Brian Kurth was the founder and President of Portland, Oregon-based VocationVacations. Dubbed “America’s dream job matchmaker” by CNN in 2010, the company provided career mentorship experiences to people across the United States for more than a decade. As its chief promoter, Brian was an on-air contributor for NBC, CNBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and NPR and featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and O, The Oprah Magazine among others. After moving to Austin in 2013, Brian created Revere Software, a knowledge-sharing and networking platform for universities and large nonprofit organizations. Earlier in his career, Brian served in corporate product marketing and business development roles at Ameritech and AT&T.
In his spare time, you can find Brian listening to music at The Continental Club in Austin, hiking and kayaking. Brian earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, triple-majoring in Political Science, History and International Relations.
Rudy spent nearly 20 years in Silicon Valley, much of that as the founder and CEO of eFax.com. At eFax, he led its IPO and enormous growth in subscribers as an early pioneer of a “freemium” business model. Since its merger with J2 Communications, he has been heavily involved with mobile applications and services in conference calling, group texting, photo sharing and location-based networking. He also helped launch Microsoft’s “Grocery Shopping Cart of the Future” while at Mediacart which offered video advertisements and shopper analytics based on cart location in the store.
Rudy is a quintessential, music and sports-loving Texan. He is a solid guitar picker, frequents the Austin music scene, and is a huge Longhorn football fan. Rudy holds a B.S.M.E. with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.
Greg Hilton was on the founding engineering team at Vignette Corporation and has been a technical leader at several Austin start-ups, including HaL (acquired by Fujitsu) and Anue Systems (acquired by Ixia). Greg has experience with the design and architecture of desktop and web applications, with emphasis on ease-of-use and user experience.
Greg has also served on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services (now Upbring) and most recently was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Charter School, serving abused and neglected youth. Greg can be found on the local hike and bike trails, enjoying Austin’s renowned food and music scene, skiing in the Colorado Rockies or shuffling up for a good game of Texas Hold ‘Em. Greg holds a B.S.E.E. and M.E.E. from Rice University.
Lorie has been a volunteer organizer for Austin schools and nonprofit organizations since the 1990s. She served on the Board of Directors of The 100 Club of Central Texas from 2010 until 2015. The 100 Club of Central Texas provides financial and emotional help to first responders and their families in times of need. Lorie also worked for a political consulting firm for 13 years, serving as the company’s CFO. She worked on numerous local and statewide campaign fundraising events.
Lorie is the mastermind behind the founding of myRollCall. As a volunteer organizer, she has long felt the pain of not having a single place to go to manage events. She also felt disengaged from some of her own affinity groups because she chose not to have a presence on Facebook or LinkedIn. She believed there had to be a better way to help volunteers organize events. There also had to be a better way to engage members with social networks and for those without. She recognized a problem needing a solution. She described the scenario to her friend Rudy Prince. They agreed there was an opportunity and teamed up to create myRollCall in mid-2015. Lorie was born and raised in New Jersey. She always knew she wanted to attend a large university after high school. In May of 1978 she accepted admission to the University of Texas sight unseen. From the moment she stepped on “the 40 acres,” she knew she was destined to be a Longhorn and an Austinite. Lorie earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sera is a social justice and grassroots activist. She works on balancing the scales of access, equity, and availability in women’s healthcare. Sera has training in midwifery and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Health.
Sera has worked on women’s health issues with teenage and minority mothers in rural areas of the Western U.S.; with refugee communities in Boston; with midwives in India, Guatemala, Tibet, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Jordan, Haiti, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel; with commercial sex workers on issues of HIV/AIDS in Vietnam; with female evacuees from hurricanes Rita and Katrina in Louisiana; with survivors of natural disasters in Oklahoma; with the social service and healthcare provider community in Central Texas to stop human trafficking; and with Latin American refugees arriving in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She lives in Austin with her two sons and pediatrician husband… and can be found eating a taco.
Thon is a visionary leader with deep experience in payment applications and nonprofit markets. As founder of Kimbia, a leader in enterprise fundraising tools, Thon understands the intricacies of the nonprofit fundraising market and the opportunities for startups. Thon led Kimbia to several notable accomplishments, including raising $4.5 million in angel capital, achieving the first $2M in revenue within 2 years of product launch, and building an award-winning platform.
Currently, Thon is the CEO/founder of Protea Corporate Consulting. Protea develops enterprise software products and platforms with a heavy focus on credit card payment transactions. Before Kimbia, Thon served as National Account Manager at Convio and VP Online Services at BroadbandNow. Thon has been interviewed on CNBC and NPR and has been a panelist at NTEN and the SXSW interactive conference.
With more than 18 years of event planning and fundraising expertise, Samantha focuses on how to maximize the potential of any event. She is a passionate supporter of the nonprofit world and believes volunteers and visionary nonprofit leaders are at the center of positive change that is making our communities stronger. Samantha’s mission is twofold: implement strategy and educate nonprofit leaders on the tools they can use to increase their impact and reduce their workload. Samantha is a strategist, a teacher and a producer. She and her team at her consulting agency, Swaim Strategies, have worked with more than 120 clients across the U.S.
Samantha teaches event planning at Portland Community College and is a guest educator at Portland State University and the University of Portland. She teaches nonprofit leaders and event professionals at national conferences. As a teacher, her goal is to provide nonprofits the keys they need to turn a good event into a great event.
Gary has a deep background with nearly 30 years experience in software sales and marketing to nonprofit and education institutions. Prior to being the founding VP Sales & Marketing at Kimbia, a leader in online fundraising tools to nonprofits, Gary was responsible for $100M of revenue for Apple in the higher education and K12 markets in Texas. Gary had served in education sales roles at Apple dating as far back as 1987 after which he put his Apple career on hold to attend law school.
Currently, Gary is the founder of the Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data (CLOUD) and is Volunteer Chair of the National Corporate Partnership Council of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Gary spoke at TEDxAustin, TEDxWeldQuay in Malaysia, TEDxTrastevere in Rome and TEDxTallaght in Dublin. He was part of the launch of the Texas eCommerce Association in the late 1990s. Governor George W. Bush appointed Gary to the eGovernment Task Force. Governor Rick Perry then reappointed him to the Texas Online Authority. Gary serves on the Boy Scouts of America’s National STEM Advisory Committee.