The Management Team
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Gary took over as President and CEO of StayLinked Corporation in August, 2013, following the untimely passing of the company’s founder, Dave Griffith. Previously, Gary served as the corporate Senior Vice President and General Counsel, with responsibilities that included providing advice and counsel on corporate direction, governance, contractual relations, and commercial, employment, and litigation issues. He also served as Vice President of Business Development, and as the Product Manager for the company’s StayLinked software product, leveraging his extensive experience in the areas of technical business practices and procedures, and business relationships.
Prior to joining the company in 2004, Gary practiced law for 25 years, primarily in the areas of commercial and corporate transactions, and civil litigation. As a sole practitioner with a successful law practice, he served as the company’s corporate counsel, on an outsourced basis, since its inception in 1991. Gary received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from Western State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1978.
Dan joined StayLinked in 1995 and served as Vice President of Client Technical Resources before becoming President. Dan brings over 20 years of extensive technical and business experience with Information Technology. His technical experience includes systems analysis, acquisition, implementation, management, operation and maintenance. Business aspects of his IT experience include the implementation and integration of EDI, ERP, and eCommerce systems.
Prior to his career with StayLinked, Dan served as IT Manager on an outsourced basis for a $1.5 Billion major refrigerated and frozen food manufacturer. As part of that engagement, he was responsible for all IT activities at 12 manufacturing and distribution locations nationwide. Dan began his IT career as a system operator later becoming a programmer analyst for an automotive wheel manufacturer. From 1987 to 1995 Dan served as IT Manager for a large food manufacturer and distributor.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Justin joined StayLinked in 2004, immediately fulfilling a number of roles including technical support. Shortly thereafter he implemented the company’s first channel technical enablement program. Justin also worked in pre-sales support and channel technical training. As CTO, Justin is responsible for driving the overall product roadmap and strategy. He commits a good deal of time listening to customers and working closely with the engineering team to identify business problems and their solutions.
Justin spends his spare time keeping up with the latest trends in technology, studying martial arts (currently learning his sixth discipline), and he has taught martial arts and coached volleyball and gymnastics.
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING
Jay has more than 15 years experience in developing and promoting products and brands to the enterprise mobility market. As Vice President of Marketing, Cichosz is responsible for the overall strategic and tactical direction of StayLinked's marketing, communications and public relations activities. He oversees the development and enhancement of StayLinked's image and position in the industry and works closely with strategic partners and resellers to deliver best of breed software to the market.
Prior to joining StayLinked, Jay worked at Wavelink Corporation where he served in a number of roles in product management and marketing, most recently as Vice President of Marketing.
VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Mark joined StayLinked in 1990 and currently serves as Vice President of Research and Technology. He is responsible for keeping the company on the industry’s cutting-edge and finding the best solutions to meet the ever-evolving requirements of our clients' businesses. Having now been involved in Information Technology for over 20 years, Mark has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies including IBM iSeries Application Development, Microsoft Windows Application Development, Client-Server Technologies, Web Application Development, Networking, Wireless and more.
Mark has worked with various application development languages including RPG/LE, Java, Visual Basic, C, Assembler and others. Over the years with us, Mark has been heavily involved in major projects for our clients, developing the technology infrastructure to support these types of critical systems. Most recently, he leads an elite product development team which has created a new wireless application architecture for extending reliable host emulation to the StayLinked platform.
GENERAL MANAGER, EUROPE
Padraig is an experienced technologist, architect and strategist with a focus on enabling business innovation and transformation through the use of technology. His broad experience in the mission-critical enterprise mobility space involved collaboration and partnership with leading global OEMs, managed service providers, VARs and distributors. He has worked closely with high-profile customers and led on the architecture, design and rollout of many large scale mobile deployments, delivering the best possible mobile experience to the customer. He has more than 25 years' experience in software innovation, most recently as CTO of B2M Solutions, a thought-leading software company based in the United Kingdom specializing in delivering real-time, business-centric analytics for mobile devices.
Padraig's responsibilities as European General Manager include managing and expanding StayLinked's presence in the region; overseeing European operations including client services, business development, sales and customer account management; as well as bringing new StayLinked business intelligence products to market.
Soozy Lund Mangum
GENERAL MANAGER, US
Soozy joined StayLinked in 2001 to assist the StayLinked Sales Team before transitioning into her role as General Manager. She is resposnible for developing the business processes involving sales and contract administration, overseeing order processing as well as managing all customer financial transactions. She is also an integral part of the StayLinked channel partners program.
Prior to her career at StayLinked, Soozy worked as executive assistant for 5 years at a commercial real estate company, where she reported to the CEO and handled daily office tasks as well as the corporate finances. She also managed investor relations for the company. She is happily married and has a beautiful little boy.
David Griffith founded D&E Support Professionals, Inc. (1991) and evolveIT (formerly eBusiness Solution Pros, Inc., 1998), the developers of StayLinked software. Dave was a seasoned executive, with 25+ years of Information Technology systems implementation and customization experience.
Dave held CIO, VP of Information Technology and Director positions with companies ranging from $60M to $1.5B in sales during his career—often on an outsourced/interim basis. Dave assisted in several restructuring and turnaround efforts for troubled companies owned by large LBO groups. He had a broad knowledge of the issues surrounding troubled and under-performing companies in transition, and had a keen ability to quickly isolate and correct systems issues and problems. Relying heavily on a hands-on style, Dave specialized in developing and implementing Information Technology plans and providing interim IT management to organizations in diverse industries including specialty chemicals, automobile parts, heavy vehicle manufacturing and processed foods. David received his education at California Polytechnic College, Pomona in Business and Information Systems.
Dave was a strong guiding force and leader, and his presence in the industry is greatly missed but definitely enduring.