Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa, Founder & CEO
Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa is Founder and CEO of Gaviri Technologies. He has over 20 years of management and technical experience in building mission-critical, customer-facing information retrieval systems.
Prior to founding Gaviri Technologies, Dr. Akaezuwa worked as Director of Digital libraries at Elsevier where he was involved in developing the world's largest science, technology and medical online information retrieval system. While at Elsevier, he also was Director of the IT Consulting group that developed information systems worldwide for corporate, academic and government clients. Before joining Elsevier, Dr. Akaezuwa was Advanced Technology Manager for all of Dow Jones and Company’s information retrieval systems. In 1995, Dr. Akaezuwa became an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, where he taught senior level courses in Management Information Systems at the School of Business.
Dr. Akaezuwa graduated with a Ph.D in Information Systems and Structures from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He has received numerous awards for his work in information retrieval and has two patent-pending applications on portable search technology and on search-based file management, synchronization and encryption protocols. Dr. Akaezuwa is a founding Trustee of the Global Literacy Project - www.glpinc.org, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing literacy to underprivileged regions of the world.
Darrell W. Gunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Collexis
Darrell W. Gunter, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Collexis is a Gaviri Board member. Darrell is responsible for Collexis' worldwide strategy and marketing to support the company's short- and long-term objectives.
Darrell W. Gunter graduated from Seton Hall University with a BS in Business Administration in 1981 before going on to receive his MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1991. He is a global executive and has extensive experience in the strategic development of new and existing business; new products; sales; advertising, staff development and relationship management and overall international business operations. A few of his areas of expertise are Multi-Cultural leadership, Turnaround Management, Strategic Planning, and Solution-Focused Selling. He served as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing for the North America marketplace for the Academic and Government accounts. Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of print and electronic science, technical and medical journals with offices in New York, Amsterdam, Singapore, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. Darrell was recruited as Vice President in 1996 to launch new the Regional Office providing sales and service to Academic, Government and Corporate Markets in North, Central and South America. His team successfully launched ScienceDirect in the Americas. Over this time period, Darrell's team achieved a 70% penetration of the Americas marketplace. Darrell was a key member of top-management team that addressed strategic and operational issues across divisions and responded to competitive threats worldwide.
Thomas M.Coughlin, Board Member
Thomas M. Coughlin is a Gaviri Advisory Board member.T. M. Coughlin has a Bachelor degree in Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota. He also has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Shinshu University in Nagano, Japan. His 25+ years of magnetic recording experience included flexible tape and floppy as well as rigid disk recording at such companies as Polaroid, Seagate Technology, Maxtor, Micropolis, Nashua Computer Products, Ampex and SyQuest. He has been active with IDEMA where he is chairman or a member of several committees. He is a senior member of the IEEE, was publicity chairman of the 1992, 1996, 2002, and 2004 TMRC conferences and is a past chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Magnetics Society, past chairman of the SCV Consumer Electronics Society and current Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section. He is also a member of the Administrative Committee for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. He has organized magnetic recording Symposia from 1997-2002 for IIST at Santa Clara University where he was also an adjunct professor. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society, Association of Computer Machinery, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the American Vacuum Society.
Since 1997 Tom has written market and technology analysis reports and articles including the Digital Entertainment series focusing on data storage and the creation, distribution and reception of entertainment content, Disk Drive Test and Process Equipment Report and various other reports. He has given technology and market assessment presentations at the annual Storage Visions and Creative Storage conferences (which he started and organizes), IDEMA and IIST Symposia and for the IEEE Magnetics Society as well as the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. He has published over 50 articles, reports, technical papers and presentations. He has provided marketing, intellectual property and technology assessments and projections for several data storage technology companies, company analysts, and venture capitalists including Engenio, Network Appliance, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, and The Woodside Fund. In addition he has served as project and general manager for technical projects involving budgets of several million dollars.
Dennis Waid,President Peripheral Research Corporation
Dennis Waid, President, founded Peripheral Research Corp. in 1981, to focus on the technology and market trends of magnetic storage products, and components. Peripheral Research Corp. an industry analyst firm for the Data Storage Industry, organizes industry conferences, and publishes reports and newsletters for the data storage industry. Dennis has 30 years experience in the Data Storage Industry, and has published numerous articles on the industry and industry trends. He has held senior management positions at TRW Systems, Inc., Century Data Systems, and Applied Magnetics Corporation; in Marketing, Finance, and Technical project management. Dennis was a co-founder of General Systems International, Video Systems International, Media Systems Technology, Rosscomp Corp., Strategic Research Corp., and Prolytix Corp., and served as an independent consultant to Freeman Associates for 2 years.