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November 10, 2008
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Cancel the milk cartons, because we’ve located Kathy Clark, former CEO of Landmark Software and former chair of the NVTC who spent the past six years sailing off the Australian coast with her husband Bradley Rosenberg following Landmark’s sale to ASG in 2002. We saw Kathy last week at the Tysons’ Ritz, and she tells us she’s back and looking for a company to lead.


You can probably guess this pic is not from an NVTC event: Kathy, Bradley and the Chief of Wala Inland in Vanuatu (the island about 1,100 miles SE of Australia that hosted a season of “Suvivor.”) Kathy started Landmark in 1983 and built it to $60 million in revenue and 300 employees. “My husband and I had things we wanted to do before we got too old, so we took time to discover the world,” says Kathy, who split her time among NoVa, Australia and Florida. “We’d fly to Australia and spend weeks at a time sailing the Great Barrier Reef, circling Tasmania, just going where we pleased.”


Kathy wants to be CEO of a $10 to $20 million “beyond start-up” tech company. Despite her retirement, she stayed on the board at Springfield-based Ensco. “I tried to reconnect with people whenever possible, but I was away so much it became difficult,” says Kathy, who now can tell stories of hitch-hiking into remote villages for food and manning a 56-foot yacht “Sheer Madness” for weeks at a time. “I was 44 when I retired, so I always thought I might work again, and now is the time.”

The Avectra Avengers!

Full disclosure: Avectra EVP Robert Miller isn’t a super hero, but we’re guessing a number of associations see him as their protector. Robert’s McLean-based company, which he co-founded in 1999, makes on-demand association management software to let the likes of The American Institute of Architects manage their member base. Avectra recently launched a Software-as-a-Service platform to deliver its netFORUM offering. “Our software not only keeps track of members, but gauges their activity level within the organization, so executives can engage their most active members for events, e-commerce, committees, or lobbying.”


Robert grew up in Minnesota and came to Washington to study at AU. One of his first jobs was with the National Association of Broadcasters. “I got a first-hand look at a large association and more importantly saw the challenges they faced,” he says. He started another company focusing on association software and then merged with a competitor run by his fellow co-founders to form Avectra. Of course, being from Minnesota, Robert loves hockey, but he admits he spends more time imitating Ovechkin in a rec league than watching on TV.


Parature has been so successful as the global leader in on-demand customer service software, it decided to hold celebrations both in Georgetown and San Francisco. Here’s  Parature CEO Duke Chung with TMA Resources’ Anne-Marie Bitman, Rosetta Stone CIO Jay Topper, and Parature VP Gary McNeil at popular Mie N Yu late last week. You can tell these guys are super smart—they figure out the best excuses to party!

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