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05.28.14 |

LVC trustee Ryan Tweedie ’93 was an exceptionally well-rounded student at the Valley, majoring in management, playing on the College’s golf and soccer teams, and pledging Tau Kappa Epsilon. Perhaps it was this wide-ranging college experience that prepared Tweedie for the work he’s done over the last two decades helping more than 200 organizations—many of them Global 1000 companies—to enhance their workforce through software that optimizes their human capital management and human resources management systems.

“After graduation I was fortunate, in a very difficult market, to find a job working for Thomson Financial in New York City,” Tweedie says. “I learned, in depth, all about the Internet and network computing, and I was able to work directly with very big clients.” Tweedie then moved on to a position as director of information technology for a small software company near his home in New Jersey. “Ultimately, I ended up running and selling that company,” he says. “After that, I’d caught the entrepreneurial ‘bug,’ and I began a company called HRSoft.”

At HRSoft, Tweedie specialized in developing and implementing human capital management software for large organizations such as DuPont, Chase, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi. After eight years, Tweedie sold the company and founded Sapien Software LLC, which today is a leading provider of global human capital management software, with clients such as Constellation Energy, GE Plastics, and MetLife. At Sapien, Tweedie set the company’s vision and international strategy, as well as oversaw sales, marketing, and business development.

Tweedie sold Sapien last summer and today serves as a partner at Ernst & Young for Human Resource Technology. “Fortunately, I actually enjoy what I do and find it intellectually stimulating,” he says. “Every day, I can affect real positive change in global companies. That they trust me, rely on me, and give me appropriate recognition is very rewarding.”

Tweedie believes strongly in the value of an LVC education for those interested in the technology field, in large part because of the well-rounded education it provides. “LVC offers excellent academics, but equally important is that it offers a very diverse college experience,” he says. “I made friends and connections for life there, was in a fraternity as well as other social clubs, played formal and intramural sports, was involved in community activities, and more. That experience was very valuable to me, and I believe it’s a major differentiator for LVC.”

Tweedie joined LVC’s Board of Trustees in 2010 and is gratified to have been called to serve his alma mater. “The experience has been terrific, and challenging, but more than anything, rewarding,” he says. “I have a massive passion for LVC and believe in it as a great experience for our students. That I can play a real role in helping shape sustainability for LVC for decades gives me immense personal satisfaction.”

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