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Kevin Runbeck

Chairman of the Board

A fourth generation Arizonan, Kevin brings nearly five decades of election experience to what has grown to be Runbeck Elections Services, Inc. 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 of 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.

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Jeff Ellington

President & Chief Executive Officer

As the President and Chief Executive 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 maintaining 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 served as Chief Operating Officer and assumed the role of President in 2016 and CEO in 2021. 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 the 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.

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Bob Shepler

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.

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Jim Suver

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 expertise to our team. Jim leads Runbeck’s business development and strategic growth initiatives in all states and specific partner counties. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining strong governmental relationships. In the U.S. elections space, Jim is well-known for establishing and finding value in previously untapped markets. Jim has managed Runbeck’s expansion to 18 states and Washington DC. He is a tabulation specialist with extensive direct record electronic, paper ballot precinct count and paper ballot central count experience. His knowledge base of COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) and purpose-built appliances and their interoperability with respective election management systems advances the success of solutions for Runbeck business partners. In his spare time, Jim enjoys the outdoors including playing golf and hiking less traveled trails.

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Rizwan Fidai

Vice President of Sales

Riz is the Vice President of Sales at Runbeck Election Services. He joined Runbeck in 2018 and is responsible for leading the entire Sales team. Riz is recognized as a respected leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related building and scaling revenue teams and strategies. Throughout his career, he has worked and consulted for various companies in a VP of Sales leadership capacity and showcased excellence time and time again. His process-oriented sales methods, focused work ethic and genuine care for customer success establish Riz as 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.

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Bryan Dandurand

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 Election cycles, Bryan and his family enjoy time spent together participating in both academic and athletic activities.

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Anthony Paiz

Vice President of Field Services

As Runbeck’s Vice President of Field Services, Anthony is accomplished in the election industry and brings 16 years of election expertise. Anthony has been an integral part of the Runbeck team for over 10 years where he has excelled in various leadership positions. Prior to joining Runbeck, Anthony started his election carrier in his hometown of Cheyenne, WY, for Laramie County. In 2006 he moved to Arizona under Diebold Election Systems/Premier Election Solutions and worked exclusively with the great states of Arizona, California, Colorado and Wyoming. He later served as the Election Operations Manager at Adams County, CO. Currently he leads the Field Service division to implement specialized election products that coincide with industry print and mail practices. While exceeding the highest standards nationwide, his 360º knowledge base of the election process is invaluable to Runbeck as a provider as well as election partners. Anthony holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics from the University of Wyoming.

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Jim Schamadan

Chief Information Officer

As the CIO and CISO of Runbeck, Jim has over 20 years of experience demonstrating his technological proficiency. Jim is responsible for Product and Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Architecture and Support and the Operational Security of the Runbeck properties. Throughout his career, he has developed software and solutions for use in highly regulated and secured environments. He lead as Chief Software Architect for a financial institution in New York before eventually returning to Arizona as the Chief Technology Officer for a prestigious brokerage. He has spent the last several years expanding Runbeck’s computer and network infrastructure to be SOC II compliant. Jim works with our security partners to keep internal processes secure and has built an outstanding team that supports Runbeck’s mission across every department. When he is not engrossed in technology, Jim shoots competitively as a member of the International Defensive Pistol Association and is also involved in the locally founded Desert Irish Wolfhound Association.

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Ann Bakker

Vice President of Client Services

Ann is the Vice President of Client Services at Runbeck Election Services. She is responsible for leading the Client Services Managers on the Print and Mail team as well as directing the Account Managers for the DIMS Voter Registration product. She joined Runbeck in 2014 as a Business Analyst/Project Manager within the Software Development Department. Throughout her career, she has worked and consulted for various industries and successfully managed projects from ideation to completion utilizing the Agile methodology. Having established herself as a Certified Scrum Master and certified in ITIL processes, Ann’s knowledge and experience has made her a pivotal component in Runbeck’s growth. In 2017, Ann transitioned to the Client Services Department ensuring that our clients receive exceptional service through collaboration and communication throughout the election process. In her free time, Ann enjoys walking and hiking outdoors.

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Elizabeth Sommers

Vice President of Human Resources

Elizabeth is the Vice President of Human Resources at Runbeck Election Services. Since joining Runbeck in 2019 she has built a Human Resources Department that internalizes recruitment strategies and implements developmental training programs for all employees within the company. She has streamlined an employee health and wellness package that is considered first-rate in the benefits marketplace. With over 11 years of experience in Human Resources, Elizabeth’s professionalism is exemplified by her ability to anticipate the need for policy and process improvements. Prior to joining Runbeck, she worked with a multitude of organizations in the insurance sector to improve their employee welfare operations and strategize cost-efficiency while maintaining benefit value. Elizabeth attended the University of Phoenix, where she achieved a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a certificate in Human Resources Management. In the office, she always has her door open for anyone in need of a helping hand. In her spare time, she enjoys the great outdoors with her husband and son and looks forward to quiet days when she can get lost in a favorite novel.