Hal has nearly 30 years of experience in the software industry as a CEO and Angel Investor. He founded and sold two successful software businesses, Gentry Systems and GridLogix.
He served as CEO of Gentry Systems, a provider of geographic information and outage management systems for the electric utility industry. Before Gentry Systems’ acquisition by Autodesk in 2001, it provided software to over 300 utilities worldwide.
He was Director of Utility Strategy for Autodesk before co-founding GridLogix, where he served as CEO. GridLogix provided sustainability management software for the building automation industry. GridLogix was purchased by Johnson Controls in 2008.
He is a Limited Partner in Cultivation Capital and is part of the investment committee of Cultivation Capital and the iSelect funds. He is a member of ArchAngels, the largest angel investment group in the Midwest.
He serves as a board member or advisor for several software and Internet companies, including, aisle411, Bonfyre, DataServ, Growth Systems, GremLn, TrackBill, and PixelPress.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUe) where he now serves as chair of the advisory board for the School of Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is a member of SIUe’s Alumni Hall of Fame and is a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force.