Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s 62% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement.
Mr. Boettcher brings more than 20 years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Boettcher strives to promote and change the perceptions about career opportunities in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) field. He is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be globally competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher:
- served as Advisory Board member for the EdNET 2015 Advisory Board, a community of professionals within the education market who are focused on being informed and staying connected to the industry in order to share ideas about K-12 education.
- has become a thought leader in the field of education with the opportunity of providing articles for multiple industry publications.
- has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many CTE events.
- established the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for CTE Education in the country in alignment with industry needs.
- served on the Board of Directors for the ACTE.
- chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives.
- established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow.
- served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President).
- provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
In reward for his work to his passion for education and for his personal contributions to improving the CTE field Mr. Boettcher was chosen as the 2015 Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Business Leader of the Year.
Mr. Boettcher currently holds multiple U.S. and foreign patents, as well as a number of pending applications. He has also has been named inventor on a pending patent application for his latest product development.