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  • Board of Directors

    KC Tech Council Board of Directors
    Kevin McGinnis
    Pinsight Media+
    President

    Kevin leads Pinsight Media and has over 20 years of experience with various stages of new and emerging businesses in the communications industry. Prior to his current role, Kevin led the product platforms and services organization at Sprint and prior to that held a leadership position with Sprint's cable joint venture, Pivot.

    Kevin is also the driving force for much of Sprint's corporate involvement in entrepreneurial programs throughout the region, primarily as the founder of the Sprint Accelerator. His entrepreneurial endeavors bleed into the Pinsight Media culture, fostering an environment of innovation and creativity.
    Ed Link
    Garmin International Inc.
    Global Vice President of Information Technology

    Ed Link joined the Garmin team in 2006 and serves as Garmin’s Global VP of Information Technology.  As the senior executive responsible for IT, Ed’s role includes strategy and execution for Garmin’s worldwide information systems, including business applications, technology infrastructure, cyber-security, and an extensive global network that keeps Garmin customers and associates connected across the globe.  Ed arrived at Garmin after serving 15 years at Butler Manufacturing / BlueScope Steel where he was similarly responsible for delivery of Butler’s information systems.

     

    Gregory Kratofil
    Polsinelli PC
    Shareholder

    Greg Kratofil's experience includes complex technology and commercial contracting transactions, technology and software-based mergers and acquisitions, as well as information security and data breach related issues.
    Chris Isaacson
    Bats Global Markets
    Executive Vice President, and Global Chief Information Officer
    Chris Isaacson is Executive Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer at Bats Global Markets. A founding employee of Bats in 2005, Mr. Isaacson is responsible for ensuring Bats remains an innovative, world-class leader in technology and his leadership has helped Bats grow quickly. He oversees all technology and market operations for the company, including technology strategy, software development and quality, as well as IT infrastructure and security.
    Bill Graff
    Cerner
    Chief Information Officer

    Bill Graff has global responsibility for Cerner’s Corporate IT applications and infrastructure supporting more than 22,000 Cerner associates in 24 countries.  Additionally, his teams support datacenter operations in seven countries, providing technology services, strategy, and critical infrastructure technology (i.e., datacenter facilities, servers, storage, networking, system management, tooling, and business continuity) for over 500 managed services healthcare clients. 
    David Robinson
    Lockton Companies
    Chief Information Officer

    David Robinson has been the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for the Lockton Companies since 1997.   In this executive leadership role, he had defined and executed the strategies for the electronic foundation on which Lockton Companies has aggressively built and expanded as the largest privately held broker in the World.   

    Mr. Robinson has over thirty years experience in Information Technology including the past eighteen years managing corporate technology and telecommunication organizations.   He has had an active role in the explosive growth and use of technology in many diverse industries including, manufacturing, government, and financial services. 

    Jeff Geheb
    VML
    Chief Technology Officer

    Jeff Geheb has spent over 12 years at VML growing our world-class technology capabilities. As Chief Technology Officer, he is equal parts strategist and facilitator, assisting clients to understand adoption, implementation and operational impact of digital technology. 
     
    Jeff is the visionary behind VML’s platforms and experiences practice. He drives VML to unify strategy, program management, design, technology and data to produce new brand ecosystems and products.
     
    Jeff has shaped many of our most pivotal client engagements through his balanced understanding of consumers, business and technology. He has diverse experience across clients such as Ford, Kellogg's, Kimberly Clark, Microsoft and Sprint. 

     
    George Hansen
    Enterprise Center of Johnson County
    President / CEO

    Mr. Hansen has more than 35 years experience managing businesses in multiple industries in both North America and Europe. In addition to managing for growth, he has also been principally involved in a variety of transaction types, including acquisitions, de-mergers and exits in both the public and private markets. Hansen now serves as the Director of Corporate Engagement for the University of Kansas School of Business. He also currently serves as the CEO and President of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a venture development organization, serving the Greater Kansas City economy. Additionally, Hansen operates an advisory service, focused on operations, strategy and business development. Previously, he served as CEO and President of Zave Networks, a digital commerce company, engineering its sale to Google, Inc. in September of 2011. 

    Fred Ellermeier
    Black & Veatch
    Vice President, Smart Integrated Infrastructure

    Fred Ellermeier is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure (SII) business. SII is Black & Veatch’s innovation and technology hub that leverages a distributed infrastructure development capability and a world-class data analytics platform (ASSET360TM) focused on IoT and Smart Cities frameworks.  SII addresses the areas of Smart City infrastructure engineering, procurement, and construction; power generation, grid, and water system operational analytics; and advanced predictive analytics for a wide variety of clients across all of Black & Veatch’s business sectors. 
    Lirel Holt
    U, Incorporated
    Chief Executive Officer - U, Inc.

    Lirel Holt has responsibility for U, Inc’s five U.S. companies and India offices.   U, Inc. provides online training to over 5,000 schools, colleges and businesses.  Other divisions provide online employee assessment, background checks and event management software for schools, congregations and the automotive industry.  

    Keith Molzer
    Flyover Capital
    General Partner

    Keith Molzer has been an entrepreneur for more than 25 years and started a variety of companies in the Kansas City region. For the last nine years, Keith served as founder and CEO of Balance Innovations, the leading developer of cash office management software solutions for the retail industry. Keith founded the company in 2004 and led it through its growth to a multi-product company with more than 75 team members and 8,500 contracted installations in North America. Keith also founded a consulting practice, Entrepreneurial Consulting Corporation, that advised start-ups, economic development agencies, non-profits and the federal government. His clients included the State of Kansas (KTEC), the Kauffman Foundation, the State of Maine, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
    Nancy Russell
    Metropolitan Community College
    Dean/Executive Director Institute for Workforce

    Nancy Russell has been the Dean/Executive Director for MCC’s Institute for Workforce Innovation since 2013.  She provides strategic leadership and direction for the effective administration of MCC’s efforts to provide rapid response, high quality employee training and consulting services for businesses,   government agencies and non-profits in the Kansas City region.  Her team also develops and provides non-credit short term training programs for students, as well as professional development and continuing education courses for the Kansas City regional workforce.  Ms. Russell joined MCC in 2012 as Dean of Instructional Services at its Longview campus.  Previously she served as a senior leader for eleven years at Pima Community College in Tucson. 
    Greg Elliott
    1102 Grand - a Netrality Property
    Director of Business Development

    Greg Elliott helps organizations increase their sales, profit, and revenue through retention of current clientele, and development of new business, including targeting of new markets. I sell the solution to the client, and become a contributor to their bottom line. Through in-depth product/service knowledge, I become an industry consultant instead of merely the salesperson.
    Michael Graber
    RSM US LLP
    Lead Tax Senior Manager


    Michael has been with RSM since joining the firm in September 2004. As a senior manager in the tax services practice, Michael provides expertise in business taxation, including federal and state tax compliance, M&A and entity structuring, other tax planning, and accounting for income taxes. He also has experience in the areas of corporate tax return issues, IRS and state tax return examinations, and tax accounting method issues.

    Scott Carson
    Blue Ocean Consulting
    President

    In his current role as President, Scott Carson's duties include to provide leadership to position the company at the forefront of the industry. Develop a strategic plan to advance the company’s mission and objectives and to promote revenue, profitability and growth as an organization. Oversee company operations to ensure production efficiency, quality, service and cost-effective management of resources. 

    Scott, an accomplished senior management, sales, general management and operations professional, was most recently the Vice President of Kauffman FastTrac and responsibilities included general management to include day-to-day business operations, business development, sales and marketing.

    Steve Kinney
    Lexmark
    Chief Technology Officer

    Steve Kinney is an engineering leader with experience in growing talented development teams, implementing agile development practices, and architecting large software systems.

    Specialties: Product Development, Personal Leadership, Customer Relationships, Product Architecture, Agile / Lean Software Development, Software Engineering
    William Croutch
    Optiv Security
    General Counsel

    William Croutch has 20 years of global legal and leadership experience. In his current role as senior vice president and general counsel for Optiv, which was created in 2015 as a result of the Accuvant and FishNet Security merger, he is responsible for the entire legal function for the company. He oversees mergers and acquisitions, litigation and claims, compliance, risk, contracts, human resources and patents and trademarks. Croutch also serves as secretary of Optiv’s board of directors.
    Matt Denney
    StarRecruit LLC
    Owner

    Matt Denney  is a KC entrepreneur that currently focuses on recruiting high level talent for the IT industry.  His IT client list reads like a “who’s-who” of leading IT firms. Matt has been a part of three different start-ups and was an early employee and stock grantee at Bats Global Markets. He has worked on both sides of the recruiting desk, both as an HR Director for Bats, and also recruiting independently for his IT clients.   Matt enjoys volunteering for the Job Club at his church, Platte Wood United Methodist, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Computer Science Department at MS&T in Rolla, MO.   

     
    Jeremy Bonnesen
    Summit Technology Academy
    Assistant Director

    Dr. Bonnesen has been a Lee’s Summit R-7 employee since 1995.   Prior to coming to Summit Technology Academy, Dr. Bonnesen worked as a professional school guidance counselor and a classroom teacher at Pleasant Lea Middle School. Before coming to Lee’s Summit R-7, he taught English and Spanish at Oak Grove High School. In all, Dr. Bonnesen has over 21 years of experience in education.  He holds a doctorate and specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Louis University. In addition, he also has earned a master’s degree in school counseling and a bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Central Missouri.

    Trish Merz
    Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
    Sales Director - Central

    Trish has lived in the Kansas City area for over 25 years navigating a career from the medical field into enterprise software technology in the late ‘90s.  In her current role with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software, she and her sales teams have responsibility for revenue growth, retention and satisfaction of HPE customers from MO, KS, IN, MI through the Ohio Valley.

    Ms. Merz is keenly interested in career development for those early in their profession as well as connecting people to companies who are looking to hire.  She is highly recognized in the IT field as being extremely dedicated to her customers and has a passion for integrating (translating) pillars of our faith into interpersonal skills in the workplace.

    James Stipek
    Polsinelli PC
    Shareholder

    James Stipek knows how to build something from the ground up. He takes great pride in serving his clients as they take their innovations to the next level. James concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. 
    James also litigates actions concerning the validity, infringement, and enforceability of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

    As an electrical engineer, he has a broad knowledge of computer-related inventions. He also has experience with electrical components, wired and wireless telecommunications, Internet protocol systems, global positioning systems, computer hardware, computer software, and related computer and network architecture arts.
    Scott Choquette
    Accenture
    Managing Director
    Brian Anderson
    Lexmark
    Chief Technology Officer
    Annie Brock
    DataBank
    Vice President of Managed Services

    Annie Brock joined DataBank through the 2014 acquisition of Kansas City-based Arsalon Technologies where she served as the Vice President of Sales & Business Development since 2006. At DataBank, she oversees the acquisition and sales process for prospects in all aspects of the company’s Managed Services portfolio. Brock’s long history of success in both the design and delivery of IT solutions began in 1998 when she joined Sprint. While with Sprint, in a Network Engineering role, Brock Co-Managed the build-out Sprint World Headquarters Campus project. Brock holds degrees in both Government and Journalism from Northwest Missouri State as well as a MBA from Baker University. She also served as a White House Intern and worked with the U.S. Department of State on the ALMA Project, a fundamental effort to address Y2K concerns at American Embassies throughout the world.
    David Cook
    University of Kansas - Edwards Campus
    Vice-Chancellor

    David J. Cook, PhD, serves as the vice chancellor for the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS.,assuming this role in April 2013. Under Dr. Cook's leadership, the Edwards Campus continues its 22-year history of offering high-quality academic programs, research and public service of the University of Kansas to Greater Kansas City. Dr. Cook is also a Professor with faculty positions in Communication Studies on the Lawrence Campus and in Health Policy and Management in the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City.
    Tom O'Neill
    The Nerdery
    Chief Executive Officer


    When Tom O’Neill joined The Nerdery as a programmer in 2004, he soon became a cultural leader at the custom software development company. He launched The Nerdery’s Chicago branch as VP of Development and returned to Minneapolis as COO. In 2013 Tom became The Nerdery’s first President since founding-President Luke Bucklin passed away. Tom took over the role of CEO from Co-Founder Mike Derheim in 2016. Tom personifies The Nerdery’s belief that passionate Nerds are the driving force behind business breakthroughs, and leads a team of 500 software engineers, UX designers, QA engineers and other Nerds whose purpose is to redefine what’s possible through technology.

    Jackie Gill
    Metropolitan Community College
    Campus President, MCC-BT
    Josh Brewster
    Trozzolo Communications Group
    VP Client Engagement

    In his role as account vice president, Josh develops and maintains relationships with clients and leads teams within the Community, Education, Nonprofit, Government and Association team at Trozzolo Communications Group. Josh builds on his leadership skills and industry knowledge by delivering on the results promised to clients.His knack for understanding clients' needs and his ability to communicate those needs to his team leads to top-level results that move the needle on our clients' behalf.
    Matthew Simmons
    Unite Private Networks
    Regional Director, KS MO TX AR
    David Barnard
    Stinson Leonard Street LLP
    Partner

    Dave Barnard is an experienced intellectual property litigator and strategy counselor.  He advises clients in a wide variety of industries on protecting innovations, operating safely and growing and protecting brand investments.
    Tedrick Housh
    Lathrop & Gage LLP
    Partner

    ​Tedrick Housh co-chairs the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy law group at Lathrop & Gage.  For more than a decade of his twenty-six years in practice, Tedrick has helped clients address all types of data security and privacy concerns and risks, from data breach preparedness and response to PCI-DSS, upstream and downstream vendor contracts, regulatory scrutiny, privacy due diligence in corporate transactions, board education, and cyber- and privacy-related litigation. He is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US). 
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