Before launching 44Doors in 2011, Andy founded Live Oak 360 in 2002 and has grown the company to serve clients around the globe with a variety of services uniquely tailored to each client’s needs. During this time, Andy has been intimately involved with solutions for start-ups and billion-dollar corporations. Prior to founding Live Oak 360, Andy ran the development team at an Austin startup and launched numerous international web portal solutions. His technology career spanned the globe while at Nortel Networks, where Andy worked in their first eBusiness unit and was responsible for worldwide extranet solutions for their Wireless division.
Andy brings expertise in strategic planning, social media, technology integration, and business process planning. Andy’s participation as a member of the board of directors for the Austin Technology Council and for the Austin chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization has given him insight into the growing needs of the Austin technology and business community and has allowed him to give back to the community that has served his family and organization throughout the years.
Andy holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
Andy is on Twitter @andymeadows.
James was trained as a reporter in England where he graduated first in the country. He had a long career at the London Sunday Times where he became Managing Editor. He was the CEO of United Press International and was then the founder, Chairman and CEO of iDEFENSE, a cyber-intelligence organization with clients in the intelligence community, the government and Fortune 100 companies. The business was sold to Verisign in 2004 for $40m.
He is a former member of the National Security Agency’s Advisory Board and the founding Chairman of the Technology Advisory Panel of the Signals Intelligence Directorate at NSA. At NSA, he was responsible for setting a new strategic direction for the 15,000 person Signals Intelligence Directorate to address the current and future very challenging high technology environment. He was the first recipient of the NSA’s Special Recognition Award for his ”outstanding contributions” to the Agency.
James is also Chairman of ADRevolution, an Austin, Texas based company that has developed innovative software for monetization in the digital space. He has also written 13 bestselling books and a screenplay for a #1 video game.
Don Carroll is a nationally recognized leader in retail and consumer brands for some of the world’s most recognized firms. He brings an impressive track record in executive retail leadership, retail strategy, turnaround management, M&A, and consumer-focused technology-enabled business services.
Over his career, Carroll has restructured and revived organizations to drive top-line growth and improve profitability, lead new product innovation, launch new distribution channels, build and/or outsource global teams, and optimize operational performance for such notable brands as AT&T Wireless, RadioShack, Shell Oil Company, Heelys and a number of emerging technology companies.
Lee Valkenaar has held various positions with Whole Foods Market since 1987, including Store Team Leader, Vice President and President of the Southwest Region. Valkenaar served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Region from 2001 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2008, he served as Executive Vice President of Global Support, focusing on purchasing, marketing, and team member services. Since 2008, he has served as the Co-Chairman of the Board for Whole Planet Foundation.
Tim is the Senior Vice President of Mobile Strategy for Edelman Digital and heads the advisory board for 44Doors. As the former CMO for 44Doors, Tim has tremendous insight into the direction, capabilities, and opportunities for 44Doors. Tim’s intimate knowledge of 44Doors’ technology, coupled with his insights to consumer behavior and experiential marketing, bring execution opportunities to the storytelling world of brand marketing.
Tim has more than 20 years experience advising brands in both the B2C and B2B marketplaces, constantly studying communications behavior and the technologies that reshape it every day. During his tenure as CMO of 44Doors, Tim helped clients develop innovative strategies through the integration of mainstream media, retail and events, providing insights to impactful mobile and social engagement across multiple online and offline customer touch points.
Prior to co-founding 44Doors, Tim was a partner at Blue Clover Studios, where he led strategy for clients such as Hyatt, IBM and Rackspace. From 2003 to 2009, he was founder and CEO of GamePlan, where he coined the integrated marketing model, “Live-Mobile-Online”. At GamePlan, Tim oversaw experiential productions for Bacardi, Dell, AMD, Humana, IBM and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas State University. When not saving the world from bad mobile experiences, Tim is the Board Chair for Meals on Wheels and More.
Tim is on Twitter @theTimHayden.
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