Turning Technologies

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Turning Technologies, Inc.
Privately held company
PredecessorGTCO Corporation
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002) in Youngstown, Ohio, United States
HeadquartersYoungstown, Ohio
Key people
  • Ethan Cohen (CEO)
  • Richard Vareha (CFO)
  • Fares Bouchedid (CTO)
  • Gary Morrison (VP International)

Turning Technologies is an education technology company with a headquarters in Youngstown, Ohio, and additional offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, Belfast and Amsterdam.[1] The company’s products include classroom and audience response systems, assessment tools, interactive whiteboards, and response options that include both physical clickers and a mobile app.[2] Turning Technologies serves educational, corporate, government and military markets.[3]

Turning Technologies History[edit]

Turning Technologies was founded by former CEO Mike Broderick in 2002 as a member of the Youngstown Business Incubator.[4] [5]Starting with just three employees, the company soon expanded and, in 2007, was ranked among the seven fastest-growing small businesses in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine, and was named the fastest growing privately held software company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.[6] In 2008, the company moved from the business incubator to the Taft Technology Center in order to accommodate an increase in employees.[7]

In 2013, Turning Technologies acquired eInstruction, one of its biggest competitors in the education technology market.[8] As part of the eInstruction purchase, Turning Technologies also acquired GTCO CalComp, a company that was originally established in 1975 in Rockville, Maryland, and is now located in Scottsdale, Arizona. GTCO provides custom OEM, produces interactive whiteboards, digitizers and graphics tablets and offers conductive and graphic ink printing services.

When Broderick retired in 2016, then-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer Ethan Cohen took over as CEO. Broderick remains a major shareholder and a member of the Turning Technologies board of directors.[1]

GTCO History[edit]

GTCO was established in 1975 in Rockville, Maryland by two graduates of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey[citation needed]. In 1985, GTCO moved to Columbia, Maryland. GTCO Corporation patented the first electromagnetic digitizer. In 1995 GTCO acquired the assets of Science Accessories Corporation, who manufactured a line of Sonic (Sound) type Digitizer. The most interesting model was the GP-12 or Freepoint which was a 3D Digitizer. In 1998, GTCO acquired the assets of Kontron Gmbh. In 1999, GTCO acquired the assets of CalComp Input Technologies, which itself had previously acquired Talos and Summagraphics Corporation, which had acquired Houston Instruments. With the acquisition of CalComp Input Technologies, GTCO began doing business as GTCO CalComp Inc.

AgC Technology, a division of GTCO CalComp, has over 30 years of experience with conductive ink printing.[citation needed] Though the company specializes in conductive ink printing, graphic ink printing services are provided when part of an integrated project.

In addition to digitizers and graphics tablets, GTCO produces interactive whiteboards, pads and audience response systems under the InterWrite brand name. In 2004, GTCO acquired Educue, LLC and began offering the PRS (Personal Response System), used for education and training throughout the world.

In December 2008, GTCO Corporation doing business as Interwrite Learning and GTCO CalComp was acquired by eInstruction Corporation, Denton, TX.

Starting in December 2008, GTCO CalComp moved its digitizer manufacturing from Columbia to Arizona, and the manufacturing of Whiteboards to China. Tech Support is still in Columbia, MD but the Service Department was relocated to the Arizona plant.

Turning moved into the education market, producing whiteboards and e-education software.[9]


The company is headed by Chief Executive Officer Ethan Cohen.[3] Although Turning Technologies continues to sell hardware products, including whiteboards and clickers, it operates primarily on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.[1][3]


Turning Technologies offers software including TurningPoint audience response system and ExamView; response options including hardware clickers and a mobile app; and interactive whiteboards. [3][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Broderick retires as CEO of Turning Technologies | vindy.com". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  2. ^ "Mobile apps gaining ground on handheld clickers | Inside Higher Ed". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mobile Software Clicks at Turning Technologies - Business Journal Daily". Business Journal Daily. 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  4. ^ "Incubator marks 20 years of innovation, expansion | vindy.com". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ Lewis Jr., Morgan (December 2007). "Overwhelming Response". Inside Business (9(12)). pp. 65–66.
  6. ^ "Turning Technologies rated fastest-growing | vindy.com". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  7. ^ "Turning Technologies heads to its new home | vindy.com". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  8. ^ "Turning Technologies acquires its biggest competitor | vindy.com". www.vindy.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  9. ^ a b Cocklin, Jamison (August 8, 2013). "Turning Technologies acquires its biggest competitor". Youngstown Vindicator. Retrieved 19 September 2017.

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