Jim Morrisroe

Jim Morrisroe

Chief Executive Officer

Cloud computing and open source industry veteran Jim Morrisroe has over 20 years of leadership experience at high-growth companies. Prior to joining Piston Cloud as CEO, Jim spent seven years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Zimbra, leading the company through its successful spin out from Yahoo! and acquisition and integration by VMware. As a major VMware product division, Jim was responsible for Zimbra strategy, product, and engineering. Previously, Jim served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Cemaphore Systems, and led sales efforts at several leading enterprise technology companies, including Cabletron Systems and Lucent Technologies.

Christopher MacGown

Christopher MacGown

Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer

Prior to co-founding Piston Cloud Computing, Christopher was an early employee of Slicehost before its acquisition by Rackspace in 2008. From there he became a team lead in the development of Cloud Servers Windows. Christopher is an originating member of OpenStack's Nova-core development team. Recent projects include serving as senior engineer on the Global Earthquake Model project, driving the development of a highly scalable earthquake modeling engine. In his spare time Christopher enjoys playing the ukulele, drawing and reading 16th and 17th century philosophy.

Gretchen Curtis

Gretchen Curtis

Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Gretchen has been working with tech companies and start-ups in the Bay area for over a decade. Prior to co-founding Piston, she was the Director of PR and communications for the CTO for IT at NASA, and the Communications Manager for NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing project. Before her work at NASA, she ran business operations at Flock, Inc., the social web browser, and staffed technical teams at companies such as AOL, Fujitsu and TechTV through her role at TechLink Systems. At Piston, Gretchen leads Marketing, PR and Communications. In her spare time, Gretchen dabbles in many creative pursuits, including photography, writing, film, painting, and graphic design. Tweet her at @gretcurtis.

Steve Bagby

Steve Bagby

Chief Operating Officer

Steve brings more than 25 years of experience leading development of IT Infrastructure products. Before joining Piston, Steve was a co-founder, CTO and VP of Engineering for SimpliVity, a pioneer and leader in hyper-converged infrastructure platforms for the software-defined datacenter. Prior to SimpliVity, Steve led product development efforts for several startups in storage virtualization and data deduplication including Sepaton, Diligent Technologies, Falconstor, and Neartek.

John Spencer

John Spencer

VP, Business Development

John is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in Software Sales, Channel Development and Technology Licensing. Prior to joining Piston, he served in a variety of roles at Actional Corporation and served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Teknowledge. John started his career with The Boeing Company and Boeing Computer Services.

Dixie Baker

Dixie Baker

VP, Field Operations & Sales

Dixie brings to Piston a wealth of experience managing enterprise sales organizations. She’s launched and lead teams for GreenRoad, Zenprise (acquired by Citrix), FineGround (acquired by Cisco), UpShot (acquired by Siebel) and Remedy (acquired by BMC). As a performing arts major, Dixie loves live theatre and cultivating roses.

Brian Reed

Brian Reed

Director of Engineering

Brian is a veteran of the nuclear power industry where he learned the art of project management during his 20+ years with Bechtel Corporation. Since then, Brian has spent time at various internet ventures, as well as at NASA working with Joshua McKenty and Gretchen Curtis on what was to become OpenStack. Brian is a pilot, photographer, and gardener.

Kelly Indrieri

Kelly Indrieri

Director of Marketing

Kelly has more than 12 years of marketing, media, analyst, and corporate communications experience. Prior to Piston, Kelly led the public relations and messaging strategy for several high profile companies and technology startups. In her free time, Kelly enjoys live music, traveling, reading, and reality TV.

Scott Hartzel

Scott Hartzel

Director of Customer Care

Scott brings to Piston more than 15 years of experience deploying and managing media and online gaming infrastructures. He's fixated on creating sane, stable and scalable infrastructures, and automating away prosaic operational difficulties. In his free time you can find him outdoors, probably cycling, hiking or climbing.

Shawn Madden

Shawn Madden

Product Manager

Before Piston, Shawn worked for ten years at NVIDIA, rising through engineering to technical product management. During his time at NVIDIA, Shawn worked with with Apple, orchestrating part of the technology powering the Retina MacBooks. Prior to that, he was a firefighter with the Richmond FD. He enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu and salsa dancing.

Marz Garcia

Marz Garcia

Inside Sales Manager

Marz comes from five years in sales and management in the SaaS space at Vendini, Inc. He derives great pleasure from driving revenue for growing companies and helping their clients discover newly available solutions. In his spare time you’ll find him playing soccer, skiing, and enjoying all the common interests he has with his wonderful wife.

Ashleigh Korwatch

Ashleigh Korwatch

Office & HR Manager

A southern belle with an affinity for all things ‘West Coast,’ Ashleigh spent the past fifteen years in small town Kentucky, earning BAs in Psychology and Sociology and learning the finer points of the service industry as a Corporate Trainer for Bluegrass Hospitality Group. Ashleigh is an avid reader of classic novels, an urban gardener, and is infatuated with her Corgi.

Ari Rubenstein

Ari Rubenstein

Senior Systems Engineer

Ari comes from 8 years at open source messaging startup Zimbra, where he was the first hire on the sales engineering team. He is passionate about open source, datacenter ops, customer advocacy, and sustainable entrepreneurship. Ari loves exploring tide pools and sailing old fashioned sailboats with his family.

TJ Lucia

TJ Lucia

Account Executive

T.J. comes to Piston after 7 years at Open Source messaging startup Zimbra, where he was one of the first hires on the sales team prior to the Yahoo! and VMware acquisitions. A San Francisco Bay Area native, T.J. loves watching the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, playing golf, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Mandell Degerness

Mandell Degerness

Senior Systems Analyst

Mandell is an expert in large data storage devices and disaster recovery planning with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Piston, Mandell was responsible for planning and managing infrastructure systems for the British Columbia Provincial Government. When not planning for the data-apocalypse, Mandell can be found juggling and riding a unicycle.

Chris Fattarsi

Chris Fattarsi

Experience Engineering Manager

Before Piston, Chris was at NASA, where his skills in coding and architecture were proven useful in securing NASA's applications from all the bad guys in the world. He was the technical lead for NASA's first public facing social website. Chris likes to think of ways to automate all the mundane things in life (like brushing teeth), and his favorite color is #FF69B4.

Forrest Carpenter

Forrest Carpenter

Platform Engineering Manager

Forrest has contributed to tiny startups and huge corporations on both coasts. He was most recently with VMware and Citrix, in pursuit of the perfect automation framework. His favorite things in life are his family and the Boston Red Sox. He also enjoys drinking wine, flying airplanes, and writing screenplays.

Mike Lundy

Mike Lundy

Engineering Lead

Mike Lundy enjoys fine APIs and long walks through low-level code. Before joining Piston, Mike worked on distributed image processing systems at NASA Ames Research Center; you may have seen his work in Google Earth and Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope. In his spare time, Mike likes to bike, hike, take photos, and mock Emacs users.

Nick Bartos

Nick Bartos

DevOps Lead

Nick Bartos, aka Captain Nebraska, worked as a Sr. Systems Administrator in NASA's Intelligent Systems Division before being lured away by Joshua McKenty’s promise of working on something cooler than space stuff. He specializes in securing infrastructure and Linux systems internals, and migrating legacy systems into modern architecture.

Eric Frank

Eric Frank

Lead UX Engineer

Before joining Piston in 2011, Eric lived in Los Angeles, working with a variety of design clients and running creative and online operations for an indie clothing line and a shipping case company. Sometimes he scores commercials and plays guitar in rap videos. Tweet him at @MrEricFrank.

Ben Rosenberg

Ben Rosenberg

Senior DevOps Engineer

Ben previously worked as Systems Administrator at IMVU and Actuate, and before that worked with the Scientific Cluster Support group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He enjoys playing with network intrusion detection tools, electronics, and the occasional tabletop gaming session. Often, he can be found driving the twisty roads in the hills of the Bay area.

Hung-Lin Chao

Hung-Lin Chao

Jr. Distributed Systems Engineer

For the eight years prior to her position at Piston, Hunglin worked as a software developer at a popular travel search engine, specializing in data normalization and search module construction. She loves reality TV (the really bad kind), hiking, novels, and getting lost on the streets of San Francisco.

Krsna Widmer

Krsna Widmer

Distributed Systems Engineer

Krsna is a UC Berkeley graduate who focused on security. He is an open source contributor and Linux advocate, so don't be surprised if the computer you left in his care now runs his favorite operating system. Whenever he gets the chance, he escapes his life of technology and ventures far into mountains with nothing but his backpack.

Tony Del Porto

Tony Del Porto

Solutions Engineer

Tony comes to Piston from Irdeto's DRM skunk works where he worked on... things. Prior to that he spelunked through hotels and convention centers reverse engineering infrastructure to build public wireless networks for USENIX Association. He is mildly obsessed with efficiency, open source, and the San Jose Earthquakes.

Melissa Wong

Melissa Wong

Marketing Associate & Designer

Melissa comes to Piston after working for two years in a cross-functional sales-marketing role handling lead generation and lead nurturing programs. She's a San Francisco Bay Area native that takes delight in playing with dogs, live music, scooting around the city, and watching hours of Netflix.

Jon Pearson

Jon Pearson

ADVANCED SOLUTIONS ENGINEER

Before coming to Piston, Jon worked for Rackspace Hosting, where he first learned how to cloud. He was also the caretaker for the Rackspace data centers in St. Louis, until they were shuttered. He loves people, music, long form journalism, Judo, things that are "technically true", elephant jokes, and The Princess Bride.

Tyler North

Tyler North

Solutions Engineer

Tyler is an active contributor to the OpenStack project. A native of the East Bay, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Computer Science. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing drums, and watching the San Francisco Giants.

Dayman Cash

Dayman Cash

Principal Engineer, Tools & Automation

Dayman arrived to us after magical stints at VMware and Juniper Networks. He also enjoys eliciting short films and finding perspectives through his trusty cameras.

John Gammon

John Gammon

Senior Systems Engineer

John is out of our Texas office, and has 20 years of industry experience. Most recently he’s worked at Cisco data center and VMware network and security. Prior to that he has done everything from software development to consulting. He enjoys photography, biking, card games, and reading science fiction and fantasy.

Daniel Corral

Daniel Corral

Software Engineer

Daniel graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science. Upon graduating, he joined Symantec as a Test Automation Engineer. He likes to go backpacking, rock climbing, and trying new things that give him an "adrenaline rush". He also enjoys photography, playing guitar, and considers himself a big Pink Floyd addict.

Rich Mills

Rich Mills

Senior Technical Writer

Rich graduated from The College of New Jersey with a major in English Literature, He rabbited from Trenton to San Francisco. His goal is to do for Piston knowledge management what Piston has done for OpenStack – produce the highest-quality product in the market by “documenting all the things”. In his spare time Dick enjoys shooting pool, and making Caddyshack references.

Lyssa Livingston

Lyssa Livingston

Distributed Systems Engineer

Lyssa has worked in the software industry for over 20 years on such projects as embedded systems, kernel development, server and filesystem development. In her spare time, she likes walking, Bollywood dancing, performing in operas, singing heavy metal, taking shotokan karate lessons, and drinking champagne.

Andrew Kuhlmann

Andrew Kuhlmann

Infrastructure Engineer

Andrew worked as a Data Center Operations Manager at a Los Angeles based Managed Service Provider for five years prior to joining Piston. He has also worked as a Software Quality Assurance Tester for seven years at various video game studios and software developers. He enjoys motorcycle riding and strong belgian ales.

Aleksandr Vasilev

Aleksandr Vasilev

Jr. Test Automation Developer

Aleksandr graduated from St. Petersburg State Telecommunication University, Russia with Telecommunications degree. Prior to Piston, he worked as a test engineer in a local on-demand Internet media provider designing automated test suites. In his spare time he likes listening to 80’s music, riding a bike and reading fantasy books.

Susan Tan

Susan Tan

Python Software Engineer

Susan is a recent college graduate of Harvey Mudd College. Prior to Piston, she worked as a web engineer at Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes. Susan likes to spectate ballet performances, visit museums, and read Gothic fantasy novels. To add to her open source Python life, she’s a contributor to www.OpenHatch.org and the IPython notebook.

Chris Riviere

Chris Riviere

Senior Systems Engineer

Before joining Piston, Chris had Professional Services and Sales Engineering roles at OPNET Technologies (acquired by Riverbed). There he was passionate about application and network performance helping customers around the world keep their applications running as smoothly as possible. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and scuba diving.

Dedi Hubbard

Dedi Hubbard

Software Engineer

Dedi specializes in making obtuse things simpler and explaining how stuff works at all levels. She lives in both python and ruby, and spends her free time engulfed in roller derby. Her favorite things revolve around hockey, horror movies and old cartoons.

Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell

Manager of Test and Quality

Steve has 25+ years of experience in software development, QA and IT. Prior to Piston, Steve worked at JDSU as Director of Software Engineering & Product Quality. He has worked at such companies as Cisco, Inktomi, FedEx, 3Com, Stratus Computer, and BBN. Steve has written several computer networking books and loves home improvement projects, collecting old books, and wearing fashionable hats!

Mark Washenberger

Mark Washenberger

Senior Software Engineer

Mark joins Piston from a storied history as a developer at Nebula and Rackspace and as a Project Team Lead for Glance. When not struggling to learn Sufjan Stevens' time signatures, Mark likes to obsess over code, author fine APIs, and brew craft beer at home in the company of his numerous cats. Mark has degrees in math, physics, and computer science, which he uses to combat the dynamic linker and elf headers with flipped alignments.

Cimarron Taylor

Cimarron Taylor

Principal Engineer

Cimarron is a data management aficionado whose fondness for query processing, storage, transaction and recovery systems is only eclipsed by his love for his wife whom he met at UC Berkeley while developing the Postgres. Cimarron enjoys family activities, playing games, reading, studying, going to meetups, and watching music videos.

Bob Althen

Bob Althen

Regional Sales Manager

Bob brings to Piston a wealth of experience in early and late stage software companies. He’s created and developed territories for IBM, ExtraHop, Visual Networks, NetQoS, Cisco and Lucent. As a recovering adrenalin junkie, Bob still enjoys a sense of adventure.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Senior Systems Engineer

Prior to Piston, Brian was a Consulting Systems Engineer with Cisco for 10 years. He has over 20 years experience in Technical Sales & Management positions, including working for VMware, Fineground Networks, OTC, Dell, and Digex. Brian’s experience includes working as a Federal Systems Engineer and DOD contractor. Brian resides in Maryland with his wife and children. He enjoys gaming, photography, and cooking.