Finch Computing is staffed with inventors and innovators. Our team of two dozen professionals in two core offices represents some of the best talent in the areas of engineering, modeling, development, sales, communication and strategy. Below are the bios of our leadership team. If you’d like to join us, apply here.
Chief Executive Officer
Steve Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer, has a proven track record of building successful IT companies throughout his 30 year career in the technology and federal government IT industry. Most recently, Steve served as President and CEO of Apptis, Inc. where he was instrumental in the company’s growth from 18 to over 1,600 employees in a ten year timeframe through strategic acquisitions and organic expansion. Under his leadership, Apptis garnered substantial market share within the civil, healthcare and defense/national security segments and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Federal Contractors in 2005. Prior to Apptis, Steve was a partner of Concept Automation Inc. and a General Manager at BTG, a publicly held federal integrator. At BTG, Steve led the largest division, Technology Systems, driving revenue from $190 million to $450 million within two years.
Executive Vice President, Operations
As Executive Vice President, Operations, Caryn is responsible for all operational, business development, sales, marketing and communications aspects of the Finch Computing business. Previously, she directed product-related communications and marketing activities, including commercialization, positioning and messaging as well as external communications with customers, stakeholders and influencers. Before joining the team, Caryn served as an Executive Vice President at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations agency. There, she managed the Washington office’s Corporate Affairs Group, a 15-person team that provided message development, speechwriting, writing, competitive benchmarking, and executive visibility services to a wide array of clients. While at Edelman, Caryn created and served as co-lead of the firm’s Global Executive Position offering. This specialty practice provided platform development and visibility services for C-suite executives at a number of the agency’s largest clients. Prior to Edelman, Caryn served as policy advisor to the National Republican Congressional Committee, directed communications for U.S. Representative Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-05), and was an assistant press secretary to U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla). She is an award-winning speechwriter and a frequent lecturer on general strategic communications best practices and on the art of political and corporate positioning.
Chief Technology Officer
Scott Lightner, Chief Technology Officer, has over 20 years of experience developing data-intensive software products and solutions. As CTO, Scott directs product innovation for both the MetaCarta and Finch Computing product lines and provides client driven solution development. He served in the same capacity while CTO at and one of the founders of Qbase. During 13 years at the global information provider, LexisNexis, Scott led the design, development and operational deployment of several search, data mining and entity linking products. These products included billions of records of data from tens of thousands of data sources and provided sub-second response time to complex search and entity linking requests. Scott specializes in the design of fault-tolerant, in-memory computing solutions to address the most challenging data intensive problems. These solutions include massively scalable geospatial image processing, data discovery and profiling, fusion and exploitation of sensor data for situational awareness and a High Throughput Computing (HTC) platform.
Franz Weckesser, Chief Architect, brings to the team more than 25 years of system engineering experience from Microsoft, LexisNexis, and Reynolds & Reynolds. Franz was a lead developer in the initial release of LexisNexis entity search and verification products on the web exposing thousands of data sources. He co-developed and managed the data mining search engine hosting billions of records. Notably, Franz is renowned in the complex data management, search and retrieval domain and has two registered patents for the development of Associated Text Search and Retrieval Systems. He has also worked extensively on automated data fabrication and enhancement systems for domestic and international data. He currently works with federal government and agency customers. Franz is now focusing his efforts on large scale entity extraction, data fusion and geospatial processing.
Executive Vice President, Professional Services
Chris Szlucha, Executive Vice President, Professional Services, is responsible for the oversight and management of all professional services engagements, supporting the deployment and customization of the entire suite of Finch Computing solutions in search, data management, data enhancement and analytics. In this role, Chris provides technical project management and strategic planning in delivering service offerings that align technology solutions with business objectives. Previously, Chris served as the Director of Enterprise Services and Deputy Program Manager of Operations and Engineering for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Infrastructure Support Service contract. He managed the day-to-day activities of a team of more than 100 system architects, engineers, and administrators charged with the operations of the SEC’s IT infrastructure. During this time, he was responsible for 150% organic growth of the contract. Prior to the SEC, Chris held the positions as Director of Cloud Services, Executive Account Manager, and Senior Systems Architect for Apptis, TATI, and Harrah’s Casino.
Vice President, Enterprise Sales
Stacey Massey, Vice President, Enterprise Sales, is responsible for managing the sales team of Finch Computing, identifying and establishing new sales opportunities as well as developing customer relationships. Previously, Stacey served as the Senior Director at RadiumOne Inc. where she sold cross-platform advertising, social media tools, and the company’s mobile platform. There she helped launch three new products and grow them to a wide customer-base. Prior to RadiumOne, Stacey was the Director of Sales and Marketing at David Donn Consulting, leading the sales and marketing efforts for Fortune500 clients and managing all PR efforts. Stacey has experience working with technology companies and has managed entire sales processes from initial generation of leads to closing deals and maintaining high-level customer relationships.
Director, Special Programs
John Saling, Director, Special Programs, is responsible for managing programs, and building and growing customer relationships in the US Intelligence and Department of Defense communities. As the leader of all of Finch Computing’s federal business development efforts, John helps to shape the company’s presence at industry events and conferences, maintains relationships with federal integrators and resellers, and works collaboratively across teams to ensure that the unique and sensitive requirements of federal customers are considered in all aspects of product development. John has an extensive background in text analytics software and has led teams supporting the U.S. Government for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Finch Computing, John worked with companies such as Kapow Software, SAP NS2, MetaCarta and Basis Technology.