Ian Agranat, President and CEO
Back in the dark ages before personal computers, Ian was an engineer for Prime Computer. When the minicomputer industry crashed, he started his first company, Agranat Systems. For nine years, he enjoyed an amazing ride building a team of superheroes, developing best-in-class technology, and ultimately selling the business to Virata in 2000. As the Vice President of a public company on NASDAQ, Ian quickly realized he preferred to be the entrepreneur driving a small nimble business. He left Virata in 2002 and started Wildlife Acoustics in 2003. At Wildlife Acoustics, Ian says his job is a perfect cross section of two passions – high technology and nature. "Once again, I have surrounded myself with an amazing team of talented individuals, I enjoy applying my technical expertise to new and challenging problems, and feel great knowing that we are delivering the best products and service to the world's caretakers of our threatened natural resources." After business hours, Ian enjoys drifting in a kayak on a still lake as the morning mist gives way to clear skies and the dawn chorus welcomes the day. Being in the acoustic business, his favorite sounds are the song of a wood thrush, a lively saxophone in a blues band and the sound of silence.
Mona Doss, Vice President, Business Development
Mona is responsible for growing Wildlife Acoustics' business; from creating new vertical market and global geographic sales opportunities, selecting and vetting its worldwide resellers network to direct work with federal and state governments, non-profits and NGOs. Her decades' worth of sales management experience spans the range of Silocon Valley Fortune 500 tech companies to highly specialized start-ups. Mona speaks several languages and holds an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Robert Gierschick, Director of Marketing
During his 30+ years in marketing, Bob has worked with some of the most recognized companies in the world, including senior marketing roles at Bose Corporation. He ran his own consulting business for over ten years and worked in private and public as well as in start-up environments ranging from software, consumer electronics, consumer package goods and OEM automotive to services.
He has hands-on experience in nearly all global MarComm work, ranging from ad campaigns (print and online), trade show strategy and design, videos and promotions to direct marketing and packaging as well PR and GR. Robert holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA with a concentration in corporate entrepreneurship from Babson College where he has also been a guest lecturer.
Jeff King, Customer Service Manager
Jeff , a subject matter expert in EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and Quality Assurance, has more than twentyfive years' experience in building top quality customer and technical service processes. His knowledge and technical skills have been applied in Fortune 500 and start-up environments. Jeff's business process work and interest in conservation efforts has established Wildlife Acoustics as having the best customer service in its sector. He holds a bachelor of science degree in management systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
Sherwood Snyder, Director of Product Management
Sherwood has a dual degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in electrical and mechanical engineering. He came to Wildlife Acoustics from Cornell's Lab of Ornithology Bioacoustics Research Program where he designed hardware and software to monitor whales and other wildlife. At Wildlife Acoustics, he enjoys the challenge of engineering and managing several product lines to satisfy the needs of an ever growing number of talented and interesting biologists.
Linda King, Controller and Human Resources
Linda brings 25 years of empowering organizations and transforming their business processes to Wildlife Acoustics. She has a passion for process and organization that is demonstrated in her daily work with the financial and human resources. Linda leads the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific product grant program enjoys learning about the myriad of ways the products are being used for conservation and research. She holds a master of science degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Buffalo.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Michael Gonnerman, Board of Directors
Mike is a financial guru. He has 37 years experience as a Director, Advisor, financial consultant, CFO and auditor. Mike has helped companies with issues involving corporate oversight, financial management, financial reporting, forecasting and financing. His financial tools have been adopted by hundreds of companies, and he speaks frequently on finance and entrepreneurship.
Peter Schmidt, Board of Directors
Peter H. Schmidt is a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded more than ten companies and non-profits and is a co-inventor on five networking patents. Teradyne acquired his company Midnight Networks for cash in 1996, and since then he has been involved as an angel investor or director in an additional 23 start-ups. He sings and flies aerobatics for fun. He earned degrees in computer science and in management from MIT.
Stuart Nixdorff, Board of Directors
Stuart Nixdorff is co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing at RedShift Systems. Stuart is a seasoned, start-up executive with over 18 years of experience launching new products, technologies and companies. Stuart has a deep background as a leading pioneer in global and imaging technologies. Stuart's specific area of expertise is early market development and strategic customer acquisition. He has launched 15 new category products and technologies that have sold over 10M units generating revenues in excess of $100M.
Paul Edelman, Advisor
Paul Edelman is Managing Director of Edelman & Associates, an executive search and technical recruiting firm serving software, biotech, and other high technology companies. Previously, Paul was VP of Staff and Organization Development for MicroE Systems, a successful high technology startup. Paul currently serves on the board of the MIT Alumni Association and is a member of the Hub Angels Investment group. Paul earned his SB in Physics at MIT and a PhD in Psychology at Harvard.
David Sibley, Advisor
David Sibley is renowned in the birding world as the most gifted contemporary painter of birds and one of the country's foremost authorities. David Sibley's monumental Guide to Birds, a work 10 years in the making, secured his place in the birding world. The authoritative guidebook, published in 2000, contains 6,600 beautiful, detailed watercolor illustrations and covers 810 North American species and 310 regional populations.
Richard Walton, Advisor
Dick Walton is a teacher, writer, and naturalist with an interest in birds, insects, and spiders. Dick runs Natural History Productions and produces natural history videos for a variety of educational organizations. He is co-author, with Bob Lawson, of the Peterson Field Guide Birding by Ear series. Dick is also the director of New Jersey Audubon's Monarch Monitoring Project founded in 1990 with Lincoln Brower.