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

Class of 2016

Nick Badgett

POSITION: Sr. Director, Global Marketing

COMPANY: Return Path

"Nick Badgett is the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Return Path. Nick and his team are responsible for generating and accelerating g ...

"Nick Badgett is the Senior Director of Global Marketing at Return Path. Nick and his team are responsible for generating and accelerating global sales pipeline through inbound and outbound prospecting, field and corporate events, and worldwide marketing efforts. His approach to marketing has been shaped by 12 years of experience in a variety of sales, sales support, and marketing functions. Before joining Return Path, Nick led field marketing, partner marketing, and sales development teams at ExactTarget. Nick holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a master's degree in Information & Communication Sciences, both from Ball State University."

Christian Beck

POSITION: Principal Design Partner

COMPANY: Innovatemap

"Since January 2015, he's headed up Innovatemap's design solutions. He has a passion for innovation and applies this insight to ov ...

"Since January 2015, he's headed up Innovatemap's design solutions. He has a passion for innovation and applies this insight to over 20 clients' products, giving them a modern look coupled with highly usable designs. He began his career as a UX designer at Autodesk in Silicon Valley. His roots brought him back to the Midwest where he spent several years at Teradata as a design lead and UX manager, revolutionizing the UX vision and leading a team in building usable and marketable products. He continues to be active in both the UX technical community and with local universities and groups."

Jill Casey

POSITION: Marketing Manager

COMPANY: Renaissance Electronic Services

"Jill Casey is a Marketing Manager at Renaissance Electronic Services, where she leads a team of talented creative professionals. She has ba ...

"Jill Casey is a Marketing Manager at Renaissance Electronic Services, where she leads a team of talented creative professionals. She has bachelor's degree in marketing from Indiana Wesleyan and a certificate in graphic design from IUPUI, both of which she obtained while working full-time. In addition to her marketing experience, Jill's career has also included several IT roles, giving her the irreplaceable experience of providing answers to co-workers like, "have you tried restarting it?" while Googling the answer. Jill lives in Broad Ripple with her wife and daughter and enjoys gardening, coffee, wine, and working on her 1930s home."

Grant Dawson

POSITION: VP of Information Technology

COMPANY: T2 Systems

"Grant Dawson is the VP of IT for T2 Systems. Prior to T2, Grant worked in proprietary education as both an IT instructor and campus technol ...

"Grant Dawson is the VP of IT for T2 Systems. Prior to T2, Grant worked in proprietary education as both an IT instructor and campus technology specialist, as well as previously working as a small business IT consultant. Grant leads the IT teams that operate four SaaS Environments across North America that serve the cloud based parking technology needs of enterprise customers. Grant resides in Noblesville with his wife Tori, and their three children. When not working, Grant's a child at heart, filling his free time with video games, tinkering with Virtual Reality, and epic Nerf battles with his kids."

Brian Deyo

POSITION: Head of Employee Engagement Research

COMPANY: Bluebridge

"Brian started his career as an analyst delivering executive reporting and analysis at ChaCha. After brief stints running his own software s ...

"Brian started his career as an analyst delivering executive reporting and analysis at ChaCha. After brief stints running his own software startup and as a digital marketer, he managed design, development, and launch for a half a dozen software products in two years as a consultant at Developer Town.

This diverse experience combined with a B.A. in Economics enables Brian to lead the Bluebridge effort researching and defining Employee Engagement and building a model of measurement and improvement we use with our customers.

In his spare time Brian enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two young boys. "

Dave Duke

POSITION: VP Customer Success

COMPANY: Sigstr

"As VP of Customer Success at Sigstr, Dave is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience post sale. He oversees, implementation, ...

"As VP of Customer Success at Sigstr, Dave is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience post sale. He oversees, implementation, support and education, success management and customer communication while also assisting with company-wide operations initiatives. Prior to joining Sigstr in June of 2015, Dave spent ten years at ExactTarget/Salesforce serving multiple existing business roles ranging from account management and customer experience to sales management. Dave is a graduate of Indiana University, originally from Muncie, IN, currently residing in Zionsville with his wife Vikki and daughter Olivia."

Andy Falkenstein

POSITION: Director, Product Management

COMPANY: Geofeedia

"As the Director of Product Management at Geofeedia, Andy is a product and company leader who demonstrates the unusual balance of technical ...

"As the Director of Product Management at Geofeedia, Andy is a product and company leader who demonstrates the unusual balance of technical and business skills that repeatedly results in getting industry-leading products to market. Over the past two years, Andy has driven the successful definition and delivery of over 70 features, resulting in Geofeedia's recognition as "Innovation of the Year" at SIA's ISC West 2016 show and the Techpoint MIRA Award of "Scale-up of the Year."

Ryan Feiock

POSITION: Tech Solutions Manager

COMPANY: Performance Assessment Network

"Ryan Feiock is the Tech Solutions Manager at PAN where he works with some amazing developers on the world of DevOps, Test Automation, Cloud ...

"Ryan Feiock is the Tech Solutions Manager at PAN where he works with some amazing developers on the world of DevOps, Test Automation, Cloud Infrastructure, and most recently, acquiring and assimilating software assets into the company. When he is not focused on continuous improvement at work, you will find him coaching soccer, running a Cub Scout den, and spending as much time outdoors with his family as possible. Ryan is passionate about technology and spends most of his free time learning about the latest innovations in hardware and software that he can incorporate back into the company."

Tyler Foxworthy

POSITION: Chief Scientist

COMPANY: DemandJump

"Tyler Foxworthy is a mathematician who over the course of his career, has tackled problems in domains ranging from brain mapping and mass s ...

"Tyler Foxworthy is a mathematician who over the course of his career, has tackled problems in domains ranging from brain mapping and mass spectrometry to fraud detection and algorithmic stock trading. Tyler is a native of Indianapolis and graduate of Purdue University, where he studied applied mathematics and neuroscience. At DemandJump, Tyler leads a team of data scientists and engineers in developing artificially intelligent systems for conquering the biggest problems in digital marketing using a novel mixture of graph theory, algebraic topology, and cutting edge machine learning techniques."

Adam Gillaspie

POSITION: Co-founder & Director of Development

COMPANY: PactSafe

"Adam is an Indianapolis native - born and raised on the north side of Indy. While attending Indiana University, Adam was heavily involved i ...

"Adam is an Indianapolis native - born and raised on the north side of Indy. While attending Indiana University, Adam was heavily involved in the computing community on campus. He served as a student leader in the School of Informatics and Computing, and had the privilege of being an early member of the DoubleMap team. Adam joined ExactTarget in 2011 as a designer and developer spearheading innovation for the sales organization. During the transition to Salesforce, Adam took on a senior engineering role, responsible for architecting the content management platform. After an amazing tenure with ExactTarget and Salesforce, Adam joined Brian Powers and Eric Prugh to co-found Indy's legal-tech startup, PactSafe. As Director of Development, he is building a talented team of engineers and creating extraordinary software."

Samantha Haddad-Foster

POSITION: Director of Talent

COMPANY: TinderBox

"As TinderBox's Director of Talent and with nearly 8 years of recruiting and talent management experience, Samantha Haddad-Foster overs ...

"As TinderBox's Director of Talent and with nearly 8 years of recruiting and talent management experience, Samantha Haddad-Foster oversees talent acquisition, talent management and people operations. Samantha is passionate about everything relating to attracting, acquiring and retaining top talent for high growth technology companies and is committed to aligning people development and strategy with company growth objectives. Prior to TinderBox, Samantha served as Talent Manager at Bizo in NYC (a B2B digital marketing and data management company later acquired by LinkedIn). Samantha graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with a Bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Humanities."

Kristen Hamerstadt

POSITION: Director of Marketing

COMPANY: SmarterHQ

"Kristen Hamerstadt is Director of Marketing at SmarterHQ where she leads marketing campaigns, brand management, and demand generation. Prio ...

"Kristen Hamerstadt is Director of Marketing at SmarterHQ where she leads marketing campaigns, brand management, and demand generation. Prior to joining SmarterHQ, she led campaigns and partnerships across the globe at ExactTarget and the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. In her free time, Kristen has a passion for helping others realize and reach their potential. She has founded Ladies in SaaS which brings professional women in tech together in order to build empowerment and community in Indianapolis. She also recently mentored a high-school student at Starfish Initiative and helped her become the first in her family to attend college."

John Henry

POSITION: Manager of Customer Success

COMPANY: Vennli

"John Henry is currently combining his interests in consulting and entrepreneurship as Manager of Customer Success at Vennli, a startup out ...

"John Henry is currently combining his interests in consulting and entrepreneurship as Manager of Customer Success at Vennli, a startup out of the University of Notre Dame. John began working there while earning his MBA at Notre Dame. Prior to resuming his academic studies, John had launched two successful online startups, worked in new product development at Corporate Executive Board, and led consulting engagements in Washington, D.C. for Booz Allen Hamilton. John and his wife, Monica, love raising their two young children in Indiana and participating in South Bend's downtown business renaissance."

Adam Hoeksema

POSITION: Director of Loan Programs

COMPANY: Flagship Enterprise Center

"After graduating from Taylor University in 2010, Adam joined the Flagship to help launch their new Small Business Administration (SBA) Micr ...

"After graduating from Taylor University in 2010, Adam joined the Flagship to help launch their new Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Program. Under Adam's leadership of the loan program, the Flagship team has made 300 loans totaling over $7.5 million to small businesses who are unable to secure traditional financing from banks. In five short years the Flagship has become the second largest SBA microlender in the country. Adam has led the Flagship's software development efforts which have allowed the Flagship to scale quickly and grow loan dollar volume by over 150% four years in a row."

Corey Kime

POSITION: Director of Client Experience

COMPANY: Lesson.ly

"Corey grew up in Northern Indiana before attending Indiana Wesleyan University. The Orr Fellowship brought him to Indianapolis with technol ...

"Corey grew up in Northern Indiana before attending Indiana Wesleyan University. The Orr Fellowship brought him to Indianapolis with technology startup Compendium. He worked there for three and a half years through its acquisition by Oracle. Shortly after, Corey joined the Lesson.ly team as its fourth employee to start and develop the team’s Client Experience department. In the two and a half years since Corey’s coming on board, Lesson.ly has grown to 40 employees and 300 customers.

Corey joined learning software provider Lesson.ly as its fourth employee and serves its 300 customers as the Director of Client Experience."

Joshua Knox

POSITION: Service Delivery Manager

COMPANY: Diverse Tech Services

"Joshua Knox is currently the Service Delivery Manager at Diverse Tech Services. Before working in IT Josh was a high school teacher focused ...

"Joshua Knox is currently the Service Delivery Manager at Diverse Tech Services. Before working in IT Josh was a high school teacher focused on equipping students for the journey ahead. Now Josh's focus is on equipping his clients for whatever challenges may face, and developing his team members so that they can do the same."

Mike Moskalick

POSITION: Sales Manager

COMPANY: Cimcor, Inc.

"Mr. Moskalick is a Sales Manager with Cimcor Inc. There, he works to develop sales of the company's IT security and compliance product ...

"Mr. Moskalick is a Sales Manager with Cimcor Inc. There, he works to develop sales of the company's IT security and compliance product, CimTrak. Mike received a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, where he is currently pursuing his M.B.A. He is president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana, of which he formerly served as treasurer. Previously, he was a board member of the Purdue Alumni Association Inc., where he served on the executive and marketing committees, Purdue Alumni Calumet, and the Central Indiana chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) where he served as the communications director."

Amy Oviedo

POSITION: VP of People Operations

COMPANY: Kinney Group, Inc.

"Amy Oviedo is the VP of People Operations at Kinney Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. She spearheads an analytics-driven approach for helping ...

"Amy Oviedo is the VP of People Operations at Kinney Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. She spearheads an analytics-driven approach for helping its people love their work. To lay her career foundation, she earned a B.A in Organizational Communication from Ball State University. Amy's career spans 18+ years of focused Talent Acquisition, Training, and Colleague Development. Her background in fast-paced technology environments has shaped her philosophy: that culture is hardened by a focus on unrelenting communication and organizational health. She is committed to driving strategies and tactics that help her company hit goals while maintaining a progressive environment."

Steve Pruden

POSITION: VP Strategy and Partnerships

COMPANY: Appirio

"Steve Pruden is Appirio's VP of strategy and partnerships. Steve co-founded and leads Appirio's Indianapolis operations - growing ...

"Steve Pruden is Appirio's VP of strategy and partnerships. Steve co-founded and leads Appirio's Indianapolis operations - growing this team from 4 to 180+ in a few short years. Steve is also responsible for Appirio's Amazon Web Services practice & strategic partnership. Prior to his current role, Steve was vice president of CRM services where he led Appirio's global Salesforce.com practice. He has partnered with Appirio's largest customers including Facebook, NetApp, and Robert Half to move millions of dollars in infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of users to the public cloud. A graduate of Indiana University, Steve joined Appirio in 2010."

Dan Rigsby

POSITION: Principal Software Architect of User Experience

COMPANY: Angie's List

"Dan Rigsby is a Software Architect, Educator, Technical Leader, and Community Advocate helping individuals and companies overcome obstacles ...

"Dan Rigsby is a Software Architect, Educator, Technical Leader, and Community Advocate helping individuals and companies overcome obstacles and realize the potential of software and technology. He prides himself on his time spent both architecting and helping others succeed. He is currently employed at Angie's list, but has spent a lot of time helping to run user groups and educate the youth. Dan has worked in the industry for over 17 years where his focus has been on distributed web based applications, SaaS architectures, RESTful interfaces, and JavaScript driven frameworks. He has a rich background in .NET development where he has served as a Microsoft MVP, but is very pragmatic and excited about the future of software."

Ian Runyon

POSITION: Director of Solutions

COMPANY: MOBI

"Ian Runyon is the Director of Solutions for MOBI, where he oversees the design, development, and execution of solution strategies for MOBI& ...

"Ian Runyon is the Director of Solutions for MOBI, where he oversees the design, development, and execution of solution strategies for MOBI's clients - a position to which he brings over 10 years of experience in solution architecture and enterprise sales engineering. A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, he is also an alumnus of the Orr Fellowship, a program designed to foster young entrepreneurial leaders in the state of Indiana. Outside of MOBI, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, working on technology and design projects, and engaging in the Indianapolis start-up community."

Alex Smith

POSITION: VP of Sales

COMPANY: SteadyServ Technologies

"As a leader, Alex is passionate, inspiring, creative and determined. After Co-Founding hardware industry tech start-up Vendor2Member in 201 ...

"As a leader, Alex is passionate, inspiring, creative and determined. After Co-Founding hardware industry tech start-up Vendor2Member in 2013, Alex quickly became addicted to the sheer scale of opportunity in the Indianapolis tech scene. Following V2M's acquisition in 2015, Alex connected with Steve Hershberger, founder of SteadyServ Technologies. Inspired by Steve's drive and vision, Alex ignored his wife's better judgement and joined the team at SteadyServ to help revolutionize the way draft beer is sold, managed, and distributed around the world. Cheers!"

Jessica Stephenson

POSITION: VP of Marketing and Talent

COMPANY: ExactHire

"With a background in Marketing and Human Resources, Jessica Stephenson passionately works at the intersection of content marketing and huma ...

"With a background in Marketing and Human Resources, Jessica Stephenson passionately works at the intersection of content marketing and human resources technology. She has been with the HR software firm, ExactHire, for six and a half years and currently serves as Vice President of Marketing and Talent. She is also Director of Communications for IndySHRM, the central Indiana chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Outside of work, Jessica spends time with her husband and two kids, volunteers for her kids' sports programs, explores new recipes to satisfy her inner "foodie" and loves being outdoors."

Ashley Walsh

POSITION: Director of Marketing

COMPANY: Formstack

"Ashley Walsh is the Director of Marketing at Formstack, where she leads a remote team of rockstar marketers driving user and business growt ...

"Ashley Walsh is the Director of Marketing at Formstack, where she leads a remote team of rockstar marketers driving user and business growth. She got her first taste of tech working at Angie's List for eight years. After experiencing the rush of fast-paced growth and possibility there, she was hooked on startup culture. When not on video calls connecting with her team, Ashley can be found buried in reports measuring results."

Noelle Webster-Milam

POSITION: Lead UX Architect

COMPANY: SEP

"Noelle Webster-Milam is a Lead Experience (UX) Designer/Architect focusing on enhancing human experiences in many different industries. She ...

"Noelle Webster-Milam is a Lead Experience (UX) Designer/Architect focusing on enhancing human experiences in many different industries. She joined SEP in 2013 bringing her vision of delivering innovation and delightful experiences to the many startups and Fortune 100 companies that hire SEP for product design and development needs. Noelle has been instrumental in helping SEP transform from an engineering company to a product development company. Her passion for building great products has also extended into the Indianapolis design community. Noelle spends time mentoring, advising/leading local Meetups, and volunteering her time to make Indianapolis a forerunner in the design industry. In 2014, Noelle and other local leaders brought the 4th Annual Midwest UX Conference to Indianapolis for the first time."