NOTESWIFT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Chris Russell, M.D.
Dr. Russell brings extensive and unique experience in the practice of medicine and the software industry. He received a BS in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1987 and an MD from Emory University, School of Medicine in 1994. He completed his neurology residency at Emory University in 1998, where he was Chief Resident his final year. Since 1998 he has been in private practice with Peachtree Neurological Clinic in Atlanta, GA.
In addition, he practices at the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta. He also worked as a software engineer from 1984 to 1991 for Command Control Inc. in Atlanta, GA on a variety of commercial and government projects. He is board-certified in Neurology.
Steve Kirby is a founding partner of Bluestem Capital Company. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BS Degree in Political Science and a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Mr. Kirby was secretary and senior claims counsel for Western Surety Company, a national surety bond company, from 1977-1992. He was the 35th Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Dakota from 1993 through 1995. He was also a candidate for Governor of South Dakota in 2001-2002. Mr. Kirby is a member of local, state and national Boards of Directors. He is a speaker at various entrepreneurial and college forums. In 2007, Steve was recognized with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from South Dakota’s Enterprise Institute for his commitment, dedication and achievements in entrepreneurship. Steve has also been awarded the 2007 Spirit of Sioux Falls in recognition of his leadership and economic development in Sioux Falls. In 2010, he received the USD Financial Management Association’s Outstanding Financial Executive award.
Tyler J. Stowater is Partner and Vice President of Bluestem. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS Degree in Agriculture Economics (1984) and a MS Degree in Economics (1986). Tyler spent eleven years with the State of South Dakota’s Bureau of Finance and Management. During his tenure, Tyler held the position of budget analyst, state economist and deputy commissioner. In 1997, Tyler left the State to become an Assistant Vice President at Citibank South Dakota with business analysis responsibilities in the North American Cards Customer Service Unit. Tyler joined Bluestem in 2000 and is currently in charge of portfolio management with responsibilities including the evaluation of prospective companies, structuring, negotiating and performing due diligence for various investments made by Bluestem. He monitors and provides assistance to existing portfolio companies and holds multiple Board of Director positions.
Wayne Crandall, President and CEO
Wayne’s 30-year career in technology spans sales, marketing, product management, strategic development and operations. Prior to joining enChoice, he was the president and CEO of CYA Technologies, which he sold to enChoice in 2009. In addition, he was co-founder, executive officer and senior vice president of sales and business development at Nuance Communications (formerly ScanSoft, Inc.), and was responsible for growing the company to over $120M. Before Nuance, he was the European managing director of Xerox Imaging Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corporation, where he established them as the market leader in document recognition software throughout EMEA and the Pacific Rim. Wayne’s other career successes included Kurzweil Computer Products, Philips Information Systems, NV, Lexitron (a division of Raytheon Data Systems), and Savin Business Machines.