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Co-Founder of Hi-Rez Studios Todd Harris to Share Success Story at Greater Alpharetta Tech Network (GATN) Event

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 Georgia.

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 thought leader.

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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