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David Cummings, CEO at Atlanta Ventures and founder of the Atlanta Tech Village
David Cummings, CEO at Atlanta Ventures and founder of the Atlanta Tech Village
Blake Patton, Chairman of the Board of Pointivo and Venture Atlanta
Blake Patton, Chairman of the Board of Pointivo and Venture Atlanta
Al Trujillo, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.
Al Trujillo, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.

TI:GER Welcomes Three New Board Members

Three new board members have joined the TI:GER Board: David Cummings, CEO at Atlanta Ventures and founder of the Atlanta Tech Village; Blake Patton, Chairman of the Board of Pointivo and Venture Atlanta; and Al Trujillo, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc.

David Cummings has been an entrepreneur his whole life. In early 2007, David co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter Pardot was acquired by ExactTarget in one of the largest SaaS acquisitions ever of a bootstrapped company. David was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner in the deal category. Most recently, David founded the Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 sq ft is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named David one of the 100 most influential Atlantans. 

David is a member of YPO Southern 7, Atlanta Rotary, on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and on the board of the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, David earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Mercer University. David blogs daily at DavidCummings.org and tweets at @davidcummings

Blake Patton is a technology entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience in startup, venture backed, and publicly traded technology companies.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center  (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – recently named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Before ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software; CEO of iKobo; and EVP of iXL, an e-business consulting firm that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $400 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded, and later successfully sold, Siteman – one of the first application service provider (ASP) offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Pointivo and Venture Atlanta and on the Board of Directors of UserIQ, PreTel, Atlanta CEO Council, and the Southern Capital Forum. Blake also serves on the Advisory Boards of ATDC, Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV), and Georgia Tech’s Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership and is a Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Industry Fellow. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was Captain of the Swim Team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.

Al Trujillo is President of the Georgia Tech Foundation (GTF). GTF’s Al Trujillo became President and Chief Operating Officer of The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. on July 1, 2013.  The mission of the Georgia Tech Foundation is to foster and manage gifts given in support of academic excellence in the spirit and traditions of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prior to his appointment, Al was an active trustee of The Georgia Tech Foundation and Past Chairman of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association. He is currently on the Georgia Tech Arts Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Al had a career in industry, both in executive and non-executive director roles.  He currently serves as non-executive director of Havertys Corporation, a NYSE listed company (HVT) in the furniture retailing industry, and on the board of SCANA Corporation, a NYSE listed energy-based holding company (SCG).  Until 2007, Al Trujillo served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Recall Corporation, a global document management organization with operations in 23 countries.  Previous experiences include leadership positions in the municipal and industrial waste industries, as well as engineering roles in the Aerospace industry early in his career. 

Trujillo emigrated from Cuba as an infant and grew up in South Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1981. He completed his graduate engineering education and MBA at Stanford University. Trujillo also participates as an active board member of the Marist School in Atlanta.  He emigrated from Cuba as an infant after the Communist revolution, and grew up in South Florida, attending public elementary schools and Belen Jesuit High School. Trujillo and his wife Melba have two daughters. Amanda is a healthcare IT consultant and a graduate of Clemson and Duke University.  Jacqueline earned her computer science degree from Georgia Tech and is an IT consultant.

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