Innovators in the Rugged Tablet Industry Executive Team
Tom Wilkinson is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Xplore. A highly respected executive, Wilkinson brings 25 years of financial management experience to the company, including extensive experience with SEC registrants in the global software and technology industries.
Prior to joining Xplore in 2015 and serving as CFO until 2017, Wilkinson served as CFO for Amherst Holdings and as managing partner of a regional public accounting and marketing firm that grew to be one of the largest 150 firms in the United States. His prior experience also includes business development for a subsidiary of Credit Suisse First Boston, and senior management roles at both Dell and KPMG.
Wilkinson has been working with Xplore for over ten years, first as an auditor and business advisor, and most recently as CFO. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a certified public accountant in Texas and Colorado.
Tim Dehne is the chief operating officer (COO) at Xplore. In this role, he is responsible for engineering, operations and strategic business initiatives.
Dehne brings more than 30 years of technology business experience in a variety of engineering, marketing, and leadership roles. Most recently, Dehne served as the vice president of engineering for Briggo, Inc., a privately-held corporation in Austin, Texas. Prior to this position, he served as vice president of systems research & development, and then vice president of global marketing, at Luminex Corporation, an Austin-based company that develops, manufactures, and markets biological testing technologies with applications throughout the life science and diagnostic industries. Prior to Luminex, Dehne held various engineering and marketing executive positions at National Instruments (NI), during which time he helped drive the company’s growth to more than 4,000 employees and over $800 million in annual revenue. He ended his tenure at NI as senior vice president of, research & development.
Dehne holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rice University and serves on the Board of Directors for Cirrus Logic and Asset Intertech.
John Graff is the chief revenue officer (CRO) at Xplore. In this role, he is responsible for driving greater alignment and collaboration across all revenue-related functions to drive continued company growth, including sales, marketing, channel, engineering, and services.
He previously served as the vice president of marketing at Xplore, during which time he was responsible for the ideation and oversight of strategic, integrated communications and product marketing initiatives. In this role, he effectively increased brand awareness and widespread adoption of Xplore rugged tablets across the company’s addressable markets.
Graff boasts more than 25 years of business-to-business (B2B) marketing experience and a strong track record of innovation, change and evolution within the technology industry. During his career at National Instruments, Graff was recognized for his ability to effectively capitalize on new trends and technologies in marketing to drive measurable revenue growth and profitability for the company. He also developed and led highly-engaged sales, marketing, customer operations, and product marketing teams as vice president of marketing, vice president of Americas sales and marketing, and most recently, vice president of corporate marketing.
Graff is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Marketing and Business. He’s also a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) evangelist and serves on the Past Presidents’ Council of the Thinkery.
Michael Zimmerman serves as vice president of Global Operations at Xplore. Zimmerman’s focus is on optimizing business operations for Xplore to meet customer and employee requirements and streamline Xplore’s tablet production to deliver the most advanced and rugged tablets in the industry.
Zimmerman previously provided strategic direction and spearheaded operational efficiency initiatives for major technology companies including Getac, Gateway, Inc., Compaq Computers, Best Buy, and Motorola.
David Dunkak is vice president of US Commercial Sales and is responsible for managing regional territories and channels, driving all commercial sales activities in the United States. Dunkak joins Xplore from Getac, where he spent six years and was most recently senior director of North American commercial sales.
Prior to Getac, Dunkak spent 15 years at Panasonic, where he was responsible for the professional services organization and implementing and launching new value-added services for ToughBook clients and developing sales strategy and key selling points for PCSC sales force. He started his career in sales at MicroAge Computer Stores, and also held positions at Brother International Corporation and Toshiba America Information Systems, where he recruited and developed new resellers to promote portable computers.
Dunkak holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Finance and a minor in Economics from Emporia State University.
Steve Priestley serves as vice president of sales for our International business which includes EMEA and APAC and is responsible for building and driving Xplore’s sales and service organizations in the region. He is equally focused on the execution of Xplore’s business goals and the achievement of long-term customer satisfaction through the design and delivery of quality customer focused rugged solutions.
Priestley boasts a strong background in the wireless, IT and M2M/IOT hardware and services markets and an impressive 20-year sales leadership track record with technology leaders such as Cisco, Enfora (now part of Novatel), Wyeless and – most recently – Westbase. He has also served as the head of Symbol Technologies in EMEA, during which time he led the restructuring of the regional EMEA team to drive profitability and revenue growth while developing a more comprehensive, channel-centric go-to market model and service capability.
Priestley received an Honors Degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Coventry.
Bryan Bell serves as vice president of Engineering for Xplore. In this role, he leads the roadmap strategy and product development for the company—marrying business objectives to product development—while keeping Xplore’s tablets cost-effective. Bell also closely manages supplier relationships to provide customers with the most advanced systems available and keeps Xplore products as the leading rugged devices for all industries. Bell has served as vice president of engineering since 2008.
Prior to joining Xplore, Bell served as vice president of operations at Sirific Wireless, a developer of 3.5G multi-mode, multi-band mobile cellular, and broadband data products, and as vice president and general manager at Acer Advanced Labs, Acer Inc. Bell also previously held the position of notebook product line manager, as well as other leadership positions during a 16-year career at Texas Instruments.
Bell graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Science in engineering management, and also holds a master’s in business from Amberton University.
Andrea Goren has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2004. Mr. Goren is a Managing Director of SG Phoenix LLC, a private equity firm, and has served in that capacity since May 2003. In December 2010, Mr. Goren was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of iSign Solutions Inc. (OTCQB: ISGN). Mr. Goren has also served as a director of iSign Solutions Inc. since August 5, 2010. From January 2008 to January 2010, Mr. Goren served as a director of The Fairchild Corporation. Mr. Goren is co-manager of Phoenix, our largest stockholder. Mr. Goren’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his experience and knowledge acquired in more than 15 years of private equity investing and his extensive experience working with management teams and boards of directors.
Robert N. McFarland has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2017. Most recently, Mr. McFarland served as Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 2004 through 2006. Since leaving the VA, Mr. McFarland has been providing consulting services in his individual capacity. Prior to joining the VA, Mr. McFarland served as Vice President of Governmental Relations with Dell Computer Corporation, and served in various other management positions with Dell beginning in 1996. Mr. McFarland’s qualifications to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors include his extensive executive management experience with domestic and international enterprises and having served in the federal government.
Kent Misemer has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2011. Mr. Misemer has been self-employed as a consultant and investor since 2009. From 2003 through 2009, Mr. Misemer was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Liberty Propane, LLC, a portfolio company of Sterling Capital Partners, an independent retail propane company, which was sold in December 2009. Previously, Mr. Misemer was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Propane Continental. In addition to being a co-founder of Liberty Propane, Mr. Misemer was also involved in the creation of Propane Continental and Tri-Power Fuels, Inc. Mr. Misemer formerly served as a director and member of the audit committee of Cornerstone Records Management, LLC, a private data storage and offsite data management company, until October 2013, when the company was sold. Mr. Misemer formerly served as a director of Pro-Tech Industries, Inc. (OTCQB: PTCK), a regional leader in design/build services for the Fire Life Safety, alarm/detection, electrical and voice/data communications infrastructure segments through January 2012. Mr. Misemer’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his over 30 years of executive management experience in the propane industry supply chain, as well as other industries.
Donald F. Neville has been a member of our board of directors since January 2017. Mr. Neville is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Terra-HydroChem, Inc. Mr. Neville served as a board member and chair of the audit committee for Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q for over twenty years until the company was sold to McCormick’s in 2015. Mr. Neville previously held executive positions at Field Asset Services, Inc., Reddwerks Corporation, Argyle Security, Inc. (OTCBB: ARGL), ClearCube Technology, Inc. and other technology companies. Mr. Neville began his career as a CPA with Deloitte. Mr. Neville’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive executive and financial management experience and his experience as a member of multiple corporate boards.
Thomas B. Pickens III has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2016. Mr. Pickens is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC). Mr. Pickens is also the Managing Partner and Founder of Tactic Advisors, Inc., a company specializing in corporate turnarounds on behalf of creditors and investors. Since 1985, Mr. Pickens has served as President of T.B. Pickens & Co. From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Pickens was the Chairman of multiple companies, including U.S. Utilities, Inc., Code Corporation, Catalyst Energy Corporation and United Thermal Corporation. Mr. Pickens was also the President of Golden Bear Corporation, Slate Creek Corporation, Eury Dam Corporation, Century Power Corporation and Vidilia Hydroelectric Corporation. Mr. Pickens’ qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive senior management experience, as well as his experience as a member of multiple corporate boards.