Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with a 20-year career in IT-related software companies. He is currently CEO of Khorus, which provides a business management system for CEOs, executives, managers, and individual employees. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and Co-founder and Managing Partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group. In addition, Joel serves on the boards of several public, private and nonprofit companies.
Joel's leadership as a CEO has 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 nearly $60 million in revenue. 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. He provides advice for them on his blog at http://theamericanceo.com and on Entrepreneur.com (http://www.entrepreneur.com/author/joel-trammell). In addition, he runs a CEO seminar in Austin every year in conjunction with the Rice Alliance and the Austin Technology Council.
Joel is also the author of The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO. The premise of the book is that no CEO can find a point of balance and then stand still—that's not even possible on a tightrope. The expectation is that the business must always move forward. Drawn from Joel's years of study and experience, the book explores the various points of balance that challenge every CEO. He identifies what it looks like when a CEO is off balance and offers modern techniques and approaches to regain it.
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.