Who We Are

Lightspeed Systems has been serving schools since 1999. It’s our mission to provide IT with the tools it needs to succeed. We also love what we do!

Making IT Work

Education is undergoing a technology revolution. New devices and tools are added to classrooms every day. The IT department is responsible for keeping all this technology well-managed, safe, and functional. This is where we help. Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, managed, and mobile.

20 million

Students

7 million

Devices

28,000

Schools

38

Countries

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Recognized for excellence




Brian Thomas

President & CEO

Brian Thomas is the President & CEO at Lightspeed Systems, creating a unified vision and guiding all divisions within the company toward it. Brian inspires a commitment to excellence that has made Lightspeed a leader in educational technology and a trusted partner to its customers. Brian brings his knowledge of educational technology trends and the challenges district IT personnel face to all areas of the company, from product development to marketing to support. Under his leadership, Lightspeed has created innovative solutions that change the way schools use technology, built strategic alliances with the largest technology companies, and grown to a global company that protects more than 25 million students around the world. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University.




Carson McMillan

Vice President, Relay

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Chris Travis

Vice President, Sales

Chris Travis is the Vice President of Sales at Lightspeed Systems, creating and implementing sales strategies that are pivotal in the year-over-year growth and success of the company. With a focus on bringing in new customers and keeping them as happy customers for the long-term, Chris has developed sales and sales engineer training programs and fostered close collaboration with other departments, ensuring that districts receive the solutions, training and support they need. Prior to joining Lightspeed Systems as a Regional Sales Manager, Chris was a project manager for Bolthouse Farms, where he managed large-scale, multi-location software deployments and gained an appreciation for both process and flexibility in helping an organization meet its goals.




Amy Bennett

Vice President, Marketing

Amy Bennett is the Vice President of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, developing and executing a marketing strategy that builds awareness of the Lightspeed Systems brand and drives market demand. Amy combines her passion for education with her communication savvy and creativity to craft messages and implement programs that reflect Lightspeed Systems’ position as an innovator and leader in the industry. Amy has twenty years of experience in educational technology, working as a consultant and as an employee with leading companies in edtech.




Ken Chitwood

Vice President, Product Development

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Rob Chambers

Vice President, Customer Success

Rob Chambers is the VP of Customer Success at Lightspeed, ensuring that our school customers are successful as they purchase, implement, and use our solutions. His daily interaction with customers and advisors is responsible for keeping our roadmap customer-focused and in line with the latest school needs. Before joining Lightspeed, Rob held key positions in educational technology, where he gained the experience that drives him to develop solutions to meet the unique needs of schools. Rob was the Director of Technology Services at Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield, CA; a consultant for FCMAT; an adjunct Computer Studies faculty member at Bakersfield College; and network manager for the Kern Community College District. He also served on the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) Board of Directors from 2005-2007.




John Genter

VP, Operations & Support

John Genter is the VP of Operations and Customer Service, creating operational and support strategy for the entire organization; implementing best practices in all areas of process, staffing and technology; and leading Lightspeed Systems strategy for Security and Data Privacy compliance. John is responsible for ensuring an unparalleled customer experience, overseeing the daily operations of Support, IT, Network Operations, Privacy and Security and Facilities teams. Before joining Lightspeed in 2005, John was the VP of Network Operations/CTO at Arrival Communications. John has been involved in educational endeavors his entire life. He severed on the Norris School District Board of Trustees for 22 years, as well as on the Business Advisory Boards for CSUB, DeVry University, KHSD ROC, and KHSD Virtual Enterprise.




Greg Funk

Vice President, Finance

Greg Funk is the Vice President of Finance at Lightspeed Systems, where his expertise in accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting ensure that the company remains fiscally strong and responsible as it grows and expands in new markets. Prior to joining Lightspeed Systems in 2012, Greg worked at accounting firms, including CBIZ, Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., and Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock.




Mike Durando

VP, Strategic Partnerships

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