Harry H. Herington became the Company's Chief Executive Officer in February 2008 and became the Chairman of the Board in May 2008. He was elected to the Board of Directors in October 2006. Mr. Herington served as President from May 2006 until February 2008 and as Chief Operating Officer from May 2002 until October 2006. He has also served as President of NICUSA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, since 1998 and served as a manager of various subsidiaries of NICUSA, Inc. until January 2016. In addition, Mr. Herington has held numerous positions of authority and responsibility with the Company since 1995 as well as several positions of authority with other business and government organizations, which enables him to provide valuable leadership and insight into the Company's strategic direction. By reason of his early involvement and efforts, Mr. Herington is considered a founder of NIC as it became a national company. Mr. Herington is also involved in numerous civic and non-profit activities. Mr. Herington holds a B.S. degree from Wichita State University in Kansas and a J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Venmal (Raji) Arasu has served as one of the Company’s directors since 2015. Ms. Arasu is currently Senior Vice President, Intuit Platform of Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), Intuit Inc. is a business and financial software company that develops and sells financial, accounting, tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals. In her role she leads an organization that builds critical platforms and services for Intuit's product offerings. Ms. Arasu previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for StubHub, Inc., the online and mobile ticketing marketplace subsidiary of eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), from November 2011 to January 2016. At eBay, she also served as the Vice President of Engineering, Managed Marketplaces from 2010 to 2011, the Vice President of Engineering, Trading from 2008 to 2010, and in other positions of increasing authority from 2001 to 2008. Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Arasu served in positions of increasing authority at numerous technology companies. She is also actively involved in civic and non-profit organizations focused on empowering women in technology. The Board relies on Ms. Arasu’s extensive experience in technology, including the areas of mobile technologies, payment processing, and the development process, in guiding the Company’s business strategy. Ms. Arasu holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University, in Pune, India.
Art N. Burtscher has served as one of the Company’s directors since 2004 and was elected Lead Independent Director in February 2008. He chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Burtscher currently serves as a consultant to Westwood Trust--Western Region where he served as President-Western Region of Westwood Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westwood Holdings Group, LLC and a provider of trust services and a sponsor of common trust funds from 2012 to 2018. He served as Senior Vice President of Westwood Trust from 2010 through 2012. Mr. Burtscher served as Chairman of McCarthy Group Advisors, L.L.C., an Omaha-based investment advisory firm, from 2004 to 2010. From 2000 to 2004, he was President of McCarthy Group Asset Management. He has more than 30 years of financial services experience, including 13 years as President of Great Western Bank, N.A. Mr. Burtscher currently serves on the boards of directors of American National Bank, Jet Linx, LLC and the Silverstone Group. Mr. Burtscher’s extensive experience in the financial services industry enables him to provide valuable contributions to the Board regarding financial, business and investment matters and to serve as the audit committee financial expert. He graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a B.S. in Business Administration and is a graduate of the School of Mortgage Banking.
C. Brad Henry has served as one of the Company’s directors since 2011. Governor Henry is currently of counsel to the national business law firm of Spencer Fane LLP and a founding member of Henry-Adams Companies, LLC, a general and business development consulting firm. In 2010, Governor Henry was appointed by President Barack Obama to the six-member Council of Governors, which works closely with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other defense and national security advisors on the synchronization and integration of state and federal military services. He served as governor of the State of Oklahoma for two consecutive terms ending in 2011, the maximum allowed under Oklahoma law. Governor Henry previously served as Chairman of the Council of State Governments, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of Central Oklahoma and on the boards of the Center for Consumer Recovery, Inc., and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was a charter member of the Governors' Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center. Prior to his election as governor, he practiced law and served 10 years in the Oklahoma State Senate, chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee and serving as vice-chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. The Board relies upon Governor Henry’s extensive experience in state government and industry in guiding the Company’s business strategy. Governor Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Law Review.
Mayor James is Co-Founder of Wickman James Strategies and Solutions, a business consulting firm, and Co-Founder and Shareholder of The Sly James Firm, Trial Lawyers, P.C. Mayor James served as Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 2011-2019, where he launched the Emerging Technology Initiative, making Kansas City a Smart City and using digital solutions to improve the delivery of city services and enhancing the citizen experience. He has served as President of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and Chair of the African American Mayors Association. Mayor James became an NIC Director in 2020.
Alexander C. Kemper has served as one of the Company’s directors since 2007. He chairs the Compensation Committee. Mr. Kemper is the chairman of the board of The Collectors Fund, a private equity fund focused on alternative asset classes, and serves as chairman and chief executive officer of C2FO, a leading global marketplace for working capital. He founded Perfect Commerce Inc., an application service provider for internet sourcing and procurement tools and related professional services, and served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2000 to 2006. Under his leadership, Perfect Commerce created the Open Supplier NetworkTM (OSNTM) and became the largest and fastest growing provider of on-demand supplier relationship management (SRM) technology in the United States. Before founding Perfect Commerce, Mr. Kemper was the chairman of the board and CEO of UMB Bank, N.A. and CEO of UMB Financial Corp., a Nasdaq-traded financial services company with assets of more than $20 billion. He is an active angel and venture investor and currently serves on several corporate boards, including UMB Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: UMBF), Sipvine and Dwolla. Mr. Kemper has extensive experience in finance, banking, investment, management and board service, as well as extensive experience with technology companies, which enables him to provide valuable guidance to his fellow directors on such matters. Mr. Kemper holds a B.A. degree from Northwestern University.
William M. Lyons has served as one of the Company’s directors since 2009. He chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Lyons was president and chief executive officer of American Century Companies, Inc., a Kansas City-based investment manager, until his retirement in March 2007. Mr. Lyons joined American Century in 1987 as assistant general counsel and during his tenure also served as its general counsel, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. Mr. Lyons was named president in 1997 and chief executive officer in 2000. Mr. Lyons also served as a director of American Century Companies, Inc. and numerous investment companies affiliated with American Century Companies, Inc. While at American Century, Mr. Lyons also was a senior executive of several operating subsidiaries, including American Century Investment Management, Inc., American Century Investment Services, Inc., and American Century Services Corp. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN) and other civic and not-for-profit entities. Mr. Lyons’s leadership of American Centuries Companies, Inc. through a period of substantial growth enables him to provide valuable guidance to the Board on business strategy and financial matters. Mr. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
Anthony Scott has served as one of the Company's directors since 2018. He is currently CEO of the TonyScottGroup and is a senior data privacy and cybersecurity advisor with the global law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, headquartered in Cleveland, a position that he has held since September 2017. Mr. Scott was a Managing Partner for Ridge-Lane L.P., from August 2018 until December 2019. Mr. Scott formerly served as the third Chief Information Officer of the United States under President Barack Obama from February 2015 until January 2017. In addition, from September 2013 through February 2015, he led the global information technology group at VMware, and from February 2008 until May 2013, he served as CIO at Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). Prior to serving as the CIO of Microsoft, he was the CIO at The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and was the first Chief Technology Officer of Information Systems & Services at General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM). He previously held senior management positions in IT at Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW). Mr. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University.
Jayaprakash Vijayan has served as one of the Company's directors since 2018. He is the former CIO of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) and is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tekion Corp. (2016 to present), an innovative startup technology company serving the automotive retail industry. He served at Tesla from 2012-2016 and was responsible for the company’s information systems, including applications, infrastructure, network, operations, and corporate and product security. Prior to Tesla, Mr. Vijayan led the IT Business Applications organization for VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) and led product development teams for Oracle (NYSE: ORCL). Mr. Vijayan holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geology from the University of Madras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Pete Wilson has served as one of the Company’s directors since 1999. Governor Wilson served as Governor of the State of California from 1991 until 1999. Prior to serving as Governor of California, Governor Wilson served in the U.S. Senate for eight years, representing the State of California from 1983 to 1991, and served as the mayor of San Diego, California from 1971 to 1983. Governor Wilson is a principal at Wilson Walsh Consulting Group, a business consulting firm. He is also of counsel to Browne George Ross LLP. Governor Wilson is also a director of The Irvine Company, and U.S. TelePacific Corp, and is a director and founder of the California Mentoring Foundation. He is a former member of the California State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and a member and Founding Chair of the Southern California Leadership Council. Governor Wilson is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and serves as a Trustee of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Richard Nixon Foundation, and the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. He is past Chair (current Capital Campaign Chair) of the National World War II Museum. Governor Wilson is also a former member of the Defense Policy Board (advisory to the Secretary of Defense) and the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and formerly served on the Thomas Weisel Partners board of advisors. The Board draws upon Governor Wilson’s extensive experience inside and outside government in overseeing the Company’s business strategy and developing relationships with government partners. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boalt Hall (University of California at Berkeley). After graduating from Yale, Governor Wilson spent three years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer.