Jason Warnke, Chair
Jason is an experienced senior executive with over two decades in the various aspects of business and technology consulting, outsourcing and operations. He currently leads Digital Enterprise Services within Accenture’s internal IT leadership team which is made up of IT’s support of the Corporate Functions like Marketing, Legal, Workplace, Geographic Services and Local Application Development. He is also responsible Social Enterprise Strategy where he’s responsible for the strategy and enablement of Accenture’s 450K+ people with technologies and capabilities required for engaging in the work that they do in a social and collaborative way. This area includes Content, Social, Search, Publishing and Collaboration Applications; Video/Broadcast Services and Digital Workplaces.
He’s been an active member of Tampa Bay Tech, and on the board of directors for over a decade.
Jill St. Thomas, Executive Director
As Executive Director, Jill is passionate about serving Tampa Bay Tech’s partners and members who understand the critical role technology plays in Tampa Bay’s economy.
“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 continue to attract national and global organizations who want to be a part of this thriving hub.”
Having worked in advertising, marketing, technology and non-profit sectors, Jill has spent over 20 years as an executive-level leader building and nurturing rock-solid relationships with partners.
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. A skilled speaker, she scripts and emcees all Tampa Bay Tech events, and she has been featured on Bay News 9, Fox 13 and as a contributor in Catalyst.
She sits on several advisory boards and is particularly passionate about working with area students as they prepare to enter Tampa Bay’s workforce.
In addition to her work in the tech community, Jill is the proud mom of two sons and a stepson, and married her husband Chris, after meeting through Tampa Bay Tech years ago. The true value of networking realized!
She is a current member of the Mother’s Club at Jesuit High School. She served as co-chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership Marketing Council and Public Relations co-chair of LAMPLighters. She belongs to the Key Women’s Leadership Forum, WITI and is a proud member of the Boston University Alumni Association, having earned her Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s College of Communication.
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!
Karen graduated from UNC Charlotte and has lived in Tampa Bay for over 20 years and is passionate about this community. She’s participated in Tampa’s Mayor’s Neighborhood University and has been very active raising two teenage daughters. When she finds some free time, she’s into all types of exercise: you can usually find her walking her dog on Bayshore Boulevard, doing pilates or playing tennis!