Appvance is led by a team with extensive experience in building high-growth companies; each brings an unwavering focus on quality, service and results.
President and CEO
Kevin is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a disruptive innovator. He has been awarded Inc. Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as one of the top 15 innovators of the decade by CNBC, Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum – Davos, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward, Technology Innovator by Wall Street Journal and inducted into the RIT Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been awarded 28 patents and is credited with pioneering work on the first human-like voice user interface (i.e. Siri), the first cellular data smartphone (AirCommunicator), the first mass produced high R-value windows, the first soundproof drywall (QuietRock), the invention of Ai-driven test automation, and others which are commonplace today. Kevin has held leadership roles with Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce, CommerceNet, General Magic, WebKnight and Air Communications. Kevin received his BS in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on their Board of Trustees.
Mason is a Certified Public Accountant with 35 years of experience both in industry and in public accounting. After graduating with a BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, he began his career at KPMG in San Francisco specializing in the REIT and savings and loan industries. After that he has been Controller or Chief Financial Officer at several companies including Sutter Hill Limited, Daon Corporation, Property Development Associates (an 80%-owned Safeway Stores subsidiary), Air Communications, Array Power, One World Health (Gates Foundation), Fidus Medical Technologies and Micrus Corporation, both of which had successful liquidation events.
Vice President, Sales
Scott brings more than 25 years of experience in enterprise sales in Silicon Valley. Scott came to Appvance after 10 years with Google, where he was on the Enterprise sales team, then recruited to the product management side. He won numerous awards for selling and launching user products to over 1B people including Google Earth, Google Maps and products in Google X. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Scott has held senior sales roles with Oracle, Pure Software, Rational, Borland and Ivis. Scott was with Pure Software during it’s IPO, a first generation solution in the software QA space.
Chief Marketing Officer
David is a software industry veteran who began his career as a software engineer before becoming a world-class marketeer. Given that software engineering background, David has a particular passion for improving the lives and results of software teams, including those involved with testing. Notable achievements in David’s career include creating the concept of IT Governance solutions with the Clarity system when he served as CMO of Niku Software, and creating the concept of Lean IT while serving as a Solutions Marketing VP at CA Technologies. Niku (NASDAQ:NIKU) achieved stunning user and commercial success during his tenure, including being voted Best Vendor four consecutive times across two continents at the Gartner PPM Summit. Earlier in his career, he ran marketing and product management for Kevin Surace at Perfect Commerce. David has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, which he continues to draw upon in helping software teams improve their processes.