Our Team

Our Leadership Team

Rishi Bhatnagar is CEO of Syntelli Solutions Inc., a premium provider of advanced analytics services. He is a powerhouse of all things data, emanating new ideas for making data work! Syntelli stands for ‘Synchronizing Intelligence with Data’.

After working in risk and corporate banking, Rishi found his true calling in consulting and has been solving challenging business problems since the last 20 years. These roles have given him a unique perspective on approaching customers’ use-cases, and the wisdom to bring the right teams to architect and build viable and sustainable solutions.

His passion for modeling and data became the driver, growing Syntelli Solutions to be a pioneering analytics and big-data solution provider. Rishi has assembled a high-performing team that brings deep leadership experience, hundreds of years of business experience, and skilled technologists who orchestrate impressive solutions for our clients. As a result, Syntelli Solutions has garnered several awards for being one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work, in addition to several other accolades won by its executives.

Rishi is also the Founding Chair of the Analytics & Big Data Society (ABDS), which contributes to the community by Using Data for Social Good. The ABD Society forms a community where corporates, practitioners, and educational institutions come together to share ideas, experiences, and use-cases. Rishi serves on many different advisory boards, enjoys playing chess with his son, and hiking with family and friends.

The 28-year career of Syntelli Solutions President, Frank Boncimino, has been all information technology all the time. Frank started his career in technology consulting services at Ernst & Whinney and then became a partner at Ernst & Young (which became Capgemini Ernst & Young). He then served as CIO of Time Warner Cable for 11 years.

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 Syntelli’s CTO and the powerhouse behind architecture decisions and technology direction. She knows that keeping big data solutions simple will ensure successful deployments. Her belief in the use of agile methods helps build high-value deliverables with fast times to market and proven results.

Shikha has two decades of experience delivering advanced IT solutions. 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.

She believes in using big data for social good and is actively involved in the community as board member of the Analytics & Big Data Society in Charlotte. Shikha is also on the communications advisory committee of SIM Charlotte, and is owner of the largest data visualization and data science meetup in Charlotte.

When she’s not building dynamite IT solutions, she likes to travel and paint.

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Mohana Bhrugubanda

VP of Business Development

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Dennis Aligno

Director of Business Intelligence

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David Zou

Director of Data Science

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Cindy Bradley

Assoc Director of Business Development

Mohana has been with Syntelli since 2015, where he’s responsible for sales, account management, client relationships and business partnerships. He’s a force of nature, who’s driven to use sales and partnerships to solve business problems. Mohana believes in integrity-based selling and prefers long-lasting relationships based on successfully delivered projects.

Mohana brings more than 13 years of business development, pre-sales, account management and 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.

Dennis brings over 20 years of experience in systems analysis and design, system and application development (desktop, mobile, web, client-server), data modeling, database design and management and client-server administration spanning multiple industries that include technology, banking, security, pharmaceuticals, energy, logistics, and retail.

He is owner of one U.S. Patent, a Spotfire certified professional and trainer, and holds Google Adwords and Analytics certifications.

At Syntelli, Dennis provides 10 years of experience in Spotfire performing installations, customizations, data visualizations, custom development (JavaScript, IronPython, .NET), and custom application development within Spotfire. He assists senior leadership with data-driven decision making and believes that everything can be deconstructed into its simplest and primitive form with data.

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.

David brings over 25 years of experience in data modeling, predictive analysis, statistical forecasting and supply chain optimization spanning multiple industries that include database consulting, software product development, manufacturing and transportation. David has his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, an MS in Statistics, and another MS in Operations Research, all from the US. He has also been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by PMI since 1999.

He designed and developed the first event-driven database management tool named SQL-SPY that received the Reader’s Choice Award in 1997 while working for CA Technologies.

At Syntelli, David is working with a brilliant data science team that uses logical methods, practical processes, and scientific algorithms to extract knowledge and insights from data.

When David isn’t optimizing large datasets, you can find him spending time with his wife, running and reading.

Cindy joined Syntelli in October 2019 as Associate Director of Business Development focusing on manufacturing. She brings more than 14 years of experience within IT services and has worked with clients as large as Fortune 100. Cindy is passionate about her clients and works hard to provide the best experience possible. Cindy also serves on the CATC’s Blue Diamond Awards sponsorship committee.

When she is not building relationships with our clients, you can find her spending time with her family and friends as well as volunteering with Cancer for College.

Our Data Wizards

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Ashmika Shrungarpure

Data Scientist

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Bojana Zhivkovska

Marketing Specialist

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Grant Emory

Marketing Manager

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Jinal Butani

Data Scientist

Ashmika has a Masters degree in Data Analytics and Bchelors degree in Computer Science. She has worked in the Data Science field for over 2 years now, and has helped a Fortune 500 company leveraging her data analysis and data story telling skills. At Syntelli, Ashmika helps the team build more accurate and efficient predictive models using machine learning. She is looking forward to make a big difference to the organization by applying her skills.

When Ashmika is not extracting information from data, you can find her belly dancing.

Bojana is a certified Marketing and Event Specialist with a background in Economics from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in E-Business. Bojana has a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 4 years. She has created and developed creative marketing strategies for some world’s most recognizable brands. Her strategies helped improve companies’ brand awareness and improved sales. She is also an expert at planning events.

Bojana grew up in Macedonia and when she’s not organizing exciting events, you can find her pursuing her passion for archery, hiking and traveling.

Grant is a data-driven marketer and CX leader who enjoys crafting enriching experiences that foster long-term growth. Through roles in rapidly scaling technology companies and experience in Latin America and Asia, he is accustomed to navigating constant change and learning cultural nuances in order to develop ideal solutions for clients. His track record of strong customer acquisition and retention stems from his ability to continuously improve marketing strategies and work closely with Sales, Product, Design, and Engineering teams.

Grant holds an International MBA from The University of South Carolina and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology & Advertising from The University of Georgia.

When he isn’t leading go-to-market strategy, you can find him sailing on Lake Norman or trying his hand at carpentry.

Jinal is a Data Scientist at Syntelli, and her main area of focus is Business Intelligence. She graduated from UNCC in 2019 with a Master’s in Computer Science, and also holds a Bachelor’s in Information Technology. She has experience with successfully managing several Business Intelligence and Data Science projects. Jinal’s passion lies in extracting knowledge from data through visualizations, and building predictive models.

When Jinal isn’t working with data, you can find her performing classical dance, cooking and exploring the world.

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Ketan Patel

Big Data Administrator

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Kevin Pedde

Principal Consultant

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Kiran Muglurmath

Big Data Architect

Kirsten Pruitt

Customer Success Manager

Ketan has been passionate about technology for as long as he can remember. He first started coding as a kid on the Commodore 64 in the early 80s which lead to a degree in Computer Science and an everlasting journey into IT. Ketan has over 20 years of experience with various technologies, and industries. At Syntelli, he is part of our Data Science engineering team working with Big Data technologies as a Big Data Administrator.​

When he isn’t coding, you can find him spending time with his family, and kids.​

Kevin is a passionate problem solver that comes to Syntelli with 8 years of Data Science and Analytics experience under his belt. During this time, he’s had many success stories of implementing models and solutions to help the companies he works for. In other words, Kevin is known for turning data into dollars. Kevin also comes with strong leadership skills and rich experience building and effectively running Data Science teams. More recently, Kevin was a part of the team that won the 2016 North Carolina Technology Award for Best Use of Analytics and was also a part of two winning hackathon teams here in Charlotte. At Syntelli, Kevin will look to expand the teams Data Science capabilities, help grow and expand client relationships and build a few models.

When Kevin is not building models, you can find him chasing trophy bass, deer in the woods, freshly fallen powder or the perfect wave.

Kiran Muglurmath is a hands on big data architect and data scientist with strategic consulting experience at multiple large corporations working with senior executives. He is an expert in designing and implementing platforms for machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. He has architected and implemented more than 10 end-to-end petabyte scale data pipelines at large corporations like Comcast, T-Mobile and Boeing. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a computer science degree from Bangalore University.

Communication is the key to great delivery. Kirsten joined Syntelli Solutions in 2016 to bring her delivery experience to clients’ projects and enhance our conversations about data.

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!

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Louis Gragnani

Principal Consultant

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Maithili Khansaheb

Sr Marketing Associate

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Marcela Madrigal

Administrative Assistant

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Moyosore Lawal

Sr Analytics Associate

Louis graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and joined Syntelli during its early stages of inception.

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 moved from Baltimore to Charlotte upon obtaining an MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University to join Syntelli in 2017. With her passion for business and technology, she seamlessly took over Syntelli’s marketing initiatives for digital, social, brand management, advertising, content, and public relations.

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.

Marcela has worn a number of hats during the course of her career in the financial services, health care, shipping and beauty industries. She joined Syntelli in 2012 to provide administrative support, working alongisde the director to coordinate business operations including accounting and finance. Marcela’s attention to detail and quick problem solving skills make her our go-to person for anything and everything. She’s usually the smiling face and friendly voice that will greet you over the phone or in person.

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.

Providing solutions that enhance business competitiveness and enable companies achieve their goals leveraging on data is what Moyo stands for. She has worked with data in a number of ways and has a well-grounded understanding of the data lifecycle.

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.

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Raja Ramesh

Sr Analytics Associate

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Ruben Martinez-Raposo

Account Executive

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Shreyansh Thanvi

Analytics Associate

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Shweta Patil

Associate Data Scientist

With 14 years of professional IT experience, Raja is passionate about discovering and delivering innovative methods to utilize Big Data, Data Science and Machine Learning to solve critical global problems across a variety of industries. 

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. 

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Ruben came to the US in high school back in 1995, and over 20 years later his entrepreneurial spirit and drive for innovation still in tact. Ruben is passionate about engaging and developing analytical solutions, creating competitive advantages and delivering valuable and actionable insights to drive businesses forward. Prior to joining Syntelli, Ruben has spent most of his 16 years professional career in the Healthcare industry, from startups that went IPO to global Fortune 200 companies like McKesson Corporation and Becton Dickinson & Company. During his career, Ruben has held positions in Product, Project and Program Management and has also taken the role of a Senior Consultant. Ruben holds a Bachelors of Science in MIS, a Masters in Engineering – Information Sciences and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ruben also serves time as a Board Member of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ruben resides in Birmingham, Alabama and when he isn’t collaborating and engaging in meaningful conversations with customers, you will find him playing golf, cooking a paella or spending time at the beach with his wife, and dog Romeo.

Shreyansh works with Syntelli’s Customer Information and Analytics team to determine business requirements, mine data from multiple sources, and perform data visualization and reporting to help our clients achieve their business goals.

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.

Shweta comes with a honed deep learning and machine learning background, owing to her experience in the energy, renewables, healthcare and finance industries. She is passionate about data processing and data engineering, and is currently part of Syntelli’s Advanced Analytics team. Some of Shweta’s responsibilities include maintaining data integrity, pipelining business flows and answering important business questions fundamental to the revenue of the clientele.

Shweta holds a master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a specialization in Data Science. With her passion for data processing, modeling and AI engineering, she is looking forward to optimizing the prediction accuracy of models.

When she is not working with her data models, you can find her pursuing her love for doodles, cooking fusion dishes or following her newfound love for hiking in national parks around the country.

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Supraja Chennuru

Business Analyst

Susan Denham

Manager – Business Operations

Tyler Hickey

Sr Analytics Associate

Supraja works as a Business Analyst at Syntelli, where she analyzes financial data to discover underlying trends. She holds a Masters degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. She excels at telling stories through visualizations and can direct you to meaningful insights from your data.

When she is not analyzing data, you can find Supraja exploring the town and enjoying different cuisines.

Susan brings 20+ years of Administrative, Human Resources, Risk Management and Operations experience across a variety of industries. She joined Team Syntelli as Manager of Business Operations working to grow the culture and day to day engagement progression. She grew up in Williamson, NY and attended Clemson University.

When Susan is not at work, she enjoys her family time with her two children, a round of golf, match of volleyball, a cook out with family and friends or traveling to and experiencing a new place.

Tyler grew up in Geneva, Illinois and graduated from Davidson College in 2016. While at Davidson, he studied mathematics and performed independent research on the applications of data science in sports. Through this experience, Tyler developed a passion for the application of data analytics and data science in a variety of industries.

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 Rachala

Analytics Associate

Vishwas Subramanian

Sr Analytics Associate

Walter Ewald

Solution Strategist

With over 2.5 years of IT experience, Vinod is passionate about discovering and delivering innovative Big Data, Data Science and Machine Learning solutions to solve critical business problems across the industry. His expertise lies in analyzing data through insightful reports, and making & communicating recommendations. He is skilled in identifying trends, usage patterns, and growth patterns that impact business decisions, defining new KPIs and tracking existing ones.

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 volleyball.

Vishwas provides solutions to big data problems like real-time streaming data, Traditional SQL vs NoSQL, Hadoop or Spark, Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) vs Personal Cluster. His focus is on analyzing and providing optimum solutions for business use cases.

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.

In a wide range of business and technical environments, Walter brings mature hard and soft skills to help companies move from high level strategy to implementation. He obtained a Bachelors, a Masters and completed all his PhD coursework in Engineering specializing in what is now today called Data Science. He obtained his MBA from NYU.

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.