Our CEOS and Executives in Residence​

ASG recruits the best and the brightest talent to lead and grow our companies to the next level. We select these purpose-driven leaders based on raw attributes — think grit, EQ, humility, integrity, and will to win.

Favorite Quote:

“What moves those of genius, what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.” - Eugene Delacroix

Hidden Talent:

I can play ping pong with either of my hands.

My hero:

My friend Katlin Smith, CEO of Simple Mills. She showed me what it’s like to always give 120%, courageously have tough conversations, and constantly self-improve for the betterment of your company and team.

Dream dinner companions:

Satya Nadella, a decisive leader who preaches and practices empathy, and Jimmy Yang, a hilarious comedian whose authenticity I admire.

Favorite quote:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Dream dinner companions:

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger for the entertainment and words of wisdom.

Hidden talent:

Wilderness survival. My wife and I spent two weeks canoeing through the Canadian wilderness, didn't see another person, and caught fresh fish for our meals.

My hero:

My dad. He treats every person the same and makes them feel seen.

Dream dinner companions:

Steve Kerr for his insights on building, empowering, and motivating an exceptional team. Marc Marquez for his will to win and some riding tips.

Favorite quote:

"Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common." - Melinda Gates
 

Hidden talent:

Meat judging (4-H national top 5 in 1986)

Dream dinner companions:

Bill Clinton to learn why he got into politics and what he would change about his past. Maya Angelou to listen to her tell stories about her life and learnings and to enjoy her presence and wisdom.

If you could go to dinner with any 2 people, who would they be and why?

Lebron James and Michael Jordan. Just to hear them have the age-old debate of who the greatest of all time is firsthand.

Favorite quote:

"All good things must begin" - Octavia Butler

My hero:

William Shakespeare. Noone in history has more fully understood the human condition or portrayed it more beautifully.

Dream dinner companions:

The Queen & Aristotle. Her Majesty has had such an incredible reign with so much change, I think she’d have innumerable outstanding stories to tell. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have dinner with Aristotle, the father of modern Western thought and tutor to Alexander the Great.

Favorite quote:

“You’re paying me to push back.”

Dream dinner companions:

Walter Payton, my favorite football player growing up, and God, to get the answers to SO many questions.

Hidden Talent:

Snowboarding and Personal Finance.

My hero:

My mom, a retired electrical engineer who keeps reinventing herself: golfer, painter, dancer, and more.

Favorite quote:

"Excuse me, I think you have my stapler" – Office Space

Hidden talent:

I make a mean short rib bolognese.

Favorite Quote:

"It's easier to hold your principles 100 percent of the time than it is to hold them 98 percent of the time.” - Clayton Christensen

Hidden talent:

Snowboarding, fly-fishing, and little league coaching.

Best advice:

What would you do if you know you would not fail?

My heroes:

All the women in my family – they are brave, strong, determined, a little stubborn, and the most genuine people you will ever meet.

Favorite Quote:

"Great people do things before they're ready." - Amy Poehler

What's your hidden talent?:

I am eerily good at Connect Four.

Favorite quote:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

My hero:

My parents, for their steadfastness and ability to bring life to those around them.

Favorite quote:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Plato

Dream dinner companions:

Jane Austen, for her sharp observations of human nature and even sharper wit. My grandfather, who raised me until I was four and passed away too early, so I could thank him for his care and love.

Best advice:

Listen more than you speak.

Favorite quote:

"The most wasted of days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings

Best advice:

Only a dead fish swims with the current.

Favorite quote:

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus

Our ASG Alumni

We’re proud to showcase our past leaders, and while it’s bitter-sweet to see them go, we’re excited to witness their continued momentum and winning mentality in their next chapter.

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Colin Li is the CFO and CRO of Paradigm. While at ASG, Colin led the acquisition of Headnote and was an integral part of Paradigm's growth and culture. In October 2021, Francisco Partners made a strategic growth investment in Paradigm.

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Soumya Nettimi is the CEO of Paradigm. While at ASG, Soumya led Paradigm to become one of the most well-known and trusted practice management software and native payments providers for the legal technology industry. In October 2021, Francisco Partners made a strategic growth investment in Paradigm.

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Where they've been

Even though we value attributes over experience, we are still awed by what our CEOs and Executives in Residence have already accomplished. Here’s a taste: