TechPoint Welcomes Seven Executives to Board

From top left: Raj Acharya, Chris Barbin, Ashley Vukovits. From bottom left: Amy Conrad Warner, John McDonald, Scott Kraege, and Tim Harvey.

2016 has already proved to be a year of scale and growth for TechPoint. From hosting a sold out Mira Awards gala to launching new talent programs, we continue to answer the needs of Indiana technology companies. Today we announced seven executives who joined TechPoint’s Board of Directors in support of our mission.

  1. Raj Acharya, Rudy Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University
  2. Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio
  3. Tim Harvey, CFO of Scale Computing
  4. Scott Kraege, Co-founder and CEO of MOBI
  5. John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne
  6. Ashley Vukovits, CFO at Interactive Intelligence
  7. Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at IUPUI

“We are thrilled to have these executives join the TechPoint Board of Directors,” said Kelly Pfledderer, TechPoint Board Chairman and Founder and Former CEO of Apparatus. “These members and their representative organizations each play an important role in our community’s tech success and growth.”

“Our Board of Directors represent some of the best and most promising companies in Indiana across multiple industries,” said Mike Langellier, President and CEO of TechPoint. “Because of their support, TechPoint can continue to attract a talented workforce, accelerate high-potential tech companies, and promote Indiana’s growing tech ecosystem.”

These seven TechPoint board members are now Emeritus members:  

  1. David Brenner, Executive Director of Innovation Park at Notre Dame
  2. Jack Carr, President and CEO of LightBound
  3. Wil Davis, Chairman & Co-Founder of Ontario Systems
  4. Stephen Dutton, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg
  5. Brian Modiano, Managing Director of Strategian Advisors
  6. Jane Niederberger, COO of Thrive HDS Inc.
  7. Bobby Schnabel, Dean of School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University

You can view a full list of TechPoint’s staff and board here.

Raj Acharya is a Rudy Professor of Engineering and Dean of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. Acharya holds a PhD from University of Minnesota/Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Electrical and Computer Engineering/Bioengineering and has an extensive background as a research scientist and has been a Research Fellow at various NASA and DoD labs. Acharya’s main research focus is in the areas of Big Data Mining, Network Sciences and Engineering, and Genomics. Acharya and his work have been profiled in publications such as Businessweek, Mathematics Calendar, Drug Discovery, Diagnostic Imaging, Environnews, EurekAlert, Science Daily, and The Scientist among others. He has worked as part of a multidisciplinary international team on a NSF-United Nations Digital Government Surveillance project involving Hot Spot Bio-Geo Informatics.

Chris Barbin is CEO and co-founder of Appirio, a technology enabled consulting firm that helps companies move onto cloud computing platforms including Salesforce.com, Workday, Amazon and Google.  Appirio is based in Indianapolis, has 1,250+ employees across seven global locations and is supported by 1,000,000 developers, designers and data scientists in its Topcoder crowdsourcing community – the world’s largest enterprise crowdsourcing community. Appirio’s enterprise customers include Facebook, Intuit, Japan Post Network, L’Oreal, McGraw-Hill, NetApp, The Four Seasons, Virgin America and Higher Education customers including Columbia, NYU, Stanford and Georgetown University. Appirio was bootstrapped for 2 years under Barbin’s leadership and has since secured funding from top tier venture investors including Sequoia, GGV, General Atlantic and Fidelity fueling its position as the leading independent cloud consultancy in the world.

Tim Harvey is CFO of Scale Computing, the leader in hyperconverged computing infrastructure for mid-sized businesses. At Scale, a venture-backed company, Harvey is responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting, including planning and strategy, as well as the HR, Facilities, and Legal functions. Harvey has 25 years of experience in finance and operations with a variety of technology companies, primarily in the Silicon Valley and New York. He started his career in the New York Practice office of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte LLP), before joining IBM’s World Trade Group in various management roles of financial planning, pricing and accounting. From there he moved to senior roles in the Bay Area at Silicon Graphics and Veritas Software (Symantec), and then as Vice President of Planning for WebEx Communications, acquired by Cisco Systems. From from 2008 to 2010, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Angie’s List, Inc., in Indianapolis. In 2011 he and his wife, Anna, formed Penn Street Advisors, LLC, a consulting practice helping young, Midwest tech companies define their vision, outline their business strategy, and prepare for investor discussions. Harvey has been active as a Board member of The Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife and their twin sons.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Scott Kraege, Co-Founder and CEO of MOBI, considers his partners and extraordinary MOBI culture the most important factor in MOBI’s success. Combine great founders, extraordinary culture, with the best and brightest people, and you’ll find MOBI’s ingredients for success. Kraege oversees the execution of MOBI’s strategy and provides leadership to the senior teams including Finance, Development, Operations, and Sales and Marketing. MOBI provides companies with a technology platform to help manage the complexities of connected devices. With 350 employees and a global footprint, MOBI is the market leader within the managed mobility space. Winning the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” award through the Indiana Chamber four years in a row, and the first-ever TechPoint Mira Award for company culture, shows how MOBI has created a culture that puts people first.

John McDonald is the CEO of CloudOne, Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing IT company in Indiana two years in a row and winner of the 2015 and 2016 IBM Beacon Award, the highest honor given to a business partner.  Formerly a technical sales executive at IBM for over 20 years, he is one of the founding members and on the steering committee of the 450+ member Cloud Customer Standards Council, a board member of the Venture Club of Indiana, a board member of TechPoint, a member of the IBM PartnerWorld Global Business Partner Advisory Council, and of the Industrial Advisory Board for Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.  John was also an original IBM Champion in 2011, an honor granted again every year since.

Ashley Vukovits serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Interactive Intelligence (ININ) and has over 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management.  As CFO, Vukovits is responsible for global financial planning; accounting and reporting; human resources; information technology; and risk management. Vukovits previously served as Vice President, Finance at Union Acceptance Corporation, a public auto financing entity where she worked for seven years and held various positions in the accounting and finance departments.  A Certified Public Accountant, Vukovits started her career at KPMG LLP, where she served as an audit associate primarily in the insurance and real estate industries, including work with several public companies. Vukovits graduated from Miami University (Ohio) where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Accounting and Finance. Vukovits serves as Treasurer of the Interactive Intelligence Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on improving the lives of at-risk youth around the world as well as is on the Advisory Council for iDEW, a non-profit organization that promotes informatics for at-risk youth.

Amy Conrad Warner is the Vice President and Chancellor of Community Engagement at IUPUI where she leads the efforts to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that make Central Indiana a better place to live, work and learn. Since 1987 Warner has provided leadership to the university in strategic marketing and communication, community relations and regional economic development, government relations, alumni affairs and fundraising. Warner has served the university in several capacities, including associate vice chancellor for lifelong learning, vice chancellor for external affairs and now vice chancellor for community engagement, a position created under a campus strategic plan that will guide IUPUI into the next decade. An Indiana native, Warner holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master’s degree from the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI. Amy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

TechPoint is the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on attracting talent, accelerating scale-up companies, activating the community, and amplifying stories of success.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Croft is the director of communications at TechPoint. She writes about Indiana tech companies, jobs, people and events. Reach out to Sara @saraelysecroft.