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APEX Conference to showcase top technology leaders in Colorado

Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
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APEX Conference to showcase top technology leaders in Colorado

Largest technology conference in the state features 25+ executive speakers exploring leadership, innovation and culture


Denver, CO (October 28, 2014) – The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) is pleased to host the annual APEX Conference, designed to accelerate company growth through leadership, culture and innovation on Thursday, November 20th.  Presented by FORTRUST and planned in conjunction with the association’s 20th anniversary, the conference is a pivotal event convening hundreds of industry leaders to connect at the largest tech summit in Colorado. The speaker line-up is top-notch and will offer participants valuable insights on trends that can be applied to grow both profitably and professionally. 

2014 Keynote Speakers 

Don Peppers, Founding Partner of Peppers & Rogers Group and co-author of “Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage”

Peter Sheahan, Founder & CEO of ChangeLabs and author of “Making It Happen”

Carol Kline, Former Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Teletech

Exploring the Climate for Technology IPOs Globally and Locally: Lessons from Alibaba and Zayo

Imran Khan, Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse

Dan Caruso, Chairman & CEO of Zayo Group


Additional Speakers

Kris Boesch, CEO & Founder, Choose People  

Jeff Carr, CEO, SlamData

Frank Daidone, CIO, City & County of Denver

Andre Durand, CEO, Ping Identity

Anthony Franco, President & Co-Founder, Effective UI

Mark Grindland, CMO, Teletech

Emmanuel Gomez, Software Engineer & Technology Leader, Nordstrom

Jim Greiner, President, iTriage

Andy Grolnick, CEO, LogRhythm

Dan King, CEO, ReadyTalk

Ron Klump, CFO, Schrader International

Bryan Leach, CEO, Ibotta

Mike Marcotte, Former Chief Digital Officer, Echostar

Rob Meilen, CIO, Hunter Douglas

Vincent Melvin, CIO, Arrow      

Suma Nallapati, CIO, State of Colorado

Kumar Navulur, Director of Next Generation Products, DigitalGlobe

Danny Newman, Founder & CEO, Roximity

Annette Quintana, Chairman and Co-Founder, Istonish

David Slayden, Executive Director, Boulder Design Works

Geoff Smart, Chairman & Founder, ghSMART

John Swieringa, CIO, DISH

Jack Waters, CTO, Level 3 Communications

Katherine Wilburn, Consultant, Gagen McDonald

Dick Williams, CEO, Webroot

Elaine Feeney Wood, President & CEO, Wayin


2014 APEX Conference

Thursday, November 20, 2014

8:30am – 5:00pm

Featuring CTA 20th Anniversary Luncheon at noon

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202


APEX is an opportunity for technology leaders and professionals to be a part of the conversations to gain the inside edge on current trends looking ahead to 2015 and beyond. CTA welcomes technology professionals from across the state, as well as service providers, government agencies, academic institutions and relevant non-profits to discover the wealth of resources within the Colorado’s tech economy, and become part of the energy fueling the tech sector’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative trends.

Colorado’s technology sector is large and growing.  There are 10,900 technology companies in Colorado today with 146,800 employees.  Across all industries, there are a reported 101,303 IT workers. 

"As Colorado continues to grow its position as a driving force of technology, recognizing emerging trends means identifying strengths as well as opportunities where Colorado has room to grow," said CTA’s CEO Erik Mitisek. "This year's APEX Conference will include local and national experts who are eager to collaborate, share technology developments and embrace challenges in the rapidly growing tech marketplace."

This event would not be possible without sponsorship support from FORTRUST, Comcast Business, ViaWest, Workday, IBM, CenturyLink, Swiftpage, Cooley, TeleTech, ChangeLabs, Gagen McDonald, PwC, Zayo Group, Xcel Energy, Davita, Cloudera, Schomp BMW, American Sentinel University, Elements/Knoll and YellowDog Printing.


CTA Celebrates 20 Years

Unique this year, concurrent with the APEX Conference, CTA is hosting a special luncheon to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The 20th Anniversary Luncheon will feature comments from Bob Newman, founder of the association and Senator Michael Johnston, among others. This special fundraising event will support CTA’s mission. Conference attendees are encouraged to reserve a seat for the luncheon when registering for the full-day conference. The 20th Anniversary Luncheon will be held Thursday, November 20th from noon-2pm at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  Learn more and register at


Note to the media: Please contact Megan Ryan at 303.592.4069 or for a complimentary media pass to attend. Pre-registration is required.


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

Media Contact: Megan Ryan, Marketing & Events Director, 303.592.4069, 

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