With Geek Summer Camp less than a week away, we wanted to help you get more excited for the big event. We got a few minutes of Q & A time with John Lynch, the former four-term governor of New Hampshire and our Wednesday afternoon keynote speakers.
We were excited to get John here not just for his record run leading the state that we’re based in, but because he was highly regarded for his business acumen as CEO of Knoll, Inc.
In a seven year run with Knoll (four as vice chairman and three as President/CEO), he helped grow the office furniture company’s revenue’s from $500 million to nearly $1.2 billion, cutting losses and growing the company internally along the way. So yeah, he’s got a lot to talk about. (And no, he’s not the former NFL defensive star, but we’re told he can read a wide receiver’s routes like no one else.)
Geek Summer Camp will be bringing together hundreds of tech leaders in Manchester, New Hampshire. How will this help the state’s tech ecosystem? Why is that a good thing?
John Lynch: Technology is a very important growth industry for New Hampshire. In fact, developing more workers with educational backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math is a key initiative. Exposing tech leaders from around the country to Dyn will offer to them a wonderful example of what is taking place in New Hampshire.
Your career has given you a unique perspective. What needs to be done in the public sector to ensure that New Hampshire is a more desirable tech/innovation ecosystem in the next 5-10 years? What needs be done in the private sector?
John Lynch: In order for the tech/innovation ecosystem to continue to grow and prosper, it is critical that the workers be available — workers with the right skills, talents, and qualifications necessary to fill the jobs. This is an important initiative that requires the collaboration of both the public and private sectors.
You are most widely known as the Governor of New Hampshire. Now that you have left office, what does your day-to-day look like? What will you be involved with in the coming years? How will you continue to influence public debates?
John Lynch: I love New Hampshire, and I love the people of New Hampshire. I plan to stay involved and hopefully make a positive difference in the lives of our people. My plans are to work with some businesses, some non-profits, and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.