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Board Members

Hugo van Nispen

Hugo van Nispen is a global business executive and experienced CEO known for driving growth and business performance by applying strategic thinking and execution to deliver results.  His expertise, combined with the ability to identify and develop strong global teams is evidenced by an enviable scorecard of growing profitable businesses, managing complex project assignments and driving performance improvements through successful reengineering and merger execution. He has served on many internal corporate boards in US and global companies and has provided professional counsel to many boards as a strategy consultant.

Colum Lundt

Colum Lundt is a BRIDGE Energy Group co-founder and former President, COO and Sales executive, responsible for driving the company’s strategy and execution in its first 10 years of operation. As a Board member he is helping to shape the next phase of the company’s evolution. Mr. Lundt is also a founder and current managing partner at Revenue Performance Group, a management consulting firm focused on the SaaS and Software industry.

Dr. Ray Gogel, PhD

Dr. Ray Gogel is the former President and COO of Current Group, an innovative company specializing in cutting-edge smart grid operations. Dr. Gogel’s past experience also includes roles as  VP of Client Services at IBM, responsible for IBM’s largest utility customer and P&L; Managing Director in Accenture’s Utility practice; Global Head of Smart Grid for Nokia-Siemens Networks; and CIO and CAO of Customer & Enterprise Solutions with Xcel Energy. During his tenure, Xcel Energy was awarded the prestigious Edison Award for its “Utility of the Future” IT initiative, as well as Utility of the Year from EnergyBiz for the company’s pioneering  SmartGridCity™ efforts.

Barry Goldsmith

Barry Goldsmith is the current co-founder of Updata Partners and has spent more than 35 years in the information technology industry as a founder, senior executive, investor and advisor to leading software and IT services companies.  Prior to founding Updata Partners, Mr. Goldsmith was the founder of CGA Computer, Inc., which became one of the top providers of information technology consulting services and software products to Fortune 500 companies.  He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and has served on the boards of several publicly traded companies.

Dave Ireland

Dave Ireland is a software industry veteran with over 35 years of technology industry experience as a senior executive, investor and adviser leading mid-to-large enterprise companies and systems integration firms.  His experience spans across multiple technology companies including Cullinet Software, The Data Group (formerly Verizon company), IBM Cognos and Progress Software.  Mr. Ireland has had direct strategic and operational responsibilities for businesses from $10M to $400M and enjoys a solid track record of leading profitable growth strategies.

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