Apr 30, 2020 | 3 min read

Making Risk a Revenue Driver with Matt Kunkel

By: Patrick Emmons

Making Risk a Revenue Driver with Matt Kunkel

Risk management is an essential component of every organization, but not necessarily something that CEOs are excited to work on. However, Matt Kunkel, CEO of LogicGate, has a novel approach: make risk a revenue driver.

Matt joined Patrick on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise to talk shop about risk and how privacy issues have made it more interesting and necessary than ever. Matt also discusses why it’s important to have clear company values and how to get everyone from the CEO to the employee on board. Finally, Matt explains why he never says no to a coffee date. Tune in for his insights.

*Please note this interview was recorded in early January, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • [00:23] - This week: Matt Kunkel
  • [01:21] - Risk intelligence with LogicGate
  • [04:47] - Risk as a revenue driver
  • [07:00] - Flexibility & ease of use
  • [08:53] - Automated audits
  • [12:57] - Democratizing application development
  • [14:16] - Driving value
  • [17:00] - Retaining talent in Chicago
  • [27:02] - Reinforcing core values and culture
  • [32:33] - Advisory board assembly

Matt Kunkel is Co-Founder and CEO of LogicGate, a Chicago-based company that enables organizations to operationalize their governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs using an agile technology platform. Prior to LogicGate, he spent over a decade in the management consulting space building technology solutions and GRC programs for Fortune 500 companies. At the end of 2019, he led LogicGate through its Series B financing round, raising $24.75 million in new funding. Matt is recognized as a thought leader in the governance, risk, and compliance space and regularly speaks and consults on risk and compliance topics.

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.

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