Frank Tino is Vice President of Product Development at QuickBase, where he is responsible for all technical aspects of the product line and oversees QuickBase’s global engineering team.
Frank has more than 25 years of software development experience, and over 15 years in positions of senior management, leading engineering, operations and product teams. He brings experience in a variety of technologies and domains, including enterprise offerings, SaaS, mobile, B2C, online services, eRetailing, data warehousing, storage and security, among others.
Prior to his involvement with QuickBase, Frank served as CTO of GSN Digital, a leader in the casual gaming space and a division of the Game Show Network. Previously, Frank served as a senior executive of product development and engineering at companies including Vela Systems, Iron Mountain Digital, Revenio and Informix, among others.
Frank holds a M.S. in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
VP, Customer Success at QuickBase, Inc.
Mark Daoust is Vice President of Customer Success at QuickBase where he is responsible for driving exceptional value and results for the organization’s 6,000+ customers.
Mark has more than 20 years of enterprise technology experience with a track record of leading high-performing, customer-focused organizations. At QuickBase he is tasked with operationalizing the organization’s customer success efforts. In this role, he oversees the Customer Success Managers, Solutions Engineers, Support, Training and the partner program for certified solution providers.
Prior to joining QuickBase, Mark spent 15 years at HPE, most recently as a Vice President of Operations and Services. At HPE, he led a 350-person team focused on enablement, implementation, delivery and support for seven software-as-a-service products. Previously, he served as a General Manager of Sapient Corporation in Cambridge.
Mark holds an M.B.A. from the Wallace E. Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a B.S. in Commerce from Santa Clara University.
Senior Manager of Customer Advocacy at QuickBase, Inc.
Davin is the emcee of EMPOWER2017. He manages the customer advocacy program at QuickBase, helping customers contribute to QuickBase initiatives and finding new and creative ways to say “Thank you.” He wants you all to join QuickBase Heroes.
CEO at QuickBase, Inc.
Rick Willett is CEO of QuickBase and serves as chairman of the company’s board of directors.
As a seasoned industry veteran, Rick has a strong track record for leading high-growth organizations and scaling businesses in competitive markets. He brings more than 15 years of experience leading private-equity sponsored companies and currently serves as a senior operating executive for Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
Previously, Rick was the CEO of Ascend Learning, the leading provider of software and online content solutions that improve the quality and cost of educating healthcare professionals. Prior to Ascend Learning, he was the CEO of NewPage, a $4B manufacturing company, and COO of Teleglobe, a $1.2B software enabled telecom services business. Additionally, Rick had a 12 year career at General Electric where he served as a division CFO and held several general management and engineering leadership roles.
Rick currently serves as the chairman of the board for GetWell Network as well as on the boards of directors for US Acute Care Solutions and Spear Education.
Rick holds an M.B.A. from the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Author, Futurist, Keynote Speaker & Business Strategist at Tomorrow
Mike is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for digital transformation. A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
Senior Director, Product and Brand Marketing at QuickBase, Inc.
John Carione is responsible for setting and driving the Product and Corporate Marketing strategy at QuickBase. Areas of focus include product and industry marketing, marketing communications, customer research and advocacy, corporate events, and branding. Prior to Quick Base, John worked in a variety of Marketing, Product, and Corporate Development roles at Acquia, Adobe, and EMC Corporation. John received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
VP of Sales and Marketing at QuickBase, Inc.
Karen Devine is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at QuickBase, where she oversees the organization’s go-to-market strategy, demand marketing, corporate communications, as well as new partner channels. Previously, she also served as interim Sales Director and Product Management Director for the business.
With two decades leading marketing strategy at top technology organizations, Karen is passionate about delivering consistent revenue growth and identifying untapped markets. At QuickBase, she is credited with the creation of an agile, high-performance organization attuned to customer insights.
Prior to her involvement with QuickBase, Karen led Product and Industry Marketing at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, where she was responsible for building product marketing teams to support multiple product lines, including RSA’s SecurID business. Previously, she was a consultant with Bain & Company.
Karen holds an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Middlebury College.
Senior Director, Experience Design at QuickBase, Inc.
Gideon Ansell is Senior Director of Experience Design at QuickBase, where he leads the design teams who work tirelessly ensuring QuickBase empowers our customers to create powerful business solutions in the simplest way possible. Gideon also oversees the QuickBase user research team, where he initiated the QuickBase Product Council to bring even more customer feedback into the design process.
Gideon has over two decades of building and leading experience design teams for large-scale B2B products. He is committed to a customer-centric approach where designs flow from a rich understanding of customer needs, a deep empathy for the non-technical user, and continuous testing and validation of design decisions with real users.
Prior to his role at QuickBase, Gideon led the Experience Design practice at EMC/Documentum where he was responsible for directing multiple design teams focused on DIY app development platforms. Previous to that he created and led the Experience Design discipline at RSA Security.
Group Product Manager at QuickBase, Inc.
Mark is a Director of Product Management at QuickBase, where he drives the overall direction and roadmap for several key features of the QuickBase platform. Currently, Mark is leads a team of product managers who work with customers, engineering and experience design to define and build a best-in-class platform that anyone – regardless of technical skill – can use to create apps that make them more efficient, informed and productive. Prior to QuickBase, Mark held numerous roles in software product management, strategic marketing, sales engineering & information technology at companies like PTC, Macromedia (now Adobe), IBM, Lotus Development & Travelers Insurance.
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Customer Success Engineer Manager at QuickBase, Inc.
Adam is a part of the Customer Solutions Engineering team at QuickBase, and has spent the last 4 years working directly with QuickBase customers from all walks of life in order to help them achieve their application goals. During that time, Adam has enjoyed the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges that can impede businesses of every kind.
He lives in downtown Boston where he enjoys finding great food and running with his dog.
Director of Analytics Tools & Processes at Otsuka Pharmaceutical
Director of Tools and Process Optimization with a background in converting operational and financial data into actionable information that will enhance business performance for the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Experience at Covance, Sanofi-Aventis and the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. Expertise in revenue and expense forecasting, financial analysis tools and enterprise data models. Prolific in creating dashboards and analytical tools. Possess a strong sense of how to blend keen business insights with formidable technical skills to develop compelling organizational solutions.
Brandon is a Customer Success Manager at QuickBase, focused on improving the experience of existing customers and deepening their product knowledge. As a native Californian, he enjoys spending time outside and exploring New England when it isn’t covered in snow. He has a background in technology and loves trying to solving un-solvable problems.
Worked in Customer Care for Quick Base for 4 years before becoming a product manager. Currently is the product manager for sustaining engineering. Curious, technology enthusiast, challenge-seeker, disc golfer, and passable cook.
Charles is the Solution Architect at Trinity. He leads the development team in delivering high impact QuickBase applications for clients. His passion for QuickBase started as a client and led to a career path that makes him one of the top QuickBase developers. Charles has helped numerous clients, many of which are Fortune 100 companies, achieve significant improvements in efficiency, quality and service.
Manager of Technical Operations at MCF Technology Solutions
Charlie Murawski is the Manager of Technical Operations at MCF Technology Solutions as well as a senior architect and solution designer for MCF’s QuickBase division. Charlie has been with MCFTech for six years and has overseen successful implementations of over 50 business critical applications from the fortune 100 to startups and mom & pop operations.
Charlie is a formally trained Business Analyst, obtaining his degree in Information Technology from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. Since joining MCF, Charlie has designed and developed solutions for clients in areas of construction, project management, public utilities, and real estate to name a few. He has worked with many international clients in Asia, Central/South America, and Europe and has performed onsite deployments in 8 different countries.
Deb Cote is PMO Director at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Information Services. She co-founded the DFCI Projects in Practice and DFCI Project University.
Cote is an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University and Simmons College and is a guest speaker at numerous healthcare, project management and business analysis conferences. She is a member of PMI, HIMSS, CHIME, MPUG, and The Standish Group. Prior to working at Dana-Farber and Partners Healthcare, Cote held leadership roles in the high tech industry.
Emi Gwin is the President of Sympo with over 20 years of client service and management experience with companies from sole proprietorship to Fortune 100. Her background in human resources and technology recruitment contributes to her ability to assess and understand a client’s needs. Emi’s energy and enthusiasm, coupled with her efficient, organized method of operation, brings added value to our client engagements. She has built immense trust with our clients through her diligence, tenacity and accountability. Sympo, Inc. has over a decade of experience working in some of the most complicated industries and answering to some of the world’s most respected brands. Sympo builds QuickBase® solutions that function in perfect harmony with a client’s workflow, objectives and preferred style of working.
Business Relationship Manager at Oldcastle Materials
Forrest began his career in 2009 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information systems. Forrest has a passion for improving processes and workflows. He stands out as a problem solver and as someone who pays attention to detail. Forrest enjoys small coding projects and loves SQL. He is a lifelong learner and is willing to share what he has learned with anyone who is interested. Notable projects/roles include: Agile Business Analyst on an awesome construction timecard app, and Project Lead on a point-of-sale system switch at over 60 aggregate pits and asphalt hot plants.
Gregory Sipe is the Sr. Director of Global Projects at MCF Technology Solutions. In his role, Greg leads the organization’s Project Management Office in the planning and execution of all projects to ensure technology seamlessly integrates with a client’s business processes.
Greg’s background as a global planning and business analyst in the pharmaceutical industry has provided broad experience in the areas of Operations, Market Research, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Change Management, Project Management, Business Operations, and Business Technology Architecture.
Greg graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. He served ten years as a law enforcement officer in the State of Washington specializing in accident investigation and reconstruction.
Harrison Hersch has been working with QuickBase for over seven years. As Director of Engineering for MCFTech, Harrison was responsible for overall technology processes/procedures, infrastructure, software architecture and security practices and audits. Harrison has architected hundreds of QuickBase solutions including complex integrations and enhancements to the platform.
Henry is the Director of Technology for Advantage, one of the few original QuickBase Solution Provider (QSP) groups. Henry has been in the solution delivery space for 15 years beginning with the U.S. Air Force, traveling through ERP, prior to his product and technical leadership role at Advantage. His creative solutions help drive some of the world’s largest organizations and emerging businesses alike.
Ian Greig, Group Technical & IT Manager at Run Energy, has been working with QuickBase for over 3 years, and has built over 50 apps to manage Run Energy’s business processes. Run Energy provides operations, maintenance, installation, software and technical services to the energy and environmental industries worldwide.
BA and Rapid Application Development Manager at CCI Systems, Inc.
I have been working in QuickBase less than 2 years. I am the QB administrator and I also develop apps. I work with many individuals and departments; the integration team, power users, Product Owners, and Citizen Developers. I am also building our CD program by expanding it into new departments.
Associate Dean/Associate Chair at Texas A&M University School of Public Health
Jennifer M. Griffith, DrPH, MPH is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice for the Texas A&M School of Public Health and the Associate Department Chair for the Department of Public Health Studies. As Associate Dean, Dr. Griffith provides leadership in facilitating, promoting and linking academic and practice partners in sustained public health partnerships. In the Department of Public Health Studies, she works with faculty, staff, students and public health stakeholders to assure program curriculum prepares work-force ready graduates.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Health from the School of Public Health (formerly School of Rural Public Health) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and a Doctor of Public Health in Health Education and Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sr. Director, Operational Effectiveness at PSL Group
Jessica is an operational efficiency expert with over 16 years experience as a project manager, meeting planner, and team lead. She began working with QuickBase 7 years ago and quickly identified QuickBase as a very powerful, but underutilized resource. A self-taught QuickBase “guru”, Jessica recently moved into a new position and is responsible for identifying new or updating current process solutions for multiple operational and sales teams, one solution includes QuickBase developments. Jessica graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Healthcare Administration degree. She resides in Highland Village, Texas with her husband, two daughters Sloane and Kella, Belle the Bulldog, and Beast the Malti-poo.
Born and raised in South Florida, but now a resident of New England, Jonathan has degrees in Economics and Technology and has spent the last 10 years working at technology companies focused on delivering solutions to really interesting and challenging problems. At Quick Base, Jonathan’s primary focus is helping customers get better insights from their data through easy to use, no code solutions.
Jonathan Heuer brings an enthusiasm for home maintenance and all things digital to HomeSquare, where he leads the company’s product development efforts. His broad background includes film production, software and marketing.
Product and information technology leader that seeks to release products that resonate with constituents such that a clear problem is being solved. Mr. Chapman has worked with firms such as IBM, EMC, Akamai, and a diverse set of roles from Product Management, IT Strategy, to Agile Coach.
Keith Jusas is the President and CIO of Juiced Technologies, Inc. and has been an IT professional for more than 25 years. Juiced Technologies, Inc. is a New York based IT services company specializing in developing business applications using the latest cloud based technologies with an emphasis on the QuickBase platform. Juiced Technologies works with businesses of all sizes helping them achieve success by implementing the appropriate technology for their individual needs. Throughout his career Keith has performed various roles from software developer to executive leader and has worked with many different technologies along the way.
Kevin is Advantage’s Lead Sales Consultant. He began with the company as a Solution Consultant and Project Lead, designing, developing and delivering compelling QuickBase-based solutions for clients before bringing those skills and experience to his Sales role. Prior to Advantage, he’s worked in Consulting and Sales in the Medical, Telecom, and Transportation industries helping client organizations become more productive and successful.
Long time QuickBase Evangelist and Sales Engineer. Kirk joined QuickBase in 2005 and hosts daily webinars about how to make the best of your QuickBase applications. Kirk is often heard saying, “You can do anything with QuickBase.” and “If you can say it you can do it.” Kirk has a broadcasting background having worked with CBS and Westinghouse Radio. Kirk lives in Stratham, NH and enjoys a large family, technology, computers and flying. Oh, he has a passion for wanting to live simply in a very tiny house.
Markus is the VP of Business Development at Workato, an award-winning cloud automation and integration platform with enterprise-grade capabilities – no coding required. He works with ISV partners, consultants and enterprise customers to ensure Workato matches their integration and automation needs. Prior to Workato, Markus led Product Management and Solutions at Splunk, and also headed Product Management at Oracle for integration, business process and event management.
Marykate has been working at Quick Base for the past three years, most recently as a Customer Success Team Lead. Throughout her time at Quick Base, she has become a trusted advisor to many enterprise clients. She is passionate about helping clients better understand their process and gain efficiencies through data.
Environmental Protection Specialist at Government of the District of Columbia
Matthew Espie is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). Matthew’s work focuses on implementation of the District’s stormwater management regulations, including administration of the Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) program, which is the nation’s first credit trading program for stormwater runoff. As part of this effort, Matthew also designed and built the District’s Stormwater Database, which is used by DOEE staff and public applicants to implement and track the District’s various regulatory and incentive-based stormwater management programs. Prior to joining DOEE, Matthew studied environmental policy and economics at American University, where he received an MA in Global Environmental Policy.
A researcher, designer, and developer, Matt creates experiences that enrich the lives of people by expanding their potential. His strength is perspective that comes from being a generalist who has worked a variety of jobs in various organizations.
At QuickBase he is currently working Workflow Automation tools and has spent significant time contributing to the success of the new User Experience. He loves working on QuickBase because he deeply believes in the power of collaboration and rapid iteration.
Micah Zimring is a Principal Interaction Designer at Quick Base. He has over twenty years of experience understanding customers’ needs, and empowering them by trying to simplify complexity. Micah also runs the Quick Base Product Council, ensuring that their voices are heard as we make Quick Base a true no-code app development platform.
Compliance & Information Security Officer at QuickBase, Inc.
Mike is the Compliance and Information Security Officer at QuickBase. Previous to QuickBase Mike managed the Information Security programs at Yesware, Acquia, RiskMetrics and at Pearson Education. Mike earned his B.S. from New York Institute of Technology and has attended postgraduate education at Columbia and Boston University. Mike was certified as a CISSP in 2006 and CCSK in 2013.
Mike Hansborough is the CEO of MCF Technology Solutions, a Senior Advisor for MCF Media, and a member of the Agilcore, Inc. board. Through MCFTech, Mike has helped create a global organization which quickly responds to solve complex business problems for many of the world’s leading companies, both large and small.
Mike’s business experience spans Operations, Product Management, Quality Control, Engineering, Manufacturing, Distribution, Marketing, Global Supply Chain, Real Estate and Project Management (PMP). This broad-based acumen has allowed Mike to lead MCFTech in delivering it’s “business first” lean-sigma based methodology; transforming the way teams collaborate and business gets done with tailored, cloud-based software applications.
Prior to launching MCFTech, Mike worked in various Director level positions within Fortune 500 organizations. He is also a decorated U.S. Naval Officer and carries a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Cleveland State University.
Digital Solutions Deployment & Support Manager at Dominion Dealer Solutions
Nichole Browning is a Digital Solutions Deployment & Support Manager at Dominion Dealers Solutions. She has been in this position since November 2014. She also worked as a Technical Writer for 5 years, where she wrote for the several products within DDS and Implementation Specialist where she set up the Sales Center CRM software.
Nichole has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational, Leadership, and Supervisor from Purdue University, Technical Communications Certificate, and Marketing & Graphics Associates degree from Northwest Wisconsin Technical College.
Nichole was born and raised in Wisconsin and a Packer fan from birth. She loves riding motorcycles with her husband and traveling with her family.
Nicole Levidow, JD, MSPH used QuickBase for the first time earlier this year in July 2016 to eliminate a paper-based process. With the help of QuicBbase employee, Benjamin Buday, Nicole has become adept at using QuickBase and maximizing it’s native features to optimize compliance processes at MIT.
Senior Architect & Senior Technical Lead at MCF Technology Solutions
Rama Davis is a Senior QuickBase Architect and Senior Technical Lead at MCF Technology Solutions. During his tenure at MCFTech, Rama has collaborated with clients ranging from small business to enterprise-level fortune 100 companies, building tailored solutions suited to each client’s individual needs.
Rama and his team’s specialties include, but are not limited to project management systems, IT technical support systems, custom branded portals, complex systems integrations, process improvement, approval workflows, and more. Additionally, Rama has been an integral player in product development and research and development for MCFTech and its clients.
Prior to working at MCFTech, Rama worked in a variety of industries, including construction, transportation, and hospitalities. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of California Santa Barbara.
During his spare time, Rama is a father as well as an avid hiker, rock climber, and whitewater kayaker.
Rich Crum has always enjoyed devising ways to use technology to make companies stronger, so much so that he’s devoted over 20 years to working in almost every aspect of tech development and delivery, leading high-end teams to create successful applications.
Rich’s technical roots have given him a keen understanding of how systems must complement every organization’s unique needs and work culture. He is passionate about using QuickBase PaaS/SaaS Cloud and extended technologies to achieve his clients’ desired results. Start-ups and Fortune 100 companies alike benefit from Rich‘s expertise in Cloud App Development, SaaS/QuickBase, Enterprise Application Integration, E-Commerce, Database Development, Project Management and Customer Relationship Management.
When he’s not in the office, Rich, a Denver native, likes to head out to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to camp, snow ski and embark on outdoor adventures with his two sons.
VP, Principal Analyst, Application Development & Delivery Professionals at Forrester Research
Rob’s research focuses on business process management as well as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing.
Previous Work Experience
Rob returns to Forrester after leading IBM’s strategy for integrating Watson into the company’s collaboration services. Rob brings many years of experience in enterprise software consulting, product marketing, product management, and strategy. Prior to IBM, he was a vice president, principal analyst with Forrester where he was a leader in collaboration and enterprise social research. Before that, he was a director of product management with Microsoft, where he played a strategic role with Duet, a joint initiative brought to market with SAP. Prior to Microsoft, Rob was a senior director of product marketing with Oracle, where he focused on Oracle’s content, collaboration, portal, and business intelligence offerings. He also spent 15 years in consulting working for Lotus/IBM and other global software services firms with a focus on corporate collaboration.
Rob holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Davis.
Before joining IFG as CTO, Ross held a senior technology management position at Google. He has built IT systems from the ground up and has led teams to build products of a magnitude more powerful than anything on the market at the time.
In addition to a PhD in mathematics from Stanford, Ross has authored multiple patents held by Google. He is currently tackling computational and statistical analyses for IFG and leading the technology team in the creation of innovative “button-money” solutions for our clients.
Ryan Haas is a Certified QuickBase Solution Provider working for MCFTech as a Developer. His QuickBase experience has included both small and large-scale applications ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies with complex workflows.
His client projects have spanned a multitude of different areas some of which include Project Management, Inventory Management utilizing RFID technologies, Resource Management, custom branded portals, QuickBase automation through Workato and Zapier and process improvement.
Ryan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Engineering. He worked for a number of years in Land Development and Public Works until his passion for technology and coding ultimately led him to developing custom applications for clients and subsequently joining the QuickBase community through MCFTech.
Product Manager, Mercury Builder & API at QuickBase, Inc.
Sam has been working with Quick Base for over 3 years, and loves finding complex problems to solve. He’s managing the next generation Quick Base builder experience. He lives in the greater Boston with his wife and son.
Scott engages with companies of all sizes in business process improvement and delivering best-in-class software solutions. He has a passion for working with end users and making sure they have the best tools to get the job done right with the highest level of efficiency. He leads the Trinity team in delivering amazing results for their clients.
VP Advance Technology/Head of IFG Lab at Interface Financial
Steve DeYoe has over 20 years experience in IT and business. Before joining IFG, he served as the VP of Technology at FrontPoint Security, created and sold a successful IT consulting firm and served as CIO of Capitol Resource Funding where he built entire IT systems and teams. With his deep understanding of the invoice finance industry, Steve is leading IFG Lab in creation of several new advanced technology driven financial products in order to provide IFG clients with 21st century “button-money” applications.
Sybil Shearin is focusing on account and realm governance in QuickBase. With six years of QuickBase experience under her belt, she is tackling the problem of managing users, groups, and apps at scale. She brings her deep product knowledge and keen analysis skills to this often-overlooked area of QuickBase. Her designs are informed by more than 20 years’ experience in seeing how people use (and misuse) software, as well as the latest design thinking.
Todd Jusas is an entrepreneur, business owner and Chief Technology Officer at Juiced Technologies, Inc. based on Long Island NY. He received his BS and MBA in Computer Science at St. John’s University in New York.
He has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years beginning with Cobol development on IBM mainframe systems, then moving to development of PC based client/server applications, to where he currently focuses his energies on building SaaS applications with Intuit’s QuickBase. He is an avid sportsman and can be found at all hours of the day playing ice hockey.
Ty Shewmake has developed applications using QuickBase for almost 11 years. His focus has been integrating external business systems and microservices with QuickBase to create truly value-adding systems for the business.
Tyler has worked at PSL for nearly 15 years, mainly focusing on statistical data analysis. More recently, he has been a core member of the operational excellence team, selected by company leadership for his expertise in data analysis and interpretation for the launch of new products. Tyler began working in QuickBase ten years ago and began building apps in the last five. He has a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree in Management Information Systems from Concordia University and lives in Montreal, Canada, with his wife and two young children.