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Jim is a Senior Operating Partner with over 30 years of experience as a founder, CEO, executive and director of enterprise software businesses. Having known the Principals for over 20 years, in 2017 he began working with PeakEquity as an operating executive with expertise in general management, direct sales, SaaS, mobile security/management and infrastructure software. Jim assisted in the evaluation of numerous potential PeakEquity investments and served on the board of G5 before joining PeakEquity as Senior Operating Partner in 2018.
Jim spent two decades as the Chief Executive Officer, Cofounder and Director of Fiberlink, which was acquired by IBM in 2013. Under Jim’s leadership, Fiberlink rapidly grew into a customer-focused organization that changed the way businesses think about mobile computing. He created a vision for Fiberlink’s MaaS360 product to deliver comprehensive mobile security and management capabilities in an easy-to-use cloud-based platform. Prior to founding Fiberlink, Jim spent ten years as a sales and services executive at System Industries, a NASDAQ traded storage sub-system provider.
Jim currently serves on the board of G5 and is an independent director of Revi Media, a performance marketing company offering lead generation and lead exchange solutions. He also serves on the board of the Hill School and the Mastery Charter Schools of Camden, where he is Chairman and serves on the executive committee.
Jim has won various awards including the 2000 Blue Chip Enterprise Award sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce and Mass Mutual Financial Group, the Greater Philadelphia’s 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Software and Technology Services Category, and the 2004 Information and Technology Innovator Award from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Jim has a dual degree in Economics and Communications from the University of Virginia.
Justin Reger joined PeakEquity Partners in 2017. Justin brings nearly 20 years of business experience, with the last 11 years focused on private equity investing in the technology sector. Justin spent nine years at LLR Partners, most recently leading their enterprise application software practice, and was involved with 14 platform investments ranging from growth capital financings to majority recapitalizations. He currently serves on the board of Key2Act, a construction software provider, and previously held board positions at Maxwell Systems, Revitas, Quintiq, SparkPost, Rapid Ratings, Logi Analytics, and CompoSecure.
Justin was also in the investment banking practice at Citigroup advising private equity firms on leveraged buyouts in a variety of industries. Prior to Citigroup, he began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the firm’s audit practice and ultimately transitioned to a manager role leading advisory engagements around M&A transactions and forensic investigations.
Justin has an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Economics with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the board of the Penney Girls Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to positively impacting chronically ill children and their families.
Tom Noonan is Chairman at TEN Holdings and a General Partner at TechOperators. Tom is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSX), which was acquired in 2007 by IBM for $1.3B. Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus launched ISS in 1994 to commercialize and develop a premier network security management company. Under Tom’s leadership, ISS revenue soared from startup in 1995 to nearly $400 million dollars in its first decade. The company grew to more than 2,000 employees, with operations in more than 36 countries.
Prior to co-founding ISS, Tom held senior management positions at Dun and Bradstreet Software, where he was vice president, worldwide marketing. Before joining D&B Software, he specialized in real-time, automated control systems for computer-integrated manufacturing. Earlier, Tom founded two successful technology companies while residing in Boston: Actuation Electronics, a precision motion-control company and Leapfrog Technologies, a software development company designed for networked applications.
Tom’s management style and vision has been widely recognized by industry-leading publications including Forbes, Business Week and Fortune. In 1999, Ernst and Young recognized him as “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Tom was recognized with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the RSA Security conference, the world’s largest conference dedicated to information security. Tom was also elected to the National Board of Directors for the American Electronics Association (AeA), whose mission is to serve as “the voice of the American high-tech community.
In 2002, President Bush appointed Tom to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a White House homeland defense initiative that protects information systems critical to the nation’s infrastructure. He currently chairs the NIAC Evaluation and Enhancement of Information Sharing and Analysis Working Group.
Tom is a frequent speaker at leading industry events and has delivered keynote addresses at such venues as the G8 Summits in Kyoto, Japan and Sea Island, Georgia, Interop Las Vegas, the RSA Conference, SUMAQ Summit, CSIA Town Hall, Japan External Trade Organization, Atlanta Rotary Club, and Forbes CEO events in the United States, Singapore and Mexico.
Tom holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a business degree from Harvard University. He is an active participant and speaker in numerous professional societies, and serves on the board of directors for Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, the Carter Center’s Board of Counselors, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Young President’s Organization. He serves on the boards of Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and a number of privately held technology companies. He is also an active philanthropist through the work of the Thomas E. Noonan Family foundation which supports education, environmental and healthcare causes locally and nationally. Most recently, Tom was named a “Most Admired CEO” in Atlanta in 2015 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Tom is currently Chairman of Ionic Security, a TechOperators investment and a leading innovator in data security for enterprise customers.
Brian also serves as the President of INSTEP, Inc., a software advisory firm where he is an advisor, investor, author and board member to start-up and advanced stage software companies. Brian’s focus over the past 25 years has been on building and scaling enterprise software companies, leveraging his core competencies in software product development, product management and technology leadership. Brian has held executive leadership or advisory positions at start-up, expansion stage and both privately and publicly held middle and large market enterprise software companies.
Brian has published two books and over 40 technical articles in journals such as IEEE Software and Communications of the ACM. His widely cited work on feature vectors and increments (IEEE Software), is used for incremental product planning in agile SaaS companies. Brian is also the co-creator of the SaaS Framework Model (SFM), a leading industry framework used to guide companies in their SaaS journey in the key areas of business model, sales / marketing, product, architecture, operations and process / people. Brian is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Product Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mr. Tye is a Managing Director and Partner of Croft & Bender LP, a leading middle market investment banking firm. His practice is focused on providing merger and acquisition advisory services as well as private equity capital raising services to middle market and emerging growth companies. With almost 25 years of investment banking and private equity experience, he has completed numerous transactions across industries with clients that include private equity funds, public and private corporations, and family-owned businesses. Since joining Croft & Bender in 2004, Mr. Tye’s primary focus has been on the technology, business services and healthcare industries.
As a Managing Partner of C&B Capital, the private equity affiliate of Croft & Bender, Mr. Tye also has experience on the principal investing side, including serving or having served as a Board Observer for Grayshift, BPG Holdings, ControlScan, FX Bridge Technologies, Gro Solutions, Q2ebanking (NYSE: QTWO) and SnagAJob.com, as well as being involved in several other investments.
Prior to joining Croft & Bender, Mr. Tye helped start and build ITC Financial Services, serving the prepaid financial services industry. He also worked with public and private companies in his prior investment banking experience with Credit Suisse First Boston, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, and First Union Securities.
Mr. Tye received an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a B.S. with Special Attainments in Commerce, cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. He was also the only investment banker named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s most recent Who’s Who in Technology and was selected as Chair of M&A South, the premier networking event in the Southeast for participants in all facets of corporate growth and Middle Market deal making, for 2020 and 2021.