While in his teens, Russ was a contemporary research astronomer, earning the highly regarded Westinghouse Science Award and, by age 17, made one of the first major astronomical discoveries using the HEAO I X-ray satellite. By the following year, Russ held investigator status with NASA on the HEAO II satellite while at the UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Science.
Astronomy led Russ to pioneering work with supercomputers, first at Boeing, then in his first major entrepreneurial role as VP of computer services for Digital Productions, which won an Academy Award for 22 minutes of groundbreaking computer animation in the film The Last Starfighter.
In mid-1998, after leading several other successful supercomputing and software companies, Russ took over as CEO of a floundering three-year-old real estate training company. Under his leadership over the next 4 years, the company went on to become the largest training and coaching company in the United States, growing from 18 employees to over 200.
Beginning in 1999 as Director of North American Sales with the original Miva Corporation, Rick Wilson positioned the company as the most broadly distributed small business ecommerce platform of the time, with nearly 300,000 active licenses.
In 2007 Rick was part of the team which acquired Miva from its parent company, and by 2009 had orchestrated Miva's conversion to a SaaS platform. Miva now serves both small to mid-size businesses and a growing list of enterprise level clients, together generating over $5 billion annually in online sales.
In the ensuing years, Rick's broad grasp of the complex inner workings of ecommerce, and his keen analysis of the interplay of online marketing, web based technology platforms and back office operations have qualified him as one of only a handful of such ecommerce experts worldwide.
With over 20 years of executive-level experience, Rick has a unique vantage point on the business shift to ecommerce, asserting that business society is still very early in the transition to ecommerce, with only about 6% of retail and even less of B2B transactions currently conducted in online commerce.
Mr. Burchmore has over 20 years in the computer industry in both technical and management roles. During Jon's tenure at Miva Merchant, he has been the driving force behind the industry-leading technology used in Miva products. Jon organized a variety of internal systems and managed a team of developers who regularly brought quality products to market in a timely fashion. Prior to Miva, Jon was a developer at Hyland Software, one of the foremost electronic document management companies.
David's focus on ecommerce began via an online business he started in 1999 using Miva Merchant software. Frustrated with the lack of reliability and performance in the web hosting industry, David co-founded Hostasaurus in 2000, which under his direction as President, quickly became one of the largest Miva Merchant hosting partners. As CIO of Miva Merchant, David is responsible for the hosting and network infrastructure, as well as Miva Merchant's PCI compliant hosting initiative. David's undergraduate degree is from the University of South Florida's College of Engineering and he has held senior roles for two Fortune 500 companies, as well as Manager of Network Operations at an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.
As Executive Vice President of Miva, Inc., Richard Rauscher brings a remarkable breadth of experience, leadership, and vision to his role as a key architect across all of Miva's sophisticated technical systems and long-term strategies. His career as a groundbreaking information technology pioneer is built upon a doctorate from Penn State University, and three decades of experience designing, building, and implementing Internet-based technologies. Richard has led corporate and academic IT teams for clients such as Boston University, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Unilever, and Dupont. Today, he brings his outstanding commitment to innovation and excellent service to all facets of Miva's evolution as the premiere ecommerce platform.
Nathan joined Miva Merchant as General Manager of the Professional Services department in 2011. Under his direction, the department expanded substantially, both in size and the extent of services it provides to our customers. As Chief Data Officer, Nathan is responsible for overseeing much of Miva's daily operations, with a focus on Miva Merchant's Professional Services, Design, and Customer Support departments.
Before joining Miva Merchant, Nathan worked as VP of Technical Operations for Cuattro, a medical imaging and software company. Prior to that, he held a variety of roles in the medical imaging and video game industry. Nathan received his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego, and has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Brennan's background is in Computer Science, and for the past 6 years, he worked as the Technical Director of Miva Merchant's Professional Services Department. He has extensive experience in ecommerce, both in front and back end web development, including integration of Miva Merchant with 3rd party fulfillment and ERP systems. In his current role, he works closely with Miva Merchant's third party developers, supporting their existing needs, as well as helping grow the future Miva Merchant developer ecosystem.
Jen has close to 10 years of diverse human resources experience including talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, employee relations, organizational development, performance management, and policy design. Since joining Miva in 2012, she has played an instrumental role in developing and executing HR programs and strategies to support the growth and the objectives of the business. Prior to joining Miva, Jen held HR roles in a variety of industries including internet, healthcare, and mass media. Jen has a BA in Human Relations from High Point University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Philip has been working in the marketing, design and development industry for nearly 10 years. With a degree in Media Arts from California State University San Marcos, he has been exposed to a wide variety of digital and interactive concepts. Philip joined the Miva Professional Services team in 2009 and has worn a variety of hats including project/account management, art direction, operational management and, most recently, solution-based problem solving.
Chris Walt has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. After graduating from Stanford University (BA, MA 1973) and obtaining his law degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (JD 1979), Chris joined a large San Diego law firm, where he became partner and practiced business and corporate law for 10 years. Since leaving the firm and establishing his own practice, Chris has continued to represent emerging and established companies in business, corporate and real estate transactional matters.
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