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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
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Greg Jackson

SECRETARY
UTC
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Brad Phillips

TREASURER
JHM CPA
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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

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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 over 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience. Before coming to ChaTech, her work touched diverse areas including land conservation and community parks, Superfund issues, early childhood programs, and women’s health, among others. In all her work, Carla enjoys bringing people together to collaborate across stakeholder groups and different issues.

Carla loves listening to the discussions at ChaTech’s programs for the exposure to new ideas, to learn about the practical side of technology, and to understand current and future trends.

Carla and her husband, Chuck Jones, have two grown daughters, a dog and two cats. She has lived in Chattanooga for 26 years.