Captain Jim Lovell
NASA Legend and Apollo 13 Commander
An experienced naval aviator and test pilot, Captain James Lovell, Jr. was selected for the space program in 1962. In less than a decade, Lovell became one of the first humans to leave the earth’s gravitational force. He served as command module pilot and navigator for the epic six-day Apollo 8 journey -- humanity’s maiden voyage to the moon. Lovell served as backup commander to Neil Armstrong for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Lovell incorporates the lessons gleaned from those extraordinary missions to the goals and ambitions of ordinary organizations, proving that even during challenging times, innovation and new heights of leadership are possible.
NASA Flight Control Director and Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
Gene Kranz served as the flight director for several Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing and the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. Mr. Kranz graduated from Parks College of Saint Louis University in 1954 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. After graduation he was commissioned in the US Air Force and flew high-performance jet fighter aircraft, including the F-80, F-86, and F-100. In 1960, Mr. Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group and was assigned as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He assumed flight director duties for all Project Gemini Missions, and was the branch chief for Flight Control Operations before being selected as division chief for Flight Control, where he continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. In 1983, Mr. Kranz was assigned as director of Mission Operations, with responsibilities for all aspects of mission design, testing, planning, training, and spaceflight operations. He retired from NASA in 1994 after 37 years of federal service. Mr. Kranz was a co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Nixon for the Apollo 13 mission, and was designated a Distinguished Member of the Senior Executive Service by President Reagan.
Donald E. Brown, M.D.
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
DONALD E. BROWN, M.D. co-founded his third software company, Interactive Intelligence, in October 1994 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since April 1995 and President since inception. Dr. Brown also serves as Chairman of the Board, a position he has held since July 1998. Dr. Brown has been a director since inception. In March 1988, Dr. Brown co-founded Software Artistry, Inc., a developer of customer support software that became a public company in March 1995 and was subsequently acquired by IBM Corporation in January 1998. At Software Artistry, Dr. Brown served as Chief Executive Officer and director from inception through September 1994. Dr. Brown's first software company was acquired by Electronic Data Systems, Inc. in September 1987. Dr. Brown graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985. He also holds two additional degrees from Indiana University, an M.S. in computer science and a B.S. in physics.
Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Angie's List
Angie Hicks Bowman co-founded Angie's List in 1995 in Columbus, Ohio, in an effort to provide homeowners with a convenient way to find reliable and high-quality local service companies. Angie’s List now provides consumer ratings and reviews in more than 200 cities across the United States and Canada, covering more than 550 categories of service ranging from home improvement to health care. Angie's List is recognized an Internet pioneer and one of the best consumer web sites in the nation. Ms. Hicks is nationally known as a consumer expert and has issued calls for action in several areas, including health problems caused by lead paint, radon and mold. She has also raised consumer awareness to attempts to gag consumers from freely discussing customer service experiences; pitfalls in the real estate industry; and home improvement safety. She is also a strong advocate for accountability and fairness in the consumer ratings and reviews niche. She currently serves on the DePauw University Board of Visitors and is a co-founder and past member of the Board of Directors of The Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program which provides a two-year fellowship at an Indianapolis-area business to graduates of Indiana colleges and universities or Indiana residents. Ms. Hicks earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University, in Greencastle, Ind., which named her a 2007 Distinguished Alumni for Management and Entrepreneurship. She was named a Torchbearer Award winner in March 2009 by the Indiana Commission for Women, in recognition of her entrepreneurial accomplishments and for providing a positive example of the influence women have on their community and the state of Indiana.