Michael (@mjsikorsky) co-founded Robots & Pencils in 2009 with the then-contrarian view that mobile would be more transformative than the Internet. Since then, the firm has become a trusted strategic partner to some of the world’s best brands, helping its clients harness the power of mobile, web and frontier technologies to transform their businesses.
With a growth rate of 4,971% in the first five years, Robots & Pencils was named the 34th fastest growing technology company in North America by Deloitte. Michael credits Robots & Pencils’ success to talent obsession.
Michael is also a sought-after speaker on the topics of innovation, business strategy, and mobile and frontier technologies, having guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford, MIT and Columbia University. He is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner (2013). His insights, products and ideas have been featured in Wired, CNNMoney, Profit Magazine, ZDNet, and 9to5 Mac.
Tracey (@trzimmerman) brings over 20 years of expertise in marketing, technology and process improvement to her role at Robots & Pencils.
Since joining the company in 2015, Tracey has proven to be an expert at finding ways to grow the business while improving operations for the benefit of the company’s talent and clients. Her areas of expertise include cross-functional team leadership, project management, content strategy, business and process analysis, user experience and customer advocacy.
Tracey began her career as a software developer, analyst and consultant for multinational companies across the financial, education and medical sectors, including Bank of America and Siemens Healthcare.
Lisa is an accomplished leader with 25 years of experience in digital development, operations and process optimization across the financial services, healthcare technology and defense sectors. She has helped to lead and grow numerous companies, from startups to international corporations, and believes that achieving extraordinary results begins with over investing in the journey.
Today, Lisa utilizes her expertise to support the growth, success and operational needs of all areas of Robots & Pencils. She holds a double BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and is certified in Six Sigma (green belt), PMP, SAFE Agile Scrum and CMMI.
Dave brings more than 15 years of experience to his role of VP, Finance at Robots & Pencils, where he is responsible for finance, accounting, tax and treasury functions.
Prior to Robots & Pencils, Dave was an integral member of a number of oil and gas companies. He was Corporate Controller of Pure Energy Services Ltd. from 2009 until its sale to FMC Technologies in 2012 for $282 million, representing a 500% growth in the company’s market capitalization during his tenure.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary as well as his Chartered Accountant designation.
Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review.
She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50. Her best-selling books include The End of Competitive Advantage and Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen. Rita is the founder of Valize, a company focused on helping organizations go beyond innovation theater by developing tools to implement the Discovery Driven Growth approach. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
Ron Boire is an expert in organizational transformation, with over three decades of experience leading organizations in navigating complex operating environments and realizing significant improvements in short timeframes. Key to Ron’s business philosophy is inclusive leadership, management empowerment and capability creation, as is the idea that facing uncomfortable realities is essential for achieving any major transformation.
Ron has served as CEO of Barnes & Noble, Sears Canada and Brookstone as well as held senior positions at Sony, Toys R Us, Sears Holdings and Best Buy. He is currently CEO of Art Van Furniture.
Ron is also the co-founder of the Ferguson Noonan Foundation, a charity focused on educating underprivileged children, and on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Board of Directors. He has MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Camille began her career as a visual communications and drafting instructor at Mount Royal University, while building her own company and presence in the interior architecture community in Calgary, Alberta. After eight years in the field of architectural design, Camille transitioned to the world of mobile and co-founded Robots & Pencils.
As co-founder and key executive leader from 2007 to 2017, Camille was the organizer, motivator, and creative brain behind some of the company’s biggest projects while also supporting our global business development, financial operations and talent-first culture throughout a period of rapid expansion and success. Today, Camille continues sharing her expertise with Robots & Pencils as a business consultant and executive advisor involved in key strategic initiatives that support the company’s growth, talent and culture.
With nearly 20 years of client services experience, Scott has helped deliver high-impact solutions for both regional and multinational brands. Beyond brands, Scott has also served clients across a number of industries with an affinity for retail and consumer goods.
Over the course of his career, Scott has developed expertise in ecommerce and digital marketing while partnering with his client teams to drive desired business outcomes. At R&P, Scott applies this knowledge to support key accounts in achieving their goals. Scott holds a degree in Management with concentrations in Information Systems and Finance from Case Western Reserve University.
Brad is obsessed with creating deeply personalized experiences at the intersection of technology and human need. For over 16 years, he has excelled at leading large-scale e-commerce, mobile, digital ecosystem and brand strategy engagements for brands across the consumer products, retail, B2B, financial, healthcare and telecom industries. He has 20+ industry awards to his name.
At Robots & Pencils, Brad applies his deep-seated passion for translating data and insights into meaningful creative to help our clients drive business growth and build uncommon customer loyalty.
With over a decade of experience and a degree in Visual and Game Programming, Stephen serves as a mentor and leader to our talented iOS, Android and Unity developers.
Stephen’s past work has spanned the fields of entertainment, energy, education, health, travel, and banking and includes two apps that have reached #1 in the App Store. As a developer, he is known for strong user advocacy, extreme attention to detail and unwavering dedication to producing world-class app experiences.
Ted is a Principal Data Scientist who has worked in software research and development since the dawn of the world wide web and holds a PhD in Mathematics from Emory University. At Robots & Pencils, his work has ranged from developing data-driven learning platforms to creating knowledge and messaging systems that use artificial intelligence to augment sales and support team services. His current focus is teaching machines to read and write using natural language processing.
Ted has previously invented new virtual reality and Ajax technologies, has contributed significantly to the Java community and IETF standards, and has expertise in graph-based knowledge representation.
Tyler began his career designing mission software used by NASA scientists on the Mars Exploration Rover, and has since crafted experiences for over 100 retail, financial services, and B2B clients. An eternal student and champion of the relationship between human behavior and technology, Tyler studied physics, programming and graphic design at Carnegie Mellon while earning a master’s in Human-Computer Interaction.
His methodical, research-driven approach continues to inform the design of award-winning, multi-channel experiences and business strategies that connect brands, human insights and technology.
Zach’s extensive technology and project management background spans over two decades in industries that include financial services, e-commerce, manufacturing and healthcare. From these varied experiences, he has developed a diverse toolkit for leading even the most challenging projects and complex teams to achieve the highest levels of quality and efficiency.
Zach holds an MBA in Marketing & Technology Management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Ashland University, where he is now an adjunct professor. His certifications include Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional, Professional Scrum Master and Microsoft Project Server Administrator.
Jen has over 12 years of experience in client services and business strategy across the education, healthcare, technology, retail, B2B, and nonprofit sectors.
At Robots & Pencils, Jen leverages her expertise to provide strategic leadership and management of digital programs and identify transformational ideas that drive revenue and profit growth for our clients. Whether she’s helping organizations reimagine their web and mobile strategies or partnering with universities to introduce revolutionary technology that improves the student experience, Jen’s unique blend of big idea thinking and honed project management skills reliably leads to creative, robust solutions with measurable business results.
With a computer engineering background and more than 20 years of program and product management experience, Michael Parker is a natural fit to lead the development of novel software.
His expertise ranges from blockchain to mobile and full stack development and he is equally adept at working with large, cross-functional teams and small, fast-moving startups. Michael leverages his excellent organizational, time management and communications skills to oversee the entire project lifecycle—keeping teams engaged and on track, and projects on time and under budget. Before joining Robots & Pencils, Michael worked in project and program management in the oil and gas industry.
Daniel Peter is one of the most certified Salesforce professionals in the world with 26 certifications. He has been awarded Salesforce MVP multiple years in row for advancing the Salesforce Development community. He enjoys traveling the world and speaking at conferences and meetups, coaching for RAD Women, advising for the Salesforce Accelerate program, and leading the Bay Area Salesforce Developer group in San Francisco. He has a proven track record for creating incredible solutions, including Kenandy — a full-featured manufacturing ERP built from scratch on Salesforce and then acquired by Rootstock.
At R&P, he’s leading our clients in building tomorrow’s Salesforce solutions. Daniel has been involved in computer programming since the 4th grade and working with Salesforce since 2009. He holds an MBA from UC Davis, and an MIS degree from CSU, Chico.
Having spent 15 years in sales and account management, Cathryne is passionate about defining and driving business initiatives and products that bring value to organizations.
As a Senior Account Manager, she is skilled at cultivating partnerships and building lasting relationships across diverse business sectors. Her main focus is on identifying opportunities for innovation within organizations and finding new ways to surprise, delight and exceed expectations for our clients. Cathryne holds a BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas.
Rafael is a principal iOS and artificial intelligence developer with a passion for science, the scientific method, and creating technology that can enhance our skills and improve our lives.
Having worked in the healthcare field for around 13 years, Rafael has experience with all things DICOM, HL7 and telemedicine. At Robots & Pencils, he’s worked on leading-edge mobile development and artificial intelligence projects across the education, technology, utilities, travel and financial services industries. Rafael holds a PhD in Computer Science from The University of Calgary, where he designed noise reduction and tissue discrimination algorithms for dual energy computer tomography. His current focus is natural language process and machine comprehension.
Aaron has over 20 years of experience in technology administration and management. He has worked with and led projects and teams across multiple sectors, with a predominant focus on the oil, gas, and mining industries.
As an Account Manager at Robots & Pencils, Aaron is committed to finding opportunities to help organizations grow their businesses with forward-thinking technology strategies and solutions. He also works tirelessly to ensure that we provide our clients with best-in-class project support and delivery.
Drawing on 20 years of experience in technology implementation and leadership, Aaron provides our clients with deep expertise in technical problem-solving and strategic project management. With a voracious appetite for learning, Aaron employs novel ideas and techniques to streamline clients’ business processes, simplify decision making and prioritization, and increase cross-functional team collaboration on large-scale projects.
His current focus and passion is the financial services industry, though his experience spans industries that also include security, retail and entertainment. Before moving into solutions delivery, Aaron worked in IT management and infrastructure architecture. He holds a Management Information Systems degree from the University of Dayton.
A seasoned business strategist and product and program manager, Ruby excels at leveraging her expertise across verticals to increase organizational productivity and address the biggest problems standing in the way of business growth.
In her current role, Ruby partners with organizations to analyze their essential business architecture and design improved operating models, frameworks, and strategies that capitalize on previously unseen opportunities. Working alongside our project managers, business analysts, QA team, and business and operational consultants, she provides our clients with prioritized action plans and roadmaps, along with the training and support they need to achieve their vision for the future.
Jason Tate is a passionate and forward-thinking executive with more than 25 years of strategic consulting experience. A self-described technophile, Jason has broad experience designing, implementing and maintaining IT environments. He has a deep understanding of data center architecture, software development, mobile solutions and service design.
Jason joined Robots & Pencils following a five-year stint leading Apple’s enterprise customers in Western Canada and 10 years developing award-winning managed services solutions at Long View Systems.
Clare is a quick-thinking, creative problem-solver with an extensive track record of delivering innovative and highly impactful solutions for our clients. She has helped companies from small startups to international organizations implement mobile, web and frontier technology that makes critical employee and customer processes more efficient and effective.
Clare has 10 years of experience in client services and account management, and double majored in Economics and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.
A second generation programmer, Andy began programming at the age of 6. Today, he designs and builds custom apps and systems to support our clients across diverse industries, utilizing his extensive experience with retail, finance, education and healthcare technology. He serves as a trusted mentor to both his fellow developers and our clients’ development organizations.
Andy is also an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches software engineering principles, foundational technologies and artificial intelligence through the lens of e-commerce. Before joining R&P, Andy was Chief Software Architect at The Learning House, who acquired the edtech startup Acatar, of which he was a founding member.