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TechAmerica to press on despite departures

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TechAmerica's leadership vowed to soldier on in the wake of the defection of the lobbying group's key procurement staff to the rival Information Technology Industry Council.

"These changes were unexpected, but make no mistake, the member leadership of TechAmerica remains committed to TechAmerica, serving public sector members and Shawn Osborne as the president and CEO of the organization," Dennis Stolkey, chair of TechAmerica's board of directors, said in a joint statement with Robin Lineberger, chair of the group's public sector board.

The group's senior public procurement staff -- Trey Hodgkins, Erica McCann, Pam Walker and Carol Henton -- moved to ITI on Nov. 5 to form the organization's new Information Technology Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS).

Some TechAmerica staff have reportedly chafed under a cost-cutting regime put in a place as the organization evolved from its 2009 beginnings from the merger between the American Electronics Association and Information Technology Association.

"We knew that changing how an organization steeped in the traditional ways of Washington would not be without challenges, but TechAmerica has made key investments to better serve members and implemented new initiatives that have delivered member benefit like never before," said Stolkey. "The vision of TechAmerica is exciting and innovative and I remain confident that the path we are on is the right one."

Hodgkins, a long-time public procurement expert at TechAmerica, along with McCann, Walker and Henton, give ICI a stand-up public procurement program, but TechAmerica officials said it will continue its efforts in the public sector.

"While I am disappointed with the departures of the former staff, TechAmerica's expertise and commitment to the public sector group of member companies remains unchanged" said Lineberger. "As members, we are seeing a fresh new approach to engaging us in TechAmerica. Hard decisions have been made and real change instituted, which has meant a more robust return on our investment."

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Mark Rockwell is a staff writer at FCW.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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Thu, Nov 7, 2013

"TechAmerica has made key investments to better serve members and implemented new initiatives that have delivered member benefit like never before," said Stolkey." What exactly are these new initiatives and how are they (there are none) somehow better than before? An explanation would be very helpful.

Thu, Nov 7, 2013

The Board remains committed to Shawn Osbourne. So the Board's goal all along was to lose money, members and staff?

Thu, Nov 7, 2013

I remember them when it was AeA - case study in how bad association managment can kill a vibrant trade association. The real talent was in the field offices across the country - which they shut down last year.

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

There are no left so exactlty so what are the "key investments"? Please explain.

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

News reports claim since July, Tech America has lost 75 members. If the reports are correct, think that those 75 members must not share the Board's assertion that the changes have resulted in a more robust ROI. Were that the case, think those 75 members would have renewed.

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