About Us

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 K. GrimmelmannErik Grimmelmann, Ph.D. – Erik is the President and CEO of the New York Technology Council (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 info@nytech.org.

Alice NgAlice Ng – Alice is the Director of Marketing and Events at the New York Technology Council (NYTECH). She oversees programs and events, community partnerships, memberships, and social media. She is the lead producer of the International Space Apps Challenge now in its third year (2012, 2013, 2014). She is also a community leader at StartupBus NYC where she was a 2013 Buspreneur and 2014 Conductor (and North American champion). In addition, Alice is a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and her writing can be found in New York Enterprise Report and the HuffPost STEM blog. Email Alice at info@nytech.org.

Board of Directors

Ted BrownTed Brown, PhD - Ted is a co-founder of NYTECH and a board member. 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.

Paul EllisPaul Ellis - Paul is a co-founder of NYTECH and a board member. 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.

Michael LopezMichael 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.

Lynn LoackerLynn Loacker - Lynn joined the NYTECH board in April 2014. She is a partner in the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. With a focus on corporate finance and M&A, she has represented and counseled many notable companies in IT, financial services, manufacturing, energy and other industries from startup to sale, merger or IPO. She admires her tech clients for their ability to influence the world and innovate. She is passionate about a future where more women run technology companies, and has a keen interest in lending her experience and contacts to advance women entrepreneurs. Lynn is the head of DWT's FinTech team which offers a full range of legal services for clients in the financial technology sector and currently serves as a member of DWT's Executive Committee.

Donn MorrillDonn 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.

Robert TibbsRobert Tibbs is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Forbes Digital Commerce, a multi-faceted payment solution for B2B and B2C companies across different industry sectors worldwide. Previously, Robert is also the Founder and CEO of Accelon, an award-winning regional satellite broadband company (acquired by Dimension Data, now owned by NTT); Co-Founder and Regional General Management Executive of Actel Inc., a satellite telecommunications company (acquired by Inner City Broadcasting); and Co-founder and Chairman of Africa Venture Partners, a Venture Capital and Management firm based in South Africa.

Tim VitaleTim Vitale - Tim joined the Board in December 2013. In addition to his participation with NYTECH, Tim is also a Partner with the international professional services firm EY. At EY, Tim serves as the Technology and Telecom Industry Leader for the metro NY area. Tim serves clients in the technology, media and entertainment and telecom industries ranging from Fortune 1,000 companies to pre-IPO start-ups.

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.

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.

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.