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Austin Technology Council Adds Firepower to its Board With Four New Additions

  •     President, Julie Huls, Austin Technology Council
  •     Chairman, Joel Trammell, CEO, CacheIQ
  •     Treasurer, Patti Soch, CFO, Gazzang, Inc.
  •     Board Secretary/Of Counsel, Milam Foster Partner, Vinson & Elkins
  •     Michael Raiford, Senior Director, Samsung
  •     Isaac Barchas, Managing Director, Austin Technology Incubator
  •     Larry Warnock, CEO, Gazzang, Inc.

McWilliams, Atchison, Arrow and Berman join the existing ATC Board of Directors, which comprises:

  •     Susanne Bowen, CEO, PeopleAdmin, Inc.
  •     Rod Favaron, CEO, Spredfast
  •     Mark McClain, CEO, SailPoint Technologies
  •     Gary Sabins, CEO, Spinal Restoration, Inc.
  •     Manoj Saxena, GM, Watson Solutions, IBM

ATC also counts on its advisory board Rob Bridges, Managing Director, Wortham Insurance and Kevin Timmons, CTO Cyrus One.

“As the voice of technology in Central Texas, it is critical that our board reflects the present – and future – of this region,” said ATC President, Julie Huls. “Having a greater representation in bio tech, mobile and consumer tech is a statement that we will be strengthening our efforts to increase growth in the areas we believe are important to the region’s future.”

The new board additions are leaders at their companies and in the Austin community in a number of ways.

Dennis McWilliams, CEO and founder of Apollo Endosurgery, has decades of bio technology, medical devices and drug therapy experience. Prior to Apollo, McWilliams was at PTV Sciences a life science, med devices VC firm, and before that, he was COO and co-founder of Chrysalis BioTechnology where he was responsible for the raise of $15M funding, and ultimate acquisition by OrthoLogic Corp, now Capstone. McWilliams has his undergrad from University of Texas, and a masters in Engineering Management from Stanford.

Lynn Atchison, as CFO of Homeaway, can count its successful IPO as one of her achievements. With nearly 30 years finance and operations experience, Atchison was awarded CFO of the year for Austin in 2009. Prior to Homeaway, Atchison was with Infoglide, Hoovers – where she was instrumental in the sale to Dun & Bradstreet – and Travelogix. Prior to corporate life, she was a senior manager at Ernst & Young.

John Arrow, CEO of Mutual Mobile, founded this company and several others in just the last 10 years. Arrow’s focus is tapping into disruptive and emerging technologies, currently innovating in the mobile applications space. Prior to Mutual Mobile, Arrow built businesses in online payment processing, PPC advertising networks and consumer and enterprise software.

Adam Berman is CEO of TVA Medical which focuses on the development of medical devices for patients suffering from kidney failure. Previously, Berman was COO at Castlewood Surgical, who’s surgery devices reduce the risk of stroke, and VP R&D for MedicalCV and its cardiac laser ablation system. Before those, Berman was with Coalescent Surgical acquired by Medtronic, and Computer Motion, as surgical robotics company acquired by Intuitive Surgical. Berman holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 6,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 230 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

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