Board of Directors
Dan Yingst – President & CEO
Mr. Yingst was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at RedZone since October 2012. He has been responsible for the P&L, managing all Sales, Operations, Engineering and Development functions. As the COO, he has led the company to double digit growth and has implemented the processes for future growth. Prior to joining RedZone, Mr. Yingst had previous senior management positions within Siemens (OTCMKTS:SIEGY) for ten years. In his last role there he was the Vice President of Finance for Siemens Water Technologies where he established and led the organization’s financial operations in 48 countries, with full P&L responsibility. In this role, Mr. Yingst managed all financial and operational performance, established and implemented six global operational centers of excellence, and put in place key performance indicators to track and measure results. During this time, the organization achieved over 100% growth in orders, revenue and operating margin. He has specific experience in the U.S. and international water/wastewater market, has been involved in numerous international and domestic acquisitions and integrations and had a lead role in the development of a consolidated US entity focused on the industrial and municipal markets. Mr. Yingst holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lebanon Valley College where he was a Presidential scholar.
William L. Guttman is the Chairman of the Board at RedZone Robotics and founding Chairman and Chief Executive of Carnegie Innovations, LLC (CI), the technology commercialization company of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has also served for more than a decade as special advisor to the provost at CMU.
Over the past two decades, he held senior leadership roles in several dozen institutionally backed ventures – in many instances serving as chief executive. As a CMU professor of economics, Bill served on the cybersecurity committee of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, and co-founded Cylab, one of the world’s largest cybersecurity research centers. Before entering the private sector, Bill worked on projects in over 30 countries for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he was a British Council Scholar.
Bobby is a General Partner at ABS Capital Partners with a focus on technology companies. Bobby’s wide-ranging skill set, developed through his experience in investment banking and technology, allows him to rapidly assess companies and understand their business models and their competitive advantages.
Prior to joining ABS Capital in 2001, Bobby worked at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. He also spent four years as a systems consultant at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Laura has been an active investor in software and technology services companies since joining ABS Capital in 1997. She has experience in building growth companies in the technology sector, working with portfolio companies on the key strategic and operational issues they face. Laura has led investments in applications and infrastructure software, Internet, mobile and consumer technologies.
Prior to ABS Capital, Laura was a senior consultant at Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where she advised clients on growth strategies, new technologies, and mergers & acquisitions. Previously, she was a consultant with Oliver, Wyman & Company, a consulting firm serving clients in the financial services industry. Laura has significant international experience, having been based in London and Frankfurt for several years. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wilson Farmerie a successful steel industry veteran and experienced start-up investor. In 1984 he and four other partners started Metaltech, which eventually grew and became known as The Techs, producing about one million tons per year of galvanized product. The company had $1 billion in sales. In 2004, The Techs were sold to a private equity firm and Wilson continued as Chairman. In 2007 The Techs were sold to Steel Dynamics, a large integrated steel company.
Among his many credentials, Wilson holds a lifetime membership with the Association of Iron and Steel Engineering. For 20 years he has served on the visiting committee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Swanson School of Engineering. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jack is a senior executive with extensive corporate CMMS sector experience in the global maintenance and facility management software industry. Jack began his software career with MRO Software (then known as PSDI) and their Maximo product in 1985. From 1992 until the IBM acquisition of MRO Software in 2006, Jack was the Executive Vice President of Products and Technology for MRO Software. In this role Jack managed Maximo Engineering, Research, Product Management and Product Marketing. During Jack’s tenure, Maximo became the worldwide EAM market leader. In the late 1990s Jack’s MRO team began the development and delivery of the IT Asset Management and IT Service Management products utilizing the latest generation of Maximo technology.
From 2006 to 2010 Jack was the IBM Vice President of Asset Management Development within the IBM Software Group, delivering product advancements and driving revenue and profit growth. Jack has bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University.