TechBirmingham Evolves into Volunteer-Led Organization

October 29, 2007

Curtis Palmer Transitions to New Role

Birmingham, Ala., 29 October 2007 – After five years of leading the charge for economic growth through technology, TechBirmingham’s President and CEO recently informed the board of directors that he will resign his position at the end of this month. “TechBirmingham has reached a stage that will allow it to be led by its volunteer board of directors,” said Curtis Palmer. He will pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in Birmingham and remain on the board of directors.

Since TechBirmingham was created to implement its Strategic Plan developed in 2001, the not-for-profit has been at the center of a growing technology economic sector in the Birmingham region. It has made a widespread positive impact on regional technology business and, as an organization, will continue to work diligently to build on everyone’s successes.

Several members of the board’s Executive Committee have accepted leadership roles under the new structure. Drew Deaton of Cardinal Health’s MedMined will lead the TechMixer efforts. David Gray of DAXKO will organize the Executive Peer Group program. And, as part of the division of labor, Palmer will be responsible for the TechBirmingham Ecycling Day efforts and continue to work with James Childs of Bradley Arant in organizing future Entrepreneur Accelerator Programs. Additional role assignments will be made at the organization’s fall board meeting.

“It is truly an honor to have been entrusted with the responsibility of bringing many of the components of the community’s strategic plan into fruition and to be allowed to make a personal impact,” said Palmer. “It is time for me to re-enter the entrepreneur marketplace in which we have all invested so much time and talent. I remain committed to the success of TechBirmingham and all that it means to the area.”

“On behalf of TechBirmingham, I thank Curtis for his many contributions to the organization and to the community. We are excited about the new structure of TechBirmingham, its volunteer leadership from the tech community, and its focus moving forward,” said David Gray, Chairman of TechBirmingham and CEO of DAXKO. “In order to discuss the leadership’s ideas and field questions, the public is encouraged to come see what all the excitement is about at the November 6th TechMixer event at Innovation Depot.” Registration details for the semi-annual event can be found at http://www.TechMixer.org.