It’s On! Think Systems Prepares to Throw the ‘Social Event of the Year’ at Innovate 2022 Conference


Business executives will experience a taste of classic Baltimore featuring Hammerjacks, 98 Rock, Tripwire, DJ Kopec and Baltimore Blast cheerleaders.

BALTIMORE, MD – Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – In partnership with Hammerjacks, 98 Rock radio, and the Baltimore Blast, Think Systems Inc. is throwing the “social event of the year” for attendees of  Think Innovate 2022, a two-day technology and operations conference for C-Level executives and business owners with revenue between $20 million and $200 million. Attendees will have the opportunity to bring a guest to the Think Innovate Underground afterparty.

“We are bringing back a taste of classic Baltimore,” said Tony Gruebl, founder and CEO of Think, a privately-owned national management consulting firm that provides both private and public entities with organizational solutions and strategic hiring. “This is not going to be some mundane cocktail party. It is a high-energy affair as if you were stepping back into a simpler time. In our industry business executives work hard, play hard and will be ready to let go for a few hours.”

The afterparty features Maryland’s own Tripwire, a high energy modern rock band that will keep the crowd on its feet with everything from the Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains to Journey and Metallica. DJ Kopec, the king of dance parties, will take the party to the next level. He will be joined by Baltimore Blast cheerleaders and by the legendary Kirk McEwen of 98 Rock who will provide live updates from the event.

“This is going to be a blowout event,” said Andy Hotchkiss, an executive with Hammerjacks. “Being so Baltimore based, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to have the Hammerjacks name associated with Think’s Innovate conference and with a vision that combines knowledge, fun and rock and roll. Hammerjacks is all about rekindling memories and making new ones and this will be an afterparty people won’t soon forget.”

“There is no question that 98 Rock is all about rock, but we also love Baltimore and quickly embraced Think’s vision for a conference and afterparty that will put our great city on the map,”

said Sean Grode, Senior Multimedia Account Executive at 98 Rock. “The Think Innovate conference creates a new and positive storyline for Baltimore one that we are proud to support.”

Gianni Tumminello, General Manager of the Baltimore Blast, said “As an organization that for 40 years has cherished Baltimore and its fans, we are proud to support Think’s vision for Innovate 2022. With companies like Think pushing Baltimore to the forefront, the city and region will always win. The Blast cheerleaders will bring enough enthusiasm to amp up the afterparty and turn it into a rock and roll pep rally.”   

Innovate 2022 will run from Oct. 19-21 bringing together more than 200 business owners, CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, COOs, and government executives in a unique forum to share expert insights and provide unparalleled networking opportunities.

The conference features world-renowned innovation expert Sara Frasca, Jason Feifer, Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur Magazine, and Rachel Mushahwar, Director of North America Partner and Channel Sales at AWS, as keynote speakers.

More than 20 exhibitors, 60 speakers, and 175 C-level executives, business owners, and government professionals have already registered in advance for the conference.

In addition to keynote speeches, two networking luncheons, interactive panel discussions, and breakout sessions are planned where attendees can explore subjects ranging from emerging technologies, NFTs, blockchain, the future of work and the economy.

“We want executives to come away from Innovate 2022 informed, energized, connected and thrilled because they will have had the time of their lives,” Gruebl said. “This is a totally unique event, one that executives will not experience anywhere else.”

Innovates growing list of sponsors includes: 1Rivet, i95 Business Magazine, Baltimore Business Journal, Maryland Department of Commerce, Canton Group, JBS Custom Software Solutions, ProfitComm, M&T Bank, Atkinson Strategic Communications, Certified CIO, PNC Bank, Intero Advisory, 1631 Digital, Whiteford | Taylor | Preston, DP Solutions, Offit Kurman, Crown Trophy, Mind Over Machines, Zoom, tierpoint, Alderson Loop, TPX Communications, McDonnell Consulting Group, dialpad, Wolf Professional Security, Guntry Club, Strategic Factory, BlueStone Services, LLC., Howard County Economic Development Authority, and Hammerjacks.

The conference is at the Marriott Owings Mills Metro Centre, 10101 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117. Click here to register:

About Think Systems Inc.

Founded in 2004, Think is a national technology and operations management consulting practice providing services to private and public sectors. Think’s offering spans services from technology and operations advisory and strategic development, technology and operations transformation, post-merger integration, venture and PE shared services support for portfolio companies, and strategic hiring support services for c-level and upper-level technical and operations management. To learn more, visit us at