MEET THE DATASEERS TEAM
Adwait, as his name suggests is a truly unique individual. The Adwaita philosophy by the world guru Adi Shankaracharya, defines Adwait as a non-dual (no one like him exists in this universe), this is especially true if you know Adwait, his creativity, passion and personality is quite addictive and makes a long-lasting impression on anyone who crosses paths with him.
Adwait was not only a straight-A student in school but was always interested in business opportunities, from simple projects like collecting a group of kids from the neighborhood and building lanterns to setting up a sugarcane juice stand, he was always the leader. When he was 15 years old he won a scholarship and learned C++. This exposure made him start his first company at the age of 15, AD’s Computers, was extremely profitable and paved a path for Adwait’s future; not only giving him the right exposure but also making enough money to pay for his education. While at University at Buffalo, Adwait’s thesis on Visualization Techniques for Anthropometric Data made the concept of Universal Design easy and became a very important part of UB’s research for the next 10+ years. One might say Adwait has a Midas touch because whatever he touches turns into gold. Just out of a passion for music he started a 501c3 in 2004 which has grown to be the largest resource for Indian Music on the entire Internet. Under his leadership, this organization has created a strong platform with 40,000 registered members from 140 countries.
Adwait’s IT career in the US began with Fisher Price where he spent his summer creating tools for mechanical engineers to speed up the design of toys and he was successful in automating a lot of trivial tasks. He then went on to work at Intel where he was given a challenge that had not been solved before, migrating a 3d visualization software to a 64-bit architecture. He not only took that challenge but strenuously worked towards finishing the project and won an award for doing it 4 weeks ahead of schedule. That’s when Adwait found his passion for IT, and it was simple to create solutions to automate tedious manual processes. He believes in the philosophy of complex problems can be solved with simple solutions. For more than a decade now, Adwait has been working with various verticals solving their Data problems. He has tremendous expertise in big data and analytics. After a successful exit in 2016, he is back in the startup mode. His latest venture DataSeers, is a startup focused on RegTech and helping FinTech companies with Reconciliation, Compliance, Fraud, and Analytics. The product has been so majorly successful that within the first year the company is already profitable and winning awards. LexisNexis recently awarded DataSeers an Award for creating a truly unique solution in the market space that uses HPCC Technology.
Gracie Ortiz is the VP of Operations at DataSeers. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the industry including over fifteen years of sales management and twelve years of program management. Gracie also brings an additional nine years working in global markets to implement sales and program management. Gracie brings a diverse background having been recruited by Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC)out of University to provision Oracle implementations and program management for diverse fortune 500 companies such as; UPS, BellSouth and SAS institute. In this stead she was recognized as a top performer from the Global Chairman of PwC. She continued her career path working with a number of companies until Adwait Joshi recruited her for her present position.
Gracie has been in the Know Your Customer, Know your business industry for over three years in a number of silos. Her primary focus has been on international business where she has developed strong relationships in the GCC and the far East. Gracie is a passionate advocate for the Colon Cancer Council and serves on the Policy Committee Board. Gracie is a graduate of Florida State University where she received a Management Information Systems Degree. She also received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Gracie also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Jerry Uffner is the Chief Revenue Officer of DataSeers. Most recently he served as the Senior Vice President, Head of Business Development, Prepaid and Government Services at FIS. From 2017 to 2020, he was the Senior Vice President, Group Executive, Prepaid for FIS, heading up the Prepaid Line of Business at FIS. Jerry had a previous tenure at FIS from 2012 to 2014, where he led a Business Development group that targeted, negotiated and closed several large, complex FinTech and prepaid client accounts.
He has been in the payments industry since 1988, helping pioneer the prepaid payments industry in the mid 1990’s and brings decades of relevant payment industry experience to DataSeers. Previously Jerry was also the President and CEO of FirstView Financial, LLC and TransCard, LLC, both prepaid Program Managers and processors. He also has held senior management positions at payment companies First Data, Comdata and InComm during his career.
Gurjot Kaur Bandasha
“What you do today defines what you will be tomorrow” has been the driving force for Gurjot. After completing her Bachelors, she worked in the banking sector for about 1.5 years. Though it was a short tenure, her extraordinary abilities of technical delivery and intellect fetched her a “Star Performer Award”.
Gurjot always had the zeal and desire to learn, grow and excel in not just her domain of work, but in a broader spectrum of the IT landscape. Following her dreams and ambition, she went ahead and pursued her Masters’ degree in Computer Science. This was one of her crucial career milestones that marked the beginning of her scintillating IT Career in the US.
Post her graduation, she embarked on her first full time engagement with a startup – ‘MTS’ as a Database developer. She was a lone warrior in her firm wherein even without the required guidance or path-setting from a mentor, she strived and set her own growth path, envisioning where she wants to be after a decade. The MTS leadership appreciated her for expert handling and delivery of a critical and time-sensitive project that went on to generate notable revenue and credibility for the firm. In simple words, she is one of her kind who make their own fortune by endless commitment, hard work, persistence to succeed, and most importantly, a never-give-up attitude.
As the next step of advancement, she took up a golden opportunity and teamed up with DataSeers, where she is getting to work with esteemed masterminds such as Mr. Joshi (Adwait)
At DataSeers, she has continuously been shifting gears and working in multiple capacities, contributing immensely towards the firm’s initiatives and engagements. She absorbed the learning curve in a short span and making strides being a big data developer in ECL and gaining momentum on HPCC Systems platform.
With the pace of learning and grasping abilities that she showcased since the start of her professional career, she has today worked her way up to the ability of managing projects and teams and successful in-time delivery. She received notes of appreciation from her clients that stand as milestones to her impeccable work ethic.
Learning is a never-ending process in life. She respects it and aims to continue learning and acquiring further more capabilities, credentials, valuable technology knowledge, and ultimately, the wisdom to life a complete life. Knowledge is power!
David Pattillo has led companies through international expansions and successful IPOs on both the U.S. and London Stock Exchanges. Currently, David is a Board Member/Audit Committee Chair at Endava (NYSE: DAVA), a London-based IT services company with more than 7,500 employees and multiple offices throughout Europe, as well as North and South America. Endava completed an IPO on the NYSE in 2018 and has a market cap of over $4.5 Billion. Previously, he has been CFO for three different companies which transitioned from private-to-public under his financial leadership. David holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and a BS from Clemson University.
John A. Reed
John A. Reed served from July 1, 2013 to November 8, 2019 as the Global Chief Information Officer for FLEETCOR Technologies Inc. In his CIO role, Mr. Reed was responsible for all aspects of product development, system development, global infrastructure, acquisition integration, IT operations, information security, communications, contracts, and IT finances.
From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Reed served as Chief Architect for First Data with responsibility for application R&D, company-wide business Intelligence and Big Data management and creating a world-class architecture as a service organization spanning First Data global locations.
Prior to 2009, he served as in various senior technology leadership roles for Unisys, Zurich Financial, Bank of America, and MBNA. From 1997 to 2000, he was the President and Managing Director for Business Innovations Inc., a financial services technology consulting company.
Jeff Lewis has over 20 years of Payment Industry experience and knowledge in Networks, card processing, payment processing and program management disciplines. He has worked at InComm, Discover, FIS and Metavante with a strong background in technology, regulatory and payment processing.
Naveen Velumani is a vibrant and enthusiastic person who likes to learn and implement new things in his life and work. He has an Information Technology master’s degree to his name from Illinois’ Institute of Technology Chicago. As soon as he graduated he got an opportunity to work with Dataseer’s as a short-term intern. He quickly proved his value and secured himself a full-time position with the company as a BIG Data Developer. The team fondly refers to him as “Thambi” (a word meaning “younger brother” in the India-based Tamil language). He created a large majority of the reports that run through the FinanSeer appliance every day for our clients. He is the go-to man for Linux scripts and has automated all processes to set up a cluster and secure it for Dataseer’s. His zest to learn new things makes his life more interesting, happier and occupied.
‘Adaptation is the cornerstone to evolution’ has always been the driving force behind Dhayabaran. Fondly referred to as ‘Dhaya’, he is a data scientist who firmly believes that in this technology-driven world, great things could be achieved by working with data and the possibilities are endless. Dhaya has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Industrial engineering with a major focus in operations research, statistics, machine learning, and deep learning.
While pursuing his master’s degree, Dhaya was a researcher in the Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) where he worked on pattern recognition in large traffic/parking datasets using matrix factorization algorithms. His internship at Inference analytics was his breakthrough into the professional world of data science. He worked on modeling and classifying radiology reports through classic NLP and ML models. After this brief stint, he joined Dataseers Inc. as a full-time Data Scientist. His current work includes research and building models for anti-money laundering, fraud detection, and pattern recognition in bank transactions.
He’s a huge soccer fan (KTBFFH), loves rock/metal music and likes watching cooking TV shows.
Vannel Zeufack is a computer passionate whose dream is to see technology at the service of every human being. He enjoys learning, improving, and tackling challenging problems. In Fall 2020, he graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University. Through his curricular programs and internships at RELX Inc., he got exposed to both full stack development and data analytics. Being attracted by FinanSeer, the definitive solution to banking and fintech data issues, he is now an ETL developer at DataSeers.
Micah is passionate business professional with strong ties to the very community that DataSeers calls Home. Raised in Alpharetta, GA, Micah went through the entirety of her grade schooling only miles from the new DataSeers office on Windward Plaza. For university, she spent 4 years at Southern Polytechnic State University studying Architecture with a Minor concentration in Spanish before attending Kennesaw State University, earning a BA in World History and Cultures with a Public History Certificate. Following a passion near and dear to her heart, Micah moved to England to study Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath, UK, receiving her Masters Degree. Upon her return to the States, she began her career in management – starting with a program for domestic violence victims. She then moved on to become the Director of a Main Street Program, an Economic Development Manager for a larger Metro Atlanta city, and a Business Development Manager, before finding a home as the Manager of Business and Product Development at DataSeers.
Bozhana (Bobbie) Dimitrova is a marketing strategist at DataSeers. Bobbie is a dedicated professional with more than 10 years of experience in journalism and digital media. Always expanding her subject knowledge, her writing has allowed her to blossom in a career of broadcasting and online/news media covering a wide spectrum of topics. She has a Bachelors Degree in Bulgarian Philology and Journalism and also holds a degree in Television Production Technology. She also has experience in developing and implementing modern marketing strategies and for popularizing products and startup companies. She has always been passionate about technology and branding, and that’s what attracted her to DataSeers.
Joo Hee Bennett
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