Leadership

Appvance is led by a team with extensive experience in building high-growth companies; each brings an unwavering focus on quality, service and results.

kevinsurace Kevin Surace
Founder and CEO
Kevin is a well known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and a disruptive innovator. He has been awarded Inc. Magazine‘s Entrepreneur of the Year, listed as one of the top 15 innovators of this decade by CNBC, awarded Tech Pioneer by World Economic Forum – Davos, nominated as Innovator of the Year by PlanetForward and inducted into the Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been awarded 24 patents and is credited with pioneering work on the first human-like voice user interface, the first cellular data smartphone, the first mass produced high R-value windows, the first soundproof drywall, and many other innovations which have become commonplace today.

Kevin has led organizations to substantial growth in innovation, technology, revenue, and investor value, including Serious Energy, Perfect Commerce, CommerceNet, General Magic, WebKnight and Air Communications. Kevin received his BS in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and serves on their Board of Trustees.

masonbrutschy Mason Brutschy
CFO
Mason is a Certified Public Accountant with 35 years of experience both in industry and in public accounting. After graduating with a BA and MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, he began his career at KPMG in San Francisco specializing in the REIT and savings and loan industries. After that he has been Controller or Chief Financial Officer at several companies including Sutter Hill Limited, Daon Corporation, Property Development Associates (an 80%-owned Safeway Stores subsidiary), Air Communications, Array Power, One World Health (Gates Foundation), Fidus Medical Technologies and Micrus Corporation, both of which had successful liquidation events.
rebeccabarthel Rebecca Barthel
Vice President, Marketing
Rebecca brings over 20 years of experience in creating and managing go-to-market programs for high-tech products and services. She has held leadership roles in companies that include Serious Materials, SuperMac Technology, Merisel, Microrim, Air Communications, Propel Software and Software Publishing Corporation. She was also a co-founder of pcFirst, Inc., the developer of pc2pc, the first cloud PC migration service. As principal of Vista Group Marketing, she worked on strategic marketing and sales initiatives with client companies including Apple, Cisco, VMWare, eBay, NetApp, Ticketmaster, as well as many emerging businesses.
harrymanley Harry Manley
Vice President, Customer Experience
Harry brings more than 20 years of experience into the new role having managed global technical teams, and with a background in large-scale, high performance distributed systems, ongoing technical support, and as a software and systems architect. Notable past work prior to Appvance includes, serving as head of technical operations at RetailNext, solutions and OEM software engineering manager at Micromuse and technical solutions architect at Mibtree in the U.K. He also ran his own specialized consultancy business for almost 10 years, working with HP, EDS, Fujitsu, QinetiQ, BAE Systems, Selex ES and Capita.