COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS
CMIT Solutions has spent the last 18 years building a highly qualified team with decades of franchising experience. Our current employees complement each other’s abilities and work tirelessly to advance both the business of franchising and the success of our franchisees. With the executives profiled below leading CMIT Solutions, we go above and beyond the usual franchising call of duty to maximize the potential of each and every one of our business owners.
Jeff Connally is the President and CEO of CMIT Solutions, Inc. He is responsible for guiding the company’s strategy and has been involved in this dynamic company since he joined the Board of Directors in August of 2005. Jeff co-founded UpLink (GPS/Golf business) in 1998, serving as the COO until May 2003. Jeff founded Gener8Biz (Sales/Marketing Consultancy) in 2003 and also served as President and CEO. Jeff is a sales and marketing professor at the Acton School, an Entrepreneurial MBA program located in Austin, Texas. His early career was with IBM Corporation, where he began as a systems analyst/programmer. He later served in a number of sales, marketing, and executive roles.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Saint Michael’s College and his MBA from the University of Texas. Jeff has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking the Appalachian Trail.
GEORGE BOBBITT SR.
George Bobbitt joined CMIT Solutions as Chief Operating Officer in October 2015 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining CMIT Solutions, Mr. Bobbitt spent nine years in the defense and national intelligence industry, holding several corporate development and operations positions with Camber Corporation. Before that, he spent 12 years in the telecommunications industry working in several product management and business development positions with Westell, Inc. and Adtran, Inc. George managed Westell’s Transport Systems Group before divesting it to Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited. While with Adtran, George managed the company’s Total Access System and Outside Plant Digital Subscriber Line ATM Multiplexer (OSP DSLAM) product lines. In the three years George was with Adtran, he more than tripled the annual revenue of his business area. George also served five years in the US Army as a Cavalry Officer and had the privilege of leading a reconnaissance unit during the first Gulf War, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal.
Mr. Bobbitt earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering with a major in Computer Science from West Point in 1989 and his Master’s of Business Administration in Economics and Marketing from the University of Chicago in 1997.
Jim Tillinghast is a veteran in the high-tech industry. He started his career with MRI Systems, Inc., one of the original computer software companies in Austin, Texas. In 1982, he moved to California to join Digital Research, Inc., a pioneering software company in the PC industry. Jim has built and led sales organizations at high-tech startups as well as at Intel, Informix, Phoenix Technologies, and Boundless Corporation. He has founded three companies of his own. As President of White Stone Advisors, Jim brings his many years in executive management, sales and marketing, and team building to help business owners and corporate executives turn their vision to results.
At CMIT, Jim plays a key role in the development and delivery of training and business coaching services to the over 125 franchise owners in the CMIT system. Jim has a BBA and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cindy Phillips serves as Director of Product Development for CMIT Solutions. She is responsible for the execution of overall business objectives, along with the product and services road map; Cindy also performs market research to assure that CMIT Solutions’ offerings meet the dynamic and changing demands of the small to medium-sized business community.
In the past, Cindy has worked at the world’s first Kevlar plant in Richmond, Virginia; written flight software for satellites that are still in space; built several consulting businesses; and managed a database management tool suite with over $45M in annual revenues and 10,000 customers. She enjoys solving problems and delights in helping others achieve their goals.
Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia, an MBA from Maryville University, and is a graduate of the Institute for Managerial Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin and Leadership Austin. Ask Cindy about her mystery novels.
Stuart Hentschel serves as the Controller and Director of Finance & Business Services for CMIT Solutions. He is responsible for all home office finances and provides strategic and operational leadership to the team. Stuart has owned and operated small businesses in Austin, Texas since 1989. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Finance, he and his brother opened and operated Waterloo Ice House, a successful restaurant chain in Austin, which has continued to expand.
After gravitating towards the financial and accounting systems of the restaurant business, Stuart ventured to start his own accounting company in early 2003. For close to 10 years, he has worked as a consultant and managed the bookkeeping of several small to medium-sized businesses in Austin. His strong experience in Finance and Accounting and his entrepreneurial background make him a great fit for CMIT Solutions.
Lisa and her team work with all of those interested in pursuing business ownership with CMIT Solutions. She guides people through our franchise discovery process, assuring that CMIT and prospective franchisees learn about the business and goals of each so that they can make an informed decision about entering a business relationship. Prior to joining the CMIT team in 2008, Lisa worked with another franchise organization in the Austin area.
Lisa and her husband James have five children between the two of them: four grown and now moving on with their lives, while the youngest is a senior in high school. They spend lots of time with activities surrounding the youngest, including football, track, and anything else teenagers are involved in. Lisa and James are also very active in their church community at Life Austin.