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Sam Parks
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Sam Parks

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Sam is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in applied physics with research interests in quantum computation and quantum information technology. His experience began in the field of nanotechnology and nanofabrication as a scientist at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology and extends to the field of quantum engineering and computation at the University of Pennsylvania's Quantum Engineering Laboratory as a former applied physics PhD student. While his education includes extensive work in mathematics and computer science, he now develops the core of Sapient's technology suite.Sam is a Sophia International Scholar, Reagan Fellow, and a recipient of the UPenn Scholar grant. Recently, Sam has spoken at regional eco-engineering and sustainability initiative conferences to inspire his generation of engineers and innovators to collaborate in a unified effort to integrate previously disconnected fields of science into sustainable technology.

Martin Koch
CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Martin Koch

CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Martin attended The Wharton School of Business, having studied real estate and law. Prior to co-founding Sapient, Martin explored asset management, as well as real estate and criminal law. Early in his career, he rose to the position of General Manager at a financial institution, managing day-to-day operations, while also serving on the Board of Directors. During this time, he developed a passion for solving big problems in sustainability which eventually lead to his decision to focus exclusively on building Sapient.Martin is an avid language learner with a lifelong passion for mountain climbing, having spent nearly a year at high-altitude in the Himalayas including on Mount Everest, Chhukung Ri, and Island Peak.

David Solomon
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
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David Solomon

CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER

David has over 20 years of experience of bringing technology innovation to market across multiple industries. In his role, David is responsible for driving Sapient's global demand, profitable growth, scalable sales operations, and strategic partnerships. For the prior 4 years, David was the Chief Revenue Officer at INTURN, a SaaS B2B company that delivers inventory marketplace liquidity; and 4 years prior to that, he was at eBay Inc, leading Enterprise Business Development that provided innovative solutions from PayPal, Marketplace, and eBay Enterprises. Additionally, he led sales, corporate development, payments, BD operations/finance at GSI Commerce for almost 10 years. David also held positions as an investment banker, owner of a manufacturing business, and an aerospace engineer. He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In his spare time, he enjoys playing keeper for a few soccer teams and watching his daughter play lacrosse at GWU.

Steve Martin
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
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Steve Martin

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

Steve is driven by unrelenting curiosity and the fun of creating new technologies.  His background in structural engineering led him to a twenty-year career building software systems focused on the virtualization of entire industries. Steve specializes in designing products built on BIM, CAD, GIS, IoT, and visualization technologies to address needs in the engineering, construction and operations lifecycle. Notable solutions he has delivered include web-based 2D and 3D asset management integrations that enabled data-driven exploration and reporting for floor plans and building systems.Prior to Sapient, Steve established and oversaw the operations of a technology consulting division where he built and led a team of developers to meet the diverse needs of clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Steve is a lifelong learner who spends his free time listening to technology podcasts at the grocery, turning his old house into a smart home, and playing Minecraft with his kids.

Scott Pickard
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Scott Pickard

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Scott brings fifteen years of experience designing and developing software systems and leading development teams for a variety of industries including defense, finance, bioinformatics and ed-tech. Most recently he lead development teams in creating the Frontline Insights Platform, an integrated suite of SaaS products for K-12 school district administration.Scott is an expert in building scalable distributed systems and service-oriented architecture. He is a natural problem solver who enjoys collaborating with people of diverse skill sets to create technology that addresses hard problems.

Derek Horkel
SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Derek Horkel

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Derek earned his PhD in physics at University of Washington in Seattle with research in theoretical particle physics, focusing on the strong interactions. In his graduate research and later post-doctoral fellowship at Temple University, Derek simulated the interactions of quarks and gluons on a space-time lattice using supercomputing clusters. These simulation results were used to approximate real world fundamental properties of matter.Before joining Sapient as a software engineer, Derek worked as a machine learning engineer helping develop, run, and deploy models driving phone operations and marketing campaigns. When not learning new programming languages, Derek enjoys going to concerts and reading at home with his wife and two cats.

Sophia Yushchenko
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ANALYST
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Sophia Yushchenko

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Sophia Yushchenko attended New York University Abu Dhabi, where she studied Economics, Psychology and History. In 2017, Sophia co-founded the NGO Connect Ukraine, which brings together social entrepreneurs and corporates, visionary innovators and creative artists, technologists, and ethical hackers from Ukraine and all over world to brainstorm ideas, develop prototypes and co-create projects able to define the future of Ukraine. She also co-founded the charity organization Children of the World to the Children of Ukraine to support children of Ukraine's fallen soldiers. At Sapient, Sophia focuses on strategic business development and strategy as well as market and competitor analysis.

Vipula Sateesh
MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER
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Vipula Sateesh

MACHINE LEARNING ENGINEER

Vipula is a graduate student of University of Pennsylvania in Computer Engineering. During her academic career, her focuses were Embedded Systems and Internet Of Things (IOT)- eventually delving into Analog and Digital Integrated Circuits during graduate school. Vipula has developed several end-to-end IOT products, while her current research involves parallel computing on Finite State Machines. Vipula started her journey at Sapient in 2017  designing and optimizing printed circuit boards for Sapient's proprietary smart outlet and oversaw the design and implementation of several embedded systems. Currently, she now manages the development of Machine Learning models and experimental algorithms for device detection and modeling human behavior.

Phillip Trent
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS ENGINEER
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Phillip Trent

EMBEDDED SYSTEMS ENGINEER

Phillip is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in computer engineering. He manages the embedded hardware and software subsystems responsible for tracking occupancy and human "hyper-location". His interests are in operating systems security, embedded software, and hardware/software interfaces.He comes to Sapient with a background at Xilinx in hardware design, operating system development, and automation, as well as UI/UX design and iOS development. In his free time, he enjoys coffee, hiking, wine, and travel.

Vanessa Achoy
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Vanessa Achoy

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Vanessa is a recent graduate from Vassar College, where she majored in neuroscience and behavior. She is drawn to the computational side of neuroscience and the applications of neural networks and AI to the field. Prior to joining Sapient, she worked as an REU intern in the Murray Lab at Yale University creating variational autoencoders to analyze fMRI data, and did research in her final year at Vassar on information and aesthetics using masked autoencoders for distribution information. Vanessa is a lover of neural networks, coding, cats, playing music, and Magic: The Gathering. She hopes to eventually find a way to integrate them all.

Mitch Woodhead
Sales Operations
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Mitch Woodhead

Sales Operations

Coming from a technical sales background, Mitch has a passion for entrepreneurship, sales, and operations. While working in the “Silicon Slopes” of Utah, Mitch helped two tech startups grow to the point of multi million dollars in annual revenue. Since then, Mitch started Canyon Business Operations, LLC to improve internal operations at various B2B companies. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys mountain biking and skiing in the Utah mountains, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and 1-year old son.Coming from a technical sales background, Mitch has a passion for entrepreneurship, sales, and operations. While working in the “Silicon Slopes” of Utah, Mitch helped two tech startups grow to the point of multi million dollars in annual revenue. Since then, Mitch started Canyon Business Operations, LLC to improve internal operations at various B2B companies. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys mountain biking and skiing in the Utah mountains, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and 1-year old son.

Paris Thatos
CONTENT CREATOR
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Paris Thatos

CONTENT CREATOR

Paris is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having studied neuroscience with coursework in the statistical and cognitive sciences. He has experience in the biotech space from both the equity and clinical sides, most recently designing and publishing mathematical models describing new surgical techniques in dermatology.Paris is creating a library of literature from white papers to industry insight centered around the Sapient product.

Ashton McGinnis
Marketing Operations
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Ashton McGinnis

Marketing Operations

Ashton comes to Sapient with a decade of B2B marketing experience under her belt. With both agency and client side experience, she has led global marketing strategies in sectors like manufacturing, technology, IT networking, finance and real estate consulting.
Ashton graduated from Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland with a bachelors in International Marketing. She is an avid traveler having explored nearly 50 countries with no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Aidan Dwyer
Business Development Representative
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Aidan Dwyer

Business Development Representative

Aidan is a Drexel University student majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to Sapient, he worked for a finance and accounting recruiting agency where he developed creative sourcing strategies to attract and further develop candidates’ interest in roles. Aidan is passionate about renewable energy and holds two patents related to solar energy. He strives to work for a mission driven organization that values sustainability and innovation. In his free time, Aidan plays and writes music with his band.

Camille Ruaudel
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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Camille Ruaudel

Business Development Representative

Camille attended Drexel University majoring in Marketing and Accounting. Before joining with Sapient, she worked in the marketing department of the Professional Products division at L'Oreal where she developed and conceptualized pop-up shop layouts for physical presence-marketing initiatives. At Sapient, she is responsible for managing the integration of sales and marketing technology as well as acting as a liaison between executive sales teams and specific high-value accounts.

Joe DePiano
Business Development Representative
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Joe DePiano

Business Development Representative

Joe is a Graduate of Temple University. He comes from a software sales background. Most recently he helping implement the Salesforce technology suite for a SaaS project management platform company as the size of the company increased by multiples. Through a strategic and consultative approach, Joe generated business that scaled the company to a competitive entity in the marketplace.

Joe majored in Literature and is an avid reader and writer. He has also written a full feature-length film along with a collection of stories, poems and vignettes. His hope is to grow a more sustainable society through awareness and action.

Matt Hoyle
Business Development Representative
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Matt Hoyle

Business Development Representative

Matt attended Rutgers School of Business – Camden, focusing his studies in Finance. Since graduating, Matt has spent his professional career working in IT sales ranging from OEMs, VARs, Data Centers and IaaS, and most recently SaaS while garnering long-lasting relationships with C-level executives. His customer service skills, people-centric nature, and compassionate demeanor have afforded him excellent problem-solving skills. He holds a special place in his heart for the human influence on sustainability and climate change as being an avid snowboarder.

Alex Flamm
BOARD OF ADVISORS
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Alex Flamm

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Alex Flamm is an investment professional working for CarVal Investors, a diversified asset manager. He focused on renewables and sustainability, responsible for corporate, hard asset and special opportunity investments. Prior to joining CarVal in 2014, Mr. Flamm was with Halcyon Asset Management, focused on special situation and distressed investments. Before this, Mr. Flamm was with Goldman Sachs Group and Lehman Brothers. On a personal basis, Alex has invested in early stage companies for over a decade. These investment have spanned fintech / real estate tech, consumer and software/services. He received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, obtaining the Beth Schachter Memorial Scholarship Award and graduating summa cum laude.

Artem Mariychin
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Artem Mariychin

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Artem Mariychin is the Senior Director, Member Data Science at Nike. Artem joined Nike when they acquired Zodiac, a predictive analytics company that he co-founded with Professors Peter Fader and Dan McCarthy. As CEO of Zodiac, he built a company that forecasted individual customer behavior and lifetime value for brands, which allowed Zodiac's clients to improve strategic decision-making and business operations. Previously, Artem was an investor at companies including Goldman Sachs, Highbridge Capital, 3G Capital, and Perry Creek Capital where he focused on identifying investment opportunities arising from industries undergoing structural change, companies facing complex situations, and disruptive technologies. Throughout his career, Artem has focused on combining statistical and quantitative analysis of granular data with deep fundamental research in order to understand investment opportunities, financial strategy, and business operations. Artem graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, completing the Roy Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management. As part of the dual degree program, he received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School with concentrations in Finance, Statistics, and Operations & Information Management and a B.A. with Distinction in Biology from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dave Yeskel
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Dave Yeskel

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Dave has nearly 30 years of experience in business operations and program management and is a customer-focused leader in energy conservation and urban tech/smart cities. With diverse experience across private and public sectors, startups, and corporate environments, Dave has served as the program manager for Lockheed Martin and directed the largest commercial real estate energy efficiency outreach program in United States while at HR&A Advisors.

Claus Pramer
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Claus Pramer

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Claus has several decades of experience in the finance and business management sectors. He has worked in investment management, commodities trading and derivative sales, serving first as a Managing Director in the Commodity and Derivatives Sales Division at BNP Paribas and later as a Managing Director of the Commodity and Derivatives Division at Bank of America Merill Lynch. Claus has also advised several successful mining and technology start-ups.

Rick Holmes
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Rick Holmes

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Marketing and Business Development client engagement expert with over 25 years experience for architecture, planning, interior design and construction firms with a concentration on the college/university and corporate facilities markets. Over the years, Rick has collaborated with firm principals and senior staff and implemented strategies to implement marketing and business development action plans to increase market share.  

Dori Gurwitz
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Dori Gurwitz

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dori is ranked at the top 5% of global workforce for Innovation and Leadership, and focuses on commercializing through innovation, business development, deal-making with strategic key technology partnerships. Dori has extensive experience working in fast-paced, early-stage, venture-backed entrepreneurial environments as well as established global multinationals. Dori is a Techstars IoT Mentor and Alum, as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events such Mobile World Congress, CES, and NAB.  

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