As a Partner at Accenture, Rudy witnessed firsthand the challenges of training personnel to adopt new processes and systems. Rudy implemented major enterprise class systems for BC Hydro, Capital Group, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America and Bonneville Power Administration.
After retiring from Accenture, Rudy became Chief Information Officer for Puget Sound Energy-again implementing major enterprise class systems (Geospatial Information, SAP Customer information, etc.) and training thousands of users. Most recently, Rudy drove change adoption for Electric Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric.
Tom is the founder and Managing Member of Sawtooth Capital, a Registered Investment Advisor. He was recently the CFO for Civil Solutions Inc., a nationwide provider of construction services to the cellular industry. Customers included Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Tesla, among others.
Prior to Civil Solutions, Tom was a Partner and investment banker at Scura Partners, a Manhattan-based corporate investment bank. Prior to Scura, Tom served as an investment banker with Academy Securities and Newforth Partners, where he provided mergers & acquisitions advisory and raised capital for private companies primarily in the tech space. Before investment banking, Tom was the co-founder and COO of Ho-Ho-Kus Inc., an aerospace fastener manufacturer whose clients included Boeing and GE, among others. Tom is an advisor to and investor in multiple startups and holds degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
Robert is one of the co-founders of KAAS. Over the past decade, Robert has developed the behavior-change formula (known as the ASK Methodology) that powers KAAS’ software platform, Ringorang®, collaborating with behavioral scientists, universities and national laboratories.
To develop and publish clinical proofs, Robert delivered multiple programs co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and piloted the system effectively with leading utilities such as NV Energy, Arizona Public Service, Sempra Energy and Puget Sound Energy. Under Robert’s leadership, major organizations in a variety of industries have licensed the Ringorang® platform, such as Verizon Wireless, SAP, MassMutual, Penn Medicine, the University of Virginia among others.
“BW” is one of the co-founders of KAAS. He is responsible for innovating, and then capitalizing and productizing, the Ringorang® software system offered by KAAS. BW has raised millions of dollars to develop and deliver the software through a decade of R&D, including clinical testing.
Most recently he led a multi-team, international effort to enhance the system with white-label and DIY capabilities that has attracted multiple Fortune 50 companies to efficiently test and then expand use throughout their organizations.
John has over 30 years driving focused sales programs and maintaining strong client relations with enterprise software, hardware and consulting solutions. John managed sales and client relations for Fortune 500s, including CenturyLink and Intuit, as well as for Guidance Software (an OpenText company) where John acquired accounts JP MorganChase, PSEG, Scotia Bank and Wyndham. John sold Cloud, SAAS and Managed Services for Mycroft, acquiring multiple contracts at $500k+ while maintaining top accounts such as Verizon Wireless, Comcast, Time Warner, the World Bank and Northup Grumman.
Prior to this, John accelerated territory sales for Avocent, from $250k to $450k monthly (at 50%-60% margins), while servicing major clients such as Morgan Stanley, McGraw Hill, American Express, Avon, Con Edison and Jet Blue among others. In addition to practical front line selling and management John is also certified in many of the top ranked sales methodologies Including: Miller Heiman (Strategic Selling,Conceptual Selling and Large Account Management), Visionary Selling, Situational Self Leadership and Sandler’s Sales Process to name a few.
Shruthi Rao was the founding member of Blockchain at AWS, where she launched and grew Amazon Managed Blockchain and Amazon Quantum Ledger Database. Prior to that she was the Business Development Lead for AWS’ Serverless portfolio of services including Lambda, API Gateway, Cognito and 11 other services.
She set up India’s first crypto mining operation in 2011 and has since been an early investor, contributor and advisor to the likes of Ethereum Project, Ripple, Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), Linux Foundation and World Economic Forum. Prior to AWS, she was the VP of Strategic Alliances and Corporate Strategy at Feedzai- AI/ML startup to combat omni-channel fraud, where she raised Series B and C rounds.
Shruthi has led multiple, public and high-profile deals such - Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Countrywide merger, Uber/ Bank of America partnership for affordable rideshare loan program, co-leading AT&T and DirecTV acquisition and launching AT&T Uverse TV. Shruthi is a Stanford Executive Program alumna and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Pepperdine University and BS in Computer Science from National Institute of Engineering.
Ken has been running Cloud Sales and Architecture teams at SAP for the last 9 years, including as VP of ALM Software, VP of IT Management Solutions (Global Center ofExcellence) and most recently VP of HANA Cloud Solutions (Central and West).
Prior to SAP, Ken had a 15 year run building software startups in the Silicon Valley, including building the Americas team for Cordys (an OpenText company) serving as President ofAmericas for Mortgage Hub (an ISGN company) and VP of Global Sales for Worksoft. Ken also created the Sales and delivery teams at Niku (a division of Computer Associates) that drove sales from $0 to $50M in 24 months, and resulted in a NASDAQ IPO.
Dr. Sanford is President of CSG Better Hearing Centers, the world’s #1 provider of Phonak Lyric™. Distinguished as one of the world’s leading voices in establishing the Lyric technology, Mark Sanford is intimately familiar with what it takes to change a paradigm with a new technology in health care.
Dr. Sanford has been published 15 times and has spoken and instructed at numerous audiology conferences worldwide. He’s also been involved with alpha and beta testing of devices from InSound Medical, Apherma, GN Resound, Starkey Labs, and Phonak. Mark is a former board member of Vortis, Hatis, and an advisory board vvmember Hearing Review and GNResound.
Ron Leonhardt has led human resource departments for over 25 years. Ron held several HR leadership positions during his tenure with Target Corporation, the Fortune 50 retailer. Since then Ron has served as Vice President of Global Human Resources for Smiths Medical, a FTSE 100 international medical device company.
Currently Ron directs global workforce strategies for Zinpro Corporation. Ron’s career began as a consultant and HR specialist with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche, where he assisted Global Fortune 1000 clients in organizational effectiveness, talent development, performance management and change leadership.