Leadership and Board

Board Members

Roberta Christensen

Koley Jessen

Roberta Christensen | Technology Association of NebraskaRoberta Christensen is the Chair of Koley Jessen’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a leader of the Firm’s Commercial and Technology Agreements Practice Area.

As Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Ms. Christensen counsels clients on the protection of their U.S. and foreign intellectual property assets. Ms. Christensen has sixteen years of experience in searching and registering trademarks and advising clients with respect to trademark disputes. In addition to these more traditional intellectual property services, she has developed an expertise in technology acquisition, development and licensing that has earned her the distinction of being named among the Best Lawyers in America (© 2016 Woodward/White Inc.) for her work in Technology Law, is AV Preeminent® Rated in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and was selected as 2015 Top Rated lawyers in IP Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell.

Ms. Christensen leads individual attorneys and teams within the Firm’s Commercial and Technology Agreements Practice Area in the performance of contract drafting, review and negotiation services. She focuses in particular on supply, manufacturing, distribution and reseller agreements, as they frequently require that intellectual property concerns be addressed. A former CPA, Ms. Christensen also advises clients with respect to sales tax and other tax implications associated with their business transactions. She enjoys training on a group and individualized basis so as to give clients the tools they need to identify issues and conduct effective negotiations. Ms. Christensen frequently serves in the role of an outsourced “general counsel” to clients in reviewing, advising upon and negotiating commercial and technology agreements.

Paul Eurek

Xpanxion

Paul Eurek | Technology Association of NebraskaPaul is a technology entrepreneur with over 30 years experience founding, leading, and funding successful technology start-ups and fast-growth companies. Currently he is the Founder/President of Xpanxion LLC, a 650-person global software engineering company with offices in Atlanta, GA., Pune, India, Ames, IA., Manhattan, KS., Fort Collins, CO., and multiple offices in Nebraska. Xpanxion was recently acquired by UST Global.

Prior to Xpanxion, Paul was the Founder/CEO of Compris Technologies, Inc., a software product company he led to become a global leader in retail enterprise systems with joint-venture partnerships in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. Compris was acquired by NCR Corporation (NYSE-NCR).

Paul has served or continues to serve on the Board of Directors of PAR Technologies (NYSE: PAR), Marketworks, Inc., Compliance Control Inc., Ecomitize LLC., Learnsomething, Inc., and Invest Nebraska Inc., a 501(c)(3) corporation. Mr. Eurek has made private equity investments in various technology companies including Hi-Tech Partners Group, an Atlanta, Georgia based business incubator and executive consulting firm he co-founded.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He continues to be an active supporter of the technology and venture community, advising both entrepreneurs and venture capital groups in matters related to software products and services.

Joseph Knecht

Proteus; President of the Board

Joseph Knect | Technology Association of NebraskaThe Start-Up Maverick, Joseph Knecht left New York City with plans to return to Wall Street after the completion of his tour through West Virginia University for his undergraduate degree and a quick stop in Lincoln Nebraska to complete his  Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Connecting with Dr. Muhlin Chen and Dr. Donald Nelson more than 16 years ago, Joseph joined their small tech company (today called VentureTech) and has yet to leave the heartland. Knecht’s zest for people and launching companies differently has since grown into coaching and mentoring 250+ intra/entrepreneurs, helping them to create technology companies and products with multi-billion dollar revenues (and growing).

Now leading Proteus as CEO, Knecht helped VentureTech seize changes in the technology industry and develop its proprietary  – validate – build – launch – model. Knecht’s guidance helps Proteus’ intra/entrepreneur clients (start-up to Fortune 500) validate b2b SaaS products and corresponding markets- either growing, killing or pivoting the idea before launching into a marketplace with no sales. His vision has saved billions of wasted dollars for clients, their corporations and families.

Joseph has co-founded three companies (Vipa Solutions, Reviewr and ActivationInsights) and has helped guide the Proteus team into venture partner investments in 15 companies. He is active in the international startup ecosystem, a frequent speaker, and adviser to many startup and high growth ventures.

Away from the business world Joseph spends time hunting, horse showing and enjoying time with his wife Jennifer anywhere there is warm water.

Brad Masterson

First Data

Brad Masterson | Technology Association of NebraskaBrad Masterson is Vice President of Architecture and Development for North America Financial Services at First Data. His organization is responsible for providing the development and support of applications that service First Data’s largest customers providing services such as Credit, Debit, and Retail Private Label Card Processing, Healthcare Account Processing, and Consumer Lending. The organization provides all aspects of application development to the customer base, while driving the application strategy for the organization. The team is geographically dispersed with key development centers in Omaha, NE; Atlanta, GA; and Coral Springs, FL.

Since 1994, Masterson has held various leadership and technology roles with First Data. His responsibilities have included customer consulting, overseeing online application teams handling authorization and online transaction support, managing application development for various components of First Data’s systems, and serving on the corporate team responsible for the creation of test systems and cycles, disaster recovery, and quality assurance testing. Masterson lead the team responsible for application development for First Data’s Oil Services organization, which provided credit card services to oil companies, and managed a 24/7 data center for the execution of the Mobil Oil credit card system.

Before joining First Data, he held several technical and management positions with Mobil Oil Corporation. Masterson served as team lead in developing a Pan-European credit card system and had responsibility for developing a cost allocation model for Mobil oil credit card systems. He also worked as part of a team assigned to the development of retail gasoline marketing strategy for Southern California and Arizona.

Greg Nichols

Proxibid

Brad Nichols | Technology Association of NebraskaAs Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Proxibid, Greg is responsible for establishing, maintaining and developing the Company’s technical vision, technical operations and all aspects of the company’s technology development. Greg plays an integral role in the Company’s strategic direction, research, development, and future growth with regards to technology products and services.

In this role, Greg is responsible for establishing technical standards and ensuring adherence to them for development and company operations. He anticipates and reacts to technology changes to ensure the maintenance of Company leadership in the competitive landscape. Greg works with his team to bring new features and functionality to market to ensure Proxibid’s role as an industry leader.

Prior to joining Proxibid, Greg served as Vice President of Software Development at CSG Systems and Vice President of Product Development at ACI Worldwide. He brings with him more than 20 years of continuous achievement in aligning cross-functional teams to effectively deliver to the company’s strategic objectives.

Deyna Rouse

Lutz ; Treasurer of the Board

Deyna Rouse | Technology Association of NebraskaDeyna joined the firm in 2001 and serves as a Tax Partner at Lutz. She began her public accounting career in 2000 and has significant experience in tax consulting and compliance within the non-profit, real estate and construction, manufacturing and services business industries.

Deyna leads the IRS audit consulting and representation efforts at Lutz and regularly advises on IRS collections and procedural issues.

Deyna lives in Elkhorn with her husband Derrick and their son Truman. Her outside interests include reading almost anything, baking pies, and Oklahoma Sooners football.

Matt Sherman

Three Pillars Media

Matt Sherman | Technology Association of NebraskaMatt is the founder and owner of Three Pillars Media, a client-focused communications production company with specialties in video production, photography and web development. Matt knows small businesses and entrepreneurship inside and out, as he is the co-founder of another start-up company, Agile Ninjas, and has been involved in entrepreneurship in Lincoln for a number of years.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and has been married to his best friend Becky for ten years and they have three children, Levi, Madelyn and Ezra.

Susan Thaden

Client Resources, Inc

Susan Thaden | Technology Association of NebraskaSusan Thaden founded CRi in 1999 and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Her vision was to create an IT talent and solutions partner that would be recognized as an industry leader through its strong commitment to a culture of service and values. Sue sets the standard for the entire team through her dedication to serving CRi’s clients and employees.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry, she is a hands-on leader who works with her team at every level of the business to provide superior results and service to our clients. Over the years, CRi’s growth has led to the addition of several key leadership personnel. Sue has been personally committed to adding the right key talent to enhance CRi’s culture while driving future growth.

Erik Wichita

Fiserv; Vice President of the Board

Erik is Senior Vice President of Client Operations for Fiserv Card Services focused on strategic and operational efficiency initiatives related to the implementation and service delivery of Card Services products and services.  His core areas of responsibility include service delivery, implementations, certifications, customer experience, training and documentation, platform migration, and chargebacks and adjustments.

Erik most recently served as SVP, Product Management of Bank Solutions, responsible for the market engagement, product direction and launch activities for Fiserv’s small business and commercial-oriented products.  His team includes the strategy, business analysis and product management functions for Business Banking.

Prior, Erik was SVP, Chief Production Officer, responsible for the Fiserv Bank Solutions Product Development team.  Over 7+ years in this role, Erik successfully integrated a series of separate software development organizations into a scaled, global organization of over 700 associates.  He was also SVP, General Manager of Professional Services, with P&L accountability for the client training, custom programming, project Management, consulting, and strategic client management functions.

A Nebraska native, he received his BA in International Business and Economics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  Currently, Erik serves as the Vice President of the board of the Technology Association of Nebraska.  He and his wife, Crystal, have two children and live in Lincoln.