Board of Advisors

Michael J. Hickey

VP and Chief of Staff, Siena College

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in technology businesses, with 15 as a software executive. He was a key leader in the business that bought over 12 companies. In his previous role as President of Pitney Bowes Software, Hickey managed a global software business to record revenue of $400 million with over 1900 employees. As President of Pitney Bowes Software from 2007 until 2010, Mike merged two like sized former public software companies (MapInfo and Group1 Software) into one integrated global business that became one of the 70 largest software companies in the world. His efforts led to 66% increase in operating profit. In 2008 Mike was named to Tech Valley’s Hot 10 list of executives and government officials who make things happen in Tech Valley. In 2012, Hickey was invited and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative to help work on solutions for entrepreneurship in America.

Kishor Bagul


Kishor Bagul is serial entrepreneur and technologist with more than 20 years of experience in creating, leading and advising organizations in both public and private sector industries. Kishor served as a Chief Technology Officer for New York State, under Governor Cuomo’s administration. As a CTO he was thestate’s principal technology advisor and chaired the Technology Governance Board on matters pertaining to enterprise architecture, technology standards, and innovation. In this capacity, Kishor helped align the State's technology vision with New York’s business strategy and citizen engagement. At New York State he initiated an enterprise social media platform to foster greater communication and collaboration across the state government, as well as produced the state’s first developer conference, attended by multiple CEOs, entrepreneurs, state employees and students from local university, to collaborate, learn and explore innovative technologies.

Gary Bahre

Gary Bahre is an experienced entrepreneur who owned, operated and sold the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He was also a majority owner of the Oxford Casino in Maine which sold to Churchill Downs. He is considered one of the most successful businessmen in the North East and was even listed on The Powerful: New Hampshire's 10 most influential people. Gary is a philanthropist who cares about the environment, politics and communalwellbeing. He takes a vigorous stance in social responsibility initiatives and is very active in charitable contributions worldwide.