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CEO DATELINE – CompTIA absorbs Public Technology Institute

Jan. 8, 2018
By Walt Williams

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The Computing Technology Industry Association has acquired a nonprofit group created in 1971 to help local governments with the implementation of new technologies.

CompTIA announced Tuesday it has merged with the Washington, D.C.-based Public Technology Institute. PTI was formed more than three decades ago by state and local government associations to help country and city governments adopt technologies that advanced their missions. The group will continue to operate under the CompTIA brand.

“Private/public partnerships are critical to tackling our country’s most important opportunities – from IT modernization to broadband to smart cities,” CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux said. “We look forward to advancing the work of PTI and augmenting its programs to make a difference in the everyday lives of citizens.”

 PTI’s corporate vendor members will integrate into the CompTIA State & Local Government and Education Public Sector Council. At the same time, PTI’s jurisdiction and state agency members will form a new CompTIA Public Sector Council, PTI, with its own set of association governance and bylaws.

PTI’s board of directors will become an executive council serving in an advisory capacity to CompTIA. Executive Director Alan Shark will retain his current position at PTI.

“We are looking forward to continuing to provide our members with the world-class level of professional development, technology thought leadership, industry research and insight, consulting services, networking and other important resources they have come to expect and enjoy from PTI, while expanding our reach and our relevance with the support of CompTIA,” Shark said.