Meet the board
The i-Command board has been crafted to provide expert leadership and governance in the innovation space. The diversity of skills, experience and expertise brings a strong sense of balance and purpose to the direction of the business.
Kent Opie is the foundation of i-Command's innovative approach to solving business challenges. Kent's longstanding history of successful business management and innate ability to execute upon a business plan lead to his co-founding i-Command in 2006. Born out of a desire to innovate the way humans interact with data and consume knowledge, he reinvented the core technology around voice recognition, first taking i-Command's Reception Agent technology from rudimentary beginnings to its current enterprise level business solution, and now leading the team behind DownPat which is redefining the how-to experience. Kent splits his time between i-Command's US and AUS Corporate offices.
Jim is a leader, facilitator, and relationship builder. His domestic and international career has been a distinctive blend of strategic leadership in sales, marketing, after-market service, manufacturing, and supply chain in markets that include high technology, medical, oil & gas, and aerospace.
Jim has managed nearly every aspect of the supplier/client relationship, helping to build and nurture long-term, sustainable customer partnerships. Jim is an accomplished operations expert and therefore able to bring value both internally to Board Developer and externally to Board Developer Clients. He has led 130+ person organizations with a $45M P&L responsibility as well as startup companies with only a few employees – helping them grow from near zero to over $1M in annual orders in under two years.
Jim’s exceptional business savvy and fiscal responsibility, ability to bring new products to market, customer relationship management, and knack for adapting appropriate processes into businesses of all sizes brings a unique and valuable blend of experience. In addition to holding a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Quality & Reliability Engineering (QRE) from Arizona State University,
Jim is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and an alumnus of Honeywell’s Executive Leadership Development Program.
As Director of Business Agreements for Avnet, Inc.’s Integrated Solutions business unit, Andrea finds ways to minimize risk to her organization while still meeting the needs of technology customers and suppliers. Andrea’s prior experience as a commercial litigation attorney allows her to proactively develop contract solutions for both Avnet and its technology partners that provide the best platform for moving forward measuredly in this fast-paced space.
Prior to joining Avnet, Inc. in 2011, Andrea was an attorney in both private practice and as in-house counsel. Andrea’s commercial litigation career focused primarily on contract law, class action securities fraud, anti-trust and unfair trade, employment law, and construction defect defense. Andrea also practiced as an appellate advocate, arguing cases before the appellate and supreme courts in the State of Connecticut and at the federal level, at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to trial work in state and federal courts, Andrea developed several training programs for her clients to arm them with the information they needed to implement in their businesses to avoid litigation.
Andrea earned her Juris Doctor in 1990 from the University of Connecticut School of Law after completing her undergraduate work, a B.S. in Management from Post College in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Deborah McCuiston is the Managing Director Learning and Culture at Alaska Air. Joining the company in 2006 as part of the airline’s startup team, Deborah has been instrumental in the design of key elements of the company’s award-winning brand and culture. Responsible for building Virgin America’s culture from the ground up, Deborah currently leads a team focused on engaging employees through delivering on the company’s employee value proposition. This includes key touch points in the employee journey map: onboarding, learning and development, leadership development, creative internal communications, exciting employee events and organizational strategy design.
In 2016, Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America. Through this merger and acquisition, Deborah is leading the culture and change management strategy and initiatives for Virgin America.
Deborah holds a B.A. in Psychology, from Elon University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Development from The New School.
Tracy brings 30 years of business development experience to her Sandler Training business. She builds and delivers Sandler programs for companies of all sizes, across multiple industries, including Medical, Restaurant, IT/Software, and Consumer Product Goods.
During her 30-year career with Procter & Gamble in customer business development, she developed Sales & Management teams, grew individuals’ performance, and coordinated cross-department strategic planning with top customers in the U.S. and globally.
In 2016, Tracy was a finalist for both Tempe’s Business Excellence Award and Business Woman of the Year. She is currently on the Board of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, leads the Women in Business Council, and facilitates the mentoring program.
Tracy was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award, Top Female Executive, and noted as a Top 101 Industry Experts for her work in Global Management Training Development by Cambridge’s Worldwide Who’s Who.
Angus Haig, formerly International General Counsel – Asia Pacific for The Coca-Cola Company, is a seasoned International General Counsel with over 24 years of extensive global legal and business experience (19 years with The Coca-Cola Company) who has lived and worked overseas in Asia Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and the United States. A proven proactive hands on Leader and People Manager, he prides himself on providing pragmatic commercial, strategic and innovative legal counsel and solutions to complex and day-to-day business issues and objectives. He has deep experience in partnering closely with Senior business executives and cross functional Leadership Teams such as Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Risk Management, Marketing, M&A, Tax and Public/Government Affairs. He is also skilled in efficiently solving legal, regulatory and business issues across multiple jurisdictions while taking into account diverse cultural sensitivities and implications.
Mr. Haig began his career in Adelaide, South Australia, where he was born. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Adelaide. After working as an Associate to a Supreme Court Judge then as a solicitor in Adelaide for several years he moved to Sydney, Australia and joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1998 as Division Marketing Counsel for Coca-Cola South Pacific. In 2001 he was promoted to Region Counsel for Coca-Cola Australia.
In late 2006, Mr. Haig moved from Australia to The Coca-Cola Company headquarters in Atlanta as Senior Managing Counsel. In December 2013 he was promoted to International General Counsel Asia Pacific Group and General Counsel Japan and relocated to Tokyo Japan. Mr. Haig currently serves on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association and its Ethics & Standards Committee and its Nominations & Governance Committee. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Howard School (a school specializing in educating children with Learning.
Differences/Disabilities) in Atlanta. He also serves on the Advisory Board of InTheHouse.org, an online In-house Counsel Networking and Development Community.
Mr Haig is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brian is a transformational leader with diverse experience in Business Operations, IT and ServiceDelivery. He specializes in building products and services that provide value to customers while beingpassionate about building highly successful teams and leading the adoption of innovativetechnologies. Brian holds a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs in Global Enterprise Management and Negotiation and Conflict. He is in the final stages of completing his PhD in Management Information Systems.