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 and Chief Executive Officer
Jean Champagne has enjoyed an extensive and distinguished career in sales and business development in the world of telecommunications and networks. His leadership qualities have been honed and enhanced by such companies as Xerox, BCE, Nortel, Avestor, Sagemcom, XMedius and more recently AVST. With more than 30 years of experience in spearheading the development and marketing of high-tech solutions, he is currently the head of XMedius, a global leader and innovator in the field of secure document exchange. He graduated from HEC Montreal in Business Administration and International Marketing. He also completed specialized management training courses at CIREM-HEC, as well as at the Ivey Business School in partnership with AeA Stanford Executive Institute and at the "Collège des Administrateurs de Sociétés" (Corporate Directorship).
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.
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.
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Having worked in high-tech industries for nearly 30 years, Stéphane Vidal has developed solid tech expertise on an international level. He is currently heading the creation and the execution of traditional and digital marketing and communication strategies at XMedius and AVST. His experience includes the use and deployment of marketing automation platforms, developing leading innovative marketing programs, marketing communications, lead generation activities, social media, product marketing, branding, sales channel initiatives, search marketing and email marketing. He takes an active part in non-profit organizations such as Montreal Inc. and Prêt à Entreprendre that help young Montrealers start their own businesses.