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APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth

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APEX Conference showcased leadership, innovation and culture for company growth

Highlight included proclamation of Bob C. Newman Day during 20th anniversary celebration

Denver, CO (November 21, 2014) – The Colorado Technology Association (CTA) was 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 convened 500+ industry leaders to connect at the largest tech summit in Colorado.

CTA Celebrates 20 Years

Unique this year, concurrent with the APEX Conference, CTA celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special luncheon. The highlight of the event was the gubernatorial proclamation of November 20th as Bob C. Newman Day in honor of CTA’s founder. The 20th Anniversary Luncheon featured comments from Bob Newman, founder of the association and co-founder of J.D. Edwards; Senator Michael Johnston, Kristin Russell, Director at Deloitte Digital and former Colorado Secretary of Technology; Bob Ogdon, founder and chairman of Swiftpage; and Steve Foster, COO of GTRI and incoming CTA board chair.

Keynotes speakers included Don Peppers, Founding Partner of Peppers & Rogers Group and co-author of "Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage” discussed "Customer Experience: Where Technology Meets Humanity.” Next up, Peter Sheahan, Founder & CEO of ChangeLabs and author of "Making It Happen,” provided creative strategies for turning challenge into opportunity and change into competitive advantage. An afternoon fireside chat explored the climate for technology IPOs globally and locally with lessons from Alibaba and Zayo through a conversation between Imran Khan, Managing Director and Head of Global Internet Investment Banking at Credit Suisse and Dan Caruso, Chairman & CEO of Zayo Group. The day wrapped up with a talk by Carol Kline, Former Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Teletech, exploring how to build a culture of innovation.

Additional Speakers

Kris Boesch, CEO & Founder, Choose People

Jeff Carr, CEO, SlamData

Frank Daidone, CIO, City & County of Denver

Andre Durand, CEO, Ping Identity

Elaine Feeney, President & CEO, Wayin

Anthony Franco, President & Co-Founder, Effective UI

Mark Grindeland, 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,


Danny Newman, Founder & CEO, Roximity

Annette Quintana, Chairman and Co-Founder, Istonish

David Slayden, Executive Director, BDW

Geoff Smart, Chairman & Founder, ghSMART and author of "Who”

John Swieringa, CIO, DISH

Jack Waters, CTO, Level 3 Communications

Katherine Wilburn, Consultant, Gagen McDonald

Dick Williams, CEO, Webroot

All speaker bios available at

APEX Conference was 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. 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 included local and national experts who are eager to collaborate, share technology developments and embrace challenges in the rapidly growing tech marketplace."

Brand DNA Showcase

CTA was pleased to introduce a new element for this year’s conference. The Brand DNA Showcase was a creative floor display intended to make and demonstrate who they are, what they do and why they matter. Each exhibitor was tasked with creating a made object to illustrate their company culture, which was displayed on a pedestal at the event. The intent was to engage conference attendees to look beyond the logo and engage more deeply with exhibitors. Brand DNA participants included Forsythe | Killer IT, HomeAdvisor, Ping Identity, Swiftpage, Synoptek, Technology Partners, Windward and Xcel Energy. Attendees were invited to vote on which exhibitor’s sculpture best represented their company culture, and the 2014 winner was ViaWest!

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, Enzed Design and YellowDog Printing.


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 call303.592.4070or visit

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