Montana High Tech Business Alliance Board of Directors Biographies
Founder, RightNow Technologies, Candidate for Governor, Bozeman (Board Chair)
Greg Gianforte is the founder of the Bozeman Technology Incubator and RightNow Technologies. He and his family have lived in Montana since 1995 and he is passionate about helping entrepreneurs be successful. Greg earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Greg also received honorary Doctorates of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Montana State University and Stevens Institute of Technology. Having enjoyed a successful career as a software entrepreneur, he currently spends his time helping other entrepreneurs, serving on a handful of non-profit and for-profit boards, and as a trustee for the Gianforte Family Foundation.
Executive Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District, Bozeman
Rob Gilmore is Executive Director of the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (EDD) serving a 27-member Board of Directors and economic development programs in Gallatin and Park Counties, Montana. Rob coordinates a 30 member Team of Professionals that provide business coaching services. He also is a member of the Gallatin Valley Broadband Steering Committee and directs economic activities for a tri-agency Yellowstone Studies Center. Rob was inspired to build the EDD when he saw a need for solutions to complex business issues faced by organizations in the Gallatin County area. There are many resources available to start-ups, but Rob recognized a need for business help with complex issues relating to marketing, human resources, and effective technology usage, among other current issues.
Rob is also Chairman of Solution Mountain (SMI), an Intelligent Network that is dedicated to helping U.S. communities analyze their business needs, measure economic impacts and develop strategies for business expansion. In addition to its service throughout the region, SMI is a technology partner to NorthWestern Energy and is contracted to promote economic development throughout the Montana, North and South Dakota and Nebraska market areas. Rob graduated with honors from Alaska Methodist University. When not working projects, he and his wife Sandie Romer-Gilmore enjoy travel and spending time at their small Montana ranch.
Entrepreneur and Advisor, former Vice President, Project Management, Oracle, Bozeman
David grew up in Wisconsin and attended Washington University in St. Louis. He worked on Wall Street, first with Alex Brown in Baltimore and later with Citigroup in New York and San Francisco, where he focused on M&A, leveraged buyouts and private capital. In 2002, David joined the largest emergency relief organization in Afghanistan, the Agence d’Aide à la Coopération Technique Et au Développement, as its CFO based out of Afghanistan.
In 2006, David joined RightNow Technologies based out of Bozeman, MT where he served in numerous positions focused on Corporate Development, Strategy, M&A and product management, until Oracle’s acquisition of RightNow for $1.5 billion in January 2012.
After the acquisition of RightNow by Oracle, David helped define Oracle’s CX Strategy and later ran the combined product management organizations of RightNow, Fusion Service, and Inquira. In his career, David has been involved with numerous startups including Rosetta Partners, CapitalIQ and Quantcast. David lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and four boys: Wesley, Lucius, Liam and Tristan.
Investor, Former Chief Marketing Officer, RightNow Technologies, Big Sky
Jason is a successful marketing executive 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.
Chief Information Officer, Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply, Bozeman
Lance Tinseth has 23 years of technology leadership, management engineering, and technical experience.
With a strong entrepreneurial drive, Lance either founded or co-founded nine startups throughout his career; seven technical, engineering or science based and two general businesses. Lance has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Electronics Engineering Technology from Montana State University.
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, Mr. Trom was a founder of 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, Mr. Trom 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. Mr. Trom 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.
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.