Chief Executive Officer and President
Sean O’Leary is responsible for setting the strategic direction and leading the expansion of StrikeIron’s cloud computing services. Mr. O’Leary has over 20 years experience in the Information Technology industry, developing go-to market strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and venture backed start-ups.
Prior to joining StrikeIron, Mr. O’Leary served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at the TapRoot Systems, where he helped launch several new products. One of the company’s most notable products included the award winning Mobile Hot Spot, which was picked up by Best Buy as a private label solution and sold in over 1100 stores in North America. Mr. O’Leary also previously served as Vice President and General Manager at Good Technology, where he was credited with developing and implementing a carrier channel distribution strategy that helped grow their business from 10,000 to over 500,000 subscribers and facilitated its acquisition by Motorola in January 2007. Mr. O’Leary also held the position of Senior Director of Worldwide Sales at Cisco Systems, where he played a number of strategic roles, including leading a global sales organization of over 800 people, with offices in thirteen countries.
Mr. O’Leary is a frequent guest lecturer at local universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business, NC State University and Elon University. In 2003, Mr. O’Leary received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.
Mr. O’Leary holds a B.A. in Economics from New England College and a MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire.
Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder
Bob Brauer is the visionary behind StrikeIron with a zeal for exploiting new technologies to create exciting products and services. As chief technology officer, he is responsible for StrikeIron’s product vision and strategy, as well as providing an integrated direction of sales, marketing and technology.
Prior to StrikeIron, Mr. Brauer was the founding Chief Executive Officer for the DataFlux Corporation, an innovative database management software company launched in 1996, financed by the Aurora Funds and several private investors, and acquired by SAS Institute in June of 2000. Prior to DataFlux, Mr. Brauer was a software engineer with Seer Technologies.
Mr. Brauer is a frequent guest speaker at software industry technology conferences and has appeared as an author in several industry publications, including Web Services Journal and Webservices.org. In 2004, Mr. Brauer received the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. He was nominated for the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004, and was chosen in the Research Triangle area’s Impact 100 presented by Business Leader magazine.
Mr. Brauer holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
Executive Vice President and General Manager
Chris Atkinson is responsible for the organic growth of StrikeIron through the expansion of our industry leading sales force and building loyalty with our customers. Chris is a passionate leader who brings 15 years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development leadership working with Fortune 100 and venture backed start-ups.
Prior to joining StrikeIron, Mr. Atkinson served at McKesson, Allscripts, and Netsco in various senior leadership roles.
Mr. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and a MBA with concentration in Finance from Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Executive Vice President of Products and Technology
Justin Helmig is responsible for the development and execution of product strategies. Mr. Helmig has 15 years of experience in marketing, product management, strategy, and product development in the technology industry.
Prior to StrikeIron, Mr. Helmig was Vice President of Product Management at TapRoot Systems, a venture backed mobile software company. Before joining TapRoot, Mr. Helmig was a member of Texas Instrument’s Worldwide Strategy and Corporate Development group where he was responsible for alliances, mobile operator relationships, product strategy, M&A strategy, and corporate development for the wireless terminals business unit. Mr. Helmig also held various leadership positions at General Instrument and Qualcomm.
Mr. Helmig holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and a MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul Boyer is responsible for leading finance at StrikeIron. Recognized for his proven financial and operational expertise in growing and managing private and public technology companies for the last 20 years, Mr. Boyer has been a senior executive and entrepreneur at companies such as Agion Technologies, Solicore, SwitchPoint Networks, BriteSmile and Dynatec International. He is highly skilled in start-up, high growth and private equity ventures for both public and private companies.
Mr. Boyer holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego Mesa College.
Vice President of Business Development
Neal Goffman is responsible for Business Development and Channel Strategy, focused on three tenets: establishing StrikeIron’s relevance in the cloud computing ecosystem, creating integrations with other technology platforms, and providing alternate channels for organizations to purchase StrikeIron’s products and services. Neal is a dynamic leader who brings 17 years of Sales, Consulting and Business Development leadership working with Fortune 100 and venture backed start-ups.
Prior to joining StrikeIron, Mr. Goffman served at Ciber and IBM in various senior leadership roles.
Mr. Goffman holds a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University with additional concentrations in Statistics.
Vice President of Product Development
Andy Smoak oversees the development of StrikeIron’s platform and products, ensuring the company’s technology align with StrikeIron’s short and long-term corporate goals. Mr. Smoak has over 27 years of experience in the technology industry.
Prior to StrikeIron, Mr. Smoak held leadership positions at Extreme Networks where he worked with third party vendors and partners on new Extreme Networks products. Before Extreme Networks, he co-founded a venture backed, mobile software company called TapRoot Systems where he served as the Vice President of Technology and grew the company from 4 people to over 100 people in 9 years. Mr. Smoak also held a variety of technology leadership positions at Tantera Networks, NetEdge, IBM, and NCR.
Mr. Smoak holds a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a Computer Science concentration from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Vice President of Marketing
Katie Fabiszak is responsible for market strategy and the implementation of global marketing activities for the StrikeIron technology portfolio. Ms.Fabiszak has more than 20 years of marketing experience in corporate marketing, demand generation, analyst and public relations, marketing communications and channel marketing.
Prior to StrikeIron, Ms. Fabiszak was Vice President of Marketing and International Managing Director at DataFlux, a global leader in data management and subsidiary of SAS. Before joining DataFlux, Ms. Fabiszak worked for Ernst & Young in the Entrepreneurial Services practice group. Ms. Fabiszak was the recipient of the Business Leader’s Women Extraordinaire Award, recognizing top women business leaders who demonstrate significant business achievement and community involvement.
Ms.Fabiszak holds a B.S. in marketing and technical communications concentration from Clarkson University.
Vice President of Human Resources
Mike Kidwell is responsible for the administration of StrikeIron’s human resources functions to include organizational development, payroll, benefits administration, and recruiting. He has over 30 years of experience in human resources.
Prior to joining StrikeIron, Mr. Kidwell operated the human resources consulting firm that he founded in 1990. In 2005, he joined TapRoot Systems, a venture backed mobile software company. As Human Resources Director, he was responsible for recruiting its executive team once Series A funding was obtained. Mr. Kidwell led the planning and implementation of human resources practices for the company as it added departments and grew to over 100 employees worldwide.
In 2010, Mr. Kidwell joined Inlet Technologies, a venture backed software company, to help grow a key development group and improve human resources functions. He was part of the 3 person executive team that led Inlet through due diligence prior to the sale of the company to Cisco Systems. He then helped with the transition to Cisco after the sale closed in 2011.
Prior to the founding of his company, Mr. Kidwell held leadership positions with the Yoh Company and Augmentation.