Tellabs, Inc.; 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, EVP, GM, McAfee Inc.; Michael Schamberger, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP; Anthony Wilson, Director, Midwest State Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation; Kim Hammonds, Chief Information Officer, The Boeing Company; Joseph Krekeler, Enterprise Account Manager, Intel Corporation; Donna Baiocchi, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Apple Inc.; Monica Mueller, Director, Public Affairs, Motorola Solutions; Patrick Theisen, Regional Manager, Government Relations, General Electric; Steve Lalonde, Executive Vice President of Sales and Sales Operations, Allscripts; Sandeep Nain, President, SNTial Technologies; Michael Krauss, President, Market Strategy Group; and Jake Parrillo, Midwest Manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs, Google, 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 1,000 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). Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org.