Local Tech Wire and ClearImage today announced additional members to its TechExec steering committee.

Monica Doss, president of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), and Joan Myers, president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association (NCEITA), will join other Research Triangle region executives and thought leaders on the event’s steering committee.

The next TechExec will be hosted at the Raleigh offices of Grant Thornton on June 29, 2004.

“Monica and Joan play a vital role in shaping our state’s competitiveness in the technology and life science industries and the support they provide to our local entrepreneurs and executives is unmatched,” said Rick Smith, editor of Local Tech Wire and co-founder of the TechExec. “These two individuals join a solid roster of committee members and their participation in the TechExec will significantly impact the success of each event.”

Doss serves as president of CED, a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to stimulate the creation and expansion of high-growth entrepreneurial business in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. Doss is responsible for spearheading the direction, operations and overall management of the organization. During her 18-year tenure, CED has grown from a 125-member organization with an operating budget of $35,000, to become the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the United States, with more than 1,000 member companies, and an operating budget of $1.8 million.

As President of NCEITA, Myers manages the operations of the statewide trade association and the education foundation and also serves as a lobbyist. Prior to joining NCEITA, she served as vice president for government affairs and community development for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Myers has been recognized as one of the top “25 Women in Business (2001)” by the Triangle Business Journal and was highlighted as one of the “Women Extraordinaire 2003” by Business Leader magazine. In addition, she has been honored by the FBI for her support of the Infragard Program (2003).

Created by Local Tech Wire and ClearImage, the TechExec is an “invitation-only” quarterly networking event for business and thought leaders in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina. The TechExec is sponsored by SAS, Peak 10, Cisco, Grant Thornton, Mobile Reach and Southern Capitol Ventures. Doss and Myers will join TechExec chairman Tim Tompkins of Grant Thornton and the following 2004 steering committee members:

  • Dr. Leslie Alexandre: president and chief executive officer, N.C. Biotechnology Center

  • Chris Berg: president and chief executive officer, Qliktech

  • Ben Brooks: founding partner, Southern Capitol Ventures

  • Tim Buckley: former chief operations officer, Red Hat

  • Dr. Al Childers: former president of administration, Magellan/Cardinal Health

  • Joe Freddoso: director, Cisco Systems, Inc.

  • Jennifer Gibson: chief financial officer, ChannelAdvisor

  • Randall Gregg: producer, RTP-TV

  • Dave Jones: president and chief operating officer, Peak 10

  • Sig Hutchinson: producer, Success Today

  • Paul Munana: principal, The Staubach Company

  • Dave Murray: president, ClearImage

  • Rick Smith: managing editor, Local Tech Wire

  • Marianna Suciu: vice president, government, Latin America and Canadian operations for SAS
  • About the TechExec

    Created by Local Tech Wire and ClearImage, the TechExec is a quarterly “invitation-only” executive-level networking event for business and thought leaders in the Research Triangle region. Because of the overwhelming success of past events, the format was altered for 2004 and invitations will be sent to area executives on a rotational basis throughout the year. Tim Tompkins of Grant Thornton serves as the 2004 Chairman of the TechExec steering committee.

    About Local Tech Wire

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    About ClearImage

    ClearImage is a full service marketing, public relations and business development firm located in Raleigh, N.C. The company combines big agency thinking with small firm attention to deliver high impact programs that generate consistent exposure, increase sales and build brands. ClearImage is known for its thorough research and implementation of targeted programs. The firm’s mission is to raise industry standards with progressive client service and employment practices. For more information, visit www.clearimagepr.com or email info@clearimagepr.com.