FORMER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, STATE OF IDAHO
Mr. Sayer recently completed a four-year Governor appointment as the Secretary of Commerce for the state of Idaho. He revitalized the department and was instrumental in passing key legislation that created nationally recognized incentives, one of which was responsible for attracting over $2.0 billion in new payroll to the state in its first two years.
Prior, Mr. Sayer was the President and Chief Financial Officer of Mountain View Hospital in Idaho Falls where he played a key role in the turnaround of a small 20 bed, private hospital near bankruptcy to the 6th largest healthcare system in the state of Idaho. The facility was successfully sold to a strategic buyer in 2010 after recording over 20% EBITDA margins on revenues in excess of $80 million.
Mr. Sayer began his career with Ernst & Young in Silicon Valley where he specialized in advising venture-capital funded technology companies through all stages of growth. Prior to his recent service as Secretary of Commerce for the State of Idaho, Mr. Sayer provided financial and executive leadership for companies ranging from start-ups over $500 million in sales. His experience includes turnarounds, public offerings, mergers & acquisitions, and extensive involvement in corporate strategy and leadership.
Mr. Sayer is a CPA and graduated from Brigham Young University.
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, HEWLETT PACKARD
Mr. Seymour recently completed a 33 year career with Hewlett Packard as the Vice President and General Manager of the LaserJet Hardware division where he was responsible for over $4.5 billion in revenue and 1,200 employees. While leading that division he successfully combined two LaserJet product divisions, improved gross margins by over 5 points, grew market share and introduced a complete lineup of new multifunction devices.
During his career Mr. Seymour was responsible and led multiple printer related divisions. With revenues ranging from $2 billion to over $7 billion, responsibilities for up to 8,000 people and factories in Singapore, Puerto Rico, Ireland and the United States Mr. Seymour was responsible for multiple successes. Results included achieving and maintaining number one market share positions in domestic and emerging markets, 5x improvements in quality results, redesigned multi-factory manufacturing businesses with reduced exposure to vertical liabilities, reduction of inventory days outstanding from 67 to 40 and consistent revenue growth and profits of his divisions.
Mr. Seymour has a BS in electrical engineering from University of Illinois.
FORMER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CLICKBANK
Mick Wiskerchen brings more than 25 years of broad industry and technical expertise through his executive positions he has held in business and lean enterprise transformation, international sales and marketing, M&A strategy, global business and finance operations, supply chain, and a worldwide solutions integrator. With an incredible track record of driving profitability and success in scaling Companies, New Verticals / Business Units, Products, Technologies, Manufacturing Operations and SaaS platforms across global markets.
In August 2016, Mr. Wiskerchen joined Keynetics Inc. and Click Sales, Inc. – ClickBank as the Chief Operating Officer. He was accountable for all Worldwide Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Risk & Compliance for the approximate $350M Internet Retailer. In March 2007, Mr. Wiskerchen joined Micron Technology, Inc. as a global leader and consultant and helped scale the company from $4.5B in revenue to $16B plus. Including netting the company a $151M ROI through re-engineering their worldwide supply chain, driving a best in class CRM (salesforce.com) integration across all sales channels. Also launching, a state of the art B2B and B2C dot.com digital strategy with the IBM WebSphere platform driving $2B in sales. Mr. Wiskerchen also served as a Sr. Sales Executive and Business Operations Director at Who’s Calling and ClickPath – Vista Capital, a startup SaaS technology and service company. He was instrumental in a very successful exit with Vista Capital, and growing revenues from $20M in sales to $100M plus in just over two years. Driving new client accounts, growing revenues, and improving client retention by 65% plus. He also implemented best-in- class technical cloud-based SaaS solutions and processes for CRM with the Salesforce.com ecosystem.
Mr. Wiskerchen was also a Senior Strategy Consultant at AT&T Wireless. He helped scale revenues from $14B to $41B in five years. Before joining AT&T Wireless, Mick was selected to be in a prestigious two-year International GE Model Leadership Program after Jack Welch at The Boeing Company. Mick eventually worked directly for the company’s COO as Senior Finance Manager of the Internal Audit Leadership Program. He also sat on the IBM Customer Advisory Board. Locally, Mick co-founded the Treasure Valley CFO Forum and currently holds positions as a member of the Board of AgriTech; Entrepreneur Mentor of B-Launch; Ex-Chairperson of the Technology Board TAC, College of Western Idaho; and Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Boise Valley Economic Partnership and Executive Board Member – Boise Chamber of Commerce and on the Governors Economic Advisory Council.
Mick has a BA in Industrial Technology from Washington State University. He also received his MBA from City University in Seattle, Washington.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF JUNO Financial
Bill Kirth is currently a Senior Vice President of Juno Financial. Bill has 30 years of experience in traditional banking, auditing, bank compliance, asset-based lending, factoring, entrepreneurship and private equity.
Bill has previously worked for Zions Bank, First Interstate Bank, Wells Fargo, and GE Capital and Summit Financial. He has taught courses and has published material on asset based lending and banking for RMA, Lorman Education, Goldman Sachs and many other panels and seminars. He currently serves on the board of RMA (Risk Management Association) Utah Chapter, TMA (Turnaround Management Association) Utah Chapter (as a founder) and ACG Association for Corporate Growth) Utah Chapter (as a founder) as well as other boards of companies that he has invested in. He had previously served on the national RMA membership board for 4 years.
Bill also manages his own private equity fund which currently holds equity positions in 6
companies. He has owned and sold other businesses during his career and has had
extensive experience in financing both early-stage, high-growth companies as well as
Bill holds a green belt in Six Sigma and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
JOHN HALE | FORMER MANAGING PARTNER, KPMG BOISE, IDAHO
John recently retired from KPMG LLP after 29 years consulting to US and foreign banks on risk management, operations, credit risk, capital adequacy, regulatory matters, and Bank M&A.
John began with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, built a successful bank consultancy that he sold to KPMG from where he later served as Partner in Charge for KPMG’s Advisory Services in Latin America and ultimately the Office Managing Partner for the Boise, ID. John led KPMG’s National Credit Risk Management Practice for 19 years and led major projects in multinational and regional banks, including M&A due diligence on over 40 banks..
John’s prior clients include Fannie Mae, Ford Financhial Group, DeutscheBank, Goldman Sachs, Bank of the Cascades, Banner Bank, AmericanWest, Idaho Banking Company, Panhandle State Bank, Syringa Bank, Sterling Bancorp, Washington Mutual, , Stifel Financial, Los Alamos National Bank, CapGen Financial Group, Square 1 Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Pacific Capital Corporation, California State Banking Department, the International Monetary Fund, Regions, BBVA Compass, and Spain’s central bank (the National Bank of Spain).
John received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Idaho. He is an avid mountain biker, rafter, and struggling guitar student. John is a full time Dad who tries really hard to keep up with his teenagers and stay relevant.
JEFF EVANSON | Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Superior Farms
Mr. Evanson is the former Chief Financial Officer of Superior Farms, the largest fully integrated domestic manufacturer of lamb in the United States with revenues of $250 million. Mr. Evanson has 28 years of experience and expertise in the protein, manufacturing, consumer products and supply chain industries.
Mr. Evanson served as General Manager of the Specialty Products division, as Executive Vice President and the Chairman of the ESOP Administration committee. He currently serves as an outside director for Panorama Meats, an organic grass-fed beef company.
Mr. Evanson has a business degree from Boise State University. In addition, Mr. Evanson completed courses an Executive program for growing companies at Stanford and Strategic Alliances: Creating growth opportunities at Wharton School of Business.
JAY GROVE | Former Vice President, Business Development, Northrop Grumman Communication Division
Jay Grove has held several leadership positions in the aerospace and defense electronics organizations. Mr. Grove is a subject matter expert in electronic defense and warfare systems, unmanned aerial and high altitude avionic systems and other sensors and communication systems. He has led organizations to profitable growth during start-up, turnaround, restructuring, and post- acquisition phases.
Jay served as Vice President for Business Development for Northrop Grumman’s Communication Systems Division, as Group Vice President for Argon ST Network Systems Group (now Boeing Defense Systems), Division Vice President for EMS Technologies Defense & Space Systems Division (now Honeywell, Inc.), and held engineering, P&L management positions for ViaSat, Lockheed Sanders, and TRW.
Jay earned an MS in Engineering from the University of Dayton, and a BS in Electrical Systems Engineering from Wright State University.
MARK GUNTER | OWNER MARKGUNTER LLC
Mark Gunter has more than 25 years of experience working at a variety of companies, including Boeing, Microsoft and Blackboard. He has extensive experience in operations management across the Quote to Cash and Procure to Pay cycles. He has managed a variety of disciplines including procurement, manufacturing and distribution, supplier management, sales operations, and accounting.
At Microsoft, Mark managed multiple functions in operations (both retail and OEM) including business management oversight of a $10 million information systems implementation. While at Microsoft Mark was also responsible for supplier management, assembly and distribution, and outsourcing for the Asia market. At Blackboard Mark was VP of Operations responsible for the operations of the Transact division, which included sales operations, invoicing & collections, purchasing, product release, and electronics manufacturing. During his time at Ball Ventures he was responsible for process improvement and systems implementation.
Mark has a Finance degree from Idaho State University and an MBA from the University of Utah.
When not at work, Mark enjoys time with the family, fishing, snowmobiling, and seeing the western states with his wife on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.