GBTC's Steve Kozak steps down; Jen Gunner steps in
"Steve was a key player in growing the technology community throughout greater Baltimore. He helped garner the support of technology leaders throughout the state to assist in defeating the proposed 'tech tax'. Additionally, he successfully grew and evolved our annual fundraiser, TechNite, as well as many other significant programs."
The GBTC exists to promote networking and business opportunities within the Baltimore area's technology community. But, like many other business sectors, it has new challenges in the face of advances in online social media, which has enabled many to organize their own events.
The GBTC organizes a host of events for its members, but there have also been other independent Baltimore area groups in recent years that have coordinated their own successful events for Baltimore's entrepreneurs and technology community. For instance, independent groups have taken the lead in organizing Ignite Baltimore, TedxMidAtlantic, and the city's effort to apply for the Google Fiber for Communities pilot project, albeit often with support from the GBTC.
Kozak was replaced by the organization's marketing and communications director, Jennifer Gunner (left), who will serve as interim executive director while the board of directors begins a national search for Kozak's replacement.
Gunner has held management roles at M&T Bank, SC&H Group and Aether Systems. She has a business administration degree from Frostburg State University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland. Hit the link for the full press release from the GBTC:
Greater Baltimore Technology Council Names Jennifer Gunner New Interim Executive Director Baltimore – June 14, 2010 –
The Greater Baltimore Technology Council today announced that Steve Kozak has stepped down as Executive Director of the non-profit, effective immediately. The GBTC Board of Directors has named Jennifer Gunner as interim Executive Director.
The GBTC Board expressed its appreciation for Mr. Kozak's dedication and leadership for the past nine years, including the last five as Executive Director. During his tenure, the organization grew membership, expanded programming and events, and supported the growth of the region's technology community.
"Working at the GBTC has been an incredibly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally," Kozak said. "I have been encouraged by the progress of our region's technology community and look forward to the next chapter of progress for the Council and its members. Personally, I am looking forward to the future and new professional challenges. "
Said GBTC Board Chair Paul Mauritz, "Steve was a key player in growing the technology community throughout greater Baltimore. He helped garner the support of technology leaders throughout the state to assist in defeating the proposed 'tech tax'. Additionally, he successfully grew and evolved our annual fundraiser, TechNite, as well as many other significant programs."
The GBTC Board selected Gunner as interim Executive Director based on her leadership capabilities, experience, and professionalism. Hired as Director of Marketing and Communications in 2007, Gunner's contributions have extended to management, operations, and stewardship of many programs, including the successful CEO Programs and Executive Roundtables.
Prior to the GBTC, Gunner served as an Assistant Vice President with M&T Bank; and held management roles with SC&H Group, and Aether Systems. She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Frostburg State University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
The Board plans to begin an immediate national search for a permanent Executive Director.
About the GBTC (www.gbtechcouncil.org)
The Greater Baltimore Technology Council is devoted to one goal: growing the region's technology community. The GBTC asks technology companies what they need to grow and stimulates this growth by providing innovative programming where organizations meet, learn, and do business. Finally, the GBTC celebrates the community's successes, spreading the word that technology businesses thrive in the Greater Baltimore region.
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