Board of Directors
Global vision and diversification started at early age for Stanley; living in three major continents before the age of 18 has given him a unique insight into inclusion leadership and global strategy development. He began his career as a humble cable puller and from that perspective, was able to see the entire spectrum of end-to-end business processes in managing information technologies, from the trenches up through broad IT management responsibilities. It has served to inform his view of customer service being the most important attribute of a professional service IT consulting firm.
Progressing through a variety of large companies and a host of technical certifications as an engineer and consultant before founding Netswitch, Stanley never lost sight of the importance of interpersonal relationships and service. Stanley has consistently placed client satisfaction above profitability and the result is an enormously successful IT consulting firm that enjoys long-term relationships with most of its clients, both in the US and abroad. Netswitch as a company reflects Stanley’s personal attributes and client service philosophy. It is the reason why Netswitch consistently ranks among the leaders in global Managed Service and Cloud Service Providers.
Stanley earned his Masters of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and his Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Real Estate, from San Francisco State University.
After college, Steve turned down an offer to be a copy-writer on the Hoover Vacuum account for Hoefer-Dieterich and Brown to pursue a career in IT, but never lost sight of the future impact of consumerization on Information Technology. Steve subsequently logged over 30 years of computer industry experience in data security, software engineering, product development and professional services. Steve also has extensive market experience in Information and Cyber Security Management, Contextual Search, Digital Media, Business Intelligence, Content Management, eCommerce, and Data Science.
Steve has managed product development with UNIX, Windows and Java platforms, founded four software and services startups and raised $42m in venture capital. Steve has held a variety of executive management positions in engineering, product development, sales, and marketing for ConnectandSell, Whittman-Hart, marchFIRST, the Cambridge Systems Group, Memorex, Health Application Systems, Endymion Systems, Blackhawk Systems Group and IBM.
As a co-founder of the Cambridge Systems Group, Steve brought ACF2 to market, which would become the leading Enterprise Data Security product for IBM mainframe computers. As a direct result, Steve is known as the Godfather of Information Security. Steve has been issued multiple engineering patents encompassing contextual semantic search technologies, web-enabled multimedia audio transfers, imaging capture and database smart query processing.
He has also led digital marketing engagements for Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Bahama, REI, Harley Davidson and wrote a best-selling business book on Retail Web Marketing.
Steve majored in Mathematical Probability and Statistics as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley and studied Social Justice Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law.
Andrew “Flip” Filipowski
Mr. Filipowski is one of the world’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists and industry visionaries. Mr. Filipowski is the founder of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in the digital currency ecosystem and is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of SilkRoad Equity, a global private investment firm and is also a co-founder and chairman of SilkRoad technology, a leading cloud-based human capital management software company. Mr. Filipowski also serves as chairman of InterAct911, a provider of public safety software systems to state and federal governments worldwide.
Mr. Filipowski was the former COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 1980’s. He then founded and served as Chairman and CEO of PLATINUM technology and grew PLATINUM into the 8th largest software company in the world at the time of its sale to Computer Associates for $4 billion – the largest such transaction for a software company at the time. Flip was also the founder and General Partner at Platinum Venture Partners. There Mr. Filipowski funded a number of successful Internet and technology ventures including Whittman-Hart, StarMedia, Yesmail, Blue Rhino, and LiquidAudio. He currently serves as a Director of CYA Technologies, Inc., the Illinois Institute of Technology and The Illinois Technology Development Alliance and serves on the board of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago Board of Trade. Flip is also the founder and Chairman of the House of Blues.
Flip studied Architecture, Math and Computing at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an undergrad and majored in Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at the Harvard University School of Business.
Mr. Chrisman is currently the lead board member at the Doctors Company, the largest medical malpractice insurer in the US where he also head’s up the Technology Committee. Ken was formerly the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank for thirteen years, where he was responsible for all Information Systems Technology. Prior to Wells Fargo, Ken served as the CTO for American Express for several years, and held senior technology management positions at TRW Financial Systems and Chevron after beginning his career in Systems Technology at the Boeing Corporation in Seattle.
Ken also serves on the board of the World Institute on Disability whose mission is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities world-wide. Ken is also well-known as a champion cutting horse breeder and award winner in National Cutting Horse competitions.
Ken earned his MS in Resource Economics at the University of California at Davis and his undergrad in Economics at Oregon State University.
Jack Russo is the founding partner in the Palo Alto law firm of both Russo & Hale LLP and now Computerlaw Group LLP (www.computerlaw.com) and its affiliate, Entrepreneur Law Group (www.digitaleconomylawyers.com). The firm’s focus is in representing entrepreneurs and growing companies in the protection of their ideas, inventions, and businesses; the firm specializes in the areas of Internet, e-commerce, software and other intellectual property protection, infringement, and licensing.
Jack originated some of the early thinking on intellectual property (IP) protection of the “look and feel” of computer software and he has been involved in a number of software cases. His 1985 article, Copyright in the “Look and Feel” of Computer Software published in The Computer Lawyer pioneers the subject.
Jack is a member of the State Bars of California, New York, and Washington, D.C. He holds his JD from UCLA School of Law as well as dual M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; he also holds a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from City University of New York in Urban Administration and Computer & Information Science.
Before becoming an attorney, Jack worked full-time as a computer programmer and software analyst. Jack is also a Judge Pro Temp for the Santa Clara Superior Court and an Arbitrator and a Mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as well as for the American Arbitration Association. He has an active ADR practice with experience in over 500 cases. He is additionally the Chairman of the non-profit Foundation for Creativity in Dispute Resolution.