Our Team

 

Our Leadership Team

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 has grown the company to be a premier provider of end-to-end analytics consulting services.

Syntelli Solutions combines traditional data warehousing principles with big data technologies such as MapR and Hortonworks Hadoop, and visualization strategies that use Tableau and TIBCO Spotfire softwares.

The sources of Rishi’s strong consulting experience include work at Ernst & Young, Oracle, and RBI Solutions in 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.

The 28-year career of Syntelli Solutions President, Frank Boncimino, has been all information technology all the time. Frank started his career in technology consulting services at Ernst & Whinney and then became a partner at Ernst & Young (which became Capgemini Ernst & Young). He then served as CIO of Time Warner Cable for 11 years.

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 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.

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. Her belief in the use of agile methods help 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 of experience delivering advanced IT solutions. She started at Syntelli in 2005 on Day 1. Her focus was on big data, long before anyone called it ‘big data’. Ever since, her experience has grown within the industry, in data and data analytics, master data management, and architecting Big Data Solutions for her clients.

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 has also helped her company provide managed analytics services and end-to-end big data infrastructure solutions. She has been actively involved in developing DataRev – the first of its kind geo-contextual platform for data monetization.

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. Shikha is TIBCO™ Spotfire® and MapR certified.

Shikha is actively involved in the community and currently holds the following positions:

  • ABD Society Board member (active effort in using data for social good)
  • WISE – Professional Development
  • Sharing IT Expertise and Working in the Community

Even when Shikha is out of the office, she has IT 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. 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.

Daniel Smith CPA, CMA

Director, Data Science & Innovation

Mohana Bhrugubanda

Director of Business Development

Pete Murphy

Digital Transformation Officer

Using Business Intelligence platforms to bridge the gap between Advanced Data Analytics and the efficient effective principles of accounting, Daniel applies technology and mathematics to make business faster and smarter.

Daniel has managed solutions for diverse client sectors such 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 ensure 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.

Mohana 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.

Pete Murphy joined Syntelli in 2018, focusing on helping Syntelli’s clients adopt and leverage analytic practices to increase business insights and competitive advantage. Over the past 30 years, Pete has been a student of technology enablement and a practitioner in both large and small companies.

Prior to joining Syntelli, Pete spent over 6 years as CIO of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare where he led the company’s journey into data science and advanced analytics. His work was recognized with a 2017 Blue Diamond Award, and in the Health IT Outcomes magazine.

Pete also held senior-level leadership positions in the technology space at companies including TIAA and Bank of America.

His industry expertise lies in technology management, information security and risk management roles including IT service management, business application portfolios, customer service desk, end-user support, messaging systems, mobile technology, voice and data telecommunications, data centers and technology supplier management.

Pete currently serves on the advisory boards of Appalachian State University Department of Computer Information Systems, Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative, Charlotte Society for Information Management and Montreat College Cybersecurity Advisory Council.

Being a sought-out technology expert, he was selected to write the foreword for Foundstone’s Hacking Exposed – one of the best-selling international computer security publications, and is also a patent holder in the area of risk and control assessment.

Tom Lehman

Director of Analytics

Debbie Crawford

Director of Business Operations

Richard Park

Director of Platforms

Tom Lehman joined Syntelli Solutions in 2016 as Director of Analytics. Tom has 20 years of experience in advanced analytic consulting and software development, including 18 years at SAS. His background in delivering advanced analytic solutions and leading teams of data scientists has made him an industry thought leader. He holds several patents, speaks regularly at major analytic conferences and has publications to his name. Tom’s passion and current role is delivering cutting-edge analytic solutions which revolutionize the ways in which his customers conduct business.

Functioning primary on development early in his career, Tom found a very fertile ground to optimize designs by intersecting consulting with software. His key areas of expertise include the deployment of Data Mining, Marketing Analytics, Forecasting and unstructured data quantification methods. Tom holds advanced degrees in Statistics from UNC, Chapel Hill and NC State.

When away from the office, Tom pursues his passion for saltwater fishing which has been a big part of his life since childhood. Tom is also a gifted musician having played guitar at a professional level for over 25 years.

Debborrah brings 30+ years of Administrative Office Management, Bookkeeping and Human Resource experience to Syntelli Solutions. She developed and utilized her experience during company start-ups, re-organizations, mergers, acquisitions, relocations, and dissolutions.

Debborrah has developed strong business relationships with our company’s clients, vendors, and employees to enhance the infrastructure of our company’s operation and cultivate business growth for Syntelli Solutions. Debborrah assists with Syntelli’s Internship Program encouraging our interns to grow personally and professionally, preparing them to take on full-time roles within the company.

Residing in the Charlotte area, she has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, Debborrah enjoys reading, cooking, poetry, traveling, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends.

Richard Park graduated from Brown University majoring in computational biology. He obtained a PhD in bioinformatics with a thesis in analyzing and visualizing large scale cancer genomes. He has worked at an array of startups and industries from fashion, design, genomics, healthcare, and data science. His products and visualizations have been featured everywhere from PBS, Wired, Technology Review, London Sunday Times, ABC Good Morning America, and CNN.

Our Data Wizards

Amanda Avery

Account Manager

Amit Ubale

Sr Analytics Associate

Brad Llewellyn

Sr Analytics Associate

Courtney Gillespie

HR Business Partner

Based in Jacksonville, FL, Amanda has worked in the technology field for over 10 years and specifically in IT business development for 6 years. With a strong focus on Mobile Solutions and Software as a Service, she comes to Syntelli ready to convert that knowledge and experience with technology and development personnel to the ever-changing and growing Data Science field.

Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Finance, is very active in the Jacksonville IT Community, and serves as board member for the Jacksonville IT Council as well as the Tech Coast Conference, one of the premier technology events in the city.

When Amanda isn’t solving clients’ data problems, you can find her at the yoga studio teaching power yoga or at a local park playing ultimate frisbee.

A full stack data scientist by profession, and problem-solver at the core, Amit loves experimenting with varying technologies to understand them, which then enables him to select the best one that fits the problem statement at hand.

Amit moved into the analytics space about 6 years back and has worked with his Data Science colleagues at Syntelli to deliver efficient and appropriate deliverables to clients.

He completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering and Masters in Business Administration (Strategy) from India.

When Amit isn’t solving complex problems, you can find him spending time with his twin kids and traveling.

Brad helps individuals and organizations unravel the Data Science world in order to figure out how it can work for them. He has an M.S. in Statistics from the University of South Carolina, MCSE Certification in Data Management and Analytics, MCSE Certification in Cloud Platform and Infrastructure and MCSA Certification in Machine Learning.

Brad is an active blogger and is also an organizer for the Charlotte BI Group, a local PASS chapter in Charlotte, NC.

When Brad isn’t sharing profound Data Science insights, you can find him eating new foods at new restaurants. Being an avid foodie, he hasn’t ordered his own food in years because he always eats what the restaurant staff recommends, no matter what it is!

Courtney has 10+ years of experience as a Talent Acquisition Specialist and Recruiting Delivery Lead, specializing in the placement of Information Technology professionals. She currently oversees Talent Acquisition and HR for Syntelli Solutions.

Courtney holds strong understanding of HR strategic planning, employee engagement & retention, learning & development, organizational development, process improvement, workforce management, diversity & inclusion, risk management, and U.S. employment law & regulations.

When Courtney isn’t expanding Team Syntelli, you can find her cooking, reading, crafting, working out, or watching Virginia Tech sports!

Dennis Aligno

Principal Consultant

Holly Davies

Client Solutions Specialist

Jayasri Akella

Sr Data Scientist

Kirsten Pruitt

Client Success Manager

Dennis brings over 20 years of experience in systems analysis and design, system and application development (desktop, mobile, web, client-server), data modeling, database design and management and client-server administration spanning multiple industries that include technology, banking, security, pharmaceuticals, energy, logistics, and retail.

He is owner of one U.S. Patent, a Spotfire certified professional and trainer, and holds Google Adwords and Analytics certifications.

At Syntelli, Dennis provides 10 years of experience in Spotfire performing installations, customizations, data visualizations, custom development (JavaScript, IronPython, .NET), and custom application development within Spotfire. He assists senior leadership with data-driven decision making and believes that everything can be deconstructed into its simplest and primitive form with data.

Whether it’s a simple data visualization or a highly intricate system, Dennis applies this “data first” approach in designing any of his solutions. He says, “The solution that you come up with will only be as good as your data and your understanding of it”.

When Dennis isn’t breaking down large datasets, you can find him spending time with his wife, 16-month-old baby girl (#TheDennistator aka #AmoryKim), and 9-year-old chihuahua (#TheMiles aka #Miley). He is especially proud of his growing collection of guitars.

Holly is a Charlotte native who graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Using her Bachelor’s degrees in both Global Health and Business, Holly spent the next four years working in account management and client engagement in a variety of industries, including Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Financial Services. Holly joined Syntelli in 2017, and since then has lead multiple successful teams and projects.

When she isn’t championing every project, you can find her reading a book or doing yoga.

Jayasri is passionate about finding patterns in data using various statistical, machine learning, and NLP analytics tools.

She is a problem solver with a PhD in Electrical Engineering. At Syntelli, she helps clients by analyzing their data to build models that improve their marketing efficiency, customer targeting, customer service etc.

When she isn’t finding ways to snowball marketing ROI, you can find her translating music compositions from her native language to English!

Communication is the key to great delivery. Kirsten joined Syntelli Solutions in 2016 to bring her delivery experience to clients’ projects and enhance our conversations about data.

Prior to joining Syntelli, Kirsten spent 4 years as VP of Marketing at Healthcare Education Associates and spent another 4 years managing accounts for an advertising agency. She leverages her previous experience to help our clients in the Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors remain progressive in their thinking about what to do with their data.

When Kirsten isn’t delivering awesome projects to our clients, you can find her cheering on our local Carolina Panthers!

Louis Gragnani

Associate Consultant

Maithili Khansaheb

Marketing Analyst

Marcela Madrigal

Administrative Assistant

Mohammad Gorji Sefidmazgi

Data Scientist

Louis graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and joined Syntelli during its early stages of inception.

He works on full-stack application development, machine learning, dashboarding, BI, and server administration. Louis’ special interest lies in Natural Language Processing and possesses an exceptionally brilliant skill in building chatbots.

When Louis isn’t tearing through lines of code, you can find him writing fiction.

Maithili moved from Baltimore to Charlotte upon obtaining an M.S. in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University to join Syntelli in 2017. With her passion for business and technology, she seamlessly took over our marketing initiatives for digital, social, brand management, advertising, content, and public relations.

Maithili brings over 4 years of marketing experience, having worked with start-ups and multi-nationals in the retail and professional services industries to plan and assist with their digital marketing strategies. During the course of her career, she has also undertaken pro-bono consulting projects in marketing strategy for local non-profits.

Maithili holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mumbai.

When she isn’t channeling her inner creativity, you can find her enjoying her love for music or pursuing her passion for travelling.

Marcela has worn a number of hats during the course of her career in the financial services, health care, shipping and beauty industries. She joined Syntelli in 2012 to provide administrative support, working alongisde the director to coordinate business operations including accounting and finance. Marcela’s attention to detail and quick problem solving skills make her our go-to person for anything and everything. She’s usually the smiling face and friendly voice that will greet you over the phone or in person.

When Marcela isn’t being Syntelli’s very own wonder-woman, you can find her playing volleyball, hiking, cooking for friends, traveling, camping or doing yoga.

Gorji received his PhD from North Carolina A&T State University and worked in the capacity of a post-doc associate at the University of Arizona. He joined Syntelli in 2016 and has successfully completed several projects in the areas of Machine Learning, Econometric Modeling and Statistical Analysis.

Gorji has also worked on other data science projects in academia, climate change, genomics and intelligent vehicles. He has published about 30 papers!

When Gorji isn’t creating super models, you can find him watching soccer and learning about the history of different countries.

Moyosore Lawal

Data Science Associate

Neeraj Khatri

Sr Analytics Associate

Shreyansh Thanvi

Analytics Associate

Thibaut Taquet

Analytics Associate

Providing solutions that enhance business competitiveness and enable companies achieve their goals leveraging on data is what Moyo stands for. She has worked with data in a number of ways and has a well-grounded understanding of the data lifecycle.

As a Data Scientist/Engineer, she has managed several successful projects building and implementing predictive models. She earned her M.S. in Data Science and Business Analytics degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

When Moyo isn’t building dynamite models, you can find her spending quality time with friends and family, reading, planning and contributing to the community.

A programmer at heart, Neeraj brings in experience from a wide range of tools and technologies. During his early career, he worked on several end-to-end projects to develop software systems from scratch with the Design & Architecture, Development and Testing phases.

He moved into the analytics space with his experience in Tibco Software, as the Lead Analytics Spotfire Consultant at an offshore location. Over the years, he has developed his knowledge in data analytics with experience in several Analytics Tools and Databases.

Neeraj completed his Master’s in Computers & Distributed Systems from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and Bachelor’s in Engineering from India.

When Neeraj isn’t developing amazing software, you can find him spending time with his family and kids.

Shreyansh works with Syntelli’s Customer Information and Analytics team to determine business requirements, mine data from multiple sources, and perform data visualization and reporting to help our clients achieve their business goals.

With an M.S. in Information Technology from University of North Carolina specializing in Data Analytics, he enjoys working with large amounts of data, facts, and figures and using them to make informed decisions.

When Shrey isn’t running detailed reports, you can find him playing cricket, exploring new places and spending time with his friends and family.

Originally from France, Tebow (or Thibaut) joined Syntelli in 2015 as an intern, while pursuing his MBA in Finance from Winthrop University. Soon after obtaining his MBA with honors, he came on board full-time data wizard at Syntelli. In addition to being a former racecar driver, Tebow managed the U.S. branch of a private French school group and was a project lead for one of Las Vegas’ top attractions.

With a background in business and graphic design, Tebow is a great asset to Syntelli’s project management and data visualization teams. His hard working personality, dedication, and attention to detail guarantee great deliverables.

When Tebow isn’t creating beautiful visualizations, you can find him running half-marathons in under 100 minutes!

Tyler Hickey

Analytics Associate

Vishwas Subramanian

Analytics Associate

Volta Voloshin

Marketing Consultant

Walter Ewald

Business & Technical Solution Strategist

Tyler grew up in Geneva, Illinois and graduated from Davidson College in 2016. While at Davidson, he studied mathematics and performed independent research on the applications of data science in sports. Through this experience, Tyler developed a passion for the application of data analytics and data science in a variety of industries.

At Syntelli, he has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of analytics use cases, leveraging various BI tools, API’s, and data platforms.

When Tyler isn’t professing his love for data, you can find him writing, serving as a pilot for the US Bobsled team, and training for the next Winter Olympics in Beijing, China in 2022!

Vishwas provides solutions to big data problems like real-time streaming data, Traditional SQL vs NoSQL, Hadoop or Spark, Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) vs Personal Cluster. His focus is on analyzing and providing optimum solutions for business use cases.

Prior to working at Syntelli, Vishwas was a Research Assistant at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While at UNC Charlotte, Vishwas worked on integrating Big Data with Mobile Devices (IoT) and Deploying Language Classifier on a Pseudo Distributed Spark Cluster.

Vishwas received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests are Spark development, Visual Analytics, Android Devices, Machine Learning.

When Vishwas is not providing incredible big data solutions to our clients, you can find him hiking, playing soccer and travelling.

Volta is a demand generation and marketing automation consultant, with over 7 years of professional experience.

She possess extensive experience and knowledge with developing strategy and implementing marketing campaigns across multiple industries. Alongside inbound efforts, Volta also gained experience in generating qualified leads by way of paid media (Facebook Advertising, Google Adwords, LinkedIn Advertising).

Her current and past certifications include: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot Marketing, Email Marketing, Inbound Sales, Inbound CRM and Google Analytics. Volta received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from the University of Alabama, and her graduate degree in Business Administration from Troy University.

When she isn’t rolling deep in leads, you can find her traveling and painting.

Walter obtained a Bachelors, a Masters and completed all his PhD coursework in Engineering specializing in what is now today called Data Science. He obtained his MBA from NYU. Walter’s experience includes hands-on Data Science, website development consulting, owning and running a background screening company, and running the Technology and Complex Operations as a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Sterling Backcheck, which is now the largest background checking company in the United States. He maintains his hands-on programming and database expertise.

When Walter isn’t generating value out of data, you can find him playing on an ice hockey team with his son who is in college.

Will Bray

Engagement Manager

Having spent the last decade building, optimizing, and selling companies, Will is uniquely qualified to tackle any challenge.

He is experienced with system analysis and consolidation, vendor analysis, M&A, digital strategy, technology strategy, and operational processes. Will has worked across a multitude of industries including consumer goods, retail, digital media, print media, healthcare, insurance, and financial services.

Formerly a VP of Technology, Will joined Syntelli Solutions in 2018, in charge of improving and driving delivery across their portfolio. He helps lead our consulting teams and foster the relationships with fortune 500 clientele.

Will holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.