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Paul Yankey started involvement with REI in 2010 and joined the board in 2016. He is the founder of SWL, a sales advisory firm focused on the critical importance of selling with love and practical ways to do so. Paul is best known for his work at Salesforce, Dell, and Cisco Systems during their respective periods of record-achieving growth. Paul is a triathlete and Ironman competitor. He holds a B.S. in finance from Biola University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his wife Deanne, have four children and nine grandchildren.  

Paul Yankey

Interim Chairman,

Board of Directors


Doug became the President and CEO of REI in 2018.  Prior to that he worked as a systems analyst for the United Technologies Research Center, a litigation attorney for two of Maine’s leading law firms, and in leadership for a non-profit organization. He has spent a fair amount of time overseas, including three years in South Korea and eight years in Singapore. Doug received a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

K. Douglas Erdmann

President and CEO


A graduate of MacMurray College in Illinois with a degree in biology and secondary education, Brian began his career as a science teacher, eventually becoming a school principal in the Chicago suburbs. In the 1990s, he and his wife accepted a three-year assignment with a not-for-profit organization in the Philippines where they developed a love for Asia. He became involved with REI in 1999, serving first as Vice-director of REI’s work in Vietnam, and then as Director of REI-Vietnam in 2004. Empowering future generations has compelled him for the past four decades.

Brian Teel

Senior Vice President


Jay joined the REI team as the Director of Operations in the spring of 2014. His role includes four distinct functions – Chief Financial Officer, Director of Administration, Corporate Treasurer and Corporate Secretary. Jay has a B.A. in Business Administration from Dordt College and brings to his roles over 30 years of non-profit leadership experience, specializing in both finance and human resources. Jay has lived in the Colorado Springs area for a majority of his life and enjoys the Colorado Rocky Mountains and simply being outdoors with his wife and two sons.

Jay Smidt

Vice President for Administration & CFO

board of directors

Ken Gray

Chairman of the Board
Member since 2012

K. Douglas Erdmann

President and CEO
Member since 2018

Linda Bruce

Member since 2021

Dr. Sarah Coors

Member since 2022

Bryan Gibbs

Member since 2020

Gail Jones

Member since 2014

Leon Neumann

Member since 2018

Dr. Randy Otto

Member since 2022

Peter Udall

Member since 2021

Paul Yankey

Member since 2016