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.
Chris Hurst has over 35 years of sales and sales leadership experience in the technology market. He has worked for companies including Sun Microsystems, Juniper Networks and Cisco Systems. Over his career he developed a track record of building high performing sales teams that consistently exceeded goals. He is very excited to leverage that experience to help our candidates get of to a quick start and build build successful careers in sales.
Chris lives with his family in Austin, TX where he spends a lot of time on the lake and in the Hill Country riding his Harley.
Business Development Manager
Meredith graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in International Relations. There, she served as 18th Company Commander before transitioning to the US Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer at the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Following the Marines, she completed seven years as a consultant for multiple US Federal Government clients, specializing in IT Strategy Communications and Security Clearance Investigation Systems.
Meredith holds a Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from Villanova University and a MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. She now continues her patriotic service as a member of the NationSwell Council in Los Angeles, California. In her free time, Meredith enjoys practicing and teaching Israeli-style hand-to-hand combat tactics.
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.
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!
Veteran Recruiting Manager
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.
Candidate Success Manager
Katie has 10 years of Army Aviation experience. As a former dual military family, Katie understands the challenges veterans are facing when transitioning and she believes that all veterans deserve a fair chance at pursing their passions which is why she joined the Tech Qualled team. Katie is responsible for ensuring candidates have the best possible experience in the Tech Qualled program and most importantly that they find a high-tech sales role that fits both the candidate’s needs and that of their family. Katie is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island and most recently earned her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Katie lives in Goleta, CA with her husband, an active duty Army Aviation Officer and her three children. Katie enjoys running, spending time on the beach and playing golf. As a native New Englander Katie is a passionate Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
James built IT systems for 14-years as a civilian, served with the US Army during OIF-1 supporting media relations, ended his eight-year tenure in 2010 building out the IT infrastructure throughout Iraq’s Green Zone and most recently spearheaded national political and media campaigns.
James resides in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, enjoys hiking along the Appalachian Trail and spends as much time as he can seeking adventure overseas.
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.