Steve Jeffery, Chief Executive Officer
Steve Jeffery is a veteran of the technology industry with 33 years of experience gained in Europe and North America. His career includes positions at global multinationals including Hewlett Packard and IBM. In 1994 Steve relocated from the Silicon Valley to Georgia where he built two start-up organizations, SQL Financials and Clarus Corporation taking each public in 1998 and 2001.
Steve has assumed a variety of management roles in software and hardware companies, including CEO, Chairman, and General Manager as well as executive positions in Sales and Marketing. This wide range of experience has enabled him grow early stage companies to success. Steve has also been very successful in working with the Venture Capital and the Public markets to raise equity.
Steve’s management experience also includes driving strategic acquisitions and the successful divestiture of a number of business units. Today, Steve is a director of several companies and the former president of TAG, one of the nation’s largest statewide technology associations. Steve holds an honors Bachelor degree in Business from Sheffield Hallam University in the U.K.
John Kahn, Chief Financial Officer
John leads the Brickstream finance and accounting functions and has more than 25 years of strategic international financial experience that includes CFO roles at a variety of NASDAQ listed, private equity owned and venture capital backed companies. He is an accomplished and highly networked CFO who is experienced in working with technology-focused companies, both domestically and internationally.
John started his career with Arthur Andersen in the United Kingdom, before transferring to Silicon Valley, where he was part of Andersen’s Global High Technologies Industry Team. John then became CFO of various publicly traded, private equity and venture capital backed companies, achieving over 50% IRR for his investors.
A Certified Public Accountant, John is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a Certified Information Technology Professional. He is currently President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States (ACAUS) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). John is also a past president of the Technology Executives Round-table (TER) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) degree with honors from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom.
Ralph Crabtree, Chief Technology Officer
Ralph Crabtree has 25 years of experience in the definition, implementation, and delivery of high-tech software products.
Crabtree was the primary creator of the enabling technology and software products on which Brickstream was founded. Prior to Brickstream, Crabtree held various advanced research and development positions at NCR Corporation.
For the past 15 years, Crabtree has focused on the application of image-understanding technologies to commercial solutions that include people tracking, video surveillance, and document recognition. Crabtree is the co-inventor of ten patents. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Furman University.
Iain Currie, Vice President – Value Development
As a member of a large corporate research and development facility, Currie began working with Brickstream’s technology prototype in 1996. Iain has been with Brickstream since its inception and has been a significant contributor to its growth.
As head of Value Development, Iain is responsible for helping the company’s customers realize maximum benefit from the behavior intelligence they are capturing using Brickstream technology.
Currie has 23 years experience in software development and professional services in the high-tech industry across Europe and North America. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with Honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Tayside University in the United Kingdom.
Steve Hornyak, Vice President – Business Development
Steve Hornyak has been involved in the technology, service and capital market business sectors for the past 24 years. His career includes executive and management positions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Oracle, SQL Financials, Clarus, Riverbrooke Capital, Pareto Principals, and Brickstream. As a strategic executive leader in SQL Financials and subsequently Clarus Corporation, Hornyak was involved in the process of taking both companies public. His management experience includes sales, marketing, alliances and acquisitions. Additionally, he has significant experience in the areas of capital raises, cash management, forecasting and operational growth of fast growing and start-up companies. Hornyak holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business from Virginia Tech.
As Vice President of Business Development for Brickstream, he is responsible for all sales, business development, channel partner development and direct target account sales globally.
Christina Ellwood, Vice President – Marketing
A seasoned senior executive, Christina has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. She founded Moreland Associates in 2001 to provide technology companies access to seasoned executive talent on a consulting basis to help them build traction in the market place. Moreland’s clients include technology start-ups, services providers, and enterprises. Prior to Moreland, she founded and served as CEO of OfficePlease Inc., an intranet SaaS company. Prior to OfficePlease, she was the VP of Marketing for Sentient Networks a telecom switch manufacturer, until their acquisition by Cisco Systems. Previously, she was director of carrier development and marketing at Premisys, a telecom and enterprise Integrated Access Device (IAD) manufacturer, which was later acquired by Zhone. Prior to Premisys, she held business development and marketing positions with N.E.T., a TI multiplexer manufacturer and Kevex Instruments, a provider of EDX and XRF spectrometers and detectors.
She is on the advisory board of Parle Innovation, SolarNexus, NexTier Networks and Hoople.net and regularly contributes to entrepreneur-support organizations and professional groups including: The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Retail Society Program Chair; The CMO Forum; Cleantech Open as the program chair for the Academy (2009-2013); SV Forum East Bay Series; Astia’s clean tech committee and Kieretsu Forum Entrepreneur Academy. Christina is known for her strong, clear leadership and drive.
Art Walsh, Vice President – Operations
Art Walsh is a senior executive with more than 35 years’ experience involving consulting, senior operating roles, project management, start-up/IPO management, M&A activities and divestitures. He has a strong background in finance and accounting, human resources management, information systems, office services, facilities management, cost management and contract administration.
Art has held senior executive and management positions at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), Wilson & McIlivaine Law firm, SQL Financials, Clarus Corporation, eRM Ventures, Endavo Media and Brickstream. This wide range of experience has enabled Art to provide the leadership necessary to help develop and grow successful businesses.
During Art’s career, he has also had significant experience working with Venture capital and private equity companies to raise growth capital. As the head of Brickstream’s operations, he is responsible for professional services, customer support, logistics, IT, and facilities. Art graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Accounting from Georgia State University.
Paul Williams, Chief Accounting Officer
Paul Williams provides Brickstream with the benefit of over 30 years of accounting and finance experience. After a stint in public accounting, Paul’s career roles have encompassed accounting, operational and treasury function responsibility for multi-charter holding companies, wearing the hats at times of CFO, CAO, COO and CEO for different companies. He has led equity campaigns and has registered and deregistered companies with the NASDAQ exchange. His professional development has included leadership positions with the Georgia Bankers Association and the Georgia Society of CPAs, seminar speaking, and an adjunct professor position with Mercer University’s School of Business.
Williams earned a BBA in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia.