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CHATECH is Chattanooga’s Technology Council.  Our mission is to connect the Chattanooga technology community to help drive economic growth across the region. We connect our members through professional education programs, social events, outreach initiatives, peer group forums, and networking opportunities.

Our membership is comprised of twelve major industry sectors from Chattanooga’s most influential companies including small, mid-sized, and large enterprise companies.  That means our events reflect a mix voices and experiences ranging from Chattanooga’s growing entrepreneurial/start-up community to local institutions.

Our CONNECT programs address a different topic each month. The schedule is designed to appeal to a variety of professionals and interest.

Our Executive Forum brings together CIOs to share issues of concern to IT leaders.

The ChaTech Scholars program provides scholarships to college students in technology majors; it’s one way the we invest in the local tech talent pipeline.

Our Early Innovators Award is presented each November to an early stage technology company.  More detailed information on all ChaTech’s initiatives is available under the Programs menu on our website.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, CHATECH is supported through membership fees, sponsorships, and special fundraising events.

Our Board of Directors

ChaTech is led by an expert and innovative group of technology executives and advocates who are committed to growing the technology sector in Chattanooga.

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Jennifer Weaver

CHAIRMAN
Director of Infrastructure Engineering, BCBS of TN
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Kristi Montgomery

VICE-CHAIRMAN
Kenco Logistics
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Greg Jackson

SECRETARY
Chattanooga State Community College
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Brad Phillips

TREASURER
LBMC
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Chris Bursch

CBL
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Stuart Dickerson

UNUM
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Lynda Fleury

UNUM
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Paul Forsyth

Chambliss Bahner & Stophel
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Jeremy Henderson

Chattanooga Area Chamber
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Tom Hoover

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
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Leslie Jensen-Inman

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David Johnson

EPB
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Brian Livingston

TEKSystems
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Don McArtor

BCBS of TN
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Greg Ostermayr

Founder, Carbon 5
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Philip Propes

TVA

Our Staff

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Carla Askonas
Executive Director
carla@chatechcouncil.org
423-826-8700(o)

Carla Askonas has been selected to serve as the organization’s Executive Director, effective October 31st.

Prior to joining ChaTech, Askonas worked in a variety of leadership and community outreach roles across many of Chattanooga’s public institutions, such as Hamilton County, the City of Chattanooga, United Way, The Trust for Public Land, and Chattanooga State.

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Jennifer Walker
Events Manager
jwalker@chatechcouncil.org
423-826-8700(o)

Jennifer Walker directs her talent and previous experience as both a non-profit executive director and business analyst for a major company to ensuring that ChaTech has the most creative and successful events. Her attention to every detail helps ensure that ChaTech events deliver value to sponsor, are fun and informative for participants, and represent the mission of ChaTech well. Jennifer also manages the back office data for ChaTech and is the bookkeeper. This well rounded professional is vital to ChaTech operations.