2011 – Patrick W. Bultema
Patrick W. Bultema, 1981 BA Religious Studies
Current Position: CEO, CodeBaby
Patrick Bultema is recognized as an industry and company maker. He has served as an executive, investor, board member, and advisor to tens of venture-financed startups. He was most recently a venture partner with vSpring Capital. He was previously CEO of XAware and of FrontRange Solutions, a global CRM software company. He was founder and executive chairman of Knowlix, as well as chairman/general manager of the Help Desk Institute, then a Ziff-Davis company. A noted author and speaker, Bultema is recognized as one of the leading experts in the customer management industry. He was founding executive editor of Customer Support Management Magazine, and has been an industry maker in the customer relationship management space. In addition to his degree from Chico State, Bultema holds a master's in divinity from Princeton. Bultema and his wife have seven children, including three children adopted from China. He credits his time at Chico with helping him learn to learn, understand people and communicate. A common theme in his diverse professional career has been bringing technology and customer experience together in ways that make both successful.