Since the 1980s, Mark has helped transform traditional businesses into digital one. In 1989, Mark acquired Global Document Solutions and, as Chairman and CEO, led the firm’s transformation from its roots in traditional offset printing and direct mail to become a leading provider of highly differentiated, technology driven customer communications. His visionary leadership took GDS nationwide as a pioneer in digital printing for the financial services industry and government agencies (The company was acquired in 2004).
Since then, Mark has been fascinated with new technology and the impact it can have as a transformative force in the marketing world. Mark started Thinaire to explore way in which technologies like NFC tags, beacons, and others could be used to power marketing campaigns in the mobile age.
James Szmak, Chief Operating Officer
With several decades of operational experience in Silicon Valley, James brings expertise in building out and scale the operational capabilities of the company, directing all operational aspects of the company and managing the team from pre-sales to post-integration support.
Prior to Thinaire, James was COO of JDRF, a major 501c3 charitable organization. Before that, he was Executive Vice President for Hyperion Solutions (acquired by Oracle), direct of America’s Sales Operations for Cisco Systems, and Senior Director for Business Operations at 3Com.
James also worked as the COO of FiberCycle, a pioneer in the creation of blade servers that was acquired by HP, and as COO of Salire, which was acquired by Mainstay.
Michael Ventimiglia, Chief Product Officer
A design and technology veteran with a twenty-year track record of delivering innovative products, Michael joined Thinaire in April 2014 as Vice-President of Product, responsible for tracking the competitive landscape, managing the company’s product roadmap, and serving as a bridge between sales, marketing, and technology to deploy exception product offerings in the market.
Michael has significant startup experience to Thinaire’s product team, dating back to his days as a teenager, when he was part of the core team of an Internet Service Provider. In subsequent senior level roles at startups MediaSentry and No Mystery Media, he helped teams grow from inception to raising money and successful exit
A noted thought leader in the digital media space, Michael’s work in design and media has earned him awards and credits in music, film, and television for work done with Sundance, ABC, HBO, etc.