Celebrating exceptional performers helping to grow our tech ecosystem.
These critical, non-C-suite contributors work the long hours, build the products, and run the projects that propel our businesses forward.
The Tech 25 Awards represent a prestigious selection of twenty-five individuals.
They are critical and exceptional performers helping to grow our community’s tech and tech-enabled companies, but who — not being the CEO or other C-suite executives — don’t get celebrated publicly as often as they deserve.
Recognizing the core roles that build product and revenue.Team members are nominated by executive leadership. Limit one nominee per company.
Tech 25 winners represent a wide range of roles within tech companies, such as software developers, financial analysts, marketing directors, and product managers.
In addition to being star performers at their companies, winners are committed team players who build others up through mentoring, volunteering and positive example, and are committed to contributing to the broader community.
“Without our development team, we couldn’t lead our clients to activate their digital and online customer experience. Leaning into full-stack development capabilities is a big deal for a marketing services company because it enables tight control over key integrations so we can deliver ROI to clients and elegant experiences to consumers.”Tiffany Sauder, President, Element Three
“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as one of Indiana’s Tech 25 winners. The community that TechPoint has built is one that I’ve enjoyed and been a part of for a couple years now, which makes this selection all the more meaningful.”San Pathak, VP Technology, Element Three
Passionate about driving complex projects to success, Virginie has played the part of Program Manager at Salesforce since 2013. She started as a Scrum Masters, and now manages strategic initiatives across Salesforce. She enjoys staying busy inside and outside the office, running programs like Lean in Circles and the Indianapolis chapter of Girl Develop It. Virginie studied Computer Engineering and Engineering Management at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She was the only graduating female computer engineer in her class, inspiring her to start the Indianapolis chapter of Girl Develop It. She's grown GDI from a team of 3 to an organization with 20 volunteers and over 1000 members. She enjoys renovating older homes and running 5ks in her free time.
Kelsey (Adams) Briggs is an Engagement Manager at Octiv, which offers a sales productivity platform designed to create efficiencies in sales document workflows. Dedicated to great customer experiences, Kelsey partners with clients to develop and grow best-in-class sales processes and drive SaaS adoption. With a background in consulting, business development, and customer success, Kelsey works passionately at the intersection of fast-paced technology and unrelenting customer advocacy. Kelsey holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Butler University and an MBA from Indiana University- Kelley School of Business.
Chris Brown is Director of Product Development at MOBI, where he leads an amazing team of software developers, quality assurance testers, and solution configurators. He joined MOBI in January 2013. In his current role, his focus is on team development, expanded product capabilities, process automation, and user experience. Chris brings nearly two decades of leadership in web and enterprise technologies to his role. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business (B.S.) and School of Informatics (M.S. Media Arts). Beyond MOBI, he enjoys time with his dog, outdoor activities, video games, geek conferences, and exploring new technologies.
Passionately inspiring, guiding, and helping lead teams, Tim has used his background in engineering to help corporations reach their desired outcomes through technology. After graduating from Purdue in Computer Engineering, he spent a decade at Aprimo, went on to start his own venture, GreenSuite, and then lead teams at ReachForce & Salesforce. Tim is currently the VP of Customer Success at Lumavate where his team provides best practice guidance and services for Customer Experience in Progressive Web Apps. Tim is excited about getting the local Customer Success community engaged with the “Assure Success” Meetup group he has helped build.
Jon Corwin is the Director of Growth at One Click Ventures, where he leads the Growth team's data-driven approach to new channel experimentation and development with a core focus on identifying and scaling new customer acquisition opportunities. A 2010 graduate of DePauw University with degrees in Economics and Computer Science, he was brought to Indianapolis by way of the Orr Fellowship with cloud IaaS provider Bluelock. After four years at Bluelock, Jon joined One Click Ventures in 2014 as Product Lead spearheading their testing and optimization process. Doubling down on his passions for testing, Jon applied One Click's experimentation framework to their marketing efforts by founding their Growth team focused on amplifying new customer acquisition and channel diversification. Outside of One Click, he enjoys traveling, competing in triathlons, and volunteering over the past 7 years at Verge and Powderkeg, a network of entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and supporters who are passionate about creating massive value through software, technology, and their innovative businesses.
Claire is driven to create exceptional experiences to ignite digital marketing programs. She first fell in love with the high-growth, tech industry through her experiences at ExactTarget as a part of the Orr Fellowship. With a passion for health and fitness, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and exploring her hometown of Bloomington with her husband Michael and golden retriever Bailey.
Anna is an expert researcher, passionate designer, selfless advocate, and compassionate leader. As Senior Design Partner at Innovatemap, she leads the research team and helps bring Indy’s biggest tech ideas to life. Whether she’s guiding customer research or conducting workshops, Anna helps emerging companies uncover their biggest challenges, prioritize their requirements, and ensure they build well-designed products. Outside of work, Anna volunteers her time, expertise, and knowledge to support women in tech and mentor young designers.
Elizabeth is the Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Appirio, leading both internal and external communications strategy, encompassing public and media relations, social media, executive communications, and analyst relations. Friedland was instrumental in the communication strategy for Appirio’s half billion dollar acquisition in 2016 by Wipro. Her work has won more than 20 Public Relations Society of America and American Advertising Federation awards. She's earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), an honor designating executive-level communications leaders. Outside the office, Friedland is a filmmaker, foster mother, and advocate for foster care. She serves on Connected by 25’s Foster Success Leadership Council.
Jon Fuller is the Director of Software Engineering at SEP. He joined SEP in 2008 after diving into software product development for a financial services company. Jon graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Engineering where he caught the bug for writing code, solving problems, and making things happen. Jon has diverse experience working with complex software products including embedded systems, mobile apps and enterprise scale systems. In his current role, Jon is responsible for improving and safeguarding SEP’s engineering fitness. This means continually working to improve SEP’s environment and culture, push technical excellence and advancing the community. Jon helped start Indianapolis Code and Coffee, which now has 4 locations in the Indy area. Jon also helped start Indy Software Artisans and is on the board of directors for IndyHackers. Jon lives in Noblesville with his wife Sandi and two daughters Camryn and Caitlyn.
As Director of Security Operations for Rook Security, Tom Gorup oversees Managed Security Services and develops proprietary security operations management tools and services for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 firms to fast-growing startups. Prior to joining Rook, Tom served 6 years in the U.S. Army. As an Infantry Squad Leader, Tom served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received a Purple Heart alongside several other awards for actions on the battlefield. Tom is GCIA certified, a participant in the GIAC mentor program and advisory board, Indiana Infragard Sector Specialist, and on the NexTech advisory board.
John Harden has been in the software industry virtually his entire life. Emerging 2nd in the nation in a highly competitive application development contest, he was recruited by AxiaTP to develop internal software and streamline business workflows during the early years of the company. Turning his focus from internal to external software development, he led the effort to develop AxiaTP’s award-winning communications workflow product Kerauno, and in his current role, he is now also responsible for User Interaction and Product Development. Mr. Harden studied computer science and business at Indiana University, and was recently appointed to the Board of Eleven Fifty Academy, where he also serves as a mentor for students pursuing careers in technology.
Joseph Ignatius Jr. was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in the city of Chicago created challenges, but the adolescent training Joe received is what shaped the compassionate man he is today. After completing his B.S in Computer Engineering in Washington, DC, Joe moved to the Hoosier state. Planting his roots here in Indianapolis, Joe has joined a multitude of organizations that align with his passions and supports his goals. Joe Ignatius is a passionate IT sales professional at Matrix Integration as well as a mentor sincerely caring for the well-being of all and especially youth development.
Kristi Kennedy is the Director for the NCAA IT PMO, headquartered in downtown Indianapolis. Her primary responsibilities are to lead the IT project management office and project portfolio, and all related activities. Additionally, the User Experience and Testing & Quality Assurance teams report to her, as well as the Business Intelligence technical lead and NCAA.org web administrator. Kristi began her IT career after college graduation, implementing PeopleSoft HRMS platforms with Ernst & Young. She worked through various business analyst and project management positions to her current Director role. Kristi lives in Indianapolis with husband, Sean, and toddler daughter, Alexandra.
Rachel Kilroy is a Sr. Product Manager at PERQ, where she has been an integral part of designing and delivering PERQ's Web Engagement solution. She holds degrees in Computer Information Systems and Marketing from Indiana University. She began her career as a developer and transitioned into Product Management, focusing on the Marketing Software industry the past seven years with Aprimo and PERQ. Her technical background blended with her ability to communicate with business stakeholders has been a great asset to lead development teams and create innovative solutions for the market. Rachel resides in Carmel with her husband and three children.
Aaron is a Senior Software Architect at DemandJump. His technical skills and general business acumen are above and beyond. His mentorship and leadership skills are even greater. If you ask anyone at the company, they will tell you that it is a privilege working with Aaron. He makes everyone around him better - and not just those who are on the engineering team. More important than his passion for software engineering is Aaron's passion for leadership, mentoring and healthy organizations. His greatest professional calling? To build effective teams of people that accomplish more together than they ever could individually.
Andrea Massimilian is the Multi-Channel Marketing Manager at ClearObject. Having been placed with the company through the prestigious Orr Fellowship, she decided to stay on after her fellowship ended. During business hours, she’s hard at work assembling newsletters, managing social feeds, chairing the company’s philanthropic committee and planning corporate events (such as the MIRA Award Winning “IndyIoT”). In her spare time, Andrea can usually be found exploring Indy’s cultural events including local theatre, food festivals, yoga classes and everything in between.
After college at Bradley University and time in Kansas City, Kolby landed in Indianapolis as a Designer at a local agency. It wasn't long until she made the switch to the tech world and starting volunteering with the Indianapolis chapters of AIGA and Junior League. Now, she's a Designer at High Alpha and Studio Science, implementing design and product strategies for portfolio companies like Sigstr and Quantifi. Additionally, she is the President of the AIGA Indianapolis Board leading the evolving creative community. Kolby loves spending her free time exploring new parts of the city and racking up reward points at Sakura Sushi House.
Megan McNames is the Director of User Experience at Emplify, where she applies her obsession for learning about and understanding people to helping business leaders to do the same. Leveraging her background in journalism, instructional design and interaction design, she oversees the design of experiences that foster employee voice and help businesses turn employee data and feedback into deep and actionable workforce insights. Prior to joining Emplify, Megan was a faculty member in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism where she taught human-computer interaction, digital media design and one of design's most important lessons: everyone has a story.
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.
Elliott Shultz has been a Sales Development Manager for just over a year with BidPal Inc. Aside from aiding the growth and development of his team and ensuring their success on a day-to-day basis, Elliott continues a 16-year career in the Indiana Air National Guard and cites the mentoring received there as a key element to his success. Elliott lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Henry and George, and his high-school sweetheart, wife of 8 years, source of inspiration and best friend, Kristi.
Greg is the Finance and Analytics manager at Kinney Group, a cloud solutions integrator. In addition to playing an integral role in the company’s series A capital raise, Greg oversees a team responsible for helping business stakeholders optimize decision-making through actionable and insightful data. Before Kinney Group, Greg worked in finance at ExactTarget (and later Salesforce.com), where he was also a member of the Orr Fellowship. Outside work, he recently brought the Gus Macker charity basketball tournament back to Indianapolis for the first time in 14 years through nonprofit Near West 21. Greg graduated from Wabash College and currently resides in Irvington with his wife, Joanna.
As Vice President of Finance and Operations, Matt is responsible for all financial and operating functions including but not limited to financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury, governance, human resources and facilities. Prior to joining SmarterHQ in 2011, Matt served as an auditor with Dauby, O'Connor & Zaleski. Matt graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with an MBA in Accounting and a BS in Accounting & Finance. Matt spends the majority of his days in and around the numbers but his true passion is leading people. It is the people of SmarterHQ that push him to deliver at a high level, day in and day out.
Josh is the Customer Solutions Lead for Trek10, a Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services. In his role with Trek10, he focuses on understanding customer requirements during the sales process, building statements of work, and overseeing delivery of engagements. Prior to Trek10, Josh worked for Accenture's Security Consulting practice on a variety of implementations for Fortune 500 clients across many industries. Since Josh's brother, Eric, was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, Josh has been extremely active in the ALS community with contributions to several initiatives including leading an annual ALS fundraiser and supporting Les Turner ALS Foundation fundraising. Josh also has a passion for education. He is a Lynda.com instructor for their AWS curriculum and is also teaching an Enterprise Architecture course at the University of Notre Dame. Josh graduated Cum Laude from Notre Dame with a dual-degree BA in Economics and BBA in IT Management.
Keith joined the NextGear Capital team in 2014 and is currently working as a Software Development Manager where he focuses on growth and development of his software team members. Keith started his career as a developer focused in the Microsoft .NET technology stack, embraced the Agile Mindset as a Scrum Master, and eventually moved into a Development Manager role where he empowers his teams to do great things. Keith resides in Noblesville with his wife Christa and son Luke. His interests include bowling, car restoration, wood working, and assisting those who desire to learn new technologies and grow as professionals
With 15 years of internal audit and risk management experience, Meredith joined The Mako Group in 2014 and works out of its Indianapolis office. She applies her passion for auditing to the firm’s clients, helping improve their cybersecurity and IT compliance efforts through detailed control analysis and recommendations. In addition, she currently volunteers as treasurer for the Indianapolis Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors, where she previously held several leadership roles, including member of the board. Meredith resides in Fishers with her husband and son, and enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing and playing viola in her church orchestra.
Nick Badgett is the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Return Path. Nick and his team are responsible for generating and accelerating global sales pipeline through inbound and outbound prospecting, field and corporate events, and worldwide marketing efforts. His approach to marketing has been shaped by 12 years of experience in a variety of sales, sales support, and marketing functions. Before joining Return Path, Nick led field marketing, partner marketing, and sales development teams at ExactTarget. Nick holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a master's degree in Information & Communication Sciences, both from Ball State University.
Since January 2015, he's headed up Innovatemap's design solutions. He has a passion for innovation and applies this insight to over 20 clients' products, giving them a modern look coupled with highly usable designs. He began his career as a UX designer at Autodesk in Silicon Valley. His roots brought him back to the Midwest where he spent several years at Teradata as a design lead and UX manager, revolutionizing the UX vision and leading a team in building usable and marketable products. He continues to be active in both the UX technical community and with local universities and groups.
Jill Casey is a Marketing Manager at Renaissance Electronic Services, where she leads a team of talented creative professionals. She has bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana Wesleyan and a certificate in graphic design from IUPUI, both of which she obtained while working full-time. In addition to her marketing experience, Jill's career has also included several IT roles, giving her the irreplaceable experience of providing answers to co-workers like, "have you tried restarting it?" while Googling the answer. Jill lives in Broad Ripple with her wife and daughter and enjoys gardening, coffee, wine, and working on her 1930s home.
Grant Dawson is the VP of IT for T2 Systems. Prior to T2, Grant worked in proprietary education as both an IT instructor and campus technology specialist, as well as previously working as a small business IT consultant. Grant leads the IT teams that operate four SaaS Environments across North America that serve the cloud based parking technology needs of enterprise customers. Grant resides in Noblesville with his wife Tori, and their three children. When not working, Grant's a child at heart, filling his free time with video games, tinkering with Virtual Reality, and epic Nerf battles with his kids.
Brian started his career as an analyst delivering executive reporting and analysis at ChaCha. After brief stints running his own software startup and as a digital marketer, he managed design, development, and launch for a half a dozen software products in two years as a consultant at Developer Town. This diverse experience combined with a B.A. in Economics enables Brian to lead the Bluebridge effort researching and defining Employee Engagement and building a model of measurement and improvement we use with our customers. In his spare time Brian enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two young boys.
As VP of Customer Success at Sigstr, Dave is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience post sale. He oversees, implementation, support and education, success management and customer communication while also assisting with company-wide operations initiatives. Prior to joining Sigstr in June of 2015, Dave spent ten years at ExactTarget/Salesforce serving multiple existing business roles ranging from account management and customer experience to sales management. Dave is a graduate of Indiana University, originally from Muncie, IN, currently residing in Zionsville with his wife Vikki and daughter Olivia.
As the Director of Product Management at Geofeedia, Andy is a product and company leader who demonstrates the unusual balance of technical and business skills that repeatedly results in getting industry-leading products to market. Over the past two years, Andy has driven the successful definition and delivery of over 70 features, resulting in Geofeedia's recognition as "Innovation of the Year" at SIA's ISC West 2016 show and the Techpoint MIRA Award of "Scale-up of the Year.
Ryan Feiock is the Tech Solutions Manager at PAN where he works with some amazing developers on the world of DevOps, Test Automation, Cloud Infrastructure, and most recently, acquiring and assimilating software assets into the company. When he is not focused on continuous improvement at work, you will find him coaching soccer, running a Cub Scout den, and spending as much time outdoors with his family as possible. Ryan is passionate about technology and spends most of his free time learning about the latest innovations in hardware and software that he can incorporate back into the company.
Tyler Foxworthy is a mathematician who over the course of his career, has tackled problems in domains ranging from brain mapping and mass spectrometry to fraud detection and algorithmic stock trading. Tyler is a native of Indianapolis and graduate of Purdue University, where he studied applied mathematics and neuroscience. At DemandJump, Tyler leads a team of data scientists and engineers in developing artificially intelligent systems for conquering the biggest problems in digital marketing using a novel mixture of graph theory, algebraic topology, and cutting edge machine learning techniques.
Adam is an Indianapolis native - born and raised on the north side of Indy. While attending Indiana University, Adam was heavily involved in the computing community on campus. He served as a student leader in the School of Informatics and Computing, and had the privilege of being an early member of the DoubleMap team. Adam joined ExactTarget in 2011 as a designer and developer spearheading innovation for the sales organization. During the transition to Salesforce, Adam took on a senior engineering role, responsible for architecting the content management platform. After an amazing tenure with ExactTarget and Salesforce, Adam joined Brian Powers and Eric Prugh to co-found Indy's legal-tech startup, PactSafe. As Director of Development, he is building a talented team of engineers and creating extraordinary software.
As TinderBox's Director of Talent and with nearly 8 years of recruiting and talent management experience, Samantha Haddad-Foster oversees talent acquisition, talent management and people operations. Samantha is passionate about everything relating to attracting, acquiring and retaining top talent for high growth technology companies and is committed to aligning people development and strategy with company growth objectives. Prior to TinderBox, Samantha served as Talent Manager at Bizo in NYC (a B2B digital marketing and data management company later acquired by LinkedIn). Samantha graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with a Bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Humanities.
Kristen Hamerstadt is Director of Marketing at SmarterHQ where she leads marketing campaigns, brand management, and demand generation. Prior to joining SmarterHQ, she led campaigns and partnerships across the globe at ExactTarget and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. In her free time, Kristen has a passion for helping others realize and reach their potential. She has founded Ladies in SaaS which brings professional women in tech together in order to build empowerment and community in Indianapolis. She also recently mentored a high-school student at Starfish Initiative and helped her become the first in her family to attend college.
John Henry is currently combining his interests in consulting and entrepreneurship as Manager of Customer Success at Vennli, a startup out of the University of Notre Dame. John began working there while earning his MBA at Notre Dame. Prior to resuming his academic studies, John had launched two successful online startups, worked in new product development at Corporate Executive Board, and led consulting engagements in Washington, D.C. for Booz Allen Hamilton. John and his wife, Monica, love raising their two young children in Indiana and participating in South Bend's downtown business renaissance.
After graduating from Taylor University in 2010, Adam joined the Flagship to help launch their new Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Program. Under Adam's leadership of the loan program, the Flagship team has made 300 loans totaling over $7.5 million to small businesses who are unable to secure traditional financing from banks. In five short years the Flagship has become the second largest SBA microlender in the country. Adam has led the Flagship's software development efforts which have allowed the Flagship to scale quickly and grow loan dollar volume by over 150% four years in a row.
Corey grew up in Northern Indiana before attending Indiana Wesleyan University. The Orr Fellowship brought him to Indianapolis with technology startup Compendium. He worked there for three and a half years through its acquisition by Oracle. Shortly after, Corey joined the Lesson.ly team as its fourth employee to start and develop the team’s Client Experience department. In the two and a half years since Corey’s coming on board, Lesson.ly has grown to 40 employees and 300 customers. Corey joined learning software provider Lesson.ly as its fourth employee and serves its 300 customers as the Director of Client Experience.
Joshua Knox is currently the Service Delivery Manager at Diverse Tech Services. Before working in IT Josh was a high school teacher focused on equipping students for the journey ahead. Now Josh's focus is on equipping his clients for whatever challenges may face, and developing his team members so that they can do the same.
Mr. Moskalick is a Sales Manager with Cimcor Inc. There, he works to develop sales of the company's IT security and compliance product, CimTrak. Mike received a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, where he is currently pursuing his M.B.A. He is president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana, of which he formerly served as treasurer. Previously, he was a board member of the Purdue Alumni Association Inc., where he served on the executive and marketing committees, Purdue Alumni Calumet, and the Central Indiana chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) where he served as the communications director.
Amy Oviedo is the VP of People Operations at Kinney Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. She spearheads an analytics-driven approach for helping its people love their work. To lay her career foundation, she earned a B.A in Organizational Communication from Ball State University. Amy's career spans 18+ years of focused Talent Acquisition, Training, and Colleague Development. Her background in fast-paced technology environments has shaped her philosophy: that culture is hardened by a focus on unrelenting communication and organizational health. She is committed to driving strategies and tactics that help her company hit goals while maintaining a progressive environment.
Steve Pruden is Appirio's VP of strategy and partnerships. Steve co-founded and leads Appirio's Indianapolis operations - growing this team from 4 to 180+ in a few short years. Steve is also responsible for Appirio's Amazon Web Services practice & strategic partnership. Prior to his current role, Steve was vice president of CRM services where he led Appirio's global Salesforce.com 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.
Ian Runyon is the Director of Solutions for MOBI, where he oversees the design, development, and execution of solution strategies for MOBI's clients - a position to which he brings over 10 years of experience in solution architecture and enterprise sales engineering. A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, he is also an alumnus of the Orr Fellowship, a program designed to foster young entrepreneurial leaders in the state of Indiana. Outside of MOBI, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, working on technology and design projects, and engaging in the Indianapolis start-up community.
As a leader, Alex is passionate, inspiring, creative and determined. After Co-Founding hardware industry tech start-up Vendor2Member in 2013, Alex quickly became addicted to the sheer scale of opportunity in the Indianapolis tech scene. Following V2M's acquisition in 2015, Alex connected with Steve Hershberger, founder of SteadyServ Technologies. Inspired by Steve's drive and vision, Alex ignored his wife's better judgement and joined the team at SteadyServ to help revolutionize the way draft beer is sold, managed, and distributed around the world. Cheers!
With a background in Marketing and Human Resources, Jessica Stephenson passionately works at the intersection of content marketing and human resources technology. She has been with the HR software firm, ExactHire, for six and a half years and currently serves as Vice President of Marketing and Talent. She is also Director of Communications for IndySHRM, the central Indiana chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Jessica spends time with her husband and two kids, volunteers for her kids' sports programs, explores new recipes to satisfy her inner "foodie" and loves being outdoors.
Ashley Walsh is the Director of Marketing at Formstack, where she leads a remote team of rockstar marketers driving user and business growth. She got her first taste of tech working at Angie's List for eight years. After experiencing the rush of fast-paced growth and possibility there, she was hooked on startup culture. When not on video calls connecting with her team, Ashley can be found buried in reports measuring results.
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.
Shannon’s team is the first point of contact for our customers globally--and so important. This past year, she led the integration of the existing ExactTarget team into the Salesforce model---not an easy task, especially with a global workforce. Through all of this, our customers were handled with the greatest care--and felt little disruption in the support model. Shannon's team is based in Indy , and she is constantly hiring and developing talent locally to achieve her goals."
Courtney has been a long-time participant in the success of Indianapolis technology companies. From her early days at Software Artistry, working both in professional services and product development, through her time serving in leadership roles at my company, PeopleStrategy and later at NextGear Capital, she always brings technical and people leadership skills that help build teams and create successful products. Most recently, at NextGear Capital, Courtney has helped lead a recruiting effort that interviewed a candidate pool of nearly 800 applicants to select an elite team of 85 technology professionals to build the next generation of products that will take the company from $3.2 billion dollars to over $6 billion.”
Prior to Nicole’s arrival, CloudOne struggled like any startup to define its position in the marketplace and it’s ‘voice’ above all of the other noise…Since she arrived, CloudOne’s monthly revenue has more than doubled, and our strategy for connecting with the marketplace has evolved accordingly. At each turn of the wheel, Nicole has acted with the maturity and poise of a professional twice her age, but has never failed to introduce the creative, dynamic and youthful approach that was our hope when we offered her the job – a hope that has turned into a brilliant reality for us.”
Megan joined the team when we were working out of an apartment. Her skills and oversight have expanded immensely from initially handling just paperwork to overseeing a staff of 30 part-time and full-time employees. She's personally overseen all hiring, contract fulfillment, accounting & finance, and HR functions. She's integral to our growth." - Peter SerVaas, President, DoubleMap
As we grew into a SaaS company, Austin was the driving force behind developing our sales and business development tactics to support a new product and to be competitive in a new industry. I cannot speak highly enough of his business acumen, and the impact he has had on growing our business. Austin doesn't just grow his business, he grows the leadership skills and talents of his teammates through mentoring and coaching. Austin understands the power of a collaborative effort and ensures that all of his actions contribute to the collective success of his sales team." - Cameron Weeks, CEO, Fathom Voice
You can't build or grow a company without compensating your sales team well. Josh is the wizard behind Appirio's sales compensation system. He is the wittiest financial analyst in the world...period. Josh lives and breathes our culture. Josh started as our payroll analyst and quickly moved well beyond that role. He led our payroll team for a while and now supports our global sales team - not an easy job. Josh never seeks the limelight, but you can't have a successful tech company without a person like Josh. They are rare and never rewarded for their hard work - Josh is the "go to guy" for all things finance at Appirio.” - Steve Pruden, VP Mobility and Crowdsourcing, Appirio
Robin is a unique individual who understands the intersection of technology, strategy and business results. In addition to providing strong domain competence in SaaS, continuous engineering, and quality disciplines, she has been a role model leader for others to emulate. She has taken personal interest in helping people new in their careers learn the basics of how to be effective in an established organization. This commitment to people makes her stand apart personally and professionally amongst her peers.” - Bob Boehnlein, CEO, Perscio
Steve Fouty is the best kept secret in Indiana, except that he isn’t a secret to any of the people responsible for the most successful exits in the area, like Bill Godfrey (Aprimo), Scott Dorsey (ExactTarget), and others.I can’t tell you how excited I was when Steve chose Emerging Threats to be the next company he wanted to join. I knew he had a track record for picking winners, and I was hoping his joining us would be a good omen. Clearly it was. Steve’s expertise has been instrumental in us cleaning up our finances and moving from 'startup mode' to that of a real business. He is knowledgeable across a wide range of areas. Obviously he is an expert in finances, but he also can handle human resources, benefits, leasing, facilities, and about anything else you can think of." - Ken Gramley, CEO, Emerging Threats
At 2 PM, 2 AM or anywhere in between, Mat is who I turn to when I need it most. His ability to solve abstract problems and create a repeatable, sustainable capability that a client can believe in is second to none. Two years into his career, he is performing and delivering on the same amount of revenue, at a higher margin, with lower level resources as his peers with 15 years of experience. I can't say enough great things about Mat's capabilities. We're blessed to have Mat on our team, as he is an honest, genuine guy who cares more about others than himself.” - J.J. Thompson, CEO, Rook Security
Carson brings a unique, and difficult to replicate, set of skills to the hc1.com sales team. He is an intense high performer that continues to be laser focused, persistent, and resourceful as well as an integral part of the company’s success. Carson exhibits strong attributes of a first-class team player. He is able to lead his team strategically to create solutions that thoroughly address the evolving needs of clients across global markets in the most efficient, innovative manner possible." - Lori Smith, Sr. Director of Human Resources & Talent Development, hc1.com
Joe joined TinderBox as the company's second full-time engineer. He brought experience, unparalleled work ethic and leadership to the company’s budding product department. His impact was felt from day one, even though he contributed from afar. He lived in Virginia and then Washington while developing the next generation of the TinderBox product. He mentored the growing team and consistently contributed to product innovations that, today, serve as the backbone for many partnerships, successful customers and competitive differentiators. His commitment to team brought him to Indianapolis, to serve as the company’s lead engineer and Senior Software Architect…Not only was Joe a critical resource in taking the earliest software concepts of TinderBox and shaping them into a leading software product, he continues to deliver new innovations and mentor a highly competent team.” - Dustin Sapp, CEO, TinderBox
Kara is one of the true rising stars at SmarterHQ. She’s a conscientious, honest, intelligent, creative leader that always wants to find a way to say yes for her customers. She’s a true advocate of their needs and will work whatever hours or whatever channels are necessary to get them the value they deserve. She’s a demanding but fair manager of people and I’ve been really impressed with her from day one.” - Michael Osborne, CEO, SmarterHQ
Ian has grown our tourism business from nothing to being the largest tourism app platform in the world. As our best sales rep to-date, he's closed 60+ tourism deals for us, including our first non-US country client, South Africa, and our largest tourism customer, Kissimmee, FL. He is only 24 years old and had zero sales experience before starting, which makes his contribution to Bluebridge even more meaningful and inspiring. He's also a huge culture cornerstone for us, uniting and energizing our team." - Santiago Jaramillo, CEO, Bluebridge
One Click Ventures’ winning model relies on actionable data and insightful recommendations. Tim Klausmeier is responsible for delivering on that model as Director of Business Intelligence. In his role, Tim oversaw the creation of a system that allows for all of One Click to receive weekly updates on revenue and profitability. The system functions off of inputs from each department to estimate month end revenue and costs based on MTD trends. This gives every team member full transparency into the state of the business. Tim also plays a critical role in delivering a seamless customer experience for the company’s new eyewear brand, felix + iris. The Business Intelligence Team has worked hard since the brand’s launch in fall 2014 to push out initial findings on website activity. With these insights, Tim and his team provide solutions to improve the customer journey." - Leigh Hamer, Director of Communications, One Click Ventures
Eric knows the tech media landscape better than anyone, and consistently lands stories for clients in Mashable, TechCrunch, NYT, WSJ, WIRED – just to name few. One of his biggest successes was his work on the 2012 Super Bowl Command Center. In January 2012, Eric had a new client kickoff meeting with Taulbee Jackson, who was at the time the CEO of Indianapolis-based digital marketing firm Raidious, which was hosting the first-ever Super Bowl Social Media Command Center. Taulbee was looking to generate buzz surrounding the command center, which would officially launch just a week later. In fewer than three hours after this getting-to-know-you meeting, Eric secured an exclusive interview with Mashable. But Mashable was only the beginning. In the days following that initial meeting, Eric secured national coverage surrounding Raidious and the command center in outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, top marketing trade outlets, including ClickZ and MediaPost, and every local media outlet in Indianapolis (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC). The buzz even prompted a visit from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard who requested a tour of the command center." - Christy Chen, Partner, Dittoe Public Relations
Jenn has produced and directed content strategies for high-growth companies like Chase, Angie's List, Mindjet, ExactTarget, Compendium and others. Jenn's hard work is only outpaced by the care she shows for her clients. She is an indispensable resource for DK New Media and has stuck through the company in both thick and thin. It's why Jenn is now my business partner." - Doug Karr, CEO, DK New Media
Mike originally joined Scale in our tech support group, and quickly established himself both as a tech wizard and a great customer-facing evangelist as well. Today Mike heads our our services team, which means he's the one who helps customers implement our solutions successfully. Our support and services team has achieved a net promoter score (NPS) of +79, which is higher than any company in technology I've even seen. NPS scores range from -100 to +100, and anything over 20 is considered world class. For reference, Apple, well known for it's fervent customer based, scores +40." - Jeff Ready, CEO, Scale Computing
Dr. Abdelaziz Mahoui is the lead architect for the critically important and highly visible internal entrepreneurial-like program at Lilly -- the Open Innovation Drug Discovery (OIDD) initiative (openinnovation.lilly.com). This effort created a new paradigm in the world of drug research - what the media has termed "crowd sourcing pharma drug development." Functionality includes real-time visibility to biological screening, tracking and management of activities, support for the Sunshine Act, support for virtual screening and a new computational chemistry platform (Plexus). The impact of OIDD can hardly be over stated as it is featured in several Lilly communication efforts and was notably recognized by National Institute of Health's director Francis Collins in his visit to Lilly as well as featured in Lilly's Annual Report to Shareholders. As the lead architect and developer, Abdelaziz deserves recognition and full credit for the IT work as well as direct influence on both the business process and the science.” - Mike Meadows, CTO, Eli Lilly and Company
Within 90 days, Becky deconstructed our vision into technical requirements and organized 200 employees and consultants across Product and Engineering, all while learning a brand-new business model…I’ve never seen anyone work as hard or as thoroughly as Becky. She’s as comfortable at 40,000 feet as she is at 5,000 and she’s upped the game of all those around her, including me…Before Becky came on board, there was no visibility or predictability with our planning. Now, we know 60 days ahead if we’re off-plan, so there’s time to course-correct. Establishing confidence among business stakeholders that we can deliver what we say we’ll deliver is helping us build serious momentum.” - Shelly Towns, SVP of Product, Angie's List
A single word best sums up Steven: REVOLUTIONARY! His knowledge and expertise is applied in literally the most practical manner. He has created an inbound marketing flow that is second to none. As a one-man show he generates hundreds of leads for the sales team each and every month! His web content and videos are groundbreaking and have become near and dear to most of the nonprofit world. Much of our rapid growth is due to his expertise and tenacity.” - Jay Love, CEO, Bloomerang
Five years ago, Chris created a new service line for SEP around Collaborative Discovery. The gist is helping clients make better decisions about new investments. In his very first engagement, he helped a prominent life sciences company do analysis on a new system around which it would launch a service line. He was able to identify flaws in the plan that would have greatly delayed the launch and redirect them to a better approach. In another engagement, he saved a large credit union a quarter million dollars by identifying capabilities they did not need to build in a new product. The product launched on time and budget, and has won industry awards. Ten years ago, Chris was part of a significant redesign of SEP’s recruiting and candidate evaluation process. Our already exceptional system was improved and these changes contributed to our incredible 95.5% year over year retention rate. Four years ago, Chris was instrumental in bringing design and user experience services to SEP. Today, design services are a part of nearly every engagement and vital to our competitiveness.” - Raman Ohri, President, SEP
As Design Director at Studio Science, Nathan Sinsabaugh has shaped the brands, products, and experiences of some of the most successful businesses in Indianapolis and around the world. Nathan has also played an instrumental role in building the high-performance, tight-knit team at Studio Science. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from 2 to 24 people during the 11 years that he’s been with the consultancy. As Studio Science’s fist employee, Nathan's humility, insight and ambition, played a pivotal role in shaping the culture of Studio Science. His commitment to Studio Science, our clients, the design community, and our city cannot be overstated. I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition." - Kristian Andersen, Founder, Studio Science
I interviewed Brad in the midst of his senior year in college. He dedicated himself to a rigorous education and it was clear he gained invaluable analytical and problem solving capabilities through his work as a physics major. While we were excited by his academic strengths, we soon discovered we were interviewing a special leader as we uncovered his leadership and mentorship capabilities during our rigorous interview process. Although he was still in college, it was clear Brad had the type of leadership ‘compass’ we were in need of at Apparatus. He spoke of ethics, integrity, and leadership in a manner well above his years. We were excited to extend an offer and quietly hoped he would focus on his influence at Apparatus as quickly as possible…As expected he developed his technical skills from the get-go, but more importantly, he influenced and mentored those around him. Due to his sustained, high-level of performance and influence, Brad was promoted to manager. Notably, he earned the opportunity to manager in record time. Now, many months into his formal leadership responsibility, he continues to have enormous influence on the direction of our company. We are a technology and operations company and Brad is at the heart of what we hope to deliver for our employees and clients every day." - Aman Brar, President, Apparatus
Muhammad has been with PERQ for almost 2 years. During that time, he has helped us overhaul our brand, launch a digital services division, and build a new marketing team that fits our vision. His ability to execute and lead a high performing team within a fast paced culture in such a short time is a testament to his talents. I witness daily a person who wants to learn, grow, and increase his impact for the company and the community. This makes him a leader by example and translates into a team that performs at a high level. We are lucky to have him on the team and I can’t wait to see what he great things he accomplishes in the coming years." - Andy Medley, President, PERQ
Todd manages a large and diverse group of software developers who are optimizing and enhancing our existing product line and also working on large parts of our next generation cloud architecture. Todd strikes a delicate balance between meeting the expectations of current customers while investing in future technologies. He has to manage everything from complex client-server communication to large scale web onboarding facilities.” - Don Brown, CEO, Interactive Intelligence