Gene is the CEO of Convio and is active in the Austin community. Following his success as the 2006 and 2007 chair of the "20,010 in 2010 Initiative" for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, he was named Chair of Education and Talent for the Chamber, where he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. Austin is also active on the Board of the Westlake Chap Club in the Eanes Independent School District.
Gene has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and BS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Today we embark on our next journey: Convio and Blackbaud together – united to reach new heights.
As a unified company with a common mission, we will make multi-channel supporter engagement a reality at a faster pace than either of us could have achieved separately.
We are excited. We are dedicated. We are committed to delivering the very best products and services in the market.
We've dedicated a page on our website to serve as a resource to you for questions you might have. I encourage you to watch Marc's video, check out the FAQs, and send us any questions or feedback. We want to hear from you.
Most of all, thank you for letting us be part of your mission and for being part of this ride.
Soon Convio will be acquired by Blackbaud and as a result the last few weeks have been filled with reflection. I realized that I have been working for almost three decades in the tech sector, and during that journey I have met many people who have influenced and shaped me as a leader. There was Nancy Anderson and Glenn Osaka at HP, who first gave me insights into the core strengths of being a leader. Nancy told me to keep HR and Finance close by because the lack of good people programs or missing the “numbers” are the fastest way to trouble. Glenn gave me a great lesson in creating win-win situations with teams and people. Then at Dell, Mike Lambert and Joe Marengi schooled me in running giant organizations in a fast growing company. At CareerBuilder, Rob McGovern taught me how to instill confidence and vision in a small team of people trying to make giant changes in the way employers and job seekers engaged.
In 2003 he had brought Convio to $5M and 50 people in less than an ideal economic environment. At the time, the Convio Board decided to go outside for a CEO and I entered into the interview process. Vinay and I met at least a half dozen times including the time when I begged him to cut the phone interview short so I could go watch my son pitch in a baseball game. For those of you that have not been “interviewed” by Vinay it is quite an experience. I was sitting in my car, trying to figure out how my son was faring by the changes in crowd noise while Vinay was “drilling me” about my skills, leadership background and my decision making abilities.
Nonprofit organizations, their staffs and supporters play an increasingly important role in shaping our world through culture, politics, science and more. Your efforts and those of your fellow nonprofit professionals make our global community a more diverse, healthy and opportunity-rich place to call home.
At Convio, I have the good fortune to learn about and see firsthand your many different missions, the effects they have on individuals and causes and how your creative ways are impacting the world today. Each one of your stories is unique and each one is inspiring.
Here at Convio, our mission is simple: to help your mission.
Whether you are a Convio client, a frequent flyer on Connection Café or a reader of our research papers and guides, I like to think that we have a small role in your success.
On behalf of the whole Convio team, thank you for letting us be a part of your successes. We are grateful to have you as a part of our family and we wish a very happy Thanksgiving.
Earlier this month the Convio community – clients, partners and employees – took Baltimore by storm. With 1200 people and 70+ workshops, the sixth annual Convio Summit was an exceptional success.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of you, some familiar faces, many others new. And to those of you who I did not get a chance to meet this year, I hope we’ll meet at next year.
Our conversations at Summit confirmed the need for integrated constituent engagement. The feedback you gave me told me that yes, Convio Luminate and Common Ground are on the right track. With continued investment in these solutions, we can help you move people around your cause and affect change. I’m excited and hope you are too.
The video below is a quick look into our joint successes and the road ahead. With your feedback we can build on this foundation and develop solutions, meaning both software and service offerings, that meet your needs. Thanks for joining us at Summit and I look forward to working together toward a bright future.
See you next year at Summit, October 1-3!
Posted by Gene Austin at Jul 25, 2011 07:01 AM CDT
Categories: Advocacy, Constituent Empowerment, Email Marketing, Fundraising, NPtech
Engaging constituents is a challenging proposition. Constituents want to be engaged on terms they care about with messages that are tailored to them. To do that organizations have to employ a multi-channel strategy. That’s why Convio is introducing Luminate, a constituent engagement solution for enterprise nonprofits.
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