Austin Technology Council Appoints Amber Gunst as Interim CEO
The Austin Technology Council (ATC) is pleased to announce that Amber Gunst has been appointed their Interim CEO.
Mark McClain, CEO & Founder of Sailpoint and Chairman of the Board of ATC, notes that ATC was able to accomplish several key objectives under the leadership of Brunner. “We have refined and refocused our offerings to member tech companies, most of whom are established and scaling companies, assisting them as they grow their businesses and expand their markets. As the voice for this largest segment of the tech community, ATC is committed to helping Austin grow its established tech companies to become next generation leaders in the market. We are grateful to Barbary for her contributions and wish her well on her new role.”
Gunst will now continue to implement ATC’s mission and gave the following statement on her new role: “I am honored to continue the great work ATC has done under Barbary’s tenure, and look forward to further increasing ATC’s support for our member companies, along with reinforcing the close relationships we have developed with our community partners. The programming we have created supports our goal of growing 10 Austin-based tech companies to their first billion in revenue, and another to 100 companies to $100M is key to growth in our community. My mission is to keep ATC and our members at the forefront of Austin’s future.”
Gunst first joined ATC in the role of Head of Sales and Membership Services and worked alongside Brunner and the leadership team to craft a new vision for member engagement and growth. Their efforts resulted in doubling membership in less than a year while also significantly increasing the retention rate of our current members.
She is starting her new role after an impressive 20-year career in sales and business development. She is an expert in member association sales and services, having spent four years at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where she was the top sales and retention leader of all Chambers of Commerce in the state of Texas. She ranked in the top seven nationally in sales of Chambers with revenue over $1.5M. Directly prior to her role at ATC, Gunst worked for a global staffing firm where she was responsible for client development and management and consulting staff management. This role allowed her to develop a strong understanding of the talent and staffing needs for our region’s tech companies. She also serves as a mentor for the Founder Institute’s global accelerator program.
“Amber is a natural choice to immediately step in to continue the plan we have created to help grow Austin tech companies. I have no doubt that she will provide enormous value to our member companies, and the tech ecosystem as a whole for Austin. I’m looking forward to seeing ATC grow even more under her leadership,” said Brunner.
About Austin Technology Council (ATC)
The Austin Technology Council (ATC) is the voice of Central Texas’ diverse and thriving technology and life sciences industries, representing more than companies and more than 60% of Austin’s tech workforce. The Austin technology sector contributes $22.3 billion annually to the regional economy and supports more than one third of local jobs. By convening Austin’s top technology leaders, ATC is leading the effort to meet the future needs of the industry through increased access to capital, new and diverse technical talent in the region, mentorship for emerging companies, and connectivity across the industry and with key stakeholders in Texas and around the world. For more information, please visit www.austintechnologycouncil.org.
As you may have read in recent local news articles, my time as CEO of ATC has come to a close as I join member company, Phunware, as their CMO. These past two and a half years have been an incredible opportunity to become immersed in the tech community here in Austin, and to get to know ATC’s member community. In this time we’ve accomplished great things from a thought-leadership and programming and services standpoint. Today, I’m proud to say that we boast more than 250 member companies representing slightly more than 60% of Austin’s tech workforce–a number that has grown dramatically in the last year due, in great part, to the tireless work of ATC’s Head of Sales and Membership, Amber Gunst.
Virtually all of you have had an opportunity to work with Amber–her incredible 20-year background in sales, business development, and membership services, as well as her time spent in staffing and recruiting, has allowed ATC to go next-level in terms of developing great programming for our members. She spends all day, every day talking with tech and service business leaders, learning what they need in order to grow successful, thriving businesses; she has an incredible passion for the vision and the value proposition of ATC, and what this organization can provide to our members and the greater community as a whole.
Today, I’m pleased to share that the ATC Board of Directors has named Amber Gunst as the interim CEO of ATC. I can’t think of a better person to carry on the vision of the BHAG of 10 companies to $1B revenue and 100 to $100M in 10 years time and all the programming and services in support of that. She’s already proven herself to be a great leader within the organization, and I know she will be a thoughtful leader at the top of the organization.
Please join me in sending congratulations to Amber and supporting her new role as interim CEO of ATC!
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About Austin Technology Council (ATC)
For more information, please visit www.austintechnologycouncil.org.