Board of Directors

Tom Cooper (Founder)
Consultant | Retired Executive

Tom is a retired executive with over 30 years experience in the technology industry. Tom held senior worldwide roles at SAP, Oracle, i2 Technologies and Data General. In addition, Tom held leadership roles to help EXE Technologies, Proofpoint, JBoss, and Hortonworks complete successful public offerings. Tom and his wife Nancy were called to found NHNTX due to their commitment to at-risk youth.

Chris Bedford
Account Executive | GDT

Chris is a 20+ year veteran with GDT. GDT is an award-winning, international multi-vendor IT solutions provider and Cisco Gold Partner. GDT specializes in the consulting, design, deployment and management of advanced technology solutions for businesses, service providers, government agencies and healthcare organizations.

Craig Rogers
Commercial Director | Channel Prime Alliance

Dave Huff
Vice President | Ameriprise Financial

Doug Scott
Senior Vice President & GM, South | SAP

Doug Scott is a software industry executive with a 20+ year track record of success in start-ups, mid-cap and large organizations. Experienced in both global and regional roles, Doug focuses on helping customer executives navigate digital transformation journeys to achieve sustainable, profitable growth by leveraging technology innovations in big data, IoT, in-memory computing and cloud delivery models.

Rick Simmons
Founder | Integrated Real Estate Group

Rick has a 25-year history of building and developing real estate throughout the United States, with an emphasis on multi-family developments. Rick established Integrated Real Estate Group (IREG) – a multi-family development, construction and management company – in 1995.

Ron Chase
CEO | Frog Street Press

As an entrepreneur, Ron has always looked to find purpose in his work. After he purchased controlling interest in Frog Street in 2006, his rich background in business has helped Frog Street realize its potential as a national leader in early childhood education.

Trent Ricker
CEO | Pursuant

Trent is the executive leader of Pursuant Group, a fundraising company that provides technology-enabled marketing and fundraising solutions, analytics and insights, and SaaS products to the non-profit market.

Tonia Degner
CSO | freshbenies

Tonia Degner has been a transformational business leader for 20+ years, with a focus on driving vision and growth strategies in large volume retail and tech business sectors. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at freshbenies, an innovative healthcare benefits company. Fueling her passion to enhance the American healthcare experience, she leverages her strong finance, strategic planning, and operations leadership. Prior to this position, Tonia was a Sr. Leader at Amazon, where she drove the very successful launch of Clothing and Shoes. She implemented complex organizational enhancements, led the launch of innovative products, and created disruptive strategies for major brands. Tonia holds an undergraduate degree from Lindenwood University and an MBA from Texas A&M.

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With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Bordner is an executive with a proven track record of leading diverse program and management teams and implementing unique and innovative business development campaigns. Most recently she created the #5000jobs2020 advocacy campaign supported by the City of Dallas, Dallas County and the Governor’s office. This campaign was designed to provide middle skill job training for 5000 workers in 2020 leading to living wage jobs.