Kevin HaarPresident & Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Haar is responsible for the vision, strategy and leadership of Appistry. Haar believes his greatest responsibility is building a team that can successfully execute on Appistry’s commitment to helping businesses solve complex, data intensive problems. He has more than 25 years of experience in building teams for rapid growth organizations – representing thousands of employees across several companies with distinct corporate cultures.
Prior to Appistry, Haar spent 17 years at Rational Software, serving in several strategic positions including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations. He played an integral role in transforming the company from a software startup into an industry powerhouse with more than $800 million in annual revenues – resulting in a $2.1 billion acquisition by IBM. Haar held several management positions at HP before joining Rational.
A family man at heart, Kevin enjoys spending his leisure time with his wife, four kids and four grandkids. Haar’s family values fuel his passion for building businesses and establishing corporate cultures that align with his employees’ financial and personal objectives. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Trevor HeritageVice President of Corporate Development and Strategy
Trevor Heritage applies a diverse background in areas such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and computer science to build and develop strategic customer, partner and executive-level relationships at Appistry and oversee technical positioning and alliance building strategies for Appistry’s life sciences-focused solutions.
Heritage has held a number of high-profile positions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemicals and software sectors. As comfortable in the boardroom as he is in the laboratory, Heritage has developed a proven track record for transitioning emerging technology companies through successful acquisitions. Prior to his post at Appistry, Heritage served as Executive Vice President, Software Products for San Diego, California-based life science software provider, Accelrys Inc. (Nasdaq: ACCL), where he oversaw business strategy and orchestrated a transformational merger with his former employer, the recently acquired Symyx Software (Nasdaq: SMMX). At Symyx, Heritage served as President with responsibility for software business operations. Heritage assumed this position after serving as the Senior Vice President Operations & Chief Science Officer for Elsevier MDL (acquired by Symyx in 2007). Prior to that, he managed the life science informatics business unit and professional services for St. Louis-based Tripos Inc. for several years.
A 2005 recipient of the St. Louis Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” Business Award, Heritage proudly returns to the city to facilitate the development of another innovative technology. In addition to this accolade, Heritage has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for IBC Life Sciences and the University of Indiana, School of Informatics. His research has been published in over 20 peer- reviewed scientific journals and books and he holds a BSc in Chemistry and Computer Science, as well as a PhD in Organic Chemistry, from the University of Reading in the UK.
Mark EngelVice President of Product Development and Marketing
Mark Engel is responsible for product development and marketing at Appistry. Having spent the last 20 years leading innovation and product development teams around the world across a variety of industries Mark is focused on building a customer-centric organization and developing products that enable the practice of personalized medicine.
Prior to Appistry, Mark spent 5 years at Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit company in the country. Mark started at Express Scripts leading new product development and the Launch of Screen Rx, a solution that leverages big data and predicts which patients will not adhere to their medications and intervenes using behavior science principles to secure heathy patient outcomes and avoid incremental medical costs. Mark was also the champion for building the Express Scripts Research & New Solutions Lab for driving innovative solutions in the pharmacy benefit. Mark was instrumental in the Marketing integration of the $23B acquisition of Medco Health and served as Vice President of Division Marketing upon completion of the acquisition.
Mark started his career in strategic consulting and spent more than 5 years living and working in Asia. He holds a joint MBA/MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and College of Arts and Science. After more than 8 years of classical marketing training, Mark found his calling in developing and translating a deep understanding of customer needs and the ability to take ideas from concept to commercialization. In his spare time Mark likes to bike ride, travel and cook.
Jean RobersonChief Financial Officer
Jean Roberson is focused on improving the operational cost efficiencies of Appistry, including investor relations, budgeting and financial modeling. Under her guidance, the company has proactively raised more than $34 million in private investment.
Roberson brings more than 17 years of experience across all areas of finance to her role at Appistry. Prior to joining the team, she was the CFO of Bandwidth Exchange Buildings, and was co-founder and CFO of Partner Communications and Services. She also served as Treasurer for Purina Mills during the time of its leveraged buyout where she raised $350 million to transition the business unit into stand-alone enterprises and during the sale of the business to Koch Industries in 1998.
Roberson began her career as an auditor at Ernst& Young, joining the firm after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and becoming a C.P.A. Jean has a passion for mentoring early-stage companies and founded the Technology Entrepreneur Center to provide guidance to early-stage companies in St. Louis. This is where she was first introduced to Appistry – she felt that Appistry was one of the “most interesting companies in St. Louis,” and joined the company shortly thereafter. Jean’s energy and passion serve her well as an avid triathlete, participating in races across the country.
Rich Mazzarella, Ph.D.Chief Scientific Officer
Rich Mazzarella is responsible for developing technologies and strategies that transform genomic data into actionable intelligence. With more than three decades of experience in diverse fields including biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology, genetics, computational biology and bioinformatics, Mazzarella is Appistry’s guide on the path to turning personalized medicine into a reality.
Mazzarella’s vast expertise in genomics research ranges from advancing the human genome project at Washington University, St. Louis, to patenting progressive findings in cancer research while at Pfizer. His experience and education – which includes a Ph.D. in microbiology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and serving as an instructor at The Institute for Biomedical Computing & The Center for Genetics in Medicine at Washington University – is not only tapped to advance Appistry’s role in life sciences, but also to nurture St. Louis’ leadership role in life sciences, medicine and technology.
Editor of a computational and systems book, author of four book chapters and 40 scientific journal articles, Mazzarella is also a talented engineer who has designed and built robots capable of being controlled remotely over the Internet. Unlike The Jetsons’ robot Rosey, his robot cannot do housework yet, but is fully capable of grabbing a Schlafly.
Michael GronerVice President of Engineering and Chief Architect
Michael Groner’s entrepreneurial drive and his strategic vision have contributed to Appistry’s growth and transformation throughout the years. In addition to assuming chief responsibility for the technical architecture behind Appistry’s products, Groner leverages his engineering background with his business acumen to ensure alignment of product and corporate goals. Amidst this quest to build a dynamic company with a scalable and reliable solution for applied analytics in the big data space, Groner can be found constantly communicating with—and learning from—Appistry’s customer base. It’s this approach that has shaped his understanding of evolving pipeline and application development opportunities for geospatial, next generation sequencing and other emerging technologies in the defense and life sciences industries.
Prior to co-founding Appistry, Groner served in various capacities at PaylinX, including as the company’s Chief Architect. Similar to his role at Appistry, at PaylinX, Groner was responsible for building large mission critical systems for the transaction world—including development of several versions of the PaylinX Payment Server— while balancing the company’s corporate and technical aspirations. Later, while seeing the company through its acquisition by CyberSource, Groner continued on as Director of Software Development. Prior to this, he began his career as a developer with Tapestry Computing where he designed and implemented PayPort 1.x, the foundation for the PaylinX concept.
With a background that includes research in artificial intelligence and other technical complexities, Groner holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Heath MoylanVice President of Cloud Operations
Heath Moylan manages the infrastructure that powers Appistry’s cloud-based services, including information technology, data center operations, and quality assurance. He has 15 years of experience driving performance, scalability, and reliability in data centers. Prior to Appistry, he spent nearly a decade at Thomson Reuters, serving in a range of roles including development, platform implementation, and infrastructure architecture to build and manage real-time market data applications and high volume web infrastructures for news and financial data. Moylan now applies this experience with a “DevOps” approach to solve challenges related to bioinformatics and other big-data problems. When not obsessing over the details of Appistry’s solutions, he cycles, scuba dives, and tinkers with PC and media servers.