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.
Chief Technology Officer
The General Insurance
Kent Fourman is the vice president and chief information officer of The General Insurance, a specialty auto insurance company based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the former CIO of Gaylord Entertainment and has held technology leadership positions in a variety of industries including healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, music distribution, publishing services and manufacturing.
Kent’s community involvement includes Alignment Nashville board chair, Nashville Technology Council Foundation board member and ambassador for TechBridge, Inc. He is past NTC board member and past chair of its workforce and education committee, past chair of the operating board of Alignment Nashville and past board member of the Center for Nonprofit Management
Kent is a native Ohioan. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Miami University and an MBA from Youngstown State University.
Former Executive Vice President & CIO for HBO
Michael Gabriel is the founder and CEO of Quantum Barometer, a business to business company focused on improving how we engage with our most important – our people.
He developed the Quantum Barometer based on his decades of experience as a corporate executive and CIO focused on organizational development, performance management, process change, project management and product management.
He was Executive Vice President & CIO for Home Box Office for 14 years, and a founding executive leader of the media and entertainment industry transforming HBO GO Internet Initiative.
Before joining HBO, Gabriel was Vice President & CIO for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Vice President of IT for the EMI-Capitol Music Group NA, and Director of IT for the 1992
Barcelona Summer Olympics and Director of Financial Systems at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
Gabriel is an inventor on 6 media and entertainment industry patents, and an advisor on university and industry technology councils.
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.
Research Vice President for Strategic Architecture
IDC IT Executive Program
Mike Rosen is Research Vice President for Strategic Architecture in IDC’s IT Executive Program, enabling IT and business leaders with research on digital transformation and strategic architecture. Prior to IDC, Mike was Chief Scientist at Wilton Consulting Group which provides expert advice in Digital Transformation Strategy, Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, and Enterprise Solutions. Leveraging 40 years of experience, Mike focuses on results-oriented leadership and practical advice, casting technology issues in business terms and actions.
Mr. Rosen started his career as a hardware designer, but soon shifted to software with a position at Digital Equipment Corporation, acquiring a breath of experience in systems and software development. Mike was a product architect and Chief Enterprise Architect for several middleware vendors before becoming Founder and CTO of Azora Technologies, a SOA Tool startup, where he had first-hand experience in balancing strategic and tactical demands. As an independent consultant for 15 years, Mike helped 100s of small, medium and large enterprises in over a dozen countries to create and implement technology strategies, enterprise solutions, and architecture programs, while provided training and mentoring to IT and business leaders.
A major focus in Mike’s career has been knowledge transfer where he has a keen ability to make complex topics approachable and relevant. He is an internationally recognized speaker, often highlighting CIO and architecture events, and has presented at many conferences globally. Mike has published three books and over 100 articles and research reports. Some recent titles include: Building Digital Strategy with Enterprise Architecture & Innovation Mindfulness, The DX Platform: Re-architecting for Scale, and How the Digital Native Enterprise is Winning the Future. Supporting his profession, Mr. Rosen is a Founder, VP, and Board of Director of the Business Architecture Guild, and is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO).
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 the Director of Data and Project Management at MITIMCo (MIT’s Investment Management Company), is an Adjunct Professor at Boston College’s Carroll School Of Management where he teaches a graduate course on Machine Learning for Business Intelligence, and is the former Head of Data Solutions at State Street Global Exchange (SSGX) where he established a business around data aggregation that can act as a platform for actionable data-based insights for Asset Managers and Asset Owners. Prior to SSGX, Ra’ad was Chief Technology Officer for The Boston Company Asset Management (a division of BNY Mellon), was part of high-growth pre-IPO firms including Endeca (as VP and CIO), was Chief Information Officer for Eaton Vance, and was senior director and chief information strategist at Investors Bank & Trust (now part of State Street). Ra’ad began his career as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little.
Ra’ad serves on the boards of The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, Ascent Venture Partners, as well as several startups. He also serves as a juror for the Lemelson-MIT $500K and student prizes.
Ra’ad holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees both in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Harvard University.