Corporate Affiliate Committee

2020 Corporate Affiliate Committee 

Organized in 1996, the NASTD Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) is a formally recognized advisory body with an influential voice in the activities of the association.  The goal of the CAC is to serve as a forum for Corporate Affiliate Members to voice opinions and suggestions as to how to best serve NASTD in their purpose and use the interaction to build strong relationships between corporations and state government.  The CAC serves as the liaison between the Corporate Affiliate Members, the NASTD Executive Board, the NASTD state members at large, and the NASTD professional staff in expressing and presenting Corporate Affiliate opinions and positions.

2020 Corporate Affiliate Committee (CAC) Leadership: 

CAC Chair - Karen Robinson

Owner/Founder - KWR Strategies

OC-KWR-Karen_Robinson-Portrait-sm__002_.jpgKaren W. Robinson has spent more than three decades building bridges of strategic understanding between leaders, ideas and information technology solutions. Karen worked her way up the IT leadership ladder within Texas state government before being named the state’s top IT executive. 

During her five-year tenure at the head of the state’s Department of Information Resources, she was recognized as Texas CIO of the Year, Texas Public Sector Executive of the Year and a Golden Government State Executive of the Year by State Scoop 50. She was also named to the Dell President’s Advisory Board and counted among Computer World Premier’s 100 IT Leaders.

Karen’s frank honesty, authentic approach to relationships and vast experience with enterprise-level information technology solutions have proven invaluable to countless public and private sector clients across America and beyond. 

In addition to serving as secretary on the CAC, Karen also sits on the advisory board for Acquia, is a senior consultant for CMG Consulting and serves on the board of the Texas Technology Consortium.

In 2015 Karen founded her own cybersecurity and information technology consulting company, KWR Strategies, LLC where she helps organizations achieve their goals by:
Establishing collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships;
Bridging the gaps between the public and private sectors;
Combining and leveraging relationship competencies with precision; 
Connecting innovative technology solutions with collaborative strategies for cross-sector teams.

CAC Vice Chair - Bob West
Senior Account Development Director, Windstream Communications

Bob has more than 20 years experience with state government sales and business development. He has also been awarded for his efforts numerous times by companies such as Qwest, Earthlink, Deltacom and Windstream for developing strategic partnerships and relationships between state government and enterprise business. These awards were 18 times Chairman’s Club winner, 8 Presidents Circle awards and 7 Circle of Excellence awards.

Bob’s business and life philosophies are: integrity, enthusiasm, optimism, honesty, hard work, perseverance, loyalty and service.  While beginning service to the NASTD CAC, he also serves as chairman and trustee of the Robert T. West Family Foundation, is a University of Kentucky Fellow, University of Kentucky lifetime alumnus and a University of Kentucky varsity letter member.

Bob lives in Lexington, Kentucky, is a former owner and breeder of thoroughbred race horses and is, forever, a student of thoroughbred pedigrees and lineages.

CAC Secretary
- Brian Allison

Lead Channel Manager, Public Sector Solutions – Marketing - AT&T