We are an employee-based team of entrepreneurs, architects, analysts, data scientists, software developers and business professionals. We are passionate about optimally applying teamwork, client collaboration and our software and analytics expertise and frameworks to solve the most complex business problems creatively and efficiently.
Our many client successes and referrals show that Apption’s small, empowered, high-performing teams can deliver remarkable results. Building upon many years of experience in creating innovative software solutions, our people apply a forward-looking, collaborative and insightful approach to everything we do. We are led by an executive team with wide-ranging business experience and vision, creating a work environment and culture that is second to none.
Brian Joe – CEO
Brian, the CEO of Apption, has led the company’s successful growth with a passion for building strong software teams that deliver exceptional value and exceed client expectations whenever possible.
Brian has over 20 years of successful leadership experience in software product development and delivery, marketing, and business development with numerous high tech companies. Brian has held senior executive positions with Nortel, Newbridge, March Networks, and has successfully led several technology startups.
As a principal with Infopreneur Inc., an industry-leading software application company, he was instrumental in growing the company and managed its successful acquisition in 2001. Brian was also founder and CEO of NewStep Networks, a telecom software company with products deployed in major service provider networks. He has served on numerous boards, has been active in coaching youth sports teams, and enjoys the chance to advise and mentor both young and old emerging entrepreneurs.
Brian holds an Electrical Engineering Honours degree from Queen’s University, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.
Zoltan Szaplonczay – VP Strategy
Zoltan is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years experience in high technology. He has performed many diverse senior roles that include business development and strategy, partnerships and M&A, marketing, product line management and product development. With broad international background, he has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, Germany and Great Britain.
Zoltan was most recently Chief Technology Officer for Wesley Clover, a private equity investment company, with prior positions held at Alcatel-Lucent, Newbridge Networks and Nortel Networks. He is an advisor to a number of Web Services, new media and Wesley Clover portfolio companies.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Jennifer Francis – VP Analytics Solutions
Jennifer has over 25 years of experience in the high tech industry, specializing in Business Analytics. Prior to Apption, Jennifer was Vice President of the Financial Analytics business at IBM. She has held several senior executive positions at Cognos, including running the Business Intelligence business unit, as well as managing mergers and acquisitions for the company. She has leadership experience in small company startups and was the Vice President of Products at Watchfire, a website quality, security and compliance company. Over the span of her career, Jennifer has worked in a variety of areas including software development, marketing, product management, business development and executive management.
Jennifer holds a BMath from the University of Waterloo.
Randy Jones – VP Solution Development
Randy has over 30 years experience in product development, product management, service delivery to enterprise IT, telecommunication, and process control markets. Randy has held senior positions in large corporations including Honeywell, Motorola, Newbridge Networks, Ciena, and RIM as well as senior management positions in start-ups such as storage networking specialist Akara. Prior to joining Apption, Randy was founder and President of Acire Systems, a mobile solution development company. Randy holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University.
Sam Zaid – Advisory CTO
Sam is the Advisory Chief Technology Officer for Apption and brings over 15 years of experience in advanced software design, development, and in the delivery of enterprise solutions. Sam has worked with large enterprises, Government, and with startups to develop state-of-art software products. Prior to Apption, Sam held key technical lead positions with Nortel Networks, where he helped lead Nortel’s first all-optical transmission switching system.
Sam is an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, a Google Scholarship recipient and alumni of the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program in artificial intelligence and robotics. He is an active member of the technology community, and a co-founder of Fresh Founders, a club for young technology entrepreneurs. Sam holds ah Honours degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University.