Our Leadership Team
Proven experience leading teams focused on delivering great outcomes.
“The Pomeroy Way” is our guiding principle. It’s a conscious understanding that who we are as individuals and how we choose to interact with others is a direct reflection of who we are as a company and how we will be viewed as an organization. It defines our company and our culture as the place to be, the place to stay and the place to grow.
Chief Executive Officer
Bob Watts is Pomeroy’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. With decades of leadership experience in the technology industry, Bob is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of Pomeroy.
He brings over 25 years’ experience in business management with cybersecurity, software and technology services companies including organizations in a wide range of industries and governmental agencies worldwide. His track record reflects that of a hands-on executive with great vision and attentiveness to business operations, and a solid record of building shareholder value, high performance cultures, and transformational results.
Prior to joining Pomeroy as Chief Information Officer in 2020, Bob was CEO of Greater Cincinnati-based cybersecurity firm, Vivitec, a company he founded to provide cybersecurity services to organizations and in the process becoming nationally recognized as a cybersecurity leader. Previous to Vivitec he held executive positions at MicroStrategy, Parametric Technology, and Texas Instruments.
Bob began his career as an U.S. Army Aviation officer with a strong belief in service to his country and his community. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Business degree in Organizational Management from the University of California.
John Blackburn is the President of Pomeroy and is responsible for leading the company’s sales organization and revenue growth strategy. A 30+ year industry veteran, John joined Pomeroy in 2001 after Pomeroy acquired Verity Solutions, where he was founder and President and CEO. During his career at Pomeroy, John has held various executive sales leadership positions in the company and has led efforts to expand the company’s customer base and grow the portfolio of managed service customers.
Prior to joining Pomeroy, John was President of FrontWay Network Solutions, and held various executive roles at SARCOM, The Future Now and Basicomputer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree In Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
Chief Administrative Officer
Kristi Nelson is Pomeroy’s Chief Administrative Officer and responsible for the overall management of Pomeroy’s legal affairs and human resources organization.
She advises the Company and its board on a wide range of matters including corporate compliance and strategic decisions, employee relations, company-sponsored group benefit plans and programs, recruitment and workforce planning, training and development, compensation, employee retention, rewards and recognition, diversity and inclusion, technology investments and initiatives, risk management, and other legal and regulatory matters.
Kristi received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctor from Salmon P Chase College of Law. She serves on the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education and the Northern Kentucky Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors. She is a member of the Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum and an advocate for the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center.
Chief Product Officer
Bob Burlas currently serves as Pomeroy’s Chief Product Officer. He manages the company’s overall Product Business and is responsible for its business partner relationships, product supply chain and procurement operations.
In 2008, Bob started at Pomeroy as the Regional Vice President for the Cincinnati Region and over the next several years expanded his role to include several geographic regions across the South & Central United States. Bob has over 30 years of worldwide sales, channel sales and technology industry experience. Prior to Pomeroy, he worked at Cisco Systems. He was responsible for establishing the worldwide channel strategy and partnerships for several of Cisco’s advanced technology solutions. Prior to Cisco, he held various worldwide sales and executive leadership positions at IBM and McDATA/Brocade.
Burlas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1986 and an MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1989. He is currently President of the Purdue University, Krannert School of Management Alumni Association and serves on the local Board of Directors for the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is an Advisory Board Member for the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis and serves on the Advisory Board for the Purdue University Fraternity, Sorority and Co-op Life organization. He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family who reside in Westfield, IN a suburb of Indianapolis.
Chief of Staff
Heather Secrist-Kitzerow rejoined Pomeroy in January 2020 and currently serves as Chief of Staff. She is responsible for administrative management for the Senior Executive Leadership Team, internal corporate communication strategy and assists in many tactical, strategic, and operational areas of the company.
Previously Heather held other positions at Pomeroy from 2009 to 2018, including Corporate Paralegal and Executive Assistant to CEO, CFO, CIO, CRO, CAO and General Counsel. Prior to joining Pomeroy, she was an Executive Assistant supporting administrative and compliance functions for the Office of the Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank. She also served as Judicial Paralegal for the Kentucky Court of Justice. Heather began her career at Citibank N.A. and held a variety of roles including Senior Fraud Investigator and Fraud Litigation Specialist. She has a unique blend of public and privately help corporate experience along with governmental and non-profit experience.
Heather is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Beckfield College. She is a volunteer and advocate at Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home and supports several local non-profit organizations. Heather is a Northern Kentucky native and enjoys time with her family and spoiling her grandson.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Knob is the Chief Financial Officer of Pomeroy and leads the company’s finance team encompassing accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, accounts receivable and payable, invoicing and tax.
Brian is an accomplished CFO/Financial Executive with 20+ years of experience leading financial strategy within multi-billion-dollar companies such as HP, CenturyLink, JP Morgan and Bank of America. Brian has held both domestic and global leadership roles within these organizations and helped lead them through transformations, restructuring, turnarounds, mergers & acquisitions, new business strategies and growth.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics at State University of New York at Albany and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance at Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President of Technology
Holly Clark is Pomeroy’s Vice President of Technology and is responsible for the Company’s technology strategy and delivery. Holly and her team support Pomeroy’s corporate systems, digital transformation, cloud solutions, infrastructure operations, customer applications, data insights, cyber security and compliance, and enterprise network.
Since joining Pomeroy in 2009, Holly has demonstrated a record of success in client service delivery and navigating large complex projects while driving business transformation and propelling customer satisfaction. She is passionate about learning and representing women in technology.
Holly is a Kentucky native and graduated from the University of Louisville where she was a National Championship Spirit Group member. She currently lives in Las Vegas, NV, with her partner and enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, biking, and the southwest sun.