As President and CEO of Avanti, Patrick Bolan is responsible for driving the company’s corporate strategy, business development and sales.
With the goal of establishing Avanti as North America’s leading provider of Print MIS solutions, Mr. Bolan has sharpened Avanti’s strategic focus and concentrated its R&D investments on three long-term growth areas: Handling Multiple lines of business (ie digital, offset, large format, mail and fulfillment), Business Intelligence and JDF as the integration framework to support the next-generation print shop.
Mr. Bolan was named among the Top 50 most influential people in printing by PrintAction Magazine. He has also been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Graphic Communications Management Program at Ryerson University and is a frequent speaker at Graphic Arts tradeshows and Print Association meetings and is often consulted by analysts and the media for current trends in the industry.
Mr. Bolan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a major in Economics.
Stephen McWilliam is the Executive Vice President for Avanti. His extensive market knowledge relating to the high technology and the printing industry has helped him author numerous articles in industry publications. Mr. McWilliam is also a regular speaker on topics such as Print Shop automation, Web-to-Print technologies and leading high-growth organizations.
Mr. McWilliam has over 28 years of experience in building Phase II organizations, having held executive roles, both in Canada and Europe, in several high growth companies.
He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
When not busy working in the printing industry, Stephen is a very avid bagpiper.
John Alden, Vice President of sales, joined Avanti in 2013 and provides sales leadership for the Avanti Sales and Pre-sales teams, leading the development of plans and strategies for overachieving on Avanti’s sales goals.
Prior to Avanti, Mr. Alden spent 17 years with Xerox Corporation in various sales management roles, including Sales Director of Production Color, where he directed the team accountable for selling digital printing presses to commercial printers and in-plant print facilities. He generated an annual revenue stream in excess of $130M, spearheaded by the flagship Xerox iGen line of products and directed 10 program managers, called “Tigers,” with accountability for sales budget development across 11 states.
Mr. Alden was previously the Business Process/Lean Six Sigma Manager for Xerox Corporation and a senior strategic leadership team member who consulted with internal stakeholders and managers to define, focus, and clarify business issues and processes that would be improved by applying Six Sigma principles. In this role, Mr Alden executed a full spectrum of project management functions for each initiative, improving the effectiveness and productivity of multiple areas of the organization.
Mr. Alden holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from Cornell University.
Jared Conway is a senior IT thought leader living in Toronto, Canada. With over 18 years of diverse experience in software development, he joined the Avanti team in January, 2014 and is responsible for the product management, development, quality assurance and support groups working on the Classic platform.
Prior, Jared served as Director of Technology at one of Canada’s most prestigious marketing/communication firms. He has managed large organizations of local/remote teams and has a depth of experience in the Online Marketplaces, Automotive, Real Estate, Retail, Travel/Tourism, parking/Transportation, Energy and Gaming verticals.
Jared has achieved the MCSD, MCAD, MDCBA and MCP designations and is actively working towards the PMP. His passions include gaming, design and programming. Another innate love is travel. Having visited 22 countries and most of North America, Jared thrives on diversity of cultures and experiencing the world’s wonders first-hand with his wife, Jenny.
Travis Campbell has been with Avanti since July 2013, and is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the company. Prior to joining Avanti, he held the same role of 9 years with a high-growth independent cable company that was later acquired by telecommunications giant, Rogers. Previous to that he was part of an international public accounting firm, where he managed clients across a multitude of different industries.
Travis holds CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) and CA (Chartered Accountant) designations, which he received in 2012 and 1998 respectively. Travis volunteers as the President and Treasurer of the Uxbridge Swim Club in his home of Uxbridge, Ontario, helping grow the Club and increase its national profile in the swim community.
Kevin Shaw is the Head of Marketing, Product Management and Product Support for Avanti, leading all strategic Customer Experience activities as well as Avanti’s Alliances and Partnership Strategy. Prior to Avanti Systems, Mr. Shaw was a senior member of the Global Product and Technology group at ADP, LLC of Roseland, NJ specializing in data analytics products.
Mr. Shaw has more than 12 years of Product Management experience with ERP/MIS software firms ranging in size from the Fortune 500 to independent software vendors (ISV). Across various roles, he has driven product vision and strategy, delivered frictionless customer experiences, lead team transformations and determined the commercial viability of dozens of products.
Mr. Shaw holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and is a Chartered Member of the Canadian Institute of Management. He serves as an advisor to several start-up software companies and is an active mentor, coach, to up and coming product professionals.
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