Management Team

Matt Nelson, President and CEO

Matt Nelsen has over 20 years of wireless technology business experience. Throughout his career, he has held marketing, strategic planning, and strategic partnerships positions with multiple fortune 500 companies including Avocent, Motorola and 3COM. He has always stayed on the cutting edge of innovative wireless technologies and lead teams that introduced a number of revolutionary first-to-marketwireless products. Matt has published numerous articles and is considered a technology visionary within the wireless networking market. He holds an innovative patent in wireless computing, a BS in computer information systems and a MBA from Regis University in Colorado.

Mike Derby, Chief Technology Officer and Founder

Michael Derby has more than 20 years of experience in wireless technology. He was a member of the IEEE standards development organization for the 802.11, 802.15 and 802.16 wireless standards and has current knowledge of NIST’s FIPS cryptographic standards. Mike founded AvaLAN Wireless in Palo Alto, California in 2004 and leads the development of the company’s core wireless and cryptographic technology and guides the company’s steady growth in profitability. Mr. Derby’s postgraduate degrees include a master’s in engineering from Clarkson and an MBA from Cornell University.

Brook Svoboda, Vice President of Sales

Brook Headshot WHITEBrook Svoboda is the VP of Sales. Brook brings 20 years of technology sales and sales management experience to AvaLAN Wireless. Prior to joining AvaLAN, Brook spent 5 years at Avocent Corporation, the leader in IT connectivity solutions, serving as the Western Region Sales Manager. In this role he led sales efforts of IP video centric computing and wireless HD solutions to Video Production and Broadcast clients in the Western US. Prior to Avocent, Brook was the Director or Business Development for CyrstalLink Wireless, a San Diego based wireless startup, which was later acquired by Avocent. Brook also spent 10 years in the semiconductor industry where he led sales and strategic business engagements as a representative for several digital communication semiconductor companies including Xilinx, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments. Brook received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University of Fullerton.

Steve Merrick, Chief Financial Officer

Steve brings to AvaLAN over 25 years of financial and operational expertise. Prior to joining AvaLAN, Steve was the Executive Vice President and CFO of an ecommerce company and was responsible for its day-to-day management and vision. During his tenure, revenues grew 2x and EBITDA 3X and today the company is the undisputed market leader. Throughout his career in various C-level capacities and business advisor to NASDAQ and NYSE companies, Steve has progressively had a record of success leading early stage, stagnant and growth companies through strategic growth initiatives — driving profitability and transformations. An alumnus of Ernst & Young and graduate of The University of Alabama in Birmingham, Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is an accredited CPA.


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