Ray Ruecker

Ray Ruecker

Managing Director

Ray is the Founder and Managing Director of Connect 5000. Over the past 12 years, Ray has worked with countless companies nationwide with effective lead generation campaigns and sales prospecting strategies that boost revenue.

Ray has also served as Acting Director of Sales for companies who need prospecting and sales structure in place until a permanent replacement is found, providing strategic guidance and implementation services to drive sales force performance. Prior to Connect 5000, Ray co-founded IT Lead Source, a lead generation firm catering to software, tech and consulting companies.

Ray has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He currently lives in the Kansas City metro with his wife of 12 years, dog, and two children.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam and adopted at a young age in California, his lifelong mission is to support and fund adoptions for families who want to adopt children but lack the financial means to do so. Ray is also an avid Kansas City Royals, Denver Broncos, and Kansas Jayhawks fan.

Ray’s contact information:
Email: rruecker@connect5000.com
Phone: 913-481-8941

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Danita Regehr

Danita Regehr

Director of Finance

Danita is the Director of Finance and Accounting. She’s been with Connect 5000 since the beginning and is responsible for all aspects of their financial management, accounting, and payroll and has over 12 years of corporate accounting and finance experience.

Danita also provides financial leadership for various companies in the Kansas City metro.

She worked at Sprint as a finance analyst in the accounting and finance departments for 8 years before joining Connect 5000.

Danita has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Danita currently resides on a small farm in southwest Missouri where she raises cows and chickens.

An avid runner when not managing company books, Danita can be found with her husband chasing after their two sons. She’s completed 4 half marathons to date and another passion of hers is supporting Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that actively fights against child sex trafficking.

Danita’s contact information:
Email: finance@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 913-488-7667

Linda Gibson

Linda Gibson

Director of Sales Strategy

Linda is the Director of Sales Strategy for Connect 5000, bringing with her over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Over the last 2 decades Linda has helped design and implement sales and marketing strategies for multiple businesses utilizing solid processes of integrated sales and marketing tactics to help increase growth, both in revenue and visibility.

In her downtime, Linda enjoys spending time with her daughter, boyfriend and 2 dogs while traveling, kayaking, camping, fishing, scuba diving, and horseback riding.

Linda’s contact information:
Email: lgibson@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 816-606-1284

Patti Mbachu

Patti Mbachu

Director of Client Services

Patti is the Director of Client Services and is responsible for overseeing Connect 5000’s relationship with their clients, developing long-term relationships.

Once a client engages with Connect 5000, Patti manages the overall relationships with assigned clients, ensuring financial success and providing exceptional client support.

A native of Nebraska and previous business owner, when Patti isn’t helping existing clients, she can be found spending time with her two grandkids or watching her Nebraska Cornhusker’s football team.

Patti’s contact information:
Email: pmbachu@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 913-515-7952

Anne Brown

Anne Brown

Account Executive

Anne’s contact information:
Email: abrown@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 678-442-9471

Ron Jaramillo

Ron Jaramillo

Account Executive

Ron’s contact information:
Email: rjaramillo@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 913-207-7039

John Pannebaker

John Pannebaker

Director of Business Development

John is the Director of Business Development at Connect 5000, bringing 7+ years of experience to our team. He has helped write, develop and implement various sales strategies, marketing campaigns, scripts and training processes for several businesses while working in multiple roles from prospecting to sales, both over the phone and face to face.

When not working, John enjoys spending time with his wife and son; writing, watching baseball, soccer, and professional wrestling, or working in his flower garden, birdwatching, and taking long walks through the local park.

John’s contact information:
Email: jpannebaker@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 816-284-5747

Hanna Rodriguez

Hanna Rodriguez

Account Executive

Hanna is an Account Executive with Connect 5000. She started out in the telecommunications industry in 2007 and has been doing sales and marketing for technology companies ever since. She joined Connect 5000 in 2017 and handles lead generation and business development for clients.

In her downtime, she works on her garden, go on hikes and bake goods when her and her husband aren’t chasing their 2 young daughters.

Hanna’s contact information:
Email: hrodriguez@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 828-293-4224

Valerie Peterson

Valerie Peterson

Account Executive

Valerie’s contact information:
Email: vpeterson@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 913-712-6398

Mike Smiley

Mike Smiley

Account Executive

Mike’s contact information:
Email: msmiley@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 317-833-8440