Board of Advisors
We wouldn’t be able to take AmeriSoft to the next level without our accomplished Board of Advisors.
Whitney Johnson was recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers in 2015, and was a finalist for the Top thinkers on Talent at the biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London. She is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption.
She is formerly the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors alongside Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Johnson is also a frequent contributor to and writer for the Harvard Business Review, and is a Linkedinfluencer. She is a prolific speaker on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 30,000+ people on her ideas and vision.
She has received widespread recognition for her thinking and was named one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter in 2014. She co-founded the popular Forty Women Over Forty to Watch and is a fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.
Amongst large US based companies, she has worked with Microsoft, SAP, Frito-Lay, Intel, Johnson and Johnson
Steve is a well-connected IT professional who has hands-on experience in developing and deploying technology infrastructure and application solutions in a variety of industries. He has held a number of CIO and CTO positions. As an independent consultant Steve leverages his prior IT leadership experiences to deploy the right system and people solutions. For most companies there is a direct correlation between the strength of their IT team and the company success. Building that team is all about having the right connections at the right time!
Micaela Alpers joins the AmeriSoft advisor board with a decade of experience higher education, coaching, and career development. She is the President of Career TEAM’s education division, partnering with institutions to develop career readiness programs for students of all backgrounds. Prior to this role, she served as National Director of Sales for McGraw Hill Education.
Alpers completed the Accomplishment Coaching leadership training program in 2013 and she is a certified trainer in the Aha! Process, Bridges Out Of Poverty program. She is also a Cum Laude graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in International Business.
With a personal mission statement of, “supporting people in creating fulfilled and abundant lives,” Alpers strongly believes that education is a gateway to empowerment, and most of all – choice! As such, she is most excited about sharing AmeriSoft mission of supporting education with businesses and individuals with similar interest.
Danny was a founder/co-owner of web-hosting firm, Bluehost which was sold to EIG in 2010. Danny then co-founded BlueZoneLabs which provides DIY SEO services. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from BYU in 1996. Bluehost was founded in 2004 and has grown to host over more than 2 million websites worldwide and over 700 employees. Along with being an integral part of Bluehost, Danny has also continued in his passion for entrepreneurship in the community. He serves as a mentor for rising entrepreneurs through BoomStartup, a local accelerator ranked in the top 15 best accelerators in the U.S.
Nickolaisen is an experienced, innovative technology and operations leader. He has authored and published on topics of strategic planning, business/IT innovation, process improvements, and improved decision making. He is currently the CTO at OC Tanner, but previously served as the CIO of Western Governors University (WGU). He was voted as one of the top IT Executives of 2008 by CRN magazine and received an innovation award for the advanced analytics at WGU. He holds a BS and MBA in Physics from Utah State University and a MS in Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.