About Us

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council is a member based organization consisting of technology companies and advocates from Southern Virginia. Since the inception, the SPTC has been an advocate and voice in stressing the importance of the need for the region to invest in technology. We have focused on serving technology-related needs of the public and private sector, and on raising the awareness to enable the region to accommodate the changing way of doing business, and also to evolve with it.

Through our networking meetings, conferences and banquets, we have aimed at building on our membership base, educating the community, facilitating discussion with, and increasing Southern Piedmont’s exposure to other parts of Virginia. Our service range encompasses Patrick, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties and the cities of Danville and Martinsville.


To further the economic vitality of the Southern Piedmont region by developing and promoting the region’s technology resources.


Advancing technology in the Southern Piedmont region


  • Increase membership through resources, funding, diversity, and validity
  • Identify and market the region’s technology assets including workforce, technology support, technology resources, and economic development
  • Identify and develop training and resources to help support the region’s businesses, organizations, and educational institutions maximize effectiveness of technology
  • Expand, diversify, and maximize the effectiveness of the board, partnerships and resource connections.
  • Influence local, regional and state leaders in order to create a strategic impact on policy, curriculum, workforce development and job creation

Board of Directors

President – Robert Taylor, RiverStreet Networks
President-Elect– Lauren Mathena, Mid Atlantic Broadband Communities
Past President
– Kelly Shotwell, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
– Daniel Elliott, Harris Harvey Neal & Co.
Secretary – Emily Reynolds, Pittsylvania County Schools

Steve Carrigan, Danville Community College
Phillip Hayes, Noblis
Matthew Ratliff, Patrick Henry Community College
Christina Reed, New College Institute
Conaway Haskins, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation

John Hoag, Averett University

Linda Green, Southern Virginia Regional Alliance

Jeremy Satterfield, Microsoft



Samantha Smith-Herndon, SPTC Administrator
Contact: 434-766-6622