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Joe Gomes – CEO

Joe believes in the value of cohesive teams that openly work together to achieve a common goal. By teaching and listening to those around him, he exemplifies this value not only in the office, but also with his family and community.   

Joe brings extensive experience in client services, product management, strategic planning, operations, and sales to the PowerPlan team. Most recently, he was President of I.P.A., a healthcare technology company. Prior to joining I.P.A, Joe was Senior Vice President, Operations at MedAssets, where he led the services organization. He held responsibility for software implementations, customer service, and account management for a client base of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, supporting the office of the CFO. Joe understands the challenges companies face in providing reliable numbers for reporting and forecasting. He believes in PowerPlan’s ability to deliver financial clarity for CFOs.  

He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Joe, his wife, Lauren, and three children live in Georgia. Outside of work, Joe enjoys fishing, skiing, and coaching pretty much any sport his kids play.

Joost Rutten – CFO

Joost Rutten did not take a traditional career route in becoming a CFO. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and then completed his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

After leaving his engineering roots, Joost began his journey in finance, working for a number of software companies. Most recently, Joost was the CFO for Liaison Technologies, based here in Atlanta. Prior to joining Liaison, he held strategic leadership positions at several organizations including SAP SuccessFactors. As Division CFO, Joost was responsible for leading and managing the SAP SuccessFactors finance team and managing the Global SAP SuccessFactors P&L. Joost has a tremendous track record of building organizations with a focus on business partnering and business strategy.

Originally from the Netherlands, Joost is fluent in English and Dutch and has a basic understanding of German and French.

Joost lives in Atlanta with his wife Melissa, daughter Margaux and infant son Sebastiaan. Although life with an infant and a four-year-old does not allow for much spare time, he loves hiking and anything with four wheels and an engine.

Brent Burns – Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Brent Burns is a high-energy senior executive with deep experience in building and leading teams in complex sales environments while driving high performance across diverse industries/verticals globally.

Prior to joining PowerPlan, Brent was the SVP, Sales and Customer Success at PROS, Inc., where he was responsible for the Global Customer Success organization for all verticals including Travel, Manufacturing, Distribution and Services. He also led the Global Sales team in PROS Travel's business unit as well as Global Account Development teams and Customer Experience organization. Before moving to PROS in 2012, Brent had a very successful sales career with Hewlett-Packard Company, Exstream and Alogent, among others.

Brent attended the University of Alabama where he received a B.S. in Corporate Finance and Investment Management. He also served our country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He and his wife Linda live in the Atlanta area and have a son in the U.S. Air Force and a daughter who attends Brent's alma mater, University of Alabama.  Brent bleeds crimson red.

Elizabeth Cowart – Senior Vice President and Chief Product Strategist

When Elizabeth Cowart joined PowerPlan as a new college graduate, she quickly learned that if you see an opportunity to improve something, you are empowered to make it happen. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has looked for innovative ways to build strong relationships with customers. She played a key role in creating the Customer Operations team, which was designed to help the company be more proactive in developing customer solutions.

Elizabeth leads PowerPlan’s customer support, managed services, cloud services and product management teams. She earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and began her PowerPlan career in the Professional Services organization before transitioning to a support role. Elizabeth also serves as a mentor to new employees.

A native of Atlanta, Elizabeth lives there today with her husband Adam, her daughter Hannah and their rescued boxer Samson. She’s passionate about work, but more important, passionate about encouraging and developing future leaders. When she’s not working, Elizabeth enjoys home renovation projects and recently designed an addition for their house.

Neil Kimber – Vice President, Development

Neil Kimber has a proven track record of building teams and technology-based solutions across multiple industries. Most recently he served as the Vice President of Engineering for Videa, a startup, funded through Cox, that was charged with the build of a new technology platform. Over a two-year period Neil built a 45-person team that was solely responsible for the new platform, leveraging an additional 25 on-shore and off-shore team members. Prior to joining Videa, Neil was Director of Development with Fiserv. While at Fiserv he managed all the products within the Financial Risk Product Suite, including the technical leadership of more than 60 engineers in Georgia, Arizona, Costa Rica and Pune. Neil has also held CTO positions at both Kaplan Learning Technologies and TalentQuest.

Neil received a B.S. (Honors) in Computer Science from De Montfort University in the U.K. He also holds an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech. Neil and his wife have two sons and live in the Atlanta area.

Drea Toretti – Vice President, Marketing

In seventh grade, while her friends were babysitting and playing sports after school, Drea Toretti was managing advertising campaigns through Ketchum Explorers, an outreach program created by the agency to introduce young people to marketing. The hands-on experience with the Explorers sparked a strong interest in the field. 

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Marketing, Drea took a position with Ketchum as a media planner, where she built successful plans for accounts such as AT&T, Digital Equipment and Cognos. After several years on the agency side of the business, she joined PacifiCare and helped launch their individual plan to both brokers and consumers. Prior to joining PowerPlan, she held senior marketing positions at several software companies, including Nuasis (now Convergys), Servigistics (now PTC) and Bomgar.

As PowerPlan’s Vice President of Marketing, Drea oversees product marketing, lead generation, public relations, brand management and employee communications. A native of Pennsylvania, Drea has lived in New York, California and Colorado, and currently resides with her husband in the Atlanta area. She’s involved in multiple charitable organizations and oversees annual food and clothing drives. In her downtime, Drea enjoys gardening, hiking and yoga.

Paul Crist - Vice President, Global Sales

Paul Crist is a highly accomplished sales leader with more than 25 years of strategic enterprise software sales experience. Paul’s focus has always been on achieving results, with a philosophy of integrity, loyalty and passion. Throughout his career he has developed a consistent track record of increasing top line revenue and positive EBITDA across regional and global geographies and multiple industry verticals. 

Today, Paul leads PowerPlan’s Global Sales, Solution Consulting, Customer Success and Alliances. Prior to joining PowerPlan, Paul held senior sales roles at several software companies including Ventyx, an ABB Company, AssetPoint and Infor Global Solutions.

When he’s not in the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, reading, golfing and tennis, and is an avid scuba diver. Paul holds a B.S. in Management & Marketing from the University of Minnesota and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sarah Park – Vice President, Human Resources

Sarah Park was working as a paralegal at an employment law firm when she discovered she was more interested in understanding the dynamics of company-employer relationships than she was in writing legal briefs. The experience inspired her to put aside plans to go to law school and instead pursue a career in human resources.

Today, Sarah is PowerPlan’s Vice President of Human Resources, where she leads the company’s recruiting, benefits and employee relationship initiatives. She graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in English and went on to earn her MBA with a concentration in HR from Georgia State University. Before joining PowerPlan, she held HR positions at Novellis, GenOn and Rossmore Management Group and has seen firsthand how important the employee/employer relationship is to a company’s success. Together with PowerPlan’s leadership team, she works to develop strategies around employee engagement, career development, staffing and retention.

Sarah was born and raised in Columbus, GA and currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Raj, her daughter Parker and their French Bulldog Tiberius Maximus. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys cooking and entertaining. She’s also an avid runner and has completed several half marathons.

Jim Dahlby - Vice President of Customer Success

With nearly 20 years of experience at PowerPlan, Vice President of Customer Success Jim Dahlby has held a variety roles including program management, product management, solution architecture and implementation. Jim holds a unique view into PowerPlan’s solutions, as early in his career he was the key architect for two modules and designed and authored four others. That experience, coupled with his leadership, has allowed Jim to build strong relationships with customers, and today he leads the Customer Success team. 

Jim graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Economics. Jim and his wife have three children and reside in Atlanta.