Board of Directors
Synergex Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board
A widely respected member of the computer software community, Ken has earned recognition based on his extensive computer language knowledge, experience, and skills. During his 35 years in the software industry, Ken has presided over Synergex from its beginnings as a DEC reseller to its current position of creator and distributor of Synergy/DE, a multi-platform suite of development tools with users around the world.
A graduate of the University of California, Davis, Michele has been with Synergex since 1982. She began as a systems programmer and rapidly progressed through the positions of project leader and vice president of software development. She was promoted to executive vice president in late 1984, became president in November 1990, and was named CEO in December 1996. Under her leadership, the company has grown from a 20-employee, one-product firm into an internationally recognized technology innovator with a wide range of products installed in all 50 US states and more than 80 nations. She is also the CEO of CleanWorld, a national leader working to research, design, build and operate renewable energy systems that convert food and green waste to biogas and agricultural products. In addition, Michele currently serves as interim executive director of the Powerhouse Science Center—the future home of the Discovery Museum—overseeing current operations while spearheading the Museum’s capital campaign. She has been named one of the “Best and Brightest in Sacramento” by Sacramento Magazine, and her executive experience includes positions on the boards of the KVIE Public Television, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), and the University of California, Davis External Research Advisory Board.
As President of Synergex International Corporation, Bill provides strategy and direction in all functional areas of the company, including our flagship product suite, Synergy/DE, which has evolved over the past 30 years from a cross-platform business language to an extensive suite of object-oriented development tools that rivals any popular toolset today, and also KitaroDB, a version of Synergy/DE’s powerful database system offered to Visual Studio developers. Bill has built close partner relationships with a large number of our customers in a wide range of industries and has guided them to reduce their software investment, increase profitability, and succeed in varied market conditions.
Bill is a member of the Synergex Board of Directors. He was selected for Leadership Sacramento, where he worked to improve business and the regional community. He has also honed his skills at the Stanford Executive Institute for high-tech management. Outside of the technology realm, you’ll find Bill leading the charge through the rapids in whitewater expeditions or creating visually compelling photos of his family and life adventures.
Principal Consultant, Cayenne Consulting
Currently a senior consultant at Cayenne Consulting, a full-service solutions provider for emerging businesses, focusing on business plan consulting and financial modeling, Tom also owns Compass Point Consulting, which specializes in line-of-business strategy execution and critical decision support. Tom is the co-founder of two ERP software companies: Effective Management Systems—ERP, for discrete manufacturers, and EMS Solutions—ERP, for automatic merchandising companies. As an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University, Tom teaches graduate and undergraduate business courses. He has a BA in Mathematics from Hope College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also a Certified Fellow of the American Production and Inventory Control Society.