Mentors


  • Anthony DeBonis Anthony DeBonis

    Bio: Anthony DeBonis is the Head of Application Development and Partner at Troy Web Consulting, a web and mobile applications development firm in Troy, New York. Anthony is responsible for the design, development and deployment of mobile and web applications with requirements for both high security and availability in HTML5, Flex, ColdFusion and Java Platforms. He works primarily with government and corporate entities and agencies. Anthony is currently developing Web Applications for several cross platform mobile applications and recently co-developed the mobile app for Techapalooza2011. An avid developer community member, Anthony is co-founder of the Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, is on the board of the Java Developer\'s Network and presents at many User Groups and National Conferences.


  • Brian Corrigan Brian Corrigan

    Bio: Brian Corrigan is the Chief Technology Officer of Major League Gaming (MLG) and Agora Games. Brian is responsible for managing MLG\'s technology decisions and architecture. Brian has more than ten years of experience in the technology industry, and is passionate about the software industry, supporting open development models that stimulate creativity and innovation. Brian is the chief architect behind the Agora Hydra system, which enables web to in-game integration on a massive scale, with a primary emphasis on web community building. Before joining Agora in 2008, Brian was general manager of Multimedia Games (MGAM) where he managed the design, operation, and support of New York State\'s multi-billion dollar video lottery system. Brian participates in several associations and professional organizations, and holds a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.


  • Mark Menard Mark Menard

    Bio: Mark Menard is the founder and president of Enable Labs, formerly Vita Rara, a boutique consulting firm located in Troy, NY. Enable Labs, which was founded in 2004, specializes in custom software development, fraternal membership management, supply chain logistics, and client relations systems. Before founding Enable Labs, Mark Menard was a principal, Vice-president and the Chief Technology Officer at 5points.net, a web and application consultancy in East Chatham, NY. At 5points.net, Mark oversaw all technologies and acted as lead developer on many web site development and application development projects. Previously, Mark Menard was the Vice-president of Internet Services for the ATEC Group. At ATEC, Mark started their Internet services division. He also launched ATEC’s ecommerce site with a catalog of over 10,000 products in a one-month project. Prior to 5points.net, Mark was the founding employee and Operations Director for CapitalNET, the largest regional provider of Internet access in upstate New York. Mark started and grew CapitalNET to over 14,000 users. Mark was involved in all operational and technological decisions at CapitalNET, overseeing a network and server operation that provided 24x7 Internet access with dial-up, ISDN, email, DNS, web and many other services. At his departure, CapitalNET covered a three state service area with peak loads of over 1,500 concurrent users. Over Mark’s career in software, the systems and websites he has directly developed have processed hundreds of thousands of transactions valued in the billions of dollars. His dedication to life long learning and technological improvement have kept him on the cutting edge of software development. Outside of technology, Mark is an avid Freemason, having served his Lodge as Master and Secretary, and currently serves as Chaplain. Mark has served on his Grand Lodge of New York’s Technology Committee for eight years. Mark is married to Sylva, and has two sons, Ezra and Avi.


  • Joe Payette Joe Payette

    Bio: As co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Greane Tree Technology, Joseph Payette, Jr., leads his team of Agile software developers to create custom, standards-based, web, database, mobile and enterprise software. Joe and his team have enjoyed applying their ingenuity and skill to systems as diverse as a statistical tool for an international drywall manufacturer, a player-ranking system for a leading online gaming platform, a community-building database for technology companies, and a reservations system for New York City nightlife. Joe earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has many years of experience in all phases of software development, including analysis, architecture, coding and quality control. Joe is expert in technologies such as Ruby on Rails, .NET, PHP, Java, C++, AJAX, MySQL, and MSSQL, but he is always on the lookout for new tools to help Greane Tree Technology communicate more clearly, work more efficiently, and meet customer specifications more elegantly. Joe is an active contributor to area user groups, including the Tech Valley Ruby Brigade, the Tech Valley .NET User Group, the Capital District Linux User Group, and the Capital District Java Developers Network.


  • Sinclair Shuller Sinclair Shuller

    Bio: Before co-founding Apprenda, Sinclair held positions at Morgan Stanley, Eden Communications, and the State University of New York (SUNY). Sinclair holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Sinclair excels in understanding the economics of SaaS platforms and ecosystems, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events.


  • Ian Morrison Ian Morrison

    Bio: Ian Morrison is a trusted and experienced information technology sales consultant. He is passionate about helping organizations to identify technology and business solutions that transform and improve IT operations in support of their business goals. Throughout his career, Ian has advised many of the top Fortune 500® companies across North America in addition to Federal, State, and Local Governments.


  • Steve Lobel Steve Lobel

    Bio: Steve Lobel joined Anchor Agency, Inc. as Director of Sales and Marketing in January of 1997, and in 2006 he was promoted to Vice President

    . He left his position, as assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs at the University at Albany to assume this opportunity in one of Albany’s most respected insurance and financial planning firms. Mr. Lobel established a technology division at Anchor to provide risk management and insurance services for emerging technology companies. Over the last fourteen years he has gained expertise and built a significant clientele in this growing market. In 2005 he completed the requirements for the professional designation CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor). Mr. Lobel’s Capital Region entrepreneurial activities span over three decades. He was the University’s Director of Marketing before assuming the Alumni position. However, he is best known as the founder of The Cheese Connection, which had its start in 1980 in Albany’s Robinson Square. In 1981, the business moved to Stuyvesant Plaza. In 1988 the business was expanded and renamed Cowan & Lobel. After selling his interest in this well-known and respected food emporium in 1991, Lobel purchased Impress Promotions in Saratoga, which he operated until 1993 when he joined UAlbany. Lobel received a BA degree in English from the University at Albany in 1970. From 1993 to 1997 he served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching marketing in the Evening MBA Program at UAlbany’s School of Business. He also served as founding Chair of the Advisory Council for the MBA Program. Steve served as an Adjunct Professor at Union College, teaching two terms of Marketing Management for the MBA Program of the Graduate Management Institute. Steve has been active in community affairs, serving as a director on the boards of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (chairman of the Marketing Committee 2006 - 2008) and currently Chairman of the Board, The Community Foundation (current), Albany Center Galleries, Albany Senior Services, Senior Services of Albany Foundation (current) United Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern NY (President, 1999-2001). He was the founding President of Tech Valley Healthy Kids, an organization formed to bring mobile dental care to needy children in the Capital Region. He has served on the United Way marketing and Hands On Capitaland committees in addition to his role as past President of Albany Rotary Club and founding co-chair of the Washington Park Lobster Festival which he co-chaired for 7 years. He has also served on the boards of the University at Albany Foundation, and Capital Chamber Artists. Steve is a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the United Jewish Federation. In 2009 he was presented with the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award (also known as “The Ebbie”) for “his exemplary commitment to improving the lives of individuals through community involvement” by the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Steve was presented with the “Spirit of the Arts” from The Arts Center of the Capital Region, and the Community Builders Award from Jewish Family Services of Northeast New York. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 Steve followed his avocation and passion for socially conscious photojournalism and traveled to the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua documenting humanitarian health care missions with still photography and videography. His photography is featured in several short documentary films regarding those missions. Published articles include "Insurance Coverage and Internet Risks", Capital District Business Review, August 14-20, 2000, "Business Interruption Insurance and the Protection of Prospective Earnings", Capital District Business Review, December 3-9, 2001, and "Structured Settlements", New York State Bar Association CLE "Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention and Litigation, March 2002. Mr. Lobel was featured in an article titled "Serial Entrepreneur" by Robin Wood, in the Capital District Business Review, April 5-11, 2002. On December 27, 2005 he was featured in an article by Paul Grondhal (“Through a Lens Lovingly”) in the Time Union. In May of 2006 Mr. Lobel Published his first book, “Recognition Beyond Burned, Portraits of Survival, Rebirth & Hope” featuring his photographic portraits of burn survivors. The book coincided with a nationally touring exhibit of those photographs. Lobel is currently writing a memoir based on his lecture series “Failing My Way To Success”. Mr. Lobel is a long time member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. He lives in Slingerlands with his wife Vivian. They have two adult children: Mia and Joshua, grandsons Ezekiel and Nikolai, granddaughter Lila.


  • Raimundo Archibold Jr. Raimundo Archibold Jr.

    Bio: Raimundo C. Archibold Jr. is the Managing Director of Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc. He specializes in corporate finance, strategic planning and M&A activities. Prior to joining SHG, he enjoyed a career in finance in New York City for over 25 years, principally as an equity analyst covering the technology and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Archibold has wide experience in equities and capital markets and has been involved in over 20 initial public offerings and M&A transactions. His experience includes work with JP Morgan Equity Research where he was the lead analyst covering the IT Services sector. At Kaufman Bros, he was the lead analyst covering the telecommunications industry. In addition, Raimundo worked with financial institutions while at Fox-Pitt Kelton. He has experience with advanced materials, is an investor in the technology, media and telecommunications industries, and is a financial advisor working with entrepreneurs and professionals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Dayton, and an MBA in economics from Pace University. Mr. Archibold is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


  • Reg Harnish Reg Harnish

    Bio: Reg Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, security specialist and the Founder of GreyCastle Security. With over 10 years of extensive experience in security solutions for Financial Services, Healthcare and Higher Education organizations, Reg focuses on implementations of ISO and NIST standards ranging from risk management, incident handling and regulatory compliance to network, application and physical security

    . Always bringing a unique perspective to information and physical security, Reg works to promote awareness, establish security fundamentals and reduce risk for all clients. As GreyCastle Security’s Founder and Chief Security Strategist, Reg helps businesses of all types identify their risks, implement practical solutions and avoid the hype and hysteria that is commonplace in security today. By combining decades of experience, military-grade standards and security fundamentals, Reg continues to demonstrate that all businesses can reduce their risk. Reg attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has achieved numerous security and industry certifications. Reg is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). In addition, Reg is certified in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Essentials, as well as ITIL Lean for Service. Reg is a member of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). In addition to deep expertise in information security, Reg has achieved numerous physical security certifications, including firearms instruction, range safety and personal protection. Reg is a frequent speaker and has presented at prominent events, including the NYS Cyber Security Conference, The New York Bankers Association (NYBA) and Symantec Vision, the company’s global conference. Reg’s successes have been featured in several leading industry journals, including Software Magazine, ComputerWorld and InfoWorld. Reg serves as the Vice President of Education for the Hudson Valley Chapter of ISACA. He also serves on the Advisory Board for ITT Technical Institute, a secondary education institution focused on business technology. Reg was also previously a member of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross of Northeastern New York. Prior to GreyCastle Security, Reg held technology positions spanning the past 20 years, ranging from established Fortune 500 firms to technology startups. Reg’s business background comes from experience in several verticals, including supply chain, financial services, managed services and most recently public utilities. As the Chief Technology Officer for several organizations, Reg was responsible for defining and developing Internet strategies, developing technology solutions, participating in venture capital financing and developing business strategy. Reg has also served as a technology advisory consultant to several venture capital firms.


  • Bob Godgart Bob Godgart

    Bio: Bob Godgart is founder and chairman of Autotask Corporation. As an active participant in the channel, Godgart often speaks at industry conferences and participates on numerous industry advisory panels. He was named to the MSP Mentor 250 and as a CRN “Channel Chief” in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he was named to the SMB 150 and the Channelnomics “12 Channel and Tech Leaders to Watch.” Godgart has been an award-winning software entrepreneur and businessman since 1982, with experience concentrated in the areas of strategic planning, corporate marketing, sales strategy, license agreements, acquisitions, due diligence, product management and software. Prior to founding Autotask, Godgart founded PowerAdz.com (now PowerOne Media), an industry-leading provider of Web application/hosting services to the newspaper and automotive industries. At PowerAdz, he was responsible for corporate vision, business development, product management, corporate marketing programs, and acquisitions. In 1987, he founded a software company that revolutionized an industry with innovative low-cost imaging software to put paper drawings on the PC. He guided the company through seven consecutive years of profitability and received numerous awards for growth, product export and technology. In 1994, the 70-person company was acquired by Softdesk, a public company now owned by Autodesk. Godgart holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time he likes racing R/C cars, boating and spending time with his family.


  • Kim Lloyd Kim Lloyd

    Bio: Kim Lloyd, cofounder and COO of Rock The Deadline (www.rockthedeadline.com), has been building and marketing products in the web and software industry for the past 18 years

    . Her web experience includes launching an e-commerce website in 1995 for MapInfo, to her recent role as COO of a top online media property, Bright Hub, and now as the cofounder of Rock The Deadline, a web-based SaaS offering for marketing agencies. Kim’s product management and marketing experience in the software industry has been a great platform for success on the internet. Most recently, Kim was co-founder and COO of Bright Hub, responsible for leading a team to manage all aspects of Bright Hub's web presence as well as overseeing the freelance writer and editor network consisting of thousands of members, getting to the point of 18 million visitors a month in traffic in under 4 years. Kim led Bright Hub’s branding, product strategy and marketing and served as a key member of the executive leadership team contributing to the company’s business model, growth plans, revenue plans and operational aspects of the business. Prior to joining Bright Hub, Kim led product marketing for MapInfo Corporation. She was responsible for the product marketing and launch team averaging 50 product launches per quarter. She also drove the rebranding and market positioning of the company’s entire product portfolio. As one of the first 70 employees at MapInfo in 1990, Kim was there for 14 years as the company was ultimately sold to Pitney Bowes in early 2007. Her current endeavor is going to revolutionize the way agencies can respond to the ever-growing digital content needs of their clients. Rock The Deadline is a collaborative workplace environment where editorial oversight helps agencies enjoy quality, predictability and reliability in finding and managing independent producers and in turn, producers enjoy a stable workplace that fairly values their creative expertise and where they can realize autonomy, mastery and purpose. Kim holds a BS in Information Systems Management from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and an MBA in Management and Technology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Lally School of Management. Kim is actively involved in the RPI Women in Entrepreneurship and Severino center and has been a featured speaker at its Women in Entrepreneurship event.


  • Dan Dinsmore Dan Dinsmore

    Bio: Dan Dinsmore is the founder of Overit Media, created with the goal of providing great technology, ideas and solutions for great brands. Dan sought out the best team of designers, programmers and marketing gurus- and has not stopped there. He is constantly on the pulse of everything marketing and technology related for his clients and is passionate about video, motion graphics, and the best equipment available. He settles for nothing but the highest quality of work for all of his clients and you can expect him to work closely with you to personally see that all of your goals are met. Spending a large chunk of his time working, Dan still finds time to enjoy his home life. He is happily married to his Overit coworker, Michelle Toch Dinsmore. Their ever-curious toddler, Braydon, extremely talented daughter Maiya, brilliant son Devin and attention hungry dog, Ovie, make sure Dan and Michelle\'s home life is anything but dull.


  • Alex Finn Alex Finn

    Bio: Alex Finn was the founder and CEO of ActiveHost, a data center services provider, which was acquired in 2011 by CornerStone Telephone, a regional advanced communications company. He serves as the Executive Director of Data Center Services and is tasked with expanding their data center services, as well as SkySphere, the company\'s cloud computing division. Alex is entrepreneurial, energetic and customer-focused with a proven track record of creating value, driving innovation, strategic planning and streamlining business operations. Alex is an accomplished technologist with over 20 years experience in the field of Information Technology, including software/database design and development, systems and network operations, data forensics, information security, business continuity/disaster recovery, data center operations and cloud computing. With a deep passion for technology, as well as bringing new businesses online, Alex has advised and assisted dozens of Internet-based startups in all stages, from conception to deployment. Additionally, over the years Alex has been active in the local technology and business community by chairing and participating in number of regional organizations, including the Tech Valley Executive Council, TechForce, Summit in Tech Valley Advisory Committee, CATA, CEOConnex, as well as the regional chambers of commerce. Alex has been recognized by the NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, regional municipalities and with Capital Region Business Review\'s \"40 Under Forty\" award. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, skiing, fishing, the Adirondacks and traveling on wild adventures with his family.


  • Rhea Drysdale Rhea Drysdale

    Bio: Rhea Drysdale is Co-founder and CEO of Outspoken Media, an Internet marketing company that specializes in SEO consulting, natural link development, online reputation management and social media strategies. Rhea has been optimizing web sites for more than seven years with both in-house and agency positions prior to starting Outspoken Media. Now she works with the Outspoken Media team and clients to achieve competitive search rankings, increased brand awareness and conversions. Rhea has previously spoken at SMX East, West and Advanced; SearchLove New York; SEOmoz Meetup NYC; SES; Pubcon Vegas and South; Web 2.0 Expo; Blog World Expo; ACCM; Search Exchange; BlueGlass; and SEMNE. She has also been featured on CNN.com, in the Wall Street Journal and WebmasterRadio.


  • Dick Fredericks Dick Fredericks

    Bio: Mr. Frederick has extensive business experience as a C level executive building and managing companies. He is recognized as an expert in web marketing, operations management and financial planning. He has founded a number of companies including Autotask, a $20mm software company that sells and markets a web based Soft as a Service business solution from its offices in Rensselaer, NY; What Every Baby Needs, a start up retail site that sells organic baby clothing and safe products, and Eastern NY Angels, a seed venture fund. In addition he has a consulting practice, the Best and the Brightest that is focused on building and accelerating the growth of early stage companies. Mr. Frederick also teaches entrepreneurial programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School where he also serves and the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Severino Center for Technical Enterpreneurship. He is also the Director of the Emerging Ventures Ecosystem Incubator program at RPI. Mr. Frederick is active in the business community where he acts as a mentor to a number of technology start up companies located throughout the Capital Region. In his free time he enjoys golf, his grandchildren and running a retail web site selling organic and green baby products.