Board of Directors
Darren Bonawitz is the former co-owner of 1102 Grand, LLC, a full service carrier hotel and facility that houses multiple data centers. With 13 years experience in technical business development and engineering, he has spent time as a Consultant, Sales Engineer, and Network Engineer for companies including Birch Telecom and Lucent Technologies.
In addition, he founded and operated a computer and server systems integration company and has consulted for several companies including internet service providers and webhosting/collocation companies.
Margaret Boyd, Director of Workforce Development – Service Delivery
Metropolitan Community College
Margaret Boyd is director of workforce development for MCC Business & Learning Solutions, a division of Metropolitan Community College that provides a wide variety of training, development and consulting services to business and industry in and around metropolitan Kansas City.
Margaret joined MCC in 2000 as director of the Program for Adult College Education (PACE) at MCC-Longview. In 2001, she moved to MCC-Business & Technology and became associate director for training and development, then in 2003 became dean of instruction and student services, a position she held until taking on her current role with Business & Learning Solutions in 2007. Prior to MCC, Margaret worked at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, where she served as Arkansas County off-campus coordinator, then vice chancellor for Arkansas County and executive vice president. She also worked for the Stuttgart (Ark.) School District as a licensed school counselor.
Matt Denney, Owner
Matt Denney is the owner of StarRecruit, LLC. He is also the former Director of HR for BATS Trading and Tradebot Systems. While at BATS, Matt was one of the early members of the team that helped grow the Exchange by finding and recruiting great employees. During his time there, he saw the trading volume grow. First doubling, then tripling, and then eventually hitting one billion shares traded a day.
After his stint at BATS, he followed the founder of BATS back to Tradebot, resulting in tripling the number of employees at the firm, and helping the company reach several record-breaking profitable years. After partnering with these firms to find star employees, Matt is back to helping other companies reach new heights.
Gary Fish, President and CEO
Gary Fish is the founder, president and CEO of FishNet Security Inc., headquartered in the Kansas City area. His career in the information security industry started over two decades ago, and his innovative style of leadership has earned him recognition as a pioneer in the industry.
Since founding FishNet Security in 1996, he has set the company’s strategic direction and led it to become the largest independently owned information security solutions provider in the United States. In addition, Fish is a serial entrepreneur, involved in many new business endeavors such as FireMon, holds advisory board positions with a number of global technology companies, and is an active angel investor.
Bill Graff, Senior Vice President
Bill Graff, senior vice president of Cerner Technology Services at Cerner Corporation, is responsible for Cerner corporate and CernerWorksSM managed services technical infrastructure and data centers worldwide. Graff also oversees Cerner’s corporate applications, end user computing, security, telephony and emerging infrastructure such “as a service” offerings.
Cerner’s Technology Infrastructure teams support data center operations in four countries, providing technology services and critical infrastructure technology (datacenter facilities, servers, storage, networking, system management applications, backup and recovery) for 300-plus managed services clients and more than 8,000 worldwide Cerner associates. Graff joined Cerner in 2005 as a senior manager of CernerWorks Infrastructure. Prior to joining Cerner, Graff spent 17 years in various IT roles in retail, nuclear and fossil power generation, petrochemical and B2B marketplace operations businesses.
Lirel Holt, President/CEO
Lirel Holt is CEO of U, Inc. an Overland Park, Kansas based information technology company comprised of an e-learning division and an augmentation division located in Chennai, India. Early in his career, Mr. Holt helped architect and market business operations and financial software for the 3M Company. Mr. Holt is a former Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year who was recognized for founding and building the largest collision repair business in the world, CARSTAR. He is a graduate of UMKC.
Greg Kratofil, Attorney/Shareholder
Polsinelli Shughart PC
Mr. Kratofil provides legal counsel on a wide variety of matters for today’s technology companies, including startup formation, venture capital financing, and intellectual property based joint ventures. He also handles 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 directives.
Ed Link, Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Ed Link joined the Garmin team in 2006 as the director of information technology and was promoted to vice president in July 2007. As VP of IT, Link is responsible for the seamless integration of Garmin’s worldwide information systems. Link came to Garmin after 15 years at Butler Manufacturing where he was responsible for delivery of Butler’s information systems.
Link earned his bachelor’s in information systems from Park University and his master’s in business administration from the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bob Marcusse, President and CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council
Bob has over 30 years of economic development experience. He has an extensive background in domestic and international corporate attraction, business growth and retention, and regional marketing. He has spearheaded major growth initiatives in the region such as the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and the KC Animal Health Corridor.
He also created a focus on transportation and logistics – founding KC SmartPort – and a focus on IT companies through KCnext. Bob has a Master of Science degree from Purdue University. He leads a team of 20 at KCADC, which was just named the #2 regional development agency in the United States by its North American clients. He joined KCADC in 1991.
Keith Molzer, President and CEO
Keith Molzer is the founder and CEO of Balance Innovations, the leading developer of cash office software solutions for the retail industry. Mr. Molzer founded the company in April 2004 and has led the company through its growth from a staff of five and several hundred installs, to a multi-product company with over 60 team members and 7000 contracted installations in North America.
Mr. Molzer has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and has founded and invested in a variety of start-ups. Mr. Molzer attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned his BA from Baker University and MBA from Rockhurst University.
Perry Puccetti, President and CEO
Perry A. Puccetti is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Triple-I Corporation. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, with a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University, Perry was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and served in leadership roles around the world as an AH-1 attack helicopter pilot/Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI). He has held a number of positions in privately held and publicly traded companies – from Fortune 100s to startups – serving the government and commercial sectors.
Perry has more than 26 years of military and executive leadership experience encompassing executive management, strategic planning, business development, enterprise application performance management, business process management and program/project management.
Dr. Joel Wiggins, President and CEO
Enterprise Center of Johnson County
Dr. Wiggins joined the Enterprise Center of Johnson County as President and CEO in 2005. He is a founding organizer and Executive Manager of Mid-America Angels Investments, LLC, and a member of the Information Technology Kansas City (ITKC) Advisory Board. Dr. Wiggins moved to Kansas from Texas where he was the Director of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), University of Texas at Austin from 2000-2005.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Communications Studies. Wiggins is a member and past Chair of the National Business Incubation Association Board of Directors. He has consulted on incubation and technology commercialization in more than a dozen countries.