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January 15, 2015 @ 10:00 pm – January 16, 2015 @ 1:30 am
FAU Tech Runway
Florida Atlantic University
Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, 901 Northwest 35th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Join us for our January monthly meeting at FAU Tech Runway. The first of our monthly meetings for the year is a Signature event with a special focus on where the tech industry is at.

Host.net is partnering with FAU Tech Runway to present our 2015 opening event – Act Locally, Think Globally.  This Signature event will look at the State of the Industry from a global to a local perspective.

The evening will open with a global technology perspective presented by Gartner Analyst Akshay Sharma.

At the state level, we will hear from Manny Mencia, Senior Vice President of International Trade & Business Development of Enterprise Florida who will share the exciting initiatives Florida is taking to expand trade and technology.

Next, our focus will shift to the regional level as we look at South Florida with representatives from the BDB in Palm Beach County, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, and the Beacon Council in Miami-Dade County.

Then we will present South Florida’s commitment to the global economy as the Technology Hub of the Americas – featuring Giraldo Gutierrez COO, eMerge Americas.

Finally, we will talk about Boca Raton’s investment in tech with the exciting opening of FAU’s Tech Runway and the plethora of exciting programs they offer – Kim Gramm will present the Tech Runway story.


Akshay Sharma, Gartner
Manny Mencia, Enterprise Florida
Giraldo Gutierrez, COO, eMerge Americas
Kelly Smallridge, CEO, Business Development Board
Bob Swindell, CEO, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance
Beacon Council
Kelly Gramm, CEO, FAU Tech Runway


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Registration and Networking
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Panel Discussion
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Meet the Speakers
8:30 pm – Conclusion


Have your logo on the SFTA website advertising this event. Sponsorship includes a display-table and 2 attendees. SFTA will announce Silver Sponsors at the beginning of the presentation, and your Logo will appear on the presentation before the event. Contact Doug Saenz for your Silver Sponsor promotional code to register.

Fees to Attend:

Non-Member Online Registration through 1-14-15: $55.00 per person
Non-Member Registration on 1-15-15: $65.00 per person
SFTA Members: $25.00 per person
Student Members: $10.00 (must use .edu email address when registering)