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.

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 servicing existing clients, she can be found spending time with her two grandkids.

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

Eric Spoonamore

Eric Spoonamore

Director of Sales, Tax and Accounting Division

Eric’s contact information:
Email: espoonamore@connect5000.com
Phone Number: 317-362-3227

Linda Gibson

Linda Gibson

Director of Marketing Strategy

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