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Indian IT Entrepreneurs Impact Technology Forum

April 2003
Indian IT Entrepreneurs Impact Technology Forum

?Networking with business leaders can make entrepreneurs more successful in this economy,? said Mani Krishnaswamy of Synergy America, Inc. He is on the steering committee of the Gwinnett Technology Forum (GTF), which provides ?a unique opportunity to interact, as well as stay abreast of the technology issues, ideas and industry leaders impacting their business and customers.? Jim Maran, who retired from Motorola, is the Chairman.

The GTF, which operates under the umbrella of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, was launched in January this year to meet the quickly growing needs of the high-tech sector in Gwinnett. There are over 750 technology-related firms, which account for about 70 percent of all the companies located in the county. This dynamic ?GwinnetTech? Region makes the GTF valuable because the forum ?provides an environment for stimulating and informative interchange that benefits service providers and non-technical business people responsible for making technology-related decisions.?

Mani pointed out that the forum?s reach is not limited to Gwinnett; it helps individuals and businesses all over the Atlanta metro area. One important function of the GTF is to bring in distinguished speakers who are experts in technology-related fields. For the inaugural meeting in January, Deepak Raghavan ? the Cofounder and Director of Manhattan Associates ? was the guest speaker. The other speakers so far have been Peter McNally, Managing Director of Cyberstarts, and Jim McGean, President (Georgia/Alabama Region) of Verizon Wireless. The next guest speaker, on April 15th, will be Robert Steinke, Chairman and CEO of DVT Corporation. Bob McIntyre of Scientific America, Al Hansen of EMS Technologies and Paul DiModica of DigitalHatch are also scheduled to speak this year.

For a long time, Mani observed, there was no forum like the GTF in the metro area. So it meets a major need, especially in this bleak economic environment. He added that Indian-American entrepreneurs would benefit enormously since they are well represented in the high-tech sector. As he said, ?It becomes a one-stop shop to help or expand their businesses.?

Other members of the steering committee are Tom Fricano of BravePoint, Jennifer Holmes of M.I.S. Solutions, Sean Murphy of Optimus Solutions, and David Williams of Motif Concepts. More information about the Gwinnet Technology Forum can be obtained by contacting Alicia Krogh at (770) 232-8809 or alicia@gwinnettchamber.org

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