Board of Advisors
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Boehmke is the Chief Information Officer of Abrams Capital, which he joined in 2007. Prior to joining Abrams Capital, Mr. Boehmke was the Chief Technology Officer at Sowood Capital. Mr. Boehmke has over 30 years of experience providing technology to financial services companies, including work for Columbia Management, Fidelity Investments and Thomson/Reuters. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Former Chief Technology Officer
Irving Burday is an accomplished information technology leader with over 25 years of experience leading technology and program management teams in emerging and mid-sized organizations. He has held several leadership roles during his career including Chief Information Officer, VP of Corporate Planning, and Director of Program Management and leverages his background to advise organizations on the strategic investments that support growth, operational excellence, and scalability. Irving is also an executive coach who works with technology and operations leaders to build executive presence, manage conflict, and improve leadership capabilities.
Irving has worked in a variety of business sectors including healthcare, bio-tech, financial services, manufacturing, utilities, entertainment, and technology services and has a track record of successfully directing complex, mission critical initiatives.
His technology and operational expertise extends across many areas including call center operations, sales and marketing functions, finance and accounting operations, data analytics, e-commerce and business portal solutions.
Irving holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. He received his coaching training from the Coaches Training Institute and is also an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University.
Gary S. Foster
Chief Technology Officer
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Gary joined MBTA in January 2008 as Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology. He is responsible for Enterprise Systems, Information Security, the MBTA web presence, systems and network infrastructure. As Chief Technology Officer, Gary is also responsible for enabling and supporting technology innovation and implementation across the MBTA.
Gary Foster previously served as Managing Director of Product Development at Omgeo LLC. Omgeo is a solution provider in the global Financial Services Technology market. To this position, Gary brought more than 25 years developing solutions for global security markets. He was responsible for the creation and leadership of Omgeo’s product strategy. A member of the executive team since Omgeo’s inception, Foster’s leadership was crucial in the growth and creation of Omgeo.
In his previous role as the Chief Technology Officer at Omgeo, Foster was responsible for the launch of Omgeo’s premier product into the marketplace – Omgeo Central Trade Manager. In this role he directed the technology development and support of all of Omgeo’s core products. As CTO, Foster transformed Omgeo’s approach to product development through the introduction of the Omgeo Product Development System. Foster lead the redesign of the technology function at Omgeo and was responsible for successful introduction of offshore outsourcing to the company.
Prior to his appointment to CTO in 2000, Foster held numerous senior technical management positions at Thomson Financial. His career highlights at Thomson include his leadership role in the technical integration and reengineering of SEQUAL, an acquisition from the London Stock Exchange and a major role in the development and introduction of two of Thomson’s premiere products – First Call and The Bond Buyer’s Munifacts Plus.
Foster joined Thomson Financial in 1987 from John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company where he worked for 13 years as part of the Group Pension business focused on business process automation and large scale IT programs. Foster is a well-versed speaker and has presented at industry events on a variety of topics. He studied software engineering at Harvard University Extension School and has extensive leadership training, including a “Instructive Leadership” at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Stephen W. Golden
Former Chief Technology Officer
Expressive Design Group/LBW Group
Stephen Golden has served as the Chief Technology Officer for several companies in the areas of sourcing and manufacturing. He is involved in developing and implementing multinational order processing, tracking and sourcing systems accessible from multiple locations in several languages.
Mr. Golden has worked on Electronic Data Interchange as an active participant in the GS1-US (formerly Uniform Code Council – UCC). He was a member of the Trade Item Identification Committee (TIIC) and the Global Trade Item Numbering (GTIN) Committee. In addition, Stephen was Chair of the Small Business Task Group that assisted small companies in implementing EDI.
Stephen Golden was a frequent presenter on ‘EDI-101, What is EDI?’ for new attendees of the UCC Conference. He has presented ‘Why Do I Need EDI?’ to buyers at large retail organizations as well as to the National Credit Managers Association. He has also been a frequent presenter and panel member at national EDI conferences.
Former IT Senior Executive
Bill Marshall has been working in the computer industry since 1976. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Boston University. During his 14 years at the university, he filled various programmer analyst and manager roles at its Academic Computing Center, taught programming classes at Metropolitan College, and served on research projects sponsored by the Medical School. He also taught a programming class at Emerson College.
Bill formed an independent consulting partnership that had over 100 clients, including database, statistics, modeling, and reporting projects in the fields of medical research, government, finance, corporate law, education, marketing, and business administration.
In 1987, Bill joined Baring Assessment Management as an IT manager, and spent 14 years working on local and global initiatives in infrastructure, operations, and financial business systems. He continued that work in additional stints at Adams, Harkness, and Hill, and Advent International.
Today Bill serves as a private consultant, and has started a new venture, Marzane Entertainment, with a focus on feature film production.
Former Chief Technology & Chief Product Officer
Paul joined ClickFuel developer of the Fuel Station marketing dashboard, winner of the 2011 MITX innovation award, from PlumChoice, a successful industry leader providing Premium Technical Support for the homes and small business, where he was CIO. Prior to PlumChoice Paul held the position of Senior Vice President of Technology at Monster.com and played a key role in the growth and globalization of the company, helping to take it from $20 million to $1.1 billion over a period of almost eight years.
Paul then held senior technology positions for a variety of start-up and large companies, in the financial and professional services arena, leading software engineering and growing and managing their technology infrastructures.
Former Vice President, Business Systems
Jonathan Rider is the Vice President, Business Systems at PTC. His prior roles have included the Principal at HeliDesigns, Vice President/CIO at Gilbane Building Company, and Vice President at Monster Technologies.
John is a visionary and goal-oriented IT Executive with demonstrated experience in planning, developing and implementing information technology solutions to address challenging business opportunities and improvements. History of successful project management and application development utilizing proven methodology and advanced IT practices worldwide. He has managed teams of Program and Project Managers, Service and Support Engineers, Developers and System Architects spanning 20 countries and 3 global development centers. Developed strategic plans and implemented worldwide engineering and operational projects spearheading the architecture, design and support of global company applications, systems and hardware. Additional roles include $80M+ annual budgets, P&L, contract negotiation and vendor relationship management for all business technology groups.
Former Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
Steve Rubinow is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, NYSE Euronext. He is responsible for most technology endeavors at the company.
Prior to joining NYSE Euronext, Mr. Rubinow was Chief Technology Officer of Archipelago Holdings, Inc, before its merger with the NYSE in 2006. Mr. Rubinow also worked in Silicon Valley as Chief Information/Technology Officer at NextCard, Inc., a leading Internet provider of consumer credit that had a successful IPO in 1999 and at another successful start-up, AdKnowledge, Inc. which was acquired by CMGI in 2001.
Earlier, Mr. Rubinow was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments where he developed and deployed an enterprise Information Architecture, critical systems for use in the core mutual fund investment area and evaluated new companies as potential candidates for investment by Fidelity Ventures. He served on the adjunct faculty in Computer Science at DePaul University from 1986-1994.
Steve earned the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry and a M.B.A. at the University of Illinois (ranking first in his class) as well as a M.S. in Computer Science at DePaul University.
Former Managing Director and CTO
Ra’ad Siraj is an experienced business executive with a track record of establishing scalable technology and operational direction at firms large and small, spanning multiple industries, and working with leading-edge technologies at established organizations and pre-IPO, venture-backed firms. He also teaches a graduate course in Machine Learning for Business Intelligence at Boston College and is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s IQSS institute.
Most recently, Mr. Siraj served as CTO for Pulse Infoframe after his role as Managing Director and Head of Data Solutions, DataGX Product Strategy, and SSGX Platform Strategy for State Street Global Exchange (SSGX), the innovation division of State Street. SSGX was set up to focus on commercializing State Street’s data and analytics capabilities to enable asset managers and asset owners to evolve their business models. He was responsible for establishing a business around data aggregation and launched DataGX as a data as a service offering.
Prior to joining SSGX, Mr. Siraj was Managing Director and CTO at the Boston Company Asset Management, LLC (a subsidiary of BNY Mellon), where he served as a member of the firm’s management and operating committees. He was responsible for technology, data, data operations, and general administration within the firm and served as a member of the BNY Mellon Asset Management CTO forum and the BNY Mellon Innovation Council. Previously, Mr. Siraj was CIO and VP at Endeca (acquired by Oracle), a firm that provides an enterprise data discovery platform for rapid, intuitive exploration and analysis of information. He also held the position of CIO and VP at Eaton Vance Management for eight years. As a senior member of that firm’s leadership team, Mr. Siraj worked with business heads to create IT strategy and direction. Prior to that role, he was Senior Director and Chief Information Strategist at Investors Bank & Trust (now part of State Street), where along with the management team, he led efforts for developing long-term IT plans that enabled aggressive business growth and separated the firm from its parent organization, and also led online and data self-service strategies.
Mr. Siraj is committed to developing the next generation of innovators through his involvement in the innovation ecosystem. He is a member of Ascent Venture Partners’ advisory board, and a long-time Board of Overseer’s member for the Mass Tech Leadership Council. Mr. Siraj holds BS and SM degrees in computer science from UC Santa Barbara and Harvard University, respectively.