TechAmerica Foundation : Opportunities in Low Cost IT Domestic Sourcing – Maine

Opportunities in Low Cost IT Domestic Sourcing – Maine

July 23, 2009

8:00 a.m. to 10:00a.m.

In today’s economic climate companies have to be smarter and more efficient. Sometimes some of the best resources available to companies are often overlooked and right next door. Maine provides low cost, high quality locations including the Brunswick Naval Air Station. In addition, Maine’s service providers also offer attractive, domestic, high quality solutions. This roundtable discussion will offer insights into the model and benefits of low cost domestic sourcing.

Presented by TechMaine and the TechAmerica Foundation


  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Networking
  • 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. Breakfast and Introductions
    – Joe Kumiszcza, Executive Director, TechMaine
  • 8:40 – 9:00 a.m. Discussion on Low Cost Domestic Sourcing Model
    – Jeff Lande, Executive Vice President, TechAmerica
  • 9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Opportunities in Maine
    – John Richardson, Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
  • 9:20 – 10:00 a.m. Q&A and Closing Remarks

Speaker Bios

John Richardson, Commissioner – Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

John RichardsonAs Commissioner, he is responsible for coordinating and directing the state’s economic development offices, which include the Office of Business Development, the Office of Small Business, the Office of Community Development, the Office of Innovation, and the Maine Office of Tourism.

Richardson served four consecutive terms in the Maine House from 1998-2006 as the State Representative from District 63, representing part of Brunswick. During that time he rose in the ranks to House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Business and Economic Development in the 120th Legislature; to House Majority Leader in the 121st Legislature; and to Speaker of the House in the 122nd Legislature.

In December 2004, John Richardson was sworn in as the 97th Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. In his role as Speaker, he presided over all actions of the House, appointed members to committees, and managed the daily operation of the House.

In addition, Richardson led efforts to create a fair and stable business environment in the state. He strenuously promoted investments in people and technologies, including bond investments for economic development projects. He helped guide the phasing out of the business equipment tax and continues to be actively engaged in the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Most recently, Richardson has traveled across the state soliciting regional economic development solutions.

As a freshman on the Banking and Insurance Committee, he led the effort to enact a Patient Bill of Rights. The following term, as chair of the Business and Economic Development Committee, he sponsored and wrote the economic development bond bill that passed on the June 2002 ballot.

Richardson is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland. He worked as a management consultant for a major public accounting firm before entering law school. He received his law degree from Creighton University in 1989 and became a partner in the Portland firm of Troubh, Heisler and Piampiano. He is a skilled negotiator, and has a particular interest in law enforcement, having represented police officers in the state.

John Richardson is married to Dr. Stephanie Grohs, an OB-GYN physician with a practice in mid-coast Maine. They have three children. He is a former vice president of the St. John’s Parish Council. He enjoys sports and outdoor recreation.

Joe Kumiszcza, Executive Director, TechMaine

Jim KuminszczaChief Executive of TechMaine, an industry trade association in Maine. TechMaine, the Technology Association of Maine, is the statewide trade association for Maine’s technology industries.

TechMaine enhances the technology sectors through programs designed to increase awareness of the industry, develop community, industry perception and workforce development. Since 1992, TechMaine has been an advocate and a resource base for Maine’s technology industry. As an advocate, TechMaine has succeeded in passing legislation to assist the industry. As a resource, TechMaine supplies information, educational programs and services for its members. TechMaine is dedicated to growing the industry by creating a constructive and stimulating environment.

Jeff Lande, Executive Vice President – TechAmerica

Jeff LandeJeff Lande serves as Executive Vice President of TechAmerica, which was formed through the mergers of ITAA, AeA GEIA and CSIA. His responsibilities include managing the association’s domestic and foreign policy efforts related to immigration and global sourcing. He also leads its global partnerships, non-dues revenue programs, strategic relationships, and government contracts and serves on the association’s senior management team.

Prior to TechAmerica, Jeff served as ITAA’s Senior Vice President and led the Commercial Sector Group, a business unit focused on the needs of member companies serving clients in commercial industry verticals. The CS group represented its member firms’ interests before government officials as well as the analyst, press and client communities. It also maintained a formal role in assisting the Departments of State and Commerce with bilateral meetings with India as well as running the Technology Partnership for the Department of Commerce and industry. Other CS Group activities included the ITAA-NASDAQ Wall Street series, CIO dinner series, HR roundtables, analyst briefings, and research reports.

During the 1990’s, Jeff served as the national Legislative Director and Washington Office Associate Director of UJC, one of the world’s largest charitable organizations. Before that, he held several senior staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, and owned two small businesses, including a computer consulting firm.
Jeff received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia, respectively. He served on the Board of the Friends of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and remains active with several other national charities and nonprofit organizations.