Colorado Technology Association welcomes five new board members
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Colorado Technology Association welcomes five new board members
Board additions further elevate association with global technology companies
Denver, CO – The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) recently elected five new members to the Board of Directors. With the vision of the board representing more than half of the IT employees in Colorado, these five individuals represent significant employers in the technology and IT industry. Of the 17 Fortune 1000 companies in Colorado, five are represented on the CTA Board of Directors. New board members include:
Alan Cullop, Chief Information Officer at Davita
During his 20+year career, Alan has led the development and expansion of IT systems and teams for numerous transaction-intensive businesses, including, Avis, Priceline.com, Orbitz.com, American Express, Wyndham, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Coldwell Banker/Sotherby’s and MCI. Alan began his career as a developer with MCI Communications and has served as CIO for 10+ years for complex global 100 companies including Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets, Cendant and the TriZetto Group, a Healthcare Software Services Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech's Dupree College of Management Leadership Forum.
Mark Endry, Senior Vice President and CIO Americas of ARCADIS
As Senior Vice President and CIO Americas for ARCADIS, Mark Endry is a leader with diversified domestic and international experience in private and public companies. His business expertise runs the gamut, from building companies from scratch, taking a company public as the CEO, steering mergers and acquisitions to crafting IPOs and managing a large organization with staff in 50 countries. Prior to ARCADIS, Endry held leadership positions at Arrow Holdings LLC, Hyperspace Communications Inc. and J.D. Edwards / PeopleSoft. Endry has been recognized as a Colorado CIO of the Year, a Computer World Premier 100 IT Leader, and a Computer World Smithsonian Laureate for Knowledge Management. With his team, he has won the J. William Mullen Award for Computer Management. Mark is also a contributing author to Business Driven Information Technology: Answers to 100 Critical Questions for Every Manager, published by the Stanford University Press.
Robert A. Meilen, Chief Information Officer and VP, Information Technology for Hunter Douglas North America
Rob Meilen is the Chief Information Officer at Hunter Douglas North America, a global manufacturing company producing premium, custom-made window fashions and architectural products. Rob leads Information Technology teams serving the 40+ Hunter Douglas business units in North America. Most of these are discrete manufacturing businesses operating in a complex supply chain to produce branded products. The IT teams operate within North America and offshore. Prior to Hunter Douglas, Rob was the Chief Information Officer and SVP of Information Services at Sports Authority, Inc., a large privately held sporting goods retailer, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, with over 450 full line sporting goods stores in 45 U.S. states. Rob’s career spans over 25 years of experience in information technology. His early career was spent in management consulting, focused primarily in the retail industry; working for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and KPMG Peat Marwick (now Bearing Point). Rob has also held the CIO role at Ann Taylor and the COO role at The Limited Brands Technology Services division. Rob plays an active leadership role in the non-profit community with Habitat for Humanity and Front Range Hippotherapy as well as in fostering the growth of the technology community. He is the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). Rob sits on the Board of Advisors for OpTier, Blue Coat Systems, SelectHub and SAP, and is on the Governing Committee for the Colorado IT Symposium. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Roberta Robinette, President of AT&T Colorado
Roberta Robinette, appointed President of AT&T Colorado in March 2014, has more than 20 years of government affairs and telecommunications industry experience in developing and executing government strategies for large corporations, small businesses, and not-profit organizations. Roberta leads AT&T’s legislative and community affairs in Colorado and supports new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Representing AT&T’s interests statewide, she collaborates with community leaders, policy makers, and local and regional business professionals to connect people with technology everywhere they live and work. As a Colorado state lobbyist for RKR Consulting from 2001 to 2014, Roberta spearheaded client legislative campaigns across health care, tax, business, telecommunications, fire safety, higher education, K-12 public education, criminal justice and environmental domains. She was instrumental in creating and maintaining a statewide interoperability radio system. She successfully drove the passage of major public pension reform, which is now modeled across the country. Roberta is a Colorado native and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Jack Waters, Chief Technology Officer at Level 3
Jack Waters is responsible for information technology, business process engineering, network architecture and engineering, and global security. He works to assure that the company’s technology development—including network, systems, processes, and security—leverages innovative solutions that deliver efficiency and customer satisfaction. Waters joined Level 3 in 1997, and under his leadership, Level 3 has achieved numerous milestones in Internet Protocol (IP) communications, including Softswitch networking, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and advanced optical networking. Prior to Level 3, Waters served as an executive staff member for MCI Communications, Inc. with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. In that role, he was also an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI, the company’s initial Internet service. He also worked as Director of Engineering and Operations for SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network, the nation’s largest regional network, funded by the National Science Foundation. Waters earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has served on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) Technical Advisory Council, which provides guidance to the FCC on matters of telecommunications technology since 2010.
“CTA is pleased to welcome these five IT professionals to our board of directors. As we continue to define Colorado as the technology and innovation hub between the coasts, their involvement will accelerate that vision. These Board members represent some of the best CIOs and technology leaders in Colorado and they will further complement our influential board,” said Erik Mitisek, CEO of the Colorado Technology Association.
About Colorado Technology Association: The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) leads the network of companies and professionals fueling Colorado's economy, through technology. Since 1994, the association has represented Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the state. The CTA leads an inclusive network that benefits our member community, advocates for a pro-business and technology-friendly climate, influences the development of a robust talent pipeline and leads initiatives to help companies grow. For more information on Colorado Technology Association, please call 303.592.4070 or visit ColoradoTechnology.org.