Leadership

 

Brandon S. Lee

Brandon S. Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Brandon is responsible for all aspects of managing Terra Dotta’s business. His main interest lies in shaping the usability and accessibility of the company’s software. He has primary responsibility for the marketing and sales efforts for TDS for Study Abroad, ISSS, Risk Management, and Application Management.

Brandon’s first study abroad experience in Pornic, France inspired him to continue French Studies. While at Chapel Hill, he led undergraduate students on a semester-long trip to France and taught courses in French language and literature as well as communication studies. He served on several University executive boards, including one that examined the role of technology in the future of the University, and with the Carolina Computing Initiative, through which students are provided laptop computers. These experiences led him to start Terra Dotta with co-founder Garrett Christian.

 

Garrett Christian, Chief Technology Officer

Garrett's responsibilities include product development strategy, systems analysis, project management and information security. Before there was Terra Dotta, Garrett gained his database- and software-engineering experience in the credit card division at AT&T, but then he took a detour. Having studied abroad in Granada, Spain, as an undergrad, Garrett decided to go back and pursue graduate studies in Romance Philology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his M.A. in 1997, and later obtained a fellowship for doctoral research at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, where he and his wife spent a year, 1999-2000.

While at UNC, Garrett met Brandon, and with their common interest in instructional technology, the two established a new Technology Coordinator position for teaching assistants in the Department of Romance Languages, creating web resources for language instruction. This collaboration led them to pursue an ambitious effort in the Office of Study Abroad to create a virtually paperless office. The database/web system that was launched in 1999 is still in use today and served as the proof of concept for what eventually became Terra Dotta software.

 

Michael McKeown, Chief Operating Officer

Michael provides leadership for Terra Dotta’s business strategy, support operations, and financial and contract management. He has three decades of business management experience

Michael joined Terra Dotta in 2006 after 23 years at Land O'Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he was Director of Production & Project Services in the Information Systems Division. At Land O'Lakes, Michael directed 85 operations, network and support staff. He was responsible for the operation of a data center with 420 Windows and Unix servers and a nationwide network connecting over 350 manufacturing plants and distribution centers. He directly led major technology projects, integrated acquired businesses into the company’s computing environment, and wrote strategy papers related to technology and system direction.

Michael was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He has extensive international consulting experience in business and leadership development. He has conducted training programs in free-enterprise business methods and consulted in rural business development in Paraguay, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Nepal, and Belize.