Board of Advisors

Montana High Tech Business Alliance Board of Advisors


John Adams
Assistant Vice President of Information Systems, Kampgrounds of America, Billings
John has been leading the technology team at KOA since the fall of 2014, when he joined to oversee the development of the company’s new Campground Management software called KampSight 2 (or K2).
Timothy Austin
Senior VP, COO, D.A. Davidson, Great Falls
Prior to D.A. Davidson, Tim worked for Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis, where he was Vice President in Brokerage Technology, Project Management and Business Transformation.
Joel Block
VP-Customer Operations and Marketing, Blackfoot, Missoula
Joel has 25 plus years of experience in the technology sector in business leadership, product management, corporate and product marketing, and marketing sciences.
Kathy Boelter
President, Arrow Solutions Group, Billings
Kathy is active in the state business community and currently serves on the board of directors for Montana Ambassadors, St. Vincent Healthcare, as well as being Board President of the Montana Chamber Foundation. As an advocate for bringing the Montana tech community together, Kathy also co-founded TecNet.
Brent Campbell
President, CEO at WGM Group, Inc, Missoula
Brent has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Montana State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Montana.
Matt Conroy
Director, Engineering, SoFi, Helena
Matt directs all aspects of SoFi's engineering; teams projects, and architecture. Matt has an Associates degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Carroll College.
Jason Corbally
President, Education Logistics, Missoula
A native of Butte, Montana, Jason started at EDULOG in 2004 while attending the University of Montana and has paved the way for new partnerships, launching EDULOG’s innovative technology into the international arena.
Sherri Davidoff
Founder & CEO, LMG Security, Missoula
Co-author of "Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace", Sherri has fifteen years of cyber security experience, specializing in digital forensics, penetration testing and security awareness training. She holds her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Joe Fanguy
Director, President, Technology Transfer, MonTEC, Missoula
During his term as President of MonTEC, Joe revitalized the Missoula based 32,000 square foot business incubator as the hub for entrepreneurship and start-ups in Western Montana. Joe’s educational background is in the field of chemistry, with a Doctorate and Master’s degree from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University in South Louisiana.
Daniel Gaugler
VP of Marketing,, Livingston
Daniel holds a degree in business marketing from Montana State University. Prior to PFL, he worked in marketing at Montana State University’s athletic department. Daniel is a native Montanan.
Chris Hamilton
Senior Director, Applications Product Management, Oracle, Bozeman
Chris is currently the Senior Director and Applications Product Management Director at Oracle in Bozeman. Prior to working at Oracle, Chris worked for RightNow Technologies, Siebel Systems and Hewlett-Packard.
Andrew Hull
President, Elixiter, Bozeman
Andrew is a veteran of the Software-as-a-Service space. While holding a wide array of positions at RightNow Technologies, Andrew grow the company through product messaging, campaigns, web properties, marketing automation, events and marketing analytics, driving eight years of continual growth from 16 million to 200+ million dollars in revenue reaching a 1+ billion dollar market capitalization. Andrew holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Troy Kane
Managing Director of Benefit Planning, PayneWestt Insurance, Billings
Troy is a native of Montana who served in the United States Coast Guard from 1988 – 1992. Troy joined PayneWest Insurance in April of 2015 as the managing director of benefit planning. He graduated from MSU Billings in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Sociology/Criminology.
Elliot Lander
Founder, COO, Chief Information Officer, ATR (Applied Training Resources), Hamilton
Elliot founded Applied Training Resources in 1990. Elliot has a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Sue Larew
Vice President, First Interstate Bank, Missoula
Sue has been with First Interstate Bank for 13 years. Before joining them, she was with Bessemer Trust where she was Senior Vice President working with Clients focused on comprehensive wealth management and Business succession planning. She is currently and Advisory Board Member for the University of Montana School of Business Administration.
Paul Leach
Founder President, Loenbro, Great Falls
Paul sought to earn a degree in the trades by attending Lincoln Electric welding school. Loenbro professionals provide a single-source solution for energy services and construction across the region.
Cynthia Bradford Lencioni
COO, Privacy and Security Officer, Pulsara, Bozeman
Prior to Pulsara, Cynthia led business development for CrossTx, a Bozeman healthcare startup with a care coordination solution in the cloud. She was also a Principal Consultant with NetLink LLC, advising senior leaders in next-generation healthcare technology enterprises. Cynthia earned a law degree with an emphasis on health law and policy from Stanford Law School, where she later served as Chief of Staff.
Jack Manning
Partner, Dorsey and Whitney, Missoula
Jack counsels start-up companies, private and public companies, venture capital and angel investors, individuals, underwriters, and banks, and advises in corporate and securities transactional matters. He is a partner in Dorsey’s venture capital and emerging companies and mergers and acquisitions groups, and is the manager of the Missoula office.
Liz Marchi
Founder, Frontier Fund 2, Polson
"After 10 years of working in the angel investment world, I am all in for this effort. We have a world class team of talent in Montana around this effort to build a smart, effective, equity capital network for early stage companies in Montana and beyond."- Liz Marchi
Luke Mauritsen
Founder & CEO, Montana Instruments Corporation, Bozeman
Luke earned his mechanical engineering degree at Montana State University. With small teams of scientist and engineers, optical cryostat was discovered and Montana Instruments was formed. Luke is a fifth generation Montanan, raised in Eureka and Kalispell.
Larry Murphy
CEO, Proof Research, Columbia Falls
A resident of Northwestern Montana and the Columbia Falls area, Larry Murphy brings PROOF Research 25 years of executive management and leadership experience in the semiconductor industry. Larry holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics and Geology from Michigan State University. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dawn McGee
CEO, Goodworks Ventures, Missoula
Dawn has more than 20 years experience in business, law, finance, and entrepreneurship, and has been a principal or analyst at Global Partners, Underdog Ventures, and the Unitus Equity Fund. She is also President of the High Stakes Foundation, which provides support to visionary people and organizations that are leading and implementing changes that create a sustainable future for Montana.
Rick Plavidal
General Manager, Allied Materials, Kalispell
Rick has over 25 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor and cleaning technology industries. His background includes Key Account GM, Chief Marketing Officer, and Head of Business. Rick has a BS degree in Engineering Science from Penn State and completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Jay Wilson Preston
CEO, Montana West, Ronan
Jay is President of the Board of Directors for the Montana Cable Telecommunications Association. Jay's other affiliations include Ronan Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Community Development Corporation. He has worked in every aspect of a small independent telephone utility, including outside plant, central office, engineering, commercial, business and regulatory functions.
Tim Robertson
President, CEO, Century Companies, Lewistown
Tim currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Century Companies Inc. Century is a leading construction services company in Montana and Wyoming. Prior to joining Century, Robertson was Founder and President of Marketlink Incorporated, a construction management and marketing firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Scott Sehnert
Executive Vice President Senior Commercial Banker, Rocky Mountain Bank, Billings
Scott has 29 plus years of experience, leading all areas of banking and business development.
Tom Spika
Founder, Spika Design and Manufacturing, Lewistown
Tom founded Spika Design and Manufacturing along with his wife Carol, and as CEO has been directly responsible for its growth, productivity and measured development into a world-class designer and manufacturer of work platforms. Tom is an alumni of the Metals Technology program at Montana State University – Northern.
Tom Stergios
Vice President, Advanced Technology Group, Missoula
Tom has more than 25 years of experience working with service providers in the Quote-to-Cash space. His career has focused on the communications market with a primary emphasis in CRM, Order Management, BPM, and Billing. Tom holds a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University.
Will Swearingen
Executive Director, TechLink, Bozeman
Will helped to found TechLink in 1996 and has played a key role in transforming TechLink into a nationally recognized center. Will has over 20 years of experience directing technology transfer and R&D programs. Will has an MA degree in geography from Durham University, England, and a PhD in geography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jimmy Talarico
Project Design, CTA Architects and Engineers, Bozeman
Jimmy is a Project Designer at Client Services for CTA. During his spare time, Jimmy can be found with his wife and two kids playing around Montana or working on art in his garage.
Jeanne Vold
Business Technology Officer, NorthWestern Energy, Butte
Jeanne has 29 years of professional experience which includes 10 years in industrial and high speed manufacturing and 19 years in the utility industry.
Steve Wheeler
President, CEO, First Security Bank, Bozeman
Steve began his banking career at First Security Bank in 1979 and has 37 years of banking experience in multiple areas, including lending and branch management. He is a Bozeman native and Montana State University graduate.

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