Atlanta CEO

Founding Company Members

Paramount’s vision is to leverage the organization’s strengths towards integrating IT solutions and resources to provide customers with the best blend of technical and creative solutions and become their unprecedented partner. Our mission Building a quality-focused organization, with state of the art customer-centric IT solutions, and continuous employee engagement initiatives. We are a team of passionate people focused on delivering the most immediate and high- quality solutions that drive our clients’ performance, and success.      Paramount makes IT simple, agile and collaborative. Products/Services: IT Consulting, Blockchain, IT Infrastructure & Enterprise Content Management Systems. Paramount has been recognized by prestigious associations like INC 5000, USPAACC- FAST 100, and 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work for in Atlanta, National Association for Business Resources that ranked the company as one of Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, and Computerworld Best Places to Work for in IT. 

Founding CEO Members

PJ Bain

CEO, PrimeRevenue

I am a lifelong entrepreneur with boundless curiosity and drive to learn. An engineer at heart, I love solving business, technical, financial and organizational problems – the more complex and greater the reward, the greater the enjoyment in attacking the problem. I am fiercely focused on TEAM building with a mission to support individuals and TEAMs in reaching their full potential. A former college athlete and current wannabe athlete, I am in constant quest of TEAM victories that raise expectations of where our collective potential can take us.

I gravitate to businesses that have traction but need TEAMs, systems and processes that scale. I believe the core VALUEs of honesty, integrity, humility, clarity, respect and accountability are pre-requisites for success. My TEAMs have consistently been honored with numerous awards on local, national and international levels for growth, respect of employees, philanthropic work and innovation.

Roger Barnette

CEO. MessageGears

Over the past 20 years, I’ve been fortunate to work alongside many talented, dedicated people while leading and growing technology businesses. As CEO of MessageGears, my focus each day is on how to marry our long-term vision for growth with an eye toward ensuring our clients’ satisfaction and success. Being CEO of a growing technology company requires boundless energy and the ability to be your company’s biggest, most visible advocate, but it’s also essential to surround yourself with exceptional people who can carry your vision through the day-to-day reality required to make any business a success. MessageGears is ranked as one of Atlanta’s best places to work and is ranked by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.

Prior to MessageGears, I was President of IgnitionOne, a company formerly named SearchIgnite that I founded. I grew that business from inception to one of the world’s largest digital media platforms. It was ranked one of the Best Places to Work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Some of my previous growth leadership positions included Biltmore Communications (acquired by DIRECTV) and eTour (acquired by

I’ve received numerous awards, including Atlanta Internet Marketer of The Year and Emory’s Goizueta Business School Outstanding Recent Alumni award. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta CEO Council, a member of YPO — Southern 7 Chapter and a mentor at Techstars Atlanta. I’m a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences and have been regularly cited in major media outlets. I earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. 

Dr. Amy Baxter

Founder & CEO, Pain Care Labs

As a pan-curious academic physician entrepreneur and NIH-funded researcher, I bridge clinical silos, translating science from multiple disciplines into inventions and innovation.

Rahim Charania

Managing Director, Woodvale

Rahim B. Charania is a business leader with over 20 years of experience, acquiring and reorganizing business operations into efficient, highly profitable businesses. He has used his expertise in business management, strategic planning, finance and sales to distinguish himself as a leader and an innovator. Rahim’s entrepreneurial skills and creativity have shaped his vision into several successful businesses.

Rahim serves as Founder and Managing Director of Woodvale, a leading alternative investment firm providing solutions for clients along with strong and consistent returns for investors. Woodvale’s deep experience in special purpose real estate development, equity capitalization and debt re-structuring creates a single source solutions provider for the needs of today’s commercial real estate market.

In addition to Woodvale, Rahim has founded two other successful business that continue to make a measurable impact in the industries the serve. In 2011, Rahim founded American Fueling Systems (AFS) a national leader in the fueling industry, providing gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas and Liquefied Natural Gas to the transportation and energy sectors. He has taken AFS from an idea to a nationally recognized leader in the energy and fuels marketplace.

In 2016, Rahim created Three Ring Studios (TRS) and is now the Chairman of one of the largest Studio production campuses in Georgia’s growing film and TV production industry. With over 250,000 square feet of sound stages space and over 100,000 square feet of office space. TRS has positioned itself to be a premier facility for film and television productions of all types, offering an impressive array of sound stages, state-of-the-art post-production facilities and world-class support services amid an inspiring, historical setting.

These successful businesses have afforded Rahim many opportunities to be recognized for his efforts by industry and civic leaders across the U.S. In 2011, Rahim was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Executives under 40 and in 2012 Georgia State University honored him with the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. In 2015, he was recognized as the Businessperson of the Year from the largest Chamber organization in the South East, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Rahim has been published in many publications including Forbes and Success magazines, sharing his business insights. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and Executive MBA from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. 

Natalie Cheney

CEO, MemberSuite

Natalie is a seasoned software veteran with 20+ years of SaaS experience. Prior to joining MemberSuite, she was instrumental in growing several other Saas businesses including Constructware (Acquired by Autodesk) and Compliance 360 (Acquired by SAI global). Natalie started as COO/CRO of MemberSuite in 2013. By implementing the right processes and focusing on driving revenue, she succeeded in growing MemberSuite into a trusted membership management platform. Since becoming CEO in 2017, she has grown the company both by implementing a customer-centric approach that focuses on delivering innovative products and services and through the acquisition of event marketing and engagement software company, Event Farm. Her mission is to enable for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with technology that empowers people to interact in more meaningful and engaging ways.

Mike Cote

CEO, Secureworks

Experienced public and PE backed private company President, CEO and GM with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Operations, Sales, Go-to-market Strategy, IT Strategy, and Professional Services. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Accounting and Computer Science from Boston College.

Frank X. Dalton

Partner and Founder, Fulcrum Equity Partners

Anindya Datta

CEO, Mobilewalla

Anindya Datta, the CEO and Chairman of Mobilewalla, is widely regarded as a front-running technologist, leader and innovator, with core contributions to the state of the art in large-scale data management and Internet technologies. Mobilewalla is a global leader in consumer intelligence solutions, leveraging the industry’s most robust data set and deep artificial intelligence expertise to better understand, model and predict customer behavior. Prior to Mobilewalla, Anindya founded and ran Chutney Technologies, where he was backed by Kleiner Perkins and evolved into one of the earliest entrants in the application virtualization area. The company was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005. Anindya has also been on the faculties of major research universities and institutes in the United States and abroad, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Arizona, the National University of Singapore and Bell Laboratories.

Anindya obtained his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Alok Deshpande

Co-founder & CEO, SmartPath, Inc.

I inspire, teach and build tools to help main street families get on track with their money.

70% of families live paycheck to paycheck. Few states require financial education to graduate from high school. Few financial advisors focus on the blue collar world.

We don’t teach people how to play the game and it’s the greatest injustice in capitalism.

I’m working with a team to solve that at scale.

Mike Dowdle

Founding Partner, Circadian Ventures

Scott Ellyson

CEO, East West

Araz Feyzi

Co-Founder & CEO, Syfer | Co-Founder & CTO, Kayhan Space (Techstars)

A Technologist, a Father, and an Entrepreneur. 

Mitch Free

CEO & Founder at ZYCI CNC Machining

Mitch Free is the founder, and CEO of ZYCI CNC Machining ( ZYCI is AS9100 Rev D and ISO 9001 certified and provides CNC machining, additive manufacturing and injection molding services. Mitch also founded in 2000 and served as CEO and Chairman until 2013.

Mitch began his career as an apprentice machinist and developed a passion for applying advanced manufacturing technologies. Northwest Airlines recruited him to develop methods to reverse engineer and produce aircraft parts. Holder of multiple patents, his track record of innovation and leadership quickly led to senior management positions where he oversaw aircraft acquisition and commissioning projects worldwide. The vision for propelled Mitch into the world of digital manufacturing where his pioneering work quickly established him as an industry leader.

A dynamic and sought-after presenter, Mr. Free has spoken at Northwestern University, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Fudan University in China, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and appears regularly on various NBC and Fox outlets including CNBC and Fox Business.

Mitch is a previous winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been featured in Start Up Playbook and Makers, the New Industrial Revolution. In 2016 Mitch co-authored a book on additive manufacturing titled The Great Disruption 

Robin Gregg

CEO, RoadSync

Key areas of expertise include: small business marketing and sales/distribution strategies, consumer and commercial payments, partnership development, and financial solutions for small businesses.

Professional credentials include: Harvard MBA, Capital One, FleetCor, Revolution Money (sold to Amex), and management consulting.

Subodh Gupta

Founder, Franpos

Starting his own Software Company back in 2004, Subodh Gupta has always been motivated to innovate the technology industry with his talents and skills. Armed with a degree in Computer Science, Subodh forged new clientele relationships by offering practical, yet effective solutions that produces long lasting results for companies all over World.

InspireSmart was Subodh’s premiere IT software company serving globally, offering web solutions, software solutions, enterprise mobile solution, iOS/Android app development, and eCommerce solutions, and much more. One of InspireSmart’s successful software project is Franpos. Franpos is a mobile Point of Sale system providing retail, health & beauty, mall kiosk businesses with simple and beautiful frontend with sophisticated backend tools to further enhance the experience of their daily business operations.

InspireSmart was later rebranded as Franpos as the product required full attention of the entire company.

As the Founder and President of Franpos, Subodh is leading the company to its potential future. Subodh is an advisor to various startups in the Bay Area.

Specialties: Software Sales, Business Intelligence, Software Architect. 

Craig Haynor

Co-founder & CEO, Green Feather
CEO, Ally Commerce

Cory Hewett

CEO and Co-Founder, Gimme Vending Inc.

Cory is a technology disruptor to industries dramatically underserved by their legacy technology suppliers.

Automatic Merchandiser “Pro to Know.” Atlanta “30 Under 30.” TAG Business Launch Competition Winner.

JP James

Chairman, Hive Financial Systems

Over the past decades, have helped acquire, restructure, and scale stagnant ventures in their management strategy, business process automation, back office automation, and capital solutions.

Invested and advised fast growth ventures and lecture Cyber Security, Agent Based Modeling, and on Quantitative Computational Finance, and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech’s College of Management & School of Industrial Engineering 

Sathish John

President & CEO, Alora Healthcare Systems

Venkatesh Kini

Co-Founder, Ubuntoo & The Positive Environmentalist

Entrepreneur, environmentalist, coach and mentor.

Global business leader with over 30 years of experience in marketing, sales & general management across industries in emerging & developed markets. Strong grounding in finance & operations. Launched products in 45 countries, participated in M&A deals worth over $ 5 billion from negotiation to integration, led significant innovations from concept to execution. 

Rob Kischuk

CEO & Founder, Converge

CEO & Founder of Converge (funded by Mark Cuban and some awesome local angel investors) – Automating Digital Marketing Reporting for Digital Marketing Agencies and Brands.

Worked on Product at Air2Web (acquired by Velti)

Led Engineering at Proficient Systems (acquired by LivePerson)

I love building communities, teams, products, and companies.

Josh Lieberman

President & Founder, KMS Technology

•Successful as President, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer
•Proven high integrity leadership skills
•Growth orientation
•Sales and operational expertise
•Experience in both start-ups, public companies, and mergers and acquisitions
•International expertise in Americas, Europe, and Asia

Results oriented business leader with current responsibility for high-growth and highly profitable Business that provides offshore software development services. Grew a struggling venture backed firm to profitability while playing a critical role in the sale to a NASDAQ traded company at a favorable multiple. Strategic thinker who can build long-term strategies and implement processes and metrics to ensure goals are achieved. A leader proven in building empowered teams and operational best practices that result in revenue growth, profitability and client retention. 

Ashish Mistry

Managing Partner, BLH Venture Partners

Mistry is Managing Partner of BLH Venture Partners, a private investment firm specializing in early-stage companies. Mistry’s experience includes leadership roles with high-growth companies in technology-enabled services, information security and e-commerce/consumer markets. Mistry has advised early-stage companies across the state with Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).

Mistry serves as a board director for Venture Atlanta and the Atlanta CEO Council. 

Phillip Naples

Founder, CEO at Layr

I’m a recovering traditional insurance broker that enjoys smoking meats and spending time outdoors with my family. I’m currently helping small businesses conquer their business insurance with insurtech and Layr.

Hari Parthasarathy

Founder & CEO, WP&E Technologies and Solutions

– 17 yrs global experience in oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals and manufacturing industries across North America, Middle east GCC, Asia, Europe, Australia and South Africa
– Developed and licensed novel technology and solution to capture and remove 99.999% of Volatile/hazardous and dissolved organic compounds to ppb ( parts per billion levels) from water and air streams from petroleum manufacturing processes
-Held various engineering and management roles with hands on experience in process design, product development, engineering, technical sales, project implementation and management, start up and commissioning, financial strategy and operations management
– Specializing in innovative and Out Of Box solutions to implement and expediently solve problems faced by customers to reduce business risks, reduce losses, enhance throughput, improve product specs and enable compliance with environmental regulations
– Built new, managed and grew diverse cultural teams and successful businesses into attractive and challenging new markets globally

Samirkumar Patel

President & CEO, Moonlight Therapeutics

Samir is an engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Moonlight Therapeutics. Moonlight Therapeutics is focused on improving the quality of life for people with food allergies by providing patient-friendly treatments. Prior to Moonlight Therapeutics, Samir was a co-founder of Clearside Biomedical (NASDAQ: CLSD). Clearside is an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company developing targeted therapies for ocular diseases. He invented the suprachoroidal technology that lead to the creation of Clearside Biomedical and served as Director of Research from inception to the end of 2016. The company is currently in late-stage clinical trials in multiple indications and completed an IPO in 2016. Prior to that he was at Georgia Institute of Technology where he obtained his doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering and focused on research using microneedles for ocular drug delivery. He worked for Alza Corporation (A J&J company) on controlled release oral drug products between his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Samir obtained a dual B.S. degree in Chemical and Material Science Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.

Sanket Patel

CEO, Securolytics

Securolytics provides real-time Cybersecurity for Connected Medical and Infrastructure Internet-of Things (IoT) devices to Enterprises. 

Gururaj Rao

CEO, nuVizz, Inc.

Michael Reene

Board Member/Senior Corporate Strategist - Business Value Growth, Market and Innovation Development

Experienced Senior Executive with deep experience in top tier technology brands and a proven track record of adding value in strategy roles at CEO/Board level in tech firms

Previous: Strategy Consulting – Board and CEO level. Significant value creation track record with technology companies as an senior executive, board member, owner, CEO and as an advisor. Currently devoting efforts to two or three technology firms embracing change as a CEO level advisor with a specific focus on transformative strategic direction, M&A and/or business value enhancement

Specialties: value creation through Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Sales, Strategic SpinOffs, Capital Raising and other “board level” transactions 

David Roemer

CEO, Ideas United

Co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, a creative studio changing the way stories are told. IU creates unforgettable branded content, events, campaigns, and original content for premier brands, universities, and nonprofits around the globe while leveraging the best of the next generation of storytellers. Ideas United also created and runs Campus Movie Fest, the world’s largest student film festival, to discover top emerging talent, connect brands with students, and make a positive impact. 

Nick Santora

CEO, Curricula

Cyber security expert leading the Curricula team with a fun story based cyber security awareness training platform. Every day we help organizations across the world relate with their employees to learn about cyber security. Employees recognize how to defend themselves against the bad guys using our simulated phishing tests, animated stories, and content that bring security awareness to life for everyone. 

Keith Schroeder

CEO & Founder, High Road

Founder of High Road Ice Cream, veteran chef, culinary educator, entrepreneur, and James Beard Award-Winning cookbook author. I am on a journey to create, invest-in, and support food and beverage businesses dedicated to unlocking transformative opportunities for makers. 

Panna Sharma

CEO & President, Lantern Pharma, Inc

Significant public and private experience in leading biotech, high-tech and emerging technology companies grow through a combination of organic mechanisms, internal alignment, capital-raising and strategic transactions. Heavily focused on oncology, drug development, and the use of AI and machine learning to change the risk, cost and timeline in the highly interdisciplinary field of personalized medicine.

Specialties: Biotechnology, Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Environmental Sciences, and BioPharma Services, Healthcare Data, Artificial Intelligence, Public Companies, Company Turnarounds, Oncology, Next Generation Sequencing, Precision Medicine 

Ritesh Sharma

Co-Founder & COO, Jvion

Romeen Sheth

President, Metasys

I am the President of Metasys Technologies, a workforce management advisory firm based in Atlanta. Metasys partners with leading global organizations on the full lifecycle of their talent management strategy. We have been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing private businesses in the country and work with over 50 leading global organizations today.

Prior to leading Metasys, I was a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, I worked across industries and specialized in strategic transformation, merger integration, organizational design and capability building initiatives. Prior to McKinsey, I led Business Operations & Strategy at Ravel, a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley that was acquired by LexisNexis in 2017.

Partha Unnava

CEO, Lasso

Partha is the founder and CEO of Lasso, a performance lifestyle brand that developed a new wave of sportswear to help you Stay Moving and live a healthy, high performance lifestyle. Lasso’s products use patented human-centric design to improve your movement and recovery.

Lasso is worn by professional athletes, weekend warriors, firefighters, military, businesspeople, musicians, chefs, and artists around the world. Lasso products are also prescribed by top physicians for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Partha has received numerous entrepreneurship awards, including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30, and was invited to the White House by President Obama to recognize his innovations in the sports medicine space. Partha has been featured in Inc., CNN, Forbes, and more, on top of traveling around the world to speak about innovation, entrepreneurship, design, and health.

Partha is passionate about sports, hip-hop, culture, and art. He loves talking about philosophy, and using commerce and capitalism to create systemic societal change. To expand on this mission, he invests in brands and technologies that help people improve their quality of life, and grants a scholarship and serves on an advisory board for his hometown school district in Ohio to help kids reach their full potential and find their passions in life. 

Louise Wasilewski

CEO, Acivilate

Louise is passionate about improving the way criminal justice works for everyone involved. Acivilate combines technology, psychology and compassion to build a mobile platform where professionals and justice-involved people can work together for better outcomes.

Wasilewski brings twenty-five years experience in the business of software and communications, and seeks to understand not only her customer’s challenges, but all stakeholders, to develop tools that help everyone. Comfortable in culturally-diverse environments. Built a complementary team where people can excel at their strengths, develop new skills, and exercise transferrable skills in the team.

Strong business development skills forged through four prior start-ups. Sets direction and flexibly determine how to reach the destination. Experienced in category creation and nurturing of the industry eco-system. A history of innovation demonstrated through industry leadership and patents. Cross-functional business experience includes strategy, B2B marketing, sales, professional services, product management and product life cycle and integration. Technical experience spans architecture, technology development, integration, delivery, operation and maintenance. Relentless focus on risk identification and mitigation. A pragmatic leader who seeks to use evidence-based management to discover workable solutions to complex business problems. Not afraid to uncover and apply unconventional approaches or find talent in unlikely places. 

Armistead Whitney

CEO, Apptega

Passionate CEO, Board Director and entrepreneur with success growing software, security and Internet businesses from the ground up including raising over $50M in capital and participating in several exits and an IPO. Experience in developing creative go-to-market business strategies, launching new products, implementing predictable metrics-driven sales organizations, and developing company culture. Featured on CNN, FOX News, ABC News, and in The Wall Street Journal for expertise on technology and innovation to solve complex global security problems.

I have been lucky to work with highly talented people in fast-paced environments developing market-leading brands in industries ripe for change.

Baha Zeidan

CEO, Azalea Health

Baha is the Co-founder and CEO of Azalea Health, a leading healthcare IT company whose mission it is to help underserved healthcare providers improve patient care and profitability.

Under Baha’s leadership, Azalea has established itself as a high-growth innovator and leader, developing a comprehensive, cloud-based health IT platform for ambulatory practices and hospitals — including introducing the industry’s first fully-integrated proprietary telehealth solution with its EHR.
It has achieved Inc. 5000 rank of fastest-growing companies in the U.S for three consecutive years, and has been named a Top 40 Innovative Technology Company by The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

Baha has been recognized in the industry with a number of awards including the Phoenix Award by the Metro Atlanta Chamber Bioscience-Health IT Leadership Council in conjunction with the Health IT Leadership Summit for his outstanding contribution to the growth of the health IT industry in Georgia. He is also a 2018 recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty Award and a 2019 recipient of their Most Admired CEOs Award.

Throughout his career, Baha has served as a board member on various regional industry and academic groups. Currently, he serves as President of the Technology Executives Roundtable (TER), and is an active member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He additionally serves on the Kennesaw State University Healthcare Management & Informatics Advisory Board.

A graduate of Valdosta State University, he is a strong proponent of health IT and cloud computing, mobile development, and big data analytics. 


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