Our management team has more than nine decades of combined experience in the high tech and medical industries.
Scott Capdevielle, Founder and CEO
As CEO of Syndicom, Scott Capdevielle leads the company’s corporate strategy, drives product direction and positioning, raises funding, and generates awareness for Syndicom among industry leaders and potential partners. Capdevielle is an entrepreneur who has successfully founded, financed, and operated companies for the majority of his career. He has decades of experience in technology startup companies including strengths in Team Building (exemplary management teams and advisory boards), Innovative Vision, and Leadership.
Capdevielle’s focus includes expanding Syndicom’s Collaborative Innovation Network (CIN) software platform to assist medical industry leaders and members produce original research, copyrights, and patents, and manage early stage development of medical devices and various related products. Key customers Capdevielle has secured for Syndicom include: Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, and NuVasive. He has played a substantial role in raising angel funding of $2 million, to date, for Syndicom and establishing a world class advisory board.
Prior to founding Syndicom, Capdevielle was co-founder and CEO of Andromedia, the first enterprise web analytics company. He was responsible for developing and building Andromedia’s Board of Directors which included the former CEO of Raychem and the founder and CEO of Oreilly & Associates as well as raising $30 million in angel funding. Within five years of its inception Andromedia was acquired by Macromedia for nearly $500 million.
Before Andromedia, Capdevielle founded and was CEO of UnTV, the first viral video marketing site on the internet gaining extensive notoriety in only three months. He and a partner raised more than $500 thousand in venture capitalist financing to launch UnTV. Capdevielle, as with Andromedia, developed an impressive advisory board that included the former CEO of 3Com.
Capdevielle has held several Board of Directors positions for privately held software companies, including NuSpectra, a start up software company that focuses on web based video control and monitoring. Previous work positions include; Engineer, Architect, Director – Software Development, Chief Technical Officer, and CEO of several technology companies.
Capdevielle received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Jay Marqua, COO
Jay Marqua is the Chief Operating Officer for Syndicom. He is responsible for financial, business, and early stage development and growth operations for the company. Prior to Syndicom, Marqua was the Senior Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for The Gestalt Development Group; providing leadership for startup and early stage companies as well as for enterprise level company transformation efforts.
He has wide ranging experiences in all aspects of executive management having held CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, and CMO positions. Marqua has extensive knowledge in organizational and business development, marketing and communication strategies, eCommerce and Web 2.0, technology systems, and professional services. He specializes in scaling financial and organizational operations, maximizing company efficiency, systems architecture, and needs analysis.
Marqua’s professional relationships include; Sports Express, The Culinary Institute of America, Instone Air Services, Amtrak, Acela product line, Marriott International, SunRay Park and Casino, The Ritz-Carlton, and Telluride Ski & Golf Resort.
Marqua graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fort Lewis College with a Business Administration degree and concentrations in Finance and Statistical Process Controls. He is the co-author of a college textbook, Tourism: The Business of Travel, published by Prentice Hall. The fourth edition will be published fall 2008.
Mark Epstein, VP of Professional Services
As Principal Consultant and Vice President of Professional Services, Mark Epstein is in charge of securing medical device companies to utilize Syndicom’s CIN software platform and implementing network-related customer solutions to enable increased business success. Epstein brings more than 20 years of management consulting and software implementation expertise to Syndicom.
Epstein’s professional career includes co-founding Convergent Group—management consulting and geographic information systems integration firm which supplied expertise to the public utilities (electric and gas) and local government public sector. He was specifically responsible for the company’s provision of management consulting and the development of financial modeling software, used to provide detailed cost-benefit analyses for the firm’s clients. Epstein negotiated major company contracts, including those with IBM, EDS, and others. He retired from Convergent Group in 2000, after it was purchased by Schlumberger (leading oilfield services provider).
Before Convergent Group, Epstein worked with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) as a geologist eventually moving into a consulting role assisting the company with development of their computer-based mapping and modeling technologies. Epstein’s experience includes having worked for ARIX Engineering as an environmental scientist.
Epstein has a B.A. in Biology and a Masters in Sciences and a Masters in Geology, both from Indiana University. He is a musician and has owned and operated a music store.
Jim A Youssef, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Jim Youssef is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, the highest level of training for a spine surgeon in the United States, and a co-founder of SpineColorado. He is deeply involved in the field of emerging technologies in spine education, has an active clinical research department, and is extensively published in peer review journals. He has served as a consultant to several private and publicly held spinal implant companies and on a variety of spine editorial boards. Dr. Youssef has collaborated on the development of a variety of spinal technologies and holds patents on innovative technology.
Dr. Youssef is a senior partner at Durango Orthopedic Associates, P.C./SpineColorado in Durango, Colorado. He specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders, and alternatives to bone fusion in spine surgery.
He is also a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, Colorado Medical Society, Western Orthopaedic Association, and AO/ASIF International Spine.
He received his undergraduate degree in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Youssef completed his internship in general surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He received his Fellowship in Spine at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.
John Skowlund, VP of Sales and Marketing
Mr. Skowlund has 17 years of executive management and business development experience in the technology industry. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Syndicom, John is responsible for marketing strategy and sales growth.
Previously John was the CEO of Avilar, Inc., a provider of workforce performance management and e-learning software and services. Avilar serves corporate and government clients around the world including Xerox, GM, Ameriquest, US Army, DISA and the Government of Mexico. In 2005, Avilar was selected to Deloitte’s Fast 50 for its rapid growth over 3 years. Earlier in his career, John was founder and COO of Re-route Corporation, the provider of switching services for consumers changing Internet providers. Re-route provided the service to clients including Microsoft, America Online, AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Comcast.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University, where he won the Entrepreneurial Award at Cornell’s Johnson School of Management for his employment referral software business. He is married to Dr. Dawn Mulhern, a Fort Lewis College professor, and they have two sons.
Blake Ward, VP of Product Development
Dr. Blake Ward is Syndicom’s Vice President of Product Development. Ward’s responsibilities are general product planning and design, and managing the IT Development team. Ward has nearly 20 years of computer science experience in the high-tech industry with extensive knowledge in architecting, managing, and developing object-oriented applications for a variety of software platforms. He specializes in software usability and infrastructure, high-level software implementation, corporate financial and marketing strategies, and fund raising.
Ward has provided expertise in computer software engineering, architecture and infrastructure, prototype development and design, data analysis, and corporate strategizing and budgeting for Fortune 500 companies to small start up businesses across the nation including; Marketocracy (international data services and research software company specializing in stock market and trading collaboration), Gateway, Xerox, Apple Computer, and Lumin.
Prior to Syndicom, Ward was Chief Technology Officer at Marketocracy, where he oversaw all software development, information management, and web site operations. He also designed and developed many of Marketocracy’s underlying stock market analysis algorithms.
Before Marketocracy, Ward was the Director of Distributed Computing at Amiga where he was responsible for the design and implementation of Amiga’s groundbreaking distributed computing architecture for internet appliances.
Prior to Amiga, Ward was a Senior Research Scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he worked on a variety of collaboration research projects and served as Chief Architect for Uppercase, a Xerox PARC startup (sold to Microsoft) that developed a slate-based computer with a unique document-centric user interface. Ward’s career in computer science includes management positions at Apple, Gateway and Lumin.
Ward has a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.