Julie Huls to Resign as President of the Austin Technology Council

Julie Huls, photo courtesy of the Austin Technology Council.

Julie Huls, photo courtesy of the Austin Technology Council.

Julie Huls, the president of the Austin Technology Council, confirmed she is leaving the nonprofit organization in the first quarter of next year.

“I’m super proud of what we have built together,” Huls said. “I’m totally confident the organization will continue to expand, support and strengthen Austin’s technology industry.”

Huls has led the Austin Technology Council for the past six years. During that time, the organization has expanded its membership and grown its revenues and assets. And it recently moved into new headquarters at 301 Congress.

Huls doesn’t have any plans to announce for her next move. She plans to stay in Austin. The organization wanted to wait to announce the leadership change until they found a new president, but word leaked out early. ATC has organized a search committee to find a new president and it may hire an outside search firm, Huls said.

“Now is a great time for a new leader,” Huls said. “The fundamental pillars are in place.”

Huls compared the experience of running the ATC for the past six years similar to the demands of running a startup.

The ATC, founded in 1992 as the Austin Software Council, operates as an independent nonprofit 501-C6 organization. It also runs the ATC Foundation, a separate 501-C3 organization.

The ATC reported revenues of $584,774 for fiscal year 2013, compared to revenues of $319,235 in 2012, according to its latest 990-tax report filing. The organization also had net assets of $102,266 in 2013, compared to $46,331 a year earlier.

A year ago, ATC formed the Austin Technology Partnership with the City of Austin. It has an annual budget of $775,000 with the city contributing $294,500 and the rest of the money coming from the private sector.

ATC has three full time employees and four interns from the MBA program at St. Edward’s University. Austin’s tech industry has an annual regional economic impact of $21.5 billion and supports 26 percent of the area’s jobs.

The ATC has 280 companies as members representing 1,600 executives and more than 60,000 employees in the Austin area.

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