Stephen Marsh founded the hosted email archiving and compliance vendor Smarsh, Inc. in 2001, and the organization achieved operating profitability almost immediately with just a handful of clients.
Today, Marsh oversees the operation with more than 15,000 clients worldwide and over 150 employees. The company is headquartered in Portland, Ore. with offices in New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles. Smarsh has developed into the premier hosted email archiving and compliance vendor by helping companies in the strictly-regulated financial services industry satisfy SEC and FINRA regulatory obligations. Smarsh technology also helps firms maximize efficiency while minimizing regulatory compliance and legal risk.
Marsh serves as a mentor to local technology entrepreneurs and as a member of the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Brokers/Dealers (NAIBD). He was honored in April 2009 by the Portland Business Journal as one of Portland's 40 under 40, young business leaders making a difference in business and in their community. He was also a finalist for the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest. The eponymous founder and CEO is active in every facet of the operation at Smarsh, and is as comfortable providing technical support for clients as he is brokering business development.
Prior to founding the company, Marsh led product management and development efforts at CCBN, now a division of Thomson Financial, a market leader in investor relations communications services. He also spent time at both Fidelity Investments and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Marsh is frequently featured in financial and technology publications and speaks regularly at industry conferences. The Syracuse University graduate currently lives in Camas, Wash. with his wife and three children.
As Chief Technology Officer, Andy Augustine is responsible for all aspects of IT and product development, including operations, quality assurance, product management, project management and database admin at Smarsh.
Prior to joining Smarsh, he oversaw the development, quality assurance, and technical operations platforms at MFG.com, the largest global online marketplace for the manufacturing community. MFG.com connects buyers and suppliers of manufactured products from around the world in a collaborative, real-time manufacturing marketplace. As CTO, Augustine centralized a global team of 40+ technology staff that was spread across three continents to a core team of 20 in MFG.com's Atlanta offices.
Prior to MFG.com, he served as the senior vice president of application development for Thomson Financial, a leading financial services company that provides integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. In this role, Augustine developed and led strategies in the creation of a common platform for over 40 product development groups. He was also responsible for the support and development of over $1 billion worth of products. He also previously served as Chief Technology Officer at CCBN, which was acquired by Thomson in 2004, leading all aspects of technology from start-up to over $65 million in revenue and holding several product patents.
Augustine currently lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta, and he is very active in the Atlanta technology community.
Barbara Chiapuzio joined Smarsh in 2008 with a history of navigating start-ups to financial success and through aggressive growth. She brings 20 years of combined experience in public accounting and private industry to Smarsh and assumed leadership of the company's finance, accounting and human resources operations.
Prior to Smarsh, Chiapuzio spent five years as the CFO of Network Elements, Inc. in Beaverton, Ore. She helped raise over $100 million in equity, debt and government contracts. She also directed all accounting, human resources and IT functions.
As the vice president of finance at Claremont Technology Group, she helped lead the company through its initial and secondary public offerings. She later helped identify a merger partner and ultimately close the merger with CBSI. With the newly-formed Convansys, she continued her role as the vice president of finance, served as a member of the mergers and acquisitions team and developed and implemented their European strategy.
Chiapuzio also gained experience with KPMG in Portland, Ore. providing tax and accounting services.
The Portland State University graduate stays active in her local community and serves on a number of civic and school district committees. Barbara, her husband and two children reside in Tigard, Ore.
Sam Kolbert-Hyle joined Smarsh in 2009 as its Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. He is responsible for managing Smarsh business development efforts including corporate development, strategy, and emerging businesses. He also leads Smarsh merger and acquisitions and strategic partnerships, including alliances with service partners and independent software vendors.
Prior to joining Smarsh, Kolbert-Hyle was an associate at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in Los Angeles, a private equity group which focuses on growth investments in profitable software and service businesses. There, he developed sector-specific expertise in Software-as-a-Service, enterprise software, IT services, technology products, online advertising, and other technology-enabled service businesses. He has also worked as an analyst at Citigroup and Cohen & Company (now Institutional Financial Markets) and was the co-founder and President of Campus Sportswear USA, Inc. from 2003 until 2007.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with a concentration in Finance and a minor in History, Kolbert-Hyle grew up in Philadelphia and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
You can reach Sam directly at (971) 270-1163 or by email at skhyle [at] smarsh.com.
As the leader of the Smarsh product management team, Eric Larnard drives the product strategy, market needs and business line product execution through a focused customer-driven design process.
Larnard joined Smarsh in 2012 with over a decade of experience providing rich content, analysis and communication tools to information-based businesses.
He previously led the Financial Services and Pharmaceutical verticals for Thomson Reuters' Multimedia Communications business unit. He also led product and design efforts for Thomson Reuters' flagship Thomson One desktop and mobile platforms, and led a turnaround for the Thomson One Analytics business line. In 2006, Thomson Financial recognized Eric with its annual Award of Excellence for Entrepreneurship for delivering and patenting a new information product for financial markets.
Eric resides in suburban Boston. He and his wife are the proud parents of eight children.
Jean-Luc Marion joined Smarsh in 2011 and serves as the vice president of development. Marion's team is charged with the architecture, development and maintenance of all of the company's proprietary applications, and is using cutting-edge technologies to create an intuitive and integrated experience for Smarsh users.
Prior to joining Smarsh, Marion served as the head of application development at Thomson Reuters. While managing a staff of over 150 developers, he led integration efforts between Thomson and Reuters assets for the Investment Management and Investment Banking products and contents. He also served in development leadership roles with Thomson Financial and CCBN.
Jean-Luc lives in Boston, Mass. with his wife and three children.
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