Coolfire Executive Leadership Team

Meet the leaders that get to serve the best team in the business.

Don Sharp

President & CEO, Board Member

A highly respected innovator with more than 29 years of industry and consulting experience, Don Sharp leads the team at Coolfire–a connected workstream collaboration software company to improve event awareness, control, and response. From strategic direction to day-to-day operations, he describes the key aspects of his leadership role as “pulling together all the pieces, plus getting the best talent we can possibly find, getting them focused and leading them to success.” Don joined Coolfire in 2013, after five and a half years of implementing advanced technologies at Navistar Inc. As vice president and CIO, then as senior vice president of Enterprise Services, he drove transformations that resulted in several hundred million dollars in cost reductions.His earlier experience includes eight years managing large-scale technology initiatives at Accenture, and 10 years in senior leadership roles with various technology firms, including his own startup firm.Don’s breadth of experience, from start-up entrepreneur to Fortune 250-company C-suite executive, allows him to bring a unique perspective to his role at Coolfire. His diversity of knowledge, and strength as a strategic thinker and problem solver are valuable assets.

He sees the challenge of introducing a software product to a new market as one of the greatest rewards of working with Coolfire. He appreciates the talent of the Coolfire team, as well as opportunities to interact with customers and drive value for the company.

Beyond his role at Coolfire, Don has served as vice chairman for the Greater Chicago Chapter of March of Dimes, and a trustee of the Morton Arboretum. He is currently a vice-chairman of North Central College, as well as a commissioner and secretary of the Dupage Airport Authority. He is also a board member of MedAware Solutions, Inc.

Don is a frequent speaker at executive roundtables, educational forums and industry events, on topics ranging from technology trends to overcoming new challenges posed by technology’s increasing complexities. He has earned numerous awards for economic development and public relations excellence.

A graduate from the University of Notre Dame, Don holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

 


Mark Rogers

Chief Revenue Officer

Mark Rogers is CRO for Coolfire, where he leads a growing team of driving professionals who create high-impact customer solutions and develop strategic partnerships to help Coolfire reach all corners of the globe. He sees the most important aspect of his role as “hiring and helping a great team to consistently bring all the best Coolfire has to offer to market.” As senior vice president of Business Development, Mark helped pioneer the low-code application development market, landing Mendix in Gartner leadership quadrants year over year and contributing to its acquisition by Siemens in 2018 for $760 million. Prior to this Mark held several senior roles at Microsoft including head of product management for Microsoft Azure during its 2009 launch that formed the foundation for the overall Microsoft cloud strategy that continues today. In addition, he led the Microsoft Windows Developer and ISV ecosystem for the very successful global launch of Windows 7. In past positions he has also been a leader of strategic revenue-producing partnerships and channels across several web services and middleware companies, such as Iona Technologies, the creator of CORBA, and Identify Software, now part of BMC Software.Through value creation and integrity in action, Mark is a proven developer of new revenue, and lasting customer relationships and partnerships. He brings these skills to the Coolfire, where he sees his greatest challenge as keeping up with the creativity of the Coolfire team. “I love the passion and deep insight Coolfire people have for collaboration, in corporate headquarters, across trading partners, and all the way to border patrols in Tajikistan,” he says.Mark graduated from DePaul University with bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing attended graduate school at Miami University of Ohio. Outside of work he enjoys participating in marathons, bike racing and blue water sailing.

 


John Dames

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO and one of the founders of Coolfire, John Dames leads the operations, research and development, and creative direction for the company and its products. His focus is on developing technology that solves problems, for users in locations from the battlefield to the factory floor. John came to the Coolfire CTO position in 2010, but not by a traditional route. Prior to this he was design director for Coolfire Media, producing award-winning broadcast and digital content.At Coolfire he sees his most important role as a translator between engineering design development and the rest of the business, including customers. “The classic definition of a CTO is the engineer who understands everything technology,” he says. “At Coolfire we have a different approach, because so much of what we offer customers is about innovation in products. What I do well is work closely with customers, to understand the kind of innovation we need to come up with. I add a bit of the creativity—translating the tech for our customers’ world.”John has found great satisfaction serving customers from the military, special operations, medical and public safety fields. He enjoys the innovation aspect of bringing a product to market, because it allows Coolfire to showcase its engineering and design expertise. He adds, “I’m always putting a spotlight on our developers and designers who make our stuff. I’m lucky to work with the people I work with. It’s a very impressive team we’ve put together, and I’m proud of it.”

A former Soviet studies major at the University of Missouri-Columbia, John has used his creative talents to produce films at international film festivals, and to teach design and film classes for college students.

He is a proud resident of downtown St. Louis, where he lives with his wife, three daughters and son.

 


David Levinson

Chief Financial Officer

With a record of sound financial guidance in complex, uncharted and rapid growth settings, David Levinson leads daily strategic, financial and administrative operations for Coolfire. In addition to what he describes as “keeping the lights on and making sure people get paid,” Dave says the most important aspect of his role is “partnering with the rest of our leadership team to build a world-class company where people want to come to work every day.” Dave came to Coolfire in 2017 after serving as CFO for OneSpace, a venture-backed software business. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at EY leading audits of public and private software and technology companies, and later specializing in financial due diligence and strategic finance projects for private equity and strategic clients. During this time, he assisted with over 100 transactions, with deal values ranging from $5 million to $15 billion.Dave is an experienced negotiator, completing multiple equity financings from premier venture capital investors, establishing term and revolving credit agreements, and completing strategic business acquisitions. Having managed multiple business lines and departments for venture-backed start-ups and growth-stage companies, he was excited to bring his strategic skills and big-picture perspective to the Coolfire team.“I like working at a growth-stage company,” he says. “We have great people who are passionate about what they’re doing and where Coolfire is going.”

Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also advises early-stage technology companies on an ad hoc basis. In 2013, he was honored by the St. Louis Business Journal as CFO of the Year in the Small Corporation division.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, Dave lives in St. Louis with his wife and twin daughters.

 


Michael Leopold

EVP, Strategic Accounts

As the head of Strategic Accounts, Michael is for servicing and growing existing enterprise accounts. He builds deep relationships with Coolfire customers to better understand their challenges and how technology can solve them. Michael is one of the original members of Coolfire–after splitting off from the Coolfire Media business. At Coolfire Media he was responsible for new business development and client services.He is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned a bachelor’s in Communications and St. Louis University High School. Born and raised in St. Louis, Michael is active in the thriving soccer community, active in his church. He has a wife and four children. 


Mike Crisanti

VP, Client Solutions

Heading up the Client Solutions group, Mike works closely with the sales and software development organizations to identify customer challenges, scope solutions to meet those pain points, and deliver on the Coolfire promise. Prior to his time at Coolfire, Mike was a Managing Director at Tahoe Partners where he delivered digital strategy and cutting-edge technology to change the way people collaborate and engage. He also spent five years as Vice President of Strategic Services at Whittman-Hart and five years as Manager at Accenture.Mike earned a bachelor’s from Notre Dame and an MBA with an emphasis in Strategy and Marketing from Northwestern University’s – Kellogg Graduate School of Management. 


Aaron Eversgerd

VP, Marketing

As Vice President of Marketing, Aaron defines and drives marketing and brand strategy. Working closely with the Sales and Executive teams, Aaron is responsible for ensuring the execution of the company’s marketing strategy and its brand marketing, lead generation, PR and customer advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining Coolfire, Aaron drove the digital strategy and product management efforts at OneSpace, Winn-Dixie and Web.com, as well as lead operational excellence at Network Solutions and MonsterCommerce. Aaron graduated from McKendree University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and later his MBA. He lives outside of St. Louis with his wife and two daughters. 


Board of Directors

The Coolfire leadership team is guided by seasoned business experts, bringing decades of experience to the organization.

Daniel Ustian

Board Member
Daniel Ustian is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), a manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, and defense vehicles. He served as CEO from February 2003 to August 2012 and Chairman of the Board from February 2004 to August 2012.Before being named CEO, Ustian served as president and chief operating officer since April 2002, overseeing the company’s truck and engine operations and participating in the development of the company’s strategic direction and growth initiatives.Ustian’s focus on operational excellence encouraged several breakthrough technologies that drove the company’s product capability and increased sales.

Since 2012 Ustian has been serving as advisor, investor, chairman or owner of several firms across various industries.

Ustian received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from DePaul University, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees.

 

Brad O’Halloran

Board Member

Brad O’Halloran is the Executive Director of Investor Relations / Managing Principal for Brennan Investment Group. Mr. O’Halloran has a wide range of business, educational and government service experience.Mr. O’Halloran formerly served, as Regional Director of Development for the University of Notre Dame, cultivating key high-level benefactors for the University and representing it’s various interests within the Chicago Metropolitan area. Prior to joining the University, Mr. O’Halloran held the position of Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Development for Duty Free International and its successor company World Duty Free, a wholly owned subsidiary of BAA, plc. In this capacity, Mr. O’Halloran, oversaw all mergers and acquisition activity for the corporation as well as strategic marketing and key partnership development.Mr. O’Halloran came to Duty Free International when he merged his specialty retail operation, Sports Section Inc. with DFI in 1989. He was subsequently involved in the successful IPO of Duty Free International on the NYSE in 1993 and it’s subsequent sale to BAA plc. in 1999.
Mr. O’Halloran has been a serial entrepreneur throughout his career with interests in over 19 companies and current interests in half a dozen in various stages of development.

Mr. O’Halloran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Old Plank Trail Bank, a subsidiary of Wintrust Financial Corporation. He also is a founding member and on the Executive Board of Irish Angels. In addition he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Airports Council International, the International Visitors Center of Chicago and the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a member of the board of the Village of Orland Park, Metra and of the State of Illinois Architectural Licensing Board.

Mr. O’Halloran holds a bachelor’s degree, as well as a Masters, Business Administration (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Notre Dame.

 

David T. “Dave” Senay

Board Member

During his 38-year career in public relations, Dave Senay has worked across multiple communications practices throughout several regions of the world, and been a driving force in the growth and development of the world’s leading communications firm.Senay, 63, joined FleishmanHillard’s St. Louis headquarters staff in 1984 as an account executive focused on consumer marketing. In the 35 years since, he took on increasing responsibilities, serving at various times as a group leader; as general manager of the St. Louis headquarters office; as regional president for the Central U.S., for Canada, and for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He became president and chief executive officer of the firm in July 2006, the third in its 70-year history.Senay participated on or led global account teams for major FleishmanHillard clients in industries ranging from telecommunications, biotechnology, and information technology to food, healthcare and automotive. He has broad experience in corporate and crisis communications, along with consumer marketing, international, public affairs and environmental programs. He regularly worked at the highest levels of client organizations, gaining the respect and confidence of C-suite executives around the world. His calm demeanor, sharp insights and ability to draw order out of even the most chaotic and thorny situations made him a valued partner and friend to clients.“We are storytellers and problem solvers of the highest level,” Senay said. “We build, promote and protect reputations, and when the chips are down, we work side-by-side with our clients to overcome each and every challenge they face.”

In growing the firm’s network of 85 offices in 33 countries, Senay traveled 140 days a year, appearing and participating in forums from Davos to Cannes, where he was jury president of the PR sector of the Cannes Festival of Creativity. After appearing regularly on PRWeek’s annual “Power List” of the most influential people in public relations, PRWeek also named him “PR Agency Professional of the Year” in 2014 — the same year that publication named FleishmanHillard “Global Agency of the Year.” Senay also earned the 2014 “SABRE Individual Achievement Award” from The Holmes Report., and in 2011 was inducted into the PRNews Hall of Fame.

Yom Senegor

Board Member
Since 2016, Yom Senegor has been the Chairman and CEO of Medaware Solutions, a company that provides technology and services to the healthcare industry. The company has built a mobile communication and leverages this technology to provide home based healthcare for high risk patients and high utilizers of clinical resources.From 2007 to 2016, Yom Senegor was the CEO of Senegor LLC, a company that provides consulting services to major insurance companies in addition to investment and advisory services to early-stage start-ups.From 2001 to 2006, Yom Senegor served as EVP, CIO, and Head of Corporate Strategy for Safeco Insurance. In this role, he led the company’s Information Technology (IT) organization and directed corporate strategy initiatives. He was a member of the senior leadership team that engineered the company’s turnaround where Technology played a key role in that transformation.Prior to Safeco, Senegor held a number of senior positions at the international consulting firm Accenture. During his 20-year service at Accenture, he helped some of the nation’s largest insurance companies develop automated underwriting capabilities and integrated computing systems. His last position at Accenture was Central Region Managing Partner for Insurance and Chicago Office Managing Partner, where his responsibilities included leading a team of more than 30 partners and associate partners in providing consulting services to major insurance companies. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of business solutions using state-of-the-art technology.

Senegor is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science.

 

Don Sharp

President & CEO, Board Member

A highly respected innovator with more than 29 years of industry and consulting experience, Don Sharp leads the team at Coolfire–a connected workstream collaboration software company to improve event awareness, control, and response. From strategic direction to day-to-day operations, he describes the key aspects of his leadership role as “pulling together all the pieces, plus getting the best talent we can possibly find, getting them focused and leading them to success.”Don joined Coolfire in 2013, after five and a half years of implementing advanced technologies at Navistar Inc. As vice president and CIO, then as senior vice president of Enterprise Services, he drove transformations that resulted in several hundred million dollars in cost reductions.His earlier experience includes eight years managing large-scale technology initiatives at Accenture, and 10 years in senior leadership roles with various technology firms, including his own startup firm.Don’s breadth of experience, from start-up entrepreneur to Fortune 250-company C-suite executive, allows him to bring a unique perspective to his role at Coolfire. His diversity of knowledge, and strength as a strategic thinker and problem solver are valuable assets.

He sees the challenge of introducing a software product to a new market as one of the greatest rewards of working with Coolfire. He appreciates the talent of the Coolfire team, as well as opportunities to interact with customers and drive value for the company.

Beyond his role at Coolfire, Don has served as vice chairman for the Greater Chicago Chapter of March of Dimes, and a trustee of the Morton Arboretum. He is currently a vice-chairman of North Central College, as well as a commissioner and secretary of the Dupage Airport Authority. He is also a board member of MedAware Solutions, Inc.

Don is a frequent speaker at executive roundtables, educational forums and industry events, on topics ranging from technology trends to overcoming new challenges posed by technology’s increasing complexities. He has earned numerous awards for economic development and public relations excellence.

 

Scott Sheldon

Board Member

Scott Sheldon is EVP & COO of Allegiant Travel Company. He served as COO/CFO from 2017 through April 2019, SVP and CFO from 2010 until 2017, and served as VP and Principal Accounting Officer from 2007 until 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Sheldon served in other accounting and finance positions for Allegiant from 2004 until 2007. From 2001 until 2004, Mr. Sheldon worked in public accounting for the Perry-Smith, LLP regional public accounting firm in Sacramento, California.

Bob Wetzel

Board Member

Robert (Bob) Wetzel is Vice President of Corporate Development at Enterprise Holdings, where he leads the Company’s Corporate Development activities, including mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate venture capital investments. Bob also has strategic planning roles and responsibilities at Enterprise Holdings. Prior to working at Enterprise, through his advisory company, Bob advised managers and owners of private companies and private equity/venture capital groups, on projects including M&A, temporary Senior Management, international, corporate development, corporate finance, regulatory, due diligence and strategic planning projects. Mr. Wetzel founded Augury Capital in 2007, an emerging technologies venture capital fund with investments in emerging technology companies. Mr. Wetzel was a Senior Executive at Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, a leading life science company, for over seven years where he was the Managing Director of Eastern Asia and the Operations Manager for Europe. In a Corporate Development Director role at Solutia, Robert was the Founder and Executor of Solutia’s Pharmaceutical Services division where he created Solutia’s world-class pharmaceutical services division in Europe and directed their rapid international growth. Robert was the CEO of US Spine, a Medical Device Company; President of Process Technologies & Packaging, a contract OTC Pharma and Cosmetics Development and Manufacturing Company; CEO of allvivo, a biotechnology company; and COO of Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging. Additionally, he was a LBO banker at the Bank of New York. Bob is an active angel investor, and he was a founder, board member, advisor, or owner of numerous other emerging technology companies.Mr. Wetzel is fluent in English and highly proficient in German. Bob received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a M.B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University Tepper School of Business.

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