Todd Harris, co-founder and COO of Alpharetta-based Hi-Rez Studios, will
be speaking on how his company has evolved from a startup to a global
success story at the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network's (GATN) upcoming
event on Thursday, August 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Golf Club of
Harris began his career as a software engineer at NCR before moving into
product development leadership roles at Radiant Systems and BlueCube
Software. In 2005, Harris co-founded Hi-Rez Studios, now one of the top
online game companies in the world.
GATN President Karen Cashion notes that "Todd has helped to grow Hi-Rez
Studios into one of the most successful online game companies on the
planet. We're delighted that he will be sharing his company's story and
his own experience with us at GATN's upcoming, August 21 tech event."
Hi-Rez Studios is a creator of free-to-play online action games and is
now a worldwide phenomenon. It has recently released the
mythology-themed game SMITE, which has over 4.5 million registered
players and will expand into Latin America and China this year.
Harris has an extensive professional background including computer
systems programming, software design and architecture, product
management and lifecycle planning, recruiting and HR, performance
marketing, social media, public relations, and domestic and
international business development. Harris has spoken at numerous game
industry events including gamescom, GDC, PAX Prime, PAX East,
Dragon*Con, and SIEGE. He tweets at (@ToddAlanHarris).
GATN's upcoming event follows its exceptionally successful May 8 launch
event in Alpharetta at which David Cummings, founder of the Atlanta Tech
Village spoke and mingled with the more than 150 tech executive
attendees. GATN's August 21 event offers members and nonmember tech
company attendees an opportunity to connect with other tech company
executives from some of the 900-plus tech companies that span the cities
of North Fulton and South Forsyth, and to gain insight from a local tech
GATN's event is complimentary for members. The cost for nonmembers is
$15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more details on GATN and to
register for this event, visit http://gatnconnect.org/events/.
About Hi-Rez Studios
Atlanta-based Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create
exceptional online interactive entertainment, and is now one of the
largest video game studios in the Southeast United States. Its games
include the squad-based shooter Global Agenda, the critically acclaimed
Tribes: Ascend, and SMITE, the Battleground of the Gods. For more
information, visit www.hirezstudios.com.
About Greater Alpharetta Network (GATN)
The purpose of the Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN) is to engage
and strengthen the Greater Alpharetta technology community by serving
the interests of technology companies and professionals in North Fulton
and South Forsyth, including technology companies in Alpharetta, Johns
Creek, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs and the cities of South Forsyth
County, through thought leadership, educational, and networking events.
GATN is hosting a regular series of events that will help its members
leverage the connections and educational insight that foster growth
throughout the tech community.
GATN is an independent, nonprofit organization run by a volunteer board
of local technology company executives and business professionals
committed to the growth and success of the technology community in North
Fulton and South Forsyth counties. For more information, visit www.gatnconnect.org.
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