IT Hall of Fame Selection Committee
Steven Burke, Editor/News, CRN, is responsible for driving a wide range of content, including news, analysis and opinion, aimed at helping technology solution providers increase sales and profits.
Burke, who has been reporting on technology sales channel issues for nearly 30 years, has teamed with fellow editors to win several American Society of Business Publication Editors and Jesse H. Neal journalism awards. He has spoken on channel sales issues at industry conferences and has appeared a number of times on CNBC.
COO, Heartland Technology Solutions
With more than 30 years of IT industry experience, Jane Cage is known for her channel advocacy and leadership, as well as her successful approach to building a business. She serves on a number of industry and vendor boards and is COO and one of three partners at Heartland Technology Solutions. She’s served as the past president for a number of organizations including the Humane Society, the Family Y and the Rotary Club.
Timothy J. Curran
CEO, Global Technology Distribution Council
Timothy J. Curran has more than 25 years of experience in high-tech sales, strategic planning and reseller channel management. He is the chief executive officer of the Global Technology Distribution Council, an international trade association representing the $100 billion IT distribution industry.
From 1997 to 2002, Curran served as the senior vice president of sales at Tech Data Corporation, the world's second-largest provider of IT products and logistics services, where he led an organization with more than 1,100 sales, technical support and customer service representatives strategically aligned in dedicated divisions focused on specialized reseller needs. Prior to joining Tech Data in April 1997, Curran was vice president and Group General Manager of Panasonic Computer Peripherals Company. Curran was instrumental in developing Panasonic's overall channel strategy and in building the start-up division's sales to nearly $1 billion.
Curran earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree from Columbia University in 1975, and he completed his doctorate in international political economics at Columbia University. His extensive international business experience includes assignments in Japan and Southeast Asia on economic issues relative to the computer industry. Prior to Panasonic, Curran worked in Washington D.C. as a White House economic consultant on U.S. international economic policy pertaining to the information technology market.
Vice President, Editorial Director, UBM Channel
Kelley Damore has covered the IT industry for 18 years, half of which has been with CRN and UBM Channel. As Vice President, Editorial Director, she oversees editorial operations and strategy for UBM Channel. In this role, Damore executes on the company's vision of producing premier content across online, print, virtual and live events, while expanding and enhancing the company's online community.
From 2005-2009, Damore was Editorial Director of TechTarget's Security Media properties, which includes five security websites, Information Security magazine, the Information Security Decisions conference, and custom editorial and media events.
Damore was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of CRN magazine from 1999 to 2002 and served in a number of roles at the publication for nine years, including Senior Executive Editor, Executive Editor, News Editor and Senior Editor/Hardware Editor. Damore also held writing positions as InfoWorld and PC Week. She also served as Director of Creative Services and Constituency Building at non-profit Oxfam America, where she oversaw their publications and online operations.
Damore has won numerous editorial awards, including Jesse H. Neal, ASBPEs and TABPI awards, and holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
President and CEO, SED International
Robert G. "Bob" O'Malley has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Before joining SED International as president and CEO in October 2012, he served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of InFocus Corporation, a provider of imaging products and applications, from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, marketing and product management at Tech Data Corporation, a global distributor of hardware, software and services, from 2005 to 2007. O'Malley started his technology industry career with IBM as a sales representative before advancing to executive positions in sales, financial and product management. He also served as CEO of Immersion and Pinacor, as well as president of Intermec Technologies and MicroAge. O'Malley holds a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the W.P. Cary School at Arizona State University. He served as an instructor pilot and captain in the U.S. Air Force, and has been an active board member for a variety of professional, charitable and civic organizations.
President & CEO, CompTIA
Todd Thibodeaux is the president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, the leading trade association representing the business interests of the global IT industry. He is responsible for leading strategy, development and growth efforts for the association.
Before joining CompTIA in July 2008, Thibodeaux spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), where he served in a wide range of roles culminating as its senior vice president of industry relations.
Thibodeaux is a life-long IT and tech enthusiast dating back to his very early years. The son of an electrical and mechanical engineer, Thibodeaux's love of technology continues to this day and he has infused CompTIA with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the industry the organization represents.
He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master’s degree in economics, 1997).