As the President, Tom leads the board at SVPMA. Tom’s diverse experience in startups through Fortune 100 companies includes 6 years in product management, 12 years in technical marketing, 14 years in IT/Operations, and over forty successful product family launches. Tom is an expert in CyberSecurity (CISSP), Networking, and Telecommunications, and has an MBA and BS from Santa Clara University.
As Vice President, Brendon is responsible for supporting the vision, long term strategy, and growth of SVPMA. Brendon has been working in products and engineering on big security problems for over the past decade (Symantec, PGP Corporation, HushMail), and most worked on iris and fingerprint biometrics-enabled mobile payment systems. He holds a BASc in Engineering Science from Simon Fraser University, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.
As Director of Programs, Debashish is responsible for identifying and managing speakers and topics for the monthly events. Debashish is a versatile product management leader with extensive experience in successfully bringing software products to market in the life sciences, enterprise content management, and related domains. He has held senior product management roles at companies such as Medidata, Bioclinica and Veeva, and has been a consultant to several global bio-pharma companies. Early in his career he was a research scientist solving problems in artificial intelligence and image analysis. Debashish has a PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
As Director of Special Events, John is responsible for managing SVPMA’s job fair and social networking events. John is a product manager at Oportun, focusing on building digital payments and pricing solutions. Before Oportun, he’s served as a product manager at Visa and has spent over ten years as a software engineer at firms ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. When he’s not wrestling with product issues, he enjoys watching movies, reading good sci-fi and history books, and fighting an ongoing battle with weeds in his family garden. John has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
As Director of Workshops, Mayla helps to develop and manage SVPMA’s workshop series. She is principal of MC Training specializing in presentation skills coaching and training. She works with accomplished professionals to increase their effectiveness in high stakes communication situations. She was Adjunct Professor for ten years in the Engineering Management Program at Santa Clara University and provides private coaching to senior leaders at Stanford University and Medical School. Many of her clients are Product Managers who work for companies such as Cisco Systems, eBay, Intuit, and NetApp. Mayla is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Master’s degree from California State University, San Jose.
As Director of Finance, Sam is a Finance and Accounting Professional with over 25 years experience working with start-ups and public international companies. He also co-owns and operates his own consulting and marketing business. Sam has served as Controller, Director of Finance, Chief Administration Officer / Business Manager, and CFO in different industries. Sam’s wide industry experiences include professional services – law, engineering, mass communications, environmental services, construction, real estate, internet technology, non-profits and government / defense contractors. Sam graduated with a BS in Finance and an MBA in international Finance from Saint John’s University.