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NJTC’s annual meeting: Focuses on CEO shift, need for change

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The New Jersey Technology Council held its annual meeting Thursday that marked the last with Maxine Ballen as its CEO and president. She announced plans to step down earlier this year.

“It is time to step aside and to turn the reigns over,” she told the audience. “The NJTC is considered one of the leading premiere trade associations in the country, so I leave the council with a great sense of pride.”

James Barrood, who will be taking Ballen’s post on August 11, also addressed the audience. He mentioned the inevitability of change and pinpointed three areas he’d like to see the council focus on: Keep collaboration, open innovation and rapid prototyping.

“The companies and industries we serve have had to reinvent themselves over and over again,” Barrood said.

He also addressed a need to reach out to younger generations.

“I know how hard it is to get generations Y and now Z out there to connect, network and build more meaningful relationships,” he said. “For our future, we need to reach out on a one-on-one basis. We need to be more aggressive and active recruiters.”

Connotate CEO Keith Cooper gave the keynote speech and addressed the need of being adaptable in business through his experience and success with shifting the business models of his previous ventures. This resume includes working as the president of Carbonite; an online backup company that grew to more than 1 million customers, was ranked ninth on the Inc. Top 500 and completed a successful IPO in 2011.

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Andrew Sheldon covers technology and education. His email is andrews@njbiz.com and he is @AndrewsNJBIZ on Twitter.

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