President and Founder, CEO
Board of Directors – Member
“Every association is unique. That’s why we created WebLink Connect™, the most configurable, customizable and powerful association management software in the industry.”
DJ Muller is the founder of WebLink International and the creator of WebLink Connect™, the innovative, intuitive and insightful Association Management Software with superior customer support. Under DJ’s direction WebLink Connect became the first web-based CRM system for associations in 2003 and was recognized by Microsoft as one of the best implementations of Microsoft’s .NET smart-client technology.
After successfully launching the platform to more than 200 chambers, in 2008 Muller successfully raised several million dollars in venture funding to accelerate the organization’s growth into additional association verticals. From there, he began hiring executives with C-level experience and proven track records for creating consistent, reliable and measurable results in high-growth organizations to help him extend and build upon WebLink’s position as the premier provider of Association Management Software.
Muller always has his eye on “what’s next” and has the makings of a serial entrepreneur. At the age of 13 he launched his first company developing student scheduling software for the Apple IIe system, which was adopted by several large school systems around the country. DJ attended St. Cloud State University, majoring in Business administration with a minor in Computer Science.
DJ currently serves as the President, Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, for WebLink. Through his leadership in these areas WebLink has made great strides in specific association verticals. DJ regularly speaks at association events around the country, providing best practices and industry expertise to help Associations acquire and retain members.
“We get satisfaction knowing that we’re impacting hundreds of thousands of members on a day to day basis, by empowering our customers to do more.”
Beginning his career in public accounting, Chris Landis has always found logic in numbers. With a resume that includes holding a multitude of positions at a number of renowned organizations, including Arthur Andersen, Ernst & Young and Columbia House, Chris has realized immense success in improving operational efficiencies, customer service operations and company operating costs.
In addition to these roles, he served the State of Indiana as Deputy Commissioner at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) where he was recruited by Governor Mitch Daniels' administration to lead an agency turnaround in customer experience and operational efficiency.
More recently, Chris acted as the Director of Student Operations for the Online division of publicly traded ITT Educational Services, where he was responsible for implementing and scaling a campus-based student enrollment process in an online operating environment.
Chris has built a strong foundation of financial and operational expertise, which he now carries over into his role as Vice President of Finance and Operations for WebLink International. Responsible for all operations, accounting, finance, human resources and administrative functions for the company, Chris is dedicated to executing a business strategy focused on excellent customer service.
“Transparency and consistent measurement guides our implementation, data conversion and support teams to ensure we’re creating a great experience for our customers. Judge for yourself how we’re doing, our happiness rating is updated daily on our site.”
Joe McMurray is no stranger to the technology or association industries. Upon graduating from Indiana University, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Alerding CPA Group and performed audits and consulting work for non-profit organizations, including both chambers of commerce and associations.
After leaving Alerding in 2006, Joe decided to shift his focus and accepted a position for ITT Educational Services. During his six year tenure, Joe was able to extend his financial, operational, managerial and technological expertise through the attainment of several roles within the company, including Senior Project Manager and National Director of Finance. Through these roles, Joe guided the development of a web application that is used to administer financial aid, spearheaded the development and implementation for paperless internal audit engagements and was responsible for the administration of millions of dollars in financial aid and customer support.
Currently, as the Director of Operations for WebLink, Joe is using his diverse skill set to maximize operational efficiency and oversee customer implementation, training and support.
Joe happily resides with his wife and daughter in Carmel, Indiana.
Tom Millay has 28 years of experience in the information technology industry in sales, marketing, business development and systems development. Millay began his career at Texas Instruments (TI) in systems development as a programmer and project manager. He subsequently helped to build the TI CASE software division from a startup to $280 million in revenue while in sales, sales management and business development roles. When Sterling Software later acquired the TI software division, Millay was part of the executive team that developed the business plan and restructuring plan for the application development division. Millay held the position of vice president, sales at Sterling Software where he led a team of 225 people in software and services sales.
Millay holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Evansville and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Don Aquilano serves as a member of WebLink's board of directors, a position he has held since 2008. Don's tenacity and entrepreneurial drive exhibited itself early in his career, when he was so frustrated that Hewlett Packard had come on campus his senior year solely to recruit electrical engineers (as a production and operations management major, he was more of an industrial engineer) that he accosted the recruiter in the hallway and refused to let him leave until he'd managed to secure a job offer.
After working as an operations manager in HP's ASIC manufacturing group, serving on the corporate-wide team responsible for the selection of a new ERP system, and having co-founded two small software companies along the way, Don left HP for business school. Upon graduation, he wanted to gain experience in as many domains as possible - first joining Boston Consulting Group, consulting on strategy for global IT and pharmaceutical companies, and then Diageo (owner of a variety of consumer product businesses including Burger King, Pillsbury, Guinness, and others), where he was a manager of strategy for Guinness for the Americas and Caribbean (he assures us that testing the product was not part of his job responsibilities, but merely a perk).
He first moved into the venture capital world with the Fox Group in New York, where he participated in the early funding of companies including WebMD, before being recruited to join Gazelle TechVentures as its second managing director in April 2000. He became the sole managing director four months later, upon the departure of the founding managing director (no worries, they're still close friends). Gazelle is ranked in the top 10% of venture funds nationally for its 2000 vintage, and Don participated in all of the firm's successful investments, including Rubicon Technology (NASDAQ:RBCN), a Russell 2000 company, where he serves as executive chairman. And five years after meeting John McIlwraith, who was serving on the executive committee at Gazelle, Don agreed to join Blue Chip as a managing director, where he manages investments in software and services companies Aprimo and Knowlagent. In early 2010, Don helped form Allos Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies in the Midwest.
Don is the chairman of the advisory board for Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing, serves on the advisory boards of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centers for IU and Ball State, and teaches the Entrepreneurship capstone course at Purdue University. Don received his B.S. degree in Operations Management from the University of Arizona and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Curtis Crocker is the founder and Managing Partner of Reservoir Venture Partners. Prior to joining Reservoir, he served as a partner at Alpha Capital Partners, Northwest Ohio Venture Fund and as an Associate at CID Equity Partners. He has extensive experience as an investor in sourcing, negotiating, building value and exiting venture investments in a variety of market segments. Curtis has an MBA from Indiana University, a BS from Olivet Nazarene University is a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute.
David Mann is a Managing Partner and co-Founder of Spring Mill Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage information technology and healthcare investments. His background includes general management, operations, and investment experience. Previously, he worked with ServiceMaster Ventures, a corporate venture capital group, and was a founding member of the ServiceMaster Home Service Center (fka WeServeHomes), a joint venture between Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and ServiceMaster. Earlier, he served as assistant to the CEO of Invesco, while a summer associate.
David began his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as a White House liaison on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy, holding leadership positions on board a nuclear guided-missile cruiser, and working in information systems.
David is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business where he started and teaches the entrepreneurial finance course in the M.B.A. program (Indianapolis). He currently serves on the board of directors of AIT Laboratories, BioStorage Technologies, and WebLink International and as a board observer at PerfectServe and Scale Computing. He also serves on the board of advisors of Pellegrino & Associates and on the non-profit boards of HVAF (Helping Homeless Veterans and Families), Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, Marian University School of Business, and Purdue Emerging Innovations Fund. He previously served as board chair of KIPP Indianapolis and president of the Venture Club of Indiana.
David received his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and his B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.
In his 30 years in the technology industry, Scott has successfully guided companies from inception to maturity.
Most recently, Webber has been an investor and mentor to young Indiana technology companies. He currently serves as the Chairman & CEO of Volatus Advisors, an investment and advisory vehicle for young companies. Successful investments include Performance Assessment Network, which was launched out of the VTG incubator, and Autobase, where Webber also served as Chairman & CEO.
Previously, Webber served as Chief Executive of Corepoint Technologies, a global IBM software company, where he increased flat revenues by 60% in a period of eight months.
As President and CEO of Software Artistry, Inc., he led the company to the first successful software IPO in the state, and later to an acquisition by Tivoli Systems, an IBM company.
Scott also spent 10 years at Pansophic Systems, Inc.; a software company that grew from a $30 million privately held company to a $230 million publicly traded company during his tenure.
Scott was also a founding member of the Indiana Software Association, the first evolution of the state's technology association in the early 1990's. In 1995, along with then Mayor Steve Goldsmith Scott founded and chaired the Central Indiana Technology Partnership, which grew quickly to a membership of over 700 executives of technology-focused companies in the area. The Partnership created the strategic plan for growing a technology community in the region and state, and also launched the annual Technology Summit which continues to deliver a state of the technology community update today.
Webber currently serves or has served on the Boards of Volatus Advisors, Weblink International, Ontario Systems, LHP Software, WPO Indiana, Volatus Technology Group, Performance Assessment Network, Autobase, Installshield, Nisys, eSkye, the Central Indiana Technology Partnership, the Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He is also a member of the Halo Group of angel investors. He holds a Masters of Management from Northwestern University and a BA degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.