Board of Directors Biographies

Lance Tinseth, Board ChairLance Tinseth

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.




Rob GilmoreRobert Gilmore

Executive Director, Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District, Bozeman

Rob Gilmore is Executive Director of the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD) 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 NRMEDD when he saw a need for solutions to complex business issues including marketing, human resources, and effective technology usage faced by organizations in the Gallatin County area. 

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 on projects, he and his wife Sandie Romer-Gilmore enjoy travel and spending time at their small Montana ranch.


David HaydenDavid Hayden

Co-founder, ServiceTarget, 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, Montana 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.



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.

Jeff TromJeff-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,, 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, 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.


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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