OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
A fourth generation Arizonan, Kevin brings nearly five decades of election experience to what has grown to be Runbeck Elections Services, Inc. As CEO, his visionary leadership has driven the direction and development of an executive team possessing election specific expertise, assembling the top performers in the industry who are uniquely poised to deliver unparalleled service in the election production space. As an expert in election production, Kevin’s passion for the democratic process and the power of the vote has driven the direction and focus the company. Kevin has taken Runbeck from a small printing business to a full-service election printing company with patented technology-driven software, equipment and processes with the purpose of delivering trusted outcomes.
President & Chief Operating Officer
As the President and Chief Operating Officer of Runbeck, Jeff has distinguished himself in the election industry. He has provided leadership and direction for over a decade in elections, driving improvements of processes while maintain the peak quality standards. Jeff joined Runbeck in 2011 as Vice President of Vote by Mail, and in 2012 he became the Vice President of Field Operations. Since 2015, he has served as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of President in 2016. Prior to joining Runbeck, Jeff was the Worldwide Customer Service Manager at MailCode Inc. as well as Product Manager for Pitney Bowes. With multiple years of hands-on experience in elections, he focuses on achieving the highest customer satisfaction and pushing innovation throughout the entire Runbeck team. He champions the Runbeck Lean Manufacturing initiative and consistently refines the strength and cohesiveness of current activity for future success of all teams and clients. Jeff is a graduate of Purdue University and former Indiana resident. He and his family now live in Scottsdale and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that the Southwest offers year-round.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Shepler joined Runbeck Election Services in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer to help promote growth and create enterprise value. He is an accomplished finance professional who began his career as a CPA with PwC in Boston and New York City, and then spent over 25 years working for large financial services firms in New York City. Bob has extensive experience with financial reporting, planning and analysis, corporate development, transaction structuring and due diligence, and treasury and cash management. He currently serves as an independent director on the Board of a community banking institution in the Chicago area, and previously served as Board Chair of a non-profit educational organization in New York City. A native of the Midwest, Bob is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and has had a home in the greater Phoenix area for over ten years.
Vice President of Business Development
As Runbeck’s Vice President of Business Development, Jim is a recognized leader in the government and elections industry and brings 19 years of elections marketplace expertise to our team. Jim leads the Runbeck’s new business development and strategic growth initiatives via management of three product verticals. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining strong customer and governmental relationships. In the U.S. elections space, Jim is well-known for establishing and finding value in previously untapped markets. He is a tabulation specialist, with extensive direct record electronic, paper ballot precinct count, and paper ballot central count experience. Knowledgeable on COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) and purpose-built appliances and their interoperability with respective election management systems. In his spare time, Jim works closely with persons with disabilities to drive acceptance and the application of new technologies within their community.
Vice President of Inside Sales
Riz is the Vice President of Inside Sales at Runbeck Election Services. He joined Runbeck in 2018 and is responsible for leading a sales team specifically focused on small to mid-size county solutions. Riz is a well-known and respected leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to building and scaling revenue teams and strategies. Over the past several years, Riz has worked and consulted for various companies in a VP of Sales type capacity and showcased excellence time and time again. His dedication to process oriented sales methods, focused work ethic, and genuine care for customer success is a tremendous asset to Runbeck. As a proud University of Arizona graduate, Riz is pleased to call Arizona home once again after spending most of his career in the San Francisco Bay Area. During his free time, you will likely find him on the golf course or cheering for his beloved sports teams —the LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, University of Arizona Wildcats and Arizona Cardinals.
Vice President of Software Development
David leads the Software Development Department in the monumental challenge of marrying constantly changing technology with the needs of election clients. His team provides the innovative development, implementation and support for election software solutions. As a Certified Project Management Professional and Scrum Master, he has successfully managed numerous large-scale complex implementations and previously has worked as a software developer, Chief of Staff and Innovation Leader. Prior to joining Runbeck, David spent 25 years in Engineering and Informational Technology roles with Intel Corporation and Honeywell. In these roles he consistently led the implementation of large scale complex software solutions that increased business value using lean and agile practices and focusing on customer satisfaction. His dedication to continuous improvement has been a cornerstone of success in his leadership within Fortune 100 companies.
Vice President Operations
With over 20 years of management experience within the print manufacturing industry, Bryan oversees production as Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for the workflow of employees and equipment to provide the full range of services currently provided to our customers across 15 states. Additionally, Bryan maintains the overall efficiency in the most cost-effective manners for both Runbeck and their clients. His past experience with planning, execution, project management and fulfillment within the print industry supports his successful Operations accomplishments. Bryan ensures that all goals are completed on time and within cost parameters along with using past production to review, define new standards and recommend new technology for the improvement of production processes. With eight years of experience in the Elections industry, Bryan understands the demands, time constraints and ever-changing specifications that come with any election cycle. He keeps his team motivated to exceed production goals while under extreme pressure. Outside of the Election cycles, Bryan and family enjoy time spent together participating in both academic and athletic activities.
Vice President of Election Management Systems
Michael joined the Runbeck team in 2019 as the Vice President of Election Management Systems. Michael is a creative and dedicated elections professional with over 19 years of experience working as a county election official. He has been recognized for his success at organizational change and for his innovative and award-winning technical solutions that not only benefit voters, but also help election offices be more effective and efficient. Most recently, Michael was the Registrar of Voters for San Bernardino County, CA, home to over two million residents. Prior to that, he served as Denver’s Director of Elections from 2007 to 2011, and from 2000 to 2007 he worked as the Elections Manager in Douglas County (Omaha) Nebraska. Michael is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator. He has a bachelor’s degree in management and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Michael and his wife of 35 years reside in Riverside, CA, and have three grown children.