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ProductCamp Austin Board of Directors

Since the first ProductCamp Austin in 2008, PCA has been an ad-hoc organization focused on delivering the highest quality ProductCamps to the Central Texas product management and marketing community. During that time, the community has asked for ProductCamp to become more and provide more – and ProductCamp has delivered, adding new events like ProductPotluck and ProductParty. ProductCamp Austin then took the next step in its maturation, forming a corporate entity chartered in Texas, moving from an informal planning team to a Board elected by its participants – in a style congruent with the origins of ProductCamp Austin events, and is an official 501c(6) non-profit organization.

The following Members, and specific roles, on the ProductCamp Austin Board of Directors were elected at the Summer ProductCamp, held on September 15th, 2018.

President
Responsible for leadership and overall direction of PCA. Presides over board meetings and PCA planning team functions. Moderates planning committee, builds consensus and breaks ties where required. Serves as the public face of PCA. Responsible for understanding what makes ProductCamp a special group and event and preserving that spirit.Time Commitment: Ranges from 5 hours a week between events to 10+ hours/week during heavy planning. Qualifications: Must have served as a PCA planning team lead/board member at least once.

Nicki James

Nicki has a 21-year career history in Austin’s software organizations, initially in project management and consulting (including start-up ownership) before transitioning into product management, serving first as an individual contributor before leading high-performing teams. A builder and organizer to the core, she has always enjoyed connecting and developing people, and carries a solid reputation for growing teams and organizations. Nicki is passionate about preserving ProductCamp’s essence and enhancing its offerings while helping top-notch companies band together to promote product management and marketing thought leaders and partnerships. Nicki has actively volunteered and attended PCA events for many years, and served on the PCA Board in the past.

Treasurer
Manages the finances of the organization. Responsible for managing PCA’s budget and accounts payable and receivable. Responsible for processing payments, paying vendors in a timely fashion, maintaining the budget and ledger. Provides quarterly updates to the board about PCA’s budget status. Signatory for PCA checks. Responsible for non-profit filings with IRS and State of Texas. Time Commitment: Ranges from 3-5 hours/week.

Robert Anderson

Robert is the Vice President of Product Management at Idera, Inc., a developer of B2B software in three primary market segments: database tools, development tools, and testing tools. Robert leads all product management and software user experience functions for the company. In that capacity, he is responsible to define and execute product strategy and to lead a team of 15+ product professionals who wake up each day seeking to build the best user-focused products in their market segments. Robert continues as Treasurer of ProductCamp Austin and remains an active volunteer who appreciates the opportunity to cultivate new product management talent and a stronger tech community in the Austin area.

Sponsors Chair
Responsible for the recruitment of new and existing PCA sponsors. Drives funding for PCA as an organization and for PCA events. Main point of contact for sponsors and is responsible for establishing, building, and maintaining sponsor relationships. Defines value proposition for sponsorship and sponsorship tiers. Manages sponsors team. Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-2 hours/week between events to 10+ hours/week during the 2 months before PCA.

Omar Paul

Omar Paul is CEO and cofounder at Zilkr, an Apps and cloud API company focused on telecom service providers. Prior to Zilkr, as VP of Product at Shango, Omar was responsible for product strategy, direction and management. Before that Omar was VP, IP Services at Rimhub, responsible for their IP Comms practice. Omar has also worked at BroadSoft (now part of Cisco), the industry leader in Hosted VoIP/Comms, for a decade. He has programmed, built and managed teams of developers, product managed enterprise b2b software platforms and apps in the Cloud Communications space, and evangelized and raised investment to bring telcos into the API economy. This is Omar’s first time actively volunteering for PCA, and he is stoked to be part of and assisting with an Austin grassroots community focused on Product Management.

Marketing Chair
Responsible for driving messaging execution for PCA events via a variety of channels: social and traditional. Manages the marketing team, and the PCA event website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. Co-ordinates with the Board and volunteers between events for ongoing website updates. Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-2 hours/week to 10+ hours/week leading up to events.

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Roger L. Cauvin

By empowering teams to make smart product decisions, Roger creates products that transform people’s lives. He is Director of Products at FourLeaf LLC, which provides companies the best performing audiences for their marketing campaigns. One of the original organizers of ProductCamp Austin, Roger has also served as secretary and sustainability chair. He blogs at http://blog.cauvin.org. Connect with Roger on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Director
Responsible for various PCA roles such as event logistics, recruitment and coordination of PCA volunteers, volunteer-led sessions and session management at PCA un-conferences, and sustaining and growing PCA as a mature organization for the Austin community. Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-2 hour/week to 10+ hours/week leading up to events.

Carolina Curby-Lucier

Carolina Curby-Lucier

A strategist at heart, Carolina Curby-Lucier specializes in B2B product marketing with a focus on helping organizations become more customer centric and solution oriented. Although she’s led marketing efforts for organizations of all sizes, from international brands to Austin startups and non-profits, her skill set is best suited to help growth-stage companies scale. In her current role as a Marketing Manager at OnRamp, she leads the company’s thought leadership, go-to-market strategy and acts as a product evangelist online and at events. Carolina is a repeat attendee at PCA un-conferences and has volunteered her marketing skills to promote the event in the past.

Director
Responsible for various PCA roles such as event logistics, recruitment and coordination of PCA volunteers, volunteer-led sessions and session management at PCA un-conferences, and sustaining and growing PCA as a mature organization for the Austin community. Time Commitment: Ranges from 1-2 hour/week to 10+ hours/week leading up to events.

Mike Trujillo

Mike Trujillo

Mike Trujillo has held a variety of jobs throughout his career. His specialty is Product Management and helping businesses to build and grow new teams. He’s held leadership roles at Nokia, Texas Instruments, Accenture, CSC, AMD, Digital Equipment Corporation, Broadframe, Softvision, and more. Starting in the eighth grade, he was recognized by his customers for outstanding service and was awarded Paperboy of the Month by the local newspaper (really). He’s been working hard providing outstanding products and services to his customers ever since.