Serving Tech Businesses, Geeks, Makers, and Entrepreneurs since 1996

Softec has been the leading voice of the technology industry on the Central Coast since its formation in 1996. The story of Softec starts with a collection of innovative business leaders in 1994 seeking to connect the dots within the budding technology industry. They knew that the local businesses needed to connect to each other and build a bridge to educational and government resources.

By 1996 Softec was registered as a non-profit, 501(c)(6). Even in those very early days the agenda of Softec was connecting resources, ideas, and people in the tech trade but over the years, much as evolved in how this is to be accomplished.

Non-Profit Status 501(C)(6)

Softec is a non-profit 501(c)(6) since 1996  so your contributions may be tax-deductible. With your support, Softec can continue to be the leading technology trade association in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.

Softec also has a 501(c)(3) Educational Fund which is dedicated to our community investments in educational initiatives.

Softec is lead by a volunteer Board of Directors, run by volunteers and ambassadors and powered by donations from our Sponsors.

We invite and welcome you to join us in fulfilling Softec’s mission within our community.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategy and guidance to Softec. It is made up of volunteers that donate their time to advance the cause of technology business formation and growth. Softec is a working board with most members deeply involved in the day-to-day operation of Softec. If you are interested in serving on the Softec Board feel free to contact any active board member.

2022 Board of Directors & Officers

  • Bob Dumouchel – President 
  • Steve Burgess – Executive Vice President 
  • Brian Schwartz – Vice President of Tech Brew 
  • Jeff Buckingham – Secretary
  • Maria Salas – Treasurer  
  • Tom Ross
  • Cal Kunkle 
  • Judy Mahan