COMPANY BACKGROUND

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CirrusWorks is the leader in dynamic bandwidth management. The CirrusWorks Governor optimizes traffic during peak congestion periods to ensure fast and reliable Internet performance for all users. Only CirrusWorks employs AutoAlgorithms™ that adapt to unpredictable traffic patterns in real time, without the need to pre-configure static rule sets or policies. CirrusWorks enables organizations to reduce network congestion and provide fast, reliable internet while maximizing their existing infrastructure.

 

At CirrusWorks, our mission is to improve Internet performance in a simple, efficient and effective way. CirrusWorks was founded by veterans of the technology services industry who saw first-hand the need for better, smarter, faster tools to manage IP network performance. Collectively, they have built businesses that enable digital communications at home, on the road and at the workplace, both domestically and world-wide. They have personally contributed to multiple chapters in the recent history of telecommunications technologies: from the growth of global financial transaction networks, to the expansion of public WiFi networks in hotels. They have witnessed the onset of mobile communications, video streaming and cloud-based systems, all of which require more data, more infrastructure and more and more resources to manage the exponential growth of bandwidth congestion. It was from their experience providing networking solutions in this data congestion environment that the idea of CirrusWorks was born.

 

Serving a broad customer base including leading education, hospitality and the public sector, CirrusWorks is changing the way organizations manage network performance. CirrusWorks is headquartered in Falls Church, VA. 

THE CIRRUSWORKS TEAM

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John J. McDonnell, Jr. - Director


jjm2John J. McDonnell, Jr., has served on our board of directors since October, 2015. Mr. McDonnell is one of the founders and market leaders in the electronic payments industry. He is currently non-Executive Chairman and Director of Phoenix Managed Networks, a privately held payments company, where he previously served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Phoenix, he served as Chief Executive Officer and a Director of ExaDigm, Inc., a leading innovator of modular IP-based technology. Mr. McDonnell is the founder of TNS, Inc., a leading provider of data communications services to processors of credit card, debit card and ATM transactions worldwide. Mr. McDonnell served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Transaction Network Services, Inc. from April 2001 to September 2006. Previously, he served as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PaylinX Corp., a software provider for transaction processing, from November 1999 until it was sold to CyberSource Corp. in September 2000. He remained a director of CyberSource until its sale to VISA in 2010. Prior to that, Mr. McDonnell was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Transaction Network Services, Inc. from the time he founded the company in 1990. Mr. McDonnell is also a founder and director of the Electronic Funds Transfer Association. He was the recipient of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP's 1997 High Tech Entrepreneur Award and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. McDonnell holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, an MSEE from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marymount University.

 

Gareth Moore - Director

Gareth MooreGareth Moore has served on our board of directors since June 2014.  Gareth is a Principal at Adelphi Capital, and concurrently serves as a Partner at Ravensdale Capital. Adelphi Capital is a middle-market merchant banking business in Washington, DC. Ravensdale Capital is an investing platform created to make pre-institutional investments in startup and early-stage technology businesses. Gareth serves as Chairman & CEO of the Virginia Distillery Company, and is on the board of CirrusWorks Inc. Gareth received a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Georgetown.

 

 

 

 

David Giannini - Director, CEO

DavidDavid is responsible for the corporate, capital and strategic direction of the company. He has nearly 20 years' experience building enterprises that capitalize on emerging technologies, converging economies and disruptive business models. In 1999, David founded Core Communications to provide managed technology and communications solutions to hotels, growing to be market leader in North America. In 2006, he sold Core to Swisscom (www.swisscom.ch), where he served as Chairman/Managing Director for the US business unit. In 2007, David was appointed Chief Revenue Officer of the newly formed Swisscom Hospitality Services group, responsible for directing the global sales and services organization. David started his professional career at Ernst & Young (www.ey.com), serves on the Advisory Board to the Meridian International Center (www.meridian.org), and he is co-author of our principle patents at CirrusWorks. He serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO.

 

Rick Sternitzke - Director, CTO

RickRick is responsible for managing the technology development and product engineering of the company. He has over thirty years experience leading the technical and operational organizations of public and privately held managed network services companies. Prior to CirrusWorks, Rick was the CTO of Swisscom Hospitality Services (www.swisscom.ch), a global subsidiary of the Swiss telecoms company. Rick was co-founder and COO of Core Communications, an IP-Solutions provider to the hotel and meetings industry, which sold to Swisscom in 2006. Prior to Core, Rick was CTO of Transaction Network Services (www.tnsi.com), a global transaction network to the financial services industry. While at TNS, Rick designed the first commercially deployed shared transport of SS7-over-IP and a shared resource closed IP network for the Financial Information eXchange protocol (FIX) for automated trading desk applications. Rick is the principal author of our technical strategies at CirrusWorks. He has served on our Board of Directors since July of 2013.

Elizabeth Crawford, CPA, CGMA - CFO

BethElizabeth is responsible for managing the finance and administration of the company. She has over twenty years experience in executive financial management of public and privately held companies. Prior to CirrusWorks, Elizabeth was the Global Controller of Population Services International (www.psi.org), a global non-profit organization providing health services in over sixty countries. Prior to PSI, she lead consulting services in the Washington DC region assisting clients in enhancing operational and financial performance through business process re-engineering and change initiatives across enterprises. Elizabeth was the Vice President of Finance for both Core Communications and Transaction Network Services. Elizabeth holds the active designations of Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

 

 

Brandon Rasmussen - Director of Business Development

BrandonBrandon is responsible for recruitment, development, and enablement of value added channel partners and works strategically with our direct sales teams to co-sell and further our brand. He brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of sales positions and verticals but most recently he led the east coast partner channel for MicroStrategy. Brandon is a graduate of George Mason University, avid fan of Washington DC sports, and proud to call northern Virginia home where he lives with his chocolate lab.

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Uperti - Software Architect

Rick U.Rick is responsible for software systems design and development, focusing on the data and telecommunications aspects of our products. Rick has over 30 years of software development experience. For the last 12 years, Rick has been an independent software contractor in telecommunications. Prior, Rick was EVP & Chief Systems Architect for Transaction Network Services (www.tnsi.com) where he created the TNS Network Interface Processor (NIP,) providing customizable front-end platforms for high-speed host transaction processing systems. At Digital Radio Networks, Rick developed communications interfaces to support the transport of credit card transactions via a private 900mhz wireless network (packet radio modems). Rick began his career at Dynatech Corp as a developer of C/M68000 data communications software for X.25 PADs and switches. Rick holds a B.S. Computer Science, 1985, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA

Rod Lyman - Director of Operations & Supply Chain

RodRod is responsible for the company’s operations inclusive of: hardware design/build, logistics, supply chain and support functions. Rod brings 20+ years of software, hardware and management experience to CirrusWorks. Rod has a reputation for successful management of engineering, development and operational organizations in growing companies. Most recently, Rod has held Sr. Management and Development roles with Equinox Payments, ViVOTech and Exadigm specializing in embedded platforms used for the transport of credit and financial transactions. Prior, Rod held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in software development and management at Transaction Network Services (www.tnsi.com) including international assignments and a stint as President of the TNS subsidiary under PSINet. After beginning his career at Hewlett-Packard, Rod spent several years designing embedded controls systems for the plastics industry. Rod holds a B.S. Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Anna Sternitzke - Marketing and Media Manager

AnnaAnna is responsible for the company's marketing efforts, which includes writing and formatting materials for publication, creating graphics, managing the CirrusWorks website, and cultivating the company's social accounts. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 2012, majoring in Political Science/Legal Studies, and continued on at the university to receive her MPA from the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy in 2014. She has over a decade's worth of experience with Adobe design products and is an illustrator in her spare time.

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