Robert McClary - Board Chair, Chief Operating Officer, FORTRUST Robert McClary joined FORTRUST in 2001, and continues to hold the critical role of building the company into the premier data center services provider and colocation facility that it is today. As Sr. VP & GM, he is responsible for the overall supervision of business operations, high-profile construction and the strategic technical direction of FORTRUST. Robert developed and honed his management philosophy, attention to detail and strict process standards during his 16-year tenure in the United States Navy serving in both enlisted and officer roles. Robert received designation as a Master Training Specialist while in the Navy. Additionally, Robert is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a BS in Workforce Education & Development.
Trent Martinet - Secretary, Partner, Davis, Graham & Stubbs Trent Martinet is a partner in the Finance & Acquisitions Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP and co-chair of the firm’s Technology Law Group. He advises clients on legal issues related to intellectual property, technology, commercial transaction, and corporate law matters. Mr. Martinet represents individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, emerging growth, and other private and public companies. He often represents clients in various industries such as software, aviation, healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, natural resources, energy, hospitality, telecommunications, and higher education regarding the financing, development, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property assets. Mr. Martinet is a frequent publisher and lecturer on intellectual property, technology and commercial contracting topics. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Martinet was a software developer.
Doug Robinson - Past Chairman, Managing Director, KPMG Corporate Finance Mr. Robinson is a Managing Director of KPMG Corporate Finance in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. In 2014 KPMG purchased St. Charles Capital, which he co-founded in 2005 and grew to be one of Denver’s leading investment banking firm. He has extensive experience in private placements of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings for information technology software and services firms. In addition he has led and completed transactions for many non-tech middle market companies. Robinson is also actively involved in the community. He has served as a Board Member of the CSIA for 4 years and is a founder of KidsTek. Robinson also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Denver Area Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America, and on the Board of Trustees of Colorado Academy, an independent K-12 day school. Robinson received an MBA in Finance from Columbia Graduate School of Business.
Jeff Carr - Director, Co-Founder/CEO - SlamData Jeff has been passionate about innovative technology for over 25 years while developing expertise in Business Development, sales, market assessment, operations and executive leadership. For the past 13 years he has focused exclusively on early stage companies in markets including network security, VOIP, and more recently Big Data. The energy and entrepreneurial spirit of startups is what drives him. Currently he serves as Co-founder and CEO for SlamData, an early stage venture backed company revolutionizing the future of modern data analytics.
Henry Wright - Director, Community Volunteer Mr. Wright is a seasoned technology leader with over 23 years experience in product, market and operating roles worldwide including certification as a Six Sigma Executive and Value Innovations Yellow Belt. He held senior management positions at Vocollect Inc, SpectraLink Corporation, and Open Country, a California based privately funded, pre-revenue Linux start-up. There, he commercialized the scalable SaaS platform with system management applications in 2004. For more than 10 years, Henry guided technical and business teams with global accountability for strategy, revenue, product management, technical services and marketing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He earned an MBA for Executive’s from the University of Colorado, EMBA program, and a B.A. in Sociology from Union College, Schenectady, New York. Wright serves as an area VP for the Rocky Mountain Product Development and Management Association, is an active Association for Corporate Growth member, and a co-founder of the 905 professional networking group.
Bruce Huebner - Director, President at Lone Tree Advisors Mr. Huebner has over twenty years of sales, marketing and business development experience in the personal, client server and Internet computing eras. Seventeen of those years have been in management and leadership capacities. Huebner currently heads his own consulting and investment company, Lone Tree Advisors, LLC. Prior to starting his own company, Huebner was President and Chief Executive Officer of Teamshare, Inc, a Colorado Springs based collaborative software company. Huebner became CEO after joining Teamshares Board of Directors in August of 2000. Prior to Teamshare, Huebner worked for Microsoft Corporation for thirteen years in a variety of capacities. He headed Microsofts Network Solutions Group based in Denver. There, he was responsible for partnering with telecommunications & Internet solutions companies and played a key role in developing partnerships and outlining Microsofts ASP & .NET strategies. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of Microsoft's Rocky Mt. Region for eight years, responsible for sales, marketing, consulting & engineering services for that Region. He grew Microsoft's business from 8 to 120 people during that time and was responsible for significant revenue growth. His Microsoft career started by opening the New England sales office in Boston in 1987. Prior to that, he spent 5 years in the fledgling PC computer industry in sales and management positions in the Boston area. Huebner and his wife Jane have lived in the Littleton area for the last 12 years and have 3 children. He past non-profit volunteer work in Denver included a 2 year Board role with the Community College of Denver's Computer Training for People with Disabilites (CTPD) program.
Denise Hulce-Franklin - Director, Community Volunteer Denise Hulce Franklin is an active angel investor and advisor to the startup community. Denise was most recently the VP of Revenue at SendGrid, Inc., a cloud developer infrastructure services company. Prior to her tenure with SendGrid, Denise was the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing of North America for Logitech. Prior to Logitech, Denise was the Director of International Operations for @Last Software, acquired by Google in 2006. She also held various positions at MessageMedia, an email marking startup, from 1998-2001, before the company was acquired by DoubleClick/Google. Denise serves on the board of KidsTek, a 501c3 providing technology and STEM focused education in the public schools. Denise has also been a mentor for Techstars, Boomtown, MergeLane, and Founder Institute. Denise holds a BA in Philosophy and English from Texas Christian University. She currently resides in Boulder, CO. When not working with entrepreneurs or spending time with her husband and kids, Denise likes pursuing adventures like Ironman triathlon, road biking, and global foodie travel.
Melanie Ryan Meador, Chief Revenue Officer Bankrate, Inc. Melanie Ryan Meador joined Bankrate Insurance in September 2012 with a deep background in sales, account management, revenue management, new product launches, business development and international market expansion. She was named Chief Revenue Officer in August 2014 with main responsibilities for company wide sales and revenue efforts across all product lines. Prior to joining Bankrate Insurance, Melanie held the position of Vice President, Global Strategic Accounts and Business Development at Orbitz Worldwide. Here she provided Strategic Leadership globally across North America, Europe, Asia, Pacific and the Middle East for hotel sales, business development, product launches and account management on behalf of the Orbitz Worldwide portfolio of brands including Orbitz.com, Cheaptickets.com, ebookers.com, HotelClub.com, Ratestogo.com, NEAT and their affiliates. Since September 2004, Melanie served as Orbitz Worldwide’s lead negotiator and closer on all their Strategic Hotel Account partnerships globally. Melanie also served as the President of HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) which is the leading association focused on the standardization and advancement of electronic distribution in the hospitality industry. She was elected by the Board of Directors in Dec 2008 to serve a 3 year term and was re-elected in 2010 for an additional 2 year term. Her collective time on the board was 8 years, all elected by the hospitality industry at large. Melanie also held the Technical and Financial Advisory positions for Pegasus Solutions , an industry leading technical and financial solutions company. Melanie currently holds various charitable board positions including being on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart and Stroke Association, Fundraising Co Chair for Prospect Ridge Academy, and with her husband Founded the Meadors Masters, a 501c3 non profit foundation supporting various charities nationally. She was elected to the KidsTek Board of Directors in Nov 2015.