Rose Blackburn, President and CEO
Rose Blackburn is President and one of the founding partners of QuantumPM, Inc., a forward-thinking innovation technology business dedicated to helping companies drive innovation and simplify processes for work management. She began her career in the telecommunications industry, working in a variety of positions in customer services and information technology. Rose’s experience includes an overseas assignment for MediaOne in Belgium to provide program management for setup of the business technical systems for Telenet, the first competitive telephone business in the country. Upon returning to the U.S., Rose established the program management systems within the domestic branch of MediaOne until its sale to AT&T.
Rose received a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver. She also holds a PMP designation from PMI and a certificate in Program Management from DU.
In her spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with family and friends in the Colorado Rockies. She is an active participant in local community and nonprofit groups, and is an adjunct faculty member at Regis University.
Kris Athey, Executive VP
Kris is a visionary leader with extensive experience devising creative solutions for complex problems. As CIO and founding partner of QuantumPM, Inc., Kris has used his expertise to help build an innovative and collaborative company with a focus on product solutions that capitalize on employee knowledge and business best practices. The solutions are built to work in the cloud and leverage the best of Microsoft’s SharePoint and Server platforms. Most recently, Kris has led QuantumPM to develop Innovation Director (ID), a solution for a full life cycle of Idea capture from concept to product. ID leverages crowd-sourcing and work management processes to make Innovation a repeatable and manageable Enterprise resource.
Kris has worked closely with Microsoft over the years to design solutions that demonstrate platform capabilities in a pragmatic and effective business environment. He is often sought after to speak and has accepted engagements at conferences including Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server events, New York’s Digital Government conference, the International Integrated Program Management conference (IPM), and the PMI College of Performance Management (EVM World) spring conferences.
Prior to QuantumPM, Kris worked in the defense and aerospace industries designing and deploying mission-critical systems both domestically and internationally. He also spent time with satellite earth-imaging technologies.Kris is married and has two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, following the school/sport activities of his kids, and occasional excursions to enjoy the mountains of Colorado.
Ken Denman, Board Member
Ken is an experienced Chief Executive with a range of proven leadership skills. He is CEO of San Diego-based Machine Perception Technologies, Inc. Ken’s previous executive roles have spanned large corporate, venture-backed startups, emerging market ventures, turnarounds, and leading IPOs. He is an engaged investor and board member with both public and private board experience. Responsibilities have extended across mobile, broadband, and software industries. Ken led iPass, Inc.’s successful Initial Public Offering. He also led the strategy work for monetizing Openwave’s patent portfolio and spinning off the operating units. At MediaOne, he helped drive the successful expansion of the company’s international mobile push by leading multinational joint ventures that built the market, leading mobile companies in many Central and Eastern European countries.
Ken recently accepted a visiting professor appointment as the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He is also a member of the board of directors of ShoreTel, Inc. and MobileCause, Inc
Stephen L. Renne, VP Sales and Marketing
Stephen L. Renne has over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing beginning his career in telecommunications with Mountain Bell Telephone and spending nine years in various senior sales management positions with Mountain Bell and subsequently AT&T.
Following the Bell System, Steve was in senior management positions with several telecommunications companies including Teleport Communications Group, WinStar, Formus Communications and LightPointe Communications. For six years, he was the Vice-President of Business Development/Sales Operations for Telwares Communications a firm specializing in telecommunications expense management where he positioned services and inventory software platforms to Fortune 500 companies. Steve was also with Global Capacity, a Chicago based company providing a software platform for the real-time pricing of telecommunications services to its clients.
He is a military veteran, and has a BA from Colorado State University and an MBA from Regis University. Steve enjoys travel, golf and the Denver Broncos.