BoardPaq: Changing the World One Boardroom at a Time
By BoardPaq, April 20, 2018
may be a bit spoiled nowadays--as almost every question is a few finger clicks
away from being discovered, every location is just behind opening your
smart-phone application, and any message can be sent across the world in a
matter of seconds. And with all this luxury lies extensive responsibility,
because now more than ever we have a tremendous ability to change the world. We
can find answers faster, solve problems quicker, and connect with people almost
instantly. These influential times, with technology at the tip of our grip, are
when giving back and changing the world are most accessible. It’s up to us to
utilize these advanced resources we’ve quite literally been handed.
Schilling, the founder of BoardPaq,
is doing more than just leading the way in mastering technology, but he’s also
actively changing the world. Sounds like a lot of work, right? Well it doesn’t
necessarily have to be. BoardPaq has partnered with Good Meets World, a service that enables businesses to give back alongside
their service or product. Good Meets World helps businesses support an
important cause every month, making giving simple yet effective. So, naturally
BoardPaq boarded the giving train.
technology and connectedness weren’t always that simple. Randy Schilling didn’t
grow up with Snapchat filters and google maps, but his career parallels some of
the most monumental times in the technological realm. He graduated high school
from St. Charles High in 1981, the same year International Business Machines
Corporation (IBM) launched their first version of the personal computer (PC).
Years later, while Schilling was graduating from the University of Missouri-
Columbia with a degree in electrical engineering, IBM introduced the Token Ring
local area network (LAN), a technology which allowed for these computers to be
connected to a network.
referred to himself as a “lazy engineer” at his first job at Illinois Power.
And if the adjective lazy were interchangeable with innovative, I’d agree with
him. He describes his first day-to-day role as a young engineer as constantly
looking up information. Remember, back then looking up information didn’t mean
whipping out your smartphone and thumbing keywords in a google search. He
physically had to walk from place to place at Illinois Power in order to find
the necessary information. So being the creative young engineer he was,
Schilling started to plug this information into databases, and eventually built
a software to store it. Then, when colleagues asked for certain information, he
could look it up directly on the computer instead of running around to find it.
Seems simple, right?
was just the beginning of Schilling’s career in informational technology (IT)
and his multifold list of accomplishments in creating efficient concepts,
software, and businesses. After his first job he was recruited by Grant
Thornton in Chicago, an accounting management consulting firm, to help start an
IT practice based on the technology he was using at Illinois Power. Then, in
1992 he started his first business, Quilogy. This monumental stage in Schilling’s
career coincides with another significant technological era--when the World
Wide Web was commercially making its debut.
took off, building large enterprise software solutions for large companies like
Southwestern Bell (what we know as AT&T) and Energizer. This small company
Schilling started eventually led to its sale in 2010.
technology is constantly advancing, so did Schilling’s career. Around the time
Apple launched the iPad in 2010, Schilling founded BoardPaq, an application for
planning, running, and managing paperless Board meetings. As Schilling is not
only involved in the IT world, he is also an involved community member and sits
on various boards. He observantly noticed the amount of paper used at these
board meetings and the idea of BoardPaq was born. Within six months, the first
version of the application was in the Apple store. From the first paying
customer in 2012, BoardPaq now has over 12,000 boards & committees, with
50,000 board members and executives managing over 1.3 million documents!
to say, BoardPaq has grown exponentially since its first days, and continuously
progresses technologically, as well as leads its industry in terms of social
impact. With their giving program with Good Meets World, BoardPaq donates to
and supports One Tree Planted every single month. One Tree Planted is a non-profit that
works with reforestation organizations in need of financial support to help
plant trees around the world. Coming full circle, what better cause to support
than one that revolves around the first campaign of BoardPaq--paperless board
meetings, “Save a tree, go paperless with BoardPaq.” With its giving program,
BoardPaq has helped plant 3,000 trees around the world so far.
St. Charles native, Schilling owns several buildings in downtown St. Charles,
including OPO Startups, a
co-working center for digital startups where entrepreneurs can connect and
collaborate. Just as BoardPaq supports recycling and environmental
responsibility by supporting One Tree Planted, Schilling supports entrepreneurs
and startups as well as the community he grew up in and currently resides. OPO
Startups is located in the Old Post Office building in downtown St. Charles,
which Schilling bought and renovated. He refers to the renovation as
"recycling," as they chose to preserve this historic building instead
of tear it down.
said BoardPaq will continue to evolve with technology, as a
company and a product to be better and more efficient. From
a young engineer that changed the way data was obtained and to now changing the
way board meetings are run, Schilling has definitely dropped several pins on
the IT map. As an entrepreneur, business owner, and contributor to social
impact, Schilling continues to progress while making a difference not only
virtually but also in real everyday life--the life on the other side of the
glass screens and tiny squared keyboards. Whether its saving trees with
paperless board meetings, or planting trees with its giving program, BoardPaq
is doing its part as a business to help make our world a better place.