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We envision a world where leaders at every level in an organization inspire employees to be passionate about their work and to produce extraordinary results.

We believe that inspiration happens through great leadership communications.

At its core, our vision provides a practical framework for building a solution that addresses the communication challenges faced by many. It comes from asking what does the future organization look like.

Today’s organizations are challenged with a diverse set of communicators and a host of channels. And there’s rarely a single owner for the execution of an organization-wide communication strategy.

But the current challenge is on the brink of exploding into an epic struggle for the hearts and minds of employees everywhere as we face one of the largest transfers of economic power in world history: in less than a decade, the millennial generation will represent 75% of the global workforce.

In the face of this historic shift, many are focused on ways to engage a Millennial Workforce. But the bigger challenge is enabling the next generation of Millennial Leaders to reach, engage, and inspire their teams . . . to be great communicators . . . to be great leaders.

So, preparing the next generation of leaders is at the heart of our vision.

It’s a world of endless possibilities—where leaders . . .

Connect employees to business purpose so they feel part of achieving a shared purpose.

Inspire employees through compelling information delivered through the right channels at the right time.

Speak and listen to all employees regardless of their time, place, or role in the organization.

It’s what we do.

Our Team

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Steve L. Adams Founder and CEO

Steve is the Founder and CEO of EmployeeChannel and is responsible for driving the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the company. He leads EmployeeChannel's team with an emphasis on operational excellence as well as customer and partner success. Steve is a seasoned executive with 25+ years of success building and leading high tech companies ranging from large firms to early- and mid-stage startups. Prior to joining EmployeeChannel, Steve was CEO of VirtuOz (acquired by Nuance Communications), a provider of cloud-based virtual agents for online marketing, sales and support. He also formerly served as the CEO at Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters) and at Uniscape (acquired by Trados) and has held SVP, Worldwide Marketing positions at Citrix Systems and Novell. Steve has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

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Mark Oney SVP, Product

Mark is a successful engineering and operations executive with 20+ years of experience in delivering high quality, market-defining products and services. As SVP of Product, Mark oversees all aspects of product development. Mark has a history of leading growth stage technology companies to a successful exit. Prior to EmployeeChannel, Mark served in a number of executive management roles, including Engineering, Services, Product Management, and Support. Most recently, as Chief Product Officer at Granicus, he oversaw the Product Management and Development functions, driving a unification of the portfolio and improved execution. Prior to that, he led the engineering, linguistics, hosted operations, and managed services functions a VirtuOz, driving a transformation within each area. Before that, he led Sabrix’s delivery of a SaaS offering that resulted in over 300% bookings growth in its first 2 years. Mark has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Sandy Yu VP, Marketing and Product Management

Sandy Yu owns and drives the company’s marketing and product direction with an intense focus on delivering innovative, intuitive, and highly differentiated products at a start-up pace. Sandy has experience managing the entire product lifecycle, from early concepts and prototypes, to market releases, to broad market penetration, to a position of market dominance evidenced by a loyal and referenceable base of partners and customers. She has more than 15 years experience in product management and development for consumer, corporate, and educational organizations, and she is a highly motivated, passionate, and innovative thinker. Sandy has experience and expertise in eCommerce, web, and mobile strategy, and has provided leadership in product development, analysis, and project and program management for companies such as Autodesk, Avid Technology, Digidesign, and the University of California, Davis. Sandy has a B.A. in Economics from UCD and an M.B.A. from SFSU.

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Our Directors

Steve L. Adams Founder and CEO of EmployeeChannel

Steve is responsible for driving the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the company. He leads EmployeeChannel's team with an emphasis on operational excellence as well as customer and partner success. Steve is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of success building and leading high tech companies ranging from large firms to early- and mid-stage startups. Prior to joining EmployeeChannel, Steve was CEO of VirtuOz (acquired by Nuance Communications), a provider of cloud-based virtual agents for online marketing, sales and support. He also formerly served as the CEO at Sabrix (acquired by Thomson Reuters) and at Uniscape (acquired by Trados) and has held SVP, Worldwide Marketing positions at Citrix Systems and Novell. Steve has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

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Bill Ericson Mohr Davidow Ventures

Bill Ericson has been working with startups his entire career, and partners with strong-minded entrepreneurs who want to create big markets. “Our mission is to partner with entrepreneurs at the very earliest stage of development and work with them to launch on the best possible trajectory,” he says. “That requires patience and stamina from both the investor and entrepreneur — it’s like a marriage that way.   The best companies we’ve funded have had to launch against the odds and build and maintain momentum. We help entrepreneurs make as few mistakes as possible by applying our extensive experience and networks to give them an edge.” Bill’s investment focus is the Digitization of Health Care, Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, and Quantitative Marketing and Advertising. Bill has led investments in transformative technology companies, including Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ: FUEL), Pacific Biosciences (NYSE: PACB), Adamas Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ADMS), Ticketfly (acquired by NASDAQ:P), Verinata (acquired by NASDAQ:ILMN), OpenDNS (acquired by NASDAQ:CSCO), and Sabrix (acquired by NYSE:TRI). Bill’s current private companies include Altiscale, Healthtap, Splice Machine, Neon Labs, Visible Measures, Audience Science, nLight Photonics, and RainDance Technologies.

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Gordon Ritter Emergence Capital Partners

Gordon is a Founder and General Partner of Emergence Capital Partners. Prior to founding Emergence, he spent over 15 years founding and building companies which pioneered new markets including embedded web-based interfaces, server appliances, “On Demand” services for the SMB market and web-native application development. In 2003, Gordon led Emergence Capital’s first investment, in Salesforce.com. In 2008, Gordon invested in Industry Cloud pioneer Veeva Systems when the company had 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenue. He has played a key role in the company’s development (now a public company NYSE:VEEV) and he is currently Veeva’s Chairman. Gordon was named to the Forbes’ Midas List of the top venture capital investors in 2007, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

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