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Mr. Kevin Thornton BPHE (Hons)

Mr. Kevin Thornton BPHE (Hons)

Kevin Thornton currently serves as Global VP of Sales for ECi Software Solutions. Previously he held roles as Senior VP Sales at BenefitMall, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at VanillaSoft. Prior to joining VanillaSoft, Thornton served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Americas at Corel Corporation where he was responsible for all regional sales, marketing, alliances and business development activities. Prior to Corel, Thornton served as Senior Vice President Sales for Sage Software where he drove new Small Business Division sales initiatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions via direct and indirect sales channels.

Dr. Michael Koss, MD

Dr. Michael Koss, MD

Michael is the co-founder of eScript Systems™ and expert in developing healthcare software. He has ten years in the electronic prescribing industry as president and founder of Prescribecare Software Ltd and RxCare Inc. He is also a practicing physician and Clinical Associate Professor at University of British Columbia.

Ms. Susan Hoelting, CPA, MBA

Ms. Susan Hoelting, CPA, MBA

Susan was one of the first owners and former CFO of Pacesetter Energy, Inc. (“Pacesetter”), a company that provided management services to various companies in the oil and gas industry, in which the shareholders of Pacesetter had a direct or indirect interest. Over the years, Ms. Hoelting contributed significantly to the growth of Pacesetter and the structure and development of its related asset entities (approximately ten) that had a combined asset value in excess of $100M. While at Pacesetter, Ms. Hoelting managed the accounting and finance department and was primarily responsible for raising over $100 million in debt and equity funding for a variety of projects as well as supervising the department that grew to a size of ten. Ms. Hoelting also has designed, developed and maintained financial control and accounting systems to track costs, projects, daily accounting transactions, and manage cash flow. Ms Hoelting also worked for Texas Instruments as a senior financial analyst and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp as a bank liquidation specialist.

Mr. Jeff Fritts

Mr. Jeff Fritts

Mr. Fritts is a successful entrepreneur, commercial real estate finance expert and an independent investor. Mr. Fritts has been president, managing partner or senior officer for successful start-ups including FrittsSesler Investments, Sarofim Realty Advisors, American Federal Bank and Loretta’s Intimates. Mr. Fritts has a proven capacity to pull deals together and manage them to success. Other notable achievements include: tripling the Central Regional real estate portfolio of The Equitable to $1.3B in two years; creating an investment banking arm, as Director of Finance, for Trammell Crow Company and serving as President of the Texas Foundation for Visually Impaired Children from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Fritts is currently creating a career reinvention web-based enterprise with career counseling partners.

Mr. Jeff Cooper, M.S., MBA, ALM Harvard (in process)

Mr. Jeff Cooper, M.S., MBA, ALM Harvard (in process)

Mr. Cooper is a professional engineer with over 25 years as an enterprise architect, CTO, CIO and consultant in a wide variety of IT companies and government. Mr. Cooper is also the founder of a number of technology firms, and is currently the Chief Technologist and managing partner with JTCOOPER, LLC. Mr. Cooper, who is currently enrolled at Harvard Business School and holds 8 IT certifications (including CISSP, PMP, IEM, BCP, GSA with top secret clearance), has written 6 commercial software applications and 5 books/disks. Mr. Cooper was also a former professor in computer science at Shawnee College and Southern Ohio Business College and was the youngest senior research scientist for Owens Corning Fiberglass.

Mr. Robert L. Robb, MSc

Mr. Robert L. Robb, MSc

Mr. Robb was most recently Vice President of Technology Commercialization and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Dallas and has over 28 years of experience in creating, managing and nurturing early stage companies. He has funded, founded, nurtured and/or managed 23 early stage companies and served as CEO of 7 emerging enterprises. Seven of the 23 companies he assisted have established a combined capitalization in excess of $700 million. He currently serves as an Advisor to Mantford Ventures (early stage venture development company), North Texas Enterprise Center (a business incubator in Frisco, TX), the Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology at UT Dallas and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas, and is a consultant to several early stage enterprises. Additionally, Mr. Robb served for a total of 10 years as a venture developer and technology commercialization executive in association with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM Technologies, Inc.) and the University of Michigan. Mr. Robb’s experience includes 6 years with two venture capital firms.

Mr. Robert Siciliano

Mr. Robert Siciliano

Mr. Siciliano is one of the world’s leading experts in identity theft. Mr. Siciliano has appeared on over 100 TV shows including the “The Today Show,” CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CNBC, “Inside Edition,” “Tyra Banks Show,” “Sally Jesse Show,” “Montel Williams,” “Maury Povich Show,” “Gayle King Show” and the “Howard Stern Show,” and is a regular contributor to multiple televised and print news media including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, Forbes and USA Today. He is the author of three books including The Safety Minute, Living on High Alert and How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud. He is CEO of IDTheftsecurity.com, a member of the American Society for Industrial Security and an editor for Bank Fraud and IT Security.

Mr. Doug McGovern, PhD

Mr. Doug McGovern, PhD

A Stanford trained expert in Biometrics, financial system security and authentication technologies, Dr. McGovern has contributed greatly to the field of biometrics as Technical Editor with the Smart Card Security Users Group working with Visa, MasterCard and Amex and six governments to develop a comprehensive security statement, according to the Common Criteria (CC). He has served as Test Director with the International Biometrics Group, performing tests on a variety of biometric devices. As Department Manager at Sandia National Labs he was responsible for identifying security market risks and vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial markets and evaluating security and access control systems for the Department of Energy, Navy, Air Force and Army. He has published 30 papers, authored one patent and been an invited speaker at over 10 conferences.

Mr. Jeff Maynard

Mr. Jeff Maynard

Mr. Maynard first became involved with biometrics when he ran divisions for a publicly traded company that utilized biometrics in healthcare. Prior to founding BSI, he negotiated a $10M reverse merger and the sale of an electronic prescribing company for over $3M. He is a co-founder of eScript Systems™ and developed several patented biometric signature authentication inventions. He has senior management experience with two top 10 pharmaceutical companies, and was an equity partner for a software development company in predictive modelling and data mining in healthcare that later sold to a public company. He has also served as Vice President of Business Development for several publicly traded health service companies in the U.S. Mr. Maynard has published numerous white papers on identity proofing and been a keynote speaker at multiple conferences. Through his leadership, he has guided BSI to recognition by the State of Texas as among the top 4% of companies with breakthrough technology, and earned a New Product Innovation of the Year Award from Frost and Sullivan. Most recently, the White House chose BSI technology to reduce identity fraud on the Internet from a field of 180 competing companies. In his career, Mr. Maynard has helped to create, manage and nurture seven early stage, startup companies and has been a proven performer in developing successful products and teams in both early stage and Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Mark Benedyk

Dr. Mark Benedyk

Dr. Benedyk is an Operating Partner for Sweetwater Capital Partners where he provides board support to Sweetwater’s direct and client Life Sciences portfolio companies and advises on Sweetwater’s Life Science investments. Prior to Sweetwater, he was President & CEO of Telephus Biosciences, a company developing innovative immunotherapies to treat drug-resistant infections. He is a director at Alafair Biosciences and at Pulmotect Inc. on behalf of Sweetwater’s client investors. Dr. Benedyk is also a director at Accel-Rx, Canada’s national biotect accelerator, and an advisor to RARE Science which applies genomics insights to accelerate cures for children with rare diseases. Previously, he was Head of The Pfizer Incubator LLC (TPI), Pfizer’s corporate incubator for early stage pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Benedyk has held executive business development roles at Ascenta, Optimer (now Merck NYSE: MRK), and Elan Pharmaceuticals (now Perrigo NYSE: PRGO). He received his Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics from The Rockefeller University, where he was a Lucille P. Markey Graduate Fellow and his B.S. degree in Microbiology and Botany from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Walter Hamilton

Mr. Walter Hamilton

Mr. Hamilton is a Senior Consultant with Identification Technology Partners (IDTP), a consulting firm in the identity management field. He is a recognized industry authority and subject matter expert on biometric technology. Mr. Hamilton has been committed to advancing biometric use and is an advocate for the adoption of open standards, crucial for industry development. He completed a seventh elected term as Chairman and President of the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit trade association that advocates the use of technology to determine identity and enhance security, privacy, productivity and convenience. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of IBIA. In his work with IDTP, Mr. Hamilton is actively involved in supporting government clients in implementing biometric technology in the maritime and aviation transportation sectors. Prior to joining IDTP in 2006, Mr. Hamilton served as Vice President and General Manager; Biometric Solutions for Saflink Corporation. Prior to joining Saflink in 1995, Mr. Hamilton completed a distinguished 30-year career with Unisys Corporation.

Mr. Jeff Maynard – BSc

CEO, President, and Founder

Mr. Jeff Maynard – BSc

CEO, President, and Founder

Mr. Maynard first became involved with biometrics when he ran divisions for a publicly traded company that utilized biometrics in healthcare. He is a co-founder of eScript Systems™ and developed several patented biometric signature authentication inventions. He was a senior manager with two top 10 pharmaceutical companies, and an equity partner for a software development company in predictive modelling and data mining in healthcare that later sold to a public company. He has also served as Vice President of Business Development for several publicly traded health service companies in the U.S. Mr. Maynard has published numerous white papers on identity proofing and been a keynote speaker at multiple conferences. In his career, Mr. Maynard has helped to create, manage and nurture seven early stage startup companies and has been a proven performer in developing successful products and teams in both early stage and Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Cindy Maynard – BA

Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Cindy Maynard – BA

Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Maynard is a co-founder of BSI and a veteran in creating growth and market value for five early stage and startup companies. Her expertise includes the development of marketing materials, strategic marketing plans, systems development, research, contracts, customer support and sales. Her efforts have been instrumental in driving new business and creating over 300% growth at BSI by developing and nurturing new customers. Ms. Maynard has also worked for an educational software company, The Toronto Star, Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.

Mr. Don Smith – BS Accounting, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Don Smith – BS Accounting, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

AS CFO for BSI, Mr. Smith provides his financial skills to the company. In the past 30 years, he has held various financial positions including Controller, Director of Finance and CFO. After leaving public accounting, Mr. Smith’s industry focus has centered on companies specializing in security, product distribution and housing. Mr. Smith has broad experience in banking relations, operational management and financial administration.

Mr. Chad Steen – BCS

Chief Technology Architect

Mr. Chad Steen – BCS

Chief Technology Architect

A Dallas based professional with over 25 years as an architect, engineer, developer and consultant to various companies and NPOs, Mr. Steen was responsible for bringing several Collin Country cities and towns online”including Wylie, Murphy, Sachse and Lucas. Mr. Steen has been integral to the success of over a dozen startups in the U.S. and Canada, including ISPs, retailers, wholesalers and restaurants. With a love of graphics arts united with his talents as a developer, Mr. Steen has perfected an overall skill-set ideal for UI/UX, primarily for business applications. Mr. Steen holds numerous certifications in both hardware and software including from Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, Adobe and HP. Currently, Mr. Steen is also BSI’s point man for the White House sponsored NSTIC pilot and the NASPO/ANSI identity standards, as well as FIDO and GDPR policies.

Mr. Ron Kerkenaar

Chief Technology Analyst

Mr. Ron Kerkenaar

Chief Technology Analyst

Mr. Kerkenaar has over 30 years experience dealing with all aspects of Information Technology. He has performed analysis, design, management and deployment on projects ranging from individual users to multi-location large scale environments, and been involved with software design and development, hardware, infrastructure, deployment, support for such companies as Royal KPN N.V., Heineken International, and Pecoma Business Technology B.V. Mr. Kerkenaar has also been in charge of building and managing co-located off-shore servers for on-line gambling before UIGEA was enacted. Mr. Kerkenaar never stops learning about new technologies to stay informed in this fast-paced world, and in his personal time contributes to selective open-source projects as a developer, tester, and as a project owner.

Mr. Tyler Weiland – MA

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Mr. Tyler Weiland – MA

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Mr. Weiland has more than a decade of domestic and international sales and communication/marketing experience working with several government organizations, Fortune 100 companies, top senior-level executives and high-profile clients across a multitude of industries. As the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Biometric Signature ID, he strives to cultivate meaningful relationships and help educate the marketplace on the need for proven biometric authentication solutions.

Ashton Puffer – MBA, MPM

Director of Financial Operations

Ashton Puffer – MBA, MPM

Director of Financial Operations

Mr. Puffer began his career in 2003 working for Lockheed Martin as a financial analyst at the historic Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California, where he worked on several large Defense Aerospace programs and gained extensive working knowledge of effective cost analysis and management. Prior to joining BioSig, Mr. Puffer was a part of L-3 Technologies Link Simulation and Training division, where he was the financial lead for numerous successful International Defense/Aerospace Programs. As Director of Financial Operations at BSI, Mr. Puffer is responsible for the strategic development and execution of BSI’s financial and operational objectives, as well as the financial analysis and reporting of Revenue and Cost. He routinely collaborates with BSI team members to develop, streamline, and implement BSI’s sales and cost reporting processes, leading to the reduction of operation costs, increased efficiency, accurate and timely reporting, and effective management of company resources. Mr. Puffer holds a BA degree in Finance from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (Minors in Economics and Accounting), as well as Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Project Management (MPM).

Mr. David Chatham – MA

Director Of Managed Services

Mr. David Chatham – MA

Director Of Managed Services

Since the 1980’s, Mr. Chatham has been involved in technology based learning. As a pioneer in putting college courses online, he worked with faculty and administrators to develop processes to create and maintain a strong online offering to Colorado students. For the last eleven years, David managed the learning management systems for the thirteen colleges of the Colorado Community College System. As Dean of Academic Technology at CCCOnline, his department handled enrollment, archiving, upgrades, tier 2 helpdesk support, programming enhancements, the introduction of new technologies, and vendor relations related to online learning. Currently, David helps other colleges and universities initiate processes utilizing the RTEN technology for monitoring student authentication.

Mr. Christoph Aschbacher – MCTS

Senior Software Developer

Mr. Christoph Aschbacher – MCTS

Senior Software Developer

After graduating with an engineering degree in Software Development, Mr. Aschbacher worked on high-availability ERP Machine 2 Machine systems for the automotive industry for several years. Switching roles and becoming a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in SQL Server Database Development and Asp.net Web Applications Development, he worked professionally on enterprise scale medical software, credit card payment systems and company internal frameworks. Staying on top of technologies and practices is not only a requirement for Chris, but a passion, and he is well versed in a wide variety of programming languages, styles and practices. He focuses mostly on backend work and overall system architecture, as well as development processes and quality assurance. Mr. Aschbacher was lead-developer on several large scale open source software projects, mostly connected to the MediaPortal HTPC ecosystem.

Ms. Julie Ricke – MSC

Product Manager & Technical Support

Ms. Julie Ricke – MSC

Product Manager & Technical Support

Ms. Ricke provides front-line primary technical support to end users and clients. She provides solutions to identity authentication challenges. Julie is instrumental in deployment and integration efforts facilitating client requirements and vision into a technical solution for identity authentication services. Julie has an extensive background in learning management systems. Prior to joining BioSig-ID™ she was the Instructional Design & Technology Specialist for a consortium of six community colleges providing LMS administration, course design, and utilized BioSig-ID™ comprehensively to proactively deter and detect impostors to protect academic integrity.

Ms. Amber Merrill – BS

Service Manager

Ms. Amber Merrill – BS

Service Manager

Amber works with current clients and builds customer relationships using regular communication and delivering BSI’s reports on a regular basis. She helps identify integrity issues for our clients using our RTEN technology for monitoring authentication. After graduating from college, Amber worked for almost ten years in statistics in the travel industry, where she was involved in reporting to various entities. With BSI, she uses her experience in statistics to generate and analyze reports for internal and external clients. Amber also works to maintain contact with current customers via touchpoints throughout the year.

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Awards

BioSig-ID Customer Reviews

Best decision we could have made

At Belhaven University we started our relationship by including managed services. I have to say it was the best decision we could have made. Biometric Signature ID has provided us with deep dive insights into the data and given us confidence in closing the loop on those who have suspicious activity on their accounts. Honestly, without their help we would be floundering in making sense of the data. I can recommend managed services from BioSig without reservation.

Dr. Rick Upchurch

Adult, Graduate, & Online Studies - Belhaven University

Forensic Reporting tools has transformed the way we are able to combat suspicious behavior

Collaborating with BioSig-ID and using their Forensic Reporting tools has enabled Arkansas State University to quickly and seamlessly identify violations of academic integrity and really transform the way we are able to combat suspicious behavior. With ease of access to data reports that contains IP conflicts, comprehensive data analytics on biometric inaccuracies etc., A-State has been able to actively work on identifying policies to address academic dishonesty in the online environment.

Chris Boothman

Director of A-State Online - Arkansas State University

We appreciate BioSig-ID and our partnership

“We appreciate Bio-Sig and our partnership with Bio-Sig for many reasons; however, two are paramount. First, the student identity validation processes allow us to have peace of mind that our students complete their own work. Second, we greatly appreciate the partnership between ACE and Bio-Sig when issues arise. Specifically, David Chatham and BSI’s Forensic Reporting provides real-time guidance and analysis in integrity concerns and acts as a partner as we develop processes and policies.”

Stephanie Hinshaw, Ed.D., M.B.A.

Chief Academic Officer & Provost - American College of Education

Product is easy to implement

Product is easy to implement. The support needs for students and instructors has been very limited. The team at Biometric Signature are always quick to respond and open to hear feedback for improving products. They also are ready to share resources and ideas to make implementation more successful.

Dr. Kimberly Harris, eLearning Coordinator, NMECC

Good and positive results

We had good and positive results…students had no problems utilizing BioSig-ID to complete their assignments. I applaud your company’s personal service – some of the best customer service I have experienced.

Tony Cleaver, Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

Worked very closely with us

Biometric Signature ID worked very closely with us to customize the software for our learning management system, and the robust reporting tools allow us to track usage, validations, and even any invalidations that might occur.

Dr. Charles Nwankwo, SOWELA Technical Community College

Does not require hardware

BioSig-ID does not require students to purchase hardware or software which was important to our students. An additional benefit is the extensive reporting tool to uncover suspicious behaviors that can identify possible academic dishonesty.

Dr. Dana L. Watson, Central Texas College

It’s a significant

It’s a significant leap forward not only in security, but in the ease of use and customer acceptance… an especially exciting breakthrough for community banks and credit unions.

Tuck Ackerman, Pinnacle Financial Strategies

Working with BioSig-ID

Working with BioSig-ID exceeded my expectations. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had with an IT solution provider in my professional career. They’ve provided us with excellent support and services and were engaged all the time when we had questions or issues.

Bogdan Skof, DOBA

I was very impressed

I was very impressed with the staff at BSI. It was refreshing to find a company that believed in their product so whole heartedly, and wanted you to believe as well…I can honestly say they offered me one of the most solid customer support experiences.

Michael Spellman, Mohegan Tribe

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