Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal named John Stavig, '87 BSB; Ryan Broshar, '06 BSB; and Daniel Abdul, '09 MBA among 19 executives, inventors, and adopters who are advancing Minnesota's technology industry. As the 2015 winners of the Titans of Technology awards, these alumni will be recognized at a luncheon on
September 24. 

John Stavig and Ryan Broshar recognized as technology advocates

Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship John Stavig, and Matchstick Ventures Founder and Managing Director Ryan Broshar were honored for their outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing, or accelerating the performance of technology companies and the tech community. 

 John Stavig

Stavig leads outreach for the Holmes Center, and collaborates with Carlson School student and alumni entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas. 

Before joining the Carlson School, he led a flourishing career in management consulting, private equity, and the communications industry. Most recently, he served as the CFO and director of an early-stage communications firm acquired by Verizon. As a founding principal of a $100 million private equity fund, he sourced and managed investments in numerous early-stage communications firms. Stavig also served as CEO, CFO and board member for several start-up and early-stage technology firms. In these roles, he raised more than $300 million in capital and led numerous investments, acquisitions and divestitures. As a Principal at Gemini Consulting and Arthur Andersen, he provided strategic and financial consulting services to senior executives in Fortune 1000 firms in the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Learn more about what drives Stavig

Ryan Broshar

Broshar founded Matchstick Ventures in 2013 to create a vehicle to support and interact with fellow entrepreneurs. The company has already invested in numerous start-ups. Broshar is also Co-Founder of Beta.MN and Twin Cities Startup Week.

Before launching Matchstick, he founded University Guide, LLC, a university-based publication business that was sold in 2008. 

Daniel Abdul honored as top CIO

UCare Chief Information Officer Daniel Abdul was named among three executives who are advancing the state of technology in Minnesota. 

Daniel Abdul

Abdul provides strategic direction for UCare's technology staff and systems to  enable a health plan to cost-effectively serve its more than 350,000 members. He oversees the development of company-wide technology programs, infrastructure, and information services department staff who administer the health plan’s technology activities. Abdul also pursues opportunities for technology to advance UCare’s strategic provider relationships, member and provider experiences, health outcomes, regulatory requirements, and organizational efficiency.