Board of Directors Biographies

Jeff Trom, Board ChairJeff-Trom

Chief Technology Officer, Managing Director, Workiva, Bozeman

Jeff has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since December 2014 and served as a Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer of Workiva LLC from 2008 to December 2014. He has over 20 years of experience working with information technology and development. Prior to founding Workiva, Jeff founded EAI and served as EAI’s Vice President from 1990 and as Chief Technology Officer in charge of software architecture, development and deployment from 1999 until EAI was acquired by Unigraphics Solutions in 2000. Thereafter, Jeff served as a technical consultant for various technology companies, including Electronic Data Systems from 2000 to 2002. He is president of the board of Middle Creek Montessori, a non-profit school in Bozeman, Montana. Jeff earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

 

Liz Marchi

Founder, Frontier Angels, Polson

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. These funds invest in early stage companies in Montana and the inland Pacific Northwest and pioneered a syndication strategy for rural markets. She serves as Advisory Board Chair for the Flathead Beacon, an equity financed community media enterprise in Northwest Montana. She is a co-founder of Northfork Strategies, www.northforkstrategies.com. She serves on the Advisory Board of Next Frontier Capital and on the Board and Finance Committee of North Valley Hospital. Ms. Marchi has a background in legislative and public policy issues related to business growth and development at the state and federal levels. She is a proven leader and relationship builder and has served as President of the Montana Ambassadors, President of the Hollins University Alumnae Association and as a Trustee of Hollins University. 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 has raised funds for organizations, projects and private companies. 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 has been recognized for her vision and courage in bringing the entrepreneurial imperative to rural communities. 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.

She resides with her husband Jon on a ranch outside of Polson, Montana where she sells natural, Montana raised, Wagyu (Kobe) beef. Liz and Jon have 5 children, three grandchildren and three Corgis.

 

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.

 

Kelly Schwager

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.

 

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, Tomreturned 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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