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John Rydell

MeetingBurner President & Co-Founder

John began his career with Accenture in 1993, eventually leaving to become the youngest-ever chief operating officer at Mercer Advisors, a financial planning company with $3.7b under management. In 2002, John founded Networx Online, a CRM-in-the-cloud business that provides over 100,000 independent sales reps with critical business tools.

In his free time, John manages his nine-year-old son’s little league team, kicks ass at golf, volunteers in his community, and participates as a board member with Gen-Next, a non-profit business organization focused on economic growth, education, and international security.

Recently John was featured in the Ladera Times for donating more than $100,000 to build water wells in Africa through Y-Malawi, and was named Boardroom magazine's “Distinguished President of the Year” in 2011 for serving the Mission Viejo Country Club, in his hometown.

John earned a computer science engineering degree from UCLA.

If you can beat John at golf, you win a free VIP account for life.

Paul Rydell

MeetingBurner Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Paul is a seasoned vet with years of enterprise software development experience. At Inventa Corporation, he completed a variety of projects focused on high-scale database development for top-tier Internet companies including Overture, ePolicy, Level 3, Portera, and Sun Microsystems.

Paul is responsible for all of MeetingBurner’s technical architecture and has led the development of our patent-pending cloud technology platform.

Paul is a contributor to the open source artificial intelligence project ALICE AIML and spends his spare time chasing his 4 kids around the house, volunteering at his church, and refereeing parents as a volunteer little league umpire. Paul’s proudest recent moment was helping his seven-year-old son debug his first Python program.

Rachel Hechter

MeetingBurner Lead Front End Developer & Co-Founder

Rachel is responsible for MeetingBurner’s front-end development as well as managing software technical support.

Rachel worked as a Communications and Technology analyst with Accenture, where she helped design and build technical systems for international corporations in the Telecommunications and Media Industries.

Rachel left Accenture to perform a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she spent a year providing technology consulting to an impoverished Native American reservation.

Rachel graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Computer Science.

If you can beat Rachel at Boggle, you win a free VIP account for life.

Kevin Reeves

MeetingBurner Lead Back End Developer & Co-Founder

Kevin is the co-founder and Lead Back End Developer for MeetingBurner.

After receiving his degree from the University of Arizona, Kevin went on to guide the growth and development of numerous startup companies.

Ultimately, he-cofounded Solera Technologies where he led the company through several projects with Fortune 500 clients.

Kevin brings over a decade of software development and project management experience to the table.

He specializes in developing user-friendly applications built on powerful cloud-based systems to support millions of concurrent users.

Zack Linford

MeetingBurner Evangelist
Advisory Board Charter Member

Zack attended UCSB for a near-record six years, in 2002 founded a pioneering online lead generation company (sold in 2007), and more recently co-founded Conversion Voodoo – a leading online analytics and optimization company that manages more than $100 million in transactions for Fortune 500 companies and performance advertisers.

Zack’s passion is helping startup companies grow, and serves as an advisor to Trapster® - the world’s fastest growing mobile network (Sold to Nokia 2010) and Natural Product Labs® - a retail brand of healthy and natural products.

Zack is a dedicated surfer who resides in San Diego with his wife Rachel and their first baby on the way.

Michele Lynch

Chief Counsel

Michele provides legal counsel to MeetingBurner and has more than 15 years experience in providing advice and litigation expertise to high-tech corporations, with a particular emphasis in business and employment matters.

She received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the UCLA.

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