The Tech 25 annually celebrates Indiana’s tech product and company builders who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. The 25 recipients are the critical, non-­C-­suite contributors who work the long hours, build the products, and run the projects that propel our businesses forward. Class of 2016

Class of 2017

Virginie Adams

POSITION: Sr. Technical Program Manager

COMPANY: Salesforce

Passionate about driving complex projects to success, Virginie has played the part of Program Manager at Salesforce since 2013. She started ...

Passionate about driving complex projects to success, Virginie has played the part of Program Manager at Salesforce since 2013. She started as a Scrum Masters, and now manages strategic initiatives across Salesforce. She enjoys staying busy inside and outside the office, running programs like Lean in Circles and the Indianapolis chapter of Girl Develop It.

Virginie studied Computer Engineering and Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She was the only graduating female computer engineer in her class, inspiring her to start the Indianapolis chapter of Girl Develop It. She's grown GDI from a team of 3 to an organization with 20 volunteers and over 1000 members. She enjoys renovating older homes and running 5ks in her free time.

Kelsey Briggs

POSITION: Engagement Manager

COMPANY: Octiv

Kelsey (Adams) Briggs is an Engagement Manager at Octiv, which offers a sales productivity platform designed to create efficiencies in sale ...

Kelsey (Adams) Briggs is an Engagement Manager at Octiv, which offers a sales productivity platform designed to create efficiencies in sales document workflows. Dedicated to great customer experiences, Kelsey partners with clients to develop and grow best-in-class sales processes and drive SaaS adoption. With a background in consulting, business development, and customer success, Kelsey works passionately at the intersection of fast-paced technology and unrelenting customer advocacy. Kelsey holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Butler University and an MBA from Indiana University- Kelley School of Business.

Chris Brown

POSITION: Director of Product Development

COMPANY: MOBI

Chris Brown is Director of Product Development at MOBI, where he leads an amazing team of software developers, quality assurance testers, a ...

Chris Brown is Director of Product Development at MOBI, where he leads an amazing team of software developers, quality assurance testers, and solution configurators. He joined MOBI in January 2013. In his current role, his focus is on team development, expanded product capabilities, process automation, and user experience. Chris brings nearly two decades of leadership in web and enterprise technologies to his role. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (B.S.) and School of Informatics (M.S. Media Arts).

Beyond MOBI, he enjoys time with his dog, outdoor activities, video games, geek conferences, and exploring new technologies.

Tim Butler

POSITION: VP, Customer Success

COMPANY: Lumavate

Passionately inspiring, guiding, and helping lead teams, Tim has used his background in engineering to help corporations reach their desire ...

Passionately inspiring, guiding, and helping lead teams, Tim has used his background in engineering to help corporations reach their desired outcomes through technology. After graduating from Purdue in Computer Engineering, he spent a decade at Aprimo, went on to start his own venture, GreenSuite, and then lead teams at ReachForce & Salesforce. Tim is currently the VP of Customer Success at Lumavate where his team provides best practice guidance and services for Customer Experience in Progressive Web Apps. Tim is excited about getting the local Customer Success community engaged with the “Assure Success” Meetup group he has helped build.

Jon Corwin

POSITION: Director of Growth

COMPANY: One Click Ventures

Jon Corwin is the Director of Growth at One Click Ventures, where he leads the Growth team's data-driven approach to new channel exper ...

Jon Corwin is the Director of Growth at One Click Ventures, where he leads the Growth team's data-driven approach to new channel experimentation and development with a core focus on identifying and scaling new customer acquisition opportunities. A 2010 graduate of DePauw University with degrees in Economics and Computer Science, he was brought to Indianapolis by way of the Orr Fellowship with cloud IaaS provider Bluelock. After four years at Bluelock, Jon joined One Click Ventures in 2014 as Product Lead spearheading their testing and optimization process. Doubling down on his passions for testing, Jon applied One Click's experimentation framework to their marketing efforts by founding their Growth team focused on amplifying new customer acquisition and channel diversification. Outside of One Click, he enjoys traveling, competing in triathlons, and volunteering over the past 7 years at Verge and Powderkeg, a network of entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and supporters who are passionate about creating massive value through software, technology, and their innovative businesses.

Claire Couch

POSITION: Director, Strategic Marketing

COMPANY: Torchlite

Claire is driven to create exceptional experiences to ignite digital marketing programs. She first fell in love with the high-growth, tech ...

Claire is driven to create exceptional experiences to ignite digital marketing programs. She first fell in love with the high-growth, tech industry through her experiences at ExactTarget as a part of the Orr Fellowship. With a passion for health and fitness, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and exploring her hometown of Bloomington with her husband Michael and golden retriever Bailey.

Anna Eaglin

POSITION: Senior Design Partner

COMPANY: Innovatemap

Anna is an expert researcher, passionate designer, selfless advocate, and compassionate leader. As Senior Design Partner at Innovatemap, sh ...

Anna is an expert researcher, passionate designer, selfless advocate, and compassionate leader. As Senior Design Partner at Innovatemap, she leads the research team and helps bring Indy’s biggest tech ideas to life. Whether she’s guiding customer research or conducting workshops, Anna helps emerging companies uncover their biggest challenges, prioritize their requirements, and ensure they build well-designed products. Outside of work, Anna volunteers her time, expertise, and knowledge to support women in tech and mentor young designers.

Elizabeth Friedland

POSITION: Senior Director of Corporate Communications

COMPANY: Appirio

Elizabeth is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Appirio, leading both internal and external communications strategy, encom ...

Elizabeth is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Appirio, leading both internal and external communications strategy, encompassing public and media relations, social media, executive communications, and analyst relations.

Friedland was instrumental in the communication strategy for Appirio’s half billion dollar acquisition in 2016 by Wipro. Her work has won more than 20 Public Relations Society of America and American Advertising Federation awards. She's earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), an honor designating executive-level communications leaders.

Outside the office, Friedland is a filmmaker, foster mother, and advocate for foster care. She serves on Connected by 25’s Foster Success Leadership Council.

Jon Fuller

POSITION: Director of Software Engineering

COMPANY: Software Engineering Professionals

Jon Fuller is the Director of Software Engineering at SEP. He joined SEP in 2008 after diving into software product development for a finan ...

Jon Fuller is the Director of Software Engineering at SEP. He joined SEP in 2008 after diving into software product development for a financial services company.

Jon graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Engineering where he caught the bug for writing code, solving problems, and making things happen. Jon has diverse experience working with complex software products including embedded systems, mobile apps and enterprise scale systems.

In his current role, Jon is responsible for improving and safeguarding SEP’s engineering fitness. This means continually working to improve SEP’s environment and culture, push technical excellence and advancing the community.

Jon helped start Indianapolis Code and Coffee, which now has 4 locations in the Indy area. Jon also helped start Indy Software Artisans and is on the board of directors for IndyHackers.

Jon lives in Noblesville with his wife Sandi and two daughters Camryn and Caitlyn.

Tom Gorup

POSITION: Director of Security Operations

COMPANY: Rook Security

As Director of Security Operations for Rook Security, Tom Gorup oversees Managed Security Services and develops proprietary security operat ...

As Director of Security Operations for Rook Security, Tom Gorup oversees Managed Security Services and develops proprietary security operations management tools and services for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to fast-growing startups. Prior to joining Rook, Tom served 6 years in the U.S. Army. As an Infantry Squad Leader, Tom served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received a Purple Heart alongside several other awards for actions on the battlefield. Tom is GCIA certified, a participant in the GIAC mentor program and advisory board, Indiana Infragard Sector Specialist, and on the NexTech advisory board.

John Harden

POSITION: Principal Software Engineer

COMPANY: AxiaTP

John Harden has been in the software industry virtually his entire life. Emerging 2nd in the nation in a highly competitive application dev ...

John Harden has been in the software industry virtually his entire life. Emerging 2nd in the nation in a highly competitive application development contest, he was recruited by AxiaTP to develop internal software and streamline business workflows during the early years of the company.

Turning his focus from internal to external software development, he led the effort to develop AxiaTP’s award-winning communications workflow product Kerauno, and in his current role, he is now also responsible for User Interaction and Product Development. Mr. Harden studied computer science and business at Indiana University, and was recently appointed to the Board of Eleven Fifty Academy, where he also serves as a mentor for students pursuing careers in technology.

Joe Ignatius

POSITION: Client Executive

COMPANY: Matrix Integration

Joseph Ignatius Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in the city of Chicago created challenges, but the adolescent trai ...

Joseph Ignatius Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in the city of Chicago created challenges, but the adolescent training Joe received is what shaped the compassionate man he is today. After completing his B.S in Computer Engineering in Washington, DC, Joe moved to the Hoosier state. Planting his roots here in Indianapolis, Joe has joined a multitude of organizations that align with his passions and supports his goals. Joe Ignatius is a passionate IT sales professional at Matrix Integration as well as a mentor sincerely caring for the well-being of all and especially youth development.

Kristi Kennedy

POSITION: Director, IT PMO

COMPANY: NCAA

Kristi Kennedy is the Director for the NCAA IT PMO, headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. Her primary responsibilities are to lead the I ...

Kristi Kennedy is the Director for the NCAA IT PMO, headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. Her primary responsibilities are to lead the IT project management office and project portfolio, and all related activities. Additionally, the User Experience and Testing & Quality Assurance teams report to her, as well as the Business Intelligence technical lead and NCAA.org web administrator. Kristi began her IT career after college graduation, implementing PeopleSoft HRMS platforms with Ernst & Young. She worked through various business analyst and project management positions to her current Director role. Kristi lives in Indianapolis with husband, Sean, and toddler daughter, Alexandra.

Rachel Kilroy

POSITION: Sr. Product Manager

COMPANY: PERQ

Rachel Kilroy is a Sr. Product Manager at PERQ, where she has been an integral part of designing and delivering PERQ's Web Engagement ...

Rachel Kilroy is a Sr. Product Manager at PERQ, where she has been an integral part of designing and delivering PERQ's Web Engagement solution. She holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Marketing from Indiana University. She began her career as a developer and transitioned into Product Management, focusing on the Marketing Software industry the past seven years with Aprimo and PERQ. Her technical background blended with her ability to communicate with business stakeholders has been a great asset to lead development teams and create innovative solutions for the market. Rachel resides in Carmel with her husband and three children.

Aaron Lerch

POSITION: Senior Software Architect

COMPANY: DemandJump

Aaron is a Senior Software Architect at DemandJump. His technical skills and general business acumen are above and beyond. His mentorship a ...

Aaron is a Senior Software Architect at DemandJump. His technical skills and general business acumen are above and beyond. His mentorship and leadership skills are even greater. If you ask anyone at the company, they will tell you that it is a privilege working with Aaron. He makes everyone around him better - and not just those who are on the engineering team.

More important than his passion for software engineering is Aaron's passion for leadership, mentoring and healthy organizations. His greatest professional calling? To build effective teams of people that accomplish more together than they ever could individually.

Andrea Massimilian

POSITION: Multi-Channel Marketing Manager

COMPANY: ClearObject

Andrea Massimilian is the Multi-Channel Marketing Manager at ClearObject. Having been placed with the company through the prestigious Orr F ...

Andrea Massimilian is the Multi-Channel Marketing Manager at ClearObject. Having been placed with the company through the prestigious Orr Fellowship, she decided to stay on after her fellowship ended. During business hours, she’s hard at work assembling newsletters, managing social feeds, chairing the company’s philanthropic committee and planning corporate events (such as the MIRA Award Winning “IndyIoT”). In her spare time, Andrea can usually be found exploring Indy’s cultural events including local theatre, food festivals, yoga classes and everything in between.

Kolby McElvain

POSITION: Senior Designer

COMPANY: High Alpha

After college at Bradley University and time in Kansas City, Kolby landed in Indianapolis as a Designer at a local agency. It wasn't l ...

After college at Bradley University and time in Kansas City, Kolby landed in Indianapolis as a Designer at a local agency. It wasn't long until she made the switch to the tech world and starting volunteering with the Indianapolis chapters of AIGA and Junior League. Now, she's a Designer at High Alpha and Studio Science, implementing design and product strategies for portfolio companies like Sigstr and Quantifi. Additionally, she is the President of the AIGA Indianapolis Board leading the evolving creative community. Kolby loves spending her free time exploring new parts of the city and racking up reward points at Sakura Sushi House.

Megan McNames

POSITION: Director of User Experience

COMPANY: Emplify

Megan McNames is the Director of User Experience at Emplify, where she applies her obsession for learning about and understanding people to ...

Megan McNames is the Director of User Experience at Emplify, where she applies her obsession for learning about and understanding people to helping business leaders to do the same. Leveraging her background in journalism, instructional design and interaction design, she oversees the design of experiences that foster employee voice and help businesses turn employee data and feedback into deep and actionable workforce insights. Prior to joining Emplify, Megan was a faculty member in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism where she taught human-computer interaction, digital media design and one of design's most important lessons: everyone has a story.

San Pathak

POSITION: VP of Technology

COMPANY: Element Three

During San’s freshman year at Purdue, an advisor suggested Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. San listened, and quickly disc ...

During San’s freshman year at Purdue, an advisor suggested Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. San listened, and quickly discovered a passion for technology. Over the next decade, San learned how to code on numerous platforms – everything from microprocessors and mobile to desktop and cloud-based systems. As a Software Engineer and later VP of Engineering, San developed a reputation for knowing how to manage giant projects from concept to completion. And while San’s latest interests involve IoT and connected devices, his greatest love is and always will be his wife, Ebony, and his four children, Elijah, Haliyah, Eden, and Havanah.

Elliott Shultz

POSITION: Sales Development Manager

COMPANY: BidPal

Elliott Shultz has been a Sales Development Manager for just over a year with BidPal Inc. Aside from aiding the growth and development of h ...

Elliott Shultz has been a Sales Development Manager for just over a year with BidPal Inc. Aside from aiding the growth and development of his team and ensuring their success on a day-to-day basis, Elliott continues a 16-year career in the Indiana Air National Guard and cites the mentoring received there as a key element to his success. Elliott lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Henry and George, and his high-school sweetheart, wife of 8 years, source of inspiration and best friend, Kristi.

Greg Slisz

POSITION: Finance & Analytics Manager

COMPANY: Kinney Group

Greg is the Finance and Analytics manager at Kinney Group, a cloud solutions integrator. In addition to playing an integral role in the com ...

Greg is the Finance and Analytics manager at Kinney Group, a cloud solutions integrator. In addition to playing an integral role in the company’s series A capital raise, Greg oversees a team responsible for helping business stakeholders optimize decision-making through actionable and insightful data. Before Kinney Group, Greg worked in finance at ExactTarget (and later Salesforce.com), where he was also a member of the Orr Fellowship. Outside work, he recently brought the Gus Macker charity basketball tournament back to Indianapolis for the first time in 14 years through nonprofit Near West 21. Greg graduated from Wabash College and currently resides in Irvington with his wife, Joanna.

Matt Tyner Jr

POSITION: VP Finance & Operations

COMPANY: SmarterHQ

As Vice President of Finance and Operations, Matt is responsible for all financial and operating functions including but not limited to fin ...

As Vice President of Finance and Operations, Matt is responsible for all financial and operating functions including but not limited to financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury, governance, human resources and facilities. Prior to joining SmarterHQ in 2011, Matt served as an auditor with Dauby, O'Connor & Zaleski. Matt graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with an MBA in Accounting and a BS in Accounting & Finance. Matt spends the majority of his days in and around the numbers but his true passion is leading people. It is the people of SmarterHQ that push him to deliver at a high level, day in and day out.

Josh von Schaumburg

POSITION: Customer Solutions Lead

COMPANY: Trek10

Josh is the Customer Solutions Lead for Trek10, a Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services. In his role with Trek10, he focuses on underst ...

Josh is the Customer Solutions Lead for Trek10, a Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services. In his role with Trek10, he focuses on understanding customer requirements during the sales process, building statements of work, and overseeing delivery of engagements. Prior to Trek10, Josh worked for Accenture's Security Consulting practice on a variety of implementations for Fortune 500 clients across many industries.

Since Josh's brother, Eric, was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, Josh has been extremely active in the ALS community with contributions to several initiatives including leading an annual ALS fundraiser and supporting Les Turner ALS Foundation fundraising.

Josh also has a passion for education. He is a Lynda.com instructor for their AWS curriculum and is also teaching an Enterprise Architecture course at the University of Notre Dame. Josh graduated Cum Laude from Notre Dame with a dual-degree BA in Economics and BBA in IT Management.

Keith Willis

POSITION: Software Development Manager

COMPANY: NextGear Capital

Keith joined the NextGear Capital team in 2014 and is currently working as a Software Development Manager where he focuses on growth and de ...

Keith joined the NextGear Capital team in 2014 and is currently working as a Software Development Manager where he focuses on growth and development of his software team members. Keith started his career as a developer focused in the Microsoft .NET technology stack, embraced the Agile Mindset as a Scrum Master, and eventually moved into a Development Manager role where he empowers his teams to do great things. Keith resides in Noblesville with his wife Christa and son Luke. His interests include bowling, car restoration, wood working, and assisting those who desire to learn new technologies and grow as professionals

Meredith Yonker

POSITION: Audit and Risk Manager

COMPANY: The Mako Group

With 15 years of internal audit and risk management experience, Meredith joined The Mako Group in 2014 and works out of its Indianapolis of ...

With 15 years of internal audit and risk management experience, Meredith joined The Mako Group in 2014 and works out of its Indianapolis office. She applies her passion for auditing to the firm’s clients, helping improve their cybersecurity and IT compliance efforts through detailed control analysis and recommendations. In addition, she currently volunteers as treasurer for the Indianapolis Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors, where she previously held several leadership roles, including member of the board. Meredith resides in Fishers with her husband and son, and enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing and playing viola in her church orchestra.