CTA membership and information gathering draws crowd at OtterBox in Fort Collins

By: Steve Thursday July 25, 2013 0 comments Tags: Erik Mitisek, Fort Collins, Michelle Marek, Molly Rauzi, OtterBox


By Steve Porter


InnovatioNews

FORT COLLINS - More than 100 people turned out Wednesday for food, beverages and a networking and information session aimed at increasing awareness of and membership in the Denver-based Colorado Technology Association by Northern Colorado tech companies.

The gathering at the headquarters of OtterBox in Fort Collins brought together established companies, startups, government and economic development representatives and others interested in CTA's mission of advancing Colorado's technology sector.

Michelle Marek, CTA's membership director, said the gathering was the first membership-focused meeting in Northern Colorado since new CTA CEO Erik Mitisek took office in April.

"We are a membership organization, and our goal is to make sure technology in Colorado continues to grow and thrive," she said.


Marek said CTA is focused on lobbying on behalf of the state's tech sector and making sure tomorrow's tech workers are well educated.

"Education is a big initiative for us," she said. "Businesses won't relocate here unless there's a strong, educated workforce here to meet their needs."

Molly Rauzi, a CTA board member and CTO of Gagen MacDonald -- a strategy execution firm specializing in employee engagement, culture change and leadership development -- said her 10-year affiliation with CTA has been "so important to my career."

Rauzi said her involvement in CTA helped her find friendships, better understand technology and economic development and share her knowledge with young people.

CTA Molly Rauzi
"There are a million ways to use an organization like the Colorado Technology Association," she said.

Marek said the CTA is taking a higher visibility approach in reaching out to tech communities outside the Denver metro area.

"About a year ago we had five people on staff, and we have 11 people now," she said. "Now, we've got the bandwidth to do it.

"I think what's important to us as a technology association is we want to reach out to meet everybody's needs in public policy and advocacy and do whatever we can to do that," Marek said.

"We are looking to form partnerships and hold more events to get more people better connected."

The event was hosted by OtterBox and sponsored by Comcast Business Class. For more information, contact CTA at www.coloradotechnology.org.

Click here to view the event photo gallery.

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