23 May May 23, 2018 – 5 Extra Years Mark Oman, Creativity Clarity Jon Kolko and Jesus and Co. Bruce Hartman
Mark Oman – Founder and CEO of Xtra-PC
Mark Oman is a veteran of IT going back 45 years. He started at Hewlett Packard where he was a General Manager and then worked at Agilent Technologies where he was Vice President of Manufacturing, Quality and IT Sourcing. Mark retired from Silicon Valley and moved to Prairie, Colorado to work with his son. They founded Prairie IT to help small business and nonprofits reduce costs and maximize the use of their existing IT equipment. Father and son then founded Xtra-PC which was based on the idea to turn old, outdated computers into useful like-new ones. Mark’s vision is to keep millions of old PCs out of the landfill and get them to the millions of people that need a computer at an affordable price. Xtra-PC is a flash drive USB that speeds up old and outdated computers and extends their life by five years on average.
Jon Kolko is the author of “Creative Clarity,” Partner at Modernist Studio, and the Founder of Austin Center for Design. Previously the Vice President of Design at Blackboard, he has worked extensively with both startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has been a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Design Studies of Monterrey, Mexico, and Malmö University, Sweden. Jon has also held the positions of Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator in Austin, Texas, and both Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at frog design, a global innovation firm. He has been a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in building both the Interaction and Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs. Jon has also held the role of Director of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Editor-in-Chief of interactions magazine, published by the ACM. He is regularly asked to participate in high-profile conferences and judged design events, including the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.
Bruce Hartman is a Christian Business Author, and throughout his career, his passion for mentoring people, helping businesses thrive and a personal drive have enabled him to repeatedly develop talent into C-Suite executives, engage employees at all levels, and transform organizations into high-performing centers of excellence. After 30 years as an accomplished executive and board member creating significant shareholder value for Fortune 500 firms including Foot Locker, Yankee Candle, Pathmark, rue21 and Cushman and Wakefield, Bruce graduated in 2013 with a Master of Divinity from Drew University Theological School, earning the Daniel P. Kidder Award for the highest GPA in Pastoral Care. In addition to leading Gideon Advisors, he is the President and Board Chairman for A Future with Hope, a non-profit rebuilding lives affected by natural and economic disasters, serves on the Board of Street Squash, an urban youth after-school enrichment program, and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for Drew University.