The NTC Holiday Party
Written by: Alex Curtis | Posted Dec 9, 2015

Our recent Holiday Party gathered over 250 people to celebrate another year of growth and success in the technology community. The Mayor, a banjo and a s’mores bar. What more could you ask for?


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Being my first Holiday Party, it was nothing short of expectations (kudos to Liz Long for hosting a great event). It was great to see how connected our tech community really is. I thought it was interesting to hear from several people how many new faces there were, especially younger folks. To me, this is validation that the NTC is fulfilling our mission of promoting, developing and connecting the technology community, and that’s something to celebrate.

Clark Buckner, of podcast director of the Nashville EC podcasts and cofounder of podcasting agency Relationary Marketing, was accompanied by tech writer Ayumi Bennett to capture a few moments from several guests at our event. It’s always great to hear from local folks about what’s happening in their own tech world and to get their take on the ever-changing city of Nashville.

Chase Ezell of Golden Spiral talks tech marketing, the NTC and the growth of Nashville.

Sal Novin of Cognizant speaks on Nashville and changes occurring in tech (warning: robots involved).

Amy and Ben Henderson of LeanKit also gave a few words about their experiences and speak about changes within their own company.

Another great feature of the Holiday Party included the announcement of the NTC Award finalists. Congrats to those who were nominated, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2016 NTC Awards event in January. Here’s Matt Lawrence and Kris Rattner talking NTC Awards.

As we endure the holidays, it’s always great to take the time to reflect and recognize all we have accomplished, both personally and professionally. The NTC folks have a lot to be thankful for this year- growth (in both people and office space), creation, & partnership being a few of many. We are also thankful for the opportunity to provide the community with We Build Tech, a resource connecting the technology ecosystem in Middle Tennessee.

Nashville too has much to celebrate this year. Labeled as one of the fastest growing cities, Nashville continues to change in all facets, but of course we’re quite delighted with the development in the technology sector. We have more IT jobs available than ever before, and Nashville shows no signs of slowing down in becoming one of the country’s top destinations for tech.

Thanks to everyone who came out this year to our Holiday Party. We’re glad you were able to celebrate technology with us! As a parting note, here’s a few words from our very own, Bryan Huddleston.

Happy Holidays from the NTC!