Manuel Parra

Chairman of the Board

Manuel retired from Compaq Computer Corporation in 1999, where he was Senior Vice President in charge of the International Division.

He was a member of the Corporate Strategy Team and was responsible for the manufacturing, marketing, sales, service and support of all Compaq products in the Latin America and Caribbean region; he had 14 subsidiaries, 1 manufacturing facility and 6 service centers reporting to him. The division had 1,800 employees and annual sales of $3.4 billion.

He also supervised the Global Accounts Group, responsible for the marketing, sales and support of all Compaq products and services to the top 100 corporate customers on a worldwide basis.

From 1986 to 1990, he was the Vice President of Government, Communications and Services Line of Business for Unisys Corporation.

From 1976 to 1986 he was President of Parra Myers Associates a company with operations in the United States and Latin America specializing in the development of integrated systems for the transportation sector and public utilities.

At various times, he has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Carlos Araya

Carlos Araya has been recognized as the most important contributor to the IT industry for the development of Costa Rica, helping to position the country as a world-class supplier of technology and services.

Throughout his career, Carlos has been an active entrepreneur in key private and public ventures and has received numerous recognitions in technology innovation.

In 1993, Carlos founded ArtinSoft, world leader in software transformation solutions, and was its CEO and Chairman for 15 years. Carlos is founding member of Capital Empresarial Centroamericano, the first technology investment group in the region; of Cenfotec, lead institute for IT education; and founding Chairman of the Computing Research Center at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (ITCR), where he chaired its Department of Computer Science.

Carlos holds a PhD from the University of Kansas, an MSc in Computers Science and an MEng in Operations Research from Monterrey Institute of Technology, and an Engineering degree in Information Systems from ITCR.

Tom Button,


A 19 year veteran of Microsoft, Tom has been on the board of ArtinSoft since 2008 and founded Mobilize.Net in 2012, taking the role as its first President and CEO. At Microsoft, Tom was Corporate Vice President in charge of the Developer Division, where he started and managed engineering and marketing for the Visual Studio, MSDN, and Team System businesses.

Joining Microsoft in 1988, Tom led product management for the first six releases of Visual Basic and is perhaps best known for his work building Visual Basic into the world's most popular development tool of the client/server era. Tom also oversaw global marketing for Windows, Microsoft's $12B flagship product, from 2003-2005. Tom has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton. Tom holds six patents and spends his free time coaching youth soccer and baseball.

Michael Shea

Michael has worked with emerging and established software companies for almost 25 years as a banker, an equity research analyst and a trusted advisor.

Prior to founding Shea & Company, Michael served as Head of Infrastructure Software coverage for JPMorgan and a predecessor organization, Hambrecht & Quist, based in San Francisco with global coverage responsibility.

Michael is known for the depth of his client relationships and analytical but consultative manner; he has built his practice through working closely with management, owners and investors on strategy formulation and transaction execution related to complex issues.

Rick LaPlante

Rick has one of the most impressive technical backgrounds in software development and technology with a rich history in compilers, operating systems and technology frameworks.

He served as General Manager of Microsoft’s Enterprise Tools team and led the engineering team in the delivery of enterprise-ready software tools around the world, enabling customers to build global-class applications on top of Windows and the .NET Framework.

Rick joined Microsoft in 1988, where he held a variety of positions including Software Design Engineer and Group Program Manager for the C++ compiler product line, and Development Manager of Microsoft's Internal Tools engineering team.

Rick has written and lectured extensively on topics such as software development lifecycles and Visual Studio .NET. Currently, Rick is teaching robotics to a bunch of lucky high schoolers in Texas.


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