APRIL 21, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—An advisory council of high-level Information Technology (IT) business executives formed by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) two years ago has now branched off and incorporated as the non-profit Technology Association of Nebraska (TAN).

“We were pleased to play a large role in this group’s formation as it related to initial recommendations made by the Battelle Study,” said Courtney Dentlinger, DED Director. “It is equally gratifying to see this group now grow beyond the limits of what they could achieve with our help alone. Having spoken with many company officials statewide, the evidence supports a critical need for workers trained and skilled in information technology if all of our industries are to grow and flourish.”

The group’s goal is to focus on technology workforce issues that impact businesses across all industries and raise the overall visibility and viability of the industry.

The TAN Board of Directors hired Stan Pierce to be its executive director. Pierce, a 33-year veteran of the tech industry, was most recently a senior vice president at Fiserv, overseeing all production software engineering departments of the company’s Bank Solutions business.

“TAN offers a great opportunity to help drive the growth of technology and technology related jobs in the state and will build on the momentum that has positioned Nebraska to be a leader of technology in the Midwest, also known as the Silicon Prairie,” said Pierce. “I am very excited and proud to be a part of TAN and I am confident with the support and guidance of leaders around the state that TAN will play a pivotal role in furthering Nebraska’s reputation as a leader of technology.”

The TAN Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders with companies ranging in size from small start-ups to multinational corporations, located in both urban and rural sites in the state. Members of the TAN Board of Directors include:

  • Roberta Christensen, Koley Jessen P.C. L.L.O., Omaha
  • Paul Eurek, Xpanxion, Kearney, Lincoln and Loup City
  • Joseph Knecht, VentureTech, Lincoln
  • Brad Masterson, First Data, Omaha
  • Greg Nichols, Proxibid, Omaha
  • Deyna Rouse, Lutz, Omaha
  • Matt Sherman, Three Pillars Media, Lincoln
  • Susan Thaden, Client Resources Inc., Omaha
  • Erik Wichita, Fiserv, Lincoln

“Technology is now prevalent in all types of businesses and with its increase in demand the marketplace for talent has become a global challenge,” said Knecht.

“Today’s and tomorrow’s Nebraska businesses depend on a technology-skilled workforce and aligned public and private leadership to drive growth,” said Wichita.

TAN’s formation was modeled on other successful statewide technology associations, gaining key insights from across the U.S. TAN is part of a national technology organization called the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), which provides best practices and support for forming and operating as an entity. TECNA represents more than 50 IT and technology trade organizations that in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies throughout North America.

Those interested in learning more about TAN are encouraged to visit their website, http://www.nebraskatech.org.

Source: Nebraska Department of Economic Development