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A veteran of numerous successful technology start-ups, Ralph A. Clark brings 30 years of extensive corporate, financial and organizational leadership to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Clark was CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc., where he led the transformation of the company into a leader in endpoint data protection and was instrumental in its recent acquisition by Symantec.
Prior to GuardianEdge, Clark served as vice president of finance for Adaptec through its acquisition of Snap Appliance, which he helped engineer. There he was responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis. He also served as chief financial officer for Snap Appliance. Previous to his role at Snap Appliance, he worked at several venture capital backed start-up companies, leading several to successful acquisitions. Early in his career, Clark held executive sales and marketing roles at IBM and post business school, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where he was instrumental in many successful technology transactions.
He is a member of the board of directors for PrintRoom and Tactical Survey Group, and also serves as a trustee at the Oakland Museum of California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
James G. Beldock, an experienced turn-around and growth entrepreneur, joined the ShotSpotter team in early 2003, when he was introduced by the Company's lead investor. As the company’s first CEO, James developed and executed ShotSpotter’s market entry strategy and led the company from deployments in four cities to over 50, increased annual sales more than 50-fold, and led the company’s 2005 acquisition of Centurist Systems and its 2009 acquisition of the SECURES business unit of Planning Systems, Inc.
He has now turned his energies towards global market penetration as President of the company’s International efforts. ShotSpotter is his third venture-funded or private equity-backed company, and he has raised in excess of $65m for companies he has led. Previously, he was chairman and CTO of WebPutty, an enterprise software company subsequently acquired by Charles River, of which he had previously served as the Company's president and CEO. Prior to joining WebPutty, James was Entrepreneur in Residence at SAC Capital where he performed turn-around and portfolio operations work at other portfolio companies. Previously, as president and CEO of Cogito Software, a company he founded in 1994, James delivered software and managed technology projects for well-known institutions including Princeton University and New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. He has also served as vice president for R&D and CTO at Primavera Laboratories, where he was responsible for product development of over-the-counter drugs and other regulated products generating retail revenues in excess of $300m. He holds patents in the fields of computer memory hardware, Internet business methods and information security and has published peer review articles in fields ranging from medical informatics to user interface design.
James is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and studied Computer Science at Columbia University. In 2001, James was recognized as one of America’s leading executives under the age of 45 when he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He sits on the board of directors of PAX, the nation's largest anti-gun violence non-profit organization and creator of the life-saving Ask and Speak Up! campaigns, and is a member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and the Steering Committee of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society. He maintains a blog at www.jamesbeldock.com.
Joe brings over 25 years leadership experience and expertise in software product development, service delivery, and operational excellence from the digital media, internet/web services, commercial software, and telecommunications industries to SST. Most recently, Joe was Vice President of Operations for Netpulse, the leading provider of personalized digital entertainment services to the fitness industry. Prior to that, Joe was Senior Vice President of Operations & Media Solutions for Premier Retail Networks (PRN), where he oversaw network deployment & operations, media management and production engineering services, and customer & technical support for the world's largest out-of-home digital media network at retail, spanning 6500 locations across the U.S.
Before joining PRN, Joe was Director of QA & Engineering Services for Jeeves Solutions, the enterprise software division of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com), where he led the development and release of JeevesOne, the company’s first packaged, enterprise software product for Global 2000 companies. Earlier roles included VP Engineering and Operations at Inquisit, an early web startup, and Director of Software Development at Knight-Ridder Information, Inc. Joe started his career at Pacific Bell, where he held a number of positions including rollout of large computer systems across California and Nevada, leading software development teams in the area of network provisioning and maintenance, and serving as Technical Director of the Advanced Systems Group, where he led applied R&D of knowledge based systems and AI-related technologies.
Joe is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
A seasoned executive with a track record of successfully bringing to market large scale, high availability systems, David P. Rodgers brings 38 years of experience to ShotSpotter. Most recently, Rodgers served as vice president of engineering and operations for Schooner Information Technology Inc. There he led platform development and information technology for Web 2.0 appliances for real-time data intensive applications.
Prior to Schooner Information Technology, he oversaw development and customer support of a family of high-availability network attached storage appliances as the vice president of engineering at Agami Systems. At IP Unity, now Movius Corporation, Rodgers was responsible for the development of scalable, highly-available enhanced services applications and platforms for telephony service providers. As vice president of engineering at Compaq Computer Corporation, he managed strategic relationships with Microsoft, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP and Siebel Systems. Earlier in his career, Rodgers held numerous executive level positions and played a strategic role in the development of multi-microprocessor computer systems and the CC-NUMA operating system at Sequent, a provider of large-scale Unix systems that is now part of IBM. He also founded and ran Sequent's International Development Centers in Nice, France and Tokyo, Japan. At Digital Equipment Corporation, he was one of five VAX architects and a leader in the standardization of Ethernet.
At ShotSpotter, Rodgers is responsible for the development, strategy and execution of the company’s PaaS and cloud computing product portfolio. He holds a BSEE in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Gregg A. Rowland joined ShotSpotter in 2006 and lead the company’s sales and marketing organization for almost five years. Under his leadership, the company experienced aggressive sales growth and solidified its position as the industry standard for wide-area acoustic surveillance, gunshot location technology.
With the company expansion domestically and worldwide, Mr. Rowland now leads the North American sales operation covering all public sector markets. He brings over 30 years of proven technology sales, marketing and management expertise to ShotSpotter, leveraging an extensive background in Federal, state and local government sales worldwide. At Silicon Valley start-up PacketHop as Vice President of Sales, he helped the company launch its first product in the public safety market. Previously, Mr. Rowland served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading a turnaround at IPMobileNet, Inc. At Dataradio Corporation , he developed the sales, marketing and distribution channels that created a 35 percent compound annual growth rate leading to market dominance in the US State and Local Government sectors. Earlier, he was part of the senior management team at Firearms Training Systems (FATS) that drove sales to $100M in three years leading to the company’s IPO. He began his career in Washington, DC with premier integration companies, Centel Federal Systems and M/A Com Information Systems.
Lydia J. Barrett brings more than 26 years of strategic and tactical marketing and customer leadership experience to ShotSpotter. A veteran of both start-up and large enterprise corporations, she previously was director of marketing at Tiburon Inc., where she was instrumental in revitalizing the company’s industry position and brand.
Prior to Tiburon, she was a senior consultant at Cisco where she developed and executed a business transformation marketing program that supported the branding and business value of Cisco’s Architectures & Industry Solutions. As Oracle’s director of products and technology, program management, training and development, she oversaw the strategy, development, and execution of development training programs in the U.S. and internationally. Previous to her role at Oracle, she served as the vice president of global marketing operations at PeopleSoft, where she helped lead the worldwide launch of PeopleSoft 8, and developed successful marketing effectiveness and measurement initiatives. Earlier in her career she held executive and management positions at GMAC Global Relocation Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and The Rowland Company, a public relations division of Saatchi & Saatchi.
Barrett is responsible for accelerating ShotSpotter’s growth in the public safety technology solutions market and advancing the company’s industry and community leadership in helping cities and law enforcement address gun violence issues and create safer and more secure communities.
She is an advisory board member of the Institute for Health & Healing, one of the country’s leading integrative medicine centers and a division of California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Sutter Health. She attended Mary Washington University and holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also successfully completed the Innovation in Policing Management graduate course at the University of New Haven, CT.
Douglas A. McFarlin brings more than 20 years of senior engineering leadership to the growing team at ShotSpotter. He held the position of VP of Engineering at Honeywell for 6 years and held senior engineering management positions at Measurex for eleven years prior to that, including VP of Engineering. Most recently, Mr. McFarlin was VP of Engineering for Novariant, a company that delivers solutions for precision guidance and control of vehicles and heavy equipment based on real-time kinematic GPS technology. Mr. McFarlin earned his BSEE from the University of California at Davis and his MSEE from the University of California at Berkeley.
Engineer, scientist, and teacher, Dr. Robert L. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University, obtaining degrees in electrical engineering and space physics, before winning a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest RADAR, participated in the development of over-the-horizon RADAR at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere. With over three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, it was Dr. Showen’s initial vision of helping police curb gunfire and urban crime which caused him first to conceive of ShotSpotter. Dr. Showen is a company founder and patent holder on the technology.
Sonya L. Strickler is responsible for all financial operations for the company. She has over 10 years experience in public accounting auditing both public and private technology companies. Prior to joining ShotSpotter, she worked for both KPMG and Arthur Andersen in Silicon Valley. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Randy focuses on security solutions for both the digital and physical domains at Claremont Creek Ventures (CCV). His years as Executive Vice President/COO and Director at Identix are the foundation of his interest in this area of investment. Randy’s strong background in IT includes serving as CEO and Director of Captiva Software, various senior management positions at Texas Instruments, ITT Information Systems and Sr. VP at AT&T Paradyne. He has also held directorships at Clairvoyant Software, Hipbone Software, Inapac, Invivodata, Flytecomm, View Central and Be Here. Currently Randy holds a board seat at three of CCV's portfolio companies.
Randy earned a BSEE from University of Arkansas and has completed the Stanford University Executive Management Program. He serves as the Venture Committee Chair for Keiretsu Forum.
Gary Lauder is the Managing Partner of Lauder Partners LLC, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm investing primarily in information technologies. He has been a venture capitalist since 1985, investing in over 75 private companies. He is also Chairman of ActiveVideo Networks, a developer of interactive television technology for cable, IPTV and other forms of internet delivery. Other directorships: Promptu, MediaFriends and ShotSpotter. Investments are primarily in television/IPTV technology and WWW arenas.
In the 1980's, he worked at the venture firms of Aetna, Jacobs & Ramo Technology Ventures, as well as Wolfensohn Associates. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania; a BS in Economics from the Wharton School; and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the co-creator of the Aspen Institute's Socrates Society with Laura, his wife. He has had a working cable modem (usually) in his home since 1994. He is co-inventor of 10 patents, has spoken at over 80 industry forums, and, since 1992, has published several articles about the future of the cable industry...that he still stands by.
Pascal Levensohn is the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (Generation) and the Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners LLC (LVP). Generation and its predecessor affiliates have provided specialized strategic advisory solutions in the area of illiquid alternative investments to a select group of family investing organizations and institutions for over 16 years. LVP is a San Francisco-based early stage venture capital firm managing over $200 million in assets. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government cum laude, Mr. Levensohn has been a professional equity investor since the early 1980s.
Mr. Levensohn is a former director of the National Venture Capital Association (‘07-‘11), where he served as the chairman of the NVCA’s Education Committee for three years. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (‘07-‘09). Mr. Levensohn is the co-author of the first Chinese college textbook on venture capital and the principal author of a series of white papers on U.S. venture capital board governance best practices. He is a frequent lecturer on venture capital in the U.S. and internationally and a regular contributor to national newspapers and trade publications in the venture capital industry.
Mr. Davidson has been investing in early stage companies for the past 17 years. He is a managing partner of Labrador Ventures. Mr. Davidson is active on the board of directors at ezboard.com, Intruguard Devices, Jangl, NextHop Technologies, and Sentinel Vision.
In addition to his investment experience, Mr. Davidson was president of Alkermes, Inc. and also worked for MCI Communications and for Warner Communications. Mr. Davidson is a graduate of Harvard College (1978) and Harvard Business School (1984).
Tom is a partner of City Light Capital, a New York City based venture capital firm focused upon impact investing. City Light partners with top entrepreneurs leading for profit companies who are dedicated to tackling some of society’s toughest challenges. The firm’s focus is upon early stage, post revenue companies in safety and security, education and information systems, and energy efficiency and environmental preservation.
After a 25 year career at the Viking Group, the world’s second largest fire suppression products company, Tom moved from the Chief Executive position to become Chairman, where he remains today. He was also Vice Chairman and a major investor in the Tyden Group, a multiform security products company.
Tom currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association, the Deming Center for Productivity at Columbia Business School, and the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Western Michigan, where he was formerly Chairman. He is a guest lecturer on supply chain and strategy issues at Columbia Business School and the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University.
Reese Schroeder is the managing director of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. His role is to actively review, invest in and manage the global minority equity opportunities strategic to Motorola Solutions core and emerging businesses. The mission of Motorola Solutions Venture Capital is to accelerate sustainable bottom line growth for Motorola Solutions through investments in new technologies, new businesses and new talent.
In 1981, Reese graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He received his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois in 1984.