David N. Culbreth

Professor of Practice, Economics and Business



Engineering Hall 130
Curriculum Vitae


With over 35 years of experience in software and information technology industries, Mr. Culbreth has held executive P&L positions in global software companies and national/international professional service firms. In addition to successfully creating and running business units within large corporations, he has started up entrepreneurial businesses and organizations outside of the corporation.

Mr. Culbreth is a member of the Board of Directors for the Root Group, Inc., a technology reseller and consulting firm in Boulder, CO.  Before that he led the Cloud professional services team for the Americas and the global service product management at VMware, Inc. ($6B software company) with responsibilities for service offerings of all of VMware’s products.

Key positions include Executive Director of International Professional Services at CSG Systems ($600M telecommunications software company), Chief Operating Officer at Coachcomm, LLC (a wireless broadband start-up), Vice President and General Manager at Information Industries, Inc. ($50M system integrator), Director of Operational Strategy at Forsythe Solutions ($1B technology reseller) and Director of Integration and Consulting Services at GE/Access Graphics ($1B technology distributor – now Avnet).

Since 2012, Mr. Culbreth has been a Lecturer at Colorado University, Leeds School of Business teaching the Business Minor Capstone class as well as the Operations and Information Management / Business Planning class for Leeds business school majors. He started teaching at Colorado School of Mines in the fall of 2018 for the Engineering and Technology Management graduate program.

He has also served as Board Chairman for 4 years at the National Pain Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided a peer-reviewed, educational website on chronic pain. Board Member 1999-2006.


  • BS, Metallurgical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1973
  • BA, Applied Science, Lehigh University, 1973

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • EBGN 558 – Project Management
  • EBGN 598 – Operations and Information Systems

Selected Publications

Culbreth, David N. (2017), Dynamic Value Chains – Visualizing and Optimizing Your Business. Denver, CO: IngramSpark Publishing

NATIONAL CIO CONFERENCE – PAPER “Integration on the Run” A business case describing a $1B IT distributor’s  enterprise ERP project ($10M) – business process reengineering, software development and implementation of Oracle Financials, Sales, Order Entry, Procurement, and integrated warehouse applications.