Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Praeger is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AvidXchange, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand accounts payables management and automated payment solutions. Since founding AvidXchange in 2000, Michael has been an active participant and speaker on "payables and payment automation" at various industry conferences and considered a thought leader within the industry in developing creative solutions and best practices for payables and payment automation.
Michael has spent the last 20 years founding, managing, merging and selling technology and web services-related companies. Prior to establishing AvidXchange, Michael was Co-Founder of PlanetResume.com, a technology career enhancement and recruiting site that successfully completed its merger with CareerShop.com and CareerTV.net in November 1999. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CEO of InfoLink Partners and InfoVentures, LP. Michael also served as an Associate with Summit Partners, a Boston-based Venture Capital and Buyout partnership with more than $1 billion under management. He received a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University. Michael is also a graduate of the "Birthing of Giants" executive entrepreneurship program at MIT.
Michael is currently active in the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), as well as the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Michael is also currently serving on the advisory board of the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), and on Comdata's Customer Advisory Board. Michael is revered as a leading business-to-business provider of innovative electronic payment solutions.
SVP of Operations and Professional Services
Tim has spent 18 years in the technology arena, the first ten years of which were at Digital Equipment Corporation, which is now HP. There, he spent his first five years in operations, then after spending six months in a full time sales training program, he spent his second five years in sales selling solutions into Fortune 10 accounts, achieving top 5% performer status. After leaving Digital, Tim took a four year hiatus from technology in the mid-90's to run a family-owned beverage manufacturing company. He then returned to technology to join Market Velocity as COO, an ASP that sells market making software to technology companies. Tim was instrumental there in taking the company from pre-revenue to $10 million. He left there post merger after four years. He then founded a consulting company focused on executive search of sales talent in the technology arena, where AvidXchange was a client, and where since, he has joined to run internal operations and to manage the acquisition of talent. Tim holds a B.S.B.A from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Boston University.
SVP of Sales & Marketing
Tom Spencer has over 20 years experience leading teams and delivering for customers. Tom spent the last 15 years at Intuit in a variety of roles including VP of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support. As VP of Sales Tom’s responsibilities included direct revenue growth for business products and services such as professional accounting and tax solutions, payroll, bill pay, and QuickBooks offerings. While at Intuit Tom also helped grow and develop the Intuit Professional Partner Network for accountants. Prior to joining AvidXchange Tom consulted in private industry with a variety of small and midsize companies on their sales and marketing capability to help create value for customers.
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Since joining AvidXchange in 2000, Chris has architected the core system infrastructure as well as building a team of highly-skilled software and system engineers. Chris previously served as the Director of Application Development for e-Netrics where he spent two years designing, developing and implementing enterprise level e-commerce applications. Chris has 12 years of experience in the information technology arena with an expertise in enterprise-level B2B e-commerce applications. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. in Computer Science. Chris also served five years in the military.
Shane has over 16 years of experience representing publicly traded and private corporations. He last served as Vice President of Legal and Corporate Compliance Officer for PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company that was acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. Before that Shane was Senior Corporate Counsel for US LEC Corp., a publicly traded telecommunications company that merged with PAETEC in 2007. He began his legal career as an associate for the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP., in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his J.D. from Widener University, and his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Milligan College. Shane currently serves as the President of Charlotte Swim Association, Inc., a non-profit and year-round competitive swim team based in Charlotte.
SVP of Energy Information Services
Paul Kelly serves as the Senior Vice President, Energy Information Services. In this capacity, he is responsible for the AvidUtility and AvidEnergy services, as well as AvidXchange Product Management. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of EnergySolve, Paul led the development of the Utility Bill Analysis and Reporting (UBAR) proprietary administrative tool, which is the backbone of all bill presentment and payment services. Prior to joining EnergySolve, in September 1998, Paul worked for Jersey Central Power & Light Co. for 15 years. His experience with the electric utility company was concentrated in Customer Services and Customer Operations. During his tenure, he was responsible for Credit & Collections, Meter Reading Field Operations, New Service Planning and Design, Regional Strategy Planning, and District Distribution Operation and Maintenance. In total, Paul offers over 28 years of energy industry experience. He received his BA in Communications from the University of Scranton in 1982 and completed the University of Idaho's Public Utility Executive Course in 1993. He is a former Friends of Scouting Council Chairman, District Chairman, and Executive Board Member for the Jersey Shore Council, B.S.A., and also serves as a Trustee and Past-President of the Lakewood Soccer Club.
VP of Product Management
Jay has 17 years of sales, account management, project management and consulting experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining AvidXchange in 2005, he founded a company that specialized in online channel development for companies adding the web as a sales channel. Additionally, Jay has four years experience in delivering software solutions for Market Velocity, a web based rebate management platform used by major technology companies such as HP. Jay received his B.A. in Business Management from Luther College in Decorah, IA, completed Graduate courses at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte, NC and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute.
Bill the Gorilla
Weighing only 3.5 pounds and 6 inches in height, Bill was born on April 15, 2000 at the Odzala National Park in the Republic of the Congo. At merely 9 months old, he embarked on his education at the reputable Mascot Montessori in his home town. The youngest of five primates, Bill was a quick study, swiftly climbing to the top of his class in both social skills and crowd rousing. At 2 years old, college recruiters were taking notice of his abilities. They soon began dangling bananas in front of Bill hoping he'd relocate to the US, furthering his education. Soon thereafter and following in the footsteps of his siblings, Bill moved to the United States. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Mascot Mastery from the prestigious College of Primates. He later completed his Ph.D. in Sportsmanship at Simian University. After proving himself as a mascot in the world of sports, Bill decided to change gears and scale the corporate ladder. He knew that tearing a ligament was only a matter of time and working in business would mean less bumps and bruises. With glorious recommendations and ten rounds of interviews at AvidXchange, Bill was offered an exclusive 100-year mascot contract. With this position, Bill now has benefits of which lesser gorillas can only dream. Unlimited banana smoothies, foosball tournaments and a generous wardrobe expense are just a few of the perks he'll receive.