Converus Management Team
Experts in Business, Market Development,
Software & Technology
We help customers create a culture of integrity and honesty.
President & CEO
Todd Mickelsen has more than 25 years of high tech senior management experience in business development, sales and product management at start-ups and established software giants, including Microsoft. Prior to joining Converus, Todd was Director of Product Management at Ancestry.com, responsible for the definition and delivery of a new family history software platform. As a co-founder of NextPage, a provider of search and content networking software, he also served as the Managing Director of NextPage Europe Ltd., overseeing the EMEA business out of the London office. As VP of Business Development at FAST Search, a leader in enterprise search technology, he helped grow the company to more than $100 million in revenue — leading to an acquisition by Microsoft for $1.2 billion. At Microsoft, Todd provided product direction for Microsoft’s enterprise search products. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing and business from Brigham Young University.
Chief Software Architect
Greg Parkinson s a software industry veteran with a long history of engineering and delivering scalable systems and platforms. Greg previously worked as Chief Software Architect at MediConnect Global, where he helped position the company for acquisition by Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq: VRSK) in 2012. Prior to MediConnect, he was the Chief Software Architect at Ancestry.com, where he invented many of the necessary, innovative algorithms for the company’s massive member trees and other proprietary data management solutions. He also helped grow revenue from $12 million to more than $250 million at the time of the company’s IPO in 2010. Greg has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in computer science and mathematics from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he graduated magna cum laude.
VP, Marketing and Operations
Russ Warner has extensive management, marketing, sales, business development, and international experience. He’s worked at many technology companies, including Novell, WordPerfect and Altiris (part of Symantec). Prior to Converus, he was CEO at ContentWatch, makers of Net Nanny, where he achieved the highest level of customer acquisition in company history. Before that, he was Managing Director at SageCreek Partners. He was VP Sales at Alianza Inc., VoIP platform provider in the U.S. and Mexico, where he attained 300% revenue growth in two years. As Director of Sales for Altiris, he established the Latin America division with offices and personnel in five countries — leading to $6 million in revenue and 75 channel partners in four years. Russ received a Bachelor of Science in zoology pre-med and an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.
VP, Worldwide Sales
Neal Harris has almost 30 years of sales and executive sales management experience with high tech start-ups and major technology suppliers. Prior to Converus, Neal was Vice President, Enterprise Sales at Jive; a Global Account Manager at Cisco; and VP of Sales at Foundry Networks (acquired by Brocade for $3 billion). His previous start-up experience includes Packet Engines (acquired by Alcatel for $385 million), Ascend Communications (acquired by Lucent for $23 billion) and SynOptics Communications, the inventor of the most widely deployed networking technology today – 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet. Neal has a Bachelor of Science in international finance from Brigham Young University.
Chief Technology Officer
Ben Stout brings years of experience building industry-leading enterprise systems and managing technology teams. He previously worked as CTO at MediConnect Global. Ben joined MediConnect in its startup phase and played an integral role in designing the scalable software, infrastructure and products that helped grow the company into a 1,000-employee corporation — which sold in March 2012 for $377 million. The applications and workflow processes he developed while at MediConnect are used on a daily basis by some of the country’s largest health and life insurance companies. Ben has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Brigham Young University.
VP, Latin America and Caribbean Sales
Fernando Ferreira has nearly 20 years experience selling and managing sales teams in the telecom, enterprise software and simulation industries in various countries. He previously worked for technology companies such as Alianza, LANDesk, Blackbaud Inc., Imadigi, and Immersive Technologies. While at Immersive, he increased sales by 660 percent in 18 months. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología. Fernando is based in Monterrey, Mexico. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Jeff Pizzino, APR
VP, Corporate Communications
Jeff Pizzino is a spin-free public relations pro who is passionate about authenticity in communications. He began his career in 1987 at Ketchum Public Relations in New York City. His work history includes Johnson & Johnson, the Jefferson Institute, the Gemological Institute of America, The Penta Water Company, Isagenix, and several entrepreneurial ventures. He also owns a PR firm, AuthenticityPR. Jeff’s accomplishments include placing news stories in countless local and national press outlets, preserving corporate reputations, fine-tuning corporate and product messaging, securing celebrity product endorsements, negotiating for product placement on TV shows and in movies, and strengthening corporate culture. He has an M.B.A. in Management from Western International University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Brigham Young University. He’s also earned his APR (Accredited in Public Relations).
Director of Professional Services
Mark Handler is an independent polygraph instructor and consultant. He serves on the board of the American Polygraph Association (APA) and American Association of Police Polygraphists (AAPP). He has published over 50 scientific articles on the topic of polygraph and credibility assessment. In the past, he was a Deputy Sheriff in Conroe, Texas and a U.S. Navy nuclear submariner. Mark previously served on the Converus Advisory Board.
Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy, technological solutions for deception detection. EyeDetect is an alternative technology for deception detection that is accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive. It allows businesses to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and assists law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception.