Julie Edge,
Chairman of the Board

Andy Huckaba
Vice-Chair 

Rudy Beese

 John Brandmeyer


 

 Byron Clymer

 Ken Conklin

 Greg Kratofil

 Dan Miller  Cheri Streeter









 
 
Rudolf Beese, a Partner at SNR Denton US LLP, practices in the areas of corporate and energy finance, real estate development and construction law. With more than 28 years of experience, Rudy advises national and international clients on a variety of complex operations, development and finance matters in the Advanced Energy, Biosciences and Technology sectors.  He has extensive experience in public and private debt financing, projects implementing public/private partnerships, and the negotiation of governmental incentives for the expansion or relocation of a broad spectrum of manufacturing and administrative operations. Rudy also provides advice to clients on projects involving a variety of Animal, Human and Plant Pharma projects, healthcare facilities, biotech campus operations, hi-tech enterprises, and a spectrum of energy types, among them Solar, Wind, Landfill Gas, Natural Gas, Coal, Biomass and Nuclear facilities.

Rudy has actively supported venture related financings and investment opportunities for emergent technology firms, and has authored and presented materials on a variety of topics related to his law practice. He is a frequent speaker at programs sponsored by various Bar Associations and many industry-related groups including the American Institute of Architects.

Rudy serves on a number of professional, civic and community boards or organizations and is a member of the American Bar Association's Construction Law Forum, an affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects where he serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee, is the President of the Kansas Bar Association's Construction Law Section, and a former chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Construction Law Committee.   Rudy has a law degree from the School of Law, Valparaiso University, 1982, and a B.S. from Valparaiso University, 1979, Chemistry and Physics, with concentration in Business Administration and is currently licensed to practice law in the states of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

 
 

   
John Brandmeyer currently serves as the CEO of Brandmeyer Enterprises, a holding company with interests in financial service, technology, and other businesses. Prior to leading Brandmeyer Enterprises he held senior level positions in information technology and finance at Enturia, a medical device company privately held by the Brandmeyer family. The assets of the company were sold to Cardinal in health in 2008. John represented the Brandmeyer family’s interests in all of the negotiations leading up to the sale, and this experience was instrumental in shaping his thoughts about how best to lead Brandmeyer Enterprises’ investment committee.

John received an MBA degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, a Bachelor in business from the University of Kansas, and a CIS degree from Devry University.
 

 
Byron Clymer is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at FreightQuote.com.  As CIO, Byron is responsible for all Technology functions supporting Freight Quote and its subsidiaries.  

Byron has over 18 years of experience creating successful, scalable IT systems and infrastructures, including a strong background in merger integration, and a proven track record of getting results.

Prior to FreightQuote.com, Byron was Vice President, IT Operations, at CenturyLink Corporation. CetnuryLink is the third largest wireline telecommunications company in the US.  Throughout his successful career Byron has been responsible for large operating budgets, complex systems, networks, multiple large merger integrations, and hundreds of employees. Byron’s strong leadership qualities and quick thinking skills have made him a stand out in the corporate world.

Byron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska.

Byron and his wife Darcy are the proud parents of two sons – Evan and Owen. In addition being a devoted husband and father, Byron is an avowed ‘techno-geek’, and an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.  
   

   
Ken Conklin was promoted to senior vice president, business development, at BATS in August 2007. Mr. Conklin was the driving force behind much of the company’s European expansion and has spent the last two years in London focusing on the start-up of the BATS Europe Multilateral Trading Facility. He was also instrumental in the research and development for BATS Options.

Also, as head of global marketing, Mr. Conklin brings strong technical knowledge to the firm’s print and online material and is responsible for maintaining the BATS brand by ensuring consistent messages and branding across all media.

Mr. Conklin joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 as a software developer and played a key role in the development of the BATS ECN. He has pioneered and led the sales and marketing efforts for BATS as an account manager, sales manager, and vice president of sales.

"In a technology-driven company such as BATS, it only makes sense that a technology professional should lead business development and marketing for the firm and Ken has played an enormous role in BATS’ growth, first leading our US sales force and then as the lead for our European expansion," CEO Joe Ratterman said.

Previous to joining BATS, Mr. Conklin was a software developer at Tradebot Systems. His experience also includes software engineering positions at Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., and Cyntergy Technology, Tulsa, Okla. He spent the first several years of his career as a financial analyst and commercial lender for Bank of America and Firstar Bank (US Bank).

Mr. Conklin holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Kansas State University and also earned a master's degree in computer science, with honors, from the University of Kansas.
 
 
Julie Edge, PhD, has a passion for helping leaders see their organization, their people, and their growth opportunities with “new eyes.” Known for her abilities as a change agent, Julie facilities new thinking related to an organization’s vision, course, and team. With a focus on building high performing teams, Julie helps her clients get the right people in the right seats of the organization to achieve excellence. 
 
Julie consults with the leaders of emerging start-­up to established multi-­national companies, as well as, academic, not-­for-­profit, and government institutions. Her workshops include topics on organizational development, high performing teams, visioning, and strategic planning. Julie is a certified administrator of the Hogan Personality Inventory and Keirsey Temperament Sorter-­II® and uses both methodologies in her counseling of CEOs and leadership teams and development of execution strategies.  
 
Julie also serves on the faculty of the Olin Business School at Washington University-­St. Louis as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. She provides Executive Coaching services to the Executive MBA-­Kansas City program and supports the Executive Education degree and non-­‐degree programs for the Kansas City Region. Julie is currently doing research on the co-­founder leadership model funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 
 
Prior to founding Inside Edge Solutions LLC in 2002, Julie served as vice president and global practice co-­leader for biotechnology at Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., a public relations firm with more than 80 offices worldwide. She conducted her post-doctoral research with Monsanto Company’s Agriculture Division in St. Louis, Mis also has an extensive policy background stemming from her work on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Ike Skelton (MO) and as Director of Congressional and Regulatory Affairs for the American Furniture Manufacturers Association.  
 
Julie serves on the following boards: Citizens Bank NA; First Capital Corporation (Board Secretary); Kansas City Public Television (Chair, Nominating Task Force); and the Enterprise Center for Johnson County. Her commitment to the future prosperity of the Kansas City region was acknowledged with her selection to the 2004 class of Leadership Kansas and Ingram’s Magazine 2005 40-under-40 class.  
 
Trained as an organizational ecologist, Julie holds a PhD in Environmental Biology & Public Policy and MS in Ecology from George Mason University, Virginia, and a BA in Sociology from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania. 
 
     
    Andy Huckaba is the President of Huckaba & Associates, a management consulting firm focusing on strategy, marketing, technology and leadership coaching.

He is member of the Coaching Faculty for the Kansas Leadership Center. He is certified as a Civic and Community Leadership Coach and has coached many alumni of KLC programs as well as his work with clients in the Exec-Coach Kansas program.

He serves as an instructor with the KU Public Management Center, part of the KU school of Public Administration where he teaches on the subjects of communication, supervision and management, leadership and social media.

Andy is a three-term City Councilman in Lenexa, Kansas. He has been on the forefront of Internet technologies, development, and trends for two decades. He is a member of the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee advising the FCC on issues around broadband deployment and adoption. He served as Chair of the Information, Technology and Communications committee for the National League of Cities where he played an instrumental role in calling for the creation of a national broadband plan and continues to advocate for a world-class broadband infrastructure to improve the global competitiveness of our nation.

In addition to his City Council and NLC duties, Andy serves on the Mid-American Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Board, the Kansas City Metro area Digital Leadership Team, and a number of non-profit boards in the Kansas City Metro area.


 
     


 
   
Greg Kratofil, Jr. is a shareholder with Polsinelli Shughart PC.  Greg takes on the role as general counsel for many of the region’s new and developing technology businesses. In this role, Greg provides legal counsel on a wide variety of matters facing today’s technology companies, including startup formation and venture capital financing, intellectual property based joint ventures, copyright and trademark protection, software development and licensing, as well as drafting and reviewing various hosting, consulting, procurement, network and systems development contracts. Mr. Kratofil's experience includes complex technology and commercial contracting transactions, technology and software-based mergers and acquisitions, as well as compliance with GLB, HIPAA, state privacy breach notification laws and other privacy and security directives.
 
Greg is very active in the technology community, including as the Co-Founder and current Board member of KCNext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City and a member of the Kauffman Google Fiber Company Creation Team. Greg is a frequent speaker on a variety of technology startup and financing topics. Greg has a law degree from the St. Louis University School of Law and and a B.A. in Economics from Loyola University New Orleans. Greg is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri.
 

 
Dan Miller is the CEO of Red Nova Labs, a technology and marketing think-tank in Westwood, KS. Red Nova Labs invents, builds and launches its own web-based platforms for various applications and vertical markets. Through multiple ventures, Miller has figured out the formula for success to run a sustainable startup: find and retain top talent and give them the tools to go as far as they can.
 
Miller started his career at Intel during their glory years and then developed his CEO chops with AeroComm, his first startup. He started the wireless communications company with a partner in his basement in 1991 and sold it for nearly $40 million to Laird Technologies in 2007. After spending two restless years in retirement, Dan co-founded Red Nova Labs in 2009. The company has grown to 30 employees. Miller has an engineering degree and MBA from the University of Portland.

 

 


Brian Roby has more than 25 years of banking experience and is Executive Vice President of Equity Bank.

His past and current community activities include serving as Chairman of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, Board President of Safehome, Inc., Board & Executive Committee member of TLC for Children & Families, Inc., board member of Johnson County United Way, board member of Olathe Medical Center and as a member of the Johnson County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. Brian has a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 
 
Cheri Streeter served as the director of the Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College for 11 years and retired in 2008 from JCCC as the dean of continuing education. When not traveling, she currently provides business consulting services to small business owners and also specializes in business writing and editing. 

Cheri majored in foreign languages in college, including Spanish, French and German, and became fluent in Spanish after studying in Mexico. She received an MBA from the University of Denver while employed as an interpreter and export manager for an international industrial products manufacturing company based in Denver.

In 1986, she fulfilled her dream of starting her own business when she and her husband relocated from Denver to Kansas City to start up a concrete manufacturing company.  The company introduced concrete paving stones to the Kansas City region and grew the company to be the largest paving stone producer in the Kansas/Missouri area.  They sold the business in 1994 to the national firm, Pavestone.   After selling the business, Cheri wanted to share her entrepreneurial expertise and experience with other aspiring business owners, which led to her joining the Small Business Development Center, a non-profit agency of the SBA.

Cheri is one of the founding members of the Women’s Capital Connection angel investor group and serves on the board of Heartland Business Capital.  She likes to write, golf, and travel, and is a dog enthusiast.
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