Spotlight on P1 Technologies, 2022 Leading Tech Company Winner

P1 Technologies earned the 2022 Leading Tech Company Award at TechNite in May.

Through their 375 employee-owners, P1 Technologies in Roanoke County has been partnering directly with OEMs worldwide since 1949 by working together to provide solutions to industry needs. They design and custom manufacture patient monitoring cables, surgical devices, and plastic molded components.

P1 Technologies is a highly regarded specialty manufacturer in one of the most regulated, demanding, fast-paced industry sectors in the marketplace. They combine high-quality standards with R&D capabilities, resulting in consistency and new solutions, building trust and longevity with their customers.

Lydia Brantingham-Payne, Marketing and Communications Manager at P1 Technologies, shares the company’s story and what it means to be a global manufacturer of specialty medical equipment in Roanoke, VA.

p1 technologies team at technite
What does it mean to P1 to win the 2022 Leading Tech Company Award?

As an employee-owned company, we all take great pride in being recognized by the RBTC as a leader in our field. 

The Leading Tech Company Award recognizes companies demonstrating excellence in people, programs, and projects within its industry. Tell us more about how you see this demonstrated at P1 Technologies. 

Our long history in the medical industry has contributed to our success and given us an exceptional reputation. We’re proud to support our customers in overcoming obstacles with overseas vendors by offering all services in one location in Roanoke County. Our in-house customer service, design, and R&D teams are available and ready to help with any issue. Because of our experience and expertise, we’ve remained at the forefront of the medical device industry and strengthened business relationships with some of the largest and leading medical device companies in the world.

P1 is known as a highly regarded specialty manufacturer in one of the most regulated and demanding fast-paced industry sectors in the marketplace. To those who are unfamiliar with your company, what does that mean?

Being a manufacturer in the medical space requires a lot of due diligence to keep up with our customers growing needs and FDA regulations. To stay on the cutting edge, P1 Technologies has engineering, quality, and compliance teams that continuously review new procedures and compliance requirements. Because we are a global manufacturer, we not only stay current with USA regulations, but medical device requirements of other countries as well.

Describe a typical P1 client and the reach of P1 products. Are they global or national?

Our typical clients are medical device company OEMs or individual doctors developing new tools and technologies to enhance their area of expertise. Our reach is 85% domestic and 15% global. Many of our employees report that they see our products during their own medical procedures! It is very rewarding to know that our products help people daily. 

What is the culture like at P1 Technologies? 

We try as much as possible to operate as a family. We extend as much care and respect to each other as we do to our customers.

What’s a surprising or fun fact about P1?

We once did a quick turnaround project for Shania Twain! We manufacture custom in-ear monitor cables and that’s what we made for Shania. Later, she sent in an autographed picture thanking us. Of course, all our friends said they wanted to meet her if she visited the plant!

Anything else we should know?

P1 started in 1949 as a hearing aid cord manufacturer and has grown into a progressive medical manufacturer. Our dedicated employee-owners are focused on putting our customers first by incorporating technological advancements in our manufacturing processes. There are currently 375 people working at our facility, and we’ve also incorporated a new type of employee, a cobot! These robots work directly with our production team for handling small, manufactured parts. 

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Spotlight on Wendi Pannell, 2022 Regional Leader Award Winner

At TechNite 2022 technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and companies were honored at an awards ceremony for their contributions to the thriving Roanoke-Blacksburg tech sector. Winners included Wendi Pannell, this year’s Regional Leader Award recipient!

Wendi was recognized for her success in the workplace, and her leadership in contributing significantly to the RBTC community. Wendi serves as the chairwoman for RBTC’s Women in Technology (WoTech) committee and is passionate about creating a supportive, empowering space for women in tech. She is a highly accomplished business, technology, and change management leader with a history of transforming operations through a combination of people, processes, and systems.

Throughout her career, she has made an impact in the planning and delivery of large-scale programs and facilitating cross-functional teams to realize new organizational visions. Her superpower lies in communicating insightful, data-driven recommendations that serve as the foundation for progressive change. She demonstrates her passion through coaching, growing, and influencing others in a fast-paced, executional culture, and maintaining high velocity.

She makes time for building the village for women in technology within the New River Valley as well as her three boys, three dogs, and husband in Blacksburg, VA.

Here’s more about Wendi, in her own words.

Where is your alma mater and what did you study?

Virginia Tech, Management Science and Information Technology Class of ’99 

How long have you been a member of/involved with RBTC?

I’ve been a part of RBTC for 3 years. When I moved to Blacksburg, I immediately got involved.

What does it mean to you to win the Regional Leader Award at TechNite?

Holy cow! I am so honored to be on the list with the other nominees and humbled that I was awarded. I am also thrilled that this gives more visibility to my passion around building a village of women in technology. I’m hoping this will afford me more platforms to use my enthusiasm for the continued growth of our technology community right here in our beautiful area.

What inspires you most professionally?

This is a great question! I get inspired everyday by women that are transparent about the good and the bad in their lives, by women that follow their hearts, and those that challenge the status quo. I’m equally inspired by people that stand up for others and constantly lift others up.

All-time favorite hype song?

“Badass Women” by Meghan Trainor is my current wake-up song.

Tell us a fun fact about you!

I have a tattoo of my 3 boys first initials in binary on my wrist, combining my love of data and kids. My husband is still wondering when I’ll add his initial!

Anything else we should know?

I am so excited about the synergy that is happening in our area around technology and biotech. What I would love to see is more of our teams—our hands on keyboards members—at more events. The only way we will build a stronger IT community is to do it together. Leaders, invite your teams to attend more RBTC events, help them find their village, encourage them to step out of their comfort zones, and GROW. 

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TechNite 2022 Unites Region to Celebrate Year’s Best Technology and Innovation

The biggest night in tech celebrated the rapidly expanding technology ecosystem and the movers and shakers in the industry on Thursday night at Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council’s TechNite 2022 at the Taubman Museum of Art, attracting over 300 statewide and regional leaders.

Among the highlights of the evening was the induction of Victor Iannello into the RBTC Hall of Fame.

TechNite, presented by Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law, is an annual celebration for the best in innovation. The 2022 theme focused on biotechnology as the region prepares for major multi-regional, multi-organizational collaborations to unfold later this year.

“TechNite presents an amazing opportunity to bring together the technology community from those with an early-stage idea to nationally and globally established companies located in this region,” said Erin Burcham, President of Verge and Executive Director of RBTC. “This event celebrates all the accomplishments and work happening right here in Western Virginia.”

This region is making an impact across the state and beyond, noted keynote speakers John Newby, CEO of Virginia Bio, and Conaway Haskins, Vice President for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation.

“Virginia Bio is proud to support the greater Roanoke ecosystem, a growing and thriving entrepreneurial community,” Newby said. “Biotechnology is a vital element of this growth, and the Roanoke/Blacksburg/Lynchburg BioHub lead by Carilion Clinic and VT-Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will continue to transform the region into a major national life science hub.”

“TechNite is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and amplify the work that you and your partners have undertaken to build a vibrant innovation ecosystem across the region,” Haskins said.

The following entrepreneurs and companies were honored at the awards ceremony. 

Named to the RBTC Hall of Fame, Iannello is CEO of Chorda Pharma, an early-stage pharmaceuticals company developing a pipeline of opioid-free drugs to manage pain. Previously, he was the CEO and founder of Radiant Physics, a company that develops and commercializes revolutionary products in the energy, industrial technology, and healthcare sectors to improve performance and deliver value. 

Iannello, a serial entrepreneur and innovator, also founded Synchrony Inc., which was acquired by Dresser-Rand in 2013 and is now part of Johnson Controls. He has been active in the community, as Past Chairman of the Carilion Medical Center Board of Directors, Past Co-Chairman of Valleys Innovation Council (now Verge), and Past President of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. Iannello attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and holds the SB, SM, and ScD degrees in Nuclear Engineering.

Additional award winners include: 

  • Kathleen O’Dell, STEM-H Educator Award, which recognizes an educator in the Roanoke–Blacksburg region that promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders. O’Dell became a math teacher at Christiansburg Middle School 15 years ago through a non-traditional route, incorporating real-world experiences into her curriculum, and realized it was the dream job she was looking for all along. O’Dell is the recipient of the 2022 Montgomery County Public School Teacher of the Year award, serves as Department Chair of the CMS Math Department, and worked as tutor and a curriculum specialist for the Boys and Girls Club from 2016 to 2021. 
  • Ticket Spicket, Rising Star Award, which recognizes an early-stage technology company. This award emphasizes the importance of small firms to our region’s technology economy. Ticket Spicket is a no-cost digital ticketing platform for schools, districts and associations. In just two years the tool has grown to 1.4 million unique users, conducting 2.7 million transactions.
  • Dr. Robert Gourdie, Innovator Award, which recognizes an individual, a team, or organization that has blazed new trails in the areas of research and innovation. Gourdie is an entrepreneur with a wealth of startup experience. He has founded or co-founded three start-ups based on his cutting-edge research. First String Research has three active ongoing clinical trials. Tiny Cargo Company and Acomhal Research are on their way to revolutionizing drug delivery and glioblastoma treatment. Tiny Cargo Co. is among five companies to receive a Washington, DC Health Innovation QuickFire Challenge award. The $50,000 in grant funding will help the biotech startup continue to develop its novel drug delivery method using hardy nano-sized capsules derived from cow’s milk.
  • Wendi Pannell, Regional Leadership Award, which recognizes a member who succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the RBTC community. Pannell, Vice President of Content Production at Ozmo, is a connector of people and ideas. She has shown dedication to growing the WoTech (RBTC women in technology) community and drives the future and promise of WoTech regionally.
  • Martin Angst, Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a leader exemplifying what it means to be a risk-taker in technology. Angst is the co-founder of Rendyr, an emerging desktop robotics company developing a first of its kind portable laser cutter that dramatically improves access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Rendyr has raised over $730k from 444 backers through a Kickstarter campaign for their Optic portable laser cutter. (You can back the project now at https://launch.rendyr.com/.) 
  • P1 Technologies, Leading Tech Company, which recognizes a Roanoke or New River Valley company committed to advancing the region’s technology community and demonstrating excellence in people, programs, and projects within its industry. P1 Technologies delivers cabling and injection molding products as well as custom specialty designs. They focus on three main service lines: medical, audio, and in vivo preclinical research from their facility in Roanoke County. P1 Technologies is a highly regarded specialty manufacturer in one of the most regulated, demanding, fast-paced industry sectors in the marketplace. They combine high quality standards with R&D capabilities, resulting in consistency and new solutions, building trust and longevity with their customers.
  • Kathy Claytor, Ruby Award, which recognizes an outstanding member who has proven to be a brilliant and valuable asset to the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. Claytor has contributed to the local technology industry, working to attract, grow and retain technology talent for the Roanoke Region. She has spent numerous years benchmarking best practices in human resources, developing best practices for employee engagement strategies, while serving on state and national boards. Claytor continues to build the brand of the region as a destination for top talent, a true necessity for a long lasting and sustainable workforce.
  • Heywood Fralin, 2022 Guest of Honor, received recognition for supporting health science and biotechnology in the region. From his major commitment to research and education at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute to advocating on the region’s behalf in Richmond for a $15.7 million commercialized biotech project, Heywood was recognized for his vision and dedication to growing an emerging sector in the region. Fralin’s vision for success will continue to grow the region for decades to come through multi-organizational collaboration.

Thanks to all the sponsors and companies that helped make the 2022 event a success: Woods Rogers, Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech, Franklin County, Roanoke County Economic Development, City of Roanoke, Montgomery County, Cox Business, Exelaration, Torc Robotics, Member One, Botetourt County, Virginia Bio, GO Virginia, Truist, Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Delta Dental, Cardinal Press, PowerSchool, and VTC Ventures. 

RBTC, part of the Verge Alliance, exists to promote the growth of the Roanoke-Blacksburg technology community with a vision for the region to be globally recognized for its innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent assets. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council is a member-driven association working to promote the growth of the regional technology community. The organization is the essential business resource for technology entrepreneurs and companies seeking to achieve greater success with members that range from emerging technology firms to the largest employers in the region. Learn more at rbtc.tech. 

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Congratulations to All the TechNite 2022 Awards Nominees

The energy surrounding technology and innovation in the region is electric. TechNite 2022 will be a night to remember as we recognize the region’s best companies, innovators, and projects that continue to put Virginia’s Region 2 on the global map. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations, entertainment, and brief programming will kick off the evening followed by an exciting awards ceremony lifting up the entrepreneurs, founders, and companies fueling the region’s thriving ecosystem.

With awards for all areas of technology and innovation, these honors are designed to help celebrate the leaders shaping our community. We’re very excited to announce the nominees for the TechNite 2022 awards!

Entrepreneur Award

Innovator Award

Leading Tech Company

Regional Leadership

Rising Star Award

STEM-H Educator Award

Winners of all categories will be announced at TechNite 22 on Thursday, May 19, at the Taubman Museum of Art. Get your tickets today!

See videos of the TechNite 2021 awards winners.

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TechNite 2022: What to Expect

There’s an electric energy surrounding technology and innovation in our region because the work in this sector is putting Virginia’s Region 2 on the global map. TechNite 2022 will be a night to remember as we recognize the region’s best companies, innovators, and projects. Join us in toasting to an exciting future for our region at the beautiful Taubman Museum of Art on May 19. 

The Event

Plan to enjoy a social, cocktail celebration beginning at 5:30 p.m. inside downtown Roanoke’s iconic museum. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations will fill you up while you connect with some of the most creative innovators and technology leaders in the region. Tables are available for purchase (get yours before they sell out!) or mingle if you prefer. Entertainment and brief programming will kick off the evening followed by an inspiring awards ceremony honoring the entrepreneurs, founders, and companies fueling the region’s thriving ecosystem. Attendees can explore the Taubman galleries while RBTC transforms the atrium into an after-party beneath the neon light of the Roanoke Star. 

The Speakers

John Newby (Virginia Bio) and Conaway Haskins (Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation)

Keynote speakers John Newby and Conaway Haskins will discuss the successful regional and statewide collaboration to support tech and biotech growth.

“We could not be more thrilled to host our statewide partners, Conaway Haskins, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation and John Newby, Virginia Bio as we celebrate the growth of technology and biotechnology in our region,” said RBTC Executive Director Erin Burcham.

Newby is CEO of Virginia Bio. Newby has been in his role at Virginia Bio since 2019 and is tasked with fostering partnerships with and between the Commonwealth’s greater biotechnology and healthcare industries to find innovative solutions to improve lives. He helps the association’s 270+ members by facilitating access to capital, connecting industry to academia, and providing educational and professional development event programming and collaborates with federal, state and local partners to grow Virginia’s $8 billion life science industry.

Haskins is Vice President for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC). In this role, he provides strategic vision and generates operational results for the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Division that was launched in July 2020. As VP, he advises, funds, promotes, and supports technology-focused entrepreneurial ecosystems and innovation-led economic development throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Vibe

TechNite is a casual cocktail-style event so bring your team, coworkers, peers, and friends for a fun, social evening. Enjoy an enriching keynote presentation, inspiring awards ceremony and plenty of time for socializing. Don’t forget to explore the galleries before sticking around for the after party!

The Details

  • Date & Time: Thursday, May 19 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Event & After Party are all in one location this year at the Taubman Museum
  • Parking: Downtown Roanoke Street Parking and Parking Garages within walking distance are available
  • Tickets: Get yours now

Contact Us

This is a night you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now.

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18th Annual RBTC TechNite Awards Ceremony Recipients Announced

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council was pleased to honor a talented group of companies and individuals at its annual TechNite awards banquet, which was held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center on April 21, 2017.

Nominations were accepted for five awards: STEM-H Educator, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Regional Leadership, and Rising Star. Nominees were narrowed down to a subset of contenders in each category, from which award recipients were selected. This year the awards committee chose to recognize a recipient of the Ruby Award, an occasional award that recognizes a brilliant and valuable asset to the Roanoke-Blacksburg region. The committee also added a new award, the Regional Go To Geek, which recognizes a person that is working to connect technology practitioners across our region.

The RBTC was honored to present the following awards:

  • Regional Go to Geek: Thomas “Tweeks” Weeks, Virginia Tech Cyber Range
  • STEM Educator: Nick Cornwell, Montgomery County Public Schools & Hannah Weiss, Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Entrepreneur: Baraka Kasongo, Volatia Language Network Inc.
  • Innovator: Josep Bassaganya-Riera, BioTherapeutics
  • Regional Leadership: Greg Feldmann, Skyline Capital Strategies
  • Rising Star: Qualtrax
  • Ruby Award: Sam English, Attention Point

TechNite is an annual celebration of the Roanoke – Blacksburg region’s technology community. The event featured Caitlyn Scaggs, Founder of Blue Mobius Marketing, as the Master of Ceremonies and special guest speaker Bonz Hart, founder of Meridium, local entrepreneur, and former president of the RBTC board of directors.

After the awards were presented, attendees were invited to attend the 5th annual TechNite after party held at the Science Museum of Western Virginia located inside the Center in the Square.

More information from TechNite 2017 can be found at https://www.rbtc.tech/technite.

The Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council is a non-profit, member-driven association of businesses and organizations in the greater Roanoke – Blacksburg region, working together to promote the growth and success of the region’s technology sector. Its membership includes more than 250 organizations. The RBTC is the leading resource for the region’s growth and success. It exists to connect and unite the region’s technology community, develop and educate thought-leaders, mentors, and the technology workforce, and improve access to talent. To learn more, please visit http://www.rbtc.tech.

Contact: Robert McAden, RBTC President and CEO, (540) 293-3230 or robert.mcaden@rbtc.tech.

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TechNite 2017: Award Nominees Announced

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council is pleased to announce the Top Finalists in each TechNite 2017 award category. Congratulations to all the outstanding nominees! Winners will be announced at the TechNite awards ceremony on Friday, April 21 – get your tickets now!



Sponsored by: Common Wealth Growth Group & Providence Properties
Montgomery County Public Schools
Courtney Buck
Nick Cornwell
Stephanie Parker
Holly Pauley
Rebecca Rainey
Terri Vangelos
Susie Weaver
Roanoke City Public Schools
April Hill
Roanoke County Public Schools
Travis Anderson
Andy Clapper
Susheela Shanta
Roanoke Valley Governor’s School
Dr. Brent Holt
Science Museum of Western Virginia
Hannah Weiss
Salem Public Schools

Mark Madden


Sponsored by: Montgomery County
1901 Group
Bonumose Biochem LLC
Click & Pledge
FluxTeq LLC
Game Changineer LLC
Landos Biopharma
Volatia Language Network Inc.


Sponsored by: Kollmorgen
Bonumose Biochem LLC
Excella Consulting – The Extension Center @ VTCRC
Dr. Paul Gaines, Inorganic Ventures
Josep Bassaganya-Riera
SyCom Technologies


Sponsored by: Virginia Tech
Amy Ankrum, Qualtrax
Dr. Adam Donato, Card Isle
Jay Foster, Flex Metrics
Dr. James D. Rancourt, Polymer Solutions
Caitlyn Scaggs, Blue Mobius Marketing

Baraka Kasongo, Volatia Language Network Inc.



Sponsored by: Roanoke County
Kevin Bloomfield
Greg Feldmann
Charlie Jewell
Sue Magliaro
Annette Patterson
Cynthia Rancourt
Jeff Terry
Thomas “Tweeks” Weeks

People’s Choice



Download this list of TechNite 2017 Award Finalists as a PDF

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TechNite 2017: Registration and Nominations

TechNite is an annual celebration of the Roanoke-Blacksburg region’s growing technology community and is one of the largest networking events of the year with hundreds of influential leaders in business and innovation. Join us as we honor the amazing achievements in technology-focused entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership from across the region!

TechNite 2017 will be held Friday, April 21 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (with after party at The Center in the Square – Science Museum of Western Virginia). This is the biggest technology event of the region and we are excited to have you be a part. Stay tuned and watch for more details in the coming weeks.

Registration Now Open (Early-bird Discounts End March 31 Friday, April 7!)

Registration for TechNite 2017 is open! Take advantage of early-bird registration discounts for both members and non-members (early-bird prices have been extended to Friday, April 7!). Individual and Table registrations are available – get all pricing and details by following the link below:



Award Nominations

The evening is highlighted with an awards ceremony, where leaders will be recognized in six categories: Rising Star, Regional Leadership, STEM-H Educator, Entrepreneur, Innovator and People’s Choice. Now is the time to make your nominations (nominations close at 5pm Tuesday, March 28 – see below)! Please note: to nominate in separate categories you will need to refresh the page each time.

Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a local technology company whose “star is rising.” It may not be a household name yet, but it could soon be another local success story in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.

Regional Leadership Award
This award recognizes one of our own who not only succeeds in the workplace, but also leads by example by contributing significantly to the Roanoke – Blacksburg community in which we live.

STEM-H Educator Award
This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the Roanoke – Blacksburg region that promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

Entrepreneur Award
Entrepreneurs are a different breed. Sometimes it takes nerves of steel to blaze a new path. This award recognizes someone in our community who exemplifies what it means to be a risk-taker in the technology field.

Innovator Award
This award recognizes Innovation in developing or Innovation in applying technology by an individual, a group of individuals, company, or other organization that sets the standard for thought leadership and innovation in their respective field. By definition, they are doing something new or different, and they are doing it well. Their innovation represents a significant technological breakthrough or addresses a great market opportunity or both.

People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award gives the TechNite audience the opportunity to learn more about up and coming companies in the Roanoke – Blacksburg region and vote for their favorite. The highest votes receives the People’s Choice Award.


As of March 28 (5pm) Nominations are Now Closed.

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TechNite 2017: Keynote Speaker and Emcee Announced

The RBTC is pleased to announce that this year’s TechNite will feature Keynote Speaker Bonz Hart and Emcee Caitlyn Scaggs.

Bonz Hart began his career as a serial entrepreneur, consultant and worked for software companies in the US and Canada. His reputation and expertise prompted DuPont to recruit him for their Information Technology Products Group in the late 1980’s. In 1993 Bonz founded Meridium in an office over his garage with the vision of helping the world’s asset-intensive industries protect People, our Planet, and Profits through effective Asset Performance Management software and services.  Meridium never took any outside capital, instead growing through reinvesting its’ revenue until selling 24% ownership to GE in 2014. Growing to 500 fulltime employees and contractors, with headquarters in Roanoke and offices in: Houston, London, Madrid, Dubai, Bangalore, (India), Singapore and Australia by helping over 1,200 global sites in over 80 countries protect their production assets by predicting and preventing their physical assets from failing. Clients including ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical, Excel Energy, WestRock and many international companies depend on Meridium for their enterprise APM solutions.

In September of 2016 GE Digital purchased the rest of Meridium for an enterprise value of 500 million dollars.  Bonz retired from GE/Meridium at the end of January 2017.

Bonz was an early President of the RBTC in the 1990’s.

Bonz will be sharing some lessons learned to help grow your business and our region.

Caitlyn Scaggs went from being a police officer to marketing professional and ultimately the Chief Growth Officer at Polymer Solutions Incorporated (PSI).

After joining the PSI team, she developed her skills as an expert ‘scientist’ in all things marketing, communications, and business development. Caitlyn has an affinity for actionable data and identifying the intersection between strategy and day-to-day activity. Her non-traditional background has helped shape her into the successful business person she is today.

In 2013 Caitlyn began her own marketing firm, Blue Mobius Marketing, and is regarded as a thought leader in social media and digital marketing strategy. She has a passion for public speaking, writing, business development and continuous improvement.

Join us for Technite 2017 on Friday, April 21, 2017 (5:30pm) at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Get more event details as they are posted at: rbtc.tech/technite/

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Interactive Achievement Entrepreneur Tells TechNite Attendees Not To Let Fear Rule

TechNite 2016 was recently featured in the Roanoke Times with an article by Yann Ranaivo highlighting the talk by TechNite guest speaker, Jonathan Hagmaier. Read the excerpt below:

“Fear should be one of the last things deterring Southwest Virginia entrepreneurs.

That’s the point Jonathan Hagmaier made Friday night to a crowd of roughly 500 business leaders, CEOs and people involved in research and innovation across the Roanoke and New River valleys. Hagmaier, founder of former Roanoke education technology company Interactive Achievement, was the keynote speaker for TechNite, an annual gala that recognizes the region’s technology business community.

The event, at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, was put on by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, a regional organization that promotes high-tech business in the area. Hagmaier began his talk with a recollection of his company’s nomination for TechNite’s Rising Star award six years ago…

Hagmaier called for the region to stick together and help itself grow. He said Interactive Achievement likely wouldn’t have made it without that sort of support.

In early February, Interactive Achievement was acquired by California-based education technology firm PowerSchool Group LLC, which was once part of Apple. While PowerSchool did eliminate some positions, the company promised the addition of 15 to 20 high-tech and education jobs to the Roanoke area.

Hagmaier said the region also shows much promise. While he acknowledged some departures, he said there are companies expanding locally.

He pointed to work going on between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic and the startup scene.

“We have to think as a region. We have to act as a region,” he said. “The region is ready to explode and it’s looking for leaders to do it.”

Read the full article at the Roanoke Times website >>>

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