Two new members joined the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting March 15 in Evanston.
Jason Kintzler is the founder of web-based public relations and marketing software company PitchEngine in Riverton. Erin Moore is chief executive officer and principal of Gannett Peak Technical Services, a Cheyenne technology company.
“There is a strong focus from ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) to bolster entrepreneurship and provide new resources for startups in Wyoming,” said Shawn Reese, Business Council CEO. “Jason and Erin’s experience in tech and entrepreneurial startups will be vital for this board and the Business Council’s work.”
Governor Matt Mead appointed Kintzler and Moore to replace outgoing board members Mike Sullivan and Jay Anderson.
Kintzler is a fifth generation Wyomingite with a background in broadcasting, marketing and public relations. He founded PitchEngine in 2008. Since then, more than 50,000 brands worldwide, including Walmart and Mastercard, have used the company’s software.
“Starting a tech firm in a rural state like Wyoming is the road less traveled but, fortunately, I knew this was the lifestyle I wanted, so rather than figure out how to leave, I figured out how to stay,” Kintzler said.
Kintzler has been heavily involved in expanding tech education in Wyoming in recent years. He started a computer coding camp for high schoolers and an adult program that trained several dozen workers.
Moore focuses on project management and business development for Gannett Peak Technical Services.
She graduated from the University of Wyoming with bachelor’s degrees in business economics and political science.
Moore is also dedicated to educating Wyoming’s students for the workplace of the future. She partnered with the Wyoming Department of Education to create the Coders of the West program.
Moore expects to leverage her background in economic development and her tech experience to help the Business Council diversify the state’s economy.
“I have a strong passion for Wyoming and the need to create a diversified economy so that, hopefully, my 8-year-old and my 4-year-old will have the opportunity to stay here if they choose,” Moore said. “The Business Council is tasked with the exciting mission of figuring out how to build a better economy here for Wyoming, and I’m honored to help lead that work.”
The Business Council Board of Directors also elected new leadership for the coming year. Pete Illoway will join Gov. Mead as co-chair of the Board. Illoway served 14 years in the Wyoming Legislature in the House of Representatives, and worked for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cheyenne LEADS and Coastal Chem.
Megan Goetz is the new vice chair. Goetz is a partner at Pence and MacMillan. She serves on the Wyoming State Bar’s Unauthorized Practice of Law committee and the Wyoming State Bar Board of Examiners.
Mike Easley of Sundance was elected secretary treasurer. He is the CEO of Powder River Energy Corporation.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for May 23-24 in Gillette.
Go to www.wyomingbusiness.org, or call 1-800-262-3425, for more information about the Wyoming Business Council.