ROI Influencers: Power List 2021 — Technology

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Kathleen Coviello
Executive vice president – technology, life science and entrepreneurship
New Jersey Economic Development Authority

She has helped the EDA deploy more than $2 billion in financing for tech businesses — and is a founding member of New Jersey chapter of investment fund Golden Seeds.

Jessica Gonzalez
Founder & CEO

Serial entrepreneur successfully pivoted her companies during the pandemic — and was asked to serve on governor’s Restart and Recovery commission.

Jim Gunton; Steve Socolof
Founder and managing partner; Managing partner
Tech Council Ventures

The duo is responsible for finding early-stage tech entrepreneurs and helping them develop leading-edge businesses that drive superior returns for investors.

Sejal Lakhani-Bhatt

Head of information technology enterprise recently won “female executive of the year” in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business — a global competition.

Eric Levine
Shareholder & executive vice president
Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper

He is the co-chair of Lindabury’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practice Group and a thought leader in the sector.

Simon Nynens
New Jersey Innovation Institute

He is tasked with developing and expanding programs that spur innovation commercialization services and entrepreneurship, both nationally and around the world.

Aaron Price
TechUnited: New Jersey

His aim is to bring the tech community together to create an ecosystem that will help New Jersey return to its roots as a top tech center in the country.

Ari Rabban
CEO’s virtual phone service builds on the digital voice-over-IP industry experience of its founders to deliver a complete suite of enterprise-grade unified communication services.

Judith Sheft
Executive director
New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

Comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, the commission is tasked with leading the way in promoting the state as a home for tech.

Monica Smith
Marketsmith Inc.

One of the top female executives runs one of the fastest-growing marketing tech companies in the state. Smith uses data-driven analytics to help her clients gain an edge in digital marketing.

Oksana Sokolovsky
Founder & CEO

ROAR Augmented Reality, the first New Jersey company to close on an investment from Golden Seeds, is a Software-as-a-Service, no-code augmented reality content management platform.

Dave Sorin
McCarter & English

He’s well-known for representing emerging growth technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises as well as the investors, executives and directors who support or lead them.

Chris Sugden
Managing partner
Edison Partners

Many consider Sugden and Edison Partners to be the leading financial technology investor on the East Coast.

Esther Surden
NJ Tech Weekly

When it comes to reporting on the New Jersey tech scene, there’s no one better than Esther Surden. When she’s at your event — and it feels as if she’s at all of them — you know you have a winner.

Stephen Welby
Executive director & chief operating officer
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

He’s the head of one of the most important tech associations in the world — one the state is lucky to have located in Piscataway.