Clete Brewer is Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner at NewRoad Capital Partners that seeks to provide growth equity funding to innovative companies with proven demand driven business models. He brings more than 30 years’ experience leading successful startups and publicly traded companies that broadly encompass the service industry, retail, franchising, manufacturing, logistics, and private equity.
Prior to co-founding NewRoad Capital Partners in 2013 he served as Chairman of BlueInGreen, a water technology disruptor for the environmental treatment of water and wastewater. Before BlueInGreen, he was President and co-owner of Sport Clips, Inc. Under his leadership the Sport Clips, Inc. grew from 42 franchised stores to more than 675 stores nationwide. Prior to SportClips, He was the co-founder and Chairman and CEO of Staffmark a global staffing company that he took public in 1996 and started 1988 and served as Chairman until 2002.
Clete currently serves on the boards of several high-growth companies, the Executive Advisory Board at the Sam Walton College of Business, and Endeavor NW Arkansas. He graduated from the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas 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 Lighter Capital, Lytics, SheerID, Videon and Uplevel.
Erik was previously responsible for Voyager’s investments in Anova Data (acquired by Ribbon Communications), aQuantive (IPO, then acquired by Microsoft), Blue Box (acquired by IBM), Capital Stream (acquired by HCL Technologies), Covario (acquired by Dentsu Aegis), Elemental Technologies (acquired by Amazon), Kryptiq (acquired by Surescripts), MakeTV (acquired by LTN Global) and Skyward (acquired by Verizon).
Prior to joining Voyager, Erik was CEO of Mimix, a Seattle-based pioneer in motion capture software for the video game industry. He began his career in NYC with Chemical Banking Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase). Erik has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Pacific Lutheran University.
Mr. McDonnell is a recognized leader in the Canadian technology space. Mr. McDonnell is currently Chair of Redline Communications Group Inc. (TSX: RDL), FreshLocal Solutions (TSX:LOCL) and Quorum Information Systems (TSXV: QSX), and Director of Shiftboard Inc. and Wesgar Industries Ltd..
Mr. McDonnell has also served in numerous board and senior executive roles including past Chair of Photon Control Inc., Nanotech Security Corp., One45 Software Inc., BasicGov Systems Inc., SchedulePro Software, Agreement Express Inc., and QHR Technologies Inc., Executive Chair of ResponseTek Networks Corp., Director of Aprio Inc., Espial Group Inc., and Symbility Solutions Inc., CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies Inc., Audit Chair and Director of TitanStar Properties Inc., Director of British Columbia Lottery Corporation and Board Advisor to ICBC.
Mr. McDonnell holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
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 is a board member for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and actively contributes as a member of the finance committee.
Sachin is Chief Technology Officer at Shiftboard and a member of Shiftboard’s board of directors. Prior to Shiftboard, Sachin served as CEO at EDP Software, makers of SchedulePro. While leading EDP, Sachin grew the SchedulePro platform into a leading workforce scheduling provider to Fortune 500 companies in the oil and gas, petrochemical, corrections, and process manufacturing industries. Prior to taking the helm at EDP, Sachin spent seven years at Microsoft developing and delivering large-scale SaaS services in the Windows, MSN, and Windows Server organizations. He holds a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo.