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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 through virtual elections held in November of 2020.

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.

Aneesa Needel

Aneesa Needel

Aneesa is a Product Marketing Manager in Austin with extensive B2B tech sales experience. This will be her 2nd term as President with ProductCamp Austin and has been on the Board since 2018. She is looking forward be to continuously iterating in 2021.

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.

Michael Gaither

Michael Gaither

Michael was a volunteer for PCA prior to joining the board, helping to bring the community valuable and successful ProductCamp events! He has worked in the semiconductor and petroleum spaces in research and software development. He has also worked in volunteer organizations planning and hosting events in cities across the U.S. He is a recent transfer to Austin and is working on transitioning to 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.

Carlos Love

Carlos is serving as the 2020-21 Marketing Chair.

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.

Smita Kulkarni

Smita is a Project Manager at Veteran Affairs Financial Accounting center. In her previous job she worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for product development. She has extensive experience of working for non-profit organizations for their mission and vision. Smita joined ProductCamp Austin (PCA) in Jan 2020 as an active volunteer. She administer PCA website throughout this year. She hopes to serve PCA community through the Sponsors Chair position in 2020-2021 year. As a Sponsors Chair, she plans to onboard new sponsors, build sponsorship package features and build revenue for upcoming PCA events.

At-Large
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.

Orion Suydam

Orion is a product executive in Austin with over 15 years of experience in product management of enterprise software products and cybersecurity SaaS. He is happy to be lending a hand in PCA’s continued operations and success.

At-Large
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.

Ian Brand

Ian is a Product Stratgist in Austin and is passionate about all things Product. He has extensive experience in launching and iterating consumer facing SaaS products.