Dude Solutions Leadership Team
Kent Hudson, Chief Executive Officer &
A technology veteran and dedicated entrepreneur, Dude Solutions co-founder Kent Hudson serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Since originally co-founding SchoolDude in 1999, Kent has been a driving force in the company’s rapid growth and expansion as a leading software-as-a-service(SaaS) provider of operations management solutions. Kent has brought together a strong and talented team that has revolutionized the operations management industry and is consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work in North Carolina’s Triangle area. Prior to founding Dude Solutions, Kent spent 20+ years setting the strategic direction as CEO and president for organizations including Applied Computer Technologies (ACT) and INDUS International. Kent is a magna cum laude graduate from North Carolina State University’s Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science and Technology programs.
Lee Prevost, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
A passionate and forward-thinking leader with nearly 30 years of experience in software and technology, Dude Solutions co-founder Lee Prevost serves as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the board. Lee works closely with the executive team to set the vision, mission and strategies for Dude Solutions and is responsible for identifying growth opportunities that drive significant value across the company. He co-founded and launched SchoolDude with CEO Kent Hudson in 1999 and FacilityDude in 2007. Serving as SchoolDude’s president for 15 years, Lee has been pivotal to developing Dude Solutions into an enterprise asset management leader. Prior to SchoolDude, he worked for Applied Computer Technologies (ACT) and Honeywell Home and Building Controls. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Tom Knox, Chief Revenue Officer
A results-oriented leader with a successful track record in pioneering new markets and revenue opportunities, Tom Knox serves as Dude Solutions’ Chief Revenue Officer. Tom is responsible for integrating and aligning all Dude Solutions’ revenue-related functions to drive profitable growth. As part of the team that founded FacilityDude, Tom has been integral to the growth and success of Dude Solutions. He served as president of FacilityDude for nearly a decade where he helped the company become a disruptive player and market leader. Tom’s 30+ year executive career in the facility management and building automation industries includes previously serving as a vice president for Strategic Resource Solutions, a Carolina Power & Light subsidiary that today is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, and president of Diversified Control Systems, Inc. Tom holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Religion from Wake Forest University.
Brian Lora, Chief Technology Officer
An innovative and proven software architect and product development leader, Brian Lora serves as Dude Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer. Brian is responsible for establishing and implementing Dude Solutions’ aggressive Cloud/software-as-a-service (SaaS) product and software development roadmap as well as all IT, infrastructure and security support. He joined Dude Solutions from compliance and risk management software provider RegEd where he served as CIO/CTO. Previously, as the vice president of engineering and development for on-demand data protection services provider Arsenal Digital Solutions, Brian was the lead inventor for two SaaS architecture patents that were key to IBM's acquisition of the company in 2008. A frequent speaker at key technical and industry conferences, Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of North Carolina State University's Department of Computer Science.
Gamble Herrernan, Chief Transformation Officer
With more than 20 years of product strategy, product management, and product marketing experience, Gamble has spent most of her career leading organizational transformations through strategic development and innovation. Prior to joining Dude Solutions, Gamble established the product management organization and constructed the strategic product roadmap for Monarch Medical Technologies and Healthgrades’ patient engagement and business intelligence unit. Prior to that, she was part of the leadership that brought SciQuest to successful IPO. Her background, primarily in cloud solutions, includes healthcare, higher education, public sector, and life sciences software and technology.
Ian Chiu, Board Member
Ian Chiu is a Principal at Warburg Pincus and focuses on investments in the technology, software, and education sectors. He is currently on the board of directors of Dude Solutions, Stratford Schools and Liaison International. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was an investment professional at Silver Lake Partners and a consultant at Bain & Company. He also helped launch BigMachines, a leading configure, price, quote (CPQ) software as a service (SaaS) vendor, where he served as its business development manager. Mr. Chiu holds a B.S., with distinction, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He also earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Alex Berzofsky, Board Member
Alex Berzofsky is a Partner at Warburg Pincus where he focuses on investments in the logistics, technology and business services sectors. He currently serves on the board of directors of Dude Solutions, Coyote Logistics, MercuryGate, FacilitySource, The Gordian Group, and Construction Market Data. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Alex was part of the mergers and acquisitions group at Goldman Sachs. Alex received a B.A. in economics from Harvard University.
Gayle Crowell, Board Member
Gayle Crowell is based in San Francisco and has been a senior business consultant on the technology, media and telecommunications team since joining Warburg Pincus in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Crowell was President and CEO of RightPoint Software, acquired by E.piphany in January 2000. Previously, Ms. Crowell held senior executive roles at Oracle Corporation, E.piphany, RightPoint Software, View Star, Mosaix, Recognition International, DSC, and Cubix Corporation. Ms. Crowell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada at Reno with a B.A., has completed post-graduate work at the University of California-Irvine and Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Education CEO Program. She is a director of Yodlee (YDLE), Dude Solutions, Mercury Gate and Coyote Logistics. In addition, Ms. Crowell is the co-founder of ConservingNow.com, a trustee of the Desert Research Foundation, and Chairman of Watermark, a non-profit organization of leading Silicon Valley woman CEOs and C-level executives.