Scott Dorsey is TechPoint’s 2011 Trailblazer in Technology
TechPoint is pleased to announce that ExactTarget CEO and co-founder Scott Dorsey is the initiative’s 2011 Trailblazer in Technology Award recipient for significant and lasting contributions to the high-tech economy in Indiana. The Trailblazer in Technology Award is part of TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards program recognizing excellence and achievement of Indiana’s outstanding technology industry performers and contributors, and focuses attention on the broader issue of the important role technology plays in Indiana’s economy. Dorsey will receive the award at TechPoint’s Mira Awards Gala this Saturday.
Dorsey and his fellow co-founders Chris Baggott and Peter McCormick launched ExactTarget in December 2000 to help organizations use the then emerging medium of email to connect with their customers and drive sales. Today, the company has grown to nearly 1,000 employees and powers interactive marketing campaigns across email, mobile, social media and the web for organizations around the world. As CEO since the company’s founding, Dorsey has led ExactTarget to become the largest privately held interactive marketing technology firm with operations across the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific.
“The influence Scott Dorsey has had on the tech sector can be traced through the business headlines of the past decade,” said Jim Jay, president and CEO of TechPoint. “From his company’s meteoric rise and venture capital success, to creating hundreds of Hoosier jobs and sparking at least a dozen spinout and tech startups; Scott is an integral part of Indiana’s technology industry.”
Mark Hill, chairman of the TechPoint board of directors, said “Scott’s passion for technology and building a successful company is palpable. He cares about creating a positive, excellent place to work just as much as he cares about making sure ExactTarget is well funded and sustainable. Scott’s contributions to the tech sector extend to his leadership in economic development and education as well, we have all benefited from his dedication and hard work.”
Dorsey has received numerous awards for his business and civic leadership, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, BtoB Magazine’s Who’s Who List, MS Society Hope Award, Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” and Junior Achievement KPMG’s “Best and Brightest” awards. Under his leadership, ExactTarget has earned global acclaim from organizations including, Inc, Deloitte, Wall Street Journal, Adobe, Microsoft and American Business Awards.
“It is a great honor to receive the TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award and join the ranks of previous recipients who have made Indiana a vibrant hub of technology innovation,” Dorsey said. “I look forward to accepting the award on behalf of the entire ExactTarget team who continues to make such a lasting impact on our community.”
Dorsey is actively involved in regional community organizations and serves on the board of directors of TechPoint, Indiana Sports Corporation and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics at Indiana University and serves as the Marketing Communications Division Chair for the Indianapolis Super Bowl 2012 Host Committee. Dorsey is also active in the regional technology community as an investor and member of HALO Capital Group, a Central Indiana-based seed capital fund for emerging high-tech ventures. Prior to ExactTarget, Scott held numerous sales and marketing leadership positions with Divine, Inc., Metro, and Steelcase, Inc.
Scott earned his undergraduate Marketing degree from Indiana University and MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. While at Kellogg, Scott majored in Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce & Technology.
For the past 12 years, TechPoint’s annual Mira Awards have put a spotlight on Indiana’s high-tech all-stars, understanding that celebrating success is one way to create more of it. The Mira Awards are Indiana’s largest and most visible technology awards program; learn more at http://www.techpoint.org/Mira. This year’s Mira Gala awards ceremony will be held on May 7th at the new JW Marriott Indianapolis.
TechPoint is Indiana’s statewide technology initiative focused on growing Indiana’s tech sector by promoting the successes of technology companies and professionals; supporting the formation, expansion, and attraction of technology companies; and advocating appropriate public policy. For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.