Board of Directors Biographies

Kelly Schwager, Board Chair

Vice President, Global Communications, Oracle, Columbia Falls

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Kelly Schwager previously served as Executive Vice President at global PR firm Edelman and Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for the Internet of Things transportation company Streetline, Inc. Kelly has also held leadership roles with various global tech players including SAP, Symantec, and VERITAS. Oracle is a founding member of the Alliance.

 

Liz Marchi

CMO, Two Bear Capital, Whitefish

Liz Marchi is the founder of Frontier Angel Fund 2, www.frontierfund2.com, and the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund, LLC, Montana’s first angel fund. She is a co-founder of Northfork Strategies. She serves on the Advisory Board of Next Frontier Capital and on the Board and Finance Committee of North Valley Hospital. She served as President and CEO for 7 years of Montana West Economic Development and the Flathead County Port Authority focusing on marketing, communications and access to capital for economic and entrepreneurial development. She served on the Advisory Board for the Montana Meth Project, the Governor’s Economic Development Advisory Council, The Montana World Trade Center, the Greater Polson Community Foundation and the Montana ACE Scholarship Foundation. She was honored by the Montana State University School of Business and the Prospera Business Network as the Woman to Woman Mentor of the Year. She served as one of the two first US State Department Professional Fellows to travel to Myanmar in 2014 to work with entrepreneurs.

 

Jason MittelstaedtJason Mittelstaedt

Co-founder, Yellowstone Growth Partners, Bozeman

Jason is a co-founder of Yellowstone Growth Partners and was the CMO at RightNow Technologies. Prior to joining RightNow Technologies, Jason held several positions at Intel Corporation, the world’s leading provider of microprocessors, including strategic planning and product marketing. Jason has directed strategic marketing efforts at numerous technology companies and also invests in several prominent companies.

Jason holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Northwest Nazarene University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

 

Tom Stergios

SVP Strategy and Corporate Development for Advanced Technology Group, a Cognizant company, Missoula

Tom Stergios is a founding member of the Alliance. A native Missoulian, Tom returned home after working as a consultant internationally on six continents for Accenture, Axiom, IBM, Cygent, and Convergys. He started at ATG working remotely in his basement and then launched the Missoula Solutions Center in 2011, growing his team to more than 135 employees.

 

Paige WilliamsPaige Williams

Founder, CEO, The Audience Awards, Missoula

Paige Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and CEO/Founder of Porch Productions and The Audience Awards. The Audience Awards is a social platform connecting filmmakers to audiences through regularly occurring film competitions where the film with the most votes wins. The Audience Awards features user profile pages, film competitions, turn key video asset competitions, crowd source funding opportunities and movie news, by and for the audience. Paige is on the Advisory Boards for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and the University of Montana School of Performing Arts. Paige has numerous film festival awards and honors for her short films and movies.

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