Kelsey Ruger is the Chief Experience Officer at Knomatic in Houston, TX, where he serves as the CEO’s strategic product design advisor, creating the next generation of smart, digitally enabled experiences for the oil field. As the driving force behind Knomatic’s product experience, Kelsey also provides leadership and direction on combining marketing, technology products, and services to create opportunities for growth and strong customer relationships.
A 16-year veteran of digital technology, Kelsey has used his unique combination of software development and design expertise to create award-winning products that have been used by more than 5,000,000 people around the world. Previously, Kelsey led the development of the Prodigy browser and SBC/Yahoo DSL kit that out-ranked Microsoft and Netscape in Forrester quadrant reports. He also spearheaded the design and development of the Invesco iPad app that was recently ranked the #1 investment app, and the creation of Halliburton’s global mobile user experience framework. Additionally, Kelsey has run successful projects with AT&T, Yahoo, Microsoft, Vodaphone, ChaiOne, Weatherford and several successful startups.
He is a professor in the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston where he teaches user experience, Design Thinking and Web Development. Kelsey was named one of Houston’s 40 under 40 in 2012 by the Houston Business Journal, and is a 3 time SXSW Web Award finalist. Kelsey is widely regarded as an authority on digital and mobile strategy, digital marketing, user experience, creativity and web development. He speaks and teaches on these topics regularly at national and international events. Kelsey earned his B.A in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston.
A graduate of the University of Houston, Kelsey volunteers his time to several professional/community organizations. He is a mentor for REDLabs Accelerator at the University of Houston. Kelsey was recently named one of Houston’s Top 40 professionals under 40.
Kelsey is widely regarded as an authority on user experience, design thinking, marketing, creativity, web development and mobile strategy, whose presentations have received over 1,000,000 views on Slideshare.