Leadership


We walk our ethical talk every day.
From the top down.



Executive Team

Patrick Quinlan


Chief Executive Officer


 

Patrick Quinlan

CEO

 

 

Most recently Patrick served as CEO of Rivet Software, which in two years he took from $240,000 to $12 million in quarterly revenue–an increase that earned the company #60 overall placement on the 2011 Inc. 500 List, and #6 among software companies. A founding partner of Nebbiolo Ventures alongside Barclay Friesen and Philip Winterburn, he has also been the CEO of ServiceSelect and Delta Translation which was successfully sold to LFI in 1999.

Patrick has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s top “Forty Under 40” leaders as well as an Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He is a board member of Young Americans Bank, the world’s only FDIC-insured bank designed specifically for young people.

While Patrick typically moves at high speeds, he still takes time to savor what matters most–friends, family and good food. He frequents Denver’s restaurants, often with his registered therapy dog, Jasmine, by his side. He dreams of racing cars.

Philip Winterburn


Chief Product Officer


 

Philip Winterburn

CPO

 

 

With a mind for analyzing complex systems, Philip Winterburn has led technology initiatives at EDS, Ernst & Young, AT&T, Great-West Healthcare, and Arrow Partnership. He has managed teams of up to 450 people, supervised vendor contracts of up to $200 million, and spearheaded technology projects of up to $110 million.

Philip founded investment firm Nebbiolo Ventures before becoming Convercent’s Chief Product Officer in 2012. Prior to that, he led product engineering and technology operations for Rivet Software. There he oversaw the company’s proprietary SaaS product, scaling it to support explosive customer growth and delivering a comprehensive workflow solution that resulted in placement on the CIO 100 awards list.

Philip was also recognized by the Denver Business Journal as CIO of the Year in 2011.

Philip is a Brit who has adapted well to the Colorado lifestyle. A husband and father of two teenage children, he loves to cycle, ski, hike and cook at home. Philip’s not-so-secret ambition is to one day own a restaurant.

Chuck Boyle


Chief Financial Officer


 

Chuck Boyle

CFO

 

 

Chuck has spent his career providing strong financial and strategic leadership to small and middle-market companies across a range of industries, including healthcare, defense and government services. Drawing from a background in commercial lending, investment banking and private equity investing, he has advised and helped lead the finance organizations of multiple companies at various stages in their lifecycles from start-up through to mature public entities.

Before taking the CFO post at Convercent in 2012, Chuck served as a Senior Associate at KRG Capital Partners where he raised more than $1 billion to support 12 acquisitions while serving as an active board observer with responsibility to audit and compensation committees.

Forever an athlete, Chuck’s days on the soccer field now make way for hiking, backpacking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies with his wife and two children.

Barclay Friesen


EVP, Professional Services


 

Barclay Friesen

EVP, Professional Services

 

 

Combining his dual strengths in sales and operational management, Barclay has achieved remarkable revenue growth, leading teams as large as 600. As Founder and Vice President of Sales of ServiceSelect, he led sales, marketing and operations teams that achieved eight consecutive quarters of growth in the declining housing niche. Before founding investment firm Nebbiolo Ventures, Barclay oversaw all systems as COO of Rivet Software, which was designated the 6th fastest growing software company in the U.S. byInc. Magazine. He has been COO of Convercent since 2012.

Barclay is a native of North Carolina, and he brings his southern spirit to his life in Colorado. A former athlete and father of two boys, he often relives his glory days with them on the tackle fields of his neighborhood park.

Mike Hipp


EVP, Sales


 

Mike Hipp

EVP, Sales

 

 

Mike has dedicated his career to helping companies solve complex business problems through the implementation of disruptive software technologies.

Before joining as Convercent’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Mike served as Vice President of Sales for Aprimo, a leading marketing automation solution provider. During Mike’s 13-year tenure, the company grew to become a market leader, ultimately selling to Teradata for $525 million in 2011. Prior to Aprimo, Mike served in numerous sales management roles for PTC, a leading CAD/CAM software provider.

Mike is a proud alum of Boston College, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Economics and Philosophy. He’s a father to three boys and, like many Coloradans, enjoys unwinding on the slopes.

Michael Kleef


EVP, Marketing


 

Michael Kleef

EVP, Marketing

 

 

Michael is a 20-year software industry veteran. His career began with several technical roles in network systems engineering. In 2000, he joined Microsoft Corporation, spending 11 years there in a variety of sales, audience marketing, engineering and product marketing roles that gave him broad experience in practically all facets of software.

He left Microsoft in 2011 to join start-up AppSense Inc, most recently serving as Senior Director of Desktop Product Marketing and Alliances. In that time, AppSense revenue grew to $100M.

Michael is a native Australian, speaks a little funny to most in the U.S. and enjoys Vegemite, nice weather and watersports.

Eugene Ferraro


Chief Ethics Officer


 

Eugene Ferraro

Chief Ethics Officer

 

 

For 30 years, Eugene Ferraro, CPP, CFE, PCI, SPHR, has been a leading corporate investigator specializing in workplace violence, fraud, harassment, discrimination, substance abuse, misconduct, and employee theft and dishonesty. He has conducted thousands of investigations worldwide for top corporations, law firms and insurance companies.

Eugene’s expertise also includes pre-employment screening, background investigation, employee interrogation, loss prevention and security management. He has authored nine books, written dozens of articles, and lectures frequently on ethics and compliance management.

Before becoming Convercent’s Chief Ethics Officer in 2012, Eugene was founder and CEO of its predecessor, Business Controls, Inc. He is board certified in both security and human resources management, and has been a member and advisor of ASIS International since 1987.

Eugene’s other passions are his wife, the abused horses they rescue, and reading and writing. His dream has been to become a novelist.

Board of Directors

Cameron Lester


Board Member


 

Cameron Lester

 

 

Cameron Lester is a founding General Partner with Azure Capital Partners where he specializes in software and related infrastructure technologies. His current board memberships include Convercent, Get Satisfaction, K2, SilkRoad Technology, Switchfly, Telly, and Zend Technologies. Other successful investments include TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), VMware (acquired by EMC), Interwoven (IPO in 1999), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM) and Salesforce.com (IPO in 2004).

Prior to founding Azure, Cameron was Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston and Director at Deutsche Bank—serving as Group Head of the software investment banking groups at both firms. Before that, he was Vice President at PaineWebber, focused on software. Over the course of his career, Cameron has provided strategic and investment advice to numerous leading private and public software companies.

Cameron received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Brian Mankwitz


Board Member


 

Brian Mankwitz

 

 

New to the Convercent Board of Directors in 2012, Brian Mankwitz currently acts as Managing Director at Mantucket Capital, a venture capital and private equity company in Colorado.

Brian’s prior experience includes being an Associate at St. Charles Capital, an investment banking company servicing middle-market companies, which collectively, has completed more than 200 mergers and acquisitions valued in excess of $7.1 billion. He also acted as Principal at Mankwitz Kurtz Investments, a private equity firm that delivers financial investment, operational involvement and strategic partnering to middle-market companies.

Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development, Business Administration, and Political Science, and his Master of Science degree with merit honors in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics & Political Science.

Doug Higgins


Board Member


 

Doug Higgins

 

 

Doug Higgins is a Managing Director with SAP Ventures. In addition to Convercent, his investments include LinkedIn, Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Black Duck, Imprivata, iYogi, Return Path, SAVO and Spring Wireless. Doug brings both operational and investment experience to his role with SAP Ventures.

Prior to joining SAP Ventures, Doug managed worldwide business development and strategic partnerships for CollabNet. Additionally, he launched Lucasfilm’s business development group, which created partnerships for the Star Wars prequels. His career began in technology investment banking at Robertson Stephens and his experience has also included management of the Intel 64 fund at Intel Capital.

Doug received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Karen Richardson


Board Member


 

Karen Richardson

 

 

Karen Richardson’s 25-year software industry career includes key positions in a number of highly successful companies. In addition to being a member of Convercent’s Board of Directors since 2012, she also holds positions on the British Telecom Group, Exponent and Stanford Technology Ventures Program boards.

Karen was an adviser to Silver Lake Partners, a private equity investment firm that built successful investments in Skype, Seagate Technology and others. Before joining Silver Lake, she was Chief Executive Officer at Epiphany, Executive Vice President of Sales at Netscape Communications, and VP of Worldwide Sales at Collabra Software. Karen was also chairwoman of the board of directors of San Francisco-based Hi5 Networks Inc. from 2008 until December 2011.

Additionally, Karen serves on the board of the San Francisco Opera. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Mita Institute and Tech Accelerator (MITA), a venture capital fund that invests in Mexican and Latin American companies.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and award distinctions from the Stanford Industrial Engineering Department and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.

D Alan “Buddy” Dillenberg IV


Board Member


 

D Alan “Buddy” Dillenberg IV

 

 

An entrepreneur who started his first business at age 16, D Alan “Buddy” Dillenberg IV is Principal at Four Four Capital, where he manages private equity and real estate investments. He is also a third-generation family member serving on his family’s board and investment committee.

Buddy received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University and has studied Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Wealth Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Steven Foster


Board Member


 

Steven Foster

 

 

Steven Foster, CPP, PCI, currently serves as President and CEO of the Colorado Technology Association, the state’s largest IT association and one of the strongest in the country. He brings a rare combination of governance, risk and compliance (GRC); software as a service (SaaS); and consulting and training expertise to the Convercent Board of Directors.

Over his 25-year career, he has helped numerous companies develop corporate ethics and compliance programs. Steven is a recognized Federal Court Expert Witness on security, and frequently speaks on a wide range of GRC, ethics and technology topics.

Prior to joining our Board 2012, Steven was President of its predecessor, Business Controls, Inc. Before that, he was a consultant for ADT University and both a civilian and military law enforcement officer, for which he received more than 20 awards and medals for his heroism.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Security Police Academy and the Aurora Colorado Police Academy.