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Meet the Team

 

 

Leadership

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Romeo Elias

Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

As founder and CEO of Intellect, I have been on a mission for over 20 years to help innovators improve and automate cumbersome business processes and simplify their work days.  I strive daily to build a company and culture we are proud of, working alongside people I respect and admire. Leading my amazing team, working alongside our valued customers, partners and inspiring mentors, enables our company to empower countless Intellectuals to innovate in organizations worldwide. I built Intellect in Los Angeles and it’s also where my wife and I enjoy raising our 4 kids.

Peter Hargittay

Peter Hargittay

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and VP of Business Development

At Intellect, marketing is all about driving engagement with our customers and partners, and helping them learn how Intellect can help to transform their organizations. As CMO and VP of Business Development, I lead Intellect’s marketing efforts across all functional areas – digital marketing, demand generation, brand strategy, communications, technology partnerships, solution providers, and resellers. I’m passionate about building a marketing organization and business that delivers the best possible experience for our customers. Before Intellect, I worked at Arise Virtual Solutions, Aegis Communications, PeopleSupport, Exult, Intersil, and FileNet. Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 young boys, coaching soccer, surfing, traveling around the world, and being outdoors.

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James L. de Vera

Chief Customer Officer

Creating and providing Customers the best overall experience and journey is key to any organization. As Chief Customer Officer of Intellect, it is important to provide thorough and accurate Customer perspectives and feedback in order to create and deliver Customer loyalty programs that our Customers deserve and expect from a Quality driven company. In taking charge of the Customer journey, it is important for me to work closely with the executive team and all departments throughout Intellect to assure we are united in delivering excellence and lifetime value for our Customers. I’ve been blessed to work with many great software Company’s throughout my career such as Sterling Software, SAS, and with Intellect for the past nine plus years. As a native Southern Californian, I enjoy all things outdoors and can usually be found with my wonderful wife and daughter skiing, hiking, fishing, etc. in the Eastern Sierras.

Selim Ozyel

Selim Ozyel

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Intellect, I have worked hard to create one the most intuitive QMS and BPM solutions in the industry. I help develop Intellect’s long-term technology strategy, vision and growth, ensuring technology excellence across the company and advocating customers success. I am a member of the LA CTOForum which is a vibrant, private, invite-only network of software CTOs who exchange ideas, share experiences and assess cutting edge technologies. I received a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Isik University, in Turkey, and a MS in Computer Science with a specialization in Software Engineering from University of Southern California (USC).

Sarah Sartore

Sarah Sartore

Director of Finance and Accounting

To quote the company’s Chairman, “Finance is the plasma of an organization.” From that I standpoint, I strive to build partnerships with all key stakeholders of the business to ensure its current and future success. Throughout my career journey, I have enjoyed leveraging my resourcefulness and perseverance to solve unique problems. From the Hoosier state to North Carolina to Spain to California, I have sought out new opportunities to challenge myself to grow and flourish. My move to California allowed me to obtain my MBA at UCLA Anderson and my CPA license, shortly thereafter. Outside the office, I enjoy jogging on the beach or getting my zen on in yoga class.

Peter Cutler

Peter Culter

Vice President of Sales

Leading Sales at Intellect is much more than building a pipeline and closing deals. It’s about harnessing the power of an amazing community. Listening. Learning from every interaction to help find simple solutions to hard problems. Having spent much of my early days in athletics, words like hard-work, discipline, execution, and team are deeply ingrained in who I am. I have been incredibly fortunate in my career to work with many wonderful teams at Thomson Reuters, CrossBorder Solutions, and now Intellect. Home is the Greater Los Angeles Area where my wife, my daughter and I can usually be found on the beach, on our bikes or sitting on our deck having dinner (and maybe a cocktail) watching the sunset.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS

Frank Perna

Frank Perna

Chairman of the Board

Being an optimist and technology enthusiast has helped me build many successful businesses throughout my career. I’m currently on the board of directors at Intellect and The Valentine Foundation. As the Chairman of Intellect, I work with the management team and board of directors to always deliver value for our customers. After starting my career at General Motors, I was the CEO and Chairman of MSC.Software and EOS Corporation, Chairman of Software.com and CalAmp, President of MagneTek, and I served on the board of Ping Identity and PeopleSupport. When not working, I enjoy family fun, surfing in Malibu, and snowboarding in Jackson Hole.

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Dean McPhail

Board Member

Over the past 25 years, I have brought several national brands to the State of Hawaii.  These brands include PF Chang’s Restaurants, Jamba Juice, Starbucks Coffee and Blockbuster.  For the past several years, I have invested in start-ups and early stage companies, focused mainly on health, fitness and technology.  As a board member at and investor in Intellect, CorePower Yoga, High Society Freeride Company, Myodetox, I enjoy helping these companies deliver exceptional value for customers, grow, and catch the next big wave.  Outside of the office, you can find me skiing, cycling, golfing, and traveling the world. Aloha from Hawaii.

Rob Ketterson

Rob Ketterson

Board Member

As a founding partner of Volition Capital, I enjoy working with founders and entrepreneurs to drive growth and shareholder value. Previously, I was Managing Partner at Fidelity Ventures, where I headed the US and Europe investment teams. I served the boards of BlackDuck Software (acquired by Synopsys), mindSHIFT Technologies (acquired by BestBuy), MegaPath Networks (acquired by Fision), and Ping Identity (acquired by Vista Equity). I also served on the Board of both the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, surfing and golf.

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Jamie Siplia

Founder & Board Member

As one of three founders of Intellect, I am a seasoned entrepreneur and product professional with over 20 years of Internet industry experience. I currently work at News Corp subsidiary Realtor.com, and previously worked at startup HomeUnion.com and at eBay subsidiary Rent.com.  While at Intellect, I led implementation engagements for key accounts. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two young daughters at Disneyland, the beach, or with friends and family in Southern California. I earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, an Engineer Degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA, and a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Romeo Elias

Founder & CEO

As founder and CEO of Intellect, I have been on a mission for over 20 years to help innovators improve and automate cumbersome business processes and simplify their work days.  I strive daily to build a company and culture we are proud of, working alongside people I respect and admire. Leading my amazing team, working alongside our valued customers, partners and inspiring mentors, enables our company to empower countless Intellectuals to innovate in organizations worldwide. I built Intellect in Los Angeles and it’s also where my wife and I enjoy raising our 4 kids.

Andre Durand

Andre Durand

Board Advisor & Observer

I believe in balance (an active state of performance), the wisdom of patience and the power of persistence. I’ve discovered the truth is often the opposite of conventional wisdom. Sometimes slower is faster and sometimes to lead one must follow. With age, I’ve become patient and with failure, I’ve become obsessed with improvement. In 2002, I founded Ping Identity to secure the internet through Identity, and I continue this pursuit as CEO. My purpose isn't a casual pursuit, it's to build an extraordinary company, provide opportunity for growth and enable, protect and defend identity and our digital world. Prior to Ping Identity, I founded Jabber, an instant messaging software company acquired by Cisco.