Robert Sherwood President
Mr. Sherwood is a semi-retired Silicon Valley technology executive. He has authored 14 books, hosted his own radio program, taught at KU, MU and Stanford graduate schools of business, earned MBA and MS degrees, received an honorary Doctorate, founded 2 Silicon Valley technology companies and directed businesses in South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. He was president of a venture capital firm capitalized by Ewing Kaufmann, owner of the Kansas City Royals. Mr. Sherwood was a senior board member to 30 companies, was profiled in Fortune and Business Week, was a winner of the 1995 Entrepreneur of the Year award and has presented seminars on Leadership and Technology to more than 3000 executives. He has been engaged as an expert witness by Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and other prominent companies on Internet-related litigation.
W. Ryan Walker Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Walker is an accomplished computer systems architect. He has more than 18 years of experience in the full life-cycle of software design, including research; development, requirements definition, prototyping, proof of concept, design, implementation, testing, scaling, and maintenance. He has expertise in analysis and design of various software languages and is skilled at progressing from problem statement to well-documented design. He has been engaged by Fortune 100 companies to design, deploy and host complex business and consumer-facing products. Mr. Walker has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.
Kelley Judd Director Counselor Liaison
Kelley Judd has more than 40 years of sales, management and customer service experience. He has worked as a money market and international finance broker, venture capital consultant and financial consultant in companies ranging from Prebon Money Brokers in Los Angeles to Smith Barney in Beverly Hills. He later served as VP/Director of Sales for Southwest Networks in Palm Springs, CA. His responsibilities included marketing, promotion, sales and customer service. Judd attended the University of Kansas.
Dylene Cymraes Chief Research Analyst
Dylene is a novelist, professional writer, and editor. She has published four novels, two nonfiction books, edited and contributed to more than 50 screenplays, and is published in the American Journal of Poetry. She is currently completing a BFA in Creative and Professional Writing and serves as Editor-in-Chief for the literary magazine Metafore.
Randy Shepard PhD Advisor
Dr. Shepard is a nationally-known management consultant, trainer, and speaker. His clients have included such corporate giants as Wal-Mart, AT&T, Sprint, Delta Dental, and The U.S. Department of Agriculture. Randy regularly conducts personal and corporate growth seminars to equip people with the practical tools on such subjects as leadership, teamwork, conflict resolution, and employee motivation.
Mike Hellings Advisor
Mike currently serves as Multimedia Manager for the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is responsible for KCU’s AV multimedia technology strategy, which includes AV design, video conferencing, lecture capture deployment, budget management, digital signage, and more. He served as a Content Producer for Uclick Andrews McMeel Universal, where he was responsible for Uclick’s mobile video content technology strategy, video wall design-build and content creation, mobile multimedia content creation and channel management. He has produced a video for trade shows, product promotion, internal corporate videos and embedded game videos, product demos, video screen captures and motion animation.
Mike holds a B.A. in Radio and Television Production from Kansas State University and attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.
Thom Bear Advisor
Thom Bear served as COO of Earp Distribution in Edwardsville, KS from 2005 until his retirement in 2017. He has also been a business owner and professional management consultant and has a passion for leadership development. He acted as Regional District Manager for Aramark Healthcare Services; District Manager for NC Eurest Dining Services; and Assistant Director of the Kansas City Zoo. Under his direction, companies cultivated stellar staff retention, notably improved professional development using Success Factors, and implemented new human resource departments from the ground up. He is known for his expertise in coaching product, process, and internal/external customer service improvements while building partnerships with key business decision makers. He believes Identimap is a powerful tool for helping people understand strengths and roles, which leads to successful teams.
Mr. Bear holds a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Missouri.