CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Jim has over 35 years of experience in the high tech industry including executive and sales leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems. Jim is our CEO and he has direct responsibility for our training curriculum and he takes the lead in our engagements with our clients. Jim founded this company because of his passion for helping veterans transition into rewarding careers in high technology. He has deep relationships with most of our clients dating back over ten years.
Jim lives in Austin, Texas where he enjoys tennis and water skiing and time with his family.
Karen brings a background in high tech sales at Hewlett Packard as well as teaching at the college level at Hong Kong Polytechnic. Karen also sits on several nonprofit boards in the Austin area. Karen and Jim have two children in their 20’s both working in the high tech area.
Karen currently lives in Austin, Texas where she enjoys water skiing, biking, and yoga.
Nick has 17 years of active duty military leadership experience where he flew and instructed in the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter and the C-40A Clipper transport jet. His passion for helping transitioning veterans maximize their professional potential led him to found Tech Qualled where he is responsible for daily operations and veteran recruitment. As a military veteran himself, he is an excellent conduit for men and women transitioning from the armed service into new careers in high tech that reward them for their military skill sets. Nick is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Nick lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where he enjoys his family, his faith, and soccer.
Justin has 14 years of active duty experience in both enlisted and officer communities. After driving ships for several years as a Surface Warfare Officer, he resigned his commission in 2012 and transitioned to the tech sector working for IBM and Oracle in various sales roles. His recent experience navigating the high tech space and penchant for helping veterans spurred him to start Tech Qualled where he focuses on strategic outreach and recruitment. Justin is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, received a Master in Business Administration degree from Georgetown University and a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Justin lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his family.
Veteran Recruiting Manager
Meredith served as a US Marine Corps Logistics Officer and is the spouse, sister, and daughter of US Marines. With a lifelong connection to the military, she understands the challenges of translating military experience to success in civilian life. She has over six years of experience as a consultant for multiple US Department of Justice (DOJ) clients where she specialized in IT Strategy Communications and Background Investigations. Meredith graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in International Relations where she proudly served as 18th Company Commander. She also holds a Master Certificate in Business Analysis from Villanova University and a MA in Conflict Resolution & Mediation from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Meredith lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter. She enjoys practicing and teaching Israeli Combat Tactics and Self Defense.
DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
Tina has over 25 years of combined education, design, business operations, sales and marketing experience. She has developed and delivered educational courses for K-12, higher education and adult learners. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Faculty member at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and a guest lecturer/speaker at The Art Institute and UCSD Extension. She has taught marketing, communications, business and creative design courses, as well as assisted students with portfolio development and reviews. She is a graduate of UC Irvine and is working toward a MS in Instructional Science and Technology (MIST) from CSU Monterey Bay. Additionally, Tina has completed PhD coursework in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Tina lives in Portland, Oregon where most weekends you can find her on the water racing in a canoe or dragon boat, and spending time with her amazing family and mini dachshund named Toby.
Candidate Success Manager
Katie served as a Personnel Officer for the U.S. Air Force and transitioned early in her career to the civilian sector where she continued in Human Resources leadership roles for the past 10 years, primarily serving in the high tech aerospace industry. Covering the full life-cycle of employment, her experience includes recruiting and staffing talent into positions ideal for both employee and employer, as well as her passion of career development. Katie was a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a BSc in Behavioral Sciences where she served as the Cadet Wing Commander. She also holds a MSc in Evidence-Based Social Work from the University of Oxford and certifications as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR, SHRM-SCP).
Katie lives in Southern California with her husband, where she enjoys her faith, family, career and painting.
Partner Success Manager
Jennifer served as a US Army Medical Service Corps Officer. She brings unique perspective and passion to the mission of helping veterans transition into the high-tech industry as a former dual-military service member. Jennifer is responsible for ensuring and enabling the success of Tech Qualled’s partnered companies from the point of onboarding through the hiring process. Jennifer graduated near the top of her class at the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in both Business Management and Spanish. She also competed at the Division I level as a track and cross country athlete and served as a member of the USMA SCUBA Team.
Jennifer lives in New York City with her husband, a graduate of Tech Qualled’s program, and son. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Business Development Manager
Kristina began her career as an account executive in the media industry, helping her customers create results-driven marketing and media solutions. Shortly after she was transferred to Charlotte, NC, she moved into the non-profit world and led a team focused on marketing and fundraising for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Five years later she transitioned into a recruiting and human capital management in the tech industry where she quickly developed strong relationships in the IT community and helped multiple VAR’s grow their sales teams. Her positive experience working with Tech Qualled as a customer is what drove her to pursue a career working with Tech Qualled and to be a part of the strong vision, brand and presence Tech Qualled is known for. As a member of the team she will focus primarily on business development and expanding partnership opportunities within the tech industry.
Kristina is a graduate of Clemson University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a minor in Journalism. Kristina lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children and when not working, enjoys running, spending time with her family and watching her Clemson Tigers play football!
Brian served 4 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and his spouse is currently an active duty SWO. Brian transitioned from the Navy in 2015 to pursue high-tech sales at Technology Integration Group (TIG) and Randstad Technologies. His unique perspective of personally transitioning from the military to high-tech sales is why he joined Tech Qualled: to help other veterans do the same. He understands the challenges associated with this transition and enjoys working with veterans so they can successfully break into the high-tech space. Brian is a graduate of Tulane University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Finance; was the ROTC Battalion Commander; and is proudly a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Brian lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter. He enjoys playing pretty much any sport, especially golf and snowboarding, and if not on the links, you can find him with his family at the beach with his Newfoundland, Joey.
Dart is newly retired from a 40-year career in the high-tech industry. He spent the last 16 years at Cisco Systems working in the sales organization as a Senior Systems Engineering Manager helping Cisco’s largest enterprise customers build world class infrastructures. Dart began his career in technology as a Data Systems Technician (DS1/SS) serving aboard nuclear submarines including the USS Spadefish, USS Dallas and the USS Baton Rouge. The Navy provided the education and experience which formed the foundation for a successful and fulfilling career. Dart is excited to be a part of the Tech Qualled mission to help fellow veterans along that same path.
Dart lives near Dallas, Texas with his wife. He is an avid cyclist and loves the outdoors.
Strategic Sales Instructor
Bo began his career at The Forbes Group (now part of Euro) moving to Tracy Locke Partnership working on such accounts as Pizza Hut, Frito Lay and Pepsi. With a background in both account planning and design, Bo left the agency world to work independently in 1999 and has had the pleasure of partnering with the likes of ESPN, Nokia, and Dell Computers, at the Fortune 500 level and has propelled local businesses to market leader positions in the technology, medical, sports and retail arenas. Bo’s work has received recognition through the ADDY’s©, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Communication Arts, How, Print and Step Magazines and in various national and international design annuals. Bo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas Christian University.
Bo resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children.