Launchpad Academy Host &
Coaching Staff



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 founded Tech Qualled 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 is also Co-Founder of Career Dash, providing virtual career training and placement services in recruiting and business development.


Jim lives in Austin, Texas where he enjoys tennis, water skiing, and spending time with his family.



Todd Brown joined the Tech Qualled team from Cima Solutions Group where he was the VP of Sales and Marketing as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of Cowork Suites. He has over 25 years of experience in technology sales, marketing, and strategy including positions at IBM in various sales roles including IBM Business Unit Executive for Midmarket West and Global Midmarket Strategy Leader. Todd currently holds a SLED position at Cisco Systems as the Integrated Community Leader for Denton and Tarrant Counties. He has a degree in Sociology from Michigan State University.


Todd originally joined the Tech Qualled team as an advisor and training for the Launchpad Academy. Today, Todd leads the daily operations.



Katie Bush is a co-founder and Principal at Cedar Ridge Advisors, Inc., a consulting and advisory firm that provides tailored solutions for lower middle market businesses. She spent nearly a decade in private equity, investing in middle-market business services, communications, consumer products, and retail, industrial and healthcare companies and partnering with their founders and executives on behalf of Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based firm with over $18 billion in assets under management. Katie also managed relationships as Vice President at J.P. Morgan, working with successful families and their respective operating companies, advising them on a range of financial services needs, including mergers/acquisitions, capital markets, investment management, and capital advisory.

Katie has an MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago.

Beau Devillier

Tech Qualled Host Squad

Beau Devillier brings over 25 years of sales and sales leadership in the technology market to his role with Tech Qualled. Having spent more than eight years with Cisco Systems, Beau transitioned to NETSYNC, a leading IT solutions and services company renowned for its expertise in implementing comprehensive IT lifecycle solutions across commercial, enterprise, public sector, and government verticals. At NETSYNC, Beau holds an executive sales leadership position, driving the company’s growth and fostering strategic partnerships.


Beau is a distinguished U.S. Army Veteran, having served as a combat medic. His military background instilled in him a strong sense of discipline, resilience, and dedication to service, which he applied to his endeavors both in and out of the workplace.


In addition to enjoying endurance sports and the outdoors, Beau actively engages with organizations dedicated to promoting wellness and providing support to veterans.