Patrick Brandt, Chief Executive Officer, drives the corporate strategy and vision for Telligent. A veteran enterprise software entrepreneur and executive, Brandt has a proven track record of leading companies through rapid growth and expansion.
Prior to joining Telligent, Brandt was the founder and CEO of Skywire Software. During his eight-year tenure at Skywire Software, Brandt led the company through organic growth and 11 acquisitions, including the leveraged buyout of Docucorp (NASDAQ: DOCC) in 2007. By 2008, the market-leading vertical software company employed more than 600 people and served more than 2,400 customers in 45 countries. In 2008, Brandt led and negotiated the sale of Skywire Software's enterprise software business to Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL). Brandt remains a member of the board of directors of iWave Software, a spin-off of Skywire Software, and serves on the board of appBackr, the first and only digital wholesale marketplace for the iPhone and iPad application market.
Brandt has also earned several accolades for his business acumen, leadership, and community service, including the Ernst & Young 2008 Southwest Area Entrepreneur of the Year Award®, the 2008 Tech Titans Corporate CEO Award, the 2006 Ellis Award from the Entrepreneur Foundation of North Texas, and the 2004 Tech Titans Emerging CEO Award.
An active community volunteer, Brandt serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations focused on promoting education and entrepreneurship among at-risk youth and encouraging philanthropy to emerging and established companies. Brandt is a founding director of the National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurship Greater Dallas Chapter, Chairman of the Board of Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas, is a board member of Education is Freedom and is a Partner of Dallas Social Venture Partners. Brandt earned his bachelor's of science in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University.
The visionary behind Telligent's product development and innovation, Telligent's Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Rob Howard oversees product development and the company's technology roadmap.
A true pioneer in social enterprise software, Howard is known throughout the industry as an authority in social community and collaboration software. His roots begin at the frontiers of social technology with his contribution to the development and adoption of Microsoft's Web platform technologies—where he helped create and nurture the innovative ASP.NET community.
In 2004, he expanded his vision for customer engagement when he founded Telligent, the first-to-market integrated online community software. A social software forerunner, Howard also understood the power of community analytics, making Telligent the first-to-market with an application to address this need.
Working with world class customers including Dell, MySpace.com and Microsoft, Howard has put his expertise and insight to work for organizations of all sizes wanting to apply the value of collaborative work to their business.
An expert at developing enterprise collaboration software, he has authored several books on the topic of software development and speaks at conferences worldwide on the topics of social computing and software development. Howard is a member of the Lonestar chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization, and he earned his bachelor's of business administration from Baylor University.
With a deep dedication to a superior customer experience, Senior Vice President of Customer Care John Rabara places top priority on customer service, customer support, education, and partner support. Drawing on his enterprise experience integrating new technology with existing systems, Rabara uses all the social tools at his disposal to provide community-based support to Telligent customers and partners. It's a world-class level of support imbued with Telligent's core values.
Previously, Rabara served as director of sales consulting at Oracle, where his responsibilities included enterprise product support, sales leadership and support, and strategy development. Rabara also served as the director of customer solutions at Skywire Software, focusing on development, implementation and support for one of the company's core products. Prior to Skywire Software, Rabara acted as sheriff product manager/developer of The Software Group (now Tyler Technologies), where he was part of the team that developed the enterprise Odyssey product.
Rabara earned his bachelor's of business administration with a focus on business analysis, management information systems from Texas A&M University.
Social web slinger Jenn Emerson serves as your friendly neighborhood community manager at Telligent.com. Growing and learning in the socio-sphere like everyone else, Jenn loves to listen and share ideas around social community. As a practitioner of the ancient art of talking to people, Jenn tends to look at social media and community management through a sociological lens. Most of her contributing blog posts center around social connections, customer experience and community strategy. And, unlike other hipsters of her generation, she hates bacon. She also has a sense of humor. Follow her on Twitter @JennTelligent or connect with her on Telligent.com.
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