Tracy is the CoFounder of TechLab, currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He has been recognized internationally for his research on intestinal diseases and disorders and innovative work developing diagnostic tests for these diseases. Tracy was the 2013 recipient of Virginia Tech’s University Distinguished Achievement Award and has made significant contributions to the region as a scientist, educator and entrepreneur.

Ray Pethtel was the first RBTC president when the organization was known as the NCTC. He was instrumental in launching the organization. Ray has 25 years of experience in transportation policy and operations. He has served as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as chairman and vice chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Ray has been a fearless leader in the technology community and has served as an ambassador for this region for years.


Bonz Hart founded Meridium in 1993 with the vision of helping the world’s asset-intensive industries improve availability and reduce unplanned events through effective asset performance management. To help meet client needs worldwide, he leverages his years of experience: in industry, from working for other industrial software providers, and consulting to many Fortune 500 companies. Today, he leads a unique worldwide company that is committed to protecting people, our planet, and client profits/jobs by continually expanding the ways that Meridium software and services can help companies improve and manage the performance of their production assets. Bonz is committed to serving Meridium employees so they can effectively support the success of our clients 

Vinod Chachra is an internationally recognized lecturer and consultant in the field of information system planning. For several years he served as the Senior Consultant for NCHEMS (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.) Beginning in 1975, he designed the original software that in 1980 became Virginia Tech Library System (now called VTLS). In 1985, in partnership with VTIP (Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties) he founded VTLS Inc. which provides state-of-the-art library automation systems to more than 1900 libraries in 43 countries worldwide.  VTLS was the first tenant of the Corporate Research Center more than 25 years ago and is still the biggest employer.
After earning his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at Virginia Tech, Dr. Chachra served that university in many capacities. From 1972 to 1985 he successively assumed roles of Director of Software Development, Director of Computing and Information Systems, Vice Provost and then Vice President of Computing and Information Systems.  During his career, Dr. Chachra received many honors and awards.  Most recently, in 2012, he was in the first group of inductees for the Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.