Bill Bither, General Manager
Little known fact: before founding Atalasoft with no outside funding, Bill was the youngest mayor of Steeletown, New York. After bankrupting the city by holding what he called “The World’s First Ice Cream Swim Race,” he was a mechanical engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand. Following his failed side project code-named “Craptacular Carburetors,” Bill finally found success with Atalasoft’s .NET imaging toolkits. He was awarded Business West’s 40 under 40 as one of the top business leaders in Massachusetts and continues to help other founders fail miserably at their business ventures. He’s a competitive runner, cyclist, and cross country skier, and managed to lose his laptop only once in the last 3 years.
Lou Franco, VP Product Strategy, Developer Tools
The acronym “W.W.L.D” (What Would Lou Do) has been in use at Atalasoft since 2006. A beacon of rationality and logic, Lou is responsible for toolkit product development and overall company strategy. He’s also a whiz at comedy sketch retention, and can recount verbatim various scenes from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, or Arrested Development. Lou is a local community leader with various board positions and is currently writing a book on iPhone application development (Hello! iPhone) due later this year.
Steve Hawley, Chief Architect
Steve has been with Atalasoft since 2005. Not only is he responsible for the architecture and development of DotImage, he is one of the masterminds behind Bacon Day. The only employee with a working stoplight in his office, Steve has over 20 years of experience with companies like Bell Communications Research, Adobe Systems, Newfire, Presto Technologies. He has several patents under his belt and fears that his son Stuart will one day take over the world, leaving a smoking trail of ruin behind him.
Rick Goudey, Sr. Sales Account Executive
Rick Goudey joined Atalasoft in 1928, bringing his knowledge and skills learned from Henry Ford to propel Atalasoft’s sales team to infinity and beyond. As the senior sales executive, he cracks the wet noodle daily over his subordinates, hoping that one day they will learn the skills he acquired from such universities as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and anywhere else he could break into. His discipline, as well as his belief he can fly off roofs, were acquired after years in the Army Air Corps, er, United States Air Force.
Brendan Day, Manager, Software & Solution Sales
Brendan joined Atalasoft in 2010 to help lead and grow the Atalasoft Sales team. He brings 15 years of software sales experience to Atalasoft, 7 of which are in the imaging toolkit space. As a Senior Sales Executive, Brendan’s primary goal is to keep Rick from falling asleep. Brendan is the proud father of two and is very happy that his beautiful wife keeps him around. Brendan served as a member of the Board of Directors for Sutton Youth Soccer, enjoys coaching youth soccer, and running 5K and 10K road races.
Marco Voegele, Sr. Sales Account Executive, EMEA
Marco: the man, the myth, the legend. Marco was recently released by a German psychiatric hospital after an unfortunate umlaut mix-up. He’s now opted for a quieter life: decorating his home with IKEA furnishings, selling DotImage to our overseas customers, traveling the Autobahn only by unicycle, and secretly plotting the demise of the Marco/Polo game.
Joann Hemingway, Sales Account Executive
Joann has been with Atalasoft since 2008. She attained a BS in Marketing at Western New England College. Away from the office, you can most likely find her outside macqyvering up a new gadget of sorts, spiking volleyballs in the sand, boating in and basking in the sun, snowboarding, and/or spending time with the loves of her life: Ryan, her husband and much better other half and Cadha, her German Shepherd puppy, personal jester, and guardian.
Dan Kaplan, Sales Account Executive
As a child actor on the TV basketball drama The White Shadow, Dan received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Capicola, the precocious younger brother of Salami. Despite his early success in acting, Dan abandoned the limelight to pursue a deeper passion in Document Imaging Software Sales. When he’s not helping companies integrate imaging solutions into their business applications, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, and coaching youth basketball and baseball.
Kevin Hanks, Inside Sales Representative
After making his Broadway debut in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and winning a Tony award for ‘Under the Rainbow’, Kevin Hanks decided to retire from the stage in 2010 for a quiet life as the Sales Administrator and the entire Accounts Receivable department for Atalasoft. When he’s not making another Ewok movie for George Lucas, he can be found fixing the company bicycles or going to Colin Hay concerts with his babe.
Rachael Battis, Office Administrator
Rachael is Atalasoft’s best diver. With a knack for office administration that can only be described with phrases like “arm stand back double somersault tuck!” Rachael helps to keep us from slipping off of the springboard to success and landing on our heads. She has a B.A. in Economics and some say she once beat Paul Krugman at arm-wrestling! She also loves boating, the beach, fishing, skiing, and other liquid-or-frozen-water activities. Rachael joined us in late 2012 and is the one you reach when you dial 0 in our phone tree.
Eric Deutchman, Marketing Manager
Eric is the DotImage toolkit marketing wizard and takes care of some of the public-facing aspects of the company like website content, our newsletter, ad direction, and our Twitter and Facebook pages. He is an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional; he's not really sure what it means. He got a certificate though, so he wins! Eric's horribly obsessed with his car, and has multiple versions of it rolling around on his desk. At one point, he and Christina shared an office; on Fridays they regaled the office with sock puppet theatre acting out recent Internet memes (including the award-winning "Imma let you finish.") Eric's been with Atalasoft since 2007. That was last decade!
Rick Casucci, Marketing Specialist
Following a short stint as the bassist for the Slayer cover band “Jack McCoy Can’t Lose,” Rick settled down in the Berkshires. After meditating with the Dalai Lama, he finally made his decision to pursue a profession in marketing. He spends 80% of his time asking Eric to talk about something other than his car, and the other 20% designing t-shirts with bacon on them. Rick loves movies and his family, not necessarily in that order.
David Cilley, Senior Web Architect
In 2002, before the lone Bill Bither decided to double his workforce, David pushed pixels for Atalasoft's logos, ads, and website. Shortly after starting in early 2003, David realized that pushing pixels around wasn't nearly difficult enough, and started to work on cross browser imaging controls. Now with a total of 14 years experience in web development, he continues work on these controls and spends most of his day cursing at any given browser. To unwind from the browser world, David can be found running on the local bike path, training for his next marathon and being expressive with just his eyebrows.
Spike McLarty, Senior Software Architect
Spike joined Atalasoft at the start of 2011, fresh from a decade running his (one person) company Dosadi, creating tools for TWAIN scanning and image processing, and writing the odd TWAIN driver. Before that, Spike climbed the technical ladder at Logitech for about 14 years, building compilers, image editors, TWAIN drivers, and a variety of applications. It adds up to about 20 years of Windows development experience. Spike has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, but don’t ask him to design anything electrical, as it will melt or explode. Unless that’s what you want.
Adam Scarborough, Software Architect
Sometimes tester, occasional developer. Math-y & Statistic-y.
Ken Walpurgis, Software Engineer
Ken joined Atalasoft in 2007. He is the main developer responsible for Atalasoft's website and internal systems. Ken started web development with Cold Fusion back in the 90's and made the transition to Java and .NET. Ken can pretty much do anything, rarely complains, and often brings in copious amounts of muffins, leading several employees to refer to him as a "freaking magician." He holds a BS in Computer Science from Westfield State.
Kevin Hulse, Software Engineer
Kevin joined Atalasoft in 2008 as a Developer Support Engineer. He has since taken his knowledge of customer issues over to the toolkit development side of Engineering. He can also be found organizing, captaining, and playing softball for the Atalasoft Docubot Squad. Of the two Kevins in our office, he is referred to as "Tall Kevin," due to his 1/4" height advantage. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Adam Daniell, Software Engineer
Adam, a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, joined the Atalasoft team in 2010. Adam holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering. His son, Miles, has THE CUTEST CHEEKS EVER.
Robin Sale, Developer Support Engineer
One of the following things could be true about Robin: she will regularly wear pirate garb on any given day, she owns a custom Mini-Cooper, she named her bamboo plant Fluffy, she goes out into the woods on a regular basis and hits other people with sticks, or she bleeds pure caffeine. Or they could ALL be true. The verdict is still out. In any case, she’s passionate about supporting our customers and that’s all that matters.
Stewart Basler-Francis, Developer Support Engineer
Julia Burch, Software Engineer
Julia started with Atalasoft as an intern in 2009. If Atalasoft has a hazing procedure, Julia has been through it. She has been pelted with foam slingshots, screaming monkeys, and surprise foam battle-axe blitzes, sleepily trying to defend herself between squashing bugs and her rigorous courses at Smith College. After her triumphant return from a year in Japan, Julia resumed her position as catcher on the Atalasoft Docubot Squad. Despite our well-meaning beat-downs, Julia accepted a full-time job with Atalasoft starting in May 2011, successfully shifting the balance of female power in the office.
Justin Aquadro, Software Engineer
Coke or Pepsi? Cool Ranch or Nacho Cheese? DO NOT ASK JUSTIN THESE QUERIES. The pressure will get to him and his brain will implode. Justin has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from UMass and was the first employee hired through Atalasoft's "Let's Buy UMass Students Pizza and Wings and Give Them Free Stuff" program.
Elaine Gorham, Training & Support Manager
Elaine Gorham is the Training & Support Manager for Atalasoft. We don't call her Elaine, we just say "Yes, ma'am." Her background in development started with Byte magazine and Basic in 1982 on an Atari 800, plus copying (to his displeasure) anything her big brother could do, and taking apart his Lego cars. She holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Houston (and was thisclose to a second degree in English). She devotes her spare time to finding new sports (and trying not to injure herself), playing the violin, entertaining her husband, two dogs, cat, and a new little one, and putting fish references into her blog.