After a decade in enterprise sales with Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox, Parametric Technology and EMC, Ben left the corporate world to become an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, following his passion for sports and technology.
Ben co-founded Pixiem in 2003, which was among the first of its kind as a developer and publisher of mobile video games. In 2005, Pixiem was acquired by WinWin Gaming. Ben co-founded Phizzle in 2006 and has led the company through major innovations and technology adaptations from consumer data to IoT machine data while raising $20 million in VC funding.
He is on the IoT Community board of advisors and serves on the IoT Community’s Converged Edge Center of Excellence. Ben is a board member at Elon University, School of Communications; member of the Alliance of Chief Executives; and board member of Boys Hope Girls Hope. Formerly a professional basketball player in Europe, he currently resides in San Francisco. Ben is a graduate of Walsh University with a BA in Business.
Ryan’s ability to architect and build backend systems that make the IoT work for real-time engagement, while leading the company’s technical vision, brought him to his current position of CTO. As the VP of Engineering, his expertise in the SaaS industry guided our transition into an edge computing solution. Previous experience includes working closely with industry experts in the litigation world by creating advanced data visualizations. As a trial consultant, working closely with experts in the medical, transportation, oil and gas, technology and structural engineering industries, Ryan helped attorneys win verdicts in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Using many of the same tools he created to automate the visualization of large amounts of data in real time, which is where he got his start with Phizzle in 2013.
Jeff is the company’s Chief Revenue Officer and brings world-class sales leadership experience to Phizzle. As Vice President of Cisco’s Sales Training and Development for almost a decade, Jeff and his team both hired and trained an entire generation of Cisco sellers.
Passionate about spending time with and listening to customers, Jeff was Cisco's lead executive sponsor to some of the largest global companies in Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Retail, and Health Care. He also has served as Cisco's Executive Sponsor for the Country of Finland.
Prior to this role, Jeff was an Area Sales Vice President for the US Commercial Central Organization. This is a 13-state geography in the Midwestern United States with a Cisco revenue target of over $1.5 Billion. Jeff joined Cisco as part of their acquisition of Stratacom in 1996, and has been leading teams across the US in Public, Fortune 500, and Commercial Business sectors.
Very active in economic development at the state and regional levels, Jeff is the founder and former chairman of the Tailwind Group, a program that identified and assisted high potential start-up companies and facilitated their rapid growth. He is also past Chairman of the Technical Advisory Boards of Marian College and The Orchard School. Jeff graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Finance in 1985.
Stephen serves as CFO and General Counsel for Phizzle. Previously, he served as CFO and GC for FPX, LLC and its predecessor Firepond, Inc., a publicly-registered OnDemand SaaS-based software company delivering complex business solutions.
Stephen also served as MD of Liverpool & London Protection and Indemnity Association, a mutual manager of marine assets and liability risks located in Liverpool, England and as Senior VP at PLM International, Inc., a publicly-registered company managing diversified investment portfolios.
Since 2003, he has served on the board of directors of NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute located at the San Francisco Veterans Administration campus chairing its finance committee. Mr. Peary holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University.
As Vice President of Customer Success, Kari is responsible for leading Phizzle’s CS team. Her team supports technology onboarding and ensures the successful deployment of Phizzle’s technology solutions. Having served over 300 clients at Phizzle, her goal is to ensure successful customer implementations, meeting or surpassing ROI and building a strong relationship with customers and partners. Kari began her career at Phizzle in 2010, where she served as both the Director of Account Management as well as Director of Channel Sales. Operationally, Kari manages sales operations, marketing functions, and wears many other hats as needed. Kari has a BA from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and a Master's in Social Work from Louisiana State University.