By: JIM THOMAS
The Orlando Regional Tech Association has officially adopted a new board of directors and is expanding its mission to engage the seven-county region of Central Florida by inviting its technology leaders and their organizations to join this initiative.
Reorganizing as the Orlando “Regional” Tech Association allows us to serve and unite diverse stakeholders across Central Florida whose shared interest is seeing our region thrive as a major destination for tech-focused companies — from startup to enterprise — that are ready to grow and expand here, and for the skilled technology and creative teams driving their success.
Our region is home to tens of thousands of tech related jobs and a massive talent pipeline flowing from our world-class universities and tech vocational schools. We’re intent on cultivating a strong network connecting talent across all levels of experience and expertise who want to make Central Florida home. By nurturing the relationships both within that network and also with the professional resources and services, cultural offerings, and recreational opportunities available, we are building a welcoming community to companies looking to grow through innovation.
Orlando Tech can now expand its vision throughout our region today thanks in large part to the critical support from the City of Orlando inviting us to join its Mainstreet Program in 2014. This initial investment was vital to our growth, and we are deeply grateful to Mayor Buddy Dyer and his team. We look to continue our partnership as we begin supporting the entire region and its multibillion-dollar, globally leading tech verticals.
Moving forward, we are focused on three main objectives: sharing the rich and diverse story of our region, connecting major technology leaders and companies to a deep talent pool, and building and advocating for our technology community as a vital platform in our region, state and beyond.
We will achieve this through collaboration and inclusiveness and by actively engaging the entrepreneurial ventures, thriving technology companies, and hard-working individuals driving our growth engine.
The board of directors of Orlando Tech now includes representatives from space, aeronautics, modeling and simulation, optics and photonics, gaming, mixed reality, health and wellness, hospitality, entertainment, additive and advanced manufacturing, and digital media plus many more.
The new Orlando Tech Executive Committee is led by Bruno Sousa, vice president and chief technology officer for TravelTab; Adam Scheinberg, vice president of information technology for Massey Services; Avani Desai, president of Schellman & Company; Jeff Lutes, chief technology officer for the Orlando Magic; and Abhi Vyas with the SunTrust technology practice.
Sousa explains why Central Florida is a desirable location for tech companies: “TravelTab is an Orlando- based startup that has scaled rapidly and has added nearly 200 employees in just the last two years,” he said. “Central Florida is the perfect place to start, grow and really scale a business. I see the Orlando Regional Tech Association as the perfect place for tech leaders to come together, share best practices, and expand opportunities for their companies and their teams across the region.”
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Jim Thomas is the CEO of Orlando Regional Tech Association. He can be contacted at social @JimThomasORL or at www.Orlando.Tech