David L. Steward co-founded WWT with Jim Kavanaugh in 1990. With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, David spends the majority of his time developing strategic supplier, customer and employee relationships. He plays a key role in WWT’s pursuit of large contract bids within its industry specific operating companies. Prior to starting WWT, David held various senior-level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Federal Express Corporation. Steward holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central Missouri State University. Steward was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Harris Stowe State University (2002) and Lindenwood University (2010).
Jim Kavanaugh co-founded WWT with David Steward in 1990 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Kavanaugh and his proven management team have guided WWT from a small startup technology company to a world-class organization that is recognized as a market-leading technology integrator.
During WWT’s early years, Kavanaugh solidified the company’s financial position through profitable growth and a $27.5 million venture capital investment that was repaid in 2005. The company regularly achieves average growth of more than 20 percent per year. Kavanaugh currently focuses his time in the areas of long-term planning, strategic acquisitions, financial performance, employee development, and passionately overseeing WWT’s unique corporate culture. Prior to founding WWT, Kavanaugh worked at Future Electronics and played professional soccer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University (SLU) in 1986.
Kavanaugh has won numerous business, entrepreneurial and charitable awards throughout the years. He is the President of the Board of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, and Investor / Owner of the St. Louis Blues. He recently served as a Board Member and President of St. Patrick’s Center for the Homeless. Kavanaugh and WWT also support a number of other charities such as the United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, MS Society, Race for the Cure, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA and Children’s Hospital.
Joe Koenig has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. As President, he directs and manages all sales, marketing, business operations and professional services. He is responsible for managing relationships with key business partners and customers while setting the overall strategy of the business. Prior to WWT, Joe held various sales, marketing and project management positions with Computer Sciences Corporation. Koenig holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Louis University.
Tom Strunk has nearly 20 years of industry experience, serving as WWT’s Vice President of Finance from 1994 until October 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Tom served as CFO for Telcobuy. As current CFO for WWT, he directs and manages the WWT finance and accounting operations and oversees a staff of accounting and financial managers. Before joining World Wide Technology, Tom served as Controller for a privately-held construction company. Strunk is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Louis University.
As Vice President of Business Development and Innovation, Bob Olwig has company-wide responsibility for driving WWT’s strategic initiatives, advanced technology solutions and corporate marketing as well as managing strategic relationships with key partners. Bob joined WWT in 1996 and from 1999 to 2002, Bob served as CTO for Telcobuy. Bob has more than 30 years of experience in the information technology industry, including various technical, sales and sales management responsibilities at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Novell. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from St. Louis University.
As Vice President of Human Resources, Ann Marr oversees all human resources functions, which include talent management, policy development, benefits administration, training, leadership development and employee relations as well as managing the company’s supplier diversity program. Ann has over 20 years of human resources experience and has held positions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Anheuser-Busch Companies. Ann is also chair of the WWT Charitable Foundation and is very active in the St. Louis community. Ann serves on the board of the St. Louis Minority Business Council, Focus St. Louis, the Urban League of Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Forum. Marr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human resources management from Webster University.
Mark joined the Company in 1997 and has served as President of Telcobuy since its inception. As an operating subsidiary of WWT, Telcobuy supports technology engineering, design & deployment demands of some of the largest US service providers. Additionally, Mark is responsible for World Wide Technology’s focus in the Commercial & Enterprise markets which have become the fastest growing segment of the business. Prior to World Wide Technology, Mark had spent twenty years in the telecommunications industry and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St Louis.
As Vice President and General Manager, Horner has planning, P&L, personnel, operations, customer development and partner relationship responsibilities in Eastern U.S. and Europe. Horner has been with WWT since 1999 and prior to his current role, Horner led the Professional Services organization which includes over 500 employees globally focused on the successful implementation of its technology solutions. In 2010, he was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of its top “40 under 40” young executives in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In 2011, Horner joined the Board of Directors for NPower. He is also involved in a number of other charitable organizations throughout St. Louis and New York City including United Way, World Pediatric Project and Futures in Education. Horner resides in St. Louis and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in International Business Management.
As Vice President of Information Technology, Mike Taylor is responsible for all information technology functions that include Business Applications, IT Governance, Architecture, Infrastructure and Core Advanced Technology Center Operations at WWT. In his role, Mike helps define and execute the IT strategy in line with the overall business strategy. Mike is focused on fostering a culture of innovation and positioning IT as a differentiator for WWT’s business and go-to-market strategy. Mike has been with WWT since 2000 and has held leadership roles across Applications, Infrastructure and Architecture. Throughout his various roles in IT, Mike has been a driver of Business Value, Architecture Best Practices and IT Service Management Principles. Mike holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.
Bill McKeon has over 25 years of experience in sales to the federal government. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with key vendors, prime integrators, and setting overall strategy for WWT’s federal team. Bill has had held a number of positions in sales and sales management since joining WWT in 1996. Prior to joining WWT, Bill founded his own small business that focused on selling to the federal government. McKeon holds a bachelors degree from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from Rockhurst College.
As Vice President of Program Management, Chester Gloyd has responsibility for managing start-up, continuous improvement and profitability of major supply chain programs. Chester joined WWT in 1998 from Andersen Consulting. From 1999 to 2004, Chester ran WWT’s business consulting practice, taking responsibility for the Program Management team in 2005. Chester holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Kurt Grimminger joined WWT in 2000 and in his role as Vice President of Operations, oversees all global logistics, warehouse and material operations. He is responsible for day-to-day execution and oversight of all supply chain programs including customers such as Dell, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T Mobility and Boeing among others. Prior to joining WWT, Grimminger held management positions with Texas Instruments and Nortel Networks. His industry experience includes consumer products, data networking, telecommunications and defense systems and electronics spanning over 25 years of involvement in supply chain management, manufacturing and distribution operations both domestically and abroad. Grimminger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mark Franke has over twenty years experience in Supply Chain and Business Development roles. Mark joined WWT in 2000 and is currently responsible for developing WWT’s strategy and infrastructure to support the global growth of the company. Previous roles at WWT included Program Management, Information Technology and Supply Chain Operations. Prior to WWT, Mark spent nine years at Newell-Rubbermaid in sales management and product development. Franke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mark Donnel has over 25 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance. Mark began his career at Arthur Andersen and Company, where he served as an audit manager. Prior to joining WWT, Mark was an audit partner at a local St. Louis accounting firm, where he served as the partner in charge of the audit division. Mark has been with WWT since 2000 and has also served as the Director of Finance for Telcobuy. Donnel has been in his present role as Vice President of Finance for almost 10 years and manages the accounting and finance team. Donnel is also responsible for treasury management, financial reporting and operations as well as accounting operations. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he graduated cum laude in 1987. Donnel holds a Certificate of Public Accounting from the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
As Vice President of Sales Operations, Tim Loughman has corporate responsibility for developing and overseeing all aspects of sales operations including vendor alliance, inside sales, procurement, contract administration, customer service and pre-sales technical services. Prior to joining WWT, Tim was employed by McDonnell Douglas Missiles Systems Company responsible for business management activities supporting various defense Contracts. Loughman has almost 20 years in the IT industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Tom Gain joined World Wide Technology in 2001, and during the past 14 years, Tom has played a key role in building out our program and delivery management capabilities. Under Tom’s leadership, our annual professional services revenue has grown significantly.
Erika Schenk joined WWT in 2014. Erika has responsibility for managing all legal activities and leading the various compliance efforts within the company. Before joining WWT, Erika spent three years at The Boeing Company, where she served as Senior Counsel. Prior to her time at Boeing, Erika spent 14 years in private practice at Bryan Cave LLP, where she was a partner in the corporate/transactional groups, and served as leader of the firm’s Commercial Practice team. During her time at Bryan Cave, Erika worked extensively on behalf of WWT helping negotiate contracts with customers and vendors in addition to helping us with many other important legal projects.
Bob Elfanbaum is one of the founders and general manager for WWT Asynchrony Labs. Bob oversees all business, financial and sales activities through WWT Asynchrony Labs and has managed the consistent growth of the company since its inception in 1999.
As VP of federal sales, Bryan Thomas is responsible for federal pre-sales operations including business development, account management and pre-sales engineering. In his role, Bryan is accountable for developing and maintaining relationships with customers, key vendors, prime integrators and vertical partners. Bryan is focused on providing clarity, direction, accountability and education to the field sales team for WWT. Bryan has been with WWT since 2000 and has held leadership roles across the federal business unit. Bryan holds a bachelors degree in computer information systems from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.