Meet the judges.
Fifty-two independent, volunteer judges review and rank applications, interview nominees, and select the Mira Award winners as part of four-person panels for each category.
Sherry Aaholm is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Cummins Inc. Aaholm joined Cummins in 2013 after more than 15 years at FedEx Services. Aaholm served as the Executive Vice President, Information Technology, at FedEx where she drove the IT transformation strategy for the global enterprise. At Cummins she is responsible for a similar IT transformation strategy involving daily operations of the global infrastructure footprint. Sherry attended the University of Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Economics. She recently was awarded a Master’s of Science in Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has also attended the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business for Finance for Executives and Strategic Business Leadership. Aaholm is a strong advocate for helping to develop the next generation of talent, and for encouraging women to develop careers in IT. Her work in developing leadership programs has been recognized by Computerworld, and she has spoken at Gartner and Computerworld events on the subject. In addition, she believes strongly in helping women to achieve their goals, and was involved in the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, which focuses on helping single mothers get an education and support to succeed. She is currently championing iDEW (Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce), a program that partners with the Indiana University School of Computing and Informatics at IUPUI, business partners and several Indianapolis area high schools to identify and build an IT talent pipeline through project-based learning while students are in high school in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. She has been awarded the CIO Ones to Watch and Computerworld’s CIO 100 List.
Steve Appel of Gregory & Appel Insurance, focuses on Venture Capital/Private Equity, Technology and Life Sciences, and works with many emerging growth company entrepreneurs. He is a board member of TechAssure, an organization of technology risk experts. He is a past President and board member of the Association for Corporate Growth, Indiana. Prior to Gregory & Appel, he worked for two portfolio companies of Santa Monica, CA-based VC Fund/Incubator eCompanies. Earlier in his career, Steve was Legislative Director and Press Secretary for U.S. Congressman Frank Riggs, (CA-01). Steve is a Rollins College graduate, with a Masters Degree from Northwestern University.
Paul Baltzell served in the U.S. Navy and was the CIO for the state of Indiana from 2013-2015, as well as held several other technical roles with the state dating back to 2006. A proud Purdue University grad, Paul is currently serving as vice president information technology solutions for Mainstreet, a national company specializing in real estate development, value investments, and health care.
Dr. Allison Barber is chancellor of WGU Indiana, the state’s online, competency-based university. WGU Indiana offers advanced degrees in business, education, health profession and IT. Previously, Barber was president of her own firm in the Washington, D.C. area and spent more than seven years at the Department of Defense serving as a deputy assistant secretary of defense. She also worked at the White House during the early stages of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, was president of PlowShare’s D.C. office, public relations director for the American Red Cross and a grade school teacher in Merrillville, Indiana. Allison currently serves the American Red Cross as the Indiana state volunteer leader. She is also on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, TechPoint and the Elizabeth Dole Military Caregivers Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Tennessee Temple University, a master’s in elementary education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in leadership from Tennessee Temple University.
Elaine Bedel, Indianapolis, was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017 to serve as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state’s lead economic development agency. Prior to serving the state in her current role, Elaine served as president, chief executive officer and chief compliance officer of Bedel Financial Consulting Inc., a role held since she founded the company in 1989. Bedel is an author of a personal finance book and is a nationally-recognized speaker, providing financial expertise at conferences hosted by Schwab Impact, the University of Indianapolis and the Financial Planning Standards Board. Throughout her career, Bedel has been recognized for dedication to her profession and her community. Bedel was recognized as a 2014 Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine and received a Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and received the Financial Planning Standards Board “Heart of Financial Planning” Award in 2013. Bedel is a graduate of Hanover College and earned an MBA from Butler University.
Rob Beeler is Vice President of Engineering for Carbonite, and is responsible for the design and development of the company’s server protection products. Rob co-founded Double-Take Software in Indianapolis in 1995, which was acquired by Carbonite in February 2017. Rob has over 25 years of software development and management experience in the areas of high availability, disaster recovery, migration and business continuity. He is the author of several patents in the field of replication and system state recovery, and has been responsible for delivering award-winning products in these fields.
Kyle Bender has long sought opportunities to blend his interests in education, policy and technology. A graduate of Wabash College, Kyle matriculated to Indianapolis through the Teach For America program, teaching in the Fountain Square neighborhood as the region's first technology corps member. He acquired over $75,000 in sponsorship and in-kind donations to fund the school's robotics team for three years. He spent several working at Finish Line in various IT Strategy and Service Management functions before joining staff at TFA in September 2016. Kyle and his wife Kathleen live in the Arden neighborhood with their dog, Kopper.
Barbara is the Director of Product at Delivra, an email marketing automation platform based in Indianapolis. Since joining Delivra in 2014, she has expanded the platform to support commerce, automation, and cross-channel marketing while, at the same time, enhancing its customer focus. Prior to joining Delivra, Barbara held VP and Director positions at two technology startups, Dynamique Auto Dealer Solutions and SIRCON. In these positions, she was responsible for all product initiatives including strategic vision, design, development, quality assurance, and implementation. SIRCON, owned by her husband, J R, was ultimately sold to Vertafore. Barbara and her husband live in Carmel, Indiana.
As Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the OneAmerica partner companies, Gene’s primary job is aligning overall technology direction with the OneAmerica business strategy while providing leadership to the IT Community (245 employees with a budget of approximately $90 million). He leads the Information Technology Council that sets overall technology strategy and direction for OneAmerica. He is a member of OneAmerica’s Executive Council, Leadership Council, and Enterprise Operations committees, and is also a member of the company’s senior leadership team. Gene joined OneAmerica in April of 2010 and has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of IT and operational positions. Gene began his career with Alcoa Aluminum in 1980 as a systems analyst and became their Premium Castings Division MIS Supervisor in 1984. In 1987, Gene joined Fremont Life Insurance Company as their Manager of Life Systems and eventually become their Vice President of IT and Policyowner Services. At Fremont Life Gene planned and implemented the conversion of all life insurance and financial systems to an IBM midrange platform that helped the company reduce its IT budget by 35%. In 1994, Gene joined Shenandoah Life Insurance Company as their Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and led the company’s conversion off of the mainframe to a state of the art midrange platform that increased productivity throughout the company while lowering systems expenses. In 1999 Gene was promoted to Sr. Vice President and assumed responsibility for the following functional areas in addition to his role as CIO: New Business, Underwriting, Policyholder Services, Claims, Contact Center, Premium Accounting and Imaging/Workflow. At Shenandoah Life Gene was a member of the Diversity, 401(k), Pension Administration and Merger/Acquisition committees.
Lori Boyer is an energetic Information Technology Professional with a solid track record in the design, development and project management of enterprise-wide software applications. She is currently a Software Application Developer at Barnes & Thornburg LLP. A graduate of Indiana University, Lori is always looking to learn new technology. She was a finalist for a Leading Light Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) from Women & Hi Tech. She was also a TechPoint Mira Award Finalist in the Technical Services Division.
Recognized technology leader, passionate about building technology, processes and teams to drive innovation alongside business & customer success. 2016 Indianapolis CTO of the Year leading hc1.com with the best-in-class healthcare CRM platform. Diverse technology background across a variety of technology stacks - multiple Linux and UNIX stacks as well as Windows, including enablement platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and a variety of IaaS vendors. Purdue University graduate in Mathematics. Resides in Brownsburg with her husband, Mike and daughter, Emily.
Renee Brochhagen has 30 years of experience in business consulting, portfolio and program management and information system roles in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, financial services and insurance. Renee has worked with various emerging and startup organizations to spearhead their information technology initiatives and business and IT processes. Renee graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Matt has been involved in the Indianapolis technology scene since the late 90's when he was a co-founder of a web development firm called Expidant. Since then, he has been involved in a number of startups, including as CTO of iGoDigital which eventually became part of Salesforce. Matt now advises High Alpha's early stage startups on product and technology.
Kristen Cooper is the CEO and Founder of The Startup Ladies. The Startup Ladies is a membership organization that educates and connects women entrepreneurs and first-time startup investors. Cooper has a background in building technology and raising money. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations and Corporate Development at Sticksnleaves, a software development firm. Throughout her career, Cooper has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations and developing sales and marketing strategies to creatively engage donors and clients in growing revenue. She mentors women entrepreneurs building tech enabled businesses throughout the state of Indiana. She also is a very public advocate of the LGBTQ community in the hopes of eliminating discrimination permanently. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jeff Corns, GISP, is the Executive Vice President and leader of Schneider’s GeoSpatial Technologies businesses. Corns is an entrepreneurial technology executive that has been a leader in the geospatial and e-government market for over 20 years. In his career with Schneider, he has helped expand and diversify the company’s geographic and vertical markets, including leading the successful acquisitions of ProMap Corporation (2005) and qPublic (2014). During his tenure, the company has launched several of its most successful products, including Beacon™, Permitting™, Agland™, Draincalc™, Ripple™, and Geogear™. Corns has worked with hundreds of public and Fortune 500 clients across the country in areas of land records, facilities, utility and infrastructure, E911, commercial and not for profit. Prior to joining Schneider in 2002, Corns was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ProMap Corporation in Ames, IA. He received his B.S. in Geography from the University of Iowa. Corns is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and has spoken at hundreds of events on topics ranging from geospatial technologies, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and e-government. He has served on a number of commercial and non-profit boards, including the ProMap Corporation, the GISCI Review Board, Iowa Geographic Information Council Board (Vice-Chair and Treasurer), Indiana Geographic Information Council Board (Treasurer), and the IUPUI Graduate Advisory Board for MS in GIS.
Christine DeWeese is a Sr Director, Marketing Cloud for Salesforce who began her career in tech at the legendary Software Artistry back in 1992. More information to come ...
Doug Ding is the Practice Director for the Kronos Indy Tech Center leading the development of tech talent for Kronos Professional Services. Doug has a strong background in Strategy and Operations; previously holding leadership roles with high performing management consulting firms. He has strong experience in global account management, leadership development, professional services, and mergers and acquisitions. Doug received his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Doug is fluent in Mandarin and is certified in Lean Six Sigma. In his free time, Doug enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Joshua is the 2017 Mira Award Community Champion of the Year. In 2015, Joshua founded Open for Service – a campaign to promote inclusion around the State of Indiana. Recently, Joshua launched his own platform, Selfless.ly, initially to help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the City of Indianapolis with volunteer initiatives. Selfelss.ly, a registered B Corporation, is rethinking how businesses and individuals can interact with organizations and causes they care about to easily implement corporate social responsibility programs and make the world a better place. Joshua also spends time educating business owners about workplace diversity and how to make it a priority in their model.
Steve Ehrlich has a 30+ year career in the software industry primarily in executive roles building high-growth companies in Central Indiana. During his career Mr. Ehrlich has helped shape, scale, and lead: Software Artistry, Indiana’s first publicly-traded software company; Aprimo, a cornerstone of Central Indiana’s marketing software industry; Autobase, a pioneer in the retail automotive CRM market; and PolicyStat, a leading SaaS healthcare compliance company. Ehrlich recently joined Bolstra as President and COO, and he looks forward to working with the Bolstra team to build a great and lasting scale-up business.
Steve was an early leader of the finance teams of five of Indianapolis's most notable tech growth companies that resulted in successful exits: Software Artistry, ExactTarget, Compendium, Emerging Threats and most recently PolicyStat. Taking two of the three companies from scrappy start-up to public companies that were ultimately sold to larger corporations – ExactTarget's much publicized sale to Salesforce.com and Software Artistry, which later sold to IBM. And he served as the lead finance executive in the recent sale of PolicyStat to iContracts, the sale of Emerging Threats to ProofPoint, and the sale of Compendium to Oracle. Steve is currently part of another start up success story, serving as CFO of ClusterTruck!
Heather Gaunt, originally from Peru, Indiana moved to Indianapolis after graduating from Indiana University. She has a degree in Marketing and Education and has worked in SaaS within the Indianapolis market for the past 7 (2010) years. While at ExactTarget/Salesforce, she led a team focused on supporting the growth and retention of customers and currently is responsible for Sales Enablement for the US Sales and Success teams at Emarsys. She is passionate about organizational culture and developing strong teams and environments that produce raving employees and customers. In her free time, you’ll find her with her husband, Grant, and kiddos, Emmy (4), and Owen (2) exploring every child-friendly hot spot there is in Indianapolis and surrounding cities.
Irena is the CEO of Copper Mountain Technologies LLC, a provider of test and measurement equipment to the electronics industry. Their instruments are used by thousands of organizations across the world including NASA, CERN, MIT, Stanford, and many others. Irena joined this scale-up company in April 2017, and is using her 15+ years of technology experience to strategically grow the business. Prior to CMT Irena held several executive leadership roles at T2 Systems, a provider of SaaS solutions to the parking industry. Irena holds an MBA from Indiana University School of Business and an MA in Education from Herzen University.
Angie Hicks is more than the name behind the nation’s most trusted source of local consumer service reviews. She’s a real person with a lot to say on many subjects, from what it takes to run an ever-growing business to why people should be savvier consumers of health care.
Drawing on over 15 years of marketing and technology experience, Sena Hineline helps enterprise clients at DeveloperTown launch digital products. She serves as the Board President for The Milk Bank, a local NFP providing pasteurized donor human milk to hospitals and outpatients throughout the United States. Sena spends her time outside of work trying to wrangle two tiny humans with the help of her husband.
Andy is a founding member of both Simon Innovation Group and Simon Venture Group. He currently leads Simon's Innovation and Customer Intelligence functions and serves as a strategic adviser to Simon Venture Group. He holds a MBA in Finance from the Kelley School of Business.
Joe Ignatius, Client Executive with Matrix Integration, is an advocate for STEM day & night. By day, Joe delivers solutions to school districts across the state which enables a safe & secure learning environment through technology. By night, Joe mentors the youth in some of those same districts with programs that provides life-changing skills. Born in Chicago and completing his B.S. in Computer Engineering at Howard University, are two driving motivators for Joe’s passion. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is one motto & he has been exhibiting that for the past 3yrs here in Indianapolis.
Kelli Jones is the founder and CEO of Be Nimble, a social enterprise with the goal of advancing diversity initiatives to create fully inclusive tech ecosystems. The organization focuses its efforts on the “pipeline” covering K-12, workforce development, and start-up and entrepreneurship support. This year, Be Nimble plans to fund, accelerate and incubate general market app and web companies invented by women, minority, and LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
Sharmin Kent is content manager for Quantifi, the R&D platform for social ads. She has more than a decade of writing experience and has been a member of the Indy tech community for more than 5 years. She and her family live in Noblesville.
Brad is SVP of Channel and Alliances for Upserve. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in growing and scaling companies with being most noted for President and Chairman of OnDeck from 2009 through 2013 prior to their IPO. Brad has been part of the senior leadership of 4 venture-backed startups in NYC as well as an Advisor to many new ventures. He is a local entrepreneur, owning Tini – a popular cocktail and music video bar in Indianapolis. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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. Scott oversees the execution of MOBI’s strategy and provides leadership to the senior teams including Finance, Development, Operations, and Sales & 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. More importantly, winning the “Best Places to Work in Indiana,” award through the Indiana Chamber four years in a row, shows how MOBI has created a culture that puts people first.
Ry's 15+ years experience in the tech space has run the full span of roles from UI/UX design to Product Management to his current role as Design Technologist for Anthem Inc.'s Consumer Experience team. His passions are all things mobile, system design and strategy and the simple, elegant union of technology and user centered design.
As Chief Operating Officer, Marie Mackintosh is responsible for the execution of EmployIndy's programs and initiatives to ensure established performance outcomes are achieved. She brings nearly a decade of workforce development experience, including strategy and education director roles with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Marie is an Indy native who has dedicated the majority of her professional career to helping people find a pathway to prosperity. Over the years of her career in higher education and workforce development, she has focused increasingly on designing education and workforce policies and programs that help Indiana’s vulnerable youth and adults. She believes that helping people of all ages to find meaningful work, especially those who have struggled to find employment, changes their lives and leads to economic mobility that ultimately helps Indiana’s economy as well.
Kristin M. Marcuccilli serves as the chief operating officer and senior vice president of STAR Financial Bank in Fort Wayne and is responsible for information technology, marketing, customer solutions, information security, and bank operations. She joined the bank in 2008 and has served in a variety of retail delivery, electronic banking, marketing and strategic planning roles. Marcuccilli is involved in numerous community organizations, serving as a board member for Arts United, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, where she also serves as vice chair of the Indiana Technology & Innovation Council. Marcuccilli earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University. She has completed the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking, through which she is a Wharton Leadership Certificate recipient. Kristin resides in Fort Wayne, IN.
Christine is the CEO & Co-Founder of Codelicious, a technology company that builds and licenses curriculum to elementary and middle school educators to teach kids how to code. Prior, Christine led her own consulting practice, McDonnell & Associates, LLC, where she focused on accelerating early stage, high-growth, technology ventures. She has also served as Vice President of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and held positions at McKinsey & Company and DuPont. Christine has Electrical Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Energetic, results driven professional with a passion for bringing new ideas to market in the high-tech startup space. Seasoned entrepreneur with a track record of bringing business ideas from concept to reality and driving growth into enterprise stage. Experienced in several areas of business including marketing, branding, operations, fundraising, and investor relations. Concentration in building strong collaborative teams to manage digital strategies. Thrives in fast paced, exciting environments.
Dr. McGruder has served the animal health industry for the past 23 years. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Alternative Innovation at Elanco Animal Health. His Elanco career started in 1994, and since that time, he has held several senior leadership roles in Discovery and Development R&D. These roles have led to a number of global product approvals in the US and abroad. In 2002, Dr. McGruder spent 3 years leading an animal health life sciences company that was a spin-out of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree was conferred in 1992. His Ph.D. in Immunology-Microbiology was conferred in 1994. Both degrees were obtained at Texas A&M University. In the past five years, he has served on several boards. These have included the Abundant Grace International Fellowship church board, Centric Indy, Texas A&M University College of Engineering Board (Vice-Chairman), the Brendonwood Association (Former Vice-President) the Shanghai American Football League Board (which was associated with NFL China), and the Tocqueville Council for the United Way of Central Indiana.
Sarah Nelms’ is the CAO leading all financial, accounting, operations, and legal activities for Kinney Group. She holds a MBA and Bachelors of Accounting degree from Colorado Technical University in addition to being an inactive CPA. During her nearly 20-year career she’s had the privilege of working with small, regional, not for profit organizations all the way to large, global, publicly traded companies. Sarah has played a strategic role in most of her prior organizations which span several different industries such as tech, insurance, education, medical and hospitality… to name a few. Sarah joined the Indianapolis community in June 2015.
Kristen is Founder and CEO of myCOI. Her story starts in real estate and ends in SaaS. While flipping houses she recognized an opportunity in the insurance space: a cost-effective, efficient way to manage certificates of insurance (COIs) and mitigate the risk of litigation did not exist. From this insight, Kristen has created a best-in class technology and services solution for managing and tracking COIs. She is a champion of big ideas and the people behind them and as such has been recognized as an Insurance Business America Young Gun and is also a recipient of the Indiana Innovation Award.
During San’s freshman year at Purdue, an advisor suggested Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. San listened, and quickly discovered a passion for technology. Over the next decade, San learned how to code on numerous platforms – everything from microprocessors and mobile to desktop and cloud-based systems. As a Software Engineer and later VP of Engineering, San developed a reputation for knowing how to manage giant projects from concept to completion. And while San’s latest interests involve IoT and connected devices, his greatest love is and always will be his wife, Ebony, and his four children, Elijah, Haliyah, Eden, and Havanah.
Julie Petr serves as the Executive Director for the Pass The Torch For Women Foundation. PTTFW is a not-for-profit organization that embraces the vision of a world where women are more equitably represented at the top leadership of business, organizations and government. Their mission is to create a community that supports building women’s careers through mentoring relationships and leadership development. The Foundation works to provide programming and mentoring resources to women throughout their career lifecycle. As the Executive Director, Julie is responsible for campaign fundraising, volunteer management, event planning, and managing programing. Previously, Julie was a Corporate Director for the American Heart Association where for five years she led the Indianapolis Go Red For Women campaign. Go Red For Women is the branch of the AHA that focuses on women’s heart health and Indianapolis hosts one of the top five luncheons in the United States. During her tenure with the AHA, Julie received the Indiana Revenue Generation Award Of Excellence in 2014 and the 2012 Rookie Of The Year Award. Julie lives in Lawrence Township with her husband, Todd, of 27 years and their four children. She is a board member for the Women of Skyline, president of her Homeowner’s Association and active with her children’s school, book club, and travel.
Steve Pruden is Appirio’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Reporting directly to the CEO, Steve is responsible for directing all global people functions for Appirio. Previously, Steve led the site selection, co-founded, and lead Appirio’s Indianapolis operations and headquarters, growing the team from four to nearly 200 in a few short years. Steve was recently responsible for corporate strategy and partnerships, including Appirio’s Amazon Web Services relationship. Prior to that, Steve led self-service crowdsourcing initiatives and was responsible for Appirio’s alliance with Apple. Steve has also served as Vice President of CRM Services at Appirio, leading Appirio’s global Salesforce consulting practice. He has partnered with Appirio’s largest customers including Facebook, NetApp, and Robert Half, to move millions of dollars in infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of users to the public cloud. A graduate of Indiana University, Steve joined Appirio in 2010 after helping lead the Information Technology function for a publicly traded, diversified holding company serving over 25,000 employees and millions of customers annually.
Lindsay Siovaila is Lead Solutions Developer at Salesforce where she builds apps and tools for Solutions Engineers utilizing a full-stack skill set. She is also the Founder, Chapter Leader, and a teacher for Girl Develop It Indianapolis, which is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.
Mike Szilagyi has over 20 years of technical and leadership experience in the software industry, serving in executive, product, development, operations and technical roles. He is currently the senior vice president of product management for the PureCloud® service at Genesys where he leads product definition and development initiatives for the company’s revolutionary new cloud platform. Before Genesys, he held roles as vice president of development, information technology and limited partner at an options equity market-making firm in Chicago, Illinois. He has also held development and leadership roles at Motorola representing its cellular, paging, and hybrid-fiber and coax telephony product lines. He has a proven career bringing disruptive technologies to market. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology/computer science from Purdue University.
Randy is CEO and Co-Founder of One Click. Founded in 2005, One Click is on a mission to be the world's most people-focused eyewear company through its family of brands: Readers.com, Sunglass Warehouse, and felix + iris. Prior to co-founding One Click, Randy held a variety of technology roles with Angie’s List, Aprimo, and Digital Insight (VIFI). In addition to his current work at One Click, Randy enjoys supporting other entrepreneurs as an investor and advisor. Randy received a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Franklin College.
Jenny Vance is an entrepreneur and a revenue and go-to-market expert in technology. Jenny's unique expertise is helping 350 business-to-business technology companies develop revenue and go-to-market strategies, including Fortune 50 clients, companies with series A/B/C funding, and early stage entrepreneurs at seed stage. Jenny has a strong ability to attract talent, cultivate leaders, scale proven performance and develop aggressive ramp towards value for new employees. For five consecutive years, she was honored by the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management. She also was recognized by SLMA as one of 20 Women to Watch. Direct Marketing News and the Indianapolis Business Journal named Jenny to their 40 Under 40 lists, and she received the McDermond Medal for Excellence in Entrepreneurship in 2013. Under Jenny's leadership, LeadJen was named a Mira Award winner by TechPoint in 2013, the INC 5000 in 2012 and 2013 and was recognized as one of the 2012 Indiana Companies to Watch.
I'm a brand and customer experience strategist with a passion for employer branding and employee experience. I believe that in the war of attracting and retaining top talents, companies must focus on their employer brand as a differentiator to remain competitive. I launched the eX Summit/eX Podcast to bring awareness and educate leaders on the EX (employee experience) from a brand and customer experience angle. I work at Fusion Alliance as Director of Marketing.
Noelle Webster-Milam is a Lead Experience (UX) Designer/Architect focusing on enhancing human experiences in many different industries. She joined SEP in 2013 bringing her vision of delivering innovation and delightful experiences to the many startups and Fortune 100 companies that hire SEP for product design and development needs. Noelle has been instrumental in helping SEP transform from an engineering company to a product development company. Her passion for building great products has also extended into the Indianapolis design community. Noelle spends time mentoring, advising/leading local Meetups, and volunteering her time to make Indianapolis a forerunner in the design industry. In 2014, Noelle and other local leaders brought the 4th Annual Midwest UX Conference to Indianapolis for the first time. Noelle was also recognized as one of Indiana’s tech builders in TechPoint’s second annual Tech 25 Class of 2016.
I formed the global inbound and outbound sales development teams and process at Salesforce Marketing Cloud (formerly known as ExactTarget) and most recently at Return Path where I am currently based. The Sales development team is charged with creating and qualifying the sales opportunities that deliver 50% or more in sales pipeline to the sales organization so they will be in a position to hit their bookings targets. My job is to lead the team and to consistently find top talent to deliver results for sales, and when the time is right to move onward and upward in the company. The ability to change someones life and to add value to a company each and every day is what I enjoy. Christy loves building teams and developing processes that drive new business and sales pipeline. Hence in early 2015, Christy joined Return Path to build their global Sales Development team from the ground up. Christy is leading this team today and enjoys all the challenge and opportunity it brings on a global scale. Former lives included industry experience in retail, recruiting, financial services, and consumer electronics. Christy holds a BS in Marketing from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and an MBA in Marketing from Butler University, and is a proud Hoosier through and through!
As the Chief of Business Integration, Tiffany is driving digital design and high performance computing into the business and capitalizing on the benefits digitization produces. This transformational program will drive physics based simulation into all aspects of the engineering value stream that touch the performance of the product, including design, make, certification, and service. Tiffany is a fierce champion for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). She invests her expertise to increasing the number of women who study and work in STEM through executing programs that expose girls to the potential of a STEM career, role modeling through public speaking engagements, formal and informal mentoring, and influencing positive change by relentless engagement of business and community leaders. As a member of Women & Hi Tech board, Eleven Fifty Academy’s Industry Advisory board, and Pass the Torch for Women’s 500 Circle, she has the opportunity make a significant impact in the community. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical - Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Project Management from the Pennsylvania State University.
As a recruiting pro in the Indianapolis market for more than a decade, Stephen Williams has held key tech talent building roles with BC Forward, Salesforce, MISO, and his current employer Sallie Mae.
Educate. Interact. Engage. Sunny is active in the business community in mentoring professionals and emerging leaders. She serves on multiple corporate boards for start-up and scale up firms. Focused in strategic alliance partnership, supply chain management, and technology deployment, Sunny has spent over a decade in business management and innovation. Her expertise has allowed her to tackle the inefficiencies and work flow challenges of: - Data Analytics & Revenue Cycle Management - Consumer Behavior & Buying Impacts in Consumer Electronics - Logistics, Distribution and Service & Support Coordination in Connected Devices - Patient Follow-up and Access to Care in Population Health & Community Building - Employer Wellness & Community Well-Being