Rick Timmins, Board Chair

Rick Timmins is a resident of Austin, Texas and is heavily involved in the Austin start-up community. He brings with him 35 years of experience in financial management and strategic guidance from two Fortune 100 technology leaders.  Most recently, Rick served as vice president and Corporate Controller of finance at networking technology leader Cisco Systems.  There he was instrumental in developing and implementing an e-culture of financial reporting across all of Cisco’s worldwide operations. When he arrived in 1996, Cisco took two weeks to close its quarterly books. Under his leadership, the task was reduced to 4 hours.

Prior to Cisco, Rick served as vice president of finance for Motorola, where he had worldwide financial responsibility for the Semiconductor division.  He also was the VP of Finance for Motorola Japan and lived in Tokyo for 6 years in developing Motorola’s cellular operations in Japan, which experienced explosive growth from $300 million to over $2 billion.  In addition to his operational experience, Rick has also worked with numerous top tier venture firms from across the country.

Rick is also a Board Member in the public company Ultratech (symbol: UTEK). Rick holds a B.S. degree in accounting and finance from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. degree from St. Edward’s University, and was previously a Certified Public Accountant.


Kelsey August

Kelsey August is the owner of Lone Star Direct, a marketing firm she founded at 24 years old. She is also the CEO of Bona Dea Gluten Free, an Ancient Grain Baking Mix company. She has been a serial entrepreneur for the last two decades. She loves to create and grow business ventures.

Kelsey has been a Board Member and President of EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization; has served on the Board of Athletics for Ohio University and was also the President of the American Marketing Association. She has won distinguished awards along the way; Austin Under Forty Winner, was finalist for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, was the youngest female entrepreneur to make the Inc 500 fastest growing company list.

Kelsey has been an active Angel Investor since 1998. She enjoys mentoring her portfolio companies. She has participated as a mentor in SKU (formerly Incubation Station) and joined the CTAN Board at the start of 2017.


Gene Betts
Gene Betts

A CTAN Member since late 2012, Gene Betts and his wife Jan are the proud parents of 3 adult children. The Betts relocated to Austin from Kansas City, after learning more about Austin during a visit while their youngest daughter was considering the University of Texas. For fun, Gene enjoys golf and fitness activities, and investing. 

Gene earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business from the University of Kansas. After college, Gene spent his first 12 years progressing through Ernst & Young’s audit, accounting, and tax practice, ultimately earning Partnership in 1986. Gene resigned his partnership in 1987 to take a position with one of EY’s largest clients, Sprint. There, he progressed through multiple positions to eventually serve as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Sprint Corporation. In 2005, Gene assumed duties as CFO of Embarq, a Fortune 300 company that was spun off as a separate public company in connection with the Sprint-Nextel merger. He retired from active company management in 2010. Gene also served on the Board of Directors of Garmin from 2001 through 2013, and on the Board of the Buffalo Funds Mutual Fund Complex from 2001 through 2010.  


John Lynn
John Lynn

John Lynn is involved in a number of professional activities but his primary focus is finding new companies and technologies and helping them bring their products to market. John does this as co-founder of an Austin-based company called Discovery Alliance, LLC which is majority owned by Capital Southwest (CSWC: Nasdaq). Capital Southwest is a $600m, publicly traded, investment company based in Dallas, TX.

Before becoming an angel investor, John had a varied career with many different types of jobs. After graduating from Vanderbilt University as a chemical engineer, he worked at a chemical plant for DuPont. John left the technical world to go to law school at West Virginia University and then returned to DuPont as a corporate lawyer. He did a broad array of corporate legal work, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law, contracts, employment law, environmental law, regulatory issues, international legal work and patent law. After a three year assignment in Geneva, Switzerland doing M&A and international legal work for DuPont, he moved to Austin with his family to become Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the newly public DuPont Photomasks. (DuPont Photomasks was DuPont’s first ever IPO and it was ultimately acquired by Toppan Inc for $650m).

John left DuPont Photomasks to do a consumer start-up based on a couple of his patents. The product, Squid Soap, ended up on over 10,000 retail stores in the US and was eventually sold to Airborne Health.

John holds about a dozen US patents and also has multiple patents pending. In addition to Squid Soap, four of John’s other inventions have been the basis for separate start up companies which have received angel funding and are currently operating.


Michael Misikoff
Michael Misikoff

Michael Misikoff is the former CFO, Secretary, Treasurer, and member of the Board of Directors for MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. His prior experience includes Acting CFO and Director of InterCall Corporation, a teleconferencing business service; CFO for Async Corporation, a voice mail B2B service business; and a member of the Board of Directors of HeadHunter.Net, an online recruiting website. He also has four years of experience working as a CPA with Arthur Young and Company in Atlanta.

Michael holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Georgia State University.


Tom Rogers
Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers is originally from Houston and spent 17 years in Chicago before moving to Austin in 2005. He is the principal of Star Vista Capital, LLC, a real estate and angel / early stage investment firm. Previously, he was a Partner with GK Development, Inc. in the Chicago area and was responsible for property acquisitions. While associated with GK, Tom was responsible for expanding its portfolio to include shopping centers and office properties valued in excess of $200 million. Prior to joining GK, Tom served as Senior Vice President at Heitman Capital Management, a pension plan advisor, directing the sale of more than $1.5B in commercial properties. He originally moved to Chicago in 1988 and joined Homart Development Company as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group. He began his career in Houston as a commercial broker with CB Richard Ellis.

Tom earned a degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. He serves on the Board of the Austlen Baby Co., the Eanes Education Foundation, and is an Emeritus Board member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


John Shaw

John Shaw is from Manchester, England and spent a number of years traveling and working before finally settling in the States.

John has been active in the technology space for 19 years. His extensive experience spans across a several industries, including financial services, healthcare and legal. Throughout his career, John has worked closely with Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and has a practical understanding of their focus around cloud computing and the benefits to enterprises. He has facilitated the cloud migration for some of the largest companies in the world, using either Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.

John is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, and has had numerous exits in the professional services space during his career. His recent exit was in January 2015 when his company Nimbo was acquired by Equinix (EQIX). Together, Equinix and Nimbo will work together to bring hybrid cloud professional services solutions to Enterprise customers.