Tomorrow, March 18, the Union Leader will honor 2015’s 40 Under Forty Class, including the recognition of SilverTech’s Director of Engineering, Derek Barka. While Derek joins an incredible class this year, filled with New Hampshire’s most influential individuals, he also joins three previous SilverTech winners: President and CEO, Nick Soggu, Chief Operations Officer and EVP, Graham Chynoweth, and Chief Digital Officer Jeff McPherson. 2015 will be the 14th 40 Under Forty class recognized, aimed at both honoring those with high achievements, and identifying individuals who have sought to make New Hampshire a better place.
From a long-term and multidimensional role on his school board to various local committees and volunteer efforts, Derek remains a passionate and driving force for a number of community initiatives, both inside and outside of education. He believes that the most pressing opportunity and underlying challenge facing Manchester and New Hampshire today is education. He is very passionate about improving individual circumstances by keeping children engaged, offering a challenging, diverse and interesting curriculum, and providing a solid academic foundation for all of New Hampshire’s youth. Derek continues to promote initiatives that provide all children with equal access to a well-rounded education to help reinforce a better, more positive Manchester community long-term. Recently, Derek was accepted into the Greater Manchester Leadership class of 2015, tasked with understanding and conveying the challenges and opportunities of greater Manchester.
With more than fifteen years of professional experience in computer technology, seven of which he spent as chief software architect at a leading content management system software company, Derek understands the needs of the modern digital marketer better than most. As a pioneer in the field, Derek helped create many of the tools marketers use today to manage websites and digital marketing campaigns.
As SilverTech’s Director of Engineering, Derek leads a team that helps businesses create profitable relationships through optimizing the entire customer lifecycle—from lead to loyal™—with a strategic combination of engaging web experiences, marketing automation, and customer relationship management solutions. Derek works directly with clients from pre-sale through project delivery, consulting with and making expert recommendations to large clients on content management system needs and technical architecture. Derek grew SilverTech’s software engineering team by over 200% utilizing his strong leadership skills to move SilverTech towards meeting and surpassing a number of company goals.