Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Syntelli Solutions CEO, Rishi Bhatnagar, has always had a vision. To develop consulting services that dramatically reduce analytics TCO, enable companies to process huge amounts of data, and help them do it in much less time than traditional data warehouse approaches. In his vision, everybody wins.
Rishi has always wanted to resolve big business problems with data. He founded Syntelli early in his career to provide data analytics and business intelligence consulting services. Since starting Syntelli in 2005, he’s grown the company to be a premier provider of end-to-end analytics consulting services.
Syntelli solutions combine traditional data warehousing principles with big data technologies such as MapR and Hortonworks Hadoop and visualization strategies that use Tableau and TIBCO Spotfire software.
The sources of Rishi’s strong consulting experience include work at Ernst & Young and banking, risk management and engineering positions. These roles have given him a broad view of customers’ concerns and the ability to move big data solutions into mainstream IT infrastructures.
Rishi is also the Founding President of Analytics & Big Data Society in Charlotte. The society contributes to the community by bringing together people from local business and educational institutions to discuss current big data developments.
Rishi received his MBA in finance from the University of Mumbai and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal. He is on the advisory board of the North Carolina Technology Association, member of several non-profits and actively involved in the business community at large. Rishi lives in Charlotte with his wife and children.
Frank brings a proven track record to Syntelli. He’s known as a specialist in designing and executing IT strategies focused on growing businesses. His experience focuses on enhancing the customer experience and simplifying automated business processes. He’s also recognized for large-scale business transformations, big data solutions and application portfolio rationalization, which have business impacts worth millions of dollars.
He is passionate about using big data as a strategic tool that makes businesses more competitive. His mantra: “Data-driven companies will win the fight for a bigger market share.”
His big data experience spans three disciplines:
-Data analytics solutions that provide insights and transform organizations into a data-driven cultures.
-The use of big data in business processes, which change conversations with customers in real time.
-Opportunities for companies to create and monetize new data products.
Frank’s life away from the office focuses on community work. He currently serves on the boards of three Charlotte-based organizations:
-IT-ology, an IT career development organization (Chairman of Charlotte branch).
-Opera Carolina, a professional performance and education organization (Vice Chairman)
-A Child’s Place, a welfare organization for homeless young people (Executive Committee member).
Frank lives in the Charlotte area on Lake Norman with his wife and three children. He recently started a new sport: wake surfing.
Chief Technology Officer
Where We Go for High-Value Big Data Solutions
Shikha Kashyap is our solutions architecture powerhouse, our go-to expert. She knows that keeping big data solutions simple will help ensure successful deployments. And, her belief in and use of agile methods help us build high-value deliverables with fast times to market and proven results.
How did she get this know-how?
To start, Shikha has two decades’ experience delivering advanced IT solutions. She started at Syntelli in 2005 on our Day 1. She’s always focused on data transformation warehousing, and her experience has grown with the big data industry, long before anyone called it big data.
From proofs of concept to full deployment of Hadoop and visualizations platforms, Shikha helps lead the industry by creating reference designs that consistently deliver successful results. She’s also helped Syntelli provide managed analytics services and end-to-end, big data infrastructure solutions.
Shikha completed her Management Development Program degree from the Harvard Business School in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Delhi Institute of Technology, one of India’s most prestigious universities. Shikha is TIBCO™ Spotfire® and MapR certified.
Sharing IT Expertise and Working in the Community
Even when Shikha is out of the office, IT is on her mind. She’s co-chair of the Mongo User Group and owner of the largest data visualization and data science meetup in Charlotte. Shikha is also a board member of the Using Big Data to Stop Human Trafficking initiative.
But her thoughts and efforts focus on her community, too. A member of the Festival of India committee, Shikha is also part of Queen City Sahelis, a Charlotte-based network of women of Asian Indian descent. QCS members make their mark by helping established or startup charities that are underfunded, unrecognized or unable to grow on their own. Their focus is on the area’s most vulnerable people—underprivileged kids, women and the elderly.
Shikha currently lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children. When she’s not building dynamite IT solutions, she likes to travel and paint.
J. Michael Cucinotta
Director of Business Operations
Michael joined the Syntelli family in 2015 as the Director of Business Operations & Accounts. Michael is tasked with the organization and oversight of all the internal administrative and operational components of Syntelli’s business including Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Employee Relations, Vendor Relationships and Key Client Account Management.
As a business entrepreneur himself, Michael brings with him over 15 years of business ownership and executive level management experience that will help drive Syntelli’s future success. In his words, “Business is my passion, and I am so excited to be part of such a dedicated group of individuals focused on driving this organization to the top, and showing our Clients and Partners what the Syntelli Team can truly accomplish!”
In his spare time Michael enjoys playing golf, exploring new wines of the world, and spending time with his family.
Daniel Smith CPA, CMA
Director, Data Science & Innovation
Texas Market Leader
Daniel has managed solutions for diverse client sectors such as as advertising, military, insurance, and oil & gas. These solutions include Business Intelligence Platform management, online key performance indicator identification and tracking, to full predictive data model construction. Although the analytic solutions are often mathematically complex, Daniel’s presentation and academic background ensures any insights delivered by solutions are relevant and simple to understand.
Daniel earned his MBA from Coastal Carolina University in 2009, became a Certified Management Accountant in 2010, and a Certified Public Accountant in 2011. He was also awarded the Institute of Management Accountant’s 2013 Young Professional of the Year award for his work in furthering Business Intelligence in Management Accounting.
Director of Business Development
Mohana might be a newcomer to Syntelli, but he’s no rookie when it comes to selling and building solid customer relationships.
He joined Syntelli in July 2015 as our Director of Business Development, where he’s responsible for sales, account management, client relationships and business partnerships. He’s a force of nature, who’s driven to use sales and partnerships to solve business problems. Mohana believes in integrity-based selling and prefers long-lasting relationships based on successfully delivered projects.
Mohana brings more than 13 years’ business development, pre-sales, account management, program management experience to his work. He has a strong technology background and has worked in the banking, insurance and telecom industries.
Mohana holds an MBA in Marketing, Managerial Analytics and Finance from Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Charlotte with his family.
Dennis has a degree in B.S. Computer Science – Systems Programming. He lives in Texas and his hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music, cooking great BBQ, eating, and hanging out with The Miles (his dog).