Alpha Software | The Team Behind Alpha Software

Meet The Alpha Team

Executive Management

read bio

Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

read bio

Selwyn Rabins co-founded Alpha Software with his brother Richard and focuses on the overall design and creation of Alpha’s products. He also was President of SoftQuad International Inc. in the late 1990s, when it owned Alpha Software. Prior to co-founding Alpha, Selwyn worked for Interactive Data/Chase Econometrics, where he developed a passion for the design of data-driven business applications. He also served as Director of Strategic Intelligence at Analog Devices, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic instrumentation and integrated circuits. Selwyn holds a master's degree in finance from the Sloan School at MIT and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

read bio

Dan Bricklin oversees product and technology at Alpha Software. Dan has a storied history in the software industry and is known as the "father of the electronic spreadsheet." With Bob Frankston, he co-founded Software Arts, developer of VisiCalc, the spreadsheet program that helped launch the personal computing industry. His most recent product is Note Taker HD, a popular iPad notetaking app he wrote in Objective-C for iOS. Dan also developed in JavaScript the full-featured SocialCalc spreadsheet program for Socialtext and the One Laptop Per Child's XO computer. He also is known for the award-winning Dan Bricklin's Demo Program for the IBM PC. Bricklin is a Fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer History Museum, and received the IEEE Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award for pioneering the development and commercialization of the spreadsheet. He is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Dan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.

read bio

Dave Benton is responsible for the finance and administrative functions at Alpha Software. Dave has over twenty years of experience in finance, particularly within the software industry. Dave was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Progress Software for 15 years and was part of the management team that grew the company from $140M to over $500M. While at Progress, Dave was responsible for all aspects of the finance organization including accounting, SEC reporting, tax, treasury, planning & analysis and internal controls. Dave also worked at Deloitte & Touche for five years, where he rose to audit manager in the firm's high tech practice.


Development

read bio

Dave McCormick has a long history with Alpha and has a deep understanding of developers and the information they need to make informed decisions. He has developed numerous videos, print tutorials and other materials that make the developer's job easier. Dave joined the company in 1992, and served as support engineer, technical writer, and documentation department manager. Between 1998 and 2005, Dave was at Stumpworld Systems and was product manager for Online Merchant/Online Merchant Gold, which became the best-selling e-commerce application in the U.S. retail market. Prior to rejoining Alpha in In 2006, Dave started A5-Online, a hosting provider for Alpha Five Web applications. Dave received an Award of Achievement from the Society for Technical Communication for the Alpha Five User's Guide in 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Arizona.

read bio

Lenny Forziati leads the direction of the company’s Internet products. As the architect of Alpha’s Application Server, he launched Alpha Five from the desktop into the world of Web applications. He also oversees Technical Support, Professional Services and Information Technology. Prior to joining Alpha, Lenny was the CTO and co-founder of North of Zero, an application service provider specializing in business intelligence, CRM, and e-commerce. There he built a reliable and scalable application delivery platform that provided 100% uptime for over 4 years and oversaw the development of the hosted application suite.

read bio

Bob Moore leads Alpha Software's mobile effort and is responsible for all mobile-related research and development. He has deep experience in all of the major HTML5 mobile frameworks. Prior to joining Alpha in 2010, Bob founded two companies, Micromedia Studios, focused on developing and deploying multimedia and mobile websites, and Digital Control Systems, one of the first authorized Autodesk resellers. Bob served in the United States Navy and holds a bachelor's degree in business and mathematics from Sacred Heart University.

read bio

Kurt Rayner drives product architecture in areas including object modeling, language, code generation, and database integration. With more than 25 years of experience, Kurt's passion is creating architectures for tools that empower developers to build sophisticated, cost-effective business applications. Prior to joining Alpha, Kurt ran a software development consultancy, directed the development team for PowerBuilder at Sybase Inc., and developed software and managed development teams at Boston Financial Data Services, Cullinet Software, and Foxboro. He holds master's degrees in computer science from Boston University, and education counseling from Boston State College, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Barrington College.


Jerry Brightbill
Senior Developer

Cian Chambliss
Senior Programmer

Lachlan Chambliss
Documentation Consultant

Sarah Mitchell
Technical Writer

Terry Smith
Software Engineer

Customer Success

read bio

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

read bio

Morris Porter excels at building and growing sales teams and revenue, particularly in early-stage companies. Morris was the VP of Sales for Intranets.com, growing the sales revenue, culminating in the company's acquisition by WebEx and WebEx's later acquisition by Cisco. Morris went on to build a new business unit at Citrix, growing a team of 12 into 85 successful sales professionals.


James Andrews
Customer Service Lead

Greg Bohling
Project Management Leader

Christine Clancy
Sales Operations Manager

Matt Farnham
Account Executive

Ryan McAuliffe
Inside Sales Account Executive

Mike Gongwer
Business Development Representative

Christopher Martin
Solutions Engineer

Dion McCormick
Lead Solutions Engineer

Andrea Polcaro
Digital Programs

Peter Sidewater
Lead Gen Programs

Board of Directors and Advisors

read bio

Currently a venture partner at Alsop Louie Partners and an Alpha Software board member, Joseph Alsop co-founded Progress Software, a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. Under Alsop's watch as CEO, the company attracted 100,000 customers in 140 countries and had more than a half-billion dollars in revenues. During his tenure, more than 70 percent of Fortune 100 companies depended on Progress to help develop and deploy new software applications. In his role with Alsop Louie Partners, he is investing in and working with information technology companies in Massachusetts. Joe is also an investor in Alpha Software.

read bio

Richard Golob serves as Global Head of Life Sciences at EPAM Systems, a publicly traded IT services firm with 22,000 professionals worldwide. Previously, Richard co-founded GGA Software Services, an outsourcing company that provided scientific informatics services to the life sciences industry, and served as its president and chief executive officer until the sale of GGA to EPAM Systems in 2014. With its headquarters office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its 650-person development center in St. Petersburg, Russia, GGA focused on bringing together science, mathematics, and software engineering to solve client problems. Previously, Richard was actively involved in the environmental and energy fields, serving as an adviser to government agencies worldwide and to the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as a publisher of respected environmental newsletters. He also served as an environmental industry adviser to the venture capital firm Charles River Ventures and as chairman of the Harvard Environmental Health Council at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Richard serves as president of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, board member of ADL New England, board member of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, member of the Board of Overseers of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and president of the Puchovichi Memorial Park Project. He is coauthor of “The Almanac of Renewable Energy” and coeditor of “The Almanac of Science and Technology”. In addition, Richard serves as a board member of Alpha Software, an innovative mobile application development technology company, and a member of Sky Ventures Group, which focuses on investments in healthcare and life sciences companies. Richard graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in biochemical sciences.

read bio

In 1982, Paul Funk founded Funk Software. Its first product, Sideways, printed VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2- 3 spreadsheets at a 90-degree rotation on dot-matrix printers, allowing very wide spreadsheets to be printed without resorting to glue or tape. The product regularly made the Softsel Hot List, and the company followed up with other Lotus add-in products, culminating in Allways, which provided 1-2- 3 with complete publishing capabilities comparable to Microsoft’s recently introduced Excel. Funk Software sold Allways to Lotus Development in 1989. In the 1990’s, Funk Software released Proxy, the first remote control product fully operational from Windows, and Steel-Belted Radius, one of the earliest products to utilize the RADIUS protocol to provide backend authentication for network access. In the 2000’s, Funk Software’s Odyssey 802.11 client was a popular industry alternative to the Microsoft WiFi client, and allowed the company to provide both client and server modules for network admission control. The company was acquired by Juniper Networks in 2005.

read bio

In 1968 John Cullinane founded Cullinane Corporation, the first successful software products company, proving wrong industry gurus who said it could not be done and that there was no future in software. Known for its integrated application development platform for both mainframes and PCs, the company's IDMS product still maintains some of the largest databases in the world. Cullinane was drawn to Alpha by its new product, Alpha Anywhere, which he believes represents a technology breakthrough as the first complete application development environment for mobile devices and personal computers. In November 2012, Cullinane received the prestigious Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and was credited with creating the foundation for the "Big Data" industry in Massachusetts. John is also an investor in Alpha Software.

Need help?

Try a free trial or a free consultation with one of our team members to learn how we can help you.