Board/Advisors

Kevin Robins
Chairman

Kevin has served as the Chairman of the Board of Ziften since 2012. In addition to his role with Ziften, Kevin serves as the President of Landar Holdings, LP, and as the Co-Manager of Olympia Drive Investments, LLC, both privately owned real estate investment firms. Also, Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Continental Silverline Products Partners, a regional mattress manufacturing and distribution firm. Prior to his joining Landar, Kevin practiced corporate and securities law at Bracewell & Giuliani and Mayer, Brown LLP.  Kevin holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Leaver

Charles is Ziften’s Chief Executive Officer and previously served as Chairman of the Board. Before Ziften, he was a Partner with the venture capital firm Trellis Partners in Austin, Texas. He brings 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and advisor in the high-tech, mobile and media industries. Charles’ tech career started in 1982.  His experience in Sales and Management includes application software and infrastructure technologies, ERP, Web application development, E-Learning, and Gaming. At DA/EE, where he joined as early stage employee and grew to be the CEO, he was responsible for revenue growth, strategic development, and ultimately drove the company’s public offering to a $750m market cap. His experience as an entrepreneur and innovator has led him to advise organizations in new market development, equity and capital expansion. He has proven to consistently push the edge of technology entrepreneurship.With significant international experience, he has owned, managed & advised online and mobile lotteries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the granting of patents on mobile phone, gaming, and mobile phone lottery in Brazil. Through his extensive experience in high-tech and mobile technologies, Charles has consistently demonstrated success in bringing new technologies to market and successfully executing aggressive business plans to not only raise significant capital but also to build cutting-edge organizations.

Mark Obrecht

Mark is a passionate entrepreneur and technologist who enjoys nothing more than seeing market adoption of technologies that he works to create. Previously, he was a Founder and Vice President of Research & Core Technology of WholeSecurity, a security software company that pioneered the use of behavioral algorithms to detect malware that was named a Top 25 Breakout Company by Fortune Magazine in 2005. WholeSecurity was funded by Venrock, NEA and Trellis Partners and ultimately acquired by Symantec in October 2005. Mr. Obrecht was involved in all aspects of inventing, developing, positioning, and selling the WholeSecurity software to the largest national and global enterprises. Post-acquisition, he served as the chief technologist for the incarnation as Architect, Behavioral Detection Engines at Symantec for 3 years. In this role he oversaw WholeSecurity’s technology integrated into all of Symantec’s consumer and enterprise products. He was also a key liaison for Norton/Symantec to industry analysts, customers, and media reviewers which resulted in numerous review wins in the most prestigious comparative reviews in the industry. Mark has 11 patents (issued or pending) in the area of behavioral malware detection, process classification and system efficiency, and is the first-named inventor on the industry patent for Behavioral Malware Detection (US 7,748,039 B2). Most recently, Mark spoke at the entrepreneur series for MBA and law students at The University of Texas at Austin. He also currently serves on the advisory board of several local technology companies.

Phillip Sarofim

Eric Frebault

 

Advisors

Todd Smith
Technology & Systems Management (Founding Advisor)

Todd Smith founded Tivoli Systems in 1990 and was the company’s Chief Scientist responsible for creating the distributed architecture that evolved into the CORBA standard widely adopted within the industry today. After an extremely successful IPO, Tivoli was acquired by IBM for $743 million dollars in 1996. Prior to Tivoli Systems, Mr. Smith worked at IBM where he focused on object-oriented systems, distributed architectures, and a variety of other important technologies. He is the author of several key patents ranging from the Internet cookie to heuristic detection of phish sites. Tivoli has spawned over 50 venture-backed startups. Todd holds a Computer Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).

Roger Berry
IT Transformation

Roger Berry is renowned for pioneering and leading innovative enterprise-wide transformations for Fortune 100 companies, enabling them to leverage technology to enhance their brand, drive profitability, and deliver value to shareholders. As Global Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Disney Parks & Resorts, CIO of Campbell Soup Company and CIO of Tenneco Gas (now El Paso Energy), Mr. Berry has been a relentless evangelist in transforming the C-suite’s perception of the power and potential of technology to achieve business goals, grow the company, and stay ahead of the curve. Major successes in these areas branded Mr. Berry early-on as a transformational CIO and led to ComputerWorld adding Berry to their list of the country’s Top CIOs. His ability to look into the future with an eye for leveraging technology is well known and the reason he is frequently invited to speak at conferences, including the Gartner Symposium, HMG Strategy and Society of Information Management Conferences, and sit on many State and University boards. Mr. Berry majored in Mathematics and minored in Computer Science, earning a B.A. from the University of Houston. Berry has served as a member of the Hewlett Packard Technology Advisory Council and the University of Florida Technology Board, and presently serves on University of Houston-Tier One Advisory Board.

Andrew Busey
Entrepreneurial Mentor

As an entrepreneur for the past 15 years, Andrew has pioneered some of the industry’s most important web technologies including work on Mosaic, the first web browser (now part of Microsoft Internet Explorer); creating iChat, one of the first instant messaging applications and the first web integrated (now part of Apple); and building WebCenter, the first major web-based customer service technology (now part of Avaya). He most recently co-founded Pluck which enables social media on major sites such as TheStreet.com, USA Today, and Reuters, and was acquired by Demand Media. In 1994, he wrote Secrets of the MUD Wizards, the first major published book on internet-based multi-player games. Andrew holds twelve technology patents and has several others pending. He is a graduate in computer science from Duke University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Larry O’Donnell
Green Technology

Larry O’Donnell, III is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Waste Management, Inc., a FORTUNE 200 company. Waste Management is the largest environmental services, recycling, and renewable energy company in North America, with approximately $12 billion in revenues and 45,000 employees. Waste Management produces enough renewable energy to power more than 1 million homes on trash rather than fossil fuels in the US and China. In 2000, Mr. O’Donnell was recruited to help lead the turn-around of Waste Management, Inc., a Fortune 200 waste logistics, collection, disposal, recycling, energy-from-waste and environmental services firm with more than $13 billion in revenue, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer until June 2010. Mr. O’Donnell now serves as the Chairman, President and CEO of Rockwater Energy Solutions, a fluids management and environmental solutions company serving the oilfield industry. Mr. O’Donnell began his career in the oilfield services industry in 1991 with Baker Hughes Incorporated, a leading international oilfield services firm. Mr. O’Donnell received his B.S. in Engineering from the University of Texas, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston. In 2004, he was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Energy Planning Council to help draft the Energy Policy for the State of Texas. Larry is a frequent and accomplished public speaker at industry conferences on various topics, including sustainability.

Greg Peters
Enterprise Software

Greg Peters is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Zilliant. A seasoned executive with direct experience in building early-stage companies with a customer-centric approach, Peters oversees all of Zilliant’s operations, including its strategic direction, product planning, and development, as well as its financial management. He also sits on the board of directors at Planview and Surgient. Prior to Zilliant, Greg served as president and CEO of Vignette, the leading content manager company and one of the most successful initial public offerings in 1999. Under his leadership, Vignette increased the number of customers from 80 to 1,400 and successfully integrated three acquisitions. He also served as president and chief executive officer of Logic Works, Inc. where he successfully navigated the company’s rapid expansion into the enterprise business intelligence market. Prior to Logic Works, Inc., Greg served as controller and chief financial officer for Micrografx, Inc. and held several financial positions at DSC Communications Corporation. Peters is an accomplished speaker who has appeared at numerous leading industry events. He was awarded the Texas E Comm 10 Award, one of 10 leaders chosen for their impact and commitment to driving the digital economy in Texas. In 2000, he was recognized as one of the most influential executives and innovators in Computer Reseller News editor’s list of the Top 25 Executives. In addition, Peters was named to Upside magazine’s Elite 100 list as one of the top business leaders in 2000, specifically for gambling on the technology industry and emerging victoriously.

Tom Albert
Networks and Security

Bringing over 15 years of business relevance to IT and security, Tom is a transformative leader known for identifying disruptive technologies, accelerating routes to market while creating significant value to organizations. In his current role, Tom serves as Vice President of Business Development for Lancope where he is focused on the creation of strategic partnerships spanning global markets. Prior to joining Lancope, Albert served as Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity at Cisco, where he was responsible for building and leading the company’s go-to-market strategy, solution portfolio and sales/marketing efforts. His previous roles at Cisco include managing the National Security Operation, a $320M line of business within the U.S. Federal market segment, in addition to managing the U.S. Federal Civilian security business. Before joining Cisco in 2007, Albert held various leadership roles at Oracle, Symantec and Rainbow Technologies. Tom is an industry expert and frequent speaker on the topic of cybersecurity.  Albert holds a BA in Marketing Communications from Pennsylvania State University.