Karen is a senior operations/technology executive and leader who has spent her entire career in the construction industry. She is passionate about her goal: help companies prosper by combining business acumen, operational excellence and optimal use of technology. Prior to starting her own consulting company, she spent most of her career as the CIO of J.F. White Contracting Co, a heavy civil construction company based in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University and has served many roles in the construction industry including Project Engineer, Cost/Project Control Manager, and Vice President of IT and Administration. She has extensive ERP and acquisition integration experience. This background, along with adept leadership skills enables her to motivate teams, drive process improvement and enhance the collaboration between operations, accounting and IT resulting in increased margins.
Karen has participated on several boards and committees including AGC National IT Forum Steering Committee, Viewpoint industry Advisory Board, Construction Industries of Massachusetts, Women in Transportation, J.F. White Executive Committee and National Association of Women in Construction.
John is a highly experienced Chairman, Non-Executive Director and Coach. An engineer, he has 30 years experience as a Venture Capital investor in international technology companies headquartered in Ireland. He was CEO of Trinity Venture Capital from 1997 to 2014. He is a director, past and present, of over 30 companies, including two listed public companies. He was responsible for investments in over 30 companies; three IPO’s; and the sale of over 20 companies to US, UK, Israeli and European buyers. He has proven expertise, at Board level over the past 30 years, in raising equity; developing management teams; assisting companies to solve problems/accelerate growth; and the successful sale/IPO of businesses. He currently works as an adviser to a number of high potential companies.
As Co-Founder and CEO of Tenna, Austin is leveraging his international experience in construction operations for civil, building, and energy projects with The Conti Group, a 113-year-old private developer of infrastructure assets. His passion for entrepreneurship and technology has led him to create an asset tracking and construction technology platform that is designed for construction companies to get the most out of their assets and data.
Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in General Entrepreneurship.