Howard Brown, Founder and CEO
Howard Brown is a widely recognized platform technology expert and entrepreneur. RingDNA is the culmination of more than 14 years experience developing applications and serving as an in-demand business consultant.
In 2008, Howard founded DemandResults, an evidence-based marketing company, based on his firm belief that Sales and Marketing alignment through integrated technology leads to improved ROI, increased revenue and better customer relations. His expertise has helped high profile B2B companies ranging from Salesforce.com to Sharp revolutionize their marketing efforts. Howard’s work as a visionary in the B2B sector was recognized in the book Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. His emergence as a leader in results-focused marketing techniques has made him a frequent conference panelist and presenter.
Howard is also recognized as one of the foremost visionaries in Force.com application development. In both 2007 and 2008, Howard was a finalist for the prestigious Salesforce Appy Award. In 2006, he was nominated for the Salesforce.com Best Force.com Native App Award for an advanced CRM application he built to test and measure sales and marketing efforts at CRC Health. Howard was also nominated for the Salesforce.com Collaboration Excellence Award for Senior Transitions.
Prior to creating DemandResults, Howard built 4Therapy.com, a powerful network of hundreds of healthcare information and referral sites, which won the eHealthcare Award for Best Use of the Internet in 2000. Howard later sold the company to CRC Health, a Bain Capital company, and went on to serve as the healthcare giant’s Vice President of Marketing. CRC Health CEO, Barry Karlin, called 4Therapy.com the company’s best overall acquisition.
During Howard’s three years at CRC Health, the company’s online channel grew from just 1.5 percent of new business to over 26 percent. This segment now represents one of CRC Health’s largest channels and over 120,000 phone calls a year to the company’s National Resource Center. In January 2004, Howard founded another web-based company, Senior Transitions. Senior Transitions is the nation’s leading elder care referral service, and in the last few years has become a trusted partner and resource for over 4,000 senior assisted living facilities.
Kanwar Saluja, COO
Kanwar Saluja has over 15 years of international leadership experience in mobile technology and finance. He has a track record of successfully selling pioneering technology into global markets. Before joining the RingDNA team as Chief Operating Officer, Kanwar was a business consultant to companies operating in Business Process Management, Spatial Video and Mobile Device Management verticals.
From 2003 to 2009, Kanwar played a lead role in commercializing iBurst, Australia’s first wireless broadband network. As a widely quoted authority on mobile innovation, Kanwar provided expert testimony before the Australian House of Representatives Inquiry into benefits of wireless broadband technology. As the iBurst network’s first GM, Kanwar helped grow sales from zero to $50m cumulative over six years by building a channel-based consumer and enterprise customer base. Based on the success in Australia, twelve more iBurst networks were launched around the world and iBurst became a globally certified radio interface standard.
Previously, Kanwar spent three years in international business development for ArrayComm. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan in New York covering Telecommunication and Healthcare sectors. There he worked on a number of M&A, equity and debt capital raisings. He graduated as an Alumni Scholar from the Stern School of Business at New York University where he earned degrees in Finance and Marketing.
Kanwar is an Advisory Board Member of the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people.
William Tyree, CMO
William Tyree is responsible for marketing and communications at RingDNA. He brings 12 years of marketing, technology and operational management experience across multiple verticals including B2B software, Healthcare, Entertainment, eGovernment, Food and Beverage, Travel and Nonprofit. As Vice President of Marketing for DemandResults, William helped develop RingDNA and SEO for Salesforce.com to answer the growing demand for cloud marketing and sales products. He also consulted with brands to help them utilize evidence-based marketing techniques to transform creative campaigns, improve sales performance and gain insight into actionable metrics.
Prior to joining DemandResults, William was Vice-President of Marketing and Operations for Bold New World, a leader in online fundraising and eCommerce platforms. He also helped launch several award-winning business products for the U.S. Federal Government, including Business.gov. After earning his M.A. in writing, he taught at Northern Arizona University, Asia University and Seikei University in Tokyo, later leaving academia to co-found Traveldish.com, a Forbes Best of the Web company. William’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Japan Inc, YouMoz and Harvard Review.
Todd Bursey, VP Products
Todd Bursey is responsible for product design, engineering and support. Before joining RingDNA, Todd was the general manager of FinancialForce.com’s Professional Services Automation business. Todd joined FinancialForce.com as part of the acquisition of the PS Enterprise solution from Appirio, Inc and led the company in the area of Professional Services Automation (PSA). Todd spent four years at Appirio in sales and consulting roles before heading up the PS Enterprise business. His career began at Accenture before he moved into consulting and eventually became Director of Business Operations at Borland. Todd holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Greg Tate, VP Sales
Greg Tate is responsible for leading the RingDNA platform sales effort and growing its sales team. During his seven years at Salesforce.com, at a time when the company quickly rose from relative obscurity to become the most widely adopted CRM platform in the world, Greg served in both sales and strategic leadership roles. As a Account Executive, Greg’s accounts included Roche/Genentech, Blue Shield of California, Amazon.com, Levi’s and others. As Director of North American Sales Engineers, Greg managed an enterprise division that grew dramatically under his tenure. While managing up to 85 sales engineers at a time, Greg simultaneously developed key performance indicators that determined resource prioritization and process optimization, ensuring that his team could efficiently feed the company’s burgeoning pipeline.
Greg also brings 16 years of sales engineering experience at companies that were successfully acquired. Prior to his work at Salesforce.com, Greg worked at Grand Central, Inc., where he built the Software as a Service partner network for the On Demand Integration Platform. He also worked at Amberpoint, Inc., a tech startup which was recently acquired by Oracle, and webMethods, which was acquired by Software AG.
Yue Tan, Sr. Developer
Yue Tan has 12 years of experience in software development with special expertise in developing apps for the Salesforce.com platform. As lead developer for SEO for Salesforce, he did extensive work integrating Google services, Facebook and CRM data. He is also an experienced Facebook app developer, having developed Facebook apps for DemandResults.
Prior to his work with RingDNA and DemandResults, Yue Tan served as a software engineer at Bold New World and Guidance Technologies. Yue Tan earned an MS, Computer Science from Columbia University.
Jeff Cahoon, Sr. Developer
Jeff Cahoon brings 20 years’ experience in software development and related technologies. He has contributed his development expertise to 15 iPhone apps currently in the Apple Store, offering solutions for a wide range of industries including advertising, politics and nonprofit fundraising. Jeffrey’s work in mobile development has received acclaim, including two Marcom awards in advertising for iPhone apps. In addition, Jeffrey’s iWitness application was acquired by Autonomy.
He has been published in Dr. Dobbs, a magazine for software developers, and holds degrees in Computer Science and Law.
Eric Sniff, Sr. Developer
Eric Sniff brings a tremendous amount of analytics and mobile experience to RingDNA. As a Senior Developer at WebTrends, Sniff led projects involving client-side data collection SDKs for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. His extensive experience building middleware services, including real-time analytics and external data extraction from third-party sources such as Facebook and Twitter, will help as RingDNA increases its social sales and initiatives.
A former IBM software engineer, Sniff is fluent in C#, Java, C/C++, iOS and many other technologies. He graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.
Haruka Jones, Product Manager
Haruka Jones manages product development at RingDNA, specializing in user experience and functional specifications. As a marketing strategist, Haruka has experience in multiple facets of marketing and product development including UX/UI, lead generation and brand positioning. She studied sociology and German at the University of Georgia.
Manuel Diva, UX/UI
Manuel Diva is responsible for the user interface for RingDNA products and marketing materials, including mobile, web and print. He brings more than 14 years of design experience and 10 years of front-end integration into the role. His diverse background includes career stops as a developer/designer at Supermedia and marketing management for a skincare company. He also keeps our LA office filled with homemade cookies, brownies and other amazing delectables.