Management Team

John Damgaard, CEO

John Damgaard is CEO of VelocityEHS. In addition to his role at VelocityEHS, John also advises Waud Capital Partners on its Healthcare IT investments. Prior to joining VelocityEHS, John most recently retired from ResMed Corporation in December 2019 following the sale of MatrixCare, the Best-in-KLAS winning electronic health records company where he served as CEO since 2012. During his seven-year tenure at MatrixCare, John grew revenues and EBITDA nearly sixfold. Before MatrixCare, John served as VP & GM and SVP & COO of Mediware Information Systems (now WellSky). He has also held business management and technical positions with CGN & Associates, Maytag Corporation, and IBM.

John brings an exceptional record in both regulated and non-regulated technology solutions and has a comprehensive background in various areas including strategic planning, portfolio management, research and development, interoperability, client services, sales and marketing, and human capital management. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Bradley University, and a Bachelor of Arts of Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa as a Presidential Scholar.

Matt Airhart, President & COO

Matt is President and COO of VelocityEHS. Prior to joining VelocityEHS, Matt led KMI, an Oakville, Ontario-based EHS software provider, which was acquired by VelocityEHS in 2014. In addition, he spent seven years in the chemical manufacturing industry and two years with an EHS systems consulting company. He has a passion for building high-performing teams and solving complex business challenges and he gets to indulge that passion on a daily basis. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Glenn Trout, Founder & Strategic Advisor

Glenn Trout is a founder of and strategic advisor for VelocityEHS. Glenn has more than 20 years of experience in the EHS industry, which includes authoring articles for trade publications, serving on the VPPPA Region V board and participating in numerous panel discussions and webinars. He has spoken at more than 200 industry events on topics such as occupational health and safety, regulatory compliance and risk assessment. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2000, he gained management experience at Mead Paper and Ernst & Young. Glenn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA in Management and Strategy, Marketing and International Business from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Doug States, Chief Financial Officer

Doug States is the Chief Financial Officer for VelocityEHS. Doug’s department is responsible for all of the company’s finance, accounting and treasury functions. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2013, Doug was the CFO at several venture-backed software firms where he was instrumental in raising millions of growth capital. One of those firms, Parlano, was strategically acquired by Microsoft under Doug’s financial leadership. Doug is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Weiss, Chief Product Officer

Jason is Chief Product Officer at VelocityEHS. He has been developing software professionally for over 30 years, has code in production in 10 different languages at last count, and has taught embedded systems, systems architecture, and the C programming language at the University of Illinois. Jason's background includes leading R&D and Technology for Maestro Health, serving as president of Serious Apps, and serving as Chief Technology Officer for PayFlex. His expertise spans enterprise architecture, infrastructure, and software development, including the architecture and development of e-commerce systems and b2b platforms. Jason received a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

James Mallon, President of VelocityEHS | Humantech

James Mallon is President of VelocityEHS | Humantech. Having started with the firm as an associate consultant 19 years ago, James has acquired a wealth of experience through his work with client companies in almost every industry across the world. In addition to achieving designation as a Certified Professional Ergonomist, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. James is passionate about the application of ergonomics to business and its place as a critical element of operational excellence.

Ron Deger, VP of Operations & Customer Care

Ron Deger is Vice President of Operations and Customer Care at VelocityEHS. Ron’s Customer Care department provides system training and support for the VelocityEHS product suite and handles account maintenance activities. Ron also manages a Client Services group that has completed thousands of successful client projects in the areas of SDS obtainment and custom indexing. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 1999, he gained eight years of progressive managerial experience at Waste Management. Ron holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Miami University in Ohio.

Winnie Ip, VP of Customer Experience

Winnie Ip is Vice President of VelocityEHS | Humantech. Winnie leads the Humantech consulting, implementation, and customer success teams and is responsible for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence. She also provides strategic oversight for client-serving activities across multiple industries including manufacturing, oil & gas, food & packaging, and telecommunications. Winnie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. She completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Canada. In addition to achieving designation as a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Winnie is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and serves on the Volunteer Advisory Committee of ASSE’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty as Webinar and PDC Coordinator.

Mike Flynn, VP of Product

Mike is Vice President of Product at VelocityEHS. He has championed the company’s Software as a Service (SaaS) leadership within the EHS industry since 2001. Mike leads the strategy, execution and the team behind the VelocityEHS platform. Over the years he brought numerous customer focused solutions to market including the VelocityEHS adjacent products and built out the Authoring Services business. In earlier years, he also developed many of the initial channel partnerships and content licensing agreements. Prior to joining VelocityEHS, he held several management roles including leading regional sales for email marketing startup ClickAction (now InfoUSA) and prior to that with SAPPI Paper. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University in Ohio.

Jeff Johns, VP of Technology

Jeff Johns is Vice President of Technology at VelocityEHS. Jeff oversees the architecture, development and quality of VelocityEHS’ product suite, as well as the infrastructure of its corporate and production hardware. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2004, he held technical positions at organizations such as Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Jeff holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Keiser University.

Rachel Kaiser, VP of Human Resources

Rachel is the Vice President of Human Resources at VelocityEHS. She furthers the growth of the company by putting programs in place that attract, retain and develop a best-in-class team. By partnering closely with all sectors of the business, Rachel has been able to connect, support and position VEHS employees for success over the last 20 years. During that time she has overseen the workforce integrations of many acquisitions, increasing VelocityEHS’s employee base by nearly 40%. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Illinois State University and certifications from the HR Certification Institute (PHR) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP).

Le Nguyen, VP of Sales

Le Nguyen is Vice President of Sales at VelocityEHS. Le’s two decades of diverse experience include leading Sales, HR, Operations, Customer Service and other functions for cloud-based companies operating in the healthcare, retail, hospitality, municipality, manufacturing, automotive, and transportation industries. Prior to joining VelocityEHS, he served as VP of Sales and Operations for, generating new business opportunities, developing human capital, and designing sales support infrastructure. His strategic sales leadership also helped companies like Envoy, Zebra Technologies, Polymedco and CDW exceed growth targets. Le’s management philosophy is to “win through people.” He believes in creating an atmosphere of success that invests in and empowers people to do their best work. Le holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and certificates from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Dan Ciancio, VP of Marketing

Dan Ciancio is Vice President of Marketing at VelocityEHS. Dan oversees lead generation, branding, public relations and product marketing activities for the company. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2001, Dan spent more than 12 years at various integrated marketing firms, developing and overseeing strategic communications plans for blue-chip brands such as Harley Davidson, Quaker Oats, John Deere, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Marketing from Purdue University.

Roger Bottum, VP of Strategy

Roger Bottum is Vice President of Strategy at VelocityEHS. Roger has over 25 years of experience in management, product strategy and marketing in cloud and enterprise software. He has spoken at hundreds of public and industry events on risk management and cloud technology. As an early evangelist of GRC, Roger helped launch the Open Compliance and Ethics Group. He was also an early proponent of enterprise cloud applications, participating in the first year of’s AppExchange launch. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2015, he led global product management for Enablon and served as an associate partner at Accenture. He is on the board of GT Schmidt and holds 2 patents. Roger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economics from Colorado College, attended and lectured at Accenture’s St. Charles training program and attended the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University Executive Program.