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The Tech 25 annually celebrates Indiana’s tech product and company builders who don’t always get the recognition they deserve. The 25 recipients are the critical, non-­C-­suite contributors who work the long hours, build the products, and run the projects that propel our businesses forward.

Class of 2015

Shannon Bradley

POSTITION: VP GLOBAL SUPPORT

COMPANY: SALESFORCE MARKETING CLOUD

"Shannon’s team is the first point of contact for our customers globally--and so important. This past year, she led the integration of the ...

"Shannon’s team is the first point of contact for our customers globally--and so important. This past year, she led the integration of the existing ExactTarget team into the Salesforce model---not an easy task, especially with a global workforce. Through all of this, our customers were handled with the greatest care--and felt little disruption in the support model. Shannon's team is based in Indy , and she is constantly hiring and developing talent locally to achieve her goals."

- Scott McCorkle, CEO, Salesforce Marketing Cloud"

Courtney Crispin

POSTITION: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING MANAGER

COMPANY: NEXTGEAR CAPITAL

"Courtney has been a long-time participant in the success of Indianapolis technology companies. From her early days at Software Artistry, wo ...

"Courtney has been a long-time participant in the success of Indianapolis technology companies. From her early days at Software Artistry, working both in professional services and product development, through her time serving in leadership roles at my company, PeopleStrategy and later at NextGear Capital, she always brings technical and people leadership skills that help build teams and create successful products. Most recently, at NextGear Capital, Courtney has helped lead a recruiting effort that interviewed a candidate pool of nearly 800 applicants to select an elite team of 85 technology professionals to build the next generation of products that will take the company from $3.2 billion dollars to over $6 billion.”

- Bryan Everly, CTO, NextGear Capital"

Nicole DelMastro

POSTITION: DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

COMPANY: CLOUDONE

"Prior to Nicole’s arrival, CloudOne struggled like any startup to define its position in the marketplace and it’s ‘voice’ above all ...

"Prior to Nicole’s arrival, CloudOne struggled like any startup to define its position in the marketplace and it’s ‘voice’ above all of the other noise…Since she arrived, CloudOne’s monthly revenue has more than doubled, and our strategy for connecting with the marketplace has evolved accordingly. At each turn of the wheel, Nicole has acted with the maturity and poise of a professional twice her age, but has never failed to introduce the creative, dynamic and youthful approach that was our hope when we offered her the job – a hope that has turned into a brilliant reality for us.”

- John McDonald, CEO, CloudOne"

Megan Dixon

POSTITION: CHIEF OF STAFF

COMPANY: DOUBLEMAP

"Megan joined the team when we were working out of an apartment. Her skills and oversight have expanded immensely from initially handling ju ...

"Megan joined the team when we were working out of an apartment. Her skills and oversight have expanded immensely from initially handling just paperwork to overseeing a staff of 30 part-time and full-time employees. She's personally overseen all hiring, contract fulfillment, accounting & finance, and HR functions. She's integral to our growth."

- Peter SerVaas, President, DoubleMap"

Austin Evans

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

COMPANY: FATHOM VOICE

"As we grew into a SaaS company, Austin was the driving force behind developing our sales and business development tactics to support a new ...

"As we grew into a SaaS company, Austin was the driving force behind developing our sales and business development tactics to support a new product and to be competitive in a new industry. I cannot speak highly enough of his business acumen, and the impact he has had on growing our business. Austin doesn't just grow his business, he grows the leadership skills and talents of his teammates through mentoring and coaching. Austin understands the power of a collaborative effort and ensures that all of his actions contribute to the collective success of his sales team."

- Cameron Weeks, CEO, Fathom Voice"

Josh Fleischer

POSTITION: FINANCIAL ANALYST

COMPANY: APPIRIO

"You can't build or grow a company without compensating your sales team well. Josh is the wizard behind Appirio's sales compensati ...

"You can't build or grow a company without compensating your sales team well. Josh is the wizard behind Appirio's sales compensation system. He is the wittiest financial analyst in the world...period. Josh lives and breathes our culture. Josh started as our payroll analyst and quickly moved well beyond that role. He led our payroll team for a while and now supports our global sales team - not an easy job. Josh never seeks the limelight, but you can't have a successful tech company without a person like Josh. They are rare and never rewarded for their hard work - Josh is the "go to guy" for all things finance at Appirio.”

- Steve Pruden, VP Mobility and Crowdsourcing, Appirio"

Robin Fleming

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT SITEOPS, DEVOPS AND QA

COMPANY: ANGIE'S LIST

"Robin is a unique individual who understands the intersection of technology, strategy and business results. In addition to providing strong ...

"Robin is a unique individual who understands the intersection of technology, strategy and business results. In addition to providing strong domain competence in SaaS, continuous engineering, and quality disciplines, she has been a role model leader for others to emulate. She has taken personal interest in helping people new in their careers learn the basics of how to be effective in an established organization. This commitment to people makes her stand apart personally and professionally amongst her peers.”

- Bob Boehnlein, CEO, Perscio"

Steve Fouty

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

COMPANY: EMERGING THREATS

"Steve Fouty is the best kept secret in Indiana, except that he isn’t a secret to any of the people responsible for the most successful ex ...

"Steve Fouty is the best kept secret in Indiana, except that he isn’t a secret to any of the people responsible for the most successful exits in the area, like Bill Godfrey (Aprimo), Scott Dorsey (ExactTarget), and others.I can’t tell you how excited I was when Steve chose Emerging Threats to be the next company he wanted to join. I knew he had a track record for picking winners, and I was hoping his joining us would be a good omen. Clearly it was. Steve’s expertise has been instrumental in us cleaning up our finances and moving from 'startup mode' to that of a real business. He is knowledgeable across a wide range of areas. Obviously he is an expert in finances, but he also can handle human resources, benefits, leasing, facilities, and about anything else you can think of."

- Ken Gramley, CEO, Emerging Threats"

Mat Gangwer

POSTITION: HEAD OF SECURITY OPERATIONS

COMPANY: ROOK SECURITY

"At 2 PM, 2 AM or anywhere in between, Mat is who I turn to when I need it most. His ability to solve abstract problems and create a repeata ...

"At 2 PM, 2 AM or anywhere in between, Mat is who I turn to when I need it most. His ability to solve abstract problems and create a repeatable, sustainable capability that a client can believe in is second to none. Two years into his career, he is performing and delivering on the same amount of revenue, at a higher margin, with lower level resources as his peers with 15 years of experience. I can't say enough great things about Mat's capabilities. We're blessed to have Mat on our team, as he is an honest, genuine guy who cares more about others than himself.”

- J.J. Thompson, CEO, Rook Security"

Carson Goff

POSTITION: SR. DIRECTOR OF ENTERPRISE SALES

COMPANY: HC1.COM

"Carson brings a unique, and difficult to replicate, set of skills to the hc1.com sales team. He is an intense high performer that continues ...

"Carson brings a unique, and difficult to replicate, set of skills to the hc1.com sales team. He is an intense high performer that continues to be laser focused, persistent, and resourceful as well as an integral part of the company’s success. Carson exhibits strong attributes of a first-class team player. He is able to lead his team strategically to create solutions that thoroughly address the evolving needs of clients across global markets in the most efficient, innovative manner possible."

- Lori Smith, Sr. Director of Human Resources & Talent Development, hc1.com"

Joe Heth

POSTITION: SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

COMPANY: TINDERBOX

"Joe joined TinderBox as the company's second full-time engineer. He brought experience, unparalleled work ethic and leadership to the ...

"Joe joined TinderBox as the company's second full-time engineer. He brought experience, unparalleled work ethic and leadership to the company’s budding product department. His impact was felt from day one, even though he contributed from afar. He lived in Virginia and then Washington while developing the next generation of the TinderBox product. He mentored the growing team and consistently contributed to product innovations that, today, serve as the backbone for many partnerships, successful customers and competitive differentiators. His commitment to team brought him to Indianapolis, to serve as the company’s lead engineer and Senior Software Architect…Not only was Joe a critical resource in taking the earliest software concepts of TinderBox and shaping them into a leading software product, he continues to deliver new innovations and mentor a highly competent team.”

- Dustin Sapp, CEO, TinderBox"

Kara Holthaus

POSTITION: DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SUCCESS

COMPANY: SMARTERHQ

"Kara is one of the true rising stars at SmarterHQ. She’s a conscientious, honest, intelligent, creative leader that always wants to find ...

"Kara is one of the true rising stars at SmarterHQ. She’s a conscientious, honest, intelligent, creative leader that always wants to find a way to say yes for her customers. She’s a true advocate of their needs and will work whatever hours or whatever channels are necessary to get them the value they deserve. She’s a demanding but fair manager of people and I’ve been really impressed with her from day one.”

- Michael Osborne, CEO, SmarterHQ"

Ian Illig

POSTITION: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

COMPANY: BLUEBRIDGE

"Ian has grown our tourism business from nothing to being the largest tourism app platform in the world. As our best sales rep to-date, he&# ...

"Ian has grown our tourism business from nothing to being the largest tourism app platform in the world. As our best sales rep to-date, he's closed 60+ tourism deals for us, including our first non-US country client, South Africa, and our largest tourism customer, Kissimmee, FL. He is only 24 years old and had zero sales experience before starting, which makes his contribution to Bluebridge even more meaningful and inspiring. He's also a huge culture cornerstone for us, uniting and energizing our team."

- Santiago Jaramillo, CEO, Bluebridge"

Tim Klausmeier

POSTITION: DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

COMPANY: ONE CLICK VENTURES

"One Click Ventures’ winning model relies on actionable data and insightful recommendations. Tim Klausmeier is responsible for delivering ...

"One Click Ventures’ winning model relies on actionable data and insightful recommendations. Tim Klausmeier is responsible for delivering on that model as Director of Business Intelligence. In his role, Tim oversaw the creation of a system that allows for all of One Click to receive weekly updates on revenue and profitability. The system functions off of inputs from each department to estimate month end revenue and costs based on MTD trends. This gives every team member full transparency into the state of the business. Tim also plays a critical role in delivering a seamless customer experience for the company’s new eyewear brand, felix + iris. The Business Intelligence Team has worked hard since the brand’s launch in fall 2014 to push out initial findings on website activity. With these insights, Tim and his team provide solutions to improve the customer journey."

- Leigh Hamer, Director of Communications, One Click Ventures"

Eric Kokonas

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGY

COMPANY: DITTOE PUBLIC RELATIONS

"Eric knows the tech media landscape better than anyone, and consistently lands stories for clients in Mashable, TechCrunch, NYT, WSJ, WIRED ...

"Eric knows the tech media landscape better than anyone, and consistently lands stories for clients in Mashable, TechCrunch, NYT, WSJ, WIRED – just to name few. One of his biggest successes was his work on the 2012 Super Bowl Command Center. In January 2012, Eric had a new client kickoff meeting with Taulbee Jackson, who was at the time the CEO of Indianapolis-based digital marketing firm Raidious, which was hosting the first-ever Super Bowl Social Media Command Center. Taulbee was looking to generate buzz surrounding the command center, which would officially launch just a week later. In fewer than three hours after this getting-to-know-you meeting, Eric secured an exclusive interview with Mashable. But Mashable was only the beginning. In the days following that initial meeting, Eric secured national coverage surrounding Raidious and the command center in outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, top marketing trade outlets, including ClickZ and MediaPost, and every local media outlet in Indianapolis (Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC). The buzz even prompted a visit from Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard who requested a tour of the command center."

- Christy Chen, Partner, Dittoe Public Relations"

Jenn Lisak

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT

COMPANY: DK NEW MEDIA

"Jenn has produced and directed content strategies for high-growth companies like Chase, Angie's List, Mindjet, ExactTarget, Compendium ...

"Jenn has produced and directed content strategies for high-growth companies like Chase, Angie's List, Mindjet, ExactTarget, Compendium and others. Jenn's hard work is only outpaced by the care she shows for her clients. She is an indispensable resource for DK New Media and has stuck through the company in both thick and thin. It's why Jenn is now my business partner."

- Doug Karr, CEO, DK New Media"

Mike Lyon

POSTITION: SERVICE DELIVERY MANAGER

COMPANY: SCALE COMPUTING

"Mike originally joined Scale in our tech support group, and quickly established himself both as a tech wizard and a great customer-facing e ...

"Mike originally joined Scale in our tech support group, and quickly established himself both as a tech wizard and a great customer-facing evangelist as well. Today Mike heads our our services team, which means he's the one who helps customers implement our solutions successfully. Our support and services team has achieved a net promoter score (NPS) of +79, which is higher than any company in technology I've even seen. NPS scores range from -100 to +100, and anything over 20 is considered world class. For reference, Apple, well known for it's fervent customer based, scores +40."

- Jeff Ready, CEO, Scale Computing"

Abdelaziz Mahoui

POSTITION: IT CONSULTANT

COMPANY: ELI LILLY AND COMPANY

"Dr. Abdelaziz Mahoui is the lead architect for the critically important and highly visible internal entrepreneurial-like program at Lilly - ...

"Dr. Abdelaziz Mahoui is the lead architect for the critically important and highly visible internal entrepreneurial-like program at Lilly -- the Open Innovation Drug Discovery (OIDD) initiative (openinnovation.lilly.com). This effort created a new paradigm in the world of drug research - what the media has termed "crowd sourcing pharma drug development." Functionality includes real-time visibility to biological screening, tracking and management of activities, support for the Sunshine Act, support for virtual screening and a new computational chemistry platform (Plexus). The impact of OIDD can hardly be over stated as it is featured in several Lilly communication efforts and was notably recognized by National Institute of Health's director Francis Collins in his visit to Lilly as well as featured in Lilly's Annual Report to Shareholders. As the lead architect and developer, Abdelaziz deserves recognition and full credit for the IT work as well as direct influence on both the business process and the science.”

- Mike Meadows, CTO, Eli Lilly and Company"

Becky Phillips

POSTITION: SENIOR DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

COMPANY: ANGIE'S LIST

"Within 90 days, Becky deconstructed our vision into technical requirements and organized 200 employees and consultants across Product and E ...

"Within 90 days, Becky deconstructed our vision into technical requirements and organized 200 employees and consultants across Product and Engineering, all while learning a brand-new business model…I’ve never seen anyone work as hard or as thoroughly as Becky. She’s as comfortable at 40,000 feet as she is at 5,000 and she’s upped the game of all those around her, including me…Before Becky came on board, there was no visibility or predictability with our planning. Now, we know 60 days ahead if we’re off-plan, so there’s time to course-correct. Establishing confidence among business stakeholders that we can deliver what we say we’ll deliver is helping us build serious momentum.”

- Shelly Towns, SVP of Product, Angie's List"

Steven Shattuck

POSTITION: VP OF MARKETING

COMPANY: BLOOMERANG

"A single word best sums up Steven: REVOLUTIONARY! His knowledge and expertise is applied in literally the most practical manner. He has cre ...

"A single word best sums up Steven: REVOLUTIONARY! His knowledge and expertise is applied in literally the most practical manner. He has created an inbound marketing flow that is second to none. As a one-man show he generates hundreds of leads for the sales team each and every month! His web content and videos are groundbreaking and have become near and dear to most of the nonprofit world. Much of our rapid growth is due to his expertise and tenacity.”

- Jay Love, CEO, Bloomerang"

Chris Shinkle

POSTITION: DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

COMPANY: SEP

"Five years ago, Chris created a new service line for SEP around Collaborative Discovery. The gist is helping clients make better decisions ...

"Five years ago, Chris created a new service line for SEP around Collaborative Discovery. The gist is helping clients make better decisions about new investments. In his very first engagement, he helped a prominent life sciences company do analysis on a new system around which it would launch a service line. He was able to identify flaws in the plan that would have greatly delayed the launch and redirect them to a better approach. In another engagement, he saved a large credit union a quarter million dollars by identifying capabilities they did not need to build in a new product. The product launched on time and budget, and has won industry awards. Ten years ago, Chris was part of a significant redesign of SEP’s recruiting and candidate evaluation process. Our already exceptional system was improved and these changes contributed to our incredible 95.5% year over year retention rate. Four years ago, Chris was instrumental in bringing design and user experience services to SEP. Today, design services are a part of nearly every engagement and vital to our competitiveness.”

- Raman Ohri, President, SEP"

Nathan Sinsabaugh

POSTITION: DESIGN DIRECTOR

COMPANY: STUDIO SCIENCE

"As Design Director at Studio Science, Nathan Sinsabaugh has shaped the brands, products, and experiences of some of the most successful bus ...

"As Design Director at Studio Science, Nathan Sinsabaugh has shaped the brands, products, and experiences of some of the most successful businesses in Indianapolis and around the world. Nathan has also played an instrumental role in building the high-performance, tight-knit team at Studio Science. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from 2 to 24 people during the 11 years that he’s been with the consultancy. As Studio Science’s fist employee, Nathan's humility, insight and ambition, played a pivotal role in shaping the culture of Studio Science. His commitment to Studio Science, our clients, the design community, and our city cannot be overstated. I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition."

- Kristian Andersen, Founder, Studio Science"

Brad Vest

POSTITION: SERVICE DELIVERY MANAGER

COMPANY: APPARATUS

"I interviewed Brad in the midst of his senior year in college. He dedicated himself to a rigorous education and it was clear he gained inva ...

"I interviewed Brad in the midst of his senior year in college. He dedicated himself to a rigorous education and it was clear he gained invaluable analytical and problem solving capabilities through his work as a physics major. While we were excited by his academic strengths, we soon discovered we were interviewing a special leader as we uncovered his leadership and mentorship capabilities during our rigorous interview process. Although he was still in college, it was clear Brad had the type of leadership ‘compass’ we were in need of at Apparatus. He spoke of ethics, integrity, and leadership in a manner well above his years. We were excited to extend an offer and quietly hoped he would focus on his influence at Apparatus as quickly as possible…As expected he developed his technical skills from the get-go, but more importantly, he influenced and mentored those around him. Due to his sustained, high-level of performance and influence, Brad was promoted to manager. Notably, he earned the opportunity to manager in record time. Now, many months into his formal leadership responsibility, he continues to have enormous influence on the direction of our company. We are a technology and operations company and Brad is at the heart of what we hope to deliver for our employees and clients every day."

- Aman Brar, President, Apparatus"

Muhammad Yasin

POSTITION: DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

COMPANY: PERQ

"Muhammad has been with PERQ for almost 2 years. During that time, he has helped us overhaul our brand, launch a digital services division, ...

"Muhammad has been with PERQ for almost 2 years. During that time, he has helped us overhaul our brand, launch a digital services division, and build a new marketing team that fits our vision. His ability to execute and lead a high performing team within a fast paced culture in such a short time is a testament to his talents. I witness daily a person who wants to learn, grow, and increase his impact for the company and the community. This makes him a leader by example and translates into a team that performs at a high level. We are lucky to have him on the team and I can’t wait to see what he great things he accomplishes in the coming years."

- Andy Medley, President, PERQ"

Todd Zerbe

POSTITION: VICE PRESIDENT, CIC DIVISION

COMPANY: INTERACTIVE INTELLIGENCE

"Todd manages a large and diverse group of software developers who are optimizing and enhancing our existing product line and also working o ...

"Todd manages a large and diverse group of software developers who are optimizing and enhancing our existing product line and also working on large parts of our next generation cloud architecture. Todd strikes a delicate balance between meeting the expectations of current customers while investing in future technologies. He has to manage everything from complex client-server communication to large scale web onboarding facilities.”

- Don Brown, CEO, Interactive Intelligence"