Our Leadership Team
Seasoned. Skilled. Seriously good people.
We're proud to say, our company spirit reflects the company we keep. The Kinetic Data leadership team brings top-notch professional talent, plus unique experiences and perspectives that add spice to our secret sauce.
Founder | Ex-Developer | Systems Architect | Mathlete
I was a back-row student. From the back - you see a lot more. And the more I would see, the more I would learn. I am always looking at things from a different angle, trying to figure out the big puzzle.
I’m never happier than when I’m solving a problem. I love looking at everyday processes and environments, questioning them and imagining a new approach. I spend most of my waking hours thinking about what’s going on in the working world, seeing patterns and finding ways to make them work simpler, faster, better.
Kinetic Data was founded on the realization that when teams hit hurdles, a good team could get over any hurdle, and a bad team seems to almost create their own hurdles. So we assembled a great team.
Our enterprise workflow platform was founded on flexibility, extendability, performance, scale and security. With those drivers, we feel our system can tackle any business problem out there.
When people ask me how the Kinetic Platform is different from other platforms, I feel that it’s more “philosophical” than a specific feature set. I like to say it’s like comparing apples to space travel (go ahead and try, but good luck). Our belief is that we want to make what you own better, not necessarily replacing it. Our competitors would rather get you into a huge, risky project - and we believe that is unnecessary.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Exactly what I’m doing now. I was always into patterns and the world of logic. When I was a youth hockey player, I would multiply the players’ jerseys who skated past (left wing #33, center #22 = 726) Yeah...I like math.
President | Problem Solver | World Traveler | Father
My mother always said that if the diagnosis for ADD existed when I was a kid, I might have been the poster child. I see that as high praise.
Ok, so shiny squirrels are my nemesis, but my unbridled curiosity and love of adventure has led to an abundant life and opened the door to the remarkable opportunities and people that led me here.
To me, Kinetic Data is about making people heroes to their organization. Digital transformation is hard, it takes a team of people and it takes a partner like Kinetic Data. We are not a plug & play tool, but a solution platform built on a relationship with hard won knowledge and experience that requires an enduring partnership.
As for my role at Kinetic, it is about empowering our people with the strategy, resources and direction to succeed beyond their wildest dreams and in so doing, become a thought leader in digital transformation.
And when I have free time...
You might find me in the kitchen baking a pie, putting up a batch of bread and butter pickles or making a nice vegan bowl. Or, you might find me out knee-deep in a stream with a fly rod in hand. Or, 100 feet underwater, motionless above the abyss while contemplating the cacophony of colors and lifeforms milling about on the coral reef in front of me.
Chief Operating Officer | Solution Translator | Carpenter
You could say the job I had at 16 put the wheels in motion for what I do today.
I built a website for the car dealership I worked at, getting inventory online (long before it was common) and capturing leads. I was also pretty good with customers, and eventually became general manager. The skills I developed – in sales, technology and leadership – are directly applicable to what I do for customers.
One of my roles at Kinetic Data was as liaison between customers and our development team, translating their needs into an action plan our developers can run with. Basically, I helped the tech folks understand business problems, and business folks understand tech problems. I also led our development team in envisioning the future state of our product.
These days I'm working to apply the techniques I learned while leading our development team to the rest of the company. My primary focus is getting everyone on the same page and ensuring there is clarity in our vision, communication between teams, consistency in the service we deliver to our customers and accountability so that we continue moving in the right direction.
Business Manager | Go-to Guru | Avid Fisher+Crocheter
I was once told I would make a good cavewoman, because I just figure stuff out.
I was Kinetic Data's first employee over 20 years ago - and I've done a little bit of everything since. I started as a developer, working on proprietary client projects. After a few years, I evolved into an account manager role with one of our key clients. But the majority of my career has been in an operations role, making sure all the parts of the business run smoothly.
I love the fact that my job is never the same two days in a row. Not ever. On a given day, I could be handling contract negotiations with a client, arranging travel plans that work around someone's kid's soccer game, and onboarding a new employee. When we were mapping company roles recently, I think my name was in six different spots. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Early on, our motto was "We do what makes sense." That might mean giving a developer the flexibility to work non-traditional hours or from another country, or not trying to sell a customer a solution that we don't think is the right fit.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I love to fish. My significant other is a former national champion walleye fisherman and I tease him that I'm only with him because of the fishing. I also crochet a lot. So pretty much anything that deals with hooks.
Director of Customer Services | Born Helper | Lego Builder
Understanding the need is more important than just answering a question.
I've always been drawn to roles where people need assistance. From supporting an entrepreneur by learning how to do desktop publishing, to working a help desk, to consulting with customers to help them see what we can do for them... I view myself as a helper.
The way I look at it, it's not just about getting to an end result; it's about going down a path of learning and sharing knowledge. Because only by truly understanding what a customer needs can we help them get there in the right way.
We ask a lot of questions. You want your workflow to get from Point A to Point Z… let's talk about your end state, all the nuances and break points along the way. Your path might only go through points B, C, and D, or it may go through the entire alphabet - and it may not necessarily be a straight path – but we'll help you find the best way to get there.
We don't see ourselves as just another vendor. We truly want to be a partner to our customers, opening doors to help them discover what the Kinetic Platform is capable of, how they can use our tools to change their organization and increase ROI.
What do you do when you're not working?
Phineas & Ferb have this saying, "What are we going to build today?" I like the whole concept of creating something – a lot of home construction and Lego building. I have Legos all over my offices at home and work: the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, Hogwarts. I really enjoy putting things together.
Director of Product | Execution + Vision | Jiu Jitsu Enthusiast
Our product enables smart people to do powerful things.
I've always had a passion for technology. I taught computer camps in high school, then landed a summer internship with Kinetic Data. I loved the culture and community so much, I couldn't leave. 20 years later, I'm part of our platform development team.
My current role is fairly well-balanced between our product's current and future state. It's about one-third leadership, one-third product architecture, and one-third "boots on the ground" coding and programming. When a challenge arises, I work through the best way to implement a solution: selecting the right technologies, executing the project plans.
I think the biggest value that the Kinetic Platform offers is it's flexibility. Similar products tend to have constraints that can only take you so far. Our approach to architecture centers on very open frameworks and patterns, which enable customers to extend the tool even further and solve problems that a pre-canned solution just can't.
On weekends, you'll normally find me...
At Akagi, my jiu jitsu gym, where I teach and participate in classes. For all the reasons I love Kinetic Data, I love the jiu jitsu community. It isn't about winning; it's all about how to get better together... and it's a great activity for physical and mental balance.
Director of Marketing