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CTA names Erik Mitisek as new CEO

Thursday, April 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
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We are pleased to welcome Erik Mitisek  as our new CEO. Learn more about him through these articles or meet him in person at one of our upcoming events!

Photo Credit: Kathleen Lavine | Denver Business Journal

Colorado Technology Association Selects Local Entrepreneur and
Business Leader as New CEO

DENVER, APRIL 17, 2013 -- Colorado Technology Association (CTA) names local entrepreneur and technology community advocate Erik Mitisek as the Association’s new CEO. A Colorado native, Mitisek has been helping to build Colorado companies for over 14 years and also has been active in helping build the Denver technology community throughout his career. Over the last two years, Mitisek has been a key leader in the Colorado technology startup community helping to build Startup Colorado, Denver Startup Week and BuiltIn Denver.

"Erik’s passion for technology, building organizations and weaving together communities brings dynamic new energy to the Association,” says Andrea Young, CIO and VP of Development at BI Incorporated and CTA Board Chair. "Our industry is a network of large companies, major corporate regional offices, small and medium-sized businesses and startups. Erik is committed to engaging large and small organizations as well as state and local government in the effort to advance Colorado tech and grow a vibrant and sustainable industry. We are excited to have him aboard.”

"I feel honored to join CTA’s leadership team and work with the amazing staff, board of directors and many volunteers who have been making CTA a success for years,” says Mitisek. "People and community are the catalyst for impactful change and CTA is dedicated to building that community and inspiring collaboration. Working together, we’ll strengthen technology as a driver of Colorado’s economic growth and establish the state as a competitor in the global technology market.”

Mitisek’s first day on the job will be April 29, but his first activity as CEO will be opening the technology industry’s Day at the State Capitol event on the morning of April 19. This event, co-sponsored by CTA, Coalition for a Connected West, and BuiltIn Denver, brings together leaders of government and industry to discuss tech-related legislative issues and business needs to seek alignment and create a more business-friendly environment.

Technology leaders will have an opportunity to welcome Mitisek and celebrate his new role at Sip & Connect Fest on May 2, CTA’s spring networking event. Held at Denver’s storied McNichols Building, the event features tastings from more than a dozen Colorado breweries and distilleries.

About Erik Mitisek

Erik Mitisek has been building companies in Colorado for 14 years in the industries of online software, luxury clubs, consumer mobile and online real estate. He co-founded Next Great Place, a premium online travel network that is backed by Trinity Ventures, with Exclusive Resorts founder, Tom Filippini, in 2010.

Prior to Next Great Place, Mitisek was the CEO of online software company Claremont Information Systems where he led the company from inception through its venture capital financing and, ultimately, to launching the commercial version of the product in the marketplace. Mitisek’s previous positions include leading firm-wide business development and strategic relationships for Exclusive Resorts (a Revolution Company) and helping to build XACT Radio, a world-class personalized online music company. He started his career as a consultant at KPMG LLC in the structured finance department helping to build custom software for tier-one banks.

Mitisek is on the Colorado Technology Association board of directors, a Founders Institute mentor, the Chairman of BuiltIn Denver and a Co-Chair for Startup Colorado. In his role with Startup Colorado, he led the successful organization and production in 2012 of Denver Startup Week, which was the first event of its kind celebrating entrepreneurship in Denver. Mitisek was a member of Leadership Denver Class of 2006, was appointed to "Class of 35” as one of the Top Global Travel Innovators in 2011 and was named one of Colorado’s 25 Most Influential Young Professionals of 2012 by ColoradoBiz magazine.

About Colorado Technology Association

The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) represents Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the state. Colorado ranked second for its high-tech business concentration and the nine-county metro region ranked tenth out of the 50 largest metro areas in software employment concentration. CTA works locally and nationally to ensure Colorado’s technology voice is heard and is a member of TECNA, a coalition of technology associations across the United States and Canada, as well as with CompTIA, a national lobbying organization for federal issues. Since 1994, Colorado Technology Association has been involved in legislative issues and public policy to represent the technology industry in Colorado. The Association provides more than 50 programs, events and connections to support the industry. For more information on Colorado Technology Association please call (303) 592-4070 or visit


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