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Rao Mandava Rao Mandava, Chairman and President

Rao is a seasoned executive, having spent 25 years with Westinghouse Electric Company, serving as the Vice President of their Automation Division. He was instrumental in winning $2.5M in U.S. Navy funding and an additional $1M in industry partner funding for developing the company’s InteliWare products. He is the primary inventor of the seminal patent, an industry differentiator, held by Inteligistics. Rao currently serves on the Board and is the founding investor of Mobile Aspects, Inc., a provider of automated RFID based tracking systems in hospitals. Prior to his years at Westinghouse, he worked at the Boeing Company in logistics and engineering positions. He holds M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.


Josh Mitchell, Vice President – Business Development and Sales

A graduate of the Michael G. Degroote school of business at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada, Josh Mitchell has over 25 years of experience in agriculture and processing. During this time he gained experience managing processing operations, quality assurance, food safety, facility selection and construction, and worked closely with major national and international customers to develop new business including new products, processes and even 2 patents.
His responsibilities as Vice President of Business Development and Sales will be to leverage and further develop Inteligistics’ broad range of monitoring, logistics and data management solutions. , Josh will help Inteligistics to become a major force within the produce industry in the areas of produce quality, freshness and safety while advancing the traceability, waste reduction and profitability.


Gopi Mandava, Vice President – Product Solutions

Gopi is responsible for product development and architecture. He has over 14 years of experience in the IT & Telecom industry with expertise in emerging technologies in the fields of SCM, Nanotechnology and Communications. Prior to joining Inteligistics, he worked in a leading Telecom Company as a technical lead. Gopi holds an MBA from R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, an M.S. in Engineering from Penn State University and a Management Certificate from Georgetown University.


Eric Kithinji, Lead Project Engineer – Product Solutions

Eric is responsible for Inteligistics solutions design including hardware design and integration. He is the architect of most of the Inteligistics ecosystem of solutions and ensures high level of accuracy and reliability. He is also our customer facing solutions expert and has travelled vastly throughout the United States, Mexico and Chile implementing solutions and training customer personnel. He is an inventor on several patent applications in the area of sensors and cold chain processes. Prior to joining Inteligistics Erick worked with Cummins Power Generation. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Minnesota State University.


Ed Aiello Ed Aeillo, Director

Ed retired from H.J. Heinz as Vice President of Global Insurance following a distinguished forty-three year career where he held many positions in Finance and Treasury. While at Heinz, Ed was responsible for the establishment and administration of both direct writing and reinsurance captives in onshore and offshore domiciles including Bermuda, Dublin, and Vermont. He remains the Chairman of both the Vermont and Dublin captives and currently participates in many community related activities including the Pittsburgh Cargo Security Taskforce for which he is Chairman. Ed received his B.S. in Business Administration and his MBA in Finance from Duquesne University.


Roger Byford Roger Byford, Director

Roger held technical and managerial positions at the British Broadcasting Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation before founding Vocollect, Inc. in 1987. He was the Chairman of Vocollect from its founding until the company was sold for $190 million to Intermec in early 2011. As Chief Executive Officer for most of the company’s history, he successfully raised funds from angel investors, institutional venture capitalists, strategic investors, mezzanine debt lenders and a private equity firm. Roger was a regional E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year winner in 2004, and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association’s Outstanding Entrepreneur for 2006. He holds numerous U.S. and U.K. patents and a M.A. in Electrical Engineering from Cambridge University.


Jeffrey McDaniel, Advisory Director

Jeffrey is an Executive in Residence at Innovation Works where he works with the management teams of start-up companies to identify and to address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, international product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning. Prior to joining Innovation Works, Jeffrey was in charge of business development and strategy for the emerging technology R&D portfolio for Westinghouse Electric Company. Earlier, he held marketing, strategy, zdevelopment roles at the Ex One Company, a global manufacturing technology incubator. There, he led the successful commercialization of Imagen, LLC, a manufacturer of dental implant and bio-medical devices through 3D printing. Previously, Jeffrey was an associate at Reed Smith, LLP and served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Kevin C. Srigley Kevin C Srigley, Adviser

Kevin brings over 25 years of experience in marketing and general management with a focus in food, beverage and retail. His valuable expertise is assisting Inteligistics in expanding its cool chain and fresh produce supply chain solutions offerings. Over the past 15 years, Kevin has held numerous managerial and senior leadership positions at Giant Eagle, a multi-billion dollar, privately held supermarket chain with over 30,000 employees. Kevin previously held marketing, sales, and advertising management positions with Nestlé USA. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Marketing & Advertising.


R. Paul Singh R. Paul Singh, Adviser

Dr. R. Paul Singh is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Food Engineering, University of California, Davis. Professor Singh’s research involves computational modeling of food processes to improve industrial food manufacturing, resource (energy and water) utilization in the food industry, and modeling of food digestion for improved bio accessibility of nutrients in the human body. Professor Singh is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He has published 14 books and over 270 refereed papers. Dr. Singh is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Kishida International Award and Farrall Young Educator Award (ASABE); Distinguished Food Engineering Award (DFISA); Nicholas Appert Award, International Award and Samuel Cate Prescott Award for Research (IFT). Currently, he serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food Engineering.

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