TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION ADVISORY COUNCIL

Focusing on new innovation industries and utilizing data from the strategic plan, this council will work to identify top potential firms for attraction and growth for the market, and also in addressing obstacles such as venture capital investment in the market while leveraging UNM Anderson partnerships. 

INNOVATION IS THE KEY TO EVERYTHING THE FUTURE CAN BE

AREA’s industry aligned advisory councils work to shape the organization’s key target industry initiatives, leverage connections to further job creation and competitiveness efforts and support the execution of strategic initiatives aimed at attracting and growing key industries for economic diversification of the greater Albuquerque region.

COUNCIL EXPERTISE

Members of the Technology and Innovation Advisory Council represent a diverse mix of experience in business innovation, industry expertise and proven growth strategy execution. In general, members are affiliated with AREA contributors at the Bronze level or higher.

COUNCIL LEADERSHIP

AREA Board of Directors offer expertise, insight and support in advancing the greater Albuquerque region’s relative competitive position in relation to top competitor markets.

CHAIR

Charles Rath is the President + CEO of RS21, an Inc. 500 fastest-growing company and Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators. Created with the desire to help businesses and communities prepare for a dynamic and changing world, RS21 harnesses the power of data to help people make better, faster, smarter decisions.

Charles is a global thought leader in data science and artificial intelligence. Named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mountain Desert Region Award Winner and one of the Top U.S. Executives to watch in 2019, Charles brings a unique perspective on the future of technology, with a particular focus on doing good with data. Charles advises organizations to create digital, data-driven platforms that evoke childlike wonder and provoke faster, smarter, and more intuitive decisions.

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