Leadership and Advisors
Chris M. Pieper
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
Chris Pieper has a 25-year track record of transforming technology startups into high-growth companies. He currently serves as CEO of Alliance Enterprises, an Inc. 5000 software company headquartered in Dupont, Washington. As chief executive at Alliance since 2008, Chris has expanded the company’s software offerings into more industries and grew revenue at an annual rate of 80% between 2012 and 2015. In 2016, Microsoft recognized Alliance as a Rising Star partner of the year for growing its cloud services business 1,000%. Also in 2016, the company successfully launched its goal achievement software, MyObjectives, to international markets.
Prior to joining Alliance, Chris founded and led software company, ABC Technologies, which he grew over 12 years into an Inc. 500 firm with 225 employees and office in 15 countries, customers in 73 countries and $32 million in annual sales. The Portland Business Journal named his company to its list of 100 fastest-growing Oregon companies for five consecutive years. In 1997, ABC was named Oregon’s Technology Company of the Year.
In 2002 Chris sold ABC Technologies to SAS, a Fortune Global 500 company with over $1 billion in annual revenue, for $30 million. Chris stayed on board with SAS to help manage the transition of his company to the business analytics giant. Between leading ABC Technologies and Alliance, Chris helmed two other companies: FormRouter Inc. where he was CEO and Chairman for nearly five years while growing the technology firm 4,000%, and C-Speak Partners, a management consulting firm Chris founded and ran for years before joining Alliance.
Chris holds an Executive MBA from University of Oregon and has a BS, Technology, from the University of Houston. His interests outside work include fishing, cycling and entrepreneurship.
Director, Strategic Accounts, Chairman of the Board
As one of the company’s first employees, Lisa Gifford has had a profound impact on developing Alliance into a high-growth technology company that was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2016. Lisa led the launch and expansion of the company’s flagship software, Aware, used by more than 12,000 rehabilitation service providers across the nation.
Lisa currently serves as the Director of Corporate Strategy and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Starting at Alliance in 1982 as an assistant computer trainer, Lisa progressed into a software tester, systems analyst, then project manager and software development manager. She was the company’s President and CEO between 1995 and 2008 during which the company grew revenue more than 2,000%. In 2008 she hired Chris M. Pieper to be the company’s CEO so she could focus on project management and customer delivery.
Committed to excellent customer service, Lisa has developed strong customer relationships through the years. She is keen on setting clear expectations, delivering to the committed scope and quickly responding to risks and issues. She is a strong advocate for project management and for women in computing.
In 2016, Lisa was named to the Business Examiner’s Women of Influence list. Lisa’s education includes undergraduate studies in Language Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Université de Grenoble, Grenoble, France.
Dr. Lee Cousineau DC
Wellness Advisor, Board Member
As a company founder, Lee has been a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance Enterprises since 1981. Lee has over 35 years of experience in consulting with business and government organizations, as well as extensive training in adult learning theory, systems theory, learning organizations and in facilitating organizational change.
Lee completed his Degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic and is Board Certified in Applied Kinesiology.
Director, Alliance Labs, Board Member
As the Director of Alliance Labs, Rick is responsible for advancing the Company’s software platform and oversees the creative direction for future applications and services. As a company founder, Rick’s Alliance experience spans 40+ years, specializing in software development processes, accessibility, software languages and application of technologies. Rick has played an integral part in creating and directing the development of Alliance technologies, including Aware Enterprise, Aware Express, Interface Manager and MyObjectives. He is passionate about using technology to improve the work processes that leaders, managers, supervisors and all end users utilize.
Rick is an avid bicyclist, motorcycle rider and the company’s self-proclaimed Chief Geek. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
As the Operations Director, Wendy oversees Human Resources, Legal, Administrative Services and Accounting for the Company.
Prior to joining Alliance in 2004, Wendy worked in a variety of Operational roles for companies in the commercial property development, financial and manufacturing industries.
Wendy earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree from the Evergreen State College with a focus in American and Russian History.
Darcy (Fleming) Schab
Director, Application Services
As the Director of Business Development and Marketing, Darcy plays an integral part in developing high quality product offerings and bringing them to market, ensuring the customer receives the value Alliance brings and engaging in strategic relationships. While working at Alliance for over five years, Darcy has led the development and launch of Case Management and Analytics Solutions, corporate websites, implemented product management philosophy and is now directing all business development and marketing efforts.
Darcy has a background in Business Management with a degree in Management Information Systems from Western Washington University and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Sven Akerman Jr.
Chief Technology Officer, Director, Cloud Services
As the Chief Technology Officer and Director of Cloud Services, Sven has a focus on Enterprise Architecture approaches, ensuring Alliance’s solution and cloud architecture and information security is aligned with the company’s business strategy, business operating model and IT strategy. All while satisfying all customer needs and requirements. Sven leads the technology direction of Alliance including the strategy for global technology proliferation in terms of platforms, partnerships and external relationships as well as building and managing the technology teams to support rapid growth and respond to customer needs. Sven is responsible for software architecture, information security, product development, hosting and managed services, emerging products evolution, quality engineering and management of the Company’s software development lifecycle.
Prior to joining Alliance in September 2009, Sven was the Chief Architect for Outlook Insight, LLC. Sven’s background includes technology evangelism and enterprise-scale solution architecture, as well as managing and delivering statewide technical solutions for public and private sector organizations in Oregon and Washington State. Sven’s education includes studies in Computer Science and Software Engineering at Washington State University and over 20 years of technical consulting experience.
Director, Emerging Market Solutions & Business Direction and Marketing
Sean leads the Emerging Solutions Team with over 17 years of IT-related experience in the private and public sector. Sean provides excellent technical and strategic visions for Alliance. Sean is a proven leader with comprehensive operations and strategy background.
As the Director of Summit Solutions, Sean is responsible for the MyObjectives business as well as other new product development efforts. Sean oversees all aspects of the MyObjectives business from global and domestic partnerships to product management and software development efforts. Sean works to improve structures, deployment processes and building top-performing teams while providing solutions and strategies that deliver superior value to our customers.
Prior to joining Alliance in 2013, Sean worked at top technology organizations in Washington, managing enterprise systems, IT administration and client services.
Director, Project Management
Bob Rubitschun has over 35 years of management experience, leading customer-facing projects for a range of technology organizations from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. As the Director of Project Management for Alliance, Bob oversees project implementations ensuring customers have a professional and positive experience. Bob also manages the Alliance Partner Program, and the company’s annual customer conference.
Bob’s mantra is “we exist to serve the needs of our customers.” Prior to working at Alliance, Bob was the Director of Consulting Services at SAS Institute Inc. He worked at SAS for 15 years where he oversaw all customer projects within the business unit. He also was a Vice President of Client Services at ABC Technologies, an Oregon-based technology startup that was acquired by SAS.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University.