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Bob Butler

Bob Butler
Morrisville, NC USA 

Bob Butler is CEO of Thinker Media, an independent digital publisher. Previously, Mr. Butler was a COO/GM of a LexisNexis division of Reed Elsevier. He also founded Time Matters Software, one of the most widely used information and document management systems in the US legal market.

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Throughout his career, Bob Butler has focused on the commercialization of new ideas in diverse fields including biotechnology, energy, international trade, software and the Internet. Mr. Butler has spent the last 20 years in c-level positions in the high technology industry at both start-ups and large global companies.

Currently, Mr. Butler is the founder of Thinker Media, Inc. independent ebook publisher and developers of and rated as one of the top 5 best websites for publishers. publishes fiction and non-fiction from a pool of more than 1,100 leading authors, the majority of which have advanced degrees and include Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times best sellers.

He was most recently a COO/GM for LexisNexis, one of the world’s largest online information and content providers with over 4 billion searchable documents. LexisNexis is a group of Reed Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, medical, legal, and business journals and websites. Reed Elsevier serves more than 30 million scientists, students and health and information professionals worldwide.

Previously, Mr. Butler was the founder and CEO of Time Matters Software. Time Matters was one of the first major information and document management systems with an application-level browser interface. Under his leadership, Time Matters became one of the most widely used time, information and document management systems in the US legal market.

Mr. Butler was a pioneer in preparing communist companies for capitalism in Eastern Europe. He created and maintained complex multilateral trading relationships, successfully negotiating and managing some of the first direct-to-manufacturer distribution agreements in communist block countries (previously these distributorships were exclusively run by the communist government). He set up distribution channels for Eastern European industrial and consumer products in more than 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Mr. Butler was an early leader in the oxygenated fuels industry’s efforts to remove lead from gasoline and lessen US dependence on foreign oil. He testified before then Congressman Al Gore and the US Congress Energy and Commerce Committee about the environmental and strategic importance of alternative octane and fuel technology. He led the teams designing and building alternative energy projects in the U.S. and overseas, including a large-scale E85 Ethanol Fuel production facility that continues to operate to this day.

Mr. Butler was the attending economist for a White House meeting with Vice President Mondale on the economic development and job creation needs of Native American communities with the leaders of the National Tribal Chairmen's Association.

Mr. Butler was the lead technical resource in a $220 million funding for alternative energy projects using an innovative combination of Wall Street equity and Federal loan guarantees syndicated into the secondary market. He holds two US Patents for technology for producing fuels from biomass, was a speaker at the 1980 World Bio-Energy Conference, and received an Andrew W. Mellon Grant for bio-energy research.

He was Vice President of National Biocentric, Inc. and was appointed by the Minnesota Governor to the University of Minnesota Biotechnology Advisory Board. Mr. Butler has taught managerial economics in the Executive MBA program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a BS degree in economics and graduate work in industrial relations and econometrics. He regularly competes in USAT sanctioned triathlons and is an IRONMAN Certified Coach. He is a resident of Cary, North Carolina, where he has served as co-chair of the City of Cary Economic Development Commission.

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