Robert Preger’s career spans over 25 years in the Software Industry. After graduating with a BSEE from Carnegie Tech in 1962, Bob held a number of positions in the formative years of the Software Industry and eventually became part of the original management team at Oracle in 1980. Bob retired from a sales and marketing position shortly after Oracle’s successful IPO in 1986. As an independent investor, he has been instrumental in the development of several small companies in Northern California. Bob has supported a number of initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University, including an Architectural CAD Lab, The Intelligent Workplace Facility, and most recently, the Entertainment Technology Center. Bob’s support of the Intelligent Workplace Facility resulted in the facility being named for him.
Bob and his wife Eleanor have resided in Incline Village since 1987 and have served on the Board of SNC for over 10 years. In 2000, Bob and his wife provided the lead funding for establishing a Computer Science Major at Sierra Nevada College, and chaired the Computer Science Advisory Board at the college.
Mr. Prim co-founded the San Francisco law firm of Howard & Prim in 1958 and was a partner until 1983. He was also one of the original founders of Hambrecht & Quist. He has served as chairman of the board of the San Francisco Ballet and the Bob Hope Performing Arts Center (McCallum Theater) in Palm Desert, Calif. He was also a member of the board of directors of Menlo College and the Vintage Club (both in Calif.). He is active in venture capital and LBOs and remains the chief executive officer and owner of Prim & Associates.
Mr. Prim holds a bachelor of arts degree from the Naval Officer’s V-12 Program, Iowa State; a bachelor of science degree in law and accounting from the University of Washington, and a doctor of laws degree from the University of Washington.
Ian Rogoff is a Co-Founder and General Partner with Sierra Nevada Partners, an investment management company designed to buy and grow sustainable businesses located in the Western US. He serves as Executive Chairman of HelioPower, an integrated energy services company, and Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, a non-profit public-private partnership. Ian is also an Investment Committee Director at the CalCEF Angel Fund, and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of technology companies, nonprofit organizations, and higher-educational institutions. Ian currently serves on Governor Sandoval’s Nevada Energy Industry Task Force, and previously served on the New Nevada Task Force. He is a recipient of the Sierra Vision award.
Previously, Ian was Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp, which included responsibility for Microsoft’s global Partnerships, Services and software vendor relationships, partner strategy, marketing, programs and business development within the enterprise business segment. Before that, he was VicePresident and General Manager of Enterprise Services within the Worldwide Enterprise Group at Microsoft. His organization was responsible for the worldwide Microsoft Consulting Services function, Microsoft’s worldwide training, assessment, and certification business, management of Microsoft’s global technology partners, and partner investments. Prior to almost 10 years at Microsoft, Ian served as a District Manager for Consulting and Systems Integration at Digital Equipment Corporation, and Co-Founder and President of Optimum Software, a privately-held software and consulting firm. Ian has a functional background in engineering, consulting, software development, systems integration, business development and M&A. His industry experience includes IT, discrete manufacturing, aerospace and energy. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Liberal Arts from Stanford University, and has completed an executive management program at Dartmouth College.