Bryan Rishforth - ChairmanBryan is the Founder and Managing Principal of R&R Global Partners, LLC, an international private investment firm which specializes in retail, commercial real estate, growth technology and franchise development. He brings over 25 years of experience with GE Capital leading business segments through successful global expansions and product launches. Upon leaving GE Capital in 2005 Bryan served as a senior executive providing private equity operations management and buyout advisory services. Bryan is a founding Board Member of TiE Philadelphia Chapter and Chair of its Charter Membership Committee. He has been a long time member of The Union League of Philadelphia. Bryan is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Eta Kappa Nu honors graduate from Drexel University and an alumnus of GE’s Executive Development, Corporate Audit Staff and Advanced Six Sigma programs (certified Black Belt and Master Black Belt).
Chris Gali - CEO & CofounderChris is a seasoned C-Level executive and visionary with over 20 years of experience in the Insurance and software development industries. Mr. Gali has successfully developed a policy administration system for the insurance industry that was acquired by Oracle in 2008. His innate ability to anticipate business needs and think outside the box has proven successful in his development of Graphite Studio. His proven team leadership skills are invaluable in creating and motivating a cohesive start up team. Chris holds a MS in Computer Science from Temple University as well as a MS in Computer Science from St. Joseph’s College (Trichy, India).
Joe Grover - Chief Operating OfficerJoe comes to Graphite GTC from his previous role as Vice President of Operations for CapGemini Invent North America, where he led the operations team globally in support of nearly 3000 employees. There, he delivered services in custom development, infrastructure, collaboration to include Salesforce and Sharepoint, and architecture. Prior to this position, he spent the majority of his career at LiquidHub helping to build the organization from 30 employees to more than 3000 as Vice President of Operations, globally supporting both US and India based delivery centers. Joe earned his BS in Computer Information Systems from Excelsior College after retiring from the United States Air Force in 1995 where he managed data and metrics reporting for extremely large vehicle fleets at the command level.
Shawn Wagner - Chief Technology OfficerWith over 15 years experience in Software Development transforming businesses. His expertise include, growing development teams and technology to maturity. Shawn has proven success developing enterprise mission critical software across many industries. His innate ability to anticipate business needs and think outside the box has proven successful in his development of Graphite Studio. He has held positions at AdminServer, Oracle, FAST and is a founding member of Graphite GTC. He has an MS in Computer Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Tornetta - VP, Strategic GrowthMike Tornetta is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at GraphiteGTC. Before joining the team, Mike had spent over 24 years working largely in the engineering software space. An accomplished solutions sales professional, he prides himself in his ability to craft technical and economic solutions that solve his clients’ biggest challenges. His most recent tenure was with Lockheed Martin and Wind River Systems. Mike has always aspired to partner with his clients rather than sell to them. Having delivered COTS, custom software, professional services, consulting, training and combinations of all the above, he brings unique insight to our growing team and is shaping the way we package value to GraphiteGTC clients. Mike has a degree in Accounting from Temple University and serves as a lacrosse coach for his local youth team in Horsham PA.
Meredith McGrath - Director of Business DevelopmentMeredith brings over 20 years experience of proven performance in relationship management, business development, and process management in rapidly changing environments such as, healthcare, public sector and technology. She has worked in B2B as management for major corporations and non-profits. Meredith brings a unique combination of skillsets to her role compiled from a diverse background crossing many markets and functionalities. Meredith received her BA in Business from Widener University.
Edward Czajka - Director of InfrastructureAs GraphiteGTC’s Senior Network/System/Cloud administrator, Ed has strong experience managing server infrastructures across Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS platforms and VMWare/Hyper-V. In addition he has strong expertise in AWS/Azure cloud based infrastructure. His duties and responsibilities also include managing the company’s Active Directory, TFS, Office365, routers, switches, wireless access points, and firewall appliances. His contributions also include several features and enhancements to the GraphiteGTC platform. Ed has held senior leadership positions with both Oracle and AdminServer. Ed received his formal computer education at Drexel University.
Mathew Melucci - SVP of Emerging TechnologyMatt is a senior software developer with over 13 years experience. Adept at application development, testing, and optimization and experience with mobile application development, he coordinates ground-up planning, programming and implementation for large enterprise applications. He has held positions at AdminServer, Oracle, FAST, EquiSoft and helped start Graphite GTC. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Widener University and a Masters of Science in Computer Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He helps to ensure the Graphite platform supports the latest available technologies and remains the cutting edge tool it is.