Board of Directors
Clete Brewer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of NewRoad Capital Partners. In addition to his role at Shiftboard, he also serves on the boards of several of NewRoad Capital Partners’ portfolio companies, and the Executive Advisory Board at the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.
Clete brings 25 years of operator experience leading several successful startups and publicly traded companies. He has led two IPOs and raised almost $400 million in public and private financing. Clete was formerly president and co-owner of Sport Clips, Inc. During his tenure, Sport Clips grew from 42 franchised stores to over 675 with revenues of over $250 million. Prior to Sports Clips, Clete was the co-founder of Staffmark and served as President, CEO, and Chairman. Under his leadership, the company grew from $600,000 in sales to over $1.2 billion in 12 years. Clete graduated from the Walton College of Business in 1987 with a BSBA in finance.
Erik Benson is a General Partner at Voyager Capital, where he’s been an early-stage venture capitalist since 1998. In addition to Shiftboard, Erik is a director on the boards of Act-On Software, Anova Data, Chirpify, Lighter Capital, Lytics, Rio SEO, SheerID, and Skyward. He was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in aQuantive (IPO, then acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), CapitalStream (acquired by HCL), Covario (acquired by Dentsu), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon Web Services), Geoloqi (acquired by ESRI), and Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts).
Prior to Voyager, Erik held leadership roles at Mimix, Inc., a pioneer in motion capture and animation software for the computer gaming industry. He began his career in investment banking at JP Morgan Chase in New York. Erik holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and a BA from Pacific Lutheran University.
Kevin is highly accomplished technology executive spending nearly 40 years leading software companies to growth and profitability. He brings to Shiftboard deep operational expertise in scaling businesses. Kevin is the former President and COO of Avalara, a provider of cloud-based tax compliance automation software. During his time at Avalara, Kevin lead the company through incredible growth driven by high organic sales acceleration and a series of key acquisitions, while helping to raise over $200 million in working capital. Avalara went public in June of 2018 with annual revenues exceeding $213 million.
Prior to Avalara Kevin was the founder of Platinum Software Corp., now known as Epicor. There he held several executive positions in operations, sales, channel development, and technology development. At Epicor, Kevin was responsible for all international operations. Under his leadership, this segment grew into a major component of Epicor’s overall business. Additionally, Kevin has held CEO positions at CapitalStream and Estorian Inc.
Michael W. Brown
As the former CFO of Microsoft Corporation, Mike Brown oversaw the company’s worldwide information technology, manufacturing and operations, finance, and business development organizations. In addition to Shiftboard, he currently serves on several boards, including Stifel Financial Corporation, VMware, Inc., and Inpserity, Inc. He also serves, or has served, as a director, trustee, or advisor to several private businesses and civic or charitable organizations.
Mike has previously served as Chairman of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC Board of Directors, a governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers, a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, as well as a director of Wang Laboratories, Citrix, and EMC. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent 18 years with Deloitte & Touche LLP in various positions. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Carl Albrecht is co-founder and Partner of The Arnold Group. In addition to his role at Shiftboard, he’s a co-founder and board member of Bridge Partners and Neal Analytics. With over 25 years in the management consulting and technology industries, he has led commercialization strategy, offer development, marketing, sales strategy, and lifecycle services initiatives at many of the world’s top technology vendors.
Previously, as a Principal at Booz-Allen, Carl led CEO-level engagements across several industries – including software, semiconductor, healthcare, aerospace, airline, and industrial products. His technology line management executive experience also includes serving as VP at AT&T Wireless, INVISIC Software, and Claremont Technology Group, CEO of SmartContractor Inc., and co-founding director of Sharebuilder Inc. He began his career as a software engineer for EDS. Carl holds an MS in Management from the Sloan School at MIT and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.
In addition to his position on the board of directors, Sterling Wilson is the President and CEO of Shiftboard. A seasoned executive, he has earned an exceptional reputation for building technology startups into significant companies. His leadership and strategic vision form the cornerstone of Shiftboard’s business as the company rapidly expands to help more organizations solve their most difficult people management problems.
Prior to Shiftboard, Sterling was the President, CEO, and board member at Zettics, a venture-funded big data analytics software company. He also served as President and board member of Qpass, a venture-funded digital commerce software company that sold to Amdocs for $300 million. Before Qpass, he was CFO and EVP of Operations at Concur, a travel and expense management startup, where he helped grow the company from five employees to over 600, and led its IPO. Sterling also served as CFO and VP of Operations at IntelliQuest, Inc., and CFO at Contact Software International.
Beyond Shiftboard, Sterling currently serves on the board of directors for two Seattle-based venture-funded companies – Koverse and Yapta. He is also a board member and Treasurer for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.