Our advisory council members serve as a sounding board and offer their expertise in reviewing our solutions, platform and tools, marketing materials, sales process, and provide invaluable contacts to make our enterprise successful.
We have recruited nationally-known experts in the areas of:
- State and local government
- Finance & bond rating
- Former governors
- State legislators, treasurers, state CFOs & auditors
- Former members of the United States Congress & Senate.
Our Advisory Council is bi-partisan and geographically balanced. We meet a minimum of twice yearly and each member actively engages by in providing contact with influence leaders in state and local government, advises us on our products, solutions, and stratagies. Some of our advisors are:
Former Governor Bob Riley, Alabama - Advisor (Government Operations)
Peter J. Houston - Principal Product Planner, Microsoft - Advisor (Technology, Workflow, Communications)
Tom Hanson - former MN Mgt and Budget Commissioner- Advisor (Government Financial Operations)
Tom Hanson joined Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.’s legislative & regulatory practice after serving as the Commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) from 2006 to 2010. Tom’s experience working in both the minority and majority at the legislature, including eight years in administration, four in government office and four running a state finance agency, gives him a unique perspective of the full spectrum of government activities.
During Tom’s tenure at MMB, Minnesota retained its position in the elite tier of AAA rated states, maintaining that bond rating from two of the three bond rating agencies. He successfully merged the Departments of Finance and Employee Relations, creating MMB, and led the effort to replace Minnesota’s aging accounting and procurement technology system.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Tom served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Tim Pawlenty from 2003 to 2006. Before that he held several positions with the Minnesota House of Representatives including the position of Legislative Director to the Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2003. He also served in Moorhead, Minnesota and Washington D.C. from 1985 to 1991 on the staff of Congressman Arlan Stangeland (R, MN). Tom is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and the George Mason School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.
Trent Henson - President, TriPrima, Inc. - Advisor (Hardware Design and Deployment, Cloud Services)
Mr. Henson directs the planning and implementation of managed Tier Four virtualized data centers in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and business development. He is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s technology vision and direction and is always interested in utilizing advanced technology to facilitate the success of the business units rather than simply promoting an IT oriented agenda. His primary goal is to help the companies grow by utilizing technology as a tool rather than a business goal.
Mr. Henson founded TriPrima on these principles to offer Private Cloud Computing As a Service. TriPrima currently supports the critical IT infrastructure for several hundred client servers and desktops from within dedicated Private Clouds for each client.
Mr Henson has an in depth and functional understanding of both advanced technologies and business process. He has a background in application development, network and communications, as well as business process improvement. Specific technologies include VMware, Cisco Infrastructure, SAN systems, Blade Computing, and highly available data centers.