Jud Kennedy is the Chief Executive Officer at Willowstick Technologies. Jud joined Willowstick in 2016 and quickly made an impact by rebranding the company and revamping Willowstick’s marketing and distribution strategy. Jud has helped implement scalable marketing processes at Willowstick that ensure the company is poised for rapid, responsible growth. Jud joined Willowstick and moved to Utah after having spent the better part of a decade living and working in New York City.
Previous to Willowstick, Jud worked on partnerships and creative strategy at Kik, a mobile messaging technology startup. In 2015, Kik reached a $1B valuation becoming only the fifth Canadian based technology startup to achieve “Unicorn” status. Before Kik, Jud spent several years working with Google to develop and execute a strategy to educate large brands and advertisers on digital marketing tools and best practices. Jud also consulted with the Google Creative Lab on several special projects focused on training the next generation of software developers. Previous to his Google work, and in the early days of social media marketing, Jud worked with Marriott International to launch six of its brands on social media. Additionally, Jud has worked on innovative marketing strategies for Colgate, Amazon, Nike, H&M and others.
Jud graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Communications – Advertising with a Minor in Business Management.
Val O. Kofoed, P.E.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Kofoed is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Willowstick Technologies, a technology company that maps, models, and predicts groundwater paths and patterns.
Mr. Kofoed has been involved with Willowstick Technologies from its conception.
His major responsibilities include directing Willowstick’s engineering operations, developing new technology, building and testing Willowstick instruments, ongoing research and development activities.
Mr. Kofoed possesses over 30 years’ experience and has provided technical service and consultation for numerous water resource projects and clientele. Prior to joining Willowstick Technologies, Mr. Kofoed spent 20 years (1984 to 2004) with SEI (a civil engineering consulting and survey company) where he served as a principle engineer and Vice President from 1987 to 2004 helping guide the company from four employees to almost 200. His primary role was Director of the Water Resource Division. He also managed corporate resources ensuring that projects were completed within the established schedule, budget and meeting SEI’s quality control processes to ensure maximum customer satisfaction.
Mr. Kofoed holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and is a registered professional engineer.
Director of Finance
Bryan Karren has been with Willowstick Technologies since July 2007. He is Director of Finance at Willowstick Technologies and prior to that was controller of the company. He is also a leader of Amp Capital Partners, the majority owner of Willowstick. Prior to joining Amp, Mr. Karren was Controller of Knight Avante, a manufacturer of child play areas for shopping malls for six years. Mr. Karren is a CPA and has a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University and an MS in Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Vice President of Sales
Mr. Blanchard possesses over 20 years’ sales management experience and served in various management and executive positions within the construction manufacturing and environmental containment industries. Prior to joining Willowstick Technologies, he served as Director of Sales, North America for GSE Environmental from 2011 to 2015. His global experience is extensive. Serving as Vice-President for Agel Enterprises from 2008 to 2011, Mr. Blanchard developed and executed strategies to enter global markets including South America and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Agel, Mr. Blanchard served in several management positions for Hilti Corporation from 2001 to 2008. His positions included Regional Sales Manager and Market Manager. Mr. Blanchard holds a Masters in Business Administration from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.