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Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Cecil Kidd

TechLauderdale
CEO

Ex-Officio Member

With over 30 years of progressive leadership experience, Cecil joined TechLauderdale in 2019 as the CEO.  Cecil has led a variety of organizations during his distinguished career.  During his career, he served as the Campus President for Keiser University, College of Advanced Technology, Executive Director of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and Regional Director of Government Relations for the International Council. of Shopping Centers.

Louis Balbier

Kaufman Rossin
Principal

Board Chair

Louis Balbirer is a principal in Kaufman Rossin's tax services practice and the leader of the firm's technology industry advisory group. Recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as a Key Partner in 2011, Louis has over 20 years of experience providing various tax and accounting services to his clients. He is a frequent speaker and author and has published articles in The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, Bloomberg BNA and others.

John McLaughlin

IT News & Events
Publisher & Editor

Vice Chair

John is a senior software engineer specialized in Software Defined Storage, a long-time publisher of technical email newsletters, and has 35+ years of experience in the tech industry, including 15 years as a Systems Engineer with Sun Microsystems. As a tech community organizer, he has hosted the weekly vBeers meetups since 2011. He ran the South Florida Linux User group for 4+ years. John was a founding ITPalooza organizer in 2012 and remains as a key organizer.

John Ficarra

ipfone
Regional Channel Manager 

Treasurer

At Ipfone John utilizes his extensive Telecom experience in creating VoIP solutions for small to large clients. He works closely with the Agent channel and helps his Agents drive revenue and create satisfied customers. Over the years in both a Sales role and a Management role, John has demonstrated a constant record of success.

 

Glen Benjamin

LAN Infotech
Community Account Manager

Secretary

Glen is a long-term South Florida resident who has worked in the Technology industry for nearly 40 years in a variety of Sales and Partner/Channel roles and is currently a Community Account Manager for a South Florida-based IT Services Provider, LAN Infotech. He has been a member of TechLauderdale and the South Florida Technology (SFTA) as well as its predecessor, the South Florida Telecom Forum (SFTF) for about 20 years.  For the past 5 years, he has been a Board Member of TechLauderdale.

Alex Funkhouser

SherlockTalent
CEO

Immediate Past Chair

Alex is CEO of SherlockTalent, connecting top tech talent with quality companies. We help companies that are frustrated by the difficulty in hiring top tech, marketing, and creative professionals. South Florida tech community leader since the '90s; president of TechLauderdale, the non-profit organization serving to develop our tech talent pool and tech industry through support of significant educational and networking events including ITPalooza, CodeCamp, SUP-X, and TechTalentFest.

 

Tammy Kennedy

CoAdvantage
Senior Business Consultant

Past President

Tammy Kennedy is a Senior Business Consultant at CoAdvantage, the largest privately held HR Outsourcing Company in the US.  Tammy bases her strategy on a consultative approach and breaks from the transactional model to create true customer-focused offerings. Throughout her career, she has had extensive experience working with professional firms, technology, medical, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and non-profit organizations to provide best-in-class solutions.

 

Richard Berkowitz

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors & CPAs
Founding Chairman

Executive Committee

Richard A. Berkowitz, JD, CPA, is the founding chairman of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors + CPAs, one of South Florida’s largest advisory and accounting firms. He works with CEOs on strategy, problem-solving, succession planning, corporate culture, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions, areas he also leads for the firm. In addition, Berkowitz is a founder and chairman of Provenance Wealth Advisors, one of the largest national CPA-affiliated financial planning firms.

 

Kelly Boyle

Ameriprise Financial Services
Senior Vice President

Executive Committee

Kelly Boyle is the Senior Vice President of Boyle, Torres, and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC.  Kelly assists clients to prepare for the expected and unexpected things in life.  Because of her interest in technology, Kelly has serves on the South Florida Technology Alliance / TechLauderdale Board to share her passion.

 

Christopher Leonard

Velocity Solutions
CEO

Executive Committee

Christopher Leonard is CEO of Velocity Solutions, which provides revenue-driving software solutions to community banks and credit unions which service the accounts of over 30 million consumers and business owners. Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Wake Forest University. Christopher serves on the Board of Directors of Broward Workshop and as a chair of its Technology Committee.

 

Board Members

Tony Casciotta

Broward College
VP of IT & CIO

Board Member

Tony Casciotta is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Broward College. He brings 35 plus years of technology experience while providing transformative leadership for all aspects of the technology environment including project management, cloud-based applications, systems, networking, databases, web management, classroom technology, managed services, vendor partnerships, and cybersecurity.

David Coddington

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Sr. Vice President - Business Devlopment

Board Member

 David joined the GFL Alliance as VP–Bus. Dev. in June 2010. David and his team are responsible for attracting and assisting prospective national and international companies from around the world.  David is the Facilitator of the South Florida TechGateway, a regional collaborative effort of economic development organizations, technology businesses, universities, and technology industry partners.

Sanjay Deo

24By7 Security
CEO

Board Member

Sanjay Deo combines over 25 years of Cyber Security and Compliance experience. At 24By7Security, the corporate mission is to assist clients with building a “defensible platform” in the face of rising Cybersecurity and privacy incidents due to increased Regulations and Legal Action. Company clients include healthcare, financial services, media & entertainment, travel and cruise, and industrial companies.

Ray Ferrero, Jr.

Nova Southeastern University
Chancellor

Board Member

Mr. Ferrero serves as Chancellor of Nova Southeastern University, having previously served as Chancellor/CEO from January 1, 2010 - July 1, 2011. Prior thereto, he served as President and CEO since January 1, 1998, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1988, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1995, and as Vice-Chairman from 1995 to 1997. He has also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee from 1995 to 1997.

Chris Fleck

Citrix
VP & Technical Fellow

Board Member

Chris Fleck is Vice President and Technical Fellow at Citrix Systems. In this role he is responsible for Emerging Technology, IP, and driving innovation. Previously, Mr. Fleck was CEO and a founder of 14 South Networks, an IBM Spin-off and pioneer in the application of Blade Technology for the IT industry. He was a NYS  Licensed Professional Engineer and has six patents issued, he graduated from NYU Poly and has an MBA from Union College

Michael Goldstein

LANInfoTech
President & CEO

Board Member

Michael has more than 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry as a Technology Business Analyst. Michael distills complicated IT issues, into real-life, relatable examples and solutions. His engaging delivery style makes him a regular speaker at numerous local business and technology associations.  LAN Infotech is a professional information technology consulting and cybersecurity firm. 

Allie Hernandez

Avant
Senior Channel Manager

Board Member

Allie Hernandez is a Senior Channel Manager covering Florida and the Caribbean. She has been actively involved with TechLauderdale/ SFTA since 2014 and is highly involved in the technology eco-system in South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching & playing sports and also sells clean crafted wine as a hobby. She also keeps her real estate license active to help family and friends with finding their forever home.

Kristen Knauer

Cloud Computing Concepts, LLC (C3)
Sales Operations Specialist

Board Member

Kristen is an experienced Account/Client Success Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the technology industry. Skilled in Salesforce Administration, Data Center services, Account Management, and Direct Sales. Strong administrative professional. C3 is an award winning provider of technology and communications services to small, medium and enterprise businesses globally.

Andrew Koenig

City Furniture
President

Board Member

Andrew Koenig graduated with degrees in Finance and Accounting from Elon University in 2005 and received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Nova Southeastern University – Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Andrew has spent years learning “Lean Thinking” from Toyota Experts and applying that training in his own business successfully at CITY Furniture which is now referred to as “CFOS (aka. CITY Furniture Operating System)”.

Robert Morcos

Social Mobile
Founder & CEO

Board Member

Robert Morcos is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Social Mobile®, a vertically integrated OEM and consultancy specializing in designing customizable GMS Android-powered smart solutions for enterprise. Robert has been active in the technology industry since he was fifteen years old and built Social Mobile with no external capital investment. Robert is active on several Boards of Directors, is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Miami Chapter, and in 2020 was named as one of South Florida Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

Dave Noderer

Computer Ways, Inc.
CEO / President

Board Member

Dave Noderer is the CEO / President and founder of Computer Ways, Inc., a software development company focused on Microsoft Technologies including .NET, Azure, Dynamics 365, IOT, and SQL Server,  COO of Nedd Tech Inc., focused on Augmented Reality,  a Microsoft MVP alumni and developer community activist. Mr. Noderer is an Electrical Engineer by training and has been doing software development since founding Computer Ways, Inc. in 1994.

Jeff Sass

.CLUB Domains
Chief Marketing Officer

Board Member

Jeff is a senior-level digital media, marketing, and business development executive with a rare mix of creative and business experience in mobile marketing and entertainment, traditional entertainment, electronic entertainment, licensing & merchandising, and technology. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at mobile, music, digital & social media events. An excellent writer with produced Film and Television credits, and author of "Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from THE TOXIC AVENGER."

Jeff Sturman

Memorial Hospital
Senior VP and CIO

Board Member

Jeff Sturman is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Memorial Healthcare System/South Broward Hospital District. Previously he was a Partner with Cumberland Consulting Group, a national healthcare IT consultancy, as well as Ernst & Young’s Healthcare Consulting practice. Mr. Sturman has over 25 years of healthcare experience, specifically in the planning, management and facilitation of digital transformation, organizational change, operational impacts, and overall governance.

James Stepan

Law Offices of James Stepan
Managing Shareholder

Board Member

Jim is an experienced attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation and transactional and complex commercial He has significant experience in trials and appeals in federal and state court, arbitrations, and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Jim also serves as General Counsel for TechLauderdale and the South Florida Technology Alliance.