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9/29/16 Austin | Board Effectiveness...From Management's Perspective

September 29, 2016
Austin, TX



Boards are expected to focus on profitable governance – yet their relationships with the CEO and management team are often dysfunctional and filled with missed opportunities, unwanted outcomes like slower enterprise growth, and not well thought out strategies.

Why does this happen and how can board members’ behaviors positively improve company outcomes?  Let’s explore this question from a CEO’s perspective.

Panel Questions:

  • Do or did you have the right board composition to really give you value added?
  • Should CEOs take a more aggressive position on board composition?
  • What is the role of new committees or subsets of the board in regards to strategy?
  • How should boards address ‘Enterprise Risk Management’?  How much time should be spent on this versus strategy, M&A, performance management, etc.?
  • Board and management interaction – how much is too much? 
  • How can you better organize a board with diverse backgrounds to get their value-added in the right places?

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Location and Time


JW Marriott
110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

7:00am   Check-in and Networking Breakfast

7:30am   Roundtable Discussions

7:45am   Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

9:15am   Closing and final networking

Speaker Spotlight


Gene Austin

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, Bazaarvoice

Gene has served as Chief Executive Officer since February 2014, president since May 2013 and as a member of our board of directors since November 2013.

Gene has more than 30 years of experience delivering results in high-growth technology companies, with a particular emphasis on SaaS applications. He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Convio, Inc., where he was the driving force behind the company's success that led to an IPO and eventual sale to Blackbaud, Inc. in May 2012.

Prior to Convio, Gene was BMC Software's vice president and general manager of Enterprise Data Management and previously worked at Dell as vice president and general manager of Internet Servers. He also served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at, where he contributed significantly to growth leading to a 1999 public offering.

Gene holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in engineering management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is active in the Austin, Texas, community as the chair-elect for KIPP Austin Public Schools and was the 2015 chairman of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Rick Timmins MODERATOR

Director, Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), Ultratech (UTEK)

Rick is a resident of Austin, Texas on three separate occasions since 1975 and is heavily involved in the Austin start-up community. He is a member of the Central Texas Angel (CTAN) where he is the Chairman of the Board. He has personally invested in over 20 Austin start-up companies. 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 former Board member in four public companies, five privately held companies and four non-profit organizations. 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.

Lynn Atchison

Vice Chair, Austin Technology Council Director, RealMassive, Speed Commerce

Previously, Lynn Atchison served as the Chief Financial Officer of HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY) from August 2006 until March of 2016. During her tenure the business grew from about $10 million in revenue to over $500 million. She was responsible for managing all financial aspects of the company. She has over 30 years of finance and operations experience, including expertise in financial management and reporting, securities filings, facilities management and legal and human resources. She was instrumental in the sale of the company to Expedia in 2016.
< br> Prior to HomeAway, Atchison was CFO of Infoglide Software, where during her tenure revenue grew more than 160 percent. Likewise, in her positions as senior vice president and CFO at Hoover’s Online, Atchison helped lead the business from a private to a publicly-owned company, increasing revenues by ten times which ultimately resulted in the sale of the company to Dun & Bradstreet in 2003.

She has also served as vice president and CFO for Travelogix Inc., as a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP and spent time in private practice.

She is currently serving as vice chair of the Austin Technology Council (ATC) since February 2015 and has served on the ATC board since April 2012. Lynn is a member of original steering committee for Women@Austin since the fall of 2013. Women@Austin is a mission-driven community with one raison d’être: to advance women entrepreneurs in Austin. She is a director of RealMassive (Austin Texas) since November 2015 and also a director of Speed Commerce (“SPDC” Dallas, Texas) since October 2013.

Atchison holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Stephen F. Austin University. Also, while at the university, she was a member of the SFA cheerleaders of 1979-80 who established “the axe” hand symbol, the traditional spirit symbol for students, faculty and alumni.

Lynn’s professional experience has earned her several accolades over the years, most recently:
• CFO of the Year” for large private Austin companies in 2009 • CFO of the Year” for large Austin public companies in 2014 • Winner of ABJ’s “Profiles in Power” – Central Texas Women of Influence in 2015.



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