Board of Directors & Advisors
Steve Elfman, Tethr’s non-executive chairman, is a founding partner of TAP Growth Group and the former president of Network Operations and Wholesale at Sprint. Steve has been working with Tethr since its inception as a strategic advisor and has served on the Tethr Board since 2016. A proven leader and innovator in wireless technology, Steve has a wealth of expertise in wireless applications and Internet business models. Steve joined the Sprint senior leadership team in May 2008 from mobile data technology services company Infospace where he was executive vice president of Infospace Mobile. Following the acquisition of Infospace Mobile, Steve served as president and chief operating officer of Motricity. He also has held leadership positions at Terabeam, as executive vice president of operations, and AT&T Wireless, where he was chief information officer (CIO). Prior to that, Steve was the CIO at GE Capital (Fleet Services Company) as well as head of information technology at 3M Company for International Operations. Steve graduated from the University of Western Ontario in Canada with a degree in Computer Science and Business.
Admiral William (Bill) Owens is co-founder and executive chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company which identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, the Middle East and the United States and creates partnerships focusing on natural resources, real estate, and information and communication technology. Bill brings decades of telecommunications expertise to Tethr, most recently as the chairman of the board of CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. He has also served on the boards of Wipro, Telstra, Nortel Networks and Polycom. Bill was the CEO/Chairman of Teledesic LLC, a Bill Gates/Craig McCaw company bringing worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network and prior, was the president, COO/vice chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and the CEO and vice chairman of Nortel. He has also served on over 20 public boards and advisory boards for companies including Daimler, British American Tobacco and SAP USA as well as on the boards of the non-for-profit organizations Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Brookings Institution and RAND Corporation.
Bill is a four-star US Navy veteran. He was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second-ranking United States military officer with responsibility for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post- Cold War era. Bill is a 1962 honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University.
Dan Yost is managing partner at Dankat, LLC, a Dallas-based venture firm focused on private equity investments. With more than 40 years of telecommunications leadership experience, Dan previously served as EVP of product and marketing at Qwest Communications International and as EVP of product and IT. At Qwest, Dan was responsible for the product development and management of Qwest’s voice, data and IP portfolio, including the development of new services and the deployment of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). Dan joined Qwest from Allegiance Telecom, Inc., a facilities-based national local exchange carrier, where he served as its president and COO. Prior to joining Allegiance Telecom, Dan was the president and COO at NETCOM Online Communication Services and prior to that served as president of the Southwest region of AT&T Wireless Services. Dan also served as the president at McCaw Cellular Communications/LIN Broadcasting in the Southwest region and was the president, general manager and founder of MetroCel Cellular Telephone Company. Dan earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering and MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Lawson DeVries joined Grotech Ventures in 2005 and is a General Partner at the firm. He focuses primarily on investment opportunities in enterprise software, SaaS and internet companies. Lawson currently serves on the boards of Atavium, Ceros, CrowdStreet, DirectScale, Optoro, RedPoint Global, TaskEasy, Tethr and UrbanBound. He was also the first investor in NexGen Storage and sat on the board until its acquisition by Fusion-io. Lawson has also worked closely with a number of other prior Grotech portfolio companies including LogRhythm (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Logi Analytics (acquired by Marlin Equity) BroadSoft (NASDAQ: BSFT; acquired by Cisco), Collective Intellect (acquired by Oracle) and Aztek Networks (acquired by GenBand). Prior to joining Grotech Ventures, Lawson was an Associate in the Institutional Equity Sales division of the Buckingham Research Group, a boutique independent research firm. Previously he was an Associate in the Equity Research division at Deutsche Bank where he rolled out coverage on a new division of the Industrials sector that included Caterpillar, Deere and Co. and AGCO. Prior to this, Lawson was an Associate in Deutsche Bank’s Health Care group covering Managed Care stocks. Lawson has a BA in English Literature from Harvard University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Dan Frawley is the managing director of Falmouth Ventures, an investment company formed after the acquisition of the CEB Ventures/Gartner investment portfolio. Prior to forming Falmouth Ventures, Dan led CEB Ventures and their investments in technology companies. Prior to that, Dan held a managing director role at CEB/Gartner and before that he served as CEO of Iconoculture, a wholly owned CEB company. Dan joined Iconoculture as CEO in December 2002 and raised three rounds of capital growing the company from $200K in sales to $18M when the company was acquired by the Corporate Executive Board in May 2010. Prior to that, he was CEO of Techies.com where he raised over $100M in venture capital and grew the company from less than $1M in sales to over $30M in two years. Dan was also an early Board Member of Jobs2Web which was recently acquired by SuccessFactors. Previously, Dan was a senior vice president of channel strategies at Gartner Group, where he helped re-architect the distribution strategy for Gartner. He was also founder and president of J3 Learning Corp., a technology-based computer-training developer/marketer based in Minneapolis. He remained there until the corporation sold to the Gartner Group. Dan served for seven years as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, flying active missions throughout the Middle East and Africa. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Strategic advisor Roy Chestnutt is the former executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Verizon Communications where he was responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, including business development, joint ventures, strategic investments, acquisitions and divestitures. Roy joined Verizon in 2011 from Motorola Networks where he served as corporate vice president of the Americas and helped lead the successful transition of the business unit to new ownership by Nokia Siemens Networks. Roy was previously chairman and CEO of Grande Communications, a communications provider in Texas, and before that senior vice president of National Field Sales and General Business for Sprint-Nextel. Roy also served on the board of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) and chaired the strategy committee of 25 Global Telecom Heads. Roy graduated from San Jose State University and received his MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Marge Connelly has over 25 years of global leadership experience, predominantly in financial services, with a focus on operations and technology, strategic planning and in leading large, complex organizations through major organizational and strategic change. She is also active in numerous community activities associated with education, economic development and diversity. Most recently, Marge served as the chief operating officer (COO) for Convergys Corporation, a world leader in customer experience outsourcing. In this role, she and her team of more than 100,000 employees in 150 contact center locations in North America, Latin America, EMEA, India, the Philippines and Southeast Asia focused on delivering service excellence to Convergys clients and their customers. Marge also had responsibility for Convergys’ global IT organization. Prior to joining Convergys, Marge enjoyed an extensive career in the financial services industry having served as global COO for Barclaycard, COO for Wachovia Securities and executive vice president for Capital One. She also served as interim president for Longwood University and served on the board of directors of Portfolio Recovery Associates, an acquirer of non-performing consumer debt. Marge received her BA from University of Delaware and an Advanced Management Program degree from Harvard Business School.
Martha Bejar is a veteran in the information and communications technology market. She is the co-founder and CEO of Red Bison Advisory Group. Bejar also serves on the board of Mitel Networks, CenturyLink, Commvault, Rainier Scholars, and is a member of the President’s Advisory Group at EastWest Institute. Bejar has been the CEO and Director of several private companies: from December 2016 to March 2017, Bejar was the CEO/Director at Unium Inc. Unium’s software delivers fast, uninterrupted, secure, Wi-Fi wireless connections to the internet. In March 2018, she closed on the stock sale of Unium to Nokia Corp. She was also the CEO and Director of Flow Mobile, a broadband wireless access solution service provider. In December 2015, Bejar closed on the sale of Flow Mobile’s operations to Consolidated Telecom in North Dakota. Prior to joining Flow Mobile, Bejar was Chairperson/CEO of Wipro Infocrossing Cloud Computing Services (A Wipro Company). Prior to Wipro, Bejar was with Microsoft Corp., where she was the corporate vice president for the Communications Sector, and prior to Microsoft she was one of the business presidents at Nortel Networks.
Martha is the recipient of numerous industry awards including; 2018 top corporate director by Latino Leaders Magazine, 2017 Inspiring Women of Washington State by Seattle Storm Basketball team, top fifty Hispanic women in the United States by Hispanic Inc. Business Magazine, and the Hispanic Business Media’s award for the 2008 Woman of the Year and the Visionary Award from LISTA (Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association). Martha received an Advanced Management Program degree from Harvard University Business School. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and also holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
George Krautzel is managing partner of MissionOG, a high-growth investment company that he co-founded in 2012. MissionOG provides its partner companies with initial and significant follow-on capital to accelerate their businesses. In 1998, George co-founded and bootstrapped ITtoolbox, an online community for IT executives and professionals. As a leader in best practice knowledge sharing, the company pioneered concepts for online community building and digital marketing. In 2007, ITtoolbox was acquired by CEB. George remained at CEB for three years to lead the business unit. Prior to ITtoolbox, George co-founded an IT services company and was a consultant for Accenture. George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University.