Sometimes a departure doesn’t mean “goodbye.” Sometimes it just means “see you later.”
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Nashville technology community learned of such a departure. The Nashville Technology Council’s (NTC) CEO Brian Moyer announced that he plans on stepping down from the organization sometime in 2022.
Grant Partners—a firm that specializes in executive searches—will recruit the NTC’s next CEO.
Chris Bayham, COO of XSOLIS and chair of the technology council board, shared that, “When Brian took the helm, the tech council was poised for growth, but none of us could have imagined the progress our tech community has made over the last several years. Through Brian’s leadership and the efforts of a fully committed board and staff, Middle Tennessee’s tech ecosystem is thriving. From the start, Brian collaborated with regional development organizations to establish a unified goal of doubling our tech workforce by 2025 – and tech council metrics show that we are ahead of pace to meet that objective! Membership is at its highest ever. Our events, such as the Analytics Summit, are sought out by attendees internationally. Tech Hill Commons is a central hub for technology organizations, and our tech talent recruitment campaign, TechIntoNashvilleTM, is making waves across the country, transforming Nashville into a go-to place for top tech talent. This is the work of Brian Moyer and his staff at the NTC.”
Bayham added, “But the work is not yet done. Nashville is entering a new phase as a true tech nucleus and we look forward to working with the new CEO to continue seizing opportunities to grow our tech sector. Because Brian has provided the board with many months’ notice of his departure, he will have plenty of time to identify and work with the new CEO to assure a smooth transition.”
Brian has been working as the CEO of the NTC since 2016. In this five-year period, he’s accomplished quite a bit for the Nashville tech community. This includes
- Seeing a 51% growth in the Middle Tennessee tech workforce, giving this region the fastest growing tech workforce in the nation and the attainable promise to double the size of the tech workforce by 2025
- Seen a wave of new tech and tech-enabled companies relocate or expand to Middle Tennessee
- Grown membership by 51%.
- Grown the NTC staff by 50%.
- Secured grant commitments of close to $3 million for workforce development and tech education.
These observations can be directly linked to programs launched by the NTC under Moyer’s guidance:
- Establishing Tech Hill Commons as the home of Nashville’s tech community
- ELITE (Emerging Leaders In Technology), which trains new technology leaders
- TCLC (Technology Community Leaders Council), which supports the 90+ independent tech groups, such as meetups, in the region
- TechIntoNashville, a national campaign to highlight Nashville’s tech sector and recruit experienced tech talent
- A focus on diversity and inclusion
- ApprentiTN and GoTECH, which provide training for underserved members of our population to move into the tech workforce
Moyer has shared that he is “incredibly proud” of the efforts of the NTC. He plans on staying in Middle Tennessee to work.