Jim’s leadership style is molded by more than 20 years of working with and helping grow remarkable teams. With a career in technology, he brings a clear understanding of how to leverage technology platforms to solve problems and improve operations on behalf of customers. Jim was appointed CEO by Avitru’s financial sponsor, Alpine Investors, where he was a CEO in Residence. Prior to Alpine, he spent seven years at commerce technology leader First Data Corporation in a series of general management and go-to-market leadership roles. He started his career as a sales rep at IBM and later moved to senior roles at i2 Technologies and SAP. Jim earned his BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University and his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He exercises his passion for motorsports and competition as gentleman sports car racer.
Karthik believes in the power of aligning with customers and partners throughout the innovation process to create high-impact technology solutions. He joins Avitru with more than 20 years of experience leading teams that have delivered high revenue growth and market-defining products across multiple industries. Karthik was previously a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Equifax responsible for SaaS products that leverage content and analytics to provide solutions for marketing, lending, and fraud detection. He started his career at i2 Technologies where he joined a 25-person company that ultimately grew to over $1B in revenue, taking on progressively senior leadership roles starting with product management and growing to P&L management. Karthik holds a Master’s degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Karthik enjoys a good, long run with his TED talk playlist sequencing through his earbuds.
Andrew (A.J.) Brown
AJ brings financial and strategic points of view with a keen sense for operational excellence. He joins Avitru from Deloitte where he was a manager in the Finance, Operations and Technology consulting practice, leading global teams engaged in strategic projects for Fortune 500 clients. AJ started his career at Goldman Sachs as an Analyst with assignments in New York City and Tokyo. He earned his BA in Business and Economics from Providence College while also playing Div. 1 soccer and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. AJ spends his free time exploring Atlanta with his wife Amy and dog Jiro, or watching/playing sports.
David brings boundless energy, quiet confidence, and a steady hand to lead the dynamic sales organization at Avitru. A veteran of construction specification technology, he arrived at Avitru through the acquisition of InterSpec, where he had been for over a decade, starting as a MasterSpec application engineer. David led the development of Avitru’s two-tier sales model that is now the standard in high-growth technology companies. Prior to InterSpec, David held sales and sales leadership positions at tech companies Ecora and Plixer. When not at his Old Port office, you are likely to find him hitting the golf links or tracking down the most exclusive beer selection in the Portland area.
Marlena’s background is in translating content onto digital platforms. She joins Avitru from zerve.com
, a cloud-based aggregator of ticketing, customer service, and back-office support for tour operators, where she led teams focused on analytics, content, and syndication. Marlena started her career developing exhibits for the reopening of the New-York Historical Society and volunteering as an after-school teacher for at-risk students. She earned her BA in Egyptology at the University of Chicago and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow. Marlena is an avowed “New Yorker” but is now discovering life in the South. After hours, you are likely to find Marlena in the kitchen where she enjoys mastering new cuisines.
Gill brings to Avitru – in equal measure – insights in building architecture and software architecture. He joins Avitru through the acquisition of InterSpec, where he was founder and CEO. While at InterSpec, he developed patented technology for BIM-to-Specs integration before most of the industry had even begun to embrace BIM. An Architect for over 35 years, Gill spent 17 of those years leading a team of specification writers who completed hundreds of projects for clients all over the world. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Architecture with a concentration in Computer Aided Design and Artificial Intelligence from California Polytechnic State University. Gill exercises his creative spirit as an artist, with works in both oil and watercolor.
As a registered Professional Engineer, Michael brings an extensive understanding of the technical and legal requirements for construction documentation and the innovative vigor to bring specifications to life for our customers. He joins Avitru through the acquisition of ARCOM, where he served as Director of Content Production, Assistant Director of MasterSpec, and started as a spec writer maintaining the Division 26, 27, and 28 (Electrical, Communications, and Electronic Safety and Security) sections. He came to ARCOM with 12 years of engineering design experience. As an active participant in the engineering community, Michael is a regular blogger for Consulting Specifying Engineer and a frequent speaker. He is a subject matter expert on sustainable design requirements for LEED 2009, LEED v4, the IgCC, Green Globes, and ASHRAE 189.1 as well as AIA and EJCDC contract documents. Michael holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Outside the office, he feeds his competitive drive racing dinghies on local and international waters and is an aficionado of intensely spicy food.