James C. "Jamie" Allen
President & Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining VEXTEC as CEO, Jamie held numerous executive and management positions in a broad range of companies, from software start-ups to billion dollar technology vendors. In general management roles at Tandem Computers and Telcordia Technologies, he managed $100 million software businesses providing solutions to telecommunications service providers worldwide. He has co-founded several high-tech startups, has held executive management positions in a number of other high tech enterprises, and has led the creation of many successful products. In 2000, Jamie served on the federal Trade Commission Advisory Committee for Online Access and Security. With over 30 years experience in software industry, he brings a wealth of management experience and knowledge to his role in the company.
Robert G. Tryon, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Tryon has established a world-wide reputation in engineering fatigue analysis and computational material science. In addition to being a VEXTEC co-founder, he is the inventor of VEXTEC’s patented probabilistic, microstructural simulation approach. His research initiated the Federal government’s grant funding of VEXTEC at just under $12 million since the company’s inception. His research has been reviewed by scientific fellows within Air Force, Navy, Army, DARPA, NASA and research institutes throughout the world.
Bob began his professional career at Ford Aerospace as an electronic systems test engineer within a $1 billion+ military development program. After leaving Ford, he became part of the GM turbine engine development team in Indianapolis and while there, he became a turbine engine component design and lifing specialist. Recognizing that probabilistic engineering analysis was the wave of the future, GM leadership asked Bob to pursue his PhD in that area under GM’s sponsorship. He obtained research fellowships from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Lewis (Glenn) Research Center. Just as he finished his work at Vanderbilt, GM sold the turbine engine division to Rolls Royce, at which time Dr. Tryon decided to leave GM and pursue a career as an independent consultant.
In addition to obtaining his PhD in 1996, Dr. Tryon received his undergraduate and masters engineering degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has published over 30 papers, including articles in accepted engineering journal publications. Additionally, he holds 5 patents and is co-author on 4 pending patents.
Animesh Dey, PhD
Chief Product Development Officer
Dr. Dey, also a VEXTEC co-founder, has the responsibility for translating advanced engineering algorithms into operational software. Shortly after starting VEXTEC, he developed specialty reliability software for DaimlerChrylser that now has over 400 trained users. That software has been proven accurate, matching its results against worldwide dealer warranty claims over the past four years. The software has also enabled DaimlerChrysler to reduce integrated product testing by more than 20%.
Animesh has designed software architectures and developed software under Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA and DARPA programs, and has participated in software reviews for United Technologies Corporation. He has published more than 12 technical papers including articles in accepted engineering trade journals. He is co-inventor on 2 patents and on 3 pending patents.
Dr. Dey obtained his masters and PhD in structural engineering from Vanderbilt University. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1991.
Carl D. Kolts
Vice President of Sales & Business Development
As Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Mr. Kolts is responsible for all aspects of commercial revenue generation. This includes the establishment and management of customer relationships, the development of the Sales organization and the supporting policies, and coordinating the transition of interested parties from initial VLM projects to on-going, long-term engagements.
Prior to joining VEXTEC, Carl held numerous sales, marketing and business development positions on a global basis, developing a track record for new product and technology commercialization and revenue growth. He has participated in three startup companies and brought several new products to market. In his most recent position with SGL Group, he managed a global sales organization with responsibility for over $200 million in annual sales to the aluminum industry. Previously, he was the general manager of GrafTech International’s ConneX Systems Business, where he was responsible for all aspects of this web-based data management software startup. In this capacity, he also established and managed strategic alliance partnerships in technology, production, sales and contract negotiations on a global basis. Carl started his career at Union Carbide Corporation where he led a team in a new business launch of Coast Composites, an aerospace tooling manufacturer.
Carl received his BS in materials engineering, and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has done post-graduate work in international economics at Case Western Reserve University.