SOURCE: Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

January 18, 2010 11:00 ET

WTIA CEO Ken Myer Announces Departure

Successfully Led Organization in New Directions, Expanded Membership During Three-Year Tenure

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2010) - The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (http://www.washingtontechnology.org), one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America, today announced that its CEO, Ken Myer, has decided to leave and return to the industry. Myer will continue to run the WTIA through the end of March while the organization conducts a search for his successor.

"Three years ago, I saw an opportunity to apply my experience as an industry executive and to give something back to the technology community that had been so good to me," said Myer. "I felt I could bring new ideas to the Association and really make a positive impact. I'm very proud of what our team has achieved in the last three years and I think now is a good time to hand over the reins to new leadership and return to the industry for my next challenge. I plan to continue on as a volunteer with the WTIA."

During his tenure, Myer presided over the transition of the organization founded as the Washington Software Alliance (WSA) to a more expansive Washington Technology Industry Association, which now includes the electronics, device and clean tech sectors. Under his leadership, the WTIA launched new educational programs, new member services including a Job Center, opened an office in China to promote the interests of WTIA member companies and integrated the Washington office of TechAmerica, a national association of electronics manufacturers and technology companies, into the WTIA.

WTIA Board Chairman Steve Wood thanked Myer for his contributions to the organization. "Ken has done a remarkable job building value for WTIA members and making the organization truly representative of the entire technology community across Washington," said Wood. "His energy and entrepreneurial leadership have built a solid foundation for continued growth. We're very sad to see him go but thankful for his passion and commitment to making the WTIA a model for trade associations across the country."

The WTIA board has retained the firm of Herd Freed Hartz to conduct a search for Myer's successor. Myer has no immediate plans for his next role but is likely to seek a position in the technology industry where he has spent the bulk of his career.

About the Washington Technology Industry Association

The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 1,000 members representing more than 125,000 employees in Washington State, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association's global partners are Microsoft, Regence BlueShield, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. The association's funding partners are AH&T Insurance, F5 Networks, Moss Adams LLP and RealNetworks. For more information, go to www.washingtontechnology.org.

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