Brian Smith, Chairman of the Board
Founding Managing Director, S3 Ventures
John Kelley, Board Member
Former CEO of McData Corporation
Susan Sheskey, Board Member
Former SVP and CIO of Dell, Inc.
Phil Myers, Board Member
Managing Director, S3 Ventures
Brian Smith serves as managing director of S3 Ventures, where he leads the firm's efforts in the technology, infrastructure and software markets. At the age of 35, Brian co-founded the Convergent Investors Fund, a $70M early-stage venture capital firm in Texas. Serving as managing director of Convergent Investors, Brian oversaw investments in 10 technology companies. At age 29, he founded and served as chairman and CEO of Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS). Brian led Crossroads through five rounds of venture, strategic and mezzanine financing and to a successful IPO in 1999. Brian managed Crossroads as a public company for nearly four years. In this role, he was an early pioneer in Storage Area Networks ("SANs"), which are industry standard solutions today. For his contributions, Brian was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000. He spent the first seven years of his career in electrical engineering positions holding product development roles within IBM Corporation's Technology Group.
Brian earned a BSEE with honors from the University of Cincinnati and an MSEE from Purdue University. He served on the board of Conformative Systems (acquired by Intel), Chicory Systems (acquired by CEVA) and Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS). He currently serves on the boards of Invodo, OrthoAccel, Phurnace and StoredIQ.
John Kelley joined StoredIQ's board of directors in 2008. John has more than two decades of leadership and executive management experience at top storage, communications, and information technology companies. Most recently he was president and chief executive officer of McData Corporation, where he has also served as chairman of the board.
At McData, John increased the company's annual revenue from $200 million in 2001 to $630 million in 2006 by re-building the management team, modernizing aging company processes to meet compliance standards, and launching multiple products worldwide. John also served in other executive roles at Qwest Communications, U.S. West, Mead Corporation, Annatek, Alcatel, and Xerox Corporation. Additionally, he has also served on the board of directors for Polycom Corporation, 3Leaf Systems, Aztek Networks, and Captaris Corporation. He is a frequent keynote speaker on topics ranging from technology, leadership, best practices management to corporate ethics.
John is also highly active in the not-for-profit sector. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of directors at Mount St. Vincent Home, an institution serving children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Since 1997, Kelley has been a board member of the Colorado Women's Vision Foundation "Allies Group" whose mission it is to advance and retain corporate women leaders.
Susan Sheskey joined StoredIQ's board of directors in 2008. Susan's career spans over 30 years of executive management; most recently she served as senior vice president and chief information officer for Dell, Inc.
Susan's distinguished career includes serving as a vice president within the information technology (IT) department at Dell for 12 years before she was appointed the position of chief information officer in 2005. She is a noted authority on eCommerce, supply chain and data warehousing technologies. With her leadership, Dell IT was honored with the "CIO 100" award from CIO Magazine in 2006 and 2007 for their innovative use of technologies enabling sales/order management and mobile application delivery. Prior to Dell, Susan held leadership positions at Ameritech and Ohio Bell, where she gathered essential planning, development and operational experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Phil joined StoredIQ as CEO in 2010, bringing 29 years of experience in developing market-leading businesses in the technology industry. He is responsible for StoredIQ’s overall strategic direction and executive management. Phil has managed three successful start-up companies, taking them through their growth stages to become $100m+ businesses. In addition, he has also led two initial public offerings and created seven hit products. Phil’s background includes serving as chairman and CEO at Cyclone Commerce, a collaborative commerce business, which is now part of Axway; president at SalesLogix, a market leader in CRM, which was acquired by Sage Software; and vice president at Novadigm, a distributed systems management company, which is now a division of Hewlett-Packard.
Tapping into his entrepreneurial spirit and extensive management expertise, in 2009 Phil co-founded PerformanceEdge Partners, a business development firm focused on creating successful outcomes for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB). Before starting PerformanceEdge Partners, he was president of Pragmatic Marketing where he co-authored the best selling business book, Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities that lead to Business Breakthroughs. Phil is a frequent speaker and has served as a consultant and instructor on the topics of leadership and business acceleration strategies.