Mark Montgomery is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Kyield. He is originator of the theorem ‘yield management of knowledge’, and inventor of the now patented AI system that serves as the foundation for Kyield: ‘Modular System for Optimizing Knowledge Yield in the Digital Workplace’, issued August 23, 2011.
Mark began training in software development in 1996 and network engineering in 1997, becoming proficient in object-oriented programming and several languages, then progressed to more advanced analytics, search, and artificial intelligence. He designed, built, and operated a data center, knowledge systems (KS) lab, and multiple networks from scratch, operating 24x7x365 for several years at exceptionally high performance levels. Mark first conceived Kyield in his KS/AI lab in 1997 where he tested Google's search algorithm and argued for their investment, among many others.
Mr. Montgomery was formerly an entrepreneur-turned business consultant who founded an early-stage venture firm. Among many companies he was an early stage booster for include Microsoft, Starbucks, Skype, and Google (not as VC). He has worked with many leading scholars and universities, including as invited panelist in national tech transfer conferences, Stanford venture conferences, ASU entrepreneur association, and Thunderbird School of Global Management where he attended a 12 week international MBA program, received certification as a global business leader and served as business plan judge for multiple years.
Mark was a frequent visitor and invited guest at the Santa Fe Institute from 2009-2016. His articles have been published in books, journals, Wired, and Computerworld. Mark can be reached at markm at kyield dot com and can be followed at his Blog, Cognitive World, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube.
Tina Gibson, CPA. Interim CFO. Tina Gibson has been certified as a public accountant in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Tina holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Arizona and is currently licensed as a CPA in New Mexico.
Tina began her accounting career as a Senior Auditor for Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner and Hottman CPA’s in Denver, Colorado. After serving two and a half years in public accounting, Tina relocated to Arizona in September 1999. Her first role in Arizona began in January 2000 with Rockford Corporation where she helped the car stereo manufacturer through an IPO. Shortly after a year, Tina was recruited to Total Systems Services where she worked as the Director of Finance from March 2001 to May 2006. At TSYS, Tina was responsible for implementing SOX 404 and completing quarterly and annual SEC reports for the headquarter office in Columbus, GA. Tina was recruited again in May 2006 to build a new accounting department for Early Warning Services which was divesting from its parent company First Data. She remained at Early Warning Services until August 2011 after which she accepted a new role with ProNet Solutions as Controller from September 2011 to May 2012.
In May 2012, Tina left ProNet Solutions and Arizona to take a CFO role for a New Mexico tribal government, Ohkay Owingeh, located just north of Santa Fe, NM. In the CFO role, Tina was responsible for the finances of the tribe and all of its governmental units, as well as overseeing the Human Resources and IT departments. Tina served as CFO for Ohkay Owingeh from May 2012 to November 2014.
Prior to starting her own business and accounting consulting practice in April 2018, Tina served as the Director of Accounting, from August 2017 to April 2018, for Meow Wolf, an art collective start up that turned into a for-profit B Corporation. In that roll, Tina built out the accounting department for the company including, among other things, systems implementation. Before joining Meow Wolf, Tina served as the CFO from November 2014 to August 2017 for a late-stage start-up manufacturing company, Growstone, Inc., where she worked with venture capital firms to finance growth and operations.
Vice-Admiral James P. "Phil" Wisecup (Ret.) is a member of the Kyield board of directors.
Phil graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977. In 2008 he became the 52nd President of the US Naval War College and left active duty in 2013 as the Inspector General of the US Navy having successfully completed 36 years of active service and three operational commands at sea, including the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group. He was also Director of the White House situation room, served at NATO Headquarters during Kosovo operations, and in Seoul Korea as Commander of US Naval forces. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, as well as a variety of unit and personal awards, including the Cheonsu Medal from the President of the Republic of Korea for exceptional service. He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Stockdale award for inspirational leadership, which is a peer award.
Phil has Masters Degrees from the University of Strasbourg France, and University of Southern California. Phil recently completed three years as Director, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, where he received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for leading innovative research on future deployment patterns, Navy talent management, human/machine teaming and artificial intelligence.
Phil is currently the Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Strategic Engagement in the North Dakota University System in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Dr. Robert E. Neilson is a member of the Kyield board of directors.
Robert Neilson was the Knowledge Management Advisor to the Army's Chief Knowledge Officer and Chief Information Officer. Formerly, he was the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), department chair and a professor at the Information Resources Management College (now iCollege), National Defense University. He has taught and lectured both in the U.S. and internationally including the Argentine War College, NATO Defense College, Italian Institute for Defense Studies, and in Asia and Australia.
Robert has been a consultant with Computer Associates, DigitalNet, BAE, Brookings Institute, World Bank and federal agencies and has been a featured speaker at CIO and KM conferences domestically and internationally. He was named to the Federal 100 in 2010. His futuristic scenarios have been featured in “The Futurist".
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