Wednesday, February 25, 2009

400+ Crowd Westin Ballroom at MassTLC Annual Meeting

It was great to see close to 430 executives pack the Westin ballroom for our Annual Meeting. The hotel moved quickly to help accommodate all the extra people – including putting in a call to the local police to shut down the traffic light and manage the deluge of traffic the event caused. I'd like to call out a special thank you to event sponsors Deloitte and Raytheon for their support of the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting featured a keynote by BusinessWeek Chief Economist Michael Mandel (see separate post) and a panel on Cloud Computing lead by industry veteran John Landry (see separate post). The Council also released a report on the Robotics Industry in Massachusetts (see separate post). I recorded reactions from a few attendees following the event in this short video.

The first order of business was the election/re-election of trustees for a three year term. The following technology leaders were elected at the meeting: Lynda Applegate, Professor & Chair of Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School; Dave Balter, CEO, BzzAgent (new in 2009); Jim Daniell, CEO, EdNets; Tom Litle, CEO, Litle & Co.; Jim Pelusi, Managing Director, Axia Partners; Chris Schoettle, Executive Vice President of Products, Akamai Technologies; Bill Warner, Founder, Warner Research; Jeff Taylor, CEO, EONS; Joanna Young, SVP & CIO of Corporate Systems, Liberty Mutual (new in 2009).

Next, our new officers were announced: Steve O’Leary, Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst, became the new Chairman of our board, succeeding Mary Finlay, Deputy CIO of Partners HealthCare; Tom Litle, CEO, Litle & Co., continued for another term as Vice-Chair; Annmarie Levins, Associate General Council at Microsoft, became our new Secretary, succeeding Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact; and Jim Daniell, CEO, EdNets, continued as Treasurer.

We also announced that I would be succeeding Joyce Plotkin as President & CEO. Joyce will become President Emerita. See Mass High Tech and Boston Globe briefs on this transition announcement.

Steve O’Leary, our new chair, acknowledged the enormous and unprecedented economic storm precipitated by a broad financial crisis as well as government intervention in ways unimaginable a couple of years ago. Noting that these are times where the Council can be of great help, he outlined our high level plan to continue our focus on fundamental needs of our members.

Several key themes the Council will focus on as we continue to serve our members include: Monitoring and Influencing Policy; Supporting our Massachusetts Infrastructure, including educational initiatives like STEM; Catalyzing Innovation through our many Clusters where passionate entrepreneurs come to collaborate; Informing our Members though Truly Great Programs like today’s which we hope will provide you with perspective and insight not available anywhere else.

The Council’s Global Sponsors include: Foley Hoag; IBM; Jefferies Broadview; The MathWorks; Microsoft; Novell; PhaseForward; PricewatherhouseCoopers; and Raytheon.

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