Meet the Team
To build great solutions, you need a great team. From the hundreds of Dude employees across North America to the management team we have in place here in our Cary, NC headquarters, we’re focused on building and expanding a workforce aimed at delivering innovation, inspiring teams and creating solutions that will keep our clients – and our business – on a path of growth and continuous improvement.
Take a moment to meet Dude Solutions’ leadership team, then check out our careers page and see how you can join the ranks of one of the best teams in tech!
Kent Hudson - Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
A technology veteran and dedicated entrepreneur, Dude Solutions co-founder Kent Hudson serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Since originally co-founding SchoolDude in 1999, Kent has been a driving force in the company’s rapid growth and expansion as a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of operations management solutions. Kent has brought together a strong and talented team that has revolutionized the operations management industry and is consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work in North Carolina’s Triangle area. Prior to founding Dude Solutions, Kent spent 20+ years setting the strategic direction as CEO and president for organizations including Applied Computer Technologies (ACT) and INDUS International. Kent is a magna cum laude graduate from North Carolina State University’s Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science and Technology programs.
Lee Prevost - Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
A passionate and forward-thinking leader with nearly 30 years of experience in software and technology, Dude Solutions co-founder Lee Prevost serves as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the board. Lee works closely with the executive team to set the vision, mission and strategies for Dude Solutions and is responsible for identifying growth opportunities that drive significant value across the company. He co-founded and launched SchoolDude with CEO Kent Hudson in 1999 and FacilityDude in 2007. Serving as SchoolDude’s president for 15 years, Lee has been pivotal to developing Dude Solutions into an enterprise asset management leader. Prior to SchoolDude, he worked for Applied Computer Technologies (ACT) and Honeywell Home and Building Controls. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Tom Knox - Chief Revenue Officer
A results-oriented leader with a successful track record in pioneering new markets and revenue opportunities, Tom Knox serves as Dude Solutions’ Chief Revenue Officer. Tom is responsible for integrating and aligning all Dude Solutions’ revenue-related functions to drive profitable growth. As part of the team that founded FacilityDude, Tom has been integral to the growth and success of Dude Solutions. He served as president of FacilityDude for nearly a decade where he helped the company become a disruptive player and market leader. Tom’s 30+ year executive career in the facility management and building automation industries includes previously serving as a vice president for Strategic Resource Solutions, a Carolina Power & Light subsidiary that today is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, and president of Diversified Control Systems, Inc. Tom holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Religion from Wake Forest University.
Brian Lora - Chief Technology Officer
An innovative and proven architect and product development leader, Brian Lora serves as Dude Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer. Brian is responsible for the commercial product development at Dude Solutions encompassing Product Management, Software Engineering, IT/Infrastructure and Information Security. He joined Dude Solutions from StoneRiver where we was CTO/CIO of several SaaS portfolio companies including RegEd, Emerald and F&C. Previously, as the VP of engineering and development for on-demand data protection services provider Arsenal Digital Solutions, Brian was the lead inventor for two SaaS architecture patents that were key to IBM's acquisition of the company in 2008. A frequent speaker at key technical and industry conferences, Brian has a BS in Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of North Carolina State University's Department of Computer Science.
Karen Bertaux - Chief Financial Officer
As a seasoned Corporate Executive / CFO with a 20+ year career of progressive growth, Karen has demonstrated the ability to positively influence both the financial and operational aspects of the business. She has diverse experiences including, strategic planning, equity analysis, debt refinancing, private placement funding, S-1 prospectus preparation, venture financing, aggressive merger and acquisition strategies, operational consolidations, and judicial reorganization. She has led a variety of functional areas in Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Contracts Administration. Prior to joining Dude Solutions, Karen held a variety of executive finance positions in the technology industry, including CFO of AvidXchange which she was instrumental in closing a $225M recapitalization and CFO of AGDATA which she successfully led a sale process of the company in 2014. Prior to AGDATA she was the CFO of Consonus Technologies, Inc., and CFO of Strategic Technologies, Inc., both based in Raleigh NC. Karen is a CPA and received her BS in Accounting from Frostburg State University in Maryland.
Gamble Heffernan - Chief Transformation Officer
With more than 20 years of product strategy, product management, and product marketing experience, Gamble has spent most of her career leading organizational transformations through strategic development and innovation. Prior to joining Dude Solutions, Gamble established the product management organization and constructed the strategic product roadmap for Monarch Medical Technologies and Healthgrades’ patient engagement and business intelligence unit. Prior to that, she was part of the leadership that brought SciQuest to successful IPO. Her background, primarily in cloud solutions, includes healthcare, higher education, public sector, and life sciences software and technology.
Eric Zoetmulder - Vice President, Product Strategy
Eric Zoetmulder serves as Dude Solutions’ Vice President, Product Strategy and is responsible for identifying and managing Dude’s strategic growth initiatives. He has a passion for building innovative cloud software and growing software companies. Previously, Eric established the product management and strategy function for SciQuest, where he guided the company through expansive organic and inorganic growth.Eric has a diverse and international background of product, consulting and operational roles with Accenture, Thomson Reuters and George Weston Limited. Eric earned his master’s degree in Information Technology from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Ian Chiu - Board Member
Ian Chiu is a Principal at Warburg Pincus and focuses on investments in the technology, software, and education sectors. He is currently on the board of directors of Dude Solutions, Stratford Schools and Liaison International. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was an investment professional at Silver Lake Partners and a consultant at Bain & Company. He also helped launch BigMachines, a leading configure, price, quote (CPQ) software as a service (SaaS) vendor, where he served as its business development manager. Mr. Chiu holds a B.S., with distinction, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Gayle Crowell - Board Member
Gayle Crowell is based in San Francisco and has been a senior business consultant on the technology, media and telecommunications team since joining Warburg Pincus in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Crowell was President and CEO of RightPoint Software, acquired by E.piphany in January 2000. Previously, Ms. Crowell held senior executive roles at Oracle Corporation, E.piphany, RightPoint Software, View Star, Mosaix, Recognition International, DSC, and Cubix Corporation. Ms. Crowell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada at Reno with a B.A., has completed post-graduate work at the University of California-Irvine and Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Education CEO Program. She is a director of Yodlee (YDLE), Dude Solutions, Mercury Gate and Coyote Logistics. In addition, Ms. Crowell is the co-founder of ConservingNow.com, a trustee of the Desert Research Foundation, and Chairman of Watermark, a non-profit organization of leading Silicon Valley woman CEOs and C-level executives.
Scot Melland - Director
Scot Melland is the former Chairman and CEO of DHI Group (NYSE: DHX), a global online recruiting firm, where he led the company through a successful turnaround, public offering and global expansion. Prior to Dice, Mr. Melland was Co-Founder and CEO of Vcommerce, an ecommerce software company (sold to Channel Intelligence/Google). Earlier, he was SVP Interactive Services at Cendant Corporation (now Affinion Group) where he built and managed a portfolio of profitable online businesses, including Match.com (now part of IAC) and Rent.net (now part of Move, Inc). Prior to Cendant, he served as VP of Investments & Alliances for Ameritech (now AT&T) making investments in early stage technology companies, Internet services and cable television. Mr. Melland began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
In addition to DHI Group, Mr. Melland serves on the Board of Directors of MultiView, a B2B digital marketing company. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Justin Sadrian - Director
Justin Sadrian joined Warburg Pincus in 2000 and is based in New York after leading the firm’s West Coast office from September 2012 until June 2016. Justin focuses on internet, software and information investments. Prior to joining the firm, Justin worked at J.P. Morgan in their investment banking and private equity groups. In addition to Dude Solutions, he is a Director of A Place for Mom, Avalara, Endurance International, The Gordian Group, MultiView, OfferUp, and PayScale. In addition, Justin is a Vice Chair of Friends of Hudson River Park. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.