Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in IT-related software companies. Most recently, he served as CEO of network services provider Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX). Previously, he was CEO of Khorus, a company he founded to provide a business management system for CEOs and other leaders. Joel started his first technology company in 1990. He is Chair Emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and Co-founder and Managing Partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group. In addition, he serves on the boards of several public, private and nonprofit companies.
Joel’s leadership as founder and CEO resulted in successful nine-figure acquisitions by two Fortune 500 companies. As CEO of network management software firm NetQoS, he delivered 31 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth and a $200 million valuation. CA Technologies acquired the company in 2009, generating more than 10x return on capital to its private equity investors. In 2010, he co-founded Cache IQ, a storage software company that NetApp acquired two years later.
Joel is committed to using his experience to help current and aspiring CEOs. In addition to The American CEO blog, he writes regular columns for Inc. and Entrepreneur. His book – The CEO Tightrope – describes a systematic approach to the critical chief executive role. In addition, he runs a CEO seminar in Austin every year in conjunction with the Rice Alliance and the Austin Technology Council.
Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a former instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School.
He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Cathy and three children.