Former TEDCO Leader Looks to Make TCM the Voice for all Technology in Maryland and Beyond
(ROCKVILLE, MD) July 20, 2009 The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) today announced that it has named Renée M. Winsky as its new CEO. Winsky, formerly the president and executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), replaces Julie Coons, who stepped down in late 2008.
"We are in the midst of a challenging and exciting time of growth and opportunity for technology and biotech companies in Maryland," said Edward M. Rudnic, TCM's chairman and former CEO of MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc. "We believe the experience Renée brings to TCM will enable us to further establish our organization as the driving force for making Maryland a leader in the tech industry, not only in the mid-Atlantic region, but across the United States."
Winsky has more than 23 years of professional management experience, most recently serving for two years as president and executive director at TEDCO, a public organization established by the Maryland General Assembly to promote economic development through the development, transfer and commercialization of technology. Prior to being named to that position, she was TEDCO's deputy executive director for seven years. Before joining TEDCO, Winsky served as vice president of the Information Technology Services Division of the Information Technology Association of America. She also has worked with the National League of Cities and its affiliate, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the Maryland Municipal League and the City of Greenbelt, Md.
"I believe the technology industry provides the solutions to many of America's challenges. The industry represents the innovation, the entrepreneurship, the products, the services and the spirit to lead this nation out of these tough societal and economic times," said Winsky. "I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with TCM's leadership, staff, members and supporters in order to take the organization to the next level."
Winsky has years of experience working with the biotech and advanced technology communities. While under her leadership, TEDCO has held the No. 1 ranking in the nation for early, seed-stage investments in a broad array of tech start-up companies. She also helped develop Maryland's strategic plan for life sciences while serving nearly two years on Governor Martin O'Malley's Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board. In addition, Winsky has served on the UMBC Research Park Corporation, the Chesapeake Innovation Center, the TowsonGlobal Business Globalization Center, the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Space and Technology, and was a member of the University System of Maryland's Presidential Task Force on Research Competitiveness and Economic Development.
In 2008, she was named by The Daily Record as one of the year's "Influential Marylanders" and was a finalist for Corridor Inc. Magazine's "2007 Corridor Person of the Year" award. Winsky will take over the CEO role at TCM on September 1, 2009.
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The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.