BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gerrit V. Lydecker Jr.
Founder & CEO
Gerrit Lydecker is the founder and CEO of OpenMethods, Inc. Gerrit has been responsible for setting the strategic vision for the company and managing its overall operations. His focus on innovation, customer experience, and team has acted as the catalyst for creating products that drive operational initiatives and improve customer & agent experience. Prior to OpenMethods, he served as CEO of Virtual CSR, a leading advanced speech recognition hosting company in Silicon Valley. With over 20 years of experience in enterprise, integration, and automation software, Gerrit has been delivering innovative technology solutions to drive business growth initiatives and address market needs. He has held various executive sales, marketing, and business development positions in the technology sector, working for Tellinfo, Voice Access Technologies, Cliffstone Corp., and Call Center Technologies.
Michael J Montgomery
Mr. Montgomery is currently the CEO of an advisory business, Montgomery Advisory LLC. He also serves on the Board of Directors at DreamWorks SKG. Previously, he co-founded and was president of Montgomery & Co., a boutique investment bank that was focused on internet based companies. Prior to this, Mr. Montgomery was chief executive officer of Sega Gameworks, a joint venture between Sega, Universal Studios, and DreamWorks SKG. In 1995, Mr. Montgomery joined DreamWorks and was instrumental in raising $1 billion in private equity financing. In 1989, Mr. Montgomery was the vice president and treasurer of the Walt Disney Company and was actively involved in the IPO of EuroDisney, where he later became the executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Kenny Slutsky is an investor in both private and public sectors enterprises. His experience spans numerous industries including: technology, energy, real estate and financial services. Among the corporations in which he has held CEO or other senior leadership positions are Kern Oil & Refining Co, Casey Co, and Candle Corporation, a leading provider of systems management software. He has served or is serving on an advisory board of Northwest Airlines, Red Cloud Capital, AT Curd/PCL Construction Co, Saybrook Capital and Wedgewood Enterprise Corporation, among others.
David Vap was formerly Group Vice President of Development at Oracle. He was the most senior development executive responsible for SaaS development organization of 1100 people including Product Marketing, Product Management, Engineering, QA, Development Operations and Strategy. The team was responsible for Oracle Service Cloud at Oracle, which included RightNow CX, Inquira KB, LiveLook, and TOA Field Service. Prior to Oracle, he was Chief Product Officer, at RightNow Technolgoies, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Software AG. He also spent time at content management vendor Artesia Technologies as the Vice President of products, where he was responsible for product management, development, and quality assurance. Before joining Artesia, he founded and ultimately sold a professional services company that focused on packaging solution offerings built using a CASE tool environment. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in Washington DC. David also serves as an advisor and board member to numerous technology startups.
Clete Brewer is a Managing Partner of NewRoad Capital Partners. He brings 25 years of experience leading successful startups, high-growth companies and publicly traded companies that broadly encompass the service industry, retail, franchising and environmental services. He has lead two IPOs and raised over $400 million in public and private financing. Since 2013, he has served as Chairman and co-managing Partner of NewRoad Capital Partners. Mr. Brewer previously served as Chairman and CEO of BlueInGreen, a water technology solutions disruptor for the environmental treatment of water and wastewater from 2010-2015. Prior to that, he was President and co-owner of Sport Clips, Inc. from 2002-2010. During his tenure there, Sports Clips grew from 42 franchised stores to over 675 with revenues of over $250 million. From 1988 to 2002, preceding Sport Clips, Inc., Mr. Brewer served as President, CEO and co-founder of Staffmark where he led the IPO (STAF:NASDAQ). Under his leadership, the company grew from $600,000 in sales to over $1.2 billion. Mr. Brewer serves on the boards of BlueInGreen, Big Elk, Spot Right and the Executive Advisory Board at the Sam Walton College of Business. Mr. Brewer graduated from the Walton College of Business in 1987 with a BSBA in Finance. He was named the Sam Walton Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996 by the University of Arkansas. In 1997, Mr. Brewer was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma regions of the U.S.