|Kevin Surace, President and CEO
Kevin is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and lauded innovator. He has been awarded Inc. Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as a top 15 innovator 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), and the invention of AI-driven test automation. 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 Brutschy, CFO
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.
|Laine Fuller, Vice President, Sales
Laine heads up Appvance’s enterprise sales. He is a highly accomplished sales leader with hands-on experience developing organizational capability, building operational excellence and executing in the field. He was most recently VP of Sales for 3Scale (acquired by Red Hat). Previously, he was a sales leader at salesforce.com, IBM, Oracle and AmberPoint. Laine reunites at Appvance.ai with Chairman of the Board John Hubinger, who founded and ran AmberPoint and was chairman of 3Scale.
Laine is also a veteran Alpine Patroller with the National Ski Patrol.
|Scott Ciabattari, Vice President, Channel 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.
|David Hurwitz, 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 results for 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.