Richard Liner - Board Chair, President and CEO, LinerGroup, Inc. Mr. Liner is the founder of LinerGroup, Inc., an Information Technology (IT) Recruiting and Consulting company, established in 1999 to provide innovative IT recruiting and consulting solutions to high growth companies. Prior to creating LinerGroup, Liner was VP of the IT Staffing Division of Inteliant, where he was involved in the integration of IT consulting acquisitions throughout the western US. He began his IT career in Denver in 1978 as a consulting Programmer/Analyst, and in 1982 opened the Denver office of Leardata, which was acquired by Ajilon in 1990. Liner managed the Western Region of Ajilon until 1997. Liner's involvement in non-profit organizations began in 1994 when he became a founding director of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). He served as Chairperson of the CTA in 1998, and chaired the Workforce Committee of the CTA, which was the driving force behind the formation of the Colorado Technology Community Foundation (CTCF), now known as KidsTek. Liner is also active in the Colorado Technical Recruiters Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and advancement of Technical Recruiting needs in the front range of Colorado. Liner holds a BS degree, Cum Laude, in Computer Science from Union College, and lives in southeast Denver with his wife, Jane.
Aimee Meester - Incoming Chair, CEO, Madison Taylor Marketing Aimee is the founder and CEO of Madison Taylor Marketing, a Denver based marketing agency. She has been involved with KidsTek since 2012 helping with marketing initiatives as well as event coordination for the annual Tech Leaders Gala. In 2017 she joined the board to continue advocating for the KidsTek mission. Her favorite piece of working with KidsTek is getting to interact with the students they serve.
Megan Hodgins - Treasurer, Assurance Manager - Moss Adams Megan is a CPA in Colorado and assists private and public companies with an array of audit services, including year-end audits, employee benefit plan audits, Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX 404), revenue recognition, and share-based compensation. She focuses on the manufacturing and distribution and technology industries. Prior to joining Hein in 2007, Megan worked in the audit department at Nearman, Maynard, Vallez, CPAs & Consultants, P.A. in Miami, Florida. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Megan received her bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Florida.
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, Candidate for Colorado Governor Mr. Robinson is the past 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.
Pat Maley - Partner, Wiegers Capital Partners Mr. Maley is a Partner with Wiegers Capital Partners an alternative investment group. His focus is providing growth capital to private companies in the Western US. Prior to joining WCP he had over thirty years experience in sales, marketing and general management with technology based companies. From 1994-2003 he was the CEO for three high tech companies, Dante Software, Collaboratek and Client Systems. He held senior sales management positions with Sequent Computer Systems and Intel Corporation. He is a director of KPA LLC, DG2L Ltd., D’Lance Golf Inc. and KidsTek. He is past Chairman of the Colorado Software and Internet Association (CSIA). He has a BS from the US Naval Academy and an MPA from the University of Colorado.
David Stern - Director, Community Volunteer Mr. Stern is the founder and former CEO of Research Systems Inc, now known as Exelis Visual Information Solutions in Boulder, Colorado. The software company developed IDL a popular software package for scientific applications, including astronomy, high energy physics, and medical imaging. Stern attended Union College in Schenectady, NY and received his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1969. He worked at the University from 1969 to 1977 at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, LASP, where he developed software for NASA's interplanetary probes notably Mariner Mars 7 and 9. In 1977 he founded Research Systems Inc. in Boulder, to develop a scientific programming language for data analysis and scientific visualization called IDL. IDL plays an important role in the data reduction, processing and analysis activities for a number of major projects including the Hubble Space Telescope and is widely used in the fields of satellite imagery, medical imaging and automotive engineering. He was named the Esprit Entrepreneur of the Year by the Boulder County Chamber of Commerce in 1997, received an honorary doctorate (ScD) from the University of Colorado in 2000, and now serves on the Arizona Astronomy Board.
James Braun - Vice President Operations, Vertafore Jim Braun is an experienced IT leader, focusing on Tech Operations and M&A tech integration. Jim’s background includes leadership roles at the New York Stock Exchange, JP Morgan, CSC, DoubleClick, Google and Vertafore. He created the Acquisition Operations team at Google, centralizing technical support and integration of acquired environments within the larger corp. Jim values open communication and using the right resources in the most efficient manner possible; to create value for the individual, team and company. Jim’s community engagement in Colorado has included previous Board of Director roles at Growing Home, Colorado Technology Association and MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce. He is delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the KidsTek board, helping the organization in their mission.
Meaghan Sullivan - Executive Director at The Foundation for Douglas County Schools