At Kingland, we're unwilling to be thought of as anything less than the best at what we do. We all seek to expand our experience, domain knowledge, and ability to deliver on new ideas each and every day.
David J. Kingland
chairman of the board
David is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the company.
Todd is responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the company.
Tony is responsible for all business operations of the company.
Phil is responsible for corporate infrastructure technology and DevSecOps
Executive VP, CSO
Alex is responsible for leading professional services, client implementations, client support and operations, and security.
sENIOR vp, sTRATEGIC aCCOUNTS & pARTNERSHIPS
Ron is responsible for leading work with strategic clients and expanding partnerships.
EXECUTIVE VP, CFO
Jeff leads the finance, accounting, human resources, and compliance functions for the company.
EXECUTIVE VP, CTO
Jason leads Kingland’s Engineering and Technology vision and initiatives and is responsible for software solution architecture.
Chief technology Evangelist
Matt is responsible for Kingland Platform product management, corporate marketing and technology evangelism.
VP OF OPERATIONS
Courtney is responsible for the ongoing management of client relationships and solutions with Kingland's clients.
Director of business analysis
Jon leads Business Analysts across Kingland implementations and client solutions.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SUPPORT
Jan is responsible for leading the Client Support function at Kingland in a manner that is responsive to the needs and requests of our clients.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Julie leads the execution of Kingland's human resources initiatives.
DIRECTOR OF SECURITY & PRIVACY OPERATIONS
Ben is responsible for the day-to-day security of Kingland systems and applications.
Director of IT
Christy provides strategic oversight and innovation for the systems, security and applications of the Kingland enterprise.
DIRECTOR OF SECURITY & PRIVACY COMPLIANCE
Shane is responsible for the security, privacy, and compliance policies at Kingland.
director of project management
Amanda leads company-wide project and program management processes, standards, tooling and training, and ensuring successful completion of our software projects.
Director and Engagement Leader
Jon leads professional services implementation teams throughout Kingland.
DIRECTOR OF SECURITY TECHNOLOGY & PRIVACY
Morgan is responsible for designing technical security controls across all Kingland solutions and the organization.
Director of software ARCHITECTURE and engineering
Patrick leads our Engineering and Architecture processes at Kingland, and establishes effective tooling and engineering processing to ensure that our client solutions are successful.
Accounting & Finance Manager
Lindsay is responsible for managing and overseeing accounting, financial reporting, and forecasting.
Jason is responsible for directing professional services engagement teams.
VP, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING PROCESS PERFORMANCE
Trond is responsible for process compliance in our engineering efforts, ensuring the software we build provides excellence in delivery and high value to our customers
SENIOR DEVSECOPS ARCHITECT
Mark leads DevSecOps best practices and optimizes the building, deployment, and scaling of Kingland software.
Senior Software Architect, Product Development
Jordan leads the overall design and architecture of Text Analytics Suite of the Kingland Platform.
Head of data science
Jesse leads data intensive engagements across the company to advance the uses of data science and text analytics technologies.
Colin is responsible for directing Kingland's personal independence clients.
David Spalding is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland.
Azra Kanji is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland.
Chris Ritchie is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland.
Chairman of the Board, Chief Innovation Officer
David J. Kingland is responsible for setting the vision and direction of the company. Mr. Kingland founded Kingland in 1992, and has guided the company to become a leader in providing software based solutions for some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to founding the company, Mr. Kingland founded an SEC registered financial services firm and during the last 20 years has also led the creation of financial service, real estate development and video/audio production firms. Mr. Kingland holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. He actively serves on executive boards of Iowa State University and several non-profit organizations.
CEO, Board Member
Todd Rognes is responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the company. Before becoming CEO of Kingland in 2019, Mr. Rognes served as President and CFO of Kingland, joining the company in 1999. Mr. Rognes also serves as a board member for Kingland. Mr. Rognes is a seasoned leader of private and public software and professional services businesses. Prior to joining Kingland, Mr. Rognes spent 13 years with DocuCorp International, a Texas-based, publicly traded document automation software company and its predecessor company, Image Sciences, Inc. Mr. Rognes held several managerial and executive positions at DocuCorp and was involved in the negotiation and integration of several acquisitions, including the Initial Public Offering of DocuCorp. Mr. Rognes holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Rognes serves on executive boards of several community and non-profit organizations.
President, Board Member
Tony Brownlee is responsible for all business operations of the company. Mr. Brownlee served previously as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, head of business development, and other management positions driving the company’s product and client growth. Joining the company in 2003, Tony's work with Kingland began by helping found Kingland's 3rd generation platform that expanded the company into enterprise data management and artificial intelligence software, and has since been instrumental in growing the company across financial markets, public accounting, insurance, retail, and other industries. Tony is recognized as a creative thought leader and “data nerd”, is a frequent speaker at executive level events, and enjoys working with Fortune 500 leadership teams on strategies to advance the use of people, data, and technology. Mr. Brownlee also serves as a board member for Kingland. Prior to joining Kingland, Mr. Brownlee worked in the financial services industry providing consulting services for a top ten global bank and a leading international agri-business company. Mr. Brownlee holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Central College in Pella, Iowa; an MBA from Iowa State University and serves on advisory boards of both institutions, as well as many local, community organizations.
Executive Vice President Client Success
Phil Birkedal is responsible for corporate Infrastructure Technology and DevSecOps, including cloud services, corporate tooling, and internal IT. Mr. Birkedal has been with Kingland, and its predecessor company Kingland Capital, since inception and has extensive experience leading Kingland’s data and compliance focused teams, as well as serving many of the company’s international audit, brokerage, and banking clients. With a background as a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Birkedal is known for his rigor in creating high quality solutions ranging from complex database solutions to developing, implementing, and operating transaction, commission processing and compliance systems. Prior to Kingland, Mr. Birkedal was the CFO of Kingland Capital and worked extensively with regulators including FINRA, SEC, and various state regulators. Mr. Birkedal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and has held a number of SEC/FINRA registrations and licenses including General Securities, Financial and Operations Principal, and General Securities Principal.
Executive Vice President Professional Services, Chief Security Officer
Alex Olson is responsible for leading and setting the strategy for our professional services at Kingland, including client engagement, client support and operations, and data services. Mr. Olson has delivered countless complex solutions to our customers, leading cross-functional teams of business analysts, data scientists, project managers, and software engineers. Since starting with Kingland in 1998, Alex has been a leading voice in the industries we serve concerning how to use data as an asset to meet business growth, risk management, and regulatory compliance requirements. As Chief Security Officer, Alex has overall responsibility for security and data protection at Kingland. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University with specializations in electronic business, economics, and finance and he has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and other industry certifications.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Partnerships
Ron Jordan is Senior Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Partnerships for Kingland. Mr. Jordan joins Kingland with more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry working with industry-leading organizations such as the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He served four years as a member of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the U.S. Treasury Office of Financial Research and on the boards of several financial industry data groups. Jordan led the launch of DTCC's Global Market Entity Identifier utility, the industry's first and largest global Legal Entity Identifier utility, created successful proprietary data businesses both at DTCC and the NYSE, and served as Chairman and Administrator of the Consolidated Tape Association while at NYSE. He will lead the company's work with strategic clients and expand partnerships with industry participants.
Executive Vice President Corporate Support, Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Jacobs is Kingland’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for managing and overseeing accounting, financial reporting, forecasting, audit and tax. Mr. Jacobs is also responsible for strategic oversight of Kingland’s human resources function. Prior to joining Kingland, Mr. Jacobs was an Audit Manager at KPMG where he was responsible for the coordination and overall management of integrated and financial statement audits of financial services organizations. He also served as the primary campus recruiter for the Des Moines, Iowa office where he led the firms recruiting initiatives at private and public institutions in Iowa. He has a strong knowledge of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, PCAOB auditing standards, US GAAP, and SEC reporting requirements. Mr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Central College in Pella, IA where he graduated Manga Cum Laude and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) licensed in Iowa.
Executive Vice President Product Development, Chief Technology Officer
Jason Toyne is the Chief Technology Officer at Kingland, responsible for software solution architecture, technology thought leadership, engineering processes, and platform software delivery. In 20 years with Kingland, Mr. Toyne has been instrumental in the architecture of Kingland solutions related to enterprise data management, enterprise risk and compliance and text analytics. Jason is recognized as a visionary and innovator in software engineering technologies related to enterprise architecture, big data, SDLC, data science, data integration and DevOps. Jason is a Sun-Certified Programmer and Developer, and is a featured technical speaker throughout North America.
Senior Vice President Product Development, Chief Technology Evangelist
Matt Good is responsible for Kingland Platform evangelism, architecture, and strategic technologies, including enterprise data management, big data, AI, and cloud computing. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Good has gained a variety of experiences at Kingland, IBM and SPSS in architecting and engineering software solutions and leading teams focused on compliance, risk management, predictive analytics, AI-based enterprise data management automation, and brokerage web and reporting applications. Additionally, Mr. Good has provided his expertise to numerous executives within multi-national enterprises. He has also provided overall leadership within Kingland’s partnership with Iowa State University, advancing Computer Science research within key data management initiatives. Mr. Good has achieved certifications related to Java, master data management development, and IBM technologies and has been a speaker at technical conferences. Mr. Good holds degrees from Iowa State University in Computer Science and Music.
VP of Operations
Courtney Hiveley is the Vice President of Operations Management, responsible for improving efficiency, quality, and ensuring consistency of Kingland Way processes across all of Kingland’s products and solutions. She has helped build and maintain a high quality, reliable, and scale-able data management program that reveals insights for opportunities of continuous improvement. Courtney has held a diversified career path to her current role, ranging from serving clients in Banking and Capital Markets to regulatory reporting, her ability to combine a technical foundation with business acumen has provided her the ability to lead teams and tackle some of the toughest problems. Mrs. Hiveley holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies, and a Master of Business Analytics degrees, both from Iowa State University.
Director of Business Analysis
Jonathon Allen is Director of Business Analysis within Kingland Professional Services Group. Mr. Allen directs a staff focused on data cleansing and monitoring operations. He has 12 years of experience in data analysis and software engineering, including data ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) and data modeling projects. He studied communications at Iowa State University and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and a member of the Scrum Alliance.
Director of Client Support
Janice Anderson is the Director of Client Support at Kingland. She also serves as an internal auditor of the company's corporate standards and processes. Over the past thirty years, Ms. Anderson has gained expertise in business analysis, project management, scrum processes, requirements management, data management, data interfaces, securities trading and investments, product management, testing, database management and process management. In the past, she has managed the Kingland Data Science and Research team and led teams developing several web applications. More recently, Janice has worked on projects related to securities and entity data risk and portfolio management, as well as the expansion of corporate tooling used in day-to-day business activities.
Director of Human Resources
Julie Clark leads the execution of Kingland’s human resources (HR) initiatives, including recruiting, employee engagement, performance management, and the company’s total rewards program. She provides management, leadership, and direction for the HR team in the US, and collaborates with Kingland’s HR team in Dalian, China. Mrs. Clark received her Master’s degree in Human Resources & Labor Relations from Michigan State University. She has experience across multiple industries including healthcare and high-tech/telecommunications where she has provided support and leadership among multiple HR disciplines.
Director of Security & Privacy Operations
Ben Hayden leads Kingland’s Security and Privacy Operations team, responsible for the day-to-day security of Kingland’s systems and applications. Before coming to Kingland, Ben led a risk-consulting business, managed IT auditors, compliance auditors, and network penetration testers. Ben also has experience managing a security operations center for a large EFT provider. Prior to beginning his cybersecurity career, Ben served as a police officer in Iowa where he spent time both on patrol and in investigations. Ben holds Master’s Degrees in computer engineering and information assurance, both from Iowa State University. Outside of information security, Ben has certifications or specialized training in digital forensics, anti-money laundering practices, and active shooter response.
Director of IT
Christy Johansen is the Director of IT, providing strategic oversight and innovation for the systems, security and applications of the Kingland enterprise. She has more than 20 years of experience in software support and software development. Prior to Kingland, Ms. Johansen developed software for the hospitality industry, holding positions of manager, director and Chief Operating Officer. Christy’s technical background spans Windows, SQL, AIX, DB2, cloud computing and numerous certifications.
Director of Security & Privacy Compliance
Shane Jones is Director of IT Security and Privacy Compliance, responsible for managing the Cybersecurity policies with special emphasis on government and regulatory compliance. Prior to Kingland, Mr. Jones was the Operations Manager and Sr. Information System Security Manager for Raytheon Missile Systems, and worked extensively with regulators and inspectors throughout the Department of Defense. He also operated as an inspector for the United States Air Force as well as time spent as a software engineer. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from Graceland University, a Master's of Engineering in Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance from George Washington University, and holds the CISSP certification.
Director of Project Management
Amanda Kasten is Director of Project Managment, responsible for setting the strategic direction for corporate project and program management processes, standards and training. Mrs. Kasten has managed large and complex software engineering, compliance, analytics, data quality and process improvement projects and programs. Prior to joining Kingland, Mrs. Kasten was an Engineering Project Specialist at Rockwell Collins where she was responsible for managing multiple large, global flight controls projects. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and Management, and a minor in Leadership from Wartburg College. Mrs. Kasten is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
Director and Engagement Leader
Jon Loge is the Director and Engagement Leader at Kingland, directing professional services engagement teams as well as leading Kingland’s best practices and corporate standards in software Quality Control. He is responsible for managing customer feature roadmaps and related scopes, along with Customer Relationship Management and communications. Prior to joining Kingland in 2006, Mr. Loge worked for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, leading teams serving regional and national banking institutions and was a member of their Software Quality Assurance Master Process Team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University with specializations in Computer Information Systems and is a Certified Software Test Engineer (inactive). Mr. Loge serves on many local non-profit organizations and community boards.
Director of Security Technology and Privacy
Morgan McCarley is the Director of Security Technology and Privacy, responsible for designing technical security controls, testing them, and ensuring they are in place across the Kingland organization and Kingland solutions. In this capacity, he works with various stakeholders across the organization to ensure that security best practices are being followed and that Kingland has an accurate and managed risk posture.
Prior to joining Kingland, Mr. McCarley led the application security program at Wellmark BCBS. He has held security positions at Iowa State University and with the Department of the Navy at the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR). Morgan holds an MBA from Iowa State University, a Master of Science in Information Technology from UNC Charlotte, and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Coker University in South Carolina. Morgan is active in the information security community, previously serving as the co-founder and chair of the Working Group on Software Security with H-ISAC. He also maintains his CISSP, CCSP and CCSLP certifications from ISC2.
Director of Software Architecture and Engineering
Patrick Rice is Director of Software Architecture and Engineering for Kingland, responsible for the company’s Indy application as well as working to develop the company’s next generation platform. Mr. Rice has deep experience with IBM technologies, next generation open source technologies, and leading a team providing industry acclaimed Software as a Service. Patrick assists Kingland with their internal process and governance, a position in which he has earned the CMMI appraiser distinction.
Accounting and Finance Manager
Lindsay Wetter is the Accounting and Finance Manager for Kingland. She is responsible for managing and overseeing accounting, financial reporting, and forecasting, as well as other corporate functions. Mrs. Wetter obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance and Banking, and Business Administration from Buena Vista University.
Jason Fredericks is an Engagement Leader at Kingland, directing professional services engagement teams. Previously, Jason has done business analysis on several different professional service projects. Mr. Fredericks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University with Specialization in Management of Information Systems.
Vice President & Director of Engineering Process Performance
Trond Gjendem is Director of Engineering Process Performance, responsible for managing our engineering processes and training, confirming process compliance through audits, and reporting on our engineering and process performance. Additionally, Trond serves as a solution architect at Kingland, having structured several complex software applications and data analytics solutions. Trond has over 25 years of experience in software engineering and information technology; the majority of those years were spent developing solutions for the auditing and regulatory compliance field. Prior to joining Kingland, Trond spent many years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, providing technical leadership for large projects and development teams. Mr. Gjendem holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a member of the Scrum Alliance. Trond is active in the community, having served on the Technology Association of Iowa’s Board of Directors, the North Iowa TechBrew and TechTalk committees, and several other technology-related initiatives in Iowa.
Senior DevSecOps Architect, Infrastructure Technology and Operations
Mark Nessen is a Senior DevSecOps Architect on the Infrastructure Technology and Operations team, managing and directing continuous improvement of Kingland's cloud infrastructure and customer solutions through the use of DevOps principles and practices. Mr. Nessen has been instrumental in the adoption of DevOps practices at Kingland, using his software engineering background to initiate the implementation. He has been involved with almost all of Kingland's software solutions during his 16 years with Kingland, thus providing him with vast technical experience that teams leverage when solving the most technical challenges. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from Iowa State University.
Senior Software Architect for Text Analytics Suite, Product Development
Jordan Petersen is a Senior Software Architect at Kingland with 11 years of software development, design and architecture experience. He is responsible for leading the overall product design and architecture for various projects at Kingland, with a primary focus on the Text Analytics Suite of the Kingland Platform. Since joining Kingland in 2010, Mr. Petersen has been a part of several solution teams that span across various technology stacks. He has served in several software development roles over his professional career including developer, tester, designer, and architect. Jordan has been involved in every aspect of full-stack application development including: database design and management, front-end web application development, backend API development, and DevSecOps. Mr. Petersen graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
Head of Data Science
Jesse Sommerfeld is the Head of Data Science and Analysis Services at Kingland. He is responsible for product development and implementation for data science and text analytics technologies. Since joining Kingland in 2010, Mr. Sommerfeld has managed numerous operational functions at Kingland and has significant expertise across data management, data quality, legal entity, hierarchy, and collective investment scheme domains. Mr. Sommerfeld holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Economics at Iowa State University.
Colin Ward is an Engagement Leader at Kingland, responsible for directing a number of Kingland’s personal independence clients. Mr. Ward started as an intern in 2017 and worked as a business analyst in the independence space. He has assisted in the effort to bring Kingland processes in compliance with NIST standards and drove the effort to define Kingland’s client engagement process. Mr. Ward received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.
David P. Spalding is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland. Mr. Spalding has served as the Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University for the last five years. Before assuming this position, Spalding served for eight years at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, most recently as senior vice president and senior advisor to Dartmouth’s president. Prior to Dartmouth, Spalding had a 29-year career in finance in New York City. He began his career in New York with The Chase Manhattan Bank. He also was a vice president with The First National Bank of Chicago, a senior vice president with GE Capital Corporate Finance Group Inc. and a managing director at Lehman Brothers. He ultimately served as vice chairman of The Cypress Group LLC, a private equity firm that he co-founded and co-managed. Over the years, he has served on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa. He received an Bachelor of Arts in history cum laude in 1976 from Dartmouth and a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University in 1984.
Azra Kanji is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland. She has originated, supervised and been a board member ofnumerous companies during her career. Areas of investment focus include technology-enabled business and financial services, compliance, subscription information, and marketing services businesses. Before joining Abry, Azra was a member of the Communications, Media and Entertainment investment banking group at Goldman Sachs. Azra is a graduate of Duke University.
Chris Ritchie is a member of the Board of Directors at Kingland. He has evaluated, overseen, and financed numerous companies in Abry’s targeted sectors. Chris’ areas of focus have included technology-enabled business services, insurance services, and software. Prior to joining Abry, Chris was a member of the Financial Institutions Group of Houlihan Lokey. Chris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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