- Michele Lucas, Chief Marketing Officer | MTM, Inc.
- Sekhar Prabhakar, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder | CEdge Software Consultants, LLC
- Rick Proctor, Managing Client Director | Datatrend Technologies
As Chief Marketing Officer for MTM, Michele Lucas oversees corporate marketing and Request for Proposal (RFP) response teams as well as product development efforts. Michele is a driven marketing and business leader with a keen understanding of MTM’s operations and strategic vision and continues to successfully manage multiple diverse projects. Since she began in 2010, Michele’s innovative sales strategies have significantly impacted MTM’s revenue growth which has increased from $100 million in 2010 to over $500 million in 2018. Prior to joining MTM, Michele worked in product management and marketing roles for Insituform, a multinational specialty contracting firm serving municipal and county governments, for almost 15 years. Michele received her Masters of Business Administration from Washington University.
Mr. Sekhar Prabhakar is the one of the founders of C-Edge Software Consultants. He worked as a member of the senior technical staff for companies such as Sun Microsystems, Sybase and US Bank.
Sekhar started his career as software engineer at Arms Inc working on a sub contract from Booz Allen Hamilton. He was one of key members of supply chain management system development team for Continental Baking Company (Wonder Bread), which was installed in 32 different locations.
Sekhar joined Sybase Open Solutions Group and supported several Wall Street customers including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Shared Medical System and several other financial, healthcare and government organizations.
At Sun Microsystems, he was instrumental in maintaining and migrating Sun globe system that was used by the senior management tracking product sales across all the operating companies under Sun Microsystems. He was part of the quality and financial team responsible for implementing IRQI (Information Resources Quality Index) that was used to govern the Corporate Services Vision for the entire company. Sekhar was also responsible for several ERP implementation including Peoplesoft HR and financial modules for State of Georgia and MCI World COM. Sekhar worked as consultant for companies such as Monsanto, Unifirst and MasterCard. During his period he implemented several Data Warehouse projects and Oracle based enterprise solutions.
Sekhar holds a Master’s degree in Computer science from City College, New York. Sekhar serves as vice president of events for AFCEA Scott AFB Chapter. He is a mentor at The St. Louis Information Technology Entrepreneur Network (ITEN) & Ameren Accelerator, and member and Chair for Creve Coeur Economic Development Council, helping the City of Creve Coeur with technology initiatives. Sekhar is also a 2012 graduate of E200 SBA program.
CEdge has been recently recognized as Technology Business of The Year 2017 by SBA and was a finalist for the 2018 ARCUS Innovative Technology awards under his leadership. In 2018 Sekhar was nominated to Top 100 St. Louisans to know by SBMON. Recently, Sekhar has been selected as a finalist by AFCEA International as Small Business Person of the year as well as Technology Leader of the year by Innovate St. Louis.
With more than 30 years of experience in information technology, Rick Proctor is currently Managing Client Director at Datatrend Technologies where he helps companies navigate their digital transformation, as well as develop their cloud, IOT, and security strategies. Prior to Datatrend, Rick held previous leadership roles as Client Director at EMC, as well as Vice President positions at Partec and Koss Electronics. Rick graduated from Washington University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and led software development for 14 years of his career. Rick is a Father of 5, and is expecting his first grandchild at the end of October.