Bob BurnettBob Burnett has over 18 years of development, marketing, and management experience in the PC industry. He was at Gateway, Inc. for more than 10 years and held a variety of positions, including Executive Vice President for Products and Chief Technology Officer. In his role in charge of products, Burnett was responsible for the P&L of all Gateway products. He also led Gateway’s expansion into new product categories including cameras, LCD TVs, and MP3 players.

As CTO, Burnett was part of the senior management team assembled by Ted Waitt when Waitt reassumed the CEO role at Gateway in early 2001. Burnett managed the development of all Gateway products, redesigned the product lifecycle management process, and deployed the first commercial PC-based Grid Computing platform. He has been granted six patents, with four more pending, and another seven in the submission stage.

Burnett was also Vice President of Mobile Systems for Gateway from 1994 to 1999. In this role, he created the notebook product line at Gateway and grew it into a profitable business unit. Innovations include the industry’s first notebook with a built-in CD-ROM, first Pentium notebook, and first to ship with 13.3”, 14” and 15” displays.

Prior to joining Gateway, Burnett worked at IQV, where they developed the world’s first sub-notebook that became the Gateway Handbook. He also held product management and development positions at Zenith Data Systems, where his projects included the world’s first laptop computer. Burnett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Tony Olson Tony Olson has worked in the consumer electronics industry for over 30 years and in the PC industry from its beginning. Currently, in addition to being a Badger Holdings Board member, Olson is the President of Documents and Design LLC (aka D2).

Olson and his team have built D2 into one of the premier companies that specializes in understanding the end-customer. D2 continues to break new ground in the use of scientific methods from disparate disciplines to truly understand both the mind of the consumer and the functioning of the product. D2 knows how to listen to and communicate with consumers.

Prior to founding D2, Olson led the Engineering team at Gateway for 10 years. As Vice President of Engineering, he was responsible for guiding the worldwide engineering development effort across all Gateway products, including desktop, notebook, server PC platforms, along with TVs and all other consumer electronics product lines. In addition, Olson directed advanced engineering, system development, industrial design, and sustaining engineering as part of this role. He served as Gateway’s executive sponsor for high level technical initiatives with Microsoft, Intel, and other strategic technology providers.

Prior to joining Gateway in 1991, Olson was employed by Zenith Data Systems, where he attained the position of director of engineering for desktop products. He along with the other members of the Leadership team help ZDS become the number 2 volume manufacturer in the PC industry.

Olson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering Design from the University of Massachusetts. He is the holder of nearly two dozen patents and was one of the designers of the PC industry’s first cache memory controller.

Mike Stinson Mike Stinson has been in the technology industry for over 16 years, with the last 12 in the PC industry. He was at Gateway for nearly five years, focused on product planning and marketing. Stinson’s last position was as Vice President and General Manager for Mobile products. In this position, he was responsible for the P&L for Gateway mobile products, with annual sales in 2003 of approximately $700M. Gateway notebooks were awarded 24 editor’s choice awards in 2003. Gateway was the fastest-growing major notebook provider in Q4/02 (40% y/y) and Q1/03 (35% y/y). Other accomplishments include doubling Gateway’s mix of notebooks to desktops over a three-year period, being the first PC company to enable configure-to-order, and direct shipment to customers with Taiwanese ODMs.

Before joining Gateway, Stinson worked for Toshiba America Information Systems, where he held several product-related positions including Vice President of Product Marketing. Stinson was responsible for setting marketing strategy and objectives for all PC products, peripherals, and accessories. These products produced ~$2.5B in annual revenue. While at Toshiba, Stinson’s team launched more than 25 products, including several new categories. In this role, Stinson also implemented a lifecycle management process and re-engineered the pricing and forecasting process.

Prior to Toshiba, Stinson worked at Dell Computer Corporation in a variety of product marketing roles. He was the Latitude Group marketing manager and the sustaining marketing manager for all Dell notebooks. These jobs had global responsibility and included product planning, market sizing and forecasting, setting financial targets, product launches, and product end-of-life. Stinson was part of the core team that developed Dell’s multi-phase strategy for re-entry into the notebook market in the early 90’s. Highlights included a growth of 300% y/y and consistently being the fastest-growing notebook company in the world.

Stinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jim Stanek Jim Stanek has 20+ years experience in the technology industry, including an upward progression of positions in finance, purchasing, product development, and project management. At Badger Holdings, Stanek is co-owner of several start-up entities such as Dakota PC Warehouse and Perpetual Properties and is responsible for the financial activities of these entities. While at Gateway, Stanek managed a team of project leaders that brought numerous products to market across multiple product lines.

In addition to his practical work experience, Stanek holds three United States patents and received Gateway’s Howard Fulmer Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Stanek earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Keith Thomas Keith Thomas has twenty-seven years of product development experience, including leading cross-functional marketing, engineering, and procurement teams during the creation of product specifications, development plans, and marketing strategies for the last twenty-one years with Gateway and Badger Holdings.

His experience is on a wide variety of technology products including displays and TVs. He has worked with manufacturing and design companies throughout Asia, Europe, and North America on components and full products to meet current and future market and customer requirements. He has also spent time with distributors, resellers, display integrators, and end customers to understand their existing requirements and desirable features for future products. He has been a keynote speaker and session speaker at various development conferences.

He is currently president of Value Recovery Services, which has three main operations: Dakota PC Warehouse which has 3 retail stores, All Business Rental which does short term rentals of computers, tablets, and TVs, plus has two refurbishing locations that work on computers, TVs, and cameras.