Chief Executive Officer
Ware Sykes is the CEO of NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants. Since he joined the company in 2013, NoWait has grown from seating 700,000 guests every month to 5 million, and boasts 50 million overall. In early 2014, NoWait launched its consumer-facing guest app, which is now available at casual-dining restaurants in all 50 states and in every major metropolitan area across the country.
Over his 16-year career, Ware has generated dramatic growth in technology-enabled networks, and is replicating that success with NoWait. Leveraging his experience with general management, product development, B2B and B2C marketing, sales and operations, he is enabling NoWait to reach its potential, which has grown exponentially since his arrival. A highly sought-after industry pundit, Ware has been featured by TechCrunch, USA Today, FOX Business Live and Reuters.
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.
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 President and Chief Product Officer of NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants, which he founded in 2010. Since launching the company, NoWait has grown from seating 700,000 guests every month to 5 million, and more than 50 million overall. In early 2014, NoWait launched its consumer-facing guest app, which is now available at casual-dining restaurants in all 50 states and in every major metropolitan area across the country.
Outside of the office, Robb is a frequent speaker at Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater, and an active advisor to emerging start-ups at AlphaLab and Startup Weekend. He also has authored two patent-pending innovations for his product developments at NoWait. A highly sought-after industry expert, he has been interviewed for Entrepreneur Magazine, 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. Additionally, he has earned a PMP certification and LEAN 6 Sigma Green Belt. A 2013 Fast Trackers Award recipient, Robb has been honored as a leader from Pittsburgh's business community who are under age 40.
James Belt is the Principal Architect and Director of Information Architecture for NoWait, the first and only mobile network for casual-dining 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 first and only mobile network for casual-dining 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 first and only mobile network for casual-dining restaurants. He co-founded the company in 2010.
Luke brings nearly a decade of experience spanning consumer packaged goods and the hospitality industries, where he focused on front-of-house service and management in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Previously, he worked for five years at Ferrero SpA, a world-renowned 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.
In June 2014, Pittsburgh Business Times honored Luke among the region's 40 most outstanding business leaders under the age of 40 for his significant achievements. Additionally, he has been profiled by KDKA-TV (CBS Pittsburgh), G/O Digital and Social Restaurant Podcast.
Luke holds a BA in economics and Italian from the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
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.
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.