Ektron, a provider of web content management, social software and marketing optimization solutions, today announced that Ektron CEO and founder Bill Rogers has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 New Hampshire Entrepreneur of the Year award, a recognition of his significant contributions toward advancing technology and demonstrating leadership, ingenuity and innovation.
Along with Rogers, Erik Dodier, co-founder of PixelMEDIA, and Jeff Sercel, founder of JPSA, were named as finalists. The winner will be announced at the NHHTC’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Awards Dinner in Manchester, N.H., on May 9. The council’s annual dinner regularly attracts hundreds of tech industry leaders from across the region. This year’s event will include a networking session, banquet, keynote address and awards ceremony.
“We had a lot of very good applications this year, demonstrating the strength of innovation across New Hampshire. The selection committee had a hard time narrowing it down to three finalists. Eric Dodier, Bill Rogers and Jeff Sercel really demonstrated their innovative approaches to business success, and the committee selected these three as finalists for the 2011 honors,” said James Cook, chair of the NHHTC EOY Committee.
“We at Ektron are thrilled to be included as a finalist in the NHHTC’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards,” said Rogers. “Our company is committed to growing in the state of New Hampshire, and we look forward to working with other business leaders to keep our state’s economy on the move.”
Bill Rogers founded Nashua-based Ektron in 1998 with a simple vision: enable business users to easily author and publish content on websites. Rogers has sparked a revolution in the way organizations create and manage interactive web, intranet and extranet sites. He recognized how important websites would become to companies' business models, and guided Ektron in creating a web content management, marketing optimization and social software platform that provides the functionality webmasters, designers and developers want in a single application. In his role as a hands-on chief executive officer, Rogers is actively engaged in keeping Ektron a market and technology leader. He sets the company's strategic direction, aligns product development with his forward-looking vision for website technology and is involved in all aspects of Ektron's operations.
Rogers also co-founded two other successful technology companies. At Global Telemedix, a telemedicine software developer, he led product development and spearheaded key strategic relationships with technical partners and investors, such as Hewlett Packard Medical Products. At Zydacron, Inc., co-developer of the first video conferencing chip set, Rogers conceptualized and executed product development initiatives and pursued strategic partnering efforts with major technology firms, such as IBM. Early in his career, Rogers also worked on new technology development in DuPont Corporation's desktop publishing group and at MIT Lincoln Labs.
About the New Hampshire High Technology Council
The NHHTC engages, connects, and supports member companies throughout New Hampshire. Since 1983, the Council has supported education, research, innovation, and economic development efforts that have helped New Hampshire become a national leader in entrepreneurship and business.
By integrating web content management (WCM), marketing optimization and social software, Ektron’s software and solutions improve operational efficiency, drive revenue growth and build customer loyalty. Ektron (ektron.com) empowers marketers to create, publish and optimize web content that engages, converts and retains customers. Developers benefit from Ektron's extensibility and commitment to the Microsoft .NET framework. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, with offices in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom, Ektron has more than 8,000 customers worldwide including Carnegie Hall, Diageo, Home Depot, International Chamber of Commerce, Kodak, Microsoft, NASDAQ, National Health Services UK, Saint-Gobain, The Law Society and the University of Notre Dame. For more information, please visit ektron.com, ektron.co.uk or ektron.com.au/.
Michael O’Connell, PAN Communications
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