About Us

StateTech explores technology issues that state and local government IT leaders and workers face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution. StateTech is published by CDW which is headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill.

CDW Corporation is a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. A Fortune 500 company and member of the S&P 500 Index, CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 15,000 coworkers. For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2022, CDW generated Net sales of approximately $24 billion. For more information about CDW, please visit www.CDW.com.

Ryan Petersen
Ryan Petersen
Editor in Chief

Ryan has been a magazine and newspaper editor for 22 years, with the last 16 covering a variety of bases for CDW’s family of tech magazines. As Editor in Chief, he works on developing editorial strategy and is always on the lookout for new writing talent and sharing great stories with the IT world. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, biking and obsessively following Iowa Hawkeye sports and Cubs baseball.

Ricky Ribeiro
Ricky Ribeiro
Editorial Director

Ricky has been a content creator for more than 10 years with a strong background and emphasis in digital content and interactive storytelling. For more than 8 years, Ricky has helped shape the evolving integrated content strategy for HealthTech, shepherding the program through different redesigns and the emergence of several new content types. When not immersed in all things health and IT, Ricky indulges his deep love of comic books, super heroes and video games.

Nicole Scilingo
Nicole Scilingo
Executive Editor

Nicole is the executive editor for StateTech magazine. With her extensive background in content strategy and content creation, she loves nothing more than seeing a good story come to life. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys dabbling in any creative hobby she can think of – from creative writing to painting to DIY projects.

Brad Sowell
Brad Sowell
Associate Executive Editor

Brad is the associate executive editor for StateTech magazine. For over 15 years, he has overseen the development and strategy of the magazine, producing relevant content for the many areas of our corporate audience. Brad has a passion for creating unique content, especially taking a feature with multiple sources from conception to print. Brad works closely with media relations and other professionals to develop articles for the magazine. Prior to joining the magazine, Brad has a background in public relations. When not creating great content, Brad is a huge sports fan, following the Cubs, Hawkeyes, Colts, Bulls and Blackhawks religiously.

Akeya Dickson
Akeya Dickson
Associate Editorial Director

Akeya Dickson has worked as a content strategist, reporter and editor for more than a decade. She’s written feature and news stories spanning local, business, style and cultural topics for The Washington PostReutersThe Chattanooga Times Free Press and other publications. In addition to content creation, her career includes serving as a communications director for various government agencies and in the nonprofit space. Akeya vacillates between hopping on and off planes, attending festivals and all manner of outdoor activities and burrowing in her hobbit hole for the three R’s: reading, recharging and reality tv.

Mickey McCarter
Mickey McCarter
Managing Editor

Mickey McCarter has been an editor and reporter for magazines and websites, largely focused on defense and military tech, for roughly 20 years. Prior to joining State Tech, Mickey handled communications and public relations for the Security Industry Association (SIA). Mickey spends his spare time at rock concerts around DC being a serious music nerd.

Allison Gauthier
Allison Gauthier
Senior Editor

Allison Gauthier is a senior content specialist and editor of StateTech magazine.

Creative Director
David Vogin
Associate Creative Director
Darryl Sebro
Art and Design
John Lanuza
Production Managers
Laura Marlowe
Hanorah Srihari
Mimi Walker
Copy Editors
Allison Leopold
Shauna Miller
Jenna Murphy
Photo Editor
Sara Elder
Eugene Lee
Partner Advertising
Karl Schulz
Vice President, Government Sales
Ben Bourbon
Directors, Area Sales, State and Local Government
Tony Sivore
Jon Mazella
Business Development
Danielle Davenport
Houston Thomas
Bob Morrow
Meghan Hannan
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