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Dave Gray | Prior to founding XPLANE, Mr. Gray worked as a graphic journalist for major metropolitan newspapers, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Los Angeles Daily News, and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, where he served as News Graphics Editor. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Gray held a lecturer position at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught classes in visual communication, illustration and information design.
    » Responsibilities: Founder and president, CEO
    » Office: St. Louis

...team expertise...

Jackie Cooper | Prior to joining the XPLANE team, Ms. Cooper worked as a designer for a variety of firms, including Agard & Associates, Inc. in Overland Park, KS, Pearl Izumi in Boulder, CO and Phoenix Creative (now PHX) in St. Louis, MO. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Cooper held the position of Art Director at Agard & Associates, Inc., Agard & Associates, Inc. is an advertising agency specializing in retail marketing. Ms. Cooper designed advertisements and brochures for clients like Honda, K.C. Masterpiece and Kreigels.
    » Responsibilities: COO
    » Office: St. Louis

...financial expertise...

Dennis Wilhelmi | Dennis represents a number of small companies as their CFO on a consulting basis. He has also provided a variety of financial management consulting services for many other marketing communication and service companies on a project basis. His clients represent a wide variety of businesses; advertising/marketing agencies, technology related businesses, construction, architecture and design firms.
    » Responsibilities: CFO
    » Office: St. Louis

...competitive intelligence expertise...

Daniel Davison | “With 15 years of technology marketing experience, Dan's experience ranges from software start-ups to Fortune 100s. The common thread over the years has been launching successful new ventures, new services and new products.”
    » Responsibilities: Strategy and growth
    » Office: St. Louis


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...marketing expertise...

Dave Clauson | Dave Clauson is a Founder of CloudShield Technologies and also serves as the company's Vice President of Marketing. In this role he is responsible for all the company's branding, communications and strategic positioning. Combining the discipline of consumer branding with a focus on technology products and services, Dave brings over 20 years of marketing experience to CloudShield.
    » Founder and VP of Marketing, CloudShield Technologies

...strategy expertise...

Peter Evans | As Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for PlateSpin, Inc., and a member of the company's senior management team, Peter leads the team responsible for PlateSpin's product marketing, industry research, communications and brand management initiatives. Peter brings over 11 years experience in software/ASP services, Internet access, online media and telecom sectors.
    » Vice President, Marketing & Strategy at PlateSpin

...management expertise...

Peter Gray | Peter Gray (no relation to XPLANE founder Dave Gray) is the Technology Partner for Arbor Partners, a venture capital group based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He joined the partnership in 1997 after 19 years at Comshare, a company that develops solutions for management planning and control (MPC). From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Gray served as Vice President of EIS/DSS Product Development at Comshare. His development and product management teams delivered a number of innovative applications that have been successful in the marketplace.
    » Technology Partner at Arbor Partners

...product expertise...

Randall C. Root | Randall C. Root founded Root Publishing, Inc. in 1977 in order to publish “Executive Intelligence Reports,” which focused on emerging industry-specific strategic trends. The company produced some 25 such reports for corporate clients around the country.
    » Founder of Root Learning, Inc.

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