Leadership Team

Dan Gatti is the Executive Director of Big Data IoT Forum and has been involved in Big Data issues since his early career as data base systems programmer at IBM. Mr. Gatti serves as Managing Partner of Innovative Capital Ventures, Inc. helping companies get additional investment and manage the strategic relationship with companies interested in new technology.

Mr. Gatti has been President and CEO of three venture backed companies: OnSite Systems selling data intense wireless backhaul solutions, BigBangwidth selling jumbo switches for HPC networks, and MAYAN Networks, providing optical switches to the telecommunications market.

Previous positions include  Vice President and General Manager of 3Com’s Network Service Provider Division,  Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Primary Access,  President of Aptec Computer Systems providing multimedia I/O servers. Vice President of Marketing at Amdahl and GTE. Mr Gatti started his carreer at IBM

Mr. Gatti has a BA from Fairfield University and completed the executive MBA program at the Harvard Advanced Business School.

 

eric-frostEric Frost is Professor of Homeland Security and Geological Sciences at San Diego State University.

Eric Frost directs the SDSU Viz Center (http://vizcenter.sdsu.edu) and the Homeland Security Graduate Program (http://homelandsecurity.sdsu.edu) at SDSU. The focus is on doing real things and teaching our 120+ graduate students from this perspective to help build the leaders and managers of the future. Our end product and joy is in preparing students largely for public service on a global basis. Combining sensors, communication devices, data fusion, cloud computing, and social media provide a pathway to help educate our students in the Internet of Things and the incredible power hat it represents for global humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as well as nearly every other aspect of Homeland Security, business, education, tourism, and life.

By utilizing the power of the Internet to bring together sensors, data through time, and patterns of life along with UAV and satellite data, Frost and Viz Center colleagues are seeking to help build applications of the Internet of Things to assist in disaster, business and trade development, and law enforcement, and Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response.

Isaac Eteminan is Founder and CEO of Snapp Things. Isaac is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience as a proven technology executive, with a history of building effective teams and bringing innovative products to market.

Prior to Foneclay, Isaac was a Vice President at Qualcomm, Chipset Division. Before Qualcomm, Isaac was founder, CEO of Qualphone, a Technology Company providing Core Embedded IP Multimedia System and related media systems. Qualphone was eventually acquired by Qualcomm.

Prior to Qualphone, Isaac was founder & CTO of Sonim. Isaac developed the initial Push-To-Talk idea from concept to a product over commercial wireless networks. Isaac is the main contributor to the OMA Push-to-talk standards.

Prior to Sonim, Isaac was president of SpaceTelecom, focused on Advanced Satellite Communication System Design working with Motorola. Isaac worked with Nortel for 12 years as an architect in design and development of telecom and wireless technologies.

Isaac is the author/co-author of several key patents in the area of wireless technologies.

John Matze is  President and CEO of BridgeStor, providing Application Optimized Storage Appliances. John is  a well-known “serial entrepreneur” in the storage industry. Always championing new technologies and committed to mutually profitable programs for his channel partners, CRN Magazine recognized Matze, one of the original authors of the iSCSI protocol, as one of the Top 25 Innovators. The publication further recognized him in 2010 as a ‘Storage Superstar.’

John Matze has spent 20 years as an executive, visionary and frequent product award winner in the storage industry. He is a co-inventor of iSCSI and an acclaimed thought-leader in storage virtualization. He is pioneering the use of Advanced Data Reduction for application and virtual machine storage

Mr. Matze was founder, President and CEO of Siafu Software sold to Hifn and Okapi Software sold to Overland.

Mike Wall most recently was president and CEO of Amplidata, which was acquired by Western Digital. Amplidata provides a scalable storage solution that solves performance and durability.

Prior, Mr. Wall was president and CEO of Atempo enables organizations to preserve and protect digital information simply and effectively, across any infrastructure, on any platform, over long periods of time. Atempo was acquired by ASG.

Mr. Wall was President and CEO of DiCom Grid and previously general manager of Intel’s Storage Group, based in Chandler, Arizona, from 2002 to 2007. He was responsible for managing the P&L and all aspects of product and business development for Intel’s $500M storage business. Prior to this, Mike was the general manager of Intel’s Supercomputer Systems Division, where he led the introduction of Intel’s x86 architecture into the high performance computing market with massively parallel systems.

Before joining Intel, Mike was general manager at Cray Research, responsible for North American Operations. He also held several marketing management positions at IBM in New York City.

Mr. Wall sits on the Boards of DICOM Grid, Atempo and Nirvanix. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his Masters of Management Sciences, Averill Harriman College for Urban and Policy Sciences, at SUNY Stony Brook.

George Sysmons 106x160George Symons is COO of Sureline Systems providing SUREedge, an enterprise class software solution for migration to and from the cloud,  disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and application mobility.

Prior, George, was CEO of Gridstore™  the leader in HyperConverged All-Flash Infrastructure for the Microsoft Cloud-Inspired Data Center. disaster recovery, data center consolidation, and application mobility.  George was Chief Strategy Officer of Nexsan Technologies,  sold to Imation,  providing backup and data management solutions. Other positions included CEO of EvoStor,  CEO of Yosemite Technologies, CTO for Information Management of EMC and several positions at Legato.

Mr. Symons has bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Management Science from UCSD and an MBA from UCLA.

John Rotchford is the Managing Director of Strategic Advisory Services International (SASI), a boutique M&A advisory firm focused on serving private, venture backed technology companies.  Mr. Rotchford has over 20 years as a technology industry veteran with a unique blend of investment banking, strategy consulting, corporate development and start-up experience.

The market focus of SASI is IT, with core expertise in  IT Infrastructure, Storage/Data Protection, Cloud Computing, SAAS, IT Security and Network Technologies.

Mr. Rotchford’s transactions include, EMC, Seagate, Citrix, Riverbed and Qualcomm. Prior to SASI, Mr. Rotchford managed the Southern California practice for SVB Alliant.  Also, Mr. Rotchford was responsible for strategic planning and M&A activities at Iomega, Brodview and Compaq. Mr. Rotchford earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Babson College.