Rick Braddy—Founder, CEO and CTO
Rick Braddy is an innovator, leader and visionary with more than 30 years’ of technology experience and a proven track record of taking on business and technology challenges and making high-stakes decisions. Rick is a serial entrepreneur and former Chief Technology Officer of the CITRIX Systems XenApp and XenDesktop group and former Group Architect with BMC Software. During his 6 years with CITRIX, Rick led the product management, architecture, business and technology strategy teams that helped the company grow from a $425 million, single-product company into a leading, diversified global enterprise software company with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. Rick is also a United States Air Force veteran, with military experience in top-secret cryptographic voice and data systems at NORAD / Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Rick is responsible for SoftNAS business and technology strategy and R&D.
Michael Goodwin—President, COO and CFO
Michael Goodwin spent the first 10 years of his professional career with Texas Commerce Bank, Accenture and as a director with Continental Airlines where he represented the airline in its e-commerce aviation initiative; led strategy development and implementation of the airline’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) supply chain initiative; and financially directed the aircraft operations divisions. Michael left Continental Airlines in order to co-found Winrock HR, an HR outsourcing company where he served as CFO/COO. Michael has advised numerous start-ups and early stage companies, mostly in software and services on management, strategy, finance and growth issues and initiatives. Nonprofit board experience includes co-founding the Technology Entrepreneurs Exchange, founding the Michigan Private Equity Partnership and serving as a founding board member of the Houston Toolbank. Michael has an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was a William Davidson Fellow. He graduated with special honors with degrees in history and economics from The University of Texas at Austin where he was in the Honors Program and a Normandy Scholar. Michael is responsible for SoftNAS sales, strategic alliances and finances.
Jeff Russo—Sr. VP, Products
As Senior Vice President of Products, Jeff is responsible for leading the overall strategy, operations and agile execution for the SoftNAS Products group to ensure timely, high quality product releases, providing a great customer experience. With nearly three decades’ experience in development and management, Jeff has expertise in building and delivering high quality products that exceed corporate goals. During his tenure at Citrix Systems. Jeff helped the company grow from a $50M to $3B technology company and held executive management positions ranging from corporate vice president of Operations and chief of staff to multiple vice president of product development roles. Most recently, Jeff served as vice president of Product Development at Citrix where he led multiple groups providing development services for all products including security, globalization, licensing and solution test services as well as centralizing and managing common development tools. Russo has held product development management roles with Precision Response, IBM and Encore Computer Corporation. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida.
Adam Marano—VP, Product Management and Advanced R&D
As Vice President of Product Management and Advanced R&D, Adam is responsible for managing and communicating the SoftNAS strategic solution and product roadmap, managing the Advanced Products team and collaborating with the marketing team on go-to-market activities. With three decades’ experience as a developer and technology business leader, Adam has developed a passion for tackling complex problems and breaking them down in ways that can be effectively communicated various audiences. During his 18 year tenure at Citrix Systems, Adam oversaw the release of multiple products including multiple MetaFrame (now XenDesktop), Password Manager and Citrix Access Gateway releases. Adam has developed worldwide partner alliances with leading businesses including Samsung, HTC, Sprint and Verizon. While at Citrix, Adam identified potential M&A recommendations and developed patents to expand the portfolio. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University, and an Associate Certificate in Computer Science Management from CMU/SEI, delivered via Florida Atlantic University.
John-Marc Clark—VP, Marketing
Bringing more than three decades of experience to SoftNAS, John-Marc is responsible for driving corporate, product and digital marketing strategy and execution. He has held leadership roles with IDC, Citrix, and Qumranet (acquired by Red Hat). While at Citrix, he helped nurture business growth from $200 million in annual revenues to over $3 billion. During his tenure there, he led emerging product marketing and directed the Fujitsu global alliance team resulting in the partnership evolving into the company’s largest out of 9,000+ partners. John-Marc began his career in the Silicon Valley with GIS mapping software pioneer Strategic Mapping, Inc. (acquired by ESRI). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and master’s degrees from La Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Argentina and The University of Miami. John-Marc is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) and has presented in each of these languages at industry events in more than 40 countries.
Jat Treadwell—Director, Support
As Director of Support, Jat is responsible for delivering industry leading customer support to a global customer base. He brings diversified experience in software engineering, testing and project management. He has led teams that have delivered products recognized in PC Magazine with the Editor’s Choice Award. During his tenure at PIVOT3, Jat handled customer service, support engineering and was responsible for the design and deployment of technical solutions throughout the sales cycle. Jat has led international teams, handled project planning and resource allocation, feature definition and performed software builds for Iomega Corporation, which was focused on consumer-based software and storage products. Jat’s expertise spans multiple aspects of project management including collaborating with global teams improving customer satisfaction, product design, profitability, and localization for worldwide product releases. Jat holds a master’s degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stephen F. Austin State University.