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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces New Leadership

Friday, August 8, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Chesapeake Regional Tech Council Announces Jason Silva of Sidus Data as President and Todd Marks of Mindgrub Technologies and Vice President of CRTC


The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enriching the area’s growing technology industry, announces CRTC President Mike Peart has resigned his position as his company, i4DM, recently won a few large Federal contracts that will preclude effectively participating in the leadership role the President plays.  Jason Silva, CEO of Sidus Data and former VP of the CRTC, is announced as President and Todd Marks, President & CEO of Mindgrub Technologies and former CRTC Board Member at large, is announced as Vice President.


Founding Partner & CEO of Sidus Data, Jason Silva is thrilled to take over as President of the growing Chesapeake Regional Tech Council.  Mr. Silva has over 15 years’ experience in Data Center Management and Information Technology. His experience includes the management and implementation of web, ecommerce, content management and intranet systems in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, government, and technology sectors.


Sidus Data has been a long-term supporter of the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council.  Sidus has been a Platinum Annual Sustaining Sponsor of the CRTC and has been committed to the growth of the organization for the past ten years.  “I am excited to assume the Presidency of an organization that is as diverse and dynamic as the CRTC” says Jason Silva, “we at Sidus have always seen the growth of the CRTC as instrumental to the advancement of the tech sector in the Chesapeake region.”


Todd Marks, President and CEO of Mindgrub, will serve as the Council’s Vice President. Mr. Marks joined the CRTC Board of Directors in January of this year following four years of Membership and also serves as the Board Liaison for the Emerging Tech Forum. Marks is the teacher-turned-technologist founder of Mindgrub Technologies, the first Innovation Technology Agency of its kind based in Baltimore. Mindgrub, a mobile, social and web applications consultancy, works with companies and organizations in a variety of industries to bring their brand to mobile.


In addition, Kelly Koermer has resigned her position on the CRTC Board of Directors representing Anne Arundel Community College due to her changing role at AACC returning to full-time faculty status in the Legal Studies Institute and Kip Kunsman,  Director of the CyberCenter at AACC has been confirmed to serve in the AACC Board position.


CRTC Executive Director Kris Shock remarked: “The CRTC is all about supporting the growth of the region’s top tech companies so we are naturally extremely proud to wish Mike great congratulations at the tremendous success of i4DM as we welcome CEOs of two of the region’s top growing technology companies to take the helm as President and Vice President during an unprecedented period of growth for the CRTC.”

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About Chesapeake Regional Tech Council
Founded in 1992, the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) energizes and propels the advancement of technologies with the exchange of ideas, expertise and business and partnership opportunities. The CRTC is a resource for visibility, connections, knowledge and education for technology companies in and around the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area, attracting new technology companies to the region and helping emerging technology companies grow and prosper in this increasingly dynamic environment. The CRTC is a 501c6 non-profit membership organization supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (MD DBED) and a grant from the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) and enabled by membership and annual sustaining sponsorship. More than 300 businesses from the Annapolis-Washington-Baltimore area are members of the council, including many of the area’s well-known leading technology companies. For more information visit

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Christina Royle at 410.630.8200 or via email

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