ITA co-founder and former CEO Fred Hoch has some 15 years of experience addressing the challenges and transformation of the technology industry.
“We built the association not to be a traditional association, but really to be an extension of our members’ businesses,” he told Blue Sky. “We have tremendous industries here… I think we have the resources — be it the main expertise, the knowledge, the location, the capital to drive things forward — and if we do, Chicago’s in a very different place in 50 years than it is today.”
Hoch co-founded incubator TechNexus with Terry Howerton. He also led the software division at the national Software & Information Industry Association.
Hoch sits on the advisory boards of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Engineering, Techweek and the Chicago Innovation Awards.
In late February 2017, Hoch stepped down from his role at ITA after about 12 years in the position.