The Executive Team

Bill Conners

President & CEO

Bill is a seasoned executive with over 30 year’s experience holding global sales and operations executive leadership roles. Prior to joining AppBus Bill was an Executive Vice President at SevOne where he grew sales to $90 million annually. Bill led SevOne’s global expansion into EMEA and Asia. SevOne grew at 59% CAGR over a seven year period under his leadership.

He also held executive leadership roles at Gypsii, Business Signatures (acquired by Entrust), SMARTS (acquired by EMC), eCal, Netscape Communications (After Netscape acquired InSoft), and Sony Corporation.

Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Villanova University.

Tony Pizi

CSO & Founding Team Member

Tony Pizi the Chief Strategy Officer at AppBus. He is an executive leader in technology, managing successful innovation in companies ranging from startups to global corporations. His team twice won the Windows World Open. He holds two technology patents for; Seamless Application Interface Manager and Distributed Adaptive Computing (#5878258, #6480861). Tony served as Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer at both UBS and Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the engineering of Global Platform Services. Prior to that Tony, was CIO of Cicero, a start-up providing core productivity platforms to large enterprise clients. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as a programmer, ultimately progressing to CTO of Private Wealth Management. He holds an BS of Engineering from West Virginia University.

Paul Kanevsky

VP of Sales Engineering & Founding Team Member

Paul has a track record of designing and delivering large-scale platforms and solutions to the Financial Industry. Prior to AppBus, Paul worked at UBS Financial Services as Executive Director in charge of all the field- and client-facing platforms, including web, mobile, social, research, and client communications. Before UBS, Paul worked for Merrill Lynch as the Chief Architect for Private Client Architecture where he implemented major platforms such as Trusted Global Advisor and Desktop Framework. After Merrill Lynch Paul worked as Chief Architect for Cicero Technologies. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Columbia University. Paul is the author of a number of technology patents on distributed, mobile, and desktop computing.

Tyler Norman

COO & Founding Team Member

Tyler is the Chief Operating Officer for AppBus and oversees all aspects of the company. Prior to joining AppBus, he was Chief of Staff for the CTO at UBS and was responsible for all operational aspects of the organization. He also managed technology projects at Deutsche Bank, including the first cloud computing initiative on Wall Street. He began his career as a scheduler, speechwriter, and office manager for the Houston City Council and also served as a White House Advance Associate, traveling the world with the President and First Lady. Tyler has a J.D. from George Washington Law School, and worked his way through college as Chef de Partie, graduating the University of Houston with a B.S., Magna Cum Laude.

Yuri Milshtein

CTO & Founding Team Member

Yuri is CTO of AppBus. In this role he is responsible for managing target States, road maps, technology development and innovation. Prior to joining AppBus, Yuri led mobile platform development group for UBS AG where he and his colleagues were recognized by Saugatuck Research (Beacon Award 2012) for cutting edge innovations in the Financial Services field. In this role, Yuri was responsible for driving mobile technology strategy and architecture as well as introducing technology innovation into the company. Yuri brings 20 years of experience in software development and architecture to the company. Yuri worked for Deutsche Bank, State Street and Cicero Technologies in senior programming, analysis, design and architect roles. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science.

Andrew Melikov

VP of Engineering & Founding Team Member

Andrew Melikov brings decades of knowledge capital and Information Technology expertise to the company. Andrew started his IT career in 1984 as a microcomputer software engineer developing systems automation for the college educational field. His innovative vision brought highly remarkable benefits to the entertainment and financial giants such as Columbia Artists Management where Andrew managed Information Technology for over 12 years, American Express, Chase Auto Finance, and UBS Financial Services where he and his colleagues were recognized by Saugatuck Research (Beacon Award 2012) for cutting edge innovations in Financial Services field. Andrew has joined AppBus in 2014 as a Director of Engineering.

James A. Keller, CPA

CFO

Jim Keller, Chief Financial Officer for AppBus has over 30 years’ experience in providing financial, administrative and strategic leadership to global software development, consulting, distribution, manufacturing and public accounting firms ranging from early-stage to established billion dollar corporations.

Executive VP and CFO for BoxTone, where he led all accounting, financial, strategic planning, IT, HR, legal and administrative functions. While at BoxTone, Jim negotiated all four of the company's equity financings, bank financings and its eventual sale to Good for over $100 million.

Prior to BoxTone, Jim was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at EMAX Solutions where he led all accounting, financial, strategic planning, IT, legal and administrative functions. While at EMAX, Jim negotiated both the company's $8 million third round of equity financing and its eventual sale to SciQuest for $150 million.

Prior to EMAX, Jim was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at International Consulting Solutions, Inc supporting the company's growth from $5 million to $130 million in revenues in four years and preparing the company for acquisition by Deloitte and Touche.

Jim is a graduate of Cleveland State University where he received a BBA in Accounting.

Michael Boyle

VP of Global Systems Integrators

Mike Boyle has spent his career as a leader at Fortune 100 companies. He is recognized as a leader in business process re-engineering, operational transformation, mobility, front office expansion, and launching new distribution channels. He started as a programmer at Systematics building their Banking Profitability Analysis System. Mike then spent 13 years at Merrill Lynch in New York followed by 2 years in London as ML’s Director of Technology for Europe, The Middle East, and Africa. He then served as the CIO/COO at Robertson Stephens, CIO at Aflac, and CIO/Chief Operations Officer running Contact Centers and Back Office Operations at Allstate. Mike is a winner of multiple awards including; Forbes Best of the Web, CIO Magazines Top 100 CIO’s, Information Week Most Innovative Users of Technology award, and the Computerworld 100 Best Places to work in IT.

THE BOARD

Bill Conners

Chairman of the Board

Bill is a seasoned executive with over 30 year’s experience holding global sales and operations executive leadership roles. Prior to joining AppBus Bill was an Executive Vice President at SevOne where he grew sales to $90 million annually. Bill led SevOne’s global expansion into EMEA and Asia. SevOne grew at 59% CAGR over a seven year period under his leadership.

He also held executive leadership roles at Gypsii, Business Signatures (acquired by Entrust), SMARTS (acquired by EMC), eCal, Netscape Communications (After Netscape acquired InSoft), and Sony Corporation.

Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Villanova University.

Tony Pizi

Board Member

Tony Pizi the Chief Strategy Officer at AppBus. He is an executive leader in technology, managing successful innovation in companies ranging from startups to global corporations. His team twice won the Windows World Open. He holds two technology patents for; Seamless Application Interface Manager and Distributed Adaptive Computing (#5878258, #6480861). Tony served as Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer at both UBS and Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for the engineering of Global Platform Services. Prior to that Tony, was CIO of Cicero, a start-up providing core productivity platforms to large enterprise clients. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as a programmer, ultimately progressing to CTO of Private Wealth Management. He holds an BS of Engineering from West Virginia University.

Dave Drahms

Board Member

David joined Osage Venture Partners in 2005. He covers a broad range of verticals within enterprise software and leads OVP’s investing efforts in healthcare IT. David serves on the Board of Directors of Halfpenny Technologies and Identropy, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Automated Insights and Ceptaris . He is also a board observer of Earnest, FieldView, InstaMed, ProtonMedia and PeopleLinx. Prior to Osage, David was a mechanical engineer and project manager at Teradyne, a Boston-based manufacturer of semiconductor test equipment. He is a native of Savannah, NY, and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Frank Martinez

Board Member

Frank is the founding partner and lead operating investor at Tresoro, a private equity firm with an emphasis in making strategic operating investments in early stage enterprise IT and tech venture-focused startups. Most recently, Frank was a founder of ServiceMesh Inc. serving as its Chief Strategy Officer. Additionally, he has held numerous senior executive operating roles within private equity-backed technology companies including building Intershop Communications into a multi-billion dollar public company in less than three years. Frank’s reputation as a technological visionary is demonstrated by his record to market innovative and commercially successful software-defined, enterprise IT solutions. Furthermore, Frank was named an InfoWorld Innovator by InfoWorld magazine and has also been named one of 25 leading IT innovators by CRN.

Tom Hawkins

Board Member

Tom launched Forté Ventures in 2012 with more than 24 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial and operational experience. Prior to Forté Ventures, Tom co-founded the Venture Capital line of business at Arcapita Bank in 2005 and raised a $200 million growth stage venture capital fund in 2006. Tom managed investment activity in the IT, communications, energy and industrial technology sectors.

Tom currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia and is a Charter Member of TiE Atlanta. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Navini Networks, Digital Envoy, Intelleflex, Arisdyne, Qcept Technologies, ManageSoft, SmartSynch and Quellan.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1992 and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1999.

BOARD ADVISORS

Andy Brown

Advisor

Sand Hill East

CEO and Co-Founder