Behind every fivestar* project is a team of dedicated experts who love what they do and where they do it.
At fivestar*, we’re about helping your business get ahead. We combine visionary thinking and seasoned expertise in design, development and project management to deliver successful software solutions for our diverse range of clients. Get to know our team below, and find out why we all love working at fivestar*.
The fivestar* Team
CEO / CTO / CO-FOUNDER
"My favorite thing about fivestar* is the diversity of talent we have on the team, and the variety of challenges we get to solve for our clients."
Dave sets the strategic direction of fivestar*s award-winning, technology-based business culture. He has a proven track record for identifying how technology can make business more efficient for Fortune 1000 companies, non-profits, and higher education institutions. Keeping everyone and everything on track everyday isn’t all Dave brings to the table. Holding dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, he is also a speaker and mentor. Dedicated to serving others, Dave started fivestar* Cares. In his spare time, you can find him either pedaling his bike through town or putting on the entertainer's hat, cooking a great meal and playing cards.
PRESIDENT / CO-FOUNDER
"My favorite thing about fivestar* is that no one in the company is more than one degree of separation from our clients"
As fivestar*s President, Lou seems to effortlessly drive company performance and lead business development and client retention efforts. He is involved in higher education and workforce projects and impressively serves on multiple non-profit boards, including the Pittsburgh Entrepreneur’s Forum, Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh, Red Chair Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Community Television. He is also a mock interviewer for the Semper Fi Wounded Warriors program. Lou holds a bachelor’s from SUNY at Oswego and in his spare time, likes to spend time with friends and family, volunteer, mentor, read fiction, and is learning to play guitar.
VICE PRESIDENT, RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
"1.) My work has offered me the ability to wear a whole office full of hats over the years, which has made my job more fulfilling than I could have ever hoped for.
2.) Fivestar* treats its employees like family."
Cory came on board the fivestar* team with extensive software development expertise and is closely involved in the development and execution of client projects. His VP role is only one of the hats he wears - from design to implementation, he oversees our internal infrastructure, research, and tech services and continuously researches the high-tech industry to stay informed of best technologies available. A hands-on problem-solver, Cory is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and a graduate of Houghton College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Alex Gindin, PMP
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
"There are always opportunities to push personal boundaries and do amazing things with the support of an incredible organization"
Alex is a product manager, designer, analyst and consultant with more than a decade of experience in bringing to market technologies and adaptive strategies that enable business growth. He works closely with his teams to create solutions to business challenges using human-centered design, iterative development, and a strong focus on user-engagement. Alex holds an MBA and a Masters in Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh. When he’s not happily occupied by his baby girl, Alex loves scuba diving, drawing, golfing, and getting inspired by The Great British Baking Show.
DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES AND TALENT MANAGEMENT
"Every decision made by the management team takes our employees into consideration."
Angel applies more than 20 years of operations and human resources experience to the success of fivestar*. She plays an integral role in enhancing efficiency and driving productivity of a diverse group of technical and imaginative individuals. Angel promotes well-being and creative mindsets by developing engagement programs and recruiting top-notch talent. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree from Wilson College, she also received The Grace Tyson Schlichter Award in Communications. In her spare time, Angel loves to create mosaic stained glass pieces and supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins by being a season ticket holder.
Nick Ankrom, PMP
"I've felt like a valued employee from day #1."
Nick’s background, rich with experience in IT Project Management, is the perfect recipe for results. At fivestar*, he is focused on identifying and implementing new technologies and business strategies that help streamline business processes. In addition to being PMP and black belt certified, Nick holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS of Information Systems from Drexel University. In his spare time, he likes to spend time outdoors hiking and kayaking, as well as watching Pittsburgh Sports Teams and UNC Basketball.
MANAGER, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
"The variety of projects and challenges that drive us to build the best solutions."
As the Manager of Software Development at fivestar*. Barry brings over 15 years of experience spearheading development, leading teams and managing complex projects. Barry is an expert in countless technologies and methodologies - including Agile, Scrum, .NET, and SQL. Barry joined the team in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and has flawlessly transitioned into his role while working from home. Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. When he’s not coding or managing the development team, Barry is going on adventures with his family or keeping pucks out of the net.
MANAGER, QUALITY ASSURANCE
"Our opinions are valued with supportive management and a family environment."
Swapna joined us as a seasoned Quality Manager with extensive experience in conceptualizing and implementing outsourced delivery organization. She has strong orientation toward teamwork and motivating co-workers to create solutions and problem solve creatively. Her well-rounded, positive attitude and her keen attention to detail will quickly earn your confidence. In her spare time, she likes to cook up a great meal, spread culture in spiritual path, and spend time watching movies with her 14-year-old.
"Great people doing interesting work for a variety of clients with a culture of support and respect."
Blake brings a lifetime of experience to the table having worked in technology in one form or another for 20 years - first as an electronics technician in the US Navy, a workstation and network administrator, multimedia developer and UX/UI designer. Blake holds a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Web Design and Interactive Media. When he's not designing, Blake likes to spend his spare time with family and friends, outdoors, fly fishing and dabbling in photography.
"The culture at fivestar* is impressive. Everyone is very friendly and works as a team to execute projects."
As fivestar*’s director of marketing, Marissa sets the overall strategy and direction* of the marketing team. She has over 10 years of experience leading marketing efforts and driving results across a diverse range industries and tactics. Marissa works closely with the marketing team to manage fivestar*’s brand and presence across all platforms and media. When she’s not coming up with innovative new marketing approaches, Marissa is an avid home DIYer and health and fitness enthusiast, always looking for ways to stay active or finding something around the house to improve.
“fivestar* has not only built a great team but also a family environment, I’m happy to be a part of the fivestar* family and look forward to the future”
As director of finance, Craig oversees all day-to-day finance & accounting activities for fivestar* including cashflow management and P&L projections. Craig brings with him with over 10 years of experience leading finance teams across a wide variety of business. Craig has a bachelor’s in accounting from Robert Morris University and his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin. When he’s not managing fivestar*’s day-to-day financial operations, Craig loves spending time with his family and is a full-time activity manager for his four kids.
"Our opinions are valued with supportive management and a family environment."
"Never before have I worked for, and with, a leadership team that cares so much about the team."
"Having a culture that enables my personal and professional growth."
"Team breakfast on Fridays and 'agile' is more than just a buzzword."
"Building my skills while crafting quality software with great people."
"Everyone has a team approach to bring the best solutions to our clients."
"Collaborative and supportive team environment, with a group of friendly, engaging people."
"Great culture and flexible hours."
"I love that I am surrounded by highly successful and caring people who make a difference."
"fivestar* is people-first focused. Great work-life balance and supportive leaders."
"I like the solidarity among the different departments here."
"I am treated with respect and feel appreciated."
"The fun and interesting projects we get to work on."
"Supportive, friendly culture, and opportunities to work on interesting projects."
"I love our compassion and understanding when we’re brainstorming solutions."
"I like how invested everyone gets into their work."