AVST Senior Management Biographies
AVST has assembled a world-class management team dedicated to keeping AVST at the forefront of the unified communications software industry by developing award-winning technology and partnering with proven industry leaders.
President & CEO
Since 2003, Hardy Myers has served as the President & CEO of AVST, a leading independent provider of highly interoperable best-of-breed unified communications (UC) software solutions. AVST's UC solutions are deployed by thousands of firms globally with particular strength in the higher education, healthcare, government, enterprise and hospitality market segments. Under Mr. Myers leadership, AVST has created a set of premise- and cloud-based UC solutions uniquely architected to support IT initiatives in mobility, business process optimization and voice infrastructure centralization. Prior to AVST, Mr. Myers held senior management positions in the telecommunications, automotive, aerospace and defense market sectors. His experience includes the completion of multiple acquisitions, public and private fundraisings and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Myers holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University with a double major in International Management and Accounting. Mr. Myers is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Dick joined AVST in July 2009. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Dick held senior finance positions at Saflink Corporation (NASDAQ: SFLK), a publicly traded biometric security software firm, including serving as Saflink's Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2009. Previously, Mr. Dick held senior finance and accounting positions with several high technology firms including Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ: LMRA), a publicly traded developer of nanotechnology, Mercata, Inc., an online retailer funded by Vulcan Ventures, and Captaris, Inc. and its predecessor company, Applied Voice Technology (AVT). Mr. Dick holds a B.A. in Finance from Western Washington University.
Vice President of Engineering
Chris Hockett rejoined the company in March 2011. Originally hired as a Director of Engineering and then promoted to a Senior Director of Engineering. Mr. Hockett was further promoted to Vice President of Engineering managing the CX-H & CX-E development organizations as well as the IT group. Prior to AVST, Mr. Hockett was a member of the Citrix global alliance team where he managed the Virtualization and Management division’s relationship with Microsoft. At Compuware Corporation, Mr. Hockett held various engineering and research & development roles including Director of Technical Alliances with Microsoft. Mr. Hockett was hired as a Consulting Engineer with AVST’s predecessor company, Applied Voice Technology (AVT) in August 1998. Mr. Hockett holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Sacramento.
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Denny Michael joined the Company in May 2003. From 2002 to early 2003, Mr. Michael served as Executive Vice President of Marketing for Starbase Software Corporation, a publicly traded developer of application lifecycle management software. During his tenure at Starbase, Mr. Michael was responsible for developing and implementing the marketing campaign to reestablish the leadership position of Starbase's applications and technology in the company's target market segments. Mr. Michael was also a key member of the senior management team that facilitated the sale of Starbase to Borland Software Corporation in January 2003. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Michael served as Vice President of Marketing at NQL, Inc., a publicly traded software company that developed one of the world's first commercially available intelligent agent languages (Network Query Language) used for massive content gathering and publishing. Prior to NQL, Mr. Michael held various marketing management positions at AST Computers, Inc. and Alpha Microsystems. Mr. Michael holds a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton.
Chief Technology Officer
Tom Minifie was promoted to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for AVST in October 2008. In this role, Mr. Minifie is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company's product lines. Prior to his promotion to CTO, Mr. Minifie served as the Vice President of Product Management for AVST since its inception in 2003. Previously, Mr. Minifie held a variety of executive level positions in the sales, business development and marketing organizations of Captaris, Inc. and its predecessor company, Applied Voice Technology (AVT). Mr. Minifie is a recognized authority in the field of unified communications and a frequent speaker on the topic. Mr. Minifie has also spent considerable time cultivating strategic technical relationships with many of the industry's leading technology companies including Aastra/Ericsson, Alcatel–Lucent, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Mitel and NEC. Prior to joining the communications industry, Mr. Minifie held various sales and marketing positions within the high tech industry. Mr. Minifie holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington.
Vice President of Support & Services
Dan Ravetto joined AVST in February 2006. Originally hired as Director of Professional Services and then promoted to Senior Director of Support & Services in 2010, Mr. Ravetto was further promoted to Vice President of Support & Services in January 2013. Mr. Ravetto brings over 20 years of operations, customer support, professional services and IT management experience to AVST. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Ravetto worked for Telecom-West, a Nortel Networks reseller in Northern California, which he co-founded and managed. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Ravetto served as the Telecommunications Manager for Radius Inc., a manufacturer of Apple Computers compatible video displays. Prior to joining Radius, Inc., Mr. Ravetto held positions of increasing responsibility with Nortel Networks.
Vice President of Channels & Business Development
Don Saynor joined AVST in August of 2010. Originally hired to manage AVST’s global relationship with NEC as well as support the Company’s business development activities in North America, Mr. Saynor’s responsibilities were expanded in 2012 to include oversight of AVST’s channel programs. In January 2015, Mr. Saynor was promoted to Vice President of Channels & Business Development. Prior to AVST, Mr. Saynor held senior management positions with Avaya and Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for managing relationships with a variety of channel partners including CDW, Computer Sciences Corporation, Dell and IBM. Mr. Saynor has also held senior IT management roles at Citibank and management consulting positions with IBM Consulting and PWC Consulting. Mr. Saynor has a B.A. in Economics from Wheaton College and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.