Ruby Receptionists chief lands top Oregon tech honor

Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of virtual receptionist company Ruby Receptionists, has been named the 2017 Technology Executive of the Year.

So deems the Technology Association of Oregon, which honored Nelson after she’s turned the company into a $21 million business with more than 300 employees. She founded Ruby in 2003,

The company started as a services business offering receptionists services from its Portland home base to small clients nationwide. As its client base grew, the company scaled: It’s now a technology-enabled enterprise as Nelson builds a more sophisticated platform to integrate more telecommunications needs for customers.

To do this, Nelson sold a majority stake of the company to the private equity firm Updata Partners, which invests in growth stage technology companies


“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Technology Association of Oregon, and to be included in such a well-respected and prominent community of leaders,” said Nelson in a written statement. “Our team’s dedication and collective effort to employ technology to elevate our value and service have fueled the success of our organization, and I couldn’t be prouder of our accomplishments.”

Ruby has logged double-digit growth every year since it started, landing on the Portland Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Company list nine years in a row. Last year, it ranked No. 67, with a two-year growth rate of 88 percent.

“The Technology Executive of the Year title recognizes excellence in industry leadership as well as an individual’s positive impact in the greater Oregon community,” said Skip Newberry, TAO President in a written statement. “We are thrilled to recognize Jill for her contributions and achievements.”

She will be honored at the Tech Association’s annual awards ceremony, on May 11.

Nelson is the first woman to be named Technology Executive of the Year in the award’s 30 year-plus history. The topic of women and minorities in technology was a central theme at last year’s awards ceremony.

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