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Maury Blackman

President & Chief Executive Officer of Accela. Civic entrepreneur, technophile, competitor, and history-buff

Civic entrepreneur, technophile, competitor, and history-buff who believes democracy is at its best when governments speak directly with citizens. Harnessing technology to increase civic engagement is why he goes into work everyday. Maury has been with Accela for over a decade and became CEO in 2007. Since his appointment, he has set the foundation for the company to be a leading cloud player in the $200B government IT sector. To support Accela’s growth and strategic initiatives, he raised more than $200MM in financing, which includes $143.5 MM from ABRY Partners, $40MM in growth equity investment from Bregal Sagemount and $50MM in debt from Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Always pushing the bounds to bring technology to the public sector, Maury inspired the Accela team to move first into the Cloud, lead with mobile solutions, and transition from a product company to a platform company. He evangelizes game-changing applications that build trust, and serve as a springboard for getting people deeply engaged within their communities. Maury maintains an active lifestyle, training for ultra distance endurance races year-round. He is a nine-time Ironman finisher, including the 2008 and 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He is an active donor and fundraiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation with a particular focus on Operation Rebound, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 Northern California by Ernst and Young. Prior to joining Accela, Maury was a sales and marketing professional at Investools, formerly Telescan, Inc., and served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.