Brian brings to Ascentis more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in rapid growth, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology companies. Prior to Ascentis, Brian was the CEO of Convey Compliance, which was acquired by Vista Equity in July 2014. Brian joined Convey in 2008 as President and Chief Executive Officer and led the company’s growth strategy. Under his leadership, Convey established itself as the recognized leader in SaaS-based tax information reporting solutions. Brian’s commitment to hiring great people, his ability to define and execute effective growth strategies, and his belief in delivering a superior client experience were key drivers of Convey’s success and represent the cornerstone of his operating philosophy.
Prior to Convey, Brian led Gelco Expense Management, a SaaS-based provider of travel expense management solutions. Under his leadership, Gelco experienced significant growth, culminating in a sale to Concur Technologies in 2007. Additionally, Brian has held executive management positions at Norstan Communications, ColorSpan Corporation, and Wizmo, Inc.
In addition to serving on the boards of three software business, Brian also dedicates substantial time to various philanthropic endeavors. He is the Chairman of the Board of The Banyan Community, a Minneapolis-based community development organization dedicated to transforming urban lives by supporting youth, strengthening families, and creating community.
Brian holds a B.A. in business marketing from Bethel University.