The New York Technology Council (NYTECH) is a membership-driven, 501(c)(6) non-profit organization focused on developing and promoting the technology industry in New York City.
We offer events throughout the year at which we present speakers and discussions on topics related, but not limited to UX design, mobile applications, cloud computing, digital marketing, globalization, funding, investing, legal and accounting. In addition, we run a CEO Roundtable and collaborate with local organizations on joint activities and programs such as networking events, advocacy trips to Washington, D.C., and major speaking engagements.
Erik Grimmelmann, Ph.D. – Erik is the Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of NYTECH. He has been active in the technology community for over thirty years. He worked at Bell Laboratories as a researcher and systems engineer, on the business side of AT&T where he served as AT&T's Internet strategist, and as a Senior Vice president of Dun & Bradstreet. For the past twelve years he has been involved with a variety of startups including Cometa Networks and Send Word Now. Erik has served on a number of panels including the White House Science Office, Counter-Terrorism Technology Oversight Panel and the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Committee on Review of Switching, Synchronization, and Network Control in National Security Telecommunications, and on the boards of the National Information Infrastructure Testbed, the Information Industry Association, and the New York Software Industry Association. Email Erik at email@example.com.
Alice Ng – Alice is the Director of Community & Events. She oversees community partnerships, program development, and marketing. She is the lead producer of the 2012 and 2013 International Space Apps Challenge and an active member of StartupBus NYC. Her writing can be found in New York Enterprise Report and the HuffPost STEM blog. Email Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Donn Morrill - Donn is the Chairman of the Board and founder of NYTECH. Donn is currently an Enterprise Solutions Architect with Amazon Web Services and had previously served as executive director of NYTECH. Before NYTECH, Donn was the CTO of TGP Associates, Inc., a Manhattan-based business and technology consulting firm. Donn possesses a B.S. in computer science and an M.B.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Paul Ellis - Paul is a founding board member of NYTECH. He is also a partner at Paul Ellis Law Group, a Manhattan-based full service law firm that is active in the representation of technology companies. Paul is a graduate of Harvard University and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Ted Brown, PhD - Ted is a founding board member of NYTECH. Ted oversees the PhD computer science program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He manages collaborative projects with industrial and governmental partners. Prof. Brown is also the Executive Director of CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development.
Michael Lopez - Michael is a board member and treasurer of NYTECH. He is also a partner in the New York office of EisnerAmper LLP where he is responsible for providing comprehensive accounting and tax services to a broad group of clients including companies operating in the software, media, IT services, graphics and telecommunications sectors. Michael heads the firm's NY technology practice, which also includes life sciences and Cleantech. He has over 20 years of experience serving technology companies large and small.
Board of Advisors
Doug Binette – Doug offers 20+ years of experience in technology, event production and hospitality industries with a focus on new business development, sales and marketing, and project management. He was the General Manager at PowerSPACE & Services, a subsidiary of Vornado Realty Trust, and before then he was the Director of Marketing for Messagemind, Inc., a New York City based software development company. Before Messagemind, Doug headed business development and marketing for Swisscom Professional Services, an operating unit of Swisscom Hospitality Services which provides communication networks to more than 2,000 hotels throughout North America and Europe.
Tom Penichter – Tom specializes in helping organizations transform their business operations and bring new products to market by aligning their strategy, marketing and technology efforts. He is the founder of TGP Associates. Recent examples include work developing digital products for Comcast and implementing BI solutions for financial service firms.
Brian Turchin — Brian is President of Cape Horn Strategies, a consultancy devoted to helping software CEOs create vibrant and flourishing businesses. He has helped dozens of CEOs successfully proceed from one business life cycle stage to another by focusing on key areas, including: strategy, sales, leadership, organization, funding, and acquisitions. Brian Turchin is also an Executive Coach and runs the CEO Roundtable series for the New York Technology Council.
Ron Halse – Ron has spent nearly 25 years working with technology companies, Big 4 and regional accounting firms, consulting engineers, and construction managers. He currently works in marketing for Deloitte LLP. His industry experience includes advisory roles with Technology Executives Network, working for Computer Associates, and editing data communications and hardware textbooks.
Andrew Brust – Andrew is Founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights, an analysis, strategy and advisory firm serving Microsoft customers and partners. He is also a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and co-author of the forthcoming "Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012." Andrew is the Co-Chair of Visual Studio Live!, a frequent speaker at industry events and a columnist for Visual Studio Magazine. He's been a participant in the Microsoft ecosystem for over 15 years, has worked closely with both Microsoft's Redmond-based corporate team and field organization for much of the last 10 and is a member of several Microsoft "insiders" groups that supply him with insight around important technologies out of Redmond.
Fernando Quinones – Fernando is a VP Relationship Manager at Citibank. He has 15 years financial services experience in areas of relationship management, business development, branch management and investment advisory. Fernando has a B.A from Long Island University and attended the Credit Analysis Program at NYU.
Deborah Brown – Deb is a partner and managing director at Peppercom, a mid-sized strategic communications firm in Manhattan. She has more than 25 years of experience in managing business-to-business and consumer accounts, including many in the technology industry. Deborah is also a frequent guest speaker on public relations at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
William Lessard — Bill is the President & Creative Director of PRwithBrains. He oversees client strategy and the day-to-day operations of each account. Bill specializes in digital and interactive entertainment properties, particularly video games and convergence products that explore the media possibilities of new technology. He is also the co-author of NetSlaves: True Tales of Working the Web and NetSlaves 2.0. The former, translated into over 7 languages, was named a "Best Business Book of the Year" by both Library Journal and The Industry Standard. Mr. Lessard has contributed to Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle and National Public Radio and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
Our address is:
New York Technology Council
330 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
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