Bryan Huddleston has announced he will be stepping down as CEO of the Nashville Technology Council this September, marking three years of service to the nonprofit. Huddleston was named CEO of the NTC in September 2013, leaving Microsoft’s Nashville office.
“I have been a proud member of the NTC since I joined in 2005. Over the past three years as president and CEO, we’ve built a talented team and an engaged board with a focus on growing every aspect of Middle Tennessee’s technology industries. Today, the organization is making an impact on the community. We are positioned as a thought leader. The NTC is a healthy, sustainable organization that will only continue to expand and evolve the tech community in the years to come,” Huddleston said. “I’m incredibly proud of what we have accomplished, and I am fired-up to see the impact the NTC’s next leader will make on our tech community.”
Under Huddleston’s direction, the NTC team has:
- Supported the almost 20 percent growth of the tech workforce from 21,063 in 2013 to 25,700 today.
- Selected as a recipient of a multiple-year Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant, part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, to promote technology career opportunities.
- Developed “We Build Tech,” a workforce development initiative to nurture a pipeline of tech talent.
- Established the organization as the White House’s Nashville lead for the TechHire program.
- Increased membership to more than 350 members.
- Created a financially secure organization that hosts four signature events and monthly regular peer-group programming to engage and unite local business leaders.
- Quadrupled the staff to eight full-time employees with plans to grow.
- Created an Advocacy Committee to support the policies that nurture expansion and attract business and talent while increasing its exposure to elected officials.
- Completed a comprehensive rebrand to help better communicate the NTC’s value proposition to the business and tech communities in Middle Tennessee.
“Bryan has been an exceptional CEO and leader of the NTC. During his three-year tenure, he has forged important initiatives and relationships with our technology community, business leaders and public officials,” said Nicole Tremblett, NTC board chairwoman. “Thanks, in part, to Bryan’s leadership, the NTC is poised for future success and will stay focused on workforce development initiatives, educational programs for students, and advocacy and policy work.” Tremblett says the Executive Committee has begun its search in earnest to fill the CEO role.
Huddleston is evaluating opportunities but has made no announcement about his future plans.
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