TechAmerica’s new CEO unveils major changes

TechAmerica, the technology industry advocacy group, is undergoing a restructuring that will include closing some offices and ending programs that no longer fit its central mission of networking and shaping public policy, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Business Blog.

The plans were announced by Shawn Osborne, who took over as president and chief executive of the group in March, replacing Phillip Bond, who resigned last October to launch his own lobbying firm.

Citing legacy assets, programs and services that no longer are priorities, Osborne told the publication that TechAmerica will focus on the two areas that are most valuable to its members: business networking and intelligence, and public policy and advocacy.

Osborne said the changes weren’t motivated by a need to cut costs, but they will provide efficiencies. He declined to say what locations would be closed and how many employees would lose their jobs.

Reader Comments

Sun, Jan 19, 2014

You should do a follow up story to see how well Osborne's strategies have worked. For starters, 1000 members when he took over, now less than 250. Great job!

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 Sunny Washington

TechAmerica is over. What a lie about costs. That's all that motivated these draconian cuts. These are desperate moves to stop the bleeding but Osborne ended TechAmerica's core mission which was activity in the 50 states. Offices shuttered all over the country. No grassroots. State lobbying team cut by more than 50%. It's over.

Sun, Jun 24, 2012

A true travesty for the hundreds of intermediate and small tech companies who have been summarily cut out of TechAmerica as Osborne shutters offices in Florida, Texas, Illinois, San Diego, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Oregon. He has retreated inside the Beltway while stumbling for a strategy that justifies huge salaries for government affairs, but no local value delivery to promote technology and innovation job growth. Does the Board of Directors of this organization believe for a minute that his "new vision" will stop the hemoraging of money and members?

Sat, Jun 23, 2012

Your blog on TechAmerica's restructuring was filled with inaccuracies. While I assume you simply took the information you were given from the company as fact, had you done even a small amount of homework you would have discovered the blog you posted was not factual. First, when the four associations merged their reserves were about twelve million.  They are now at about five million.  They have run a deficit of about two million each year and they are in severe financial straights. At the time of the merger, there were about 1200 members. Today there are barely 500 and many of those have been kept on the rolls despite having given notice to the company that they wished to drop. The CEO laid off nineteen people which equals about a third of the staff.  Offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Dallas, Oregon, Illinois and Florida were closed.  Staff were let go in Silicon Valley but a few staff remain there. Despite being told at a board meeting last week that education and health IT were the primary issues of concern to members, the CEO's vision does not see those issues as relevant. They are not part of the new focus. Members have also told the CEO, the value they find in the association is the local offices, events and staff. Despite that, the CEO eliminated every one of those offices and staff. Board members have stated they will  resign from the board and other members are demanding their dues be refunded. It is disappointing you simply accepted what you were told as fact. A few calls to a few board members and former staff would have provided you with the truth. A few calls and a look on Guidestar will verify the accuracy of these statements.

Fri, Jun 22, 2012

I don't get it. Most of the small/medium sized companies only join for local networking and events. Without that, they won't join. People in Washington DC seem to think the rest of the country cares about them, but we really don't. Especially way out here in California.

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