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Mid-America Technology Alliance executive director resigns

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The co-founder of the Mid-America Technology Alliance resigned as its executive director as the organization shifts to a board-focused leadership model.

Sherry Coker said she began working on next steps with the trade organization’s board this summer as her career at Ozarks Technical Community College ramped up. At OTC, Coker was promoted to executive director of the Center for Workforce Development, where she previously worked as director of business development.

“This was the absolute toughest decision I ever had to make in my life, because this is my baby,” Coker said, noting her new role at OTC now takes up the majority of her time. “You’ve kind of got to throw your baby out of the nest and see if it’s going to fly.”

Coker remains a member of the MATA board, which is now taking over the leadership duties of the organization. The board’s president is Jason Arend, co-founder and CEO of Eagle Speak.

Coker said the change is positive because it allows board members to have a greater stake in the direction of MATA.

“I always want to stay involved, because again, it’s a passion and I love helping out in the community,” she said.

The board will take over the executive director duties for the time being, she said, noting the position is a nonpaying volunteer role.

“Our goal would be to grow the MATA organization financially to where it can support funding that position,” Coker said.

MATA works to connect various technology groups and resources with the goals of attracting and retaining skilled tech talent and promoting careers in the tech industry, according to its website.

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Randy Baker

Congrats Sherry! You've always been an inspiration!

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