Team

Jeremy Wilson, Chair

In 2021, Jeremy Wilson was named chair of Tampa Bay Tech’s board of directors.  Currently Chief Technology Officer at Amscot Financial, Wilson previously served as an EVP at Vology, and prior to that role, was Chief Information Officer at Ultimate Medical Academy. He has been active in Tampa Bay Tech for over 17 years, serving as Event chair within the executive committee prior to his current role with the organization.

“Jeremy’s passion for the tech community makes him a perfect fit to lead us into 2021,” said Jill St. Thomas, CEO of Tampa Bay Tech. “He is so in tune with what our area technologists need, having been a top tech leader in the Tampa Bay market for so long, he brings a unique and incredibly personal vision to this role.”

Jill St. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO of Tampa Bay Tech, Jill is passionate about serving Tampa Bay Tech’s corporate partners and members who understand the critical role technology plays in Tampa Bay’s economic growth.

“With a radically connected tech community, we see our workforce flourish, our student population inspired and engaged with local industry – ultimately creating a place where we attract national and global organizations to the opportunities in this thriving tech hub.”

Having worked in advertising, branding, technology and non-profit sectors, Jill has spent over 20 years as an executive-level leader building and nurturing authentic, meaningful relationships with clients.

Branded “Tampa’s tech storyteller” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, she works tirelessly to amplify the stories about the region’s technology companies, who represent over 500 billion in annual revenue. In 2020, she was named one of Florida Trend’s “People to Know.” A skilled writer and public speaker, Jill scripts and emcees all Tampa Bay Tech events, and she has been featured on Bay News 9, News Channel 10, Fox 13 and as a contributor in Catalyst, Florida Trend, St. Pete Times and Thrive Global. She has also moderated several panels including Women of Confidence and Tampa Bay Tech’s Women in Tech series. She was recently highlighted in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “The Future is Female-Led” issue alongside four other CEOs leading tech organizations in Tampa Bay.

She sits on several advisory boards, including the CEO Committee for Technology Councils of North America (TECNA,) Synapse Impact and Recruiters Networking Group of Tampa Bay. She is particularly passionate about working with area students as they prepare to enter Tampa Bay’s tech workforce and has mentored students through LaunchCode, University of Tampa, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College and YearUP.

She is a proud member of the Boston University Alumni Association, having earned her Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s College of Communication. She is a past co-chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership Marketing Council and Public Relations co-chair of LAMPLighters.  When she’s not working, she’s enjoying time with her two sons, ideally at the beach.

Karen Popp, Member Services Manager

In previous sales roles at Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Vector Solutions, Karen excelled in growing client bases, enhancing revenue streams and maximizing brand awareness. She brings with her a wealth of experience about software as a service (SaaS), financial services and e-learning industries. Comfortable in front of the camera and large groups, she is a skilled communicator that thrives on building authentic, meaningful relationships. Just what our members are looking for!

She’s participated in Tampa’s Mayor’s Neighborhood University and has been very active raising two daughters. When she finds some free time, she’s into all types of exercise: you can usually find her walking on Bayshore Boulevard, doing pilates or playing tennis!

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