ROBERT BURCH CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bob is chief executive officer of UgMO Technologies. In addition, he is chief executive officer of Red Badge, Inc., a real estate and venture capital corporation, co-founder of Everlands, a worldwide outdoor lifestyle membership club, and co-founder of Asian American Partners. Bob was the co-founder of Eagle’s Eye, a successful retail clothier, and an early-stage investor in numerous companies including Internet Capital Group, Jawbone, Color Kinetics and Voss Water. He has a B.A. from Denison University.
PAUL PRESSLER VICE CHAIRMAN
Paul brings an extraordinary wealth of operating and consumer brand experience to the UgMO team. He is the former President and CEO of the $16 billion global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. He also spent 15 years at the Walt Disney Company, most recently as chairman of the resorts and parks division. Currently, he is a director for Avon Products Inc., OpenTable, Inc. and Overture Acquisitions Corporation, and is an advisor to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He holds a B.S. in Business Economics from the State University of New York, Oneonta.
DON APRUZZESE PRESIDENT
A marketing veteran with 20 years experience, most recently Don was executive vice president and chief marketing officer for The Vehicle Production Group, an early stage automotive company. Prior to this he was the senior director of consumer marketing at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals; vice president of broadband development at Sharewave, a wireless networking semiconductor company; director of product marketing management at MediaOne; product manager at Braun, Inc.; and held various marketing positions with Ford Motor Company. He is an graduate of The Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Research and Development Team
JEFF CAMPBELL, Ph.D. SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SENSOR DEVELOPMENT
Jeff holds two separate patents involving soil sensors and has published numerous articles on the topic in peer reviewed journals. He has been active for more than 20 years in soil sensor design, field trials, and interface integration systems. He is currently an organizer and editor for the International Symposium on Soil Water Measurement Using Capacitance, Impedance, and TDT. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of the University of Redlands where he earned degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics.
MARK MCCAREL VP PRODUCT MARKETING & FIELD OPERATIONS
Mark brings many years of experience in turf management from working in the golf Course Maintenance Business managing high-end golf clubs in the Northeast. He has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and an Associates Degree in Turfgrass Science from The Ohio State University. His extensive field experience brings practical application solutions to UgMO’s product lines
KATAYOUN "KATHY" SOHRABI, Ph.D. VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING
Kathy is the inventor of numerous patents in wireless network design and development. Prior to joining UgMO Technologies, she was a Systems Engineer at NextWave, a leading supplier of wireless broadband products and services, and network architect for Sensoria Corporation. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.
KEVIN BUTLER VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES - EASTERN REGION
Kevin brings broad professional experience to UgMO. He started his career as the kicker for the Chicago Bears NFL football team for 11 years and was a member of the 1985 Superbowl Champions. After football, he has held several management roles including President of Gridiron Golf and NFL Pro Shop, VP of Sales of the Production Group International and Director of Marketing at the The Joseph Company. Kevin can be heard weekly throughout Georgia and the Southeast on the University of Georgia radio coverage of the Pre-Game, Post-Game and Sunday Brunch during the football season. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the only kicker inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
RICK CREESE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES - FLORIDA, CARIBBEAN
Rick brings 20 yrs of business and sales experience in several industries including commercial, industrial and residential Real Estate and property development and management throughout the State of Florida. Rick owned and operated a Crabtree & Evelyn franchise and developed a single-store Dry cleaning operation with a central plant, into a business with 9 locations in 2 counties. He handled site acquisition for the Embassy Suite Hotel chain working for the founder. He is a graduate of North Adams State and a member of the National Association of Realtors, Palm Beach Economic Council, Jupiter- Tequesta Board of Realtors, and holds a Fine Home Specialist designation.
ERIC FETSCHER DIRECTOR OF SALES, FLORIDA
Eric is a member of the Florida sales team. He comes to UgMO with 15 years sales and business development experience from the finance industry. Eric has owned and operated several businesses including a residential and commercial finance firm located in Palm Beach,Florida for the last 12 years. He holds a degree in business from Potsdam College in New York. Eric played in the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships in 1996 and currently resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife and 3 girls.
THOMAS KOLAR DIRECTOR OF SALES, FLORIDA
Thomas is a member of the Florida sales team. Thomas brings several years of business and sales experience in the financial service industry with Wells Fargo. He was a Business Banking Specialist – selling and cross-selling business and consumer banking solutions to existing customers and prospects. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.