NoWait Team

Team Members

Evan Addams
Evan Addams
Customer Success
Phil Anderson
Phil Anderson
Product
Ryan Archer
Ryan Archer
Engineering
Kelsey Arena
Kelsey Arena
Customer Success
James Belt
James Belt
Co-founder & Engineering
Jeremy Brockett
Jeremy Brockett
Engineering
Justin Burdett
Justin Burdett
Product
Coleen Cannon
Colleen Cannon
Sales
Brian Cavalier
Brian Cavalier
Engineering
Richard Colvin
Richard Colvin
Co-founder & Engineering
Ted Conley
Ted Conley
Engineering
Domenic Del Nano
Domenic Del Nano
Engineering
Julia Deng
Julia Deng
Operations
Stacy Dougherty
Stacy Dougherty
Customer Success
Jim Duddy
Jim Duddy
Sales
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Josh Edmiston
Josh Edmiston
Finance
Abby Estock
Abby Estock
Engineering
Abby Fischer
Abby Fischer
Product
Adam Gerson
Adam Gerson
Operations
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Samatha Glaser
Samatha Glaser
Product
Daniel Gorziglia
Daniel Gorziglia
Engineering
Andrew Hain
Andrew Hain
Analytics
Sophie Halasowski
Sophie Halasowski
Customer Success
John Hann
John Hann
Engineering
Chris Hayek
Chris Hayek
Analytics
Rich Henderson
Rich Henderson
Engineering
Kate Holloway
Kate Holloway
Design
Ken Hughes
Ken Hughes
Customer Success
Graham Johnston
Graham Johnston
Finance
Harry Karatassos
Harry Karatassos
Engineering
Haritha Kuvari
Haritha Kavuri
Engineering
Kelly Kilgour
Kelly Kilgour
Analytics
Joe Lipple
Joe Lipple
Product
Zac Lissauer
Zac Lissauer
Marketing
Alexander Lucas
Alexander Lucas
Operations
Kevin Manley
Kevin Manley
Marketing
Leann Manning
Leann Manning
Design
Jaclyn Montgomery
Jaclyn Montgomery
Customer Success
Dylan Morgan
Dylan Morgan
Marketing
Collette Naddeo
Collette Naddeo
Administrative
Bill O'Rourke
Bill O'Rourke
Sales
Ian Paterson
Ian Paterson
Engineering
Luke Panza
Luke Panza
Co-founder & Marketing
Brittany Pearson
Brittany Pearson
Customer Success
Andrew Peters
Andrew Peters
Engineering
Charles Phipps
Charles Phipps
Engineering
Patrick Pinkerton
Patrick Pinkerton
Engineering
Jake Radziwon
Jake Radziwon
Customer Success
Chris Riley
Chris Riley
Engineering
Beth Hanus
Beth Rochmann
Customer Success
Bill Rodella
Bill Rodella
Design
Evan Schell
Evan Schell
Sales
Michael Schuett
Michael Schuett
Engineering
Ware Sykes
Ware Sykes
CEO
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Dean Thompson
Dean Thompson
CTO
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Lauren Urbschat
Lauren Urbschat
Marketing
Samuel Vogt
Samuel Vogt
Sales
Amin Vora
Amin Vora
Marketing
Dennis Walker
Dennis Walker
Sales
Jonathan Warner
Jonathan Warner
Sales
Peter Weon
Peter Weon
Product
Kurt Werner
Kurt Werner
Operations
Steph Wirtz
Steph Wirtz
Design
Chris Wisner
Chris Wisner
Customer Success
BethAnn Witmer
BethAnn Witmer
Sales
Mitch Young
Mitch Young
Sales
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Executive Team

Ware Sykes

Ware Sykes

Chief Executive Officer

Ware Sykes is the CEO of NoWait, the first mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which boasts thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers in its network. Last year, NoWait launched the first-of-its-kind, anti-reservation guest app for consumers, which improves the dining experience by giving back the most important thing in peoples’ lives – their time. NoWait’s technology is a win-win for the restaurant industry.

Throughout his career, Ware has generated dramatic growth in technology-enabled networks. Leveraging his experience, NoWait has grown exponentially. In 2014, NoWait raised $10 million in Series B funding and was awarded “Startup of the Year” in Pittsburgh.

Ware has been featured by Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, USA Today, FOX Business Live, and Reuters. Additionally, he has been a speaker at the Restaurant Leadership Conference and Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a mentor and competition-judge, respectively, for startup accelerator AlphaLab and Columbia Business School. Previously, Ware was an executive at TheLadders, the online and mobile job-matching service, where he was responsible for building multiple business lines.

Ware holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial studies from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Hamilton College.

Dean Thompson

Dean Thompson

Chief Technology Officer

Dean Thompson is the Chief Technology Officer of NoWait, the first mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which boasts thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers in its network. He is responsible for advancing the company’s technology and strengthening its technology team.

A seasoned entrepreneur with expertise in software startups, recommendation systems, architectural leadership, adaptive computation, predictive modeling, and transaction-processing systems. Dean most recently, served as Director of Engineering and, then, Principal Architect at LinkedIn. His responsibilities ranged from managing the development of LinkedIn's first successful news product, LinkedIn Today, to leading the engineering for the "LinkedIn for Volunteers" platform.

During his nearly 30-year career, Dean has been a founder or leader for numerous Pittsburgh-based startups, including mSpoke (acquired by LinkedIn), Transarc (acquired by IBM); e-Transport (acquired by Descartes); Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy); and Medebiz (merged with Moai Technologies). In addition, he spent five years as Principal Software Engineer at MAYA Design Group, a Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary product-design firm. Presently, he serves as a Board Member of Astrobotic Technology, Inc., which aims to win the Google Lunar X Prize by completing the first commercial lunar landing in 2015.

Dean holds a B.S. in Applied Math and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also worked as a Senior Research Programmer in the Computer Science Department for several years.

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

Acting Chief Financial Officer

John McCarthy has more than 20 years' experience in financial management for startups and publicly traded companies. His expertise includes financial planning & analysis, restructurings & turnarounds, M&A, capital raising, and corporate development, as well as leading transformation in challenging situations.

Over the past 10 years, John has provided strategic CFO/COO services on a full-time and interim basis for VC- and private equity-backed technology startups including Etsy, Makerbot, Behance, Dashlane, Ghostery, and 20x200.com. Most recently, he joined NoWait as Acting Chief Financial Officer.

Previously, John held several senior positions, including acting CFO and SVP, Sales & Corporate Development, for Globix Corporation, a hosting and managed-services provider, during its successful restructuring through bankruptcy. Prior to Globix, he held financial and general management positions with Young & Rubicam, United Technologies, and LaunchCenter 39 (LC39), New York's full-service incubator for startups.

John holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in international studies from Wharton's Lauder Institute, and a BA from Connecticut College in Asian Studies. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Jim Duddy

Jim Duddy

Vice President of Enterprise Sales

Jim Duddy is the Vice President of Enterprise Sales for NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which he joined in 2014. He is responsible for growing the number of subscribing restaurants nationwide and spearheading localized sales efforts.

Prior to NoWait, Jim worked with several early-stage companies in various sales- leadership roles. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President of Sales for NYC-based Jibe, which provides corporate talent-acquisition teams a cloud-based, recruitment- marketing platform to transform hiring and improve the candidate experience. Before Jibe, Jim worked for six years at the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn – both pre-and post-IPO – serving as Director of Sales in the Sales Solutions and Search & Staffing divisions.

Jim started his career working for Allegis Group, the largest privately held staffing company in the United States, where he discovered his passion for building high- performance sales organizations while working at high-growth companies including TEKsystems and Mentor 4.

Jim holds a B.S. from Seton Hall University and also completed the Wharton Executive Leadership course, "Leading an Effective Sales Organization."

Adam Gerson

Adam Gerson

Vice President of Operations

Adam Gerson is the Vice President of Operations for NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which he joined in 2014. He is responsible for building out operations to help support company growth.

Prior to NoWait, Adam was General Manager, New York City, for Hailo, a global technology platform that matches taxi and black-car drivers with passengers through its mobile applications. Additionally, he led operations for another NYC-based startup, Efficiency 2.0 (acquired by C3 Energy), which offers consumers and small businesses personalized advice, tools to help track progress, and rewards for reducing their energy consumption.

Before becoming an operations leader for technology startups, Adam was a management consultant for Katzenbach Partners (acquired by Booz & Co.), serving clients on strategy and organization priorities, as well as operations. Also, he served on a special task force at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that created and delivered a national broadband plan to Congress in 2010. Earlier in his career, Adam provided consulting and financing services to social entrepreneurs, globally, through his work at New Sector Alliance and Ashoka.

Adam holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Harvard University.


Board of Directors

Ware Sykes

Chief Executive Officer

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Robb Myer

Robb Myer

Robb Myer is a Board Member of NoWait, which he founded in 2010. A frequent speaker at Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater, he is an active advisor to emerging start-ups at AlphaLab and Startup Weekend. Additionally, he has authored two patent-pending innovations.

Previously, Robb spearheaded product for EBDS, an employee-benefits and consumer-health subsidiary of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. In this role, he helped the CEO raise $10 million to re-focus the company on emerging consumer-focused, health-spending accounts, with its products becoming the company's fasting-growing, highest-margin offerings. Earlier in his career, Robb worked as an application engineer, program manager and venture-investment associate at Agilent Technologies in Palo Alto, CA, as well as a communication engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, FL.

Robb holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida. Additionally, he has earned a PMP certification and LEAN 6 Sigma Green Belt.

Sean Ammirati

Sean Ammirati

Sean Ammirati is an entrepreneur with experience building business both in the media and software industries. As ReadWriteWeb's COO over the last two years, he helped the publication develop into one of the most influential sites on the Internet about the future of technology and innovation. In December 2011, recognizing the influential and strong business, the company was acquired by SAY Media.

Prior to ReadWriteWeb, Sean was Co-founder and CEO of mSpoke which was the first acquisition of LinkedIn.

Sean remains an active advisor to a number of Pittsburgh startups and an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University.

Chris Olsen

Chris Olsen

A native of Cincinnati, Chris built his career investing in emerging technology and healthcare companies. Prior to founding Drive Capital Chris was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 6 years, and before that an investor with Technology Crossover Ventures. His first job out of school was on the professional squash circuit where he quickly learned he was better suited to work with entrepreneurs.


Advisors

Lisa Hagendorf

Lisa Hagendorf

Senior Strategist, PR & Communications

Lisa Hagendorf is a top-level communications executive with nearly two decades of experience, working with iconic global brands, and specializing in small start-up and more established tech companies. Her brand roster includes in-house leadership positions at TheLadders, Playboy, and Zinio, and her clientele at Edelman includes Netflix. In 2013, Lisa founded her own agency, Centerpiece Public Relations, providing expertise on communications strategies, media relations, and brand positioning. She offers her clients a unique combination of communications expertise, media know-how, and boundless enthusiasm.

Previously, Lisa was the Vice President of Public Relations at TheLadders, a leading online and mobile job-matching service for career-driven professionals, where she provided executive leadership on PR, corporate communications, and events. Prior to TheLadders, Lisa served as Director of Corporate Communications for U.S. magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi (until it was acquired by Hearst), and then seamlessly transitioned to its parent company’s mobile-content division, Cellfish Media. Additionally, she was Vice President of Public Relations for Zinio, the world's largest publisher of digital magazines.

From 2003-2008, Lisa was the Director of Public Relations for digital media and global licensing at Playboy Enterprises, where she spearheaded publicity for Playboy.com and Playboy Mobile, as well as Playboy-branded products, respectively. During this time, she was based in the UK for two years, where she launched the first London office. Lisa started her career at Edelman, where she worked in the consumer groups in both New York and San Francisco, managing the Netflix account.

Lisa earned a BA in English from Penn State University and currently lives in New York City.