CTA announces 2016 board of directors leadership

Thursday April 14, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, CTA, Kristin Russell, Frances Matthews, Michael Marcotte, John Swieringa, Robert Urwiler, Molly Rauzi, Wendy Nkomo


DENVER -- Colorado Technology Association (CTA) announced new board of directors leadership that includes Michael Marcotte, CEO of Acumen Digital, as 2016 chairman of the board, and Kristin D. Russell, Deloitte Consulting LLP director, as 2017 chair-elect. CTA_logoUSE

“Colorado is nationally recognized as one of the hottest technology markets,” said Wendy Nkomo, CTA’s COO and interim CEO. “Michael’s experience brings a wealth of insight to CTA’s core strategy. His leadership is invaluable during such high-growth economic times.

“Both Michael and Kristin are committed to building all things technology in Colorado.”

Marcotte has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the technology industry in roles ranging from global chief information officer and chief digital officer for several Fortune 200 firms, as well as CEO of several notable software companies. 

He is currently CEO of Acumen Digital, which operates as a software innovation lab for some of the most prominent cross-sector companies in the country. 

Russell has more than 15 years leading large operations, services, and information technology (IT) organizations. In 2011, she was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer for the state of Colorado, where she was responsible for all IT systems statewide.

CTA also announced the election of three new board members:

Frances Matthews, IBM Enterprise Sales Unit executive, is the IBM senior location executive for Denver and Colorado Springs. As the sales leader for a five-state region, Matthews and her team are responsible for growing the IBM portfolio within the territory.

She has held various technology sales roles for over 20 years, spending the last 10 years managing high-performance teams at IBM.   

John Swieringa, DISH executive VP of operations, oversees DISH’s In-Home Services organization, which conducts residential and commercial installations, as well as DISH’s customer service and billing, and Information Technology.

Swieringa also oversees manufacturing, which performs equipment retrieval and refurbishment. He joined DISH in 2007 and was most recently responsible for enterprise information technology strategy and operations as the company’s Chief Information Officer.

CTA named Swieringa 2015 CIO of the Year, and he was additionally recognized in the Denver Business Journal's 2015 Forty Under 40 list.

Robert Urwiler, Vail Resorts executive VP and CIO, joined Vail Resorts in 2006. Previously, he was senior VP and CIO of Macromedia.

“CTA is honored to welcome these three executives to our board of directors,” said Molly Rauzi, CTA’s nominating chair and CTO of Gagan MacDonald. “They represent some of the best leaders in Colorado.

“These individuals will add expertise and knowledge to the organization during a time of rapid growth for the technology industry in Colorado. We are looking forward to their leadership.”