Board of Directors
Timothy W. Sullivan
Timothy W. Sullivan currently serves as BitFire’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. From August 2014 to March 2020 he served as President & CEO of the REV Group, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of fire and emergency vehicles; commercial, transit and school buses; specialty trucks; mobility vans; construction sweepers and recreational vehicles. From July 2013 to June 2014, Mr. Sullivan was Chairman and CEO of Gardner Denver, Inc., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of oil & gas, industrial and medical pumps, and compressors. In 2012 Mr. Sullivan served as a special consultant to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He chaired the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, and the Wisconsin Governor’s College and Workforce Readiness Council. In 2012 he also served as an advisor to CCMP, a private equity firm in New York. From 2000 to 2011 Mr. Sullivan was President and CEO of Bucyrus International, a manufacturer of mining machinery located in Oak Creek, WI. Bucyrus was sold to Caterpillar in 2011. Mr. Sullivan currently chairs the board of the Bucyrus Foundation that funds nonprofit organizations, including the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee. He is a past Chairman and Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee, Gardner Denver, Inc., Generac Inc., the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee. He is a past Director of Aurora Health Care, Bucyrus International, Inc., Carroll University, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., Crosby, Inc., GenAlpha, Inc., Greater Milwaukee Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milacron, Inc., Milwaukee School of Engineering, National Mining Association, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, REV Group, Inc., Southeast Wisconsin Business Health Coalition, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Business Advisory Council. Mr. Sullivan has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Carroll University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of International Management.
President & CEO
Bob Sullivan brings to BitFire a career that spans more than four decades in television. From senior management and consulting to production and programming, Sullivan has made extraordinary impact on all aspects of the broadcast business. As a recognized industry leader, Sullivan’s roles include VP of Television, Gannett Broadcasting; President and General Manager, W*USA TV in Washington D.C.; and Station Manager, KPNX-TV in Phoenix.
Most recently, Sullivan oversaw the transformation of three new business lines as General Manager for Sneaky Big, a full-production film studio and live production hub for CBS Sports, Turner Sports, The NFL Network, and Bleacher Report for The Alliance of American Football, among others. Prior to this engagement, Sullivan was SVP of Programming for TEGNA Media, overseeing new program development, market research, strategic planning, syndication acquisitions and business development. As VP of Programming for Scripps Television, Sullivan helped launch several original programs landing them in national syndication. He has owned his own marketing firm, Sullivan and Associates, and served as President of The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl XLII played in February 2008 in Glendale, Arizona.
BitFire is honored to include broadcast-industry trailblazer, Ken Aagaard, as a member of its Board of Directors. Former EVP of operations and production services at CBS Sports, Mr. Aagaard has worked on 20 Super Bowls, five World Series, a half dozen Wimbledon and French Open tennis tournaments. He has been instrumental in the production of three Olympics — including the 1988 Games in Seoul, when he was VP of operations for NBC Olympics, and three World Cups. He has worked with most all notable broadcasters and their teams, including ABC, CBS, Channel One, CNBC, ESPN, Fox, HBO, MLB Network, MTV, NBC, and Showtime. Mr. Aagaard has made tremendous impact on the entire broadcast industry from production to technical staff, and suppliers and manufacturers. His leadership demands the best from others, resulting in some of television’s greatest moments.
A Chicago native, Mr. Aagaard graduated from the University of Iowa in 1969 and began working as an operations director at WMAQ-TV Chicago, an NBC affiliate. In 1977, he worked for NBC in a summer-relief role and, in 1978, joined NBC broadcast-operations control. He was named VP of operations for NBC Sports in 1983. While running his own company, CBT, he expanded his resume working on concerts to boxing and soccer, and did integration work for CNBC, Nickelodeon Universal Studios, Euro Disney, and MLB Network. Mr. Aagaard began consulting for CBS in 1997 and joined CBS Sports full time in 1998 as VP of operations and engineering, but continues to work on CBT projects. Mr. Aagaard serves as a mentor as founding chairman of the Sports Video Group, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and the Sports Broadcasting Fund.
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