Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow

Mike Kritzman

Mike Kritzman

Founder & Chairman

Mike founded SkillNet and serves as the Chairman.

Mike guides our vision and direction with insights and learnings from management positions at Oracle, Ernst and Young, Vitria, and others where he saw companies struggle to find experts and develop their people. SkillNet is all about a fresh data driven approach. Prior to SkillNet, Mike founded a compliance SaaS business called Compliance11 that was acquired by Charles Schwab. Mike graduated from Indiana University with BS in Marketing and Mechanical Engineering from Purdue.

Matt Hochstein

Matt Hochstein

Services

Matt is a SkillNet expert and oversees our professional services.

Matt joined in 2010 with a new teaching degree that he puts to work every day. Matt handles pilots, training, and support. He interacts with prospects before, during and after the sale. He frequently speaks with the voice of our customers to guide product development. Matt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Brian Kiburg

Brian Kiburg

Sales

Brian is a Sales Executive at SkillNet

Brian joined SkillNet in 2017 after a great two year run at Paylocity in sales. Brian is a great listener and works hard to understand customer needs. Brian has strong follow up and research skills with strong knowledge in the HR tech space. He helps prospects define requirements and manages accounts during and after the sale. Brian graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Business Administration.

Bill Waas

Bill Waas

SkillNet Alliances

Bill develops and manages our Alliance relationships with experts, VARs and referral partners. He’s a management consultant with extensive experience in information technology (IT) and serves at Northwestern and Harvard as an adjunct professor.

Bill is passionate about helping people reach potential and has deep experience as a mentor and rolling out mentoring programs.

Awatif Yahya

Awatif Yahya

Training

Awatif runs Training for SkillNet

As our Training leader, Awatif continues her career of developing people. She channels her passions, academic training and work experience in workshops that empower students with new tools to create productive and healthy competencies. Skills include strategy planning and execution, people development, career coaching, negotiation, data analysis, company planning and project management. A Fulbright scholar with MBA from Golden Gate University.

Mark Ruesink

Mark Ruesink

CTO & Advisory Board

Mark serves on our advisory board..

A visionary who is able to transform concepts and ideas into working solutions. Mark co-founded Compliance11 as CTO with Mike, and was CTO at Praedea and ObjectStar. Mark has deep technical leadership experiences with enterprise software firms such as Vitria, Tibco, and Savvion. Mark is also Director of Systems Engineering at Pivotal Software. He earned an M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois working at Fermi Lab and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Eric Langshur

Eric Langshur

Advisory Board

Eric, co-founder of Abundant Venture Partners, is a successful serial entrepreneur and private equity investor. Eric is also the founder of CarePages, Inc. which he built to become the world’s largest healthcare social networking website. Following the sale of CarePages, Eric founded Rise Health, a venture backed healthcare digital technology company.

Eric has a long history of digital experience and helped launch Cardinal Path, a leading web analytics firm. Previously, Eric was President of Bombardier Aerospace, CAS, President of United Technologies ONSI Corp, the world’s largest producer of commercial fuel cells.

Kathryn Hayley

Kathryn Hayley

Advisory Board

Kathryn is a Chief Executive Officer / Group President experienced in leading strategy and execution to build competitive and profitable global enterprises. She is currently an EVP for UnitedHealth Care. In prior roles, she was the CEO for Americas consulting and served on the Executive Committee at AON Hewitt. She held several leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting and served on the board of directors for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Ed Trolley

Ed Trolley

Advisory Board

Ed is widely recognized for starting the training outsourcing industry while at DuPont in 1993 and has orchestrated more comprehensive training outsourcing relationships than anyone on the planet.

Ed co-authored the book, Running Training Like A Business. He’s a contributing author to two ASTD published books, Building Learning Capability Through Outsourcing and Lies About Learning. He’s currently an executive with NIIT in their training outsourcing business.

Ken Powell

Ken Powell

Advisory Board

Ken is a proven technology executive who brings a wealth of expertise in enterprise sales, partner and customer acquisition, business development, corporate strategy, and global operations.

Ken held executive leadership positions at Oracle, SAP, McAfee, and Apple and was CEO for two venture-backed SaaS companies. Ken has consistently built and managed high performing organizations. Ken attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.