Dick Kauffold is a retired naval officer and management consultant, who holds a BS degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska and an MS in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. During his 20-year career in the USN, Dick served on destroyers and in program management positions overseeing ship overhauls and Navy technology acquisition programs. Following his Navy retirement in 1990 he worked at the Software Engineering Institute, which is operated by Carnegie Mellon University, and subsequently worked in US-European telecom partnerships as an Information Technology director with Sprint International. After moving to Hendersonville in 1998, Dick began 20 years of independent consulting work, specializing in software quality assurance and other software advisory services for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in the US and Europe. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.