Chuck Papageorgiou named the 2013-2014 chairman as Bob Riddell resigns after many years of dedicated service
Tampa, Fla. (July 31, 2013) – Tech Start, the philanthropic arm of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum with a mission to create a better future for at-risk youth of Tampa Bay by providing inspiration, education and opportunities in technology fields, has announced Chuck Papageorgiou as its new chairman to lead the organization for the 2013-2014 year. Papageorgiou succeeds Bob Riddell, who has served as chair since 2009.
“Bob has worked tirelessly for TechStart since 2003, long before taking over as chairman. We are forever grateful for his leadership and guidance over the years and know we can count on his continued support and involvement as a board member,” said Heather Kenyon, CEO of TBTF. “I have no doubt that Chuck will continue the great work Bob has started.”
Under Riddell’s leadership, TechStart raised more than $250,000 in funds, awarded 30 scholarships to students from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, and was named Sponsor of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs in 2010, as it was recognized for donating more than $1 million in cash, equipment and services over 10 years. Several new programs were also started while Riddell was chair including Career Days at Hillsborough County schools, the Technology is in IT… initiative and assisting Metropolitan Ministries with the set up of its computer lab.
“I have enjoyed my time as chair tremendously,” said Riddell. “It has been a joy to help bring technology to at-risk youth and I plan to stay involved and lend my support in any way needed. I know Chuck will do a wonderful job as chair and I look forward to serving under his leadership.”
For the 2013-2014 year, Papageorgiou’s objectives include expanding the TechStart board to add more civic-minded business leaders who want to actively participate and contribute their time, treasure, and talent to further STEM education. When it comes to fundraising efforts, Papageorgiou would like to reach beyond the local tech community and into the business community at-large. On the programming and education side, Papageorgiou aims to create new initiatives that provide business leaders opportunities to get involved in TechStart while continuing with current initiatives such as the Technology is in IT… program, which highlights the technology used in everyday life and exposes at-risk youth with different career options they can choose from and pursue.
“It is my view that STEM education is a critical competitive requirement for our area and beyond, so it is an honor to take on this leadership role with an organization whose mission I wholeheartedly believe is directly addressing this issue,” said Papageorgiou. “I look forward to continuing Bob’s wonderful work and executing on the strategy he started that has allowed TechStart to have a greater impact on our community.”
Founded in 2001 as a 501 (c) 3 organization, TechStart, formerly the TBTF Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) and provides a method for TBTF members to give back to the community. TechStart’s mission is to create a better future for at-risk youth of Tampa Bay by providing inspiration, education and opportunities in technology fields. TechStart’s initiatives, Computer-rific, Scholarship Program, Technology is in IT… and Tech Jam are all funded entirely by donations and support from corporate sponsorship.
For more information, visit http://techstarttampabay.org/.