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Leadership & Advisory Board

Executive Team


Gary Walter

Gary V.
Walter

President & CEO


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Gary V. Walter


President and CEO of Infutor Data Solutions, Gary has been a key driver of company growth for the past five years. Under his leadership, Gary has increased revenue by more than 20% and expanded new data solution offerings into key industries including financial services, digital marketing, non-profit, and retail.

Prior to his role as President and CEO, Gary led initiatives as Executive Vice President, which resulted in significant revenue growth and new customer acquisition. Gary has developed and driven critical data product offerings, and has been responsible for expanding sales verticals and developing core client relationships. Gary holds degrees in both Business and Industrial Technology from Western Michigan University.

Why Infutor?
Infutor is in my blood. I love everything about the company, from the products and services to the team members and offices. It’s awesome that we are aligned under a common core of shared values, striving toward the same goals.

Favorite part of the job?
Working with an awesome group of really talented people.

Favorite quote?
“Every day is a holiday!”

Outside the office?
I like to stay active, especially outdoors—boating, skiing, tubing, four wheeling, cross fit.

Jeff Beard

Jeff
Beard

Chief Commercial Officer


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Jeff Beard


Jeff manages and drives all product and marketing initiatives, streamlining strategic growth of new solutions and verticals. With over 25 years of product development, marketing, and data strategy experience, Jeff is a key driver of growth and improvement through all organizational departments. He provides significant expertise in the areas of product growth and innovation, strategic marketing initiatives, and corporate structure.

Prior to joining Infutor, Jeff led Data Strategy for Privacystar and Accudata Technologies. Previously, Jeff spent 13 years with Acxiom before joining TARGUSinfo in 2000, where in 2001, he lead an effort to acquire International Business List and infoNational, which was rebranded as Amacai. Jeff went on develop Localeze, a subsidiary of Amacai. TARGUS info and Amacai/Localeze were acquired by Neustar in November 2011.

Why Infutor?
Infutor appealed to me because I saw the tremendous potential. We have great foundational data assets, a who’s who of customer lists and awesome people with a high degree of skill. Everyone has a desire to build upon the success they’ve already achieved.

Favorite part of the job?
As COO, I joke internally that my role is doing what others don’t want to. But my favorite part of the job is being part of a great team. My position affords me the opportunity to explore many facets, like making plans for operational efficiencies, strategizing market and business development, and evaluating potential acquisition targets.

John Barnes

John
Barnes

Chief Technology Officer


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John Barnes


As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), John Barnes is responsible for developing Infutor’s technology assets to support and drive innovation as well as overseeing corporate information operations, systems development, data management, and information security. Harnessing more than 20 years of executive-level product and technology experience, John specializes in cloud and mobile computing and has a successful track record of providing technology vision and leadership, with a focus on reliability, scalability, and performance.

Prior to Infutor, John was Vice President of Mobile Products for Salesforce, where he helped develop products within the Salesforce Marketing Cloud that allowed Fortune 500 and fast-growth B2C marketers to reach mobile customers and drive top-line revenue. He also previously served as CTO of Model Metrics, which was acquired by Salesforce.

As a mobile and cloud thought leader, John has been a frequent speaker at global industry conferences such as Dreamforce, Cloud Connect, Enterprise 2.0 and others as well as a media resource and cloud community advocate. John holds a Bachelors of Information Systems degree from the University of Nebraska.

Why Infutor?
It was an opportunity to take the technology stack of a successful company to the next level and apply cutting edge technologies so we could do things our competitors cannot.

Favorite part of the job?
The energy and passion of the team makes it feel like a startup. It is exciting to apply many of the great things I learned during my years at Salesforce.com to help transform how we manage, lead and use technology to solve business problems for our customers.

Favorite quote?
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman

Outside the office?
I love to travel internationally. I lived in India for a year with my family, have played golf on three continents and proudly served in the Army National Guard, which gave me the opportunity to shoot a tank—on the firing range.

Drew Plisco

Drew
Plisco

Chief Financial Officer


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Drew Plisco


As Chief Financial Officer, Drew oversees the financial, accounting, legal, and human resources functions of Infutor. Drew brings significant experience in building scalable high-growth subscription businesses by focusing on commercial activities and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Infutor, Drew was the Vice President of Finance at Sage Group plc where he led Finance for the North America commercial region as it transitioned from a perpetual to subscription revenue model. Prior to that, he was responsible for the global FP&A function at First Advantage, a leading provider of background screening technology and services. In addition, he has held senior positions at Ariba, Inc. (acquired by SAP in 2012) both pre and post-acquisition, where he was responsible for finance support of the global sales, marketing, and Ariba Network organizations. Prior to moving to corporate finance roles, Drew spent the beginning of his career in investment banking and restructuring advisory.

Drew received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and is an active CFA charterholder.

Why Infutor?
Infutor is led by industry veterans who have a clear strategy for product innovation and accelerating growth. It’s personally exciting to work for a rapidly growing company where we can constantly challenge ourselves to meet our ambitious goals.

Favorite part of the job?
It’s the opportunity, both in the marketplace and internally. We strive to create an atmosphere that allows Infutor-ians to grow personally and professionally in their careers.

Favorite quote?
"If you're prepared and you know what it takes, it's not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there." – Mark Cuban

Outside the office?
I’m an avid traveler, college basketball fan, husband, father and amateur cook.

Leadership Team


Dave Dague

Dave
Dague

Chief Marketing Officer


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Dave Dague


Chief Marketing Officer, Dave oversees Infutor’s marketing organization, driving the strategy for the Infutor brand and market positioning, and the execution of the company’s integrated marketing initiatives. A 25 year veteran of the Information Services and Analytics industry, Dave brings significant expertise in cross-channel consumer identification, verification, and marketing solutions to the advertising, financial services, retail, telecommunications and other industries.

Previously, Dave served as CMO for Gravy Analytics, Gannett-backed mobile, location based behavioral insights company. Prior to Gravy Analytics, Dave served as CMO for Neustar and prior to that, he served as CMO for TargusInfo, which was purchased by Neustar in 2011. Dave has also served as an adjunct professor of Marketing and Sales Management at the undergraduate level.

Why Infutor?
We’re a smart team of collegial, passionate professionals with assets from which we deliver solutions that measurably solve client problems.

Favorite part of the job?
Working in a high-energy, passionate environment. It’s thrilling to hear from happy clients about the results we deliver and how we help them improve their performance.

Favorite quote?
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford

Outside the office?
I’m a gym rat, avid reader, travel enthusiast and animal protection advocate. I’m also a devoted husband and dad.

Len Lombardo

Len
Lombardo

Chief Information Security Officer


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Len Lombardo


Len is responsible for managing data and corporate security facilities, maintaining all information security policies, and overseeing compliance audits. Prior to joining Infutor, Len was the Chief Information Officer for the TransUnion Corporation, responsible for all aspects of systems strategy and development, technical operations, data management, and technical compliance. Prior to that, Len was an Operations Officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL, and has over 35 years of data processing experience.

Why Infutor?
The energy around a young and growing company. Great people and products, exciting industry, and an environment that allows someone to make a difference.

Favorite part of the job?
Being able to tap into my experience and add value. Still learning after all these years.

Favorite quote?
"No one who ever gave his best regretted it." – George Halas

Outside the office?
Wife, kids, grandkids, and golf. The order sometimes varies.

Brian Burke

Brian
Burke

VP, Product Management


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Brian Burke


With 20 years’ experience in product management, product design, and software/database development, Brian oversees product initiatives focused on transactional API & batch delivery of consumer identity management solutions, including Infutor’s ID Suite and TCPA compliance solutions. His current responsibilities include driving revenue and customer satisfaction through continued focus on product development, feedback, performance and quality.

Prior to joining Infutor, Brian was Director of Development for LSSiDATA. Brian has a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Why Infutor?
I thrive off the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that is fluent throughout Infutor.

Favorite part of the job?
I love getting to mix with so many different people & groups. The great thing about my role is that it intersects with Technology, Sales, Marketing, & our Customers.

Favorite quote?
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity." – Charles Mingus

Outside the office?
I like playing piano & keyboards.

Mary Jo Yafchak

Mary Jo
Yafchak

VP, Data Strategy


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Mary Jo Yafchak


MJ has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and problem solving for data marketing solutions. She is currently responsible for envisioning and driving the data strategy and quality measurement for Infutor’s data assets. MJ’s specialty is enabling the efficient building of new and products and enhancement of existing solutions, using disparate data sets to create actionable intelligence for clients.

Prior to joining Infutor, MJ spent more than 10 years as president of AccuData, Inc. and previously she served as president of Alvion, Inc. (now owned by Acxiom) and VP of Product Development at Acxiom, Inc. MJ has a degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, WI.

Why Infutor?
The culture. Infutor thrives on new ideas, creative solutions and teamwork. Our ability to respond nimbly to market needs is both inspiring and motivating.

Favorite part of the job?
Being part of an innovative, collaborative team that develops valuable new products and services. It’s very gratifying to see customers benefit from our creative solutions.

Favorite quote?
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

Outside the office?
I love to create in the kitchen and invent new, healthy takes on traditional dishes. My husband often teases me about never having the same dish twice, since I’m always reinventing or improving the last rendition of a recipe.

Vlad Zharovskiy

Vlad
Zharovskiy

VP, Data R&D


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Vlad Zharovskiy


Vladimir is an accomplished, diverse business leader with over 20 years’ experience in development, testing and building a wide range of data-driven product and solutions. He began his career as R&D Analyst at International Business list focusing on Identity and Entity Management solutions and RDBS optimization. He is one of the co-founders of Infutor and has been responsible for the development and and optimization of the company’s strategic product initiatives.

Currently, Vlad oversees the the development of Infutor’s next generation Identity Graph solution that will continue to position the company as Consumer Identity Management Expert. Vlad holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.

Why Infutor?
I started with Infutor at the beginning and have been proud to help build it into a competitive company, seeing it evolve as an agile and innovative place that uses people and technology to present 21st century solutions.

Favorite part of the job?
Working with talented people and new technology to develop market solutions.

Favorite quote?
We can do anything if you give us enough time and resources.

Outside the office?
I like to stay active and explore investing in the stock market.

Natalia Belonenko

Natalia
Belonenko

VP, Data Services


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Natalia Belonenko


Natalia is an experienced business professional in Infutor’s Product organization, responsible for product design, managing sophisticated data-derived solutions and multi-faceted project programs. With more than 20 years’ experience in data development, product design, management, testing and building of complex data-driven Natalia’s expertise include strong technical skills in analytical, database, network and marketing analytics. She began her career as Product Analyst at International Business list and is a co-founder of Infutor.

Natalia is currently responsible for product design and is the product owner of several multimillion dollar products. She holds a Master degree in Business and Economics.

Why Infutor?
Being with Infutor from the very beginning, the foundation, has given me such pride. I continue to enjoy being part of the Infutor family and our tremendous transformation into a market leader.

Favorite part of the job?
I love the feeling of accomplishment when we've solved a complex challenge that positively impacts our business foundation.

Favorite quote?
"Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people." – Steve Jobs

Outside the office?
I love traveling and music, particularly opera. I also enjoy a great book or theater production.

Stuart Lazarus

Stuart
Lazarus

VP, Sales


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Stuart Lazarus


Seasoned and successful sales management professional with over 15 years of experience in developing strategic business plans, directing high-performing sales teams, Stuart provides sales strategy coaching to support employee development and career advancement. Leads business development initiatives by emphasizing consistent sales process, forging key partnerships, and participating in vision planning. Proven team leader with impacting bottom-line growth and enhancing company objectives.

Why Infutor?
Infutor is a place where we have high expectations for growth but it's not just a statement, in every role you are truly supported. You are not alone in your efforts.

Favorite part of the job?
The teamwork from every aspect of the business. Sales can be the driver but the company is behind you.

Favorite Quote?
"Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do" – Mark Cuban

Outside the office?
You can find me attending sporting events especially Kansas Basketball Games. I love to dine in the city of Chicago and spend time with my wife and my 2 children.

Dan Bahr

Dan
Bahr

VP, Customer Engagement


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Dan Bahr


Dan leads the Account Management, Customer Success, Customer Support, Implementation and Solutions Engineering teams at Infutor - teams responsible for aligning Infutor products with the customer's needs and maximizing customer lifetime value. With over a decade of revenue generating experience on, and leading, customer facing teams in high growth, business-to-business, business-to-consumer and SaaS software companies, Dan brings a unique perspective to driving ROI that Infutor's customers benefit from. Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.

Why Infutor?
It appeared as though Infutor was striking the perfect balance between having an unwavering passion for optimizing employee satisfaction while also focusing on speed of execution and individual/team accountability that comes from being venture-backed. That initial observation was something that was validated early in my tenure and remains true to this day.

Favorite part of the job?
I am extremely passionate about leadership and this role affords the opportunity to lead/support a diverse team that is motivated in a variety of ways.

Favorite quote?
"Without data, you're just another person with an opinion." – W. Edwards Deming

Outside the office?
Dan spends most of his time trying endlessly to make his son laugh and his wife proud.

Zora Senat

Zora
Senat

VP, Strategic Partnerships


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Zora Senat


Zora leads the Strategic Partnerships team at Infutor – a group focused on driving growth initiatives through channel partnerships. Prior to Infutor, Zora spent 7 years at Exact Data operating in various leadership roles including Marketing, Sales Operations, Product Development & Operations, and Customer Success. Zora holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Why Infutor?
The people, of course.

Favorite part of the job?
A cliché response but no two days are the same!

Favorite quote?
“Living a satisfying life requires more than simply meeting the demands of those in control. Yet in our offices and our classrooms we have way too much compliance and way too little engagement. The former might get you through the day, but the latter will get you through the night.” – Daniel Pink

Outside the office?
As of March, 2020, Zora is the proud owner of two boys under two. She enjoys any activity that requires being outdoors with her family.

Asif Ahmed

Asif
Ahmed

VP, Analytics


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Asif Ahmed


Asif leads the Analytics team at Infutor which is responsible for developing new and innovative insights for our clients. Using the latest techniques in AI and machine learning, our data scientists enhance our products and also develop predictive models that allow our clients to make smarter decisions that increase revenue and drive higher margins. Asif has over 15 years of experience in data warehousing, big data, business intelligence and analytics across Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. Asif earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Knox College and his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Why Infutor?
Companies with strong cultures that reward collaboration and teamwork consistently outperform their competitors. The culture of collaboration at Infutor was evident from the interview process – and I’m happy that this proved to be true once I joined.

Favorite part of the job?
The people. It's hard to build a good culture and no company is perfect, but Infutor is truly focused on building a culture where people are rowing in the same direction. Goals are set each year for teams and individuals and there is a focus on supporting teammates in meeting their goals.

Favorite quote?
"It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple." – Steve Jobs

Outside the office?
Reading - some Sci-Fi, lately Eastern Philosophy (Rumi) and just recently Marcus Aurelius. Hiking/Camping - I set a goal to visit at least two National Parks a year and have achieved that three years in a row now! Want to learn how to Paddle Board! Did it once last summer and I loved it.

Michelle Tilton

Michelle
Tilton

VP, Marketing


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Michelle Tilton


Michelle serves as vice president of marketing for Infutor, focused on brand, content, thought leadership and lead generation. Her marketing and consumer data insight comes from more than 15 years of experience including 10+ years of BtoB technology, data and media marketing expertise. Previously, she served as director of corporate marketing and communications for Source Interlink Companies (now part of TEN, The Enthusiast Network). She holds Communications and Psychology degrees from American International College.

Why Infutor?
The great team of people we have here who are dedicated and constantly challenging themselves to make this such a successful company.

Favorite part of the job?
Interacting and being part of our teams who are constantly innovating, adapting and able to solve virtually any challenge they are confronted with.

Favorite quote?
“I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Nelson Mandela

Outside the office?
Anything I can do outside with my husband, two boys and two rescue pups.

Eric Greuel

Eric
Greuel

VP, Operations


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Eric Greuel


Eric has spent over 9 years of his career in Sales Operations for a variety of software companies, focusing on data-driven decision making through the automation of processes and business intelligence analytics. He thrives in fast-paced and challenging environments. Lives in Downers Grove, happily married to Gloria, with two children, Eva and Beau, with their dog, Penny.

Why Infutor?
High growth potential combined with great infrastructure and people. Strong unified desire to win across the team.

Favorite part of the job?
Regular challenges present professional and personal growth opportunities.

Favorite quote?
"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way." – Les Brown

Outside the office?
Trying new experiences (restaurants, theatre, nature) with my wife, being active with the kids and taking our dog for walks. I also enjoy time in the gym to better myself, physically and mentally.

Dave Hopkins

Dave
Hopkins

Director, Information Technology


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Dave Hopkins


Dave brings more than 25 years of technical and management experience in Information Technology, Systems Engineering and Network Management. He is currently responsible for all infrastructure, systems, technical support and database administration at Infutor. Prior to joining Infutor, Dave spent more than 15 years with OAG Worldwide and Vanstar Corporation in a variety of technical and management positions. He attended Eastern Illinois University.

Why Infutor?
I loved the idea of a growing company with a family feel. After almost 9 years my Infutor family has tripled in size.

Favorite part of the job?
Learning new things every day and working with such a talented team.

Favorite quote?
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison

Outside the office?
Spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy the great outdoors especially fishing, boating and camping.

Jessica Guffey

Jessica
Guffey

Director, Human Resources


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Jessica Guffey


Jessica joined Infutor in 2017 and leads the Human Resources function for the company. She supports and drives the culture and people strategy by partnering with the business to help leaders identify, prioritize, and build organizational capacity and the talent requirements needed to achieve Infutor’s growth plan. Jessica has over 16 years of diverse HR business partner experience in sales and culture-driven consumer products and technology organizations.

Jessica specializes in talent management, employee engagement, and organizational effectiveness. She has a BA in Sociology and Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Why Infutor?
I joined Infutor because I was attracted to the challenge of matching the talent needs to the changing needs of a high-growth company. I was also glad to see the company’s commitment to culture and values early on. Lastly, I was (and am still) impressed by the industry experience of Infutor’s business leaders. They truly are #experts.

Favorite part of the job?
Seeing our employees make great achievements for the company, both as individuals and across teams, makes me proud and inspired. I am also always impressed with the welcoming and #supportive culture across our organization. We have doubled in size over the course of a year, and our employees genuinely want our new hires to be successful. It feels good to be part of an organization that can be both driven and collaborative. Also - the wide selection of coffee creamers! (what can I say, it’s the little things in life!)

Favorite quote?
Most of my favorite quotes come from Shakespeare or Martin Luther King, Jr. I will go with a simple one: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - MLK JR

Outside the office?
Chicago has a great live music and culinary scene, so you can typically find me out and about in the city or near the lakefront, perfecting my Instagram feed. I also spend a lot of time back home (Winnebago, IL) with my family, being the best aunt I can be to my niece and three nephews.

Advisory Board


Jon Kossow

Jon
Kossow

Board Member, Norwest Venture Partners

Ran Ding

Ran
Ding

Board Member, Norwest Venture Partners

David Garcia

David
Garcia

Board Member

Wayne Mincey

Wayne
Mincey

Board Member

Ken Dreifach

Ken
Dreifach

Corporate Advisor and Privacy Compliance Counsel

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