Robert Courteau is an entrepreneurial leader with extensive expertise in achieving growth objectives with the world's leading companies. He has led large, multinational organizations with oversight for global sales, outsourced operations, product development and business transformation and has executed these initiatives on a broad global basis. In his most recent positions at SAP, he was President and Managing Director of SAP Canada, Executive Vice President of SAP Business Analytics, Chief Operating Officer of SAP Field Operations and, ultimately, was promoted to President of SAP North America. He brings valuable experience in managing global businesses, a deep understanding of enterprise software and business analytics and a keen sense of how to best translate business strategy into successful execution.
Cynthia Davis, currently vice president Human Resources of The North Highland Company, brings significant domain expertise and a powerful 30-year track record in enterprise software and technology consulting leadership. Davis' vast human resources experience includes expertise related to full cycle recruitment and retention, conflict resolution, benefit administration, employment law, compliance and immigration. She has been a successful executive leader identifying and driving corporate goals, initiating cost-containment strategies and executing elaborate change management efforts. Davis also has proven skill in multi-state, international and federal employment law, including compliance investigations.
Prior to her role at The North Highland Company, Davis was the director of Human Resources for CDC Software, responsible for all aspects of the HR function reporting directly to the CEO. In this role, Davis integrated six acquired companies in 18 months, merged 10 U.S. payrolls and benefit plans saving the company in excess of $1 million, created Common Compensation/Incentive plans throughout the organization and was deeply involved in the IPO of the company. Before CDC, she excelled for more than 20 years at Geac, where she had a very successful professional growth track, ultimately leading HR, right up until the sale of the company for $1 billion to Golden Gate Capital in 2006. Davis began her career at Dun and Bradstreet Software. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from West Georgia College.
Jaime Ellertson has an established and indisputable reputation as a growth CEO. He has founded three innovative high-growth software companies and sold them to market leaders. He has a proven track record of building great private and public companies with growth strategies that deliver strong investor returns. He is deeply knowledgeable across the enterprise software landscape and has consistently sold into the Fortune 500. Ellertson has held nine CEO posts in his extremely successful tenure as an entrepreneur and business leader, transforming and growing business including Openware Technologies, Tartan (sold to Texas Instruments), Purview, Interleaf (NASDQ:LEAF), S1 Corporation (NASDQ: SONE), Gomez (sold to Compuware) and Cloudfloor (sold to Everbridge). He currently is the CEO and Chairman of Everbridge.
Larry Kaplan is currently the Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Bedford Funding. Mr. Kaplan previously served as Senior Vice President at Geac, where he had a wide range of responsibilities, including managing its industry specific applications, assisting in merger and acquisition activity and overseeing administrative functions. Mr. Kaplan joined Geac from Healthology, Inc., a leading producer and distributor of physician-generated health and medical information, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Kaplan spent nearly 10 years at Shandwick International, a $200+ million global public relations consultancy, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and later Chief Executive Officer for its operations in the Americas. Mr. Kaplan received an M.B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and a B.S. in mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Michael Marvin founded and was the first Chief Executive Officer of MapInfo Corporation, a software company that sold location and mapping intelligence solutions to corporations and public entities (MapInfo is now owned by the Pitney Bowes Corporation). Mr. Marvin's leadership as Chairman took the company through its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1994. Mr. Marvin was also was a founding partner of Exponential Business Development Company, a venture fund dedicated to growing technology companies in upstate New York, and which was successfully sold to Newtek (NASDAQ: NEWT). Mr. Marvin has previously served as the business director for Manufacturing and Technology Transfer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was a manager at Westinghouse and a programmer for the NASA Apollo project while at Sperry Univac. Mr. Marvin has served on several public and private boards, including Vicarious Visions (which was sold to Activision) and Geac Computer Corporation. Mr. Marvin earned a B.S. at the University of Maryland and an M.S. from the Graduate School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie-Mellon University
Jonathan D. Salon serves as Managing Director of Bedford Funding, a $1.4 billion private equity firm focused on growth investments in the technology sector and the owner of Peoplefluent, a leading Talent Management SaaS provider. Prior to joining Bedford Funding in April, 2007, Mr. Salon served as Vice President and General Counsel of Unica Corporation (acquired by IBM), a leading global provider of enterprise marketing management software, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide legal affairs. Prior to his role at Unica, Mr. Salon was Vice President of Corporate Development and Deputy General Counsel for Geac, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed software company with annual revenues approaching U.S. $500 million (acquired by Golden Gate Capital/ Infor in 2006). Prior to joining Geac, Mr. Salon was a partner in Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP’s Business and Technology and Private Equity practice groups, and prior to that he served as Director of Business Affairs and Associate General Counsel for Lycos, Inc., an on-line media company. Mr. Salon received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Colgate University.
Tom Tardio has one of the strongest reputations in the converging fields of technology, entertainment and consumer marketing. This experience has provided Tom a unique insight into technology and consumer trends, and the strategic intersection of both demonstrated by the rapid consumerization of technology and the wide-spread adoption of social entertainment in all markets. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Rogers & Cowan, a post he has held for most of the twenty-three years he has been with the agency. While at the agency, he has architected a global strategic blueprint to achieve key growth objectives for the agency through innovation, diversification and acquisitions that has propelled Rogers & Cowan to a leadership role in the marketing communications industry. With a strong presence internationally, Rogers & Cowan is the preeminent entertainment marketing communications agency providing strategic counsel to Fortune 100 brands as well as emerging technology and start-up companies. Tom has played an instrumental role in providing senior strategic counsel to brands, such as Rdio, Microsoft, Myspace, Avon, Coca-Cola, Kraft, Nabisco, BMW, and Texas Instruments, among many others.