President, Technical Development Resources Company
Jim McClurg is the president of Technical Development Resources Company, a consulting and investment firm in Lincoln, Neb. Jim is a past member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents and chairman of that board, and also serves on the board of directors for Assurity Life Insurance of Lincoln, the Nebraska Medical Center Hospital, Omaha, Neb., the University Technology Development Corporation of Lincoln, and The Smithers Group of Akron, Ohio. He is the Chairman of Cancer Center Development Corporation of Omaha. Jim recently retired from his position as the senior vice president and chief scientific officer of MDS Pharma Services.
Mike Dunlap is the chairman and founder of Nelnet (NYSE: NNI), headquartered in Lincoln, Neb. Nelnet is one of the leading education planning and education finance companies in the U.S. Mike is currently a member of the board of directors for Union Bank and Trust Company, and also serves as a director and co-president of Farmers & Merchants Investment, Inc., the parent of Union Bank and Trust Company. Mike serves on Lincoln’s 2015 Vision Group, which is actively involved in promoting the development of Nelnet’s and Hudl’s hometown.
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Raikes is the former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. During his more than five years there, Jeff set strategic priorities, oversaw significant growth of the organization, and facilitated relationships with key partners. In 2011 he was named the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Executive of the Year.
With his wife, Tricia, Jeff now co-leads the Raikes Foundation, which they founded in 2002 with a mission to empower young people to transform their lives. Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation’s priorities are preventing and ending youth homelessness in King County; improving the quality of after school programs in Washington State; and helping students across the country develop “student agency” - the academic mindsets and learning strategies that have been demonstrated to advance achievement. Jeff and Tricia have committed to significantly increase the foundation's grant-making capacity over the next decade.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff was a member of Microsoft's senior leadership team, which sets overall strategy and direction for the company. Jeff was president of the Microsoft Business Division and oversaw the Information Worker, Server & Tools Business and Microsoft Business Solutions groups. He previously served as group vice president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group, where he was responsible for providing strategic leadership for Microsoft's sales, marketing, and service initiatives. Before that, he served as senior vice president of Microsoft North America.
David Graff is the CEO of Hudl. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an undergraduate degree and MBA from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School in Computer Science and Management. An Omaha, Neb., native, David also serves on the Raikes School Advisory Board.
John Wirtz is the Chief Product Officer of Hudl. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an undergraduate degree and MBA from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School in Computer Science and Management. A Blue Springs, Mo. native, John also serves on the Young Alumni Board for the College of Business.
Brian Kaiser is the CTO of Hudl. A Overland Park, Kan. native, Brian graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a computer engineering degree from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School in Computer Science and Management. In 2012, he was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in the sports category, and was joined by co-founders David Graff and John Wirtz on Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in 2010.
General Partner, Speedway Properties; President, Speedway Motors
Clay is general partner and co-founder of Speedway Properties and is the President of Speedway Motors. Clay graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and an M.S. in industrial engineering and engineering management. Prior to re-joining Speedway, Clay worked at the Booz Allen & Hamilton consulting firm in New York City and at the Hellman & Friedman investment banking firm in San Francisco. Clay is active throughout Nebraska, having served on dozens of community and state-wide boards. He currently serves as Chairman of the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission.
CEO, Valentino’s of America
Duane Thomas has spent over 25 years as an executive officer and board member of a U. S. corporate holding company, and has formerly served as the chairman of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. Duane currently serves as the President of Valentino’s of America, the franchisor of more than 40 Valentino’s pizza locations and take-out shops in six Midwestern states.