Matthew Eierman – Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Matthew Eierman is the chef-turned-entrepreneur who developed the HDScores concept and led the recruited the management team and brand development.
Matthew completed 6 years of culinary/pastry education in 5 years, graduating from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC with two Associates of Science Degrees. His 8 years of experience within the food service industry has allowed him to work in every position from dishwasher to sous chef and multi-unit general manager. From his experiences, Matthew has a deep understanding of all aspects of the food service industry.
After leaving the food service industry, Matthew ran day-to-day operations of a business-to-business financial services company. Matthew has learned to adapt skills learned in various industries and apply them to his new endeavor, HDScores.
William Sanford – Co-Founder
Will is a 3rd Generation Merchant Marine. He has worked his way around the world a few times, experiencing the many cultures and foods first hand. With this knowledge he has learned to appreciate the sanitation practices here in the US.
Sanford Richardson – Chief Financial Officer
As a senior level financial and operations executive Sanford possess over twenty years of strategic experience. During his career Sanford has worked as COO and CFO in companies ranging from $10M to $500M in revenue. His experience includes taking a start-up company through all phases of an IPO, served as the financial lead in turning a company from a negative ROI to a high profit status by negotiating and establishing a significant Federal government contract. Sanford has led the financial and integration efforts on eleven successful M&A events.
Sanford holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA )and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) along with a BS in Accounting from Old Dominion. His career began at Arthur Anderson in SEC Compliance Group in the late 80′s and early 90′s. Before moving on to be the 5th hire at JAVA Business Solutions, Inc. where he was part of the team which raised $50MM in capital funding. Sanford led the negotiation of a significant subcontract with Microsoft and Dell and eventually negotiated all JAVA Assets to Sun Micro systems.
After JAVA, Sanford was COO & CFO of OT Manufacturing, Inc. a manufacturing company out of Chesapeake, Va. There he significantly increased profits, raised capital, and production before he negotiated the successful sale of the Company.
He then took the position of Executive Vice President for Phillips Corporation; where he negotiated the acquisition of an Indian distributor at a price of $8M, a Republic of China facility and two US distributors with acquisition prices ranging from $2M to $15M. He led the efforts to secure the necessary financing for each acquisition. Additionally he negotiated the sale of a Canadian manufacturer for $6M.
Matthew Fleischer – Chief Operations Officer
Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts, American Studies from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Matthew is experienced as a strategic planner, growing national operations organizations and business/product development. He has built a number of strong brands and portfolios. He has led operations and strategic direction with full responsibility for bottom-line, including long-range planning, product management, and company development. Matthew directed VP of Sales, VP of Business Development, COO, CFO as well as general oversight of 25 employees. He managed all aspects of funding, operations, and execution and reported to and participated with a seven-member Board of Directors.
At his time with Hook & Ladder, he capitalized the corporation with more than $5 Million in investments and grossed an aggregate of $18 Million in Revenue since inception in 2005 with nearly $7 Million in Revenue for 2011 and six-figure operating profit. Matthew increased sales by 190% compound annual growth rate from 2006-2011 and negotiated and signed contracts with 140 wholesalers in 28 states for distribution of product lines in over 10,000 retail accounts across the country. He also has experience with executing a multi-year licensing agreement for sales, marketing, and national distribution of products and managed all outside legal counsel in regards to trademarks and general corporate matters.
Max Terry – Chief Technology Officer
Max is a software developer and former chef based in Maine. Most recently, he served as full-stack engineer for Majella Global Technologies, collaborating on a near-realtime asset tracking system for the transport industry.
Previously, Max worked as freelance web developer, IT consultant, HR assistant, and chef de partie at boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants throughout New England.
Max attended the University of Maine, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in New Media with Highest Honors. For his thesis, he built a self-hosted web-based code editor with integrated version control and issue tracking.
Mike Kavis has over 25 years of IT experience with in a variety of leadership positions, and the corporate experience. He was a co-founder and CTO of M-Dot Network which won the 2010 AWS Global Startup Challenge with a successful exit in May of 2011.
Mike is well known in the technical community for his thought leadership in cloud computing and enterprise architecture. He is also the author of the soon to be released book “Architecting the Cloud: Design Decisions for Cloud Computing Service Models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)”
Mike received his bachelors in computer science at RIT and his MBA and Masters in IT from Colorado Tech. He is both a technician and an experienced entrepreneur.
Mike has years of experience in retail, health care, and the health and wellness industries.
Sean Murphy – Data Scientist
Sean Patrick Murphy, with degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering and an MBA from Oxford University, has vast experience in both data science and entrepreneurship.
Sean turned down medical school at Columbia University to pursue graduate work in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins. He stayed on as a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and has since accrued over 10 years of experience in algorithm development, machine learning, large-scale data analysis, and cloud- and distributed-computing.
On the startup side, he most recently cofounded DataCommuity DC, an organization offering data science education and networking to professionals. Previously, he served as the Chief Data Scientist at WiserTogether, a series A funded health care analytics firm, and the Director of Research at Manhattan Prep, a boutique graduate educational company. He was also the co-founder and CEO of a big data-focused startup: CloudSpree.
Edward McKeown – Sanitation/Restaurant Inspection Advisor
Edward McKeown has a very diverse background that includes being a university professor at Purdue University & the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, published researcher, human resources management, hotel operations, food & beverage sanitation, food & beverage management, sales, and accounting & office management.
Edward has been published a number of textbooks, conference, and research papers, including subject content related to “Content Analysis of Consumer Confidence in Food Service in Relation to Food Safety Laws, Publicity, and Sales”
Karen Recker – Sanitation Advisor
Karen is a innovative and creative management professional with a proven track record in managing food operations on a large scale. Experienced leader recognized for building strong staff, client and customer relationships, while achieving brand success.
Karen brings her experience of directly supervising 9 managers at a centralized Culinary Support Center (largest in higher education in the nation) with a total of 47 team members and 150 student employees at Miami University. The CSC consisted of a warehouse and distribution center, centralized bakery, cook/chill operation, commissary, and administrative offices. Indirectly supervised 17 managers, 163 team members and 1,400 students within Student Dining.
Karen coordinated and executed to eliminate suspected Food Borne Illness via internal protocol and procedures at Miami University. Completing semi-annual 1000pt Food Service Sanitation Inspections in partnership with Microbiologist from nearby Hospital. Then Partnering with BCHD on semi-annual Health Inspections and ODA for inspections of central processing facility.
Keith Rogers – Hospitality/Startup Advisor
Keith Rogers has a consistent record of making an immediate impact on start-up ventures and establishment turnarounds. Past performance success spans diverse brands of restaurant, hotel, retail & entertainment operations, including award-winning leadership with Starbucks Coffee.
Keith is a forward-thinking leader, well-grounded in operational execution experience, to provide practical team direction. He is adept at identifying opportunities to grow top line while creating operational efficiencies & cutting costs that provide throughput to the bottom line.
Keith’s diverse experience comes from leading in hotels, restaurants, franchises, entertainment & retail companies, record label advisory board, live venues, commercial radio, & new-media/digital technology.