Chief Executive Officer
Ware Sykes is the CEO of NoWait, the leading mobile waitlisting and seating tool for patrons and casual restaurants. In the past year alone, he has grown the company from 700,000 to more than 3 million monthly diners seated. He joined the company in 2013.
Previously, Ware was the Vice President of Sales & Services for TheLadders, the online and mobile job-matching service, where he led all sales and enterprise marketing. During his six-year tenure, he pioneered "Signature," an unprecedented, systematic program designed to guarantee job offers for job-seeking professionals.
Over his 15-year career, Ware has generated dramatic growth in emerging-technology markets by conceiving, launching and scaling highly successful products and services. His areas of expertise include venture capital, business and corporate development, B2B and B2C marketing, general management, operations, sales, and product and technology development.
Ware holds an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial studies from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Hamilton College.
President and Chief Product Officer
Robb Myer is the Chief Product Officer & President of NoWait, the leading mobile waitlisting and seating tool for casual restaurants. He co-founded the company in 2010.
Currently, Robb is a frequent speaker at Carnegie Mellon University and an active advisor to emerging start-ups at AlphaLab and Startup Weekend. He also has authored two patents, which are pending examination for his innovations at NoWait. A highly sought-after industry expert, he has been interviewed on Bloomberg, Fox News and NPR.
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 Florida.
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. He also has earned a PMP certification and LEAN 6 Sigma Green Belt. Additionally, Robb was a 2013 Fast Trackers Award recipient, which honors leaders from Pittsburgh's business community who are under age 40.
James Belt is the Principal Architect and Director of Information Architecture for NoWait, the leading mobile waitlisting and seating tool for patrons and casual restaurants. He co-founded the company in 2010.
A highly skilled programmer with more than 10 years of experience in software development, James' background covers technologies ranging from cellular data networks to control systems for nuclear power plants. Most recently, James developed embedded software for medical devices as a senior software engineer with Philips Respironics, the leading provider of innovative solutions for the global sleep and respiratory markets. Previously, he worked for firms such as Westinghouse and Hewlett-Packard, where he joined the latter's enterprise storage division and developed web-based, enterprise-management applications for network storage systems.
James holds a BS in computer engineering from West Virginia University.
Director of Application Development
Richard Colvin is the Director of Application Development for NoWait, the leading mobile waitlisting and seating tool for patrons and casual restaurants. He co-founded the company in 2010.
Richard brings seven years of video-game experience, most recently with SilverTree Media, an independent game studio and software developer located in Palo Alto, California. As a senior producer and designer, he developed game systems and user interfaces for Disney's "Pixie Hollow" virtual world. Previously, Richard worked as a game designer with Electronic Arts (EA) in Redwood Shores, CA, focusing on projects such as "Earth & Beyond" and two "Ultima" expansions.
Richard holds a Master of Entertainment Technology degree (MET) from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Director of Marketing
Luke Panza is the Director of Marketing for NoWait, the leading mobile waitlisting and seating tool for patrons and casual restaurants. He co-founded the company in 2010.
Luke brings nearly a decade of experience spanning CPG marketing and the hospitality industry, where he focused on front-of-house (FOH) service and management in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Previously, Luke worked for five years at Ferrero SpA, an Italian manufacturer of chocolates and other confectionary products. As a Brand Manager based in both American and European offices, he focused on new product development where he spearheaded the strategic research and development of various international brands.
Luke holds a BA in economics and Italian from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Product Officer
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.
Seán Sebastian is Birchmere's founding partner, establishing the first fund in 1996. During his 16 years of active venture capital investing, Seán has made multiple successful investments resulting in IPOs and M&A exits. He is actively involved in the development and growth of numerous companies, also serving as a past or current director of CyOptics, Lightningcast, LogicLibrary, MediaSite, ParaData, and Precision Therapeutics.
Seán has over 25 years experience in technology commercialization, management consulting, systems integration, and financial services. He was previously Founder and CEO of The Telford Group, a technology consulting firm to financial services clients. While at General Electric Information Services, he directed advanced technology commercialization activities.
Seán holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
David serves as Managing Director of Steadfast Venture Capital, an early stage investment firm based in New York City. Previously, he led Travelzoo's (NASDAQ:TZOO) global mobile and social business, overseeing consumer and merchant products in six countries, audience growth and P&L management. In 2008, David founded Scoop St., a local commerce company that revolutionized the way we shopped by leveraging the power of group buying online for small businesses and consumers. Featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and CNN amongst others, Scoop St. was recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in the group buying market. Scoop St. was sold in August 2011 to BuyWithMe, Inc. which was subsequently later acquired by Gilt Groupe.
David received his AB with Honors from Georgetown University, lives in Manhattan, and co-organizes Hackers & Founders - a monthly gathering of programmers and founders who "just ship" in the metro area. He also regularly blogs at data.insights.ideas.