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Board of Directors
Blue Olive Online


(Term ending dates noted in parenthesis.)




Kevin Ritter

President (2018)

Executive Committee

State Farm



Adriaan Van de Rijken

President Elect (2019)



David Nottingham

Secretary (2018)

XPO Logistics



Scott Jaeger

Treasurer (2017) 

DXC Technology

(804) 244-0371

Dale Shafer

Director of Sponsorship & Alliances (2018)




Edward Gray

Director of Content (2018)

University of Mary Washington


Vikas Kumar

Director of Marketing and Membership (2018)

Netransform Corporation



Gary Case

Director of Member Services (2019)

Pink Elephant



George Nawara

Director of Academics & Technology

Quest Software



Cathy Kirch

Past President (2018)


(847) 402-4472


Executive Committee

President: The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation, shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and members of the Corporation


President-Elect: The President Elect will work closely with the President to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the office and perform all duties of the President in the absence, disability, or at the request of the President.  The President-Elect is also the chair of the Governance Committee and responsible for all matters related to board governance.


Treasurer: The Treasurer shall oversee the establishment of proper accounting procedures, financial review and maintain funds in such financial institutions as are approved by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall be responsible for overseeing all financial matters and reporting to the board and to members.


Secretary: The Secretary shall maintain the corporate seal, and shall be responsible for recording minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and for facilitating any electronic votes of the board.



Content: Responsible for leading the development and maintenance of all content, intellectual property and programs which are consumed or utilized by our members and for their benefit. This will include: Member Programs, Intellectual Capital (eBooks, white papers, video content, etc.), Research and all other forms of content and programs.


Alliances: Responsible for forming and maintaining strategic alliances and outreach programs which deliver value to our members and/or increase itSMF USA brand awareness with our various constituencies. This will include: Strategic Partnerships, Academic & Industry Relationships, Outreach Programs (including Student Case Competition, etc.) and International Relationships.


Member Services: Responsible for oversight, improvement and maintenance of all operational member services required in order for our members to access and realize value from their membership. This includes: IG Operations, Virtual Member Operations, Program Delivery and Enabling Technologies.


Marketing & Membership Growth: Responsible for all organization marketing and membership growth initiatives. This includes: Branding, Messaging, New Member Lead Generation and Overall Membership Retention & Growth.