Our Leadership Team
Rishi has always wanted to resolve big business problems with data. He founded Syntelli early in his career to provide data analytics and business intelligence consulting services. Since starting Syntelli in 2005, he has grown the company to be a premier provider of end-to-end analytics consulting services.
Syntelli Solutions combines traditional data warehousing principles with big data technologies such as MapR and Hortonworks Hadoop, and visualization strategies that use Tableau and TIBCO Spotfire softwares.
The sources of Rishi’s strong consulting experience include work at Ernst & Young, Oracle, and RBI Solutions in banking, risk management, and engineering positions. These roles have given him a broad view of customers’ concerns and the ability to move big data solutions into mainstream IT infrastructures.
Rishi is also the Founding President of Analytics & Big Data Society in Charlotte. The society contributes to the community by bringing together people from local business and educational institutions to discuss current big data developments.
Rishi received his MBA in Finance from the University of Mumbai and an undergraduate degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Bhopal. He is on the advisory board of the North Carolina Technology Association, member of several non-profits and actively involved in the business community at large. Rishi lives in Charlotte with his wife and children.
Frank brings a proven track record to Syntelli. He’s known as a specialist in designing and executing IT strategies focused on growing businesses. His experience focuses on enhancing the customer experience and simplifying automated business processes. He’s also recognized for large-scale business transformations, big data solutions and application portfolio rationalization, which have business impacts worth millions of dollars.
He is passionate about using big data as a strategic tool that makes businesses more competitive. His mantra: “Data-driven companies will win the fight for a bigger market share.”
His big data experience spans three disciplines:
- Data analytics solutions that provide insights and transform organizations into data-driven cultures.
- The use of big data in business processes, which change conversations with customers in real time.
- Opportunities for companies to create and monetize new data products.
Frank’s life away from the office focuses on community work. He currently serves on the boards of three Charlotte-based organizations:
- IT-ology, an IT career development organization (Chairman of Charlotte branch).
- Opera Carolina, a professional performance, and education organization (Vice Chairman)
- A Child’s Place, a welfare organization for homeless young people (Executive Committee member).
Frank lives in the Charlotte area on Lake Norman with his wife and three children. He recently started a new sport: wake surfing.
Shikha Kashyap is our solutions architecture powerhouse, our go-to expert. She knows that keeping big data solutions simple will help ensure successful deployments. Her belief in the use of agile methods help build high-value deliverables with fast times to market and proven results.
How did she get this know-how?
To start, Shikha has two decades of experience delivering advanced IT solutions. She started at Syntelli in 2005 on Day 1. Her focus was on big data, long before anyone called it ‘big data’. Ever since, her experience has grown within the industry, in data and data analytics, master data management, and architecting Big Data Solutions for her clients.
From proofs of concept to full deployment of Hadoop and visualizations platforms, Shikha helps lead the industry by creating reference designs that consistently deliver successful results. She has also helped her company provide managed analytics services and end-to-end big data infrastructure solutions. She has been actively involved in developing DataRev – the first of its kind geo-contextual platform for data monetization.
Shikha completed her Management Development Program degree from the Harvard Business School in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Delhi Institute of Technology. Shikha is TIBCO™ Spotfire® and MapR certified.
Shikha is actively involved in the community and currently holds the following positions:
- ABD Society Board member (active effort in using data for social good)
- WISE – Professional Development
- Sharing IT Expertise and Working in the Community
Even when Shikha is out of the office, she has IT on her mind. She’s co-chair of the Mongo User Group and owner of the largest data visualization and data science meetup in Charlotte. Shikha is also a board member of the Using Big Data to Stop Human Trafficking initiative. Shikha currently lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children. When she’s not building dynamite IT solutions, she likes to travel and paint.
Mohana brings more than 13 years’ business development, pre-sales, account management, program management experience to his work. He has a strong technology background and has worked in the banking, insurance and telecom industries.
Mohana holds an MBA in Marketing, Managerial Analytics, and Finance from Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Charlotte with his family.
Prior to joining Syntelli, Pete spent over 6 years as CIO of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare where he led the company’s journey into data science and advanced analytics. His work was recognized with a 2017 Blue Diamond Award, and in the Health IT Outcomes magazine.
Pete also held senior-level leadership positions in the technology space at companies including TIAA and Bank of America.
His industry expertise lies in technology management, information security and risk management roles including IT service management, business application portfolios, customer service desk, end-user support, messaging systems, mobile technology, voice and data telecommunications, data centers and technology supplier management.
Pete currently serves on the advisory boards of Appalachian State University Department of Computer Information Systems, Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative, Charlotte Society for Information Management and Montreat College Cybersecurity Advisory Council.
Being a sought-out technology expert, he was selected to write the foreword for Foundstone’s Hacking Exposed – one of the best-selling international computer security publications, and is also a patent holder in the area of risk and control assessment.
Functioning primary on development early in his career, Tom found a very fertile ground to optimize designs by intersecting consulting with software. His key areas of expertise include the deployment of Data Mining, Marketing Analytics, Forecasting and unstructured data quantification methods. Tom holds advanced degrees in Statistics from UNC, Chapel Hill and NC State.
When away from the office, Tom pursues his passion for saltwater fishing which has been a big part of his life since childhood. Tom is also a gifted musician having played guitar at a professional level for over 25 years.
Debborrah has developed strong business relationships with our company’s clients, vendors, and employees to enhance the infrastructure of our company’s operation and cultivate business growth for Syntelli Solutions. Debborrah assists with Syntelli’s Internship Program encouraging our interns to grow personally and professionally, preparing them to take on full-time roles within the company.
Residing in the Charlotte area, she has two children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, Debborrah enjoys reading, cooking, poetry, traveling, volunteering and spending quality time with family and friends.
Javier has presented a numerous technology events like SQL Saturday, PASS Business Analytics and Carolina Code Camp, and has co-authored and reviewed various industry leading whitepapers. He co-founded the Charlotte Business Intelligence User Group, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting technology in the Charlotte community with over 350 active members.
Our Data Wizards
Amit moved into the analytics space about 6 years back and has worked with his Data Science colleagues at Syntelli to deliver efficient and appropriate deliverables to clients.
He completed his Bachelors in Computer Engineering and Masters in Business Administration (Strategy) from India.
When Amit isn’t solving complex problems, you can find him spending time with his twin kids and traveling.
Through multiple roles, Avinash has demonstrated his passion for providing customer-focused attention to all business needs, meeting tight deadlines and applying problem-solving techniques.
Avinash holds an MS in Computer Science from Cumberlands University. He is also a Certifed TIBCO Spotfire 7.x Analyst.
When he isn’t developing data visualizations, he enjoys watching movies, riding motorcycles and listening to music.
Brad is an active blogger and is also an organizer for the Charlotte BI Group, a local PASS chapter in Charlotte, NC.
When Brad isn’t sharing profound Data Science insights, you can find him eating new foods at new restaurants. Being an avid foodie, he hasn’t ordered his own food in years because he always eats what the restaurant staff recommends, no matter what it is!
He is owner of one U.S. Patent, a Spotfire certified professional and trainer, and holds Google Adwords and Analytics certifications.
Whether it’s a simple data visualization or a highly intricate system, Dennis applies this “data first” approach in designing any of his solutions. He says, “The solution that you come up with will only be as good as your data and your understanding of it”.
When Dennis isn’t breaking down large datasets, you can find him spending time with his wife, 16-month-old baby girl (#TheDennistator aka #AmoryKim), and 9-year-old chihuahua (#TheMiles aka #Miley). He is especially proud of his growing collection of guitars.
Prior to joining Syntelli, Ershod spent 10 years in MSP program management for GuideWell/Florida Blue, Fidelity Information Services (FIS), and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. In these roles, he provided thought leadership to his clients and guidance to his teams throughout the US and India. Over the last decade, he has developed a well-respected reputation within the contingent workforce MSP industry with his contracting and consulting vendors through his industry knowledge, collaboration and professionalism.
Ershod holds a MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida. He is a Richmond, VA native and currently resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and two sons.
When he isn’t designing solutions for his clients, Ershod remains active in the Jacksonville community via various fraternal organizations, youth mentoring groups as well as youth sports associations.
Gorji has also worked on other data science projects in academia, climate change, genomics and intelligent vehicles. He has published about 30 papers!
When Gorji isn’t creating super models, you can find him playing soccer and learning about the history of different countries.
Highmansona recently moved from Fargo ND where she grew up, to the Charlotte NC area, and joined Syntelli in 2018. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve the right data solutions they need.
When she is not engaging, or providing solutions for her customers, she enjoys cooking, traveling the world and spending time with her family.
When she isn’t championing every project, you can find her reading a book or doing yoga.
Prior to joining Syntelli, Kirsten spent 4 years as VP of Marketing at Healthcare Education Associates and spent another 4 years managing accounts for an advertising agency. She leverages her previous experience to help our clients in the Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors remain progressive in their thinking about what to do with their data.
When Kirsten isn’t delivering awesome projects to our clients, you can find her cheering on our local Carolina Panthers!
He works on full-stack application development, machine learning, dashboarding, BI, and server administration. Louis’ special interest lies in Natural Language Processing and possesses an exceptionally brilliant skill in building chatbots.
When Louis isn’t tearing through lines of code, you can find him writing fiction.
Maithili brings over 4 years of marketing experience, having worked with start-ups and multi-nationals in the retail and professional services industries to plan and assist with their digital marketing strategies. During the course of her career, she has also undertaken pro-bono consulting projects in marketing strategy for local non-profits.
Maithili also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mumbai.
When she isn’t channeling her inner creativity, you can find her enjoying her love for music or pursuing her passion for traveling.
When Marcela isn’t being Syntelli’s very own wonder-woman, you can find her playing volleyball, hiking, cooking for friends, traveling, camping or doing yoga.
Monica is known to work independently, and is also team oriented and self-motivated. She’s a troubleshooter, decision maker, producer and is capable of building and maintaining great business relationships. Monica has demonstrated excellence in social media sourcing and has a proven success record in implementing recruiting processes – from defining stakeholder requirements through process deployment. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from Radford University and enjoys spending time with her best friend/husband and step-daughter.
When Monica isn’t sourcing excellent talent, you can find her speed walking, doing yoga, water activities, traveling, and reading to further her education.
As a Data Scientist/Engineer, she has managed several successful projects building and implementing predictive models. She earned her M.S. in Data Science and Business Analytics degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
When Moyo isn’t building dynamite models, you can find her spending quality time with friends and family, reading, planning and contributing to the community.
He moved into the analytics space with his experience in Tibco Software, as the Lead Analytics Spotfire Consultant at an offshore location. Over the years, he has developed his knowledge in data analytics with experience in several Analytics Tools and Databases.
Neeraj completed his Master’s in Computers & Distributed Systems from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and Bachelor’s in Engineering from India.
When Neeraj isn’t developing amazing software, you can find him spending time with his family and kids.
He brings over 5 years of expertise in Big Data Analytics as a Big Data Architect, Senior Big Data Engineer and Data Scientist. His past work includes data analysis, architectural design, prototyping, development, integration and testing of applications using Java/J2EE and Endur Technologies.
Raja received his Bachelors in Statistics & Computer Science, and Masters in Computer Science from India.
When Raja isn’t designing advanced analytical solutions, you can find him spending time with his family and children, or traveling around the country. He has visited 14 states in two years.
With an M.S. in Information Technology from University of North Carolina specializing in Data Analytics, he enjoys working with large amounts of data, facts, and figures and using them to make informed decisions.
When Shrey isn’t running detailed reports, you can find him playing cricket, exploring new places and spending time with his friends and family.
He is passionate about succeeding in attaining the right business results, ensuring all engagements are aligned to and delivers on business strategy in order to achieve success to clients.
Sunil holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Northeastern University, Boston and certification in Project Management (PMP).
When he isn’t delivering successful business strategies to our clients, you can find Sunil spending time with his family and kids
Sumit is eager to solve problems and has always been driven by his intellectual curiosity to find answers to the most pressing questions. At Syntelli, he is part of our Business Intelligence team where he assists clients’ in improving their efficiency and forecasting ability. Using his knowledge and hands-on experience in Qlik, he has integrated various API’s and databases to deliver insightful and intuitive business discovery solutions.
When Sumit isn’t analyzing data, you can find him spending time outdoors, playing board games or cricket with friends.
With a background in business and graphic design, Tebow is a great asset to Syntelli’s project management and data visualization teams. His hard working personality, dedication, and attention to detail guarantee great deliverables.
When Tebow isn’t creating beautiful visualizations, you can find him running half-marathons in under 100 minutes!
At Syntelli, he has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of analytics use cases, leveraging various BI tools, API’s, and data platforms.
When Tyler isn’t professing his love for data, you can find him writing, serving as a pilot for the US Bobsled team, and training for the next Winter Olympics in Beijing, China in 2022!
Vinod holds a Masters Degree in Computer & Information Sciences from Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, and a Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from India.
When Vinod isn’t delivering innovative solutions, you can find him playing cricket and volley ball.
Prior to working at Syntelli, Vishwas was a Research Assistant at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While at UNC Charlotte, Vishwas worked on integrating Big Data with Mobile Devices (IoT) and Deploying Language Classifier on a Pseudo Distributed Spark Cluster.
Vishwas received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests are Spark development, Visual Analytics, Android Devices, Machine Learning.
When Vishwas is not providing incredible big data solutions to our clients, you can find him hiking, playing soccer and travelling.
She possess extensive experience and knowledge with developing strategy and implementing marketing campaigns across multiple industries. Alongside inbound efforts, Volta also gained experience in generating qualified leads by way of paid media (Facebook Advertising, Google Adwords, LinkedIn Advertising).
Her current and past certifications include: Inbound Marketing, HubSpot Marketing, Email Marketing, Inbound Sales, Inbound CRM and Google Analytics. Volta received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing from the University of Alabama, and her graduate degree in Business Administration from Troy University.
When she isn’t rolling deep in leads, you can find her traveling and painting.
Walter’s experience includes hands-on Data Science, website development consulting, owning and running a background screening company, and running the Technology and Complex Operations as a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Sterling Backcheck, which is now the largest background checking company in the United States. He maintains his hands-on programming and database expertise.
When Walter isn’t generating value out of data, you can find him playing on an ice hockey team with his son who is in college.
He is experienced with system analysis and consolidation, vendor analysis, M&A, digital strategy, technology strategy, and operational processes. Will has worked across a multitude of industries including consumer goods, retail, digital media, print media, healthcare, insurance, and financial services.
Formerly a VP of Technology, Will joined Syntelli Solutions in 2018, in charge of improving and driving delivery across their portfolio. He helps lead our consulting teams and foster the relationships with fortune 500 clientele.
Will holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.