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Austin Technology Council : Leadership Dinner - July 18

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1110 West 6th Street

Austin, TX 78703

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Join WP Engine CMO Mary Ellen Dugan, Growth Acceleration Partners VP of Sales Skip Balch and JASK VP of Marketing Mary Anne Gunn in a discussion exploring Sales & Marketing Communication 101.

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Mary Ellen Dugan


WP Engine

An accomplished senior marketing executive with 20 years’ of experience in strategic marketing, brand building, business development and advertising, CMO Mary Ellen Dugan leads WP Engine's global marketing activities including product marketing, partner enablement and demand generation, brand building, advertising and integrated marketing. Mary Ellen has held a number of senior executive roles at multinational companies including Indeed, Dell Technologies, Landor Associates, Daymon and The Brand Union. She holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and International Business from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Mary Ellen serves on the Board of Susan G. Komen Austin.

Skip Balch, VP, SALES, Growth Acceleration Partners-1

Skip Balch

VP, Sales

Growth Acceleration Partners

For over 25 years, Skip been on the leading edge of marketing and selling technology based solutions. Starting with helping to launch the only alternative long-distance telephone company in Alaska, Skip has leveraged a unique ability to identify emerging technology needs and the new products and services to satisfy them.

Whether it was being on the bleeding edge of customer data mining in 1989 with Customer Insight Company, or embracing the power and opportunity of streaming media (with Broadcast.com and later Yahoo), Skip has have successfully ushered in new paradigms and marketed and sold cutting edge products and services resulting in millions of dollars in revenue and billions in market value in both the SMB and Enterprise markets. Skip has built and grown several sales teams across numerous business verticals.

Brief and successful forays into investment services, political consulting and multi-media production as well as a successful practice as a business and marketing consultant, have helped further hone Skip's strategic business, sales and marketing skills.

Currently, Skip is leading the sales efforts at Growth Acceleration Partners, LLC (GAP) in Austin, TX . GAP is a leading nearshore custom software development company with over 300 developers in Latin American. Skip is also a mentor and advisor for several early stage companies at both the Capitol Factory and MassChallenge.


Mary Anne Gunn

VP, Marketing


With an extensive marketing background spanning 20 years and a broad range of high-growth technology companies, Mary Anne leverages an integrated marketing strategy to enhance marketing ROI, improve sales productivity, drive marketing effectiveness and build market share.

Prior to joining Jask she held a variety of marketing leadership roles where she blended demand generation, marketing communications, product marketing and partner/channel marketing programs to achieve exceptional results, including a 75 percent year-over-year increase in leads, 100 percent year-over-year sales growth, and 100 percent increase in market share.

Mary Anne holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin’s McComb’s School of Business.


This event features subject matter expert speakers addressing best practices, problem solving, and thought leadership in a confidential environment. The discussion-style event allows executives to freely exchange ideas and experiences, have open discussion on emerging trends, issues, and new market opportunities, and promote research that facilitates the advancement of the industry.

The event will be held at Z'Tejas downtown and free valet is provided to those who register.

Tentative Agenda:

5:00-6:00 pm Networking Cocktail Hour

6:00-7:00 pm Panel Discussion

7:00-8:00 pm Dinner


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Complimentary valet is offered at the event site located at Z Tejas.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please e-mail info@austintechnologycouncil.org with any questions.

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