Ray Ruecker

Ray Ruecker

Managing Director

Ray is the Founder and Managing Director of Connect 5000. Over the past 11 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

Mike Smiley

Mike Smiley

Managing Director, Tax and Accounting Division

Mike has led a team of lead generation and inside sales professionals in the accounting industry since 2004. He has successfully managed many state and local tax, federal tax and international tax campaigns over the last 13 years.

Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University. He currently lives in the Indianapolis metro. When Mike isn’t helping companies with lead generation or business development, he is taking acting classes or performing in plays on weekends.

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

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

Hanna Rodriguez

Hanna Rodriguez

Director of Lead Generation

Hanna joined the Connect 5000 team via a past client, BQE Software, where Ray Ruecker served as interim Director of Sales while BQE went through some transition.

Over the past 8 years, Hanna has worked in the telecommunications industry, 5 years of which were spent on lead qualification and inside sales.

Hanna spent her early career years in Client Support for Microsoft Xbox before she transitioned over into sales in 2011 for BQE Software, where she worked as a Sales Account Manager for 5+ Years.

Hanna has an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy but not actively practicing. She took up the course to honor her late father. When Hanna isn’t doing lead generation, she spends her time cooking entrees, baking sweet desserts and tending to her garden.

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

Linda Gibson

Linda Gibson

Director of Marketing Strategy

Linda is the Director of Marketing Strategy for Connect 5000, bringing over 25 years of sales, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience. Over the last 2 decades, Linda has helped design and implement marketing and sales strategies for multiple businesses, utilizing solid processes of integrated tactics to help increase growth, both in revenue and visibility.

Originally from the Kansas City, MO area, Linda moved to Florida for 18 years where she obtained her degree in Computer Graphic Design at Seminole State College before returning to Kansas City. As a previous business owner of a marketing strategies company, she enjoys designing marketing strategies and off-cuff advertising ideas that catch the attention of prospective clients where others may fail.

In her downtime, Linda enjoys spending time with her daughter, boyfriend, and Chihuahua while traveling, kayaking, camping, fishing, scuba diving, and horseback riding. She‘s even jumped off a 100-foot platform after zip-lining through a forest. She’s also an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs.

Motto: Patience and Persistence Pays

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