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Lane SorgenGeneral ManagerSouth Central Enterprise District
As the Dallas-based general manager of South Central Enterprise District, Lane Sorgen will manage Microsoft sales and support teams for a four-state area composed of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Sorgen joined Microsoft in August, 1996. His most recent position was Vice President for Microsoft Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) over the central United States. He was responsible for the sales, service, and support of small business and mid-market customers and partners. Sorgen demonstrated proven leadership within the Microsoft SMS&P organization as area general manager for the Midwest Area covering Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana in 2004, and the Great Lakes Area, including Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky in 2003. During his tenure in the Midwest, Sorgen lead the fastest growing area in the US and fastest growing Microsoft Business Solutions business in the world.
Prior to his area general manager roles, he served as Medium Business Director for Central US leading the US in sales for three straight years. Before that Sorgen created the sales and organizational model that was later adopted by the entire US subsidiary. Other key positions include Enterprise Corporate Accounts Sales Manager for Great Lakes District, Branch Manager for Southern Ohio and Kentucky, and Visual Basic Product Manager in Redmond, Washington where he started his career at Microsoft.
Before joining Microsoft, Sorgen developed his expertise in large-scale application development and systems implementation for Promus Hotel Corporation.
Sorgen received his MBA from Christian Brothers University, and his Bachelor of Science from Delta State University in Tennessee.
Sorgen is passionate about community involvement and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas-Ft Worth and well as the Dallas Chamber.
He currently lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Wendy, and sons Sam and Ben. In his leisure time, Sorgen enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with his family.
Paul KimbelMicrosoft Technology Center DirectorSouth Central Enterprise District
Paul Kimbel leads the Dallas Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) and technical architects, who support the state-of-the-art technology facility that provides access to innovative technologies and world-class expertise. The goal of the MTC is to be the innovation epicenter for Microsoft’s customers, partners, and the community to envision, design, and implement solutions that exactly meet their needs.
Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, 13 of those years have been with Microsoft. He has generated a breadth of skills and experience, which have enabled him to be a sales leader. Prior to his MTC director role, he lead the Core Infrastructure Sales team, which led the U.S. in increasing Microsoft’s share across: systems management, Windows server and client, virtualization, public and private cloud.
Paul led the creation of cost effect implementations of client and server virtualization, and was a leading contributor of Microsoft’s optimization sales methodology adopted worldwide. He created sales strategies for linking customer’s business challenges with Microsoft products. Paul has coached hundreds of individuals across the U.S. in the most effective way to leverage the methodology to increase sales, visibility, and relevance with their customers.
Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Informations Systems from Western Kentucky University.
Paul is active in the DFW community as a member of InvestIN, an angel investing group, leading Cub Scout Pack 110, International Assoc. of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) and frequently speaks at business events, various schools, and universities about leadership, technology, and ideation.
Paul currently lives in Lewisville, Texas with his wife Katy, and three children. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, being active in the community, and coaching youth sports.
Jeri JohnsonCitizenship and Public AffairsSouth Central Enterprise District
Jeri Johnson is the leader for Microsoft’s Citizenship and Public Affairs outreach in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. Microsoft’s mission and her personal passion is to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential, which drives their business and guides their Corporate Citizenship work.
Johnson is a dynamic professional with extensive experience in working with community organizations to solve social and generational needs through grants, technology solutions, curriculum donations, employee engagement and enrichment. She also serves as the lead for Microsoft’s Political Action Committee in Texas and works with many area officials.
Johnson is quite active in the community as a volunteer and has served on boards and councils for major organizations such as Red Cross, Salvation Army and Greater Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. Currently Johnson is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Irving/Las Colinas Chamber, One Irving Task Force Advisory Council and Style Council Ambassador for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.
Johnson began her career with Microsoft in 2001 as the Las Colinas Campus Events Manager, where she planned and managed major employee-focused events such as product launches, executive speeches with leaders from across the globe. Prior to joining Microsoft, Johnson worked for Compaq Computer Corporation, where she was responsible for creating and managing major national sales events.
Johnson has resided in Texas most of her life and when she’s not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her teenage son and traveling.