About TrueNorth

Our Board


Susan Piller is a human resources and employee relations consultant and attorney in Houston, Texas. She has 26 years of experience counseling and training managers on employment and human resource issues, assisting in the development of policy and employee communications, performing due diligence services, negotiating labor contracts, and representing clients in administrative proceedings involving employment laws and regulations.

Prior to beginning her consulting practice in 2001, Piller was the Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Employee Relations for Waste Management, Inc., a Houston–based industry leader in providing waste management services in North America. She held similar positions prior to that at Browning–Ferris Industries, Inc. and USA Waste Services, Inc. Piller began her career as an attorney at Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston, Texas.

Piller obtained a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.



Patricia Kimball is the New Product Development Manager for Waste Management’s LampTracker Division. In this capacity, Kimball develops new products and services for recycling Universal Wastes such as fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronics.

Kimball has over 20 years experience in business development and management. In 1987, she successfully founded a medical waste collection and treatment company with a group of investors. That firm was acquired two years later by Waste Management, Inc.

Kimball worked with Waste Management in a variety of managerial roles until 1996 when she joined Browning–Ferris Industries, Inc. and expanded her experience as the Business Development Manager and Director of Planning for the company’s Medical Waste Division. In 2001, Kimball joined San-I-Pak Pacific, Inc. as the Vice President of Development. Kimball served as Vice President of Development for Sharps Compliance, Inc from 2002 until 2008 working with channel partners, communities and national account customers to provide solutions for medical sharps disposal.

Kimball received a Doctorate in Microbiology from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Arizona State University.



Robert Broun is a private investor. From 1984 to 1999, he was a principal in Wellington Associates, a firm that specialized in placements of debt and equity as well as merger and acquisition advisory services for middle market companies. Prior to joining Wellington Associates, Mr. Broun was the manager of Bank of America’s equipment leasing operation in Dallas.

Broun obtained a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance from the University of Texas. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas.



Jack Martin is Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for TriCipher. TriCipher enables business processes and online products to be delivered through web portals at a lower risk, higher convenience and lower cost.

Martin has 25 years of technology–based operational and sales experience. He was recently the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Sygate, the recognized leader in endpoint security. Under his leadership Sygate enjoyed tremendous growth. Prior to Sygate, Martin served as Vice President of Field Operations responsible for all sales, field support and marketing for TippingPoint Technologies, an intrusion prevention appliance manufacturer. From 1994 through 2000, Martin was at Cisco Systems, where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in sales and field management.



Patrick Tyson joined the law firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith as a partner in May 1986 after a 13-year career in the U.S. Department of Labor starting as an attorney representing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He later worked for OSHA, where he held the positions of Director of Compliance, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and two terms as the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Agency.

Tyson heads the firm’s OSHA Practice Group, representing clients on a range of safety and health issues. He also was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Safety Council and serves as Counsel to the Voluntary Protection Program Participant’s Association.

Tyson received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University.