Mr. Howe has been active in the technology industry since 1983 as a founder of two firms and an investor and board member of dozens more. Today Mr. Howe is founder and Managing Partner of Mercury Ventures, a technology investment fund with over $120 million of invested capital in numerous public and private firms. Mr. Howe served on the Board of Directors of the Sage Group (SGE) for 15 years (1991-2005) and of Digital Generation (DGIT) for 10 years (2000-2011). Mr. Howe also serves on the Cox Executive Board at Southern Methodist University and is 25 year member of YPO & WPO. Mr. Howe received his MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS from Northwestern State.
Mr. Boisvert has been in the technology field for over 35 years. Boisvert started his career with IBM in 1976 where he spent 13 years. While at IBM, Boisvert held senior management positions in sales, marketing and R&D. After leaving IBM, Boisvert held executive positions in some of the best respected software companies in the software industry, such as Cognos Corporation and Oracle Corporation where he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and was a member of Oracle’s Management committee.
In 2000, Boisvert was recruited to come in as the President and COO of SAS Institute Inc, the world’s largest privately held software company with revenues currently exceeding $3B annually, with the mission of bringing the company public. When the plans of an IPO were abandoned in 2001, Boisvert joined one of SAS Institute Inc.’s’ investments as Chairman & CEO of Sagent Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SGNT). In April of 2004, Boisvert successfully completed the sale of Sagent Technologies Inc. to Group 1 Software Inc (NASDAQ:GSOF).
In March 2002, Boisvert became a director of VA Software (NASDAQ:LNUX), the creator and owner of SourceForge, the world’s largest repository of open source projects. During his four year term at VA Software, Boisvert developed a wealth of knowledge about open source projects and their applicability to solving real world problems, which previously had been exclusively addressed through expensive proprietary software.
This experience led Boisvert to co-founding Pentaho Corporation in October of 2004, the world’s most popular commercial open source business intelligence platform. Pentaho was subsequently acquired by Hitachi Data Systems for +$500M in Feb, 2015. Boisvert also serves/served as an advisor/director of several other leading commercial open source companies, Revolution Analytics (acquired by Microsoft in January 2015), Zenoss Inc. (systems management), Infobright (data warehousing) and Zend Technologies Inc. (the PHP company).
Boisvert is also Chairman of Palamida Corporation, a leader in Software Composition Analysis for intellectual property & security risk management, and Vice-Chairman of River Logic Inc., a leader in prescriptive analytics. Additionally, Boisvert is a Director of Clario Analytics Inc., a cloud based analytics solution aimed at companies using multi-channels to market their products & services, and Transera Communications Inc., a cloud based solution for optimizing customer interactions.
In 2011, Boisvert joined the board of directors of London based SmartFocus Corporation, a leader in email & social marketing. In 2012 Boisvert became a Director of Issuer Direct, a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions & services for publicly traded companies. In 2013 Boisvert was appointed Chairman of Issuer Direct and in 2014 the company uplifted its public listing to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ISDR).
Mr. Boisvert resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Gary Cokins (Cornell University BS IE/OR, 1971; Northwestern University Kellogg MBA 1974) is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management systems. He is the founder of Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC, an advisory firm located in Cary, North Carolina at www.garycokins.com . He began his career in industry with a Fortune 100 company in CFO and operations roles. He then worked 15 years in consulting with Deloitte, KPMG, and EDS (now part of HP). From 1997 until 2013 Gary was a Principal Consultant with SAS, a leading provider of enterprise performance management and business analytics and intelligence software. His two most recent books are Performance Management: Finding the Missing Pieces to Close the Intelligence Gap (ISBN 0-471-57690-5) and Performance Management: Integrating Strategy Execution, Methodologies, Risk, and Analytics (ISBN 978-0-470-44998-1). His most recent book is Predictive Business Analytics (ISBN 978-1-118-17556-9), published by John Wiley & Sons. Mr. Cokins can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Goodwin began his career as a financial auditor and consultant with PriceWaterhouse. Subsequently, Mr. Goodwin joined Sage US, one of his PriceWaterhouse clients, as Controller, and became Chief Financial Officer the following year. During his nearly seven years with Sage, Mr. Goodwin was involved with the financial and legal aspects of U.S. based acquisitions, as well as overseeing the operations of the customer support, MIS and administrative departments. Mr. Goodwin also serves as CFO for Mercury Ventures.
Bill is Senior Vice President, Core Business Services at GlaxoSmithKline. CBS is an integrated shared service with global responsibility for Information Technology, Accounting Services, Employee Services, Procurement, and Real Estate and Facilities Management. CBS was designed and launched under Bill’s leadership in 2011. Bill joined the GSK Corporate Executive Team (CEO’s management team) in 2007 as Chief Information Officer. He remained as CIO until 2012 when he delegated that responsibility to one of his direct reports.
Bill has built on his background in statistics and computing to become a thought leader in analytics and ‘big data.’ Bill serves as a technology advisor to Data Direct Networks, a company that provides storage components for high-performance computing. Previously, he advised Netezza, a company recently acquired by IBM that provides analytics appliances.
Bill joined the pharmaceutical industry with Merrell Dow in 1986 as Director of Statistics and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility over an 8-year period.Bill joined Glaxo Inc. (USA) in 1994 as Vice President, Clinical Statistics and Data Management and was promoted to worldwide responsibility for Statistics and Data Management for GlaxoWellcome in 1995. He transitioned into Information Technology in 1998 as Vice President, R&D IT. Bill led the IT group that supported the US Commercial business from 2001 to 2005.
Bill has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Florida. In his early career he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and then Associate Professor of Biostatistics at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most of his academic papers were published while at those research organizations. His primary areas of research were statistical inference, epidemiologic methods, and immunogenetics.
Mr. Page has extensive experience with tier-one strategy and consulting firms around the world. For 23 years, Mr. Page served as Chairman and CEO of Page-Wheatcroft, a senior level executive search firm. Mr. Page identified CEO’s, built Leadership Teams and developed growth and talent acquisition strategies for Global 1000, professional services and private equity firms. Mr. Page has considerable Technology and Financial Services industry experience with leadership positions in British Telecom, Univac FSD, RepublicBank of Texas and Central Bank of California. He obtained degrees in Mathematics and Telecommunications from London University as part of British Telecoms Executive Management Program and graduated from Harvard’s inaugural Leadership in Professional Services Firms program.
Bill currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Diplomat Pharmacy, the nation’s largest independent provider of specialty pharmacy services, and for the fifth year running a member of Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 – an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. During his 30 year career in healthcare he cofounded several hospital, ambulatory surgery center, physician practice management, and healthcare IT firms, as well as built the largest private referral ophthalmology practice in the United States (20 offices in 12 states). Dr. Wallace previously served on the leadership teams of Medical Care America, then the nation’s largest owner and operator of outpatient surgery centers, Perot Systems Healthcare (now Dell Healthcare), and most recently the health plans group ($44B of their $68B in annual revenue) at Medco Health Solutions, where he was responsible for sales, strategic accounts and new business development. Additionally, Bill serves on the boards of several companies, including Power2Practice, a provider of office management and EMR software to specialty physicians practices, Goodwin Benefit Advisors, a general agency providing health insurance solutions to small and middle market employers, and River Logic, a provider of advanced enterprise planning and optimization software to the Global 1000.