Kylee McVaney Lourie is the co-founder and CEO of Nextworld. Kylee was essentially raised on software, landing her first job in the technology industry in 1977 when her father, Ed McVaney, founded J.D. Edwards. Starting out as the “Xerox girl”, Kylee was exposed to all aspects of the ERP product. By the time she graduated high school, Kylee was considered a subject matter expert in both payables and fixed assets.
Kylee went on to earn a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California, became a CPA, enjoyed a brief stint in public accounting, and then returned to J.D. Edwards where she held various technical and management positions.
In addition to her love of technology and software, Kylee is passionate about providing opportunities for the next generation to excel and make a positive impact in the world. In 2005, Kylee helped found Valor Christian High School, and served as chairman of the board until 2017. Under her guidance, Valor has achieved national recognition, and has grown from an initial enrollment of 120 students to a current size of about 1,200. She is also the founder of TyL Dressage in Wellington, Florida. TyL Dressage is an internationally recognized center of excellence for Olympic level equestrians.
Now with the founding of Nextworld, Kylee has returned to her roots and is excited to partner with some of the best technical minds in the industry to revolutionize enterprise software and cultivate a world class company culture and happy, profitable customers.