Team Techweek

Amanda Signorelli | CEO

Amanda is the CEO of Techweek where she manages the flagship department, Summit and Fest. Throughout her time at Techweek she has taken roles in several functions beginning as a Director of Business Development then moving to operations. Previously, Amanda was a management consultant for Mckinsey & Company working with companies in strategy and operations. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is a crazy foodie who loves salsa dancing.

Chris Bordeaux | SVP, Awards & FOUNDERS HOUSE

Chris leads Techweek’s FOUNDERS HOUSE, TECHWEEK100, and AWARDS initiatives. Prior to joining the Techweek team, Chris gained experience at Harpo Productions. As a co-founder of Servmio, he familiarized himself with and fueled his passion for technology startups. Chris graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and DePaul University College of Law in 2011.

Tyler Coppock | SVP, ENTREPRENEUR EXPO & Launch

Tyler manages the ENTREPRENEUR EXPO in Chicago, Kansas City, New York and LA. A lifelong Chicagoan, Tyler joined the team in the winter of 2014. Prior to Techweek, Tyler majored in journalism and spent his post-grad life working in startups. His outside interests include the Bears, tacos and Scrabble. In that order.

Rebekah Keida | VP, Founders House

Rebekah creates experiences for Techweek’s invitation-only event, FOUNDERS HOUSE. She hit the ground running at Techweek in June 2015 and has not stopped since. Rebekah lives on airplanes and loves traveling, meeting new people, and exploring unique things. In the past, Rebekah has worked on documentary pieces for MSNBC and Esquire. On the weekends, she moonlights as the Techweek mascot, Bruce the Unicorn, and draws anime.

Jeff Jones | VP, Global Partnerships

Jeff leads relationships with our corporate sponsors as VP of Global Partnerships at Techweek. He joined Techweek in August 2015 after experiencing first hand the contagious energy of Techweek Chicago. Previously, Jeff worked on the dark side (agency world) for a couple of Chicago-based shops. Jeff spends most of his free time with the the sport of golf – playing during the summer/fall and thinking about playing the rest of the time.

Brad Schnitzer | Director, FEST

Brad is the Director of FEST at Techweek. He joined Techweek in October 2015. He is the co-founder of Boston-based non-profit, More Than Me. Brad is currently incubating a start-up with his great team at the Chicago Innovation Exchange. Brad has a passion for innovation, helping others, and Portillo’s cheese fries.

Billy Puckett | Director, Strategic Partnerships

Billy is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Techweek. Prior to joining the Techweek team in 2015, he spent time in fundraising at Wake Forest University and as a corporate travel consultant with Advito. Billy graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2010 with a degree in sport management and received his M.B.A. from DePaul University in 2013. In his free time, he can be found either at a baseball game or watching live music wherever it is being played.

Camelia Rodriguez | Senior Content Editor

Camelia joined Techweek in November 2015 as a Senior Content Writer. She has held several roles where she utilized her writing, editing, PR, and social media skills. Camelia loves to read biographies and “chick lit,” binge-watch TV shows on Hulu/Netflix, and eat food that she isn’t allergic to. Born and raised in Chicago, she cheers for all of the city’s sports teams…except for the White Sox. GO CUBS!

Ariella Greenberg | Director, AWARDS

Ariella is the Director of the TECHWEEK100 and THE TECHIES at Techweek. She joined Techweek in October of 2015. Previously, Ariella has worked in PR, event planning and sales. She is the proud owner of an eight year old Shih Tzu, Rosie and is always willing to discuss any reality TV show.

Cathal McCarthy | EVP

Cathal is EVP of Techweek, leading Techweek day-to-day, where he seems to mainly produce beautiful Powerpoints and build financial models that few people understand. Before Techweek, he worked at McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager, working on consumer and technology companies, focused on operations, marketing, M&A and sales.

Megan Scharf | Director of Marketing and Communications

Meg leads Communications at Techweek. Previously Meg was Senior International Marketing Manager at Ace Hardware Corporation, where she managed International marketing and media initiatives across the globe. Prior to Ace Hardware Meg led strategic planning and creative development, budget growth, media placement and spending levels at Bally Total Fitness. Additionally, Meg planned events and media relations for COPURA. Meg attended Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, and graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a double option in Corporate Communications and Public Relations and a minor in Advertising.

Executive Advisory Board

  • Katy Lynch | Chair of the Techweek Chicago’s EAB
  • Mark Achler | Managing Director, Math Venture Partners
  • Shradha Agarwal | Co-Founder & President, ContextMedia
  •  Iqbal Arshad | SVP of Global Product Development, Motorola Mobility
  •  Esther Barron | Director, Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern
  •  George Bousis | Founder & CEO, Raise.com
  •  Doug Breaker | President & CEO, HomeFinder.com
  •  Michael Burke | President & Co-Founder, Appssavvy
  •  Brian Burkhart | President & Word Guy, SquarePlanet
  •  Glenn Charles, Jr. | Principal, GCJ Management
  •  Brandon Cruz | Founder & President, GoHealth
  •  Seth Darmstadter | Technology Litigator, K&L Gates
  •  Jason Duboe | Senior Associate, Chicago Ventures
  •  Glenn Eden | SVP, Weber Shandwick
  •  Kristie Fox | SVP, Edelman
  •  Gian Fulgoni | Chairman, comScore
  •  Jim Gagnard | Managing Director, Chapelle Capital LLC
  •  Michael Gray | Partner, Neil, Gerber & Eisenberg, LLP
  •  Anjali Gurnani | Board Director, TiE Midwest
  •  Fred Hoch | President & CEO, Illinois Technology Association
  •  Josh Inglis | Founder, Propllr
  •  Maria Christopoulos Katris | CEO, Built In
  •  Ross Kimbarovsky | Founder, crowdSPRING
  •  Marc Klein | VP, Clean Energy Fuels
  •  Scott Kluth | Owner, CouponCabin
  •  Melinda Kramer | CEO, KloudVentures
  •  Seth Kravitz | Co-Founder, Technori
  •  Logan Lahive | Founder & CEO, Belly
  •  Reid Lappin | CEO, Vokal Interactive
  •  Eddie Lou | Co-Founder & CEO , Shiftgig
  •  Dan Lyne | SVP, CBRE
  •  Ajay Mago | Partner, Duane Morris LLP
  •  Starr Marcello | Director & COO, Chicago Booth School of Business
  •  Matt Moog | CEO, PowerReviews
  •  Andrea Moran | CEO, Marengo Hampshire Partners
  •  Alicia Cannon Mullen | Principal, Washing Pond Ventures
  •  Tim Mullen |  Mullen Family Foundation
  •  Brent Payne | CEO, Loud Interactive
  •  Jack Philbin | CEO, Vibes
  •  Shawn Riegsecker | Founder and CEO, Centro
  •  Rajen Ruparell | SVP Global Partnerships, Groupon
  •  Doug Ryan | President, Digitas
  •  Ed Scanlan | Founder & Chairman, Total Attorneys
  •  Rishi Shah | CEO, ContextMedia
  •  Iain Shovlin | Founder and Managing Partner, Guild Capital
  •  Andrew Sieja | CEO, kCura
  •  Tom Sosnoff | Founder, tastytrade
  •  Emerson Spartz | Founder & CEO, Spartz Media
  •  Genevieve Thiers | Founder, Sittercity
  •  Craig Ulliott | Co-Founder & CTO, Belly
  •  Dan Ushman | Co-Founder & CMO, SingleHop
  •  Gabe Vehovsky | Founder, Curiosity.com
  •  Craig Vodnik | VP Operations, Founder, Cleverbridge
  •  Peter Wilkins | Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
  •  Kevin Willer | Partner, Chicago Ventures
  •  Spencer Wood | Tech Transactions Lawyer, Polsinelli Shughart PC
  • Shane Gianino | CEO, Qstride
  • Nicholas Gorga | Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
  • Jen Todd Gray | VP, Marketing & Creative Services, HelloWorld, Inc.
  • Jason Huvaere | Founder & President, Paxahau
  • Reda Jaber | Partner, IncWell
  • Michelle Lange | Chief Marketing Officer, Billhighway
  • Iain Lanivich | Group Digital Creative Director, Lowe Campbell Ewald
  • John Marcicky | Community Relations & Partnership Development, Rock Ventures
  • Meredith Kerekes | Entrepreneur in Residence, Detroit Creative Corridor Center
  • Alisyn Malek | Investment Manager, GM Ventures
  • Marlin Page | Founder, Sisters Code
  • Luis Perez | CFO, Detroit Lions
  • Jon Rimanelli | Founder & CEO, Detroit Aircraft, LLC
  • Tifani Sadek | Founder and Partner, Sadek Bonahoom
  • Chris Seago | Accelerator Leader, Bizdom
  • Ted Serbinski | Managing Director, Techstars
  • Dug Song | Co-Founder and CEO, Duo Security
  • Chris Thomas | Founder & Partner, Fontinalis
  • Adam Arredondo | Founder, Director of Entrepreneurship, CEED
  • Matthew Condon | CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations
  • Aaron Deacon | Managing Director, KC Digital Drive
  • Bill Dietrich | President & CEO, Downtown Council of Kansas City
  • John Fein | Managing Director, Techstars
  • DJ Good | CEO, LightBridge, Inc
  • Julie Hakan | Supervisor, People & Human Resources, Multi Service Technology Solutions
  • Andy Hung | Regional General Manager, Uber
  • Mike Hurd | Director of Marketing, Downtown Council of Kansas City
  • Kevin McGinnis | Vice President – Development & Operations, Pinsight Media at Sprint
  • Maria Meyers | Founder, KC SourceLink
  • Karen Moon | Co-Founder & CEO, Trendalytics
  • Matt McGraw | President & CEO, DSI
  • Blake Miller | Partner & Director of Accelerator, Think Big Partners
  • Christine Murray | Director, KC Chamber
  • Ryan O’Connell | Vice President, Influence & Co.
 

  • Mark O’Renick | Co-Founder, Salva O’Renick
  • David Rowe | Program Manager, ECCO Select
  • Jeff Rohr | CEO, SquareOffs
  • Betty Ann SantaMaria | Senior IT Recruiter, DST
  • Drew Solomon | Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
  • Alisha Templeton | Program Manager, Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • Rick Usher | Assistant City Manager for Entrepreneurship & Small Business, City of Kansas City, MO
  • Ryan Weber | President, KCnext
  • Erik Wullschleger | Director of LiveKC, Sporting Kansas City
  • Geoff Domoracki | Co-Founder & CEO, DevNetwork
  • Keith Enright | Director, Head of Global Privacy Legal Team, Google Inc
  • Adam Fisk | President, Brave New Software Project
  • Rajen Ruparell | Former Co-Founder International, Groupon
  • Alicia Mullen | Mullen Foundation
  • Tim Mullen | Mullen Foundation
  • Brent Payne | CEO, Loud Interactive
  • Adam Goldenberg | Co-Founder and Co-CEO, JustFab and Intelligent Beauty
  • Frank Gruber | Co-Founder & CEO, TechCocktail
  • Matt Jacobson | Managing Director, ICONIQ Capital
  • Talha Basit | CTO, Dose Media
  • Michael Burke | Curiosity
  • Matthew Coursen | SVP, JLL
  • Keith Enright | Director, Global Privacy Legal, Google
  • Adam Fisk | President, Brave New Software Project
  • Brian Cohen | Chairman , New York Angels
  • Steven Greenwood | Founder & CEO, Brewster
  • Hilary Gosher|Managing Director,Insight Venture Partners
  • Fran Hauser |Partner, Rothenberg Ventures
  • Claudia Iannazzo |Partner,Pereg Ventures
  • Karen Moon | Co-Founder & CEO, Trendalytics
  • Marc Klein | VP, Clean Energy Fuels
  • Shelden Owen | CEO, Unified Social
  • Ben Nazario |Senior Vice President, Sparks
  • Alessandro Piol |Partner and Co-Founder, Alpha Prime Ventures
  • Adam Quinton |Founder & CEO, Lucas Point Partners
  • Alicia Syrett | Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital
  • Howard Yeh | Founder & President, HealthCare.com
  • Ajay Mago | Partner, Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Shama Hyder | Founder & CEO, Marketing Zen Group
  • Ameeth Sankaran | Partner, 2M Companies
  • Adam “Jax” Lotia | Co-Founder, Circuit Breaker Holdings
  • Rajen Ruparell | Former Co-Founder International, Groupon
  • Ben Zlotnik | Founder & CEO, Incubes, Eden
  • Katherine Hague | Founder, Female Funders
  • Janet Bannister | Founder, Real Ventures
  • Mark MacLeod | Founder, SurePath Capital Partners
  • Anthony Di Lorio | CDO, TMX Group
  • Gary Schwartz | CEO, Impact Mobile
  • Talha Basit | CTO, Dose Media
  • Sue McGil | Co-Founder, JOLT, MARS