President and Chief Executive Officer
Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare, a career entrepreneur, presenter, multi-patent holder, technology industry commentator and expert is a recognized innovator within the IT Orchestration Market.
Geist is a recipient of numerous industry accolades including multiple CRN Channel Chief awards, Gartner Cool Vendor designations, Most Innovative Solution winner from CIR international community, and lead contributor in the positioning of multiple Gartner Magic Quadrant Leaders including global telco giants such as NTT Communications and Cable & Wireless. Geist has had direct responsibility for spearheading the launch of some of the largest and most successful Resiliency offerings in the market.
Leveraging the core technology strength of the Geminare platform as well as the breadth of experience launching Cloud Solutions to the enterprise, Geist has been pivotal in launching mezzanine.ai, another industry first SaaS platform which enables enterprise organizations to de-risk their AI initiatives by leveraging existing machine learning models in a simple, orchestrated and secure fashion.
Geist previously founded and was CEO of MindBytes (acquired by Munimentum Group), a professional services organization focused on delivering technology best practices to small and medium sized organizations. There he acted as the outsourced Chief Technology Officer and advisor for over 200 small and mid-sized organizations over the course of 12 years. Prior to founding MindBytes, Geist had the privilege of working for Apple Computer for many years as their Technical Training Manager where he developed and delivered network, system, sales and operational training programs across Canada.
Geist holds a degree in Physics, sits on multiple government and technology industry boards, and is based out of Geminare’s Silicon Valley offices.
Mike Larkin is an experienced executive whose career spans over 30 years, primarily in the telecommunications and emerging technology fields. Mike’s senior leadership roles have included tenure with Bell Canada as VP Sales and Marketing as well as various start-up ventures including iNet America, BCE Emergis and WorldLinx – an early-stage Internet company that grew from zero to $50m in revenue under Mike’s direction.
Mike is the co-author of two best-selling business books, entitled ICE and CARE. He is married with twin children, and resides in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto.
Vice President, Sales
Ian brings 15 years of Sales and Leadership experience including 8 years selling SaaS technology and leading Sales Teams in the Human Capital Solutions space, as well as business intelligence artificial intelligence and data analytics platforms. His role leading Sales for the Mezzanine Artificial Intelligence team is a critical part of the new go-to-market solution Geminare launched in 2017.
Ian resides in the Chicagoland area and is the very proud father of 2 adorable boys. His passions outside of Sales include Ancient Roman history, Photography, Science, and Literature.
Director, Business Operations
Susan Bantin brings over 25 years of operations, program and project management experience from a variety of industries including Cloud Computing, Electrical & Energy Engineering, and Healthcare. Susan leads Business Operations in managing the mezzanine.ai Artificial Intelligence team as well as ongoing research and development projects, and strategic product lifecycles. Past experience includes engineering and professional services roles at multiple start-up and enterprise technology firms. Most recently, Susan managed the multi-million dollar Engineering Operations department at a Toronto-based green-tech power company, supporting customers across 30 countries, and successfully doubling the team over three years. Additional career paths include paramedicine with Toronto Paramedic Services and Lab Instructor at Centennial College’s Paramedic program.
Susan is a P.Eng. and holds a degree in Engineering Physics. Her interests include AI in Healthcare, jazz, and mountain biking, and in her spare time she is learning to play guitar.