Our award-winning team combines thought leadership and years of innovation and domain expertise across multiple technologies and platforms.
Dylan St. John-FosterFounder | CEO
Abhi PatwardhanFounder | CTO
Robert GoliaCOO | CFO
Dylan is CEO of Gist where his attention is focused on helping enterprises build a better mobile world. Since May 2012, Dylan has driven the firm's growth to a full service development company operating out of New York, DC and India.
With more than 2 years business experience and 16 years in technology, Dylan carries a broad understanding of technology and how it relates to businesses across multiple industries. In the past 5 years Dylan has consulted several technology startups.
Prior to founding Gist, Dylan held several management positions at Cisco Systems. Dylan started his career with Cisco in Amsterdam in 1999 where he was instrumental in the early adoption of technologies such as Webex and Salesforce. During his tenure with Cisco, Dylan was responsible for building Cisco’s world-wide inside sales model resulting in a $1bn+ business today.
In 2005, Dylan relocated to NYC where he took on the leadership of Cisco’s Small Business Segment in the East which he grew from $150m to $275m.
Prior to Cisco systems, Dylan was a Global Sales Manager for ABN AMRO Lease Holding with accounts such as of Sony Music, Johnson Controls, Pfizer, McCormick.
Abhi is CTO of Gist where he spearheads the company’s technology operations. Based in Gist’s DC office, he is responsible for defining and shaping the company’s core technology disciplines, including, strategy, planning, user experience, product management and technology.
With more than 16 years experience in technology Abhi is considered a thought leader in enterprise mobility. As an early adopter of the iPhone SDK in early 2008, Abhi worked directly with Apple to produce app #3 on the App Store. Over the last 6 years Abhi has been responsible for the launch of over 330 mobile applications and several technology and infrastructure platforms in virtually every category.
Prior to Gist, Abhi was the Director of Mobile Product Development at USAToday/Gannett supporting 76 newspapers and 23 broadcasting stations nationwide. Prior to that, Abhi spent a decade at AOL Inc. As the Development Manager for Mac and iPhone Applications, Abhi launched several award winning applications for the iPhone, including AIM and AOL Radio. AIM was app #3 on the Apple App Store when it launched in 2008. Abhi played a key role in the strategic direction of AOL’s product set. His applications combined, have been downloaded more than 50 million times.
As the company’s COO & CFO, Robert oversees all aspects of operations and planning. Robert enjoys working with Gist’s clients and their executive team to drive growth and great work. Since joining the company, late 2013, Robert has played a key role in the growth and development of Gist.
Robert Golia’s 27-year career spans a range of retail, wholesale and manufacturing, with responsibilities for both domestic and international footprints. He has extensive experience building and aligning organizations to achieve profitability and excellence. Leveraging business technology, and financial expertise to grow revenue, streamline operations, reduce costs and facilitate growth. His diverse industry experience spans a small domestic $9 million start-up to global organizations in entertainment, consumer products, apparel and financial services with companies such as Pepsi-Cola, Joseph Abboud (PE Owned) and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Math from CUNY - Queens College and speaks fluent Italian.
Dan GilliamVP Mobile
Kelly MatthewsVP Design
Teco BonnerVP Development
As VP of Mobile at Gist Dan is at the core of what we do. Dan was writing iOS software before there was an App Store and has over 20 years experience writing Macintosh software.
For the last 4+ years, he's been doing iOS and Mac development for clients ranging from local entrepreneurs to national brands (Sephora, Benefit Cosmetics, Gannett, American Eagle Outfitters).
Prior to working with Gist, Dan was a senior developer at AOL, contributing to many of AOL's Mac and iPhone projects — most notably as co-author of the Apple Design Award-winning "AOL Radio" app. Other projects included AIM for iPhone, Bebo, and several versions of the Mac AOL client. Prior to that he worked on cross-platform graphical toolkits at a Northern Virginia startup."
As head of Gist’s design team, Kelly plays a key role within the organization. His passion for design excellence yields quality and engaging user experiences for our clients.
Kelly is an innovative problem solver with over 20 years of experience leading design teams and creating engaging user experiences. Kelly’s creative work spans mobile, desktop, consumer devices and the web.
Kelly’s experience as a designer started at a video post production house in Washington DC where he was a paintbox artist. From there he moved into interactive television and was introduced to the world of user interface design. Riding the dot com bubble eventually landed Kelly at AOL where he became a lead designer, responsible for IM on AOL Desktop, AIM, and all Mac Applications. Before taking the design helm at Gist Digital Kelly was engaged in designing user experiences for mobile, web, and consumer device applications for companies such as DivX and SignMeUp.com.
Kelly and his wife Susan live with their 5 children in Northern Virginia where he is involved with the youth group at his church.
Oraine(Teco) Bonner - Is a veteran Software Engineer with over 14 years of Full Stack Software Development experience.
Oraine has always been at the forefront of change, technology adoption and implementation. Delivering solutions such as a Web 2.0, UGC feature set for Africana.com, a start-up later purchased by Time Warner. Then joining AOL to help with the migration of it’s content sites to the web at large. Sites, once only available to it’s paying client users. Not stopping there, he was propelled to the title of "Principal Engineer" after proving it was possible to build websites, using the more common Opens Source platforms such as a LAMP stack, and most importantly, the platforms could be built to handle the huge amount of traffic typically generated by AOL's Users.
This success would end up defining work he performed for his latter years at AOL. As a lead, Principal Engineer, he delivered full stack Java solutions, first for the suite of AOL's Lifestyle sites, then for the Homepage(www.aol.com), one of the Internet's most trafficked sites.
While a part of the aol.com team, a lot of the work was key to the success of the business. This work included, but was in no way limited to, the Realtime, User Metrics Implementation used by the editorial staff, to monitor the performance of the content they published. The weather Ingestion Systems, that ingests millions of rows of data in minutes, used to feed weather data to all the AOL Sites.
Today, after more than a decade of leading AOL with technology adoption, and implementation, Oraine is now a member of the Gist Management Team. Leading an organization of extremely talented, and experienced engineers that will be responsible for the Design, Development and Deployment of applications built for our partners.
Stu UpsonSports, Entertainment, Hospitality
Terry McCormackRetail & Consumer Product Goods
Until recently Stu Upson was Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress in Arlington, Texas. As chief executive of the national governing body of bowling, Upson was responsible for promoting and regulating the sport while supporting the organization’s nearly 2 million members, 35,000 volunteers and 2,800 state and local associations.
Prior to USBC Upson served as the Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Skip Barber Racing and Senior Vice President, Sports and Entertainment Marketing at First USA Bank where he grew the sports and entertainment credit card portfolio to over $1 Billion via relationships with over 220 partners, including MLB, NHL and NBA franchises and other sports organizations such as the PGA TOUR, the USTA, US Soccer and Strike Ten Bowling.
Upson’s sports and entertainment marketing experience began when he joined Major League Baseball Properties as Vice President, Business Development. His most significant accomplishment at MLBP was leading the team that created and managed All-Star FanFest. Immediately upon its introduction in 1991, FanFest was hailed as a pioneering concept in sports event marketing -- an interactive theme park of baseball which to this day attracts 100,000 fans annually for the five days leading up to the All-Star Game.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, Upson now lives with his family in New Canaan, Connecticut.
As an advisor to GIST, representing Education, Tom plays a key role in our expansion in the Educational vertical. Tom has consulted with Large Charter school operators across the US and currently sits on the Board of Education of Mount Pleasant in NY and is an active member on several committees in the school district including the curriculum and audit committees.
Tom’s career spans over 25 years in the field of technology and has held several senior level positions at leading companies such as Pepsi, EMI Music, Reuters, Radianz, BT Cisco and VCE.
Terry’s experience span across forty-seven (47) years as a corporate executive & consultant/broker in sales & marketing of consumer products. Terry started out working for such firms as H.J. Heinz & then R.J. Reynolds developing the foods division, which eventually became Nabisco Standard Brands. Terry then served as V.P. Sales & Marketing for an international consumer products company, Fromageries Bel, Inc., where he helped launch major brands such as Bonbel & Laughing Cow Cheeses throughout the USA.
In recent years, Terry has maximized his network of contacts to assist many clients with both their new product introductions as well as moving excess, discontinued, & closeout inventories. Terry has also been introducing his clients to cutting edge technologies, marketing programs, & merchandising concepts with a focus on increasing productivity, lowering costs & increasing revenue.
Terry has a BA degree w/ major in Economics from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, where he has been on their Alumni Board of Directors and was a founder of the Iona College Alumni Goal Club. Terry is also an inductee in the Iona College Hall of Fame. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Consumer Products Management from Cornell University. Terry has won various industry awards over the years & has always been active in community activities & a volunteer coach, having been active in sports his whole life.
Ken BrennerSports, Entertainment, and Philanthropy
As an advisor to GIST, representing Healthcare, John plays a key role in our expansion in the healthcare vertical. John has over 30 years of medical device, life science and biotech experience including executive leadership positions in general management, marketing, sales, business development and operations.
Most recently, John was Chief Operating Officer for ISTO Technologies, Inc. (St. Louis, MO), a venture backed company focused on biologics and cartilage regeneration for the knee and back. Prior to that, John was President & CEO for five years at Vidar Systems Corporation, a leading digital medical imaging company located in Herndon, Virginia. Previously, John has held senior leadership positions in general management, marketing and sales with Stryker Orthopaedics and U.S. Surgical (now Covidien) including Vice President & General Manager, V.P. of Marketing and V.P. of Sales.
John holds a B.S. degree from The College of New Jersey and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Ken is a seasoned entrepreneur with 25 years of experience as a pioneer and business development leader in the sports, entertainment and philanthropy industries. Over the course of his career, Ken has successfully introduced several innovative, digital / mobile solutions for Fortune 500 companies that have been game changers for brands, retailers, professional sports teams and celebrities.
Ken is the co-founder, with his business partner Mark Rockefeller, of Sponsor Direct (re-branded as Conxeo) which has deployed a leading SaaS platform that improves community communications and engagement for major corporate brands, is co-founder of Legacy Connect (with Mr. Rockefeller) a leading digital platform in philanthropy, and most recently, founder of Interactive Donor Corp. (iDonor) a leading cause marketing and digital giving platform that is introducing the first loyalty rewards program in philanthropy.