Meet Our Team
As Versaic’s CEO, Burt is responsible for the day-to-day operations, overall company strategy and product development. Burt has served as Versaic’s CEO since 2006 and has extensive experience as a leader in the technology sector. Prior to joining Versaic, he worked as an independent marketing consultant, helping companies identify and market solutions in the technology marketplace. Previously, Burt was co-founder and CEO of GoCampus, Inc., a startup company offering ASP solutions to college campuses for developing e-newsletters targeted to individual faculty, alumni, parents and students. He formerly held the positions of VP and GM of Brand Dialogue, the interactive arm for Young & Rubicam; and Executive Director for Interactive, Landor Associates, also a Young & Rubicam company, overseeing the creation and branding of commercial websites for Fortune 500 customers. Burt has held executive positions in sales and marketing at Apple Computer, Inc., and Eagle River Interactive, and was the Director of Sales Programs at NeXT. Burt graduated cum laude from UC San Diego with a BS in Computer Science.
Kate Purmal is the co-founder of CoPilot Systems, an educational software start-up. She also serves as a board member, advisor and business coach to CEOs and entrepreneurs. In her most recent corporate role, Kate served as Senior Vice President of Digital Content at SanDisk. An expert in launching successful new companies, Kate was co-founder and CEO of the software joint venture U3 (merged with SanDisk in 2007), co-founder of Liquid Machines (acquired by Check Point Software Technologies in 2010), and member of the founding management team at Palm, Inc (acquired by US Robotics in 1995). Kate has consulted for dozens of start-ups and more than twenty large companies including Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, Handspring, Palm Inc., CBS, Verifone, and Clorox. She has also held senior roles in marketing, product marketing, business development, sales, and engineering at Interleaf, Grid Systems, and Computer Associates.
Mark serves as Versaic’s CTO and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his current role, Mark leads the company’s technology strategy. He has been successfully developing and delivering software for over 25 years in a variety of senior engineering, management and executive roles. Mark was most recently the VP of Engineering and Product Development at Log Savvy Corporation, a business intelligence analytics startup in Berkeley, CA. Previous to Log Savvy, he was Director of Software Development at FrontRange Solutions, where he led a team of over 50 developers spread across three continents. As Chief Server Architect, Director of Server Technology and Principal Engineer at Actuate Corp. (NASDAQ: ACTU), Mark took the company through IPO and beyond. Mark was also an engineer at Sun, Fairchild/Schlumberger and Valisys and was a director at Dawn Technologies. After earning his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with High Honors at UC Berkeley, Mark earned his MS in Electrical Engineering at Stanford, and his MBA through American Intercontinental University while also working full time.
Andy has been with Versaic since 2003 and has been instrumental in building Versaic’s leadership position in the sponsorship and philanthropy markets. Over the years, through his extensive knowledge of Versaic’s product architecture and thousands of conversations with clients, Andy has built a solid understanding of how the Versaic platform can be adapted to create the most relevant applications and client solutions. Andy has a knack for bridging client requirements with technology capabilities and works closely with each client to ensure their solution is fully configured to meet and exceed all requirements. He has a well-earned reputation for anticipating client needs and responding with practical solutions. Andy’s role as Director of Client Solutions includes evaluating new product, market and partnership opportunities for best alignment with Versaic strategies. A collaborator and relationship-builder at heart, Andy works closely with Versaic’s strategic partners and clients to expand the breadth and depth of the company’s solution offerings. Andy graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Business Management Economics.
Silvia is a product management leader with extensive experience in leading the conceptualization, development, launch and growth of innovative software products. She is leading Versaic’s product strategy, streamlining the product development process, and client success and engagement strategy. Prior to Versaic, Silvia has held leadership product management roles in a variety of industries - CRM, marketing automation, Fintech, eCommerce, and data management at Salesforce, Strevus, U3 LLC and Epiphany.
Silvia’s passion is fostering corporate social responsibility - to employees, clients, local communities and the environment. She co-founded a company promoting socially responsible consumer businesses making natural, eco-friendly products and following eco-friendly manufacturing practices. She is also working with the Taproot Foundation and BusinessAdvising.org as a consultant to local non-profit and small business organizations to help them thrive and grow.
Barbara is a marketing strategist and leader with a strong track record of creating integrated marketing plans, successfully establishing brands, driving cross-functional programs and launches, and building teams that collaborate effectively to deliver results. Barbara has worked with companies of all sizes in Silicon Valley and across the U.S. and Canada. At Adobe Systems, she led the Digital Imaging marketing team that successfully launched five versions of Photoshop, and introduced hobbyist and consumer versions to those markets. While she was Marketing Director of the Digital Content Business Unit at SanDisk, Barbara worked with music, movie, and television studios to deliver new digital content and services across SanDisk products. As president of B Rice Consulting, she works with companies to drive planning, resourcing and implementation for those in early-stage marketing or want to optimize their current marketing function.
As a Client Success Manager, Tabitha brings experience working with a wide variety of clients ranging from small foundations up to Fortune 500 corporations to the Versaic Team. Tabitha has exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills, learning business needs from the client and advising on how to leverage software solutions to achieve their goals. Prior to joining Versaic, Tabitha worked at MicroEdge in Client Services.
Marci brings extensive experience in relationship management to our Client Success Team. Her background in fundraising and grant seeking uniquely positions her to help her clients reach their CSR objectives. Marci attended Union College in Lincoln, NE. She loves eating and spends her weekends exploring different restaurants in San Francisco.
Daniel brings extensive experience as a Client Service Analyst and Account Manager. His greatest strength is his ability to effectively communicate technical material to both technical and non-technical people, from colleagues to customers. He is a team player, motivated, and skilled at creative problem solving. Over the weekends, he enjoys hiking and being outdoors.
"We set out to do things differently and needed a partner who could team with us to create a system that would help us build impact and accomplish our goals. We found that partner in Versaic.”
Brenner has been with Versaic since 2011 and brings extensive experience in account management and client solutions. In his role as Senior Account Executive, Brenner loves the challenge of figuring out what a prospect cares about most, helping them to save time and focus their philanthropic programs. He graduated from UCLA and is a golf and sports fanatic who spends as much time on the course as possible.
As the manager of outreach efforts for Versaic, Mary Ann is very likely the first person you’ll hear from – or talk with – at Versaic. Mary Ann speaks with senior executives at Fortune 1000 companies on a daily basis to explore the potential value and opportunities associated with automating their program management initiatives for grants, sponsorships, donations and more. She understands that time is precious and makes a point of getting right to the point. At her core, Mary Ann is a connector and ensures that potential clients are matched with the Versaic team member who can review requirements and recommend solutions, quickly and efficiently. A veteran outreach expert, Mary Ann brings many years of experience in project management, account management and team collaboration from companies such as Apple, Adobe and A9 (an Amazon.com company). Her no-nonsense, collaborative approach helps Versaic set the right client-oriented tone from the get-go.
Phil is our senior business director in Australia and Asia, with over 25 years of experience of developing and implementing strategies and tactical initiatives in promotional marketing, sponsorship and community programs in the areas of retail, sport, tourism, health and education. Phil’s business engagements have been with a range of rights owners within major event and exhibition organisations, venues, government departments and marketing agencies and with leading international retail, consumer and business brands from across a number of industry sectors. With experience on both sides of the sponsorship and community program procurement process, Phil has in-depth experience of all stages and facets of evaluating, selecting and creatively activating programs and of utilising knowledge management and software-as-a-service (SaaS) information management platforms. Phil has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Qatar and Singapore and is able to apply this international and local experience to the marketing and partnership programs of his clients.
As the adorable Versaic office mascot, Chloe’s main duties are curling up in her favorite chair and asking to be petted. She was adopted in San Francisco by Andy, Versaic’s Director of Client Solutions, about two years ago. It was love at first sight and she has been the office mascot ever since. While Chloe is a huge fan of lunchtime in the office, her favorite foods are bacon and pork chops and her favorite activity is running at high speed through grassy fields.