Craig Asher joined the Circadence® Board in October 2012. Mr. Asher has a successful track record of developing software companies and has been a key team member in three successful software startups: Commerce One; Trigo Technologies; and the internal IBM startup for InfoSphere Traceability Server. He has guided major software implementations at over 50 customers in markets including retail, medical products, pharmaceuticals, and general distribution.
At Trigo Technologies Mr. Asher’s position was director of product management and he served as company strategist for marketing, sales, product development, and professional services, as well as strategic implementation. During his tenure at Trigo, annual revenue grew from under $1 million to nearly $40 million and the firm attained profitability. Trigo was successfully sold to IBM for over $140 million in April, 2004.
Following Trigo’s sale to IBM, Mr. Asher formed a new startup group within IBM to build a new product for information management software for sensor data. His role in the new venture was the product strategist, product manager, and implementation manager. In 2005 the venture signed its first customer, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Mr. Asher led the delivery to that customer in 2006. He Co-chaired the international EPCglobal EPCIS standard which was the core for the broad adoption of similar information management software, and attained ratification of the standard in 2007. Mr. Asher significantly helped sign and implement seven additional customers until his departure from IBM to join Vital Financial. In 2008 the IBM product’s customer base grew to 15 customers, annual sales were approximately $9 million and gross margin was approximately $6 million.
Mr. Asher has enjoyed co-chairing several working groups in international standards bodies. He has one issued US patent – 7,866,543. He also has extensive experience in marketing strategy, product management, product development, services delivery, business development, and technical sales for growing software companies.
Before moving into software startups, Mr. Asher was a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the supply chain strategy practice, and helped drive the turnaround of a distressed packaging manufacturer. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford University, and completed his MBA and Masters in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University
John M. Harlan, Jr.
John M. Harlan, Jr. is the owner and president of The Harlan Company, a mid-sized general contractor located in St. Louis, Missouri. Since its founding in 1977, The Harlan Company manages both public and private projects throughout the United States and Eastern Europe.
Prior to starting The Harlan Company, Mr. Harlan was a licensed professional engineer in the states of Tennessee and Missouri for Smith Seckman Reid Consulting Engineers and McCarthy Brothers Construction.
Mr. Harlan is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Missouri and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans.
Mr. Harlan and his family reside in St. Louis, MO and are active in the Down Syndrome Association and the West County Special Olympics.
John Kelley joined the Circadence® board of directors in November 2009. Mr. Kelley is currently chairman of the board and CEO of privately held CereScan, Inc., a Denver-based brain diagnostic and scanning company focused on brain disorders and traumatic injuries. Previously he served as the chairman and CEO of McDATA Corporation (NASDAQ) from 2001 to 2007, until its acquisition by Brocade Corporation.
Prior to joining McDATA, Mr. Kelley served as executive vice president of networks at Qwest Communications (NYSE listed) from July 2000 to December 2000 after its acquisition of US West Communications (NYSE listed). Before the acquisition, he served as president of wholesale and interconnect markets for US West from May 1998 to June 2000. From March 1995 to April 1998, Mr. Kelley served as vice president and general manager of large business and government accounts, and simultaneously held the position of president of federal services for US West.
Before joining US West, Mr. Kelley was the area president for Mead Corporation’s Zellerbach Southwestern Division and vice president and general manager for the Industrial Products Group from 1991 to 1995. Prior to his assignments at Mead, he held a number of senior and sales management positions at Annatek, Friden-Alcatel, and Xerox Corporation.
Mr. Kelley’s professional activities have included being a member of the board of directors of Polycom Corporation since 2000, and he is currently chair of its Nominating & Governance Committee. He has served as a board member of three venture-backed startup companies that have been acquired: 3Leaf Systems, Stored IQ, and Aztek Networks. Mr. Kelley previously served on the board of directors of two public companies, Emulex Corporation (NYSE) and Captaris Corporation (NASDAQ) which have also been acquired.
Mr. Kelley is active in a variety of non-public activities. He has been a board member of the Colorado Women’s Vision Foundation; the Marshall School of Telecommunication’s Management Advisory Board at the University of Southern California; the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Science and Science Committee; the US West Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals; Mount St. Vincent Home; INROADs, Inc.; and has been actively involved in support roles for the American Red Cross; United Way; Special Olympics; and the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Kelley has been a frequent speaker focusing on technology, leadership, best practices management, and corporate ethics. He has been asked to address such organizations as the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Deans; the University of Colorado School of Business; Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio; Denver University; Colorado State University School of Business; the Communications Managers Association of America; American Electronics Association; and the Computer Software Industry Association of Colorado.
Mr. Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He served in the US Army in 1970 to 1972 and played varsity baseball at the University of Missouri, Columbia. A native of Missouri, he currently resides in Golden, Colorado.
Charles R. Lamphere
Charles R. Lamphere joined the Circadence® Board of Directors in October 2012. Mr. Lamphere is President and CEO of Van Vlissingen and Co., an Illinois headquartered commercial real estate developer. Mr. Lamphere is also a principal in Vital Financial, a Maryland based venture capital firm. As CEO of Van Vlissingen and Co., Mr. Lamphere has led the development of over eight million square feet of office and industrial space and completed over a billion dollars in commercial real estate transactions. In addition to his commercial real estate activities, Mr. Lamphere has extensive experience as a private equity and venture capital investor.
Mr. Lamphere holds a MBA (with honors) from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and is an honors graduate of Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa). He currently resides in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife and three children.
Michael J. Moniz
Michael J. Moniz is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Circadence® and has established the company as a leader in the Cyber Warfare Training, Simulation and Ranges. Under his direction, Circadence has secured 34 patents, many focusing on high-growth market segments such as cloud and mobile computing. Notably, in 2008, he led the company to a first place ranking in the Deloitte Fast 50. In 1995, Mr. Moniz co-founded VR-1, an early pioneer in online multiplayer games, establishing titles such as Fighter Ace and UltraCorps on Microsoft’s Gaming Zone, seven titles with AOL and content distribution agreements with Sony.
Mr. Moniz shares his business expertise and contributes guidance as a board member and strategic advisor for several corporate and non-profit organizations including the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder the Fund for Peace in Washington, DC, the Outdoor Foundation, dZi Foundation and Northern Therapeutics. He was educated at the University of Colorado and Harvard University. He attended the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School.
Mr. Moniz has been a two-time finalist for Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and he is featured in the New York Times best-selling book “How to Act Like a CEO” by Debra Benton. Based on his technology expertise, he has been an invited speaker at several national and international conferences.
Always pursuing ever-greater challenges, Mr. Moniz, an avid alpinist, co-holds the world speed record for his ascent of the 50 highest mountains in the U.S. in 43 days. He has summited five of the Seven Summits, including Denali, Aconcagua and Mt. Everest, and is one of the few individuals to hold the distinction of summiting two 8,000-meter peaks (Mt. Everest and Lhotse) within 24 hours. Most recently in May of 2014, Mike summited Tibet’s Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th highest peak at 26,906 ft. In 2010, National Geographic named Mr. Moniz one of their Ultimate Adventurers.
John Porter has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade for over 35 years, and during that time successfully traded interest rate derivatives. In 1997 he co-founded Augustine Capital Management LLC, which manages Augustine Fund LP, a private equity firm. John serves on the Board of Directors of the Trepte Investment Company, a private real estate firm.
John is a lifelong avid sailor who competes nationally and internationally. He is well regarded in the sailing world.
John has three children with his wife Ann, and resides in Chicago, IL.
John Shoffner joined the Circadence® Board in October 2012. From 1980 to 1997 Mr. Shoffner served as President and CEO of Dura-Line Corporation, a global manufacturer of fiber optic cable installation products and services serving the major telecommunication providers in over 60 countries. During his tenure, Mr. Shoffner grew the company from approximately $1M to over $200M with a net earnings performance of over 30%.
Mr. Shoffner directed the establishment of both wholly owned and joint venture manufacturing, marketing and sales operations across the US and in over ten foreign countries including UK, China, India, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Israel. The company served the developing telecom and industrial infrastructure of these countries and the region becoming the world’s most recognized and trusted brand for products and services in its market, receiving numerous industry and customer awards. Mr. Shoffner developed and was the inventor of many of the company’s key products and systems.
In 1992, Dura-Line became the first US company to develop joint venture manufacturing operations within the newly formed Czech Republic requiring significant amendments to the country’s newly formed tax codes. In 1997 a Fortune 500 company successfully acquired the company and Mr. Shoffner retired from its operations. In 2003, Mr. Shoffner along with a private equity partner repurchased the company and Mr. Shoffner returned as its President and CEO. The company expanded its US and international operations growing revenue over 200% by 2007 when it was sold to private owners and Mr. Shoffner again retired from its operations. Mr. Shoffner continues to enjoy participation in advisory roles at several private companies and non-profit organizations.