Andy Hannah, CEO
Andy has been an entrepreneur since 1995, a calling that has stayed firmly with him ever since. He has played leading C-Level roles at four high tech start-ups over the past two decades and the resulting perspectives, learnings and expertise are the cornerstones of his endeavors.
Andy’s companies touched a range of industries such as information, software, consulting and materials science. He was directly involved in over $180 million of venture transactions and three of these companies were bought by industry leaders. Andy worked successfully with prominent venture firms such as Trident Capital, Advent International, Safeguard Scientific, Draper Triangle, and Birchmere. He has also raised funding from leading leverage buyout companies including Vestar and corporate VCs such as Samsung and Applied Materials.
Prior to Othot, Andy was the Co-Founder and CEO of Plextronics, a global materials science company.
John Abbatico, Technology Architect
John is responsible for architecting the products and software platform for Othot. He was the CTO of Hiperos, a comprehensive solution in the 3rd party management space and still provides advisory services to them. Prior to co-founding Hiperos, John was a director of innovations at SAP. In this role, he oversaw a 40-person team of local and offshore resources and served as a field CTO working alongside customers and sales to develop new solutions for the SAP portfolio. Before joining SAP, John was vice president of solutions at Venafi, where he was instrumental in assisting the CEO in positioning the company for an asset sale.
Prior to Venafi, John spent more than five years with Ariba, where he assisted in the development of several new products for Ariba including its contract management solution. John previously spent six years at Oracle, and started his software engineering career at General Electric designing cutting-edge nuclear propulsion systems.
John has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics and Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University. He also completed course work toward a master’s degree in computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jeremy Garvey, Operations Architect
Jeremy is responsible for the overall operations of Othot. He has more than 20 years of experience working with, counseling and advising early-stage growth companies.
He has a BA from Colgate University and JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
DATA SCIENCE ARCHITECT
Mark Voortman, Ph.D., Data Science Architect
Mark is responsible for overseeing and building the data science engines that power Othot’s predictive analytics platform to answer High Impact Questions (HIQs). The data science team has developed the Othot Data Science Language (ODSL) that is used to process the data with the goal to obtain actionable insights. ODSL is specified in JSON and most of the implementation is written in Python and consists of a collection of preprocessing utilities and machine learning algorithms that enable predictive and prescriptive analytics.
He is also visiting assistant professor of information technology at Point Park University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in programming, databases, business analytics and other courses in the IT and MBA programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing a new IT program that launched in the fall of 2015 and is aimed at software development, mobile applications, big data, and analytics.
Mark obtained his MS and BS from Delft University of Technology and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. While Mark pursued his PhD he made several significant contributions to the GeNIe and SMILE software that is developed by the Decision Systems Laboratory and is used by universities and companies all over the world, including well-known names such as Intel, Oracle, Boeing, and HRL laboratories. The software can be used to build or learn models for decision making including diagnostics, prognostics and causal analysis. Mark’s main focus was on implementing algorithms that can deduce causal relationships from data. The main advantage of these models is that uncovered causal relations can be used to make predictions about interventions in a system, such as the implications of policy decisions.
His passion is in building intelligent systems that solve important problems. His skills range from analyzing data science problems to designing and implementing technical solutions to solve them.
Robert Dimaggio, Vice President, Product
Bob is a self-pronounced tech geek experienced in solving large, difficult problems and leading the creation of complex software products. He especially enjoys working on data-heavy products with complex architectures and requirements.
Before Othot, Bob built products in the defense contracting, social gaming, internet video distribution, financial services, file sharing and backup, and e-commerce industries. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as an MBA from CMU’s Tepper School of Business.
VP, SALES, MARKETING + CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Dave Babst- VP, Sales, Marketing + Customer Success
Dave has a JD and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, a BA in Business from the University of Richmond, and an Executive certification from the Institute of Design at Stanford University.
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Anthony Garuccio, Senior Data Scientist
Anthony has data science expertise in the industries of insurance, financial services, consulting, consumer package goods, and scientific research. He holds a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Masters in Computational Mathematics from Duquesne University.
Ashton Seward, Data Scientist
Ashton is a Data Scientist at Othot. She assists in building predictive models through writing scripts to deploy the various preprocessing and machine learning algorithms Othot’s data science team has implemented.
These models utilize customer data sets, Othot data repositories, and data from external sources that Ashton helps to pull from by writing scripts in Python. Ashton received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Robert Morris University. Ashton utilizes her background in statistics when analyzing the output of the models through a series of performance measures. These measures involve descriptive statistics, performance plots, and confusion matrices that in combination work to evaluate the accuracy and output of the model.
Once the output is validated, Ashton works with Othot team members to communicate actionable results to customers in a way that is easy to comprehend.
JUNIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Lassana Konate, Junior Data Scientist
Lassana recently graduated from Point Park University with a B.S. in Information Technology. As a big fan of sports, he is a member of the national college athlete Honor Society. He competed nationally in soccer, karate, judo, cross country running, tennis, track, and internationally in basketball.
Lassana enjoys using creativity to solve problems, and his passion is in artificial intelligence.
Alexis Tshudy, Data Curator
She works closely with the data science team to analyze and interpret results for business use.
Alexis is leading the charge for business analytics education and opportunities for students at the University of Pittsburgh as a founder and the current president of LEAP (League of Emerging Analytics Professionals). She recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Marketing and a focus on business strategy and analytics.
PRODUCT OPERATIONS MANAGER
Jeff Morgan, Product Operations Manager
Jeff led and grew the Operations team at Shoefitr, a virtual-fitting startup, through its acquisition by Amazon in 2015, where he then oversaw the operational integration within their new parent company. He has also held roles as the Analytics Manager for GNC’s Wholesale division, Training Manager at ShowClix and Sales for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL.
Jeff holds a B.S. in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management from Point Park University.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Amanda Babst, Business Development Director
Amanda’s career spans more than 20 years in the areas of sales leadership and sales operations in financial services and consulting. She has led large multi-billion dollar integrations and markets, designed sales strategies and supporting tools for both large and small companies and managed analytics functions. Amanda has a BA from Wittenberg University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
REGIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Steve Adkins, Regional Account Executive
Steve is an experienced solutions sales professional with over twelve years experience selling cloud solutions into the higher education. Steve has a strong background in consultative selling and relationship building with key stakeholders. He has been successful in establishing new clients and cultivating existing relationships by identifying critical business needs and solutions that enhance existing organizational efforts. Steve intends to leverage his experience to drive success for both Othot and Othot’s higher education partners.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Steve attended Wright State University where he received a BS in Psychology and an MBA from UoP with a focus in Global Business Management. Previously, Steve had success selling into Higher Education with Hobsons, Oracle and TargetX.
Currently, Steve resides in Springboro, Ohio with his wife Crystal and children: Kyle, Devin and Alyssa. When not working, Steve enjoys the outdoors with his family, including hiking, sports and quality family time.
Devin Beck, Account Executive
Devin joins Othot with 14 years of experience advising United States higher education institutions on technologies ranging from core infrastructure, teaching and learning, enrollment management and alumni relations. He previously held leadership positions at a streaming media provider in its education vertical where he partnered with 30 percent of colleges located in the United States, including 13 state systems.
Devin enjoys working with higher education institutions, a community, in his own words, that has some of brightest and creative individual who dedicate their life’s work to a noble case. His goal is to help higher education institutions use Othot’s Advanced Analytics Platform to mitigate decreasing budgets, curb the trend of rising tuition rates and improve graduation rates.
Devin is a graduate of Miami University and lives in Cincinnati with his wife and daughter.
PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS ADVISOR
Dennis Harabin, Predictive Analytics Advisor
An accomplished professional with a passion for technology, problem solving and customer service, Dennis embraces his customer’s challenges as his own. He began his career at one of the Big 6 Public Accounting firms doing both financial and systems audits. He then transitioned to the staffing industry and joined a boutique firm, where he was an integral member of a team that merged 13 staffing firms into one, which resulted in the IPO of Acsys, Inc. Dennis combines his passion for finance, technology and sales to assist customers navigate the technology buying process.
At Othot, Dennis helps higher education institutions discover how machine learning and predictive analytics can set them apart from their competitors. He helps customers to utilize data-driven decisions for recruitment, marketing, financial aid optimization and strategic enrollment management. He is a loyal Villanova Wildcat fan and volunteers with Cottage2Cloud.com, an organization that is creating practical jobs for everyday people.
Dennis is an inactive CPA who received his B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University. He resides in New Jersey with his family.
REGIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Ron Hedrick, Regional Account Executive
Ron Hedrick has more than 20 years of experience selling complex software solutions to higher education institutions. He brings a solution-selling approach to the sales process and is skilled at identifying key business needs, developing strong relationships and gaining credibility as a trusted adviser.
Ron started his professional career in higher education as an admissions officer at Bridgewater College (VA). He has spent most of his career in the higher education market successfully partnering with schools in sales roles at Jenzabar and TimeClock Plus.
Ron received his B.S. in Sociology from Bridgewater College (VA). He resides in Harrisonburg, VA with his wife Kristina and children. In his spare time, Ron enjoys coaching his youngest son’s baseball team, umpiring, gardening and playing golf.
Director of Customer Success
Zach Varga, Director of Customer Success
A native of Lancaster, PA, Zach attended Duquesne University where he received a BA in Psychology and a MBA. Zach joins Othot after previously leading a Customer Success team at Seegrid and an Operations team at Bombardier Transportation.
Zach currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Mackenzie and two daughters, Charleston and Brooklyn. Zach enjoys athletics of all kinds but especially soccer, golf, skiing, and walks with his Siberian Husky Sasha.
Manager, Internal Operations
Joanna Listwak, Manager, Internal Operations
Joanna is responsible for managing the accounting, finance, HR and office administration functions at Othot. Before joining the Othot team, she juggled the demands of a husband, three daughters and a dog as a stay-at-home mom. Joanna’s started her accounting and finance started at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She also worked at the Weight Watchers Food Company and Heinz USA, managing the budgeting and forecasting processes for 12 different product lines which generated almost $750 million in revenues. She specializes in creating and improving the processes within the accounting and finance functions.
After growing up in Sunbury, PA, Joanna attended the Pennsylvania State University and earned a BS in Accounting. Joanna is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive), and lives with her family in Zelienople, PA. If Joanna has any free time, she will most likely be found traveling, attending concerts, exploring new foods and wines, exercising, scrapbooking or reading.
Jack Phillips, Analytics Advisor
Jack advises Othot on trends and application of analytics globally. He is the current CEO of the International Institute of Analytics (IIA).
Jack is also co-founder, along with Tom Davenport, of the IIA, the analytics industry’s leading research and insights firm and editor of Enterprise Analytics: Optimize Performance, Process and Decisions Through Big Data.
Jack specializes in spotting emerging job functions, and building successful information publishing and research firms to help those professionals make better decisions.
Prior to joining IIA, Jack held operating and founding roles at the Institute for Applied Network Security (recent private sale), CCBN (acquired by Thomson/Reuters), ISI Emerging Markets (acquired by Euromoney, PLC), and INFONXX (now kgb USA).
Jack began his career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York, and at the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in Tokyo, and held senior operating positions at various McGraw-Hill business units before becoming an information publishing entrepreneur.
Jack is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Williams College, and lives with his wife and three children in Portland, Oregon.
Leo Hannah, Financial Director
Leo is responsible for the financial health of Othot. He began his career with Horovitz, Rudoy and Roteman in 1985 and is currently the Firm’s Audit and Assurance Services Partner.
Leo is responsible for various administrative and quality control functions of the Firm. He concentrates his practice in accounting and auditing for closely held businesses and fraternal benefit societies as well as management consulting for mergers and acquisitions.
His industry specialties include manufacturing, technology, and construction. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).
Leo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
MARKETING ANALYTICS EXPERT
Kannan Srinivasan, Ph.D., Marketing Analytics Expert
Kannan advises Othot on the scalability of customer solutions. He is H.J. Heinz II Professor of Management, Marketing and Business Technologies at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University.
He has extensively researched, published and consulted on data analytics. He has published over seventy papers in leading academic journals in business and statistics. His work focuses on two streams: (1) Development of appropriate models to analyze data, and (2) Analyzing large databases to gain business insights.
His most recent research work analyzes both structured and unstructured data. The study extracts and exploits text information in billions of tweets and billions of web pages.
SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS EXPERT
Chris advises and helps design the integration of social media into the Othot predictive analytics platform. He serves as CEO and Board Member of MedPricer, an eSourcing services and technology company that helps healthcare providers save money on goods and services.
Chris brings extensive experience building and operating organizations focused on Open Source Internet Big Data and Intelligence in both automated and managed services modes. In addition to this experience, Chris has served in an executive leadership role in six venture or private equity backed software and cloud technology companies across a wide array of industries and organizational sizes including McKinsey, GE and FreeMarkets. Chris is passionate about applying new technology to solve business problems.
Chris holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.