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Paul Salisbury
CEO

Paul Salisbury is the Chief Executive Officer at Dura Software. He is the operational brains behind the organization focused on evaluating, transitioning, and optimizing acquisitions.

Previously, Paul operated as a Senior Vice President for Rackspace, leading a team of 300 employees that delivered “Fanatical Support” to over 55,000 North American Hybrid and Cloud customers. Paul’s organization served 70% of the Fortune 100 delivering superior technical expertise and a world class customer experience. Paul left Rackspace in May of 2017 to pursue entrepreneurial interests and co-founded Dura Software in 2018.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Paul served as Professional Services Regional GM at Dell Computer Corporation where he oversaw the delivery of consulting services engagements for the Eastern United States. Paul’s 25+ year career in technology also includes implementing large-scale ERP solutions at Ernst and Young Consulting in the United States and abroad and leading Manufacturing Process Controls efforts for Procter and Gamble.

Paul holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Texas. Originally from Northern California, Paul has been in Texas now for more than 20 years and became a San Antonio resident in 2011. Paul loves the Texas outdoors and in his free time you can find him on the golf course or at the beach with his wife and two daughters.

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Michael Girdley
Executive Chairman

Michael Girdley is the Chairman of the Board and head of strategy at Dura Software. Michael manages the firm’s strategic initiatives including acquisition strategy and growth planning/execution. He also adds technical expertise to Dura’s business operations.

Previously, Michael was Managing Director of the Geekdom Fund, a seed-stage tech venture capital fund with $24 million under management that has invested in over 50 high-growth tech companies.

Michael has also co-founded several tech-related companies and nonprofits: Codeup, Alamo Angels, and the RealCo Accelerator.  Prior to diving into San Antonio’s tech sector, Michael was CEO of Alamo Fireworks, the largest retailer of consumer fireworks in Texas. Under his leadership, the family business transitioned from 3rd to 4th generation leadership and grew by over 50%.

Academically, Michael’s background is rooted in technology. He received a BS in Computer Science from Lafayette College. Michael began his career in San Francisco, where he held engineering and marketing roles at RSA Security and BEA WebLogic, where, at age 25, he was the lead product manager for a $300mm business.

Michael serves on the boards of Alamo Angels, Codeup, RealCo Micro VC, Prospectify, and Alamo Fireworks. In 2015, the San Antonio Business Journal named Michael “Man of the Year”.  Michael has also authored several books on computer programming which have been translated into four languages.

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Chris Burney
CFO

Chris Burney is the Chief Financial Officer at Dura Software, where he oversees acquisitions, capital allocation, and financial management of Dura Software’s business lines.  Chris joined Dura Software as an investor and co-founder in September 2018.

Previously, Chris served as the Founding Executive Director and Board Chair at Alamo Angels. Since its inception in December 2016, Chris managed Alamo Angels’ growth to over 100 investor members who have invested over $2.5M in startup businesses.

Prior to Alamo Angels, Chris spent four years at Rackspace where he held roles on the operational and strategic finance teams.  Chris’ responsibilities at Rackspace included leading a team of financial analysts overseeing a $450M annual operating budget as well as supporting corporate M&A activities.

Chris is a native San Antonian who returned home permanently in 2012 after spending 10 years living and working in New York and North Carolina.  During his free time, Chris enjoys playing competitive tennis and exploring new events and locales in the San Antonio area with his wife Lizzie and three young girls.

Chris holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has also held roles at J.P. Morgan and Thomson Financial in New York City.

Connor Chamness

Conor Chamness
Corporate Development

Conor Chamness is responsible for sourcing, engaging, and evaluating acquisition opportunities at Dura Software.

Originally from the DC Area, Conor moved to San Antonio in late 2018 as a Venture for America Fellow. Prior to the Fellowship and joining the team at Dura, he worked in business development, marketing, and operations at a number of startups and consulting organizations.

Conor is a graduate of Boston College with degrees in Finance and Economics. Now that he lives in Texas, he cannot conceive of a reason people would choose to live somewhere without palm trees.

Joseph Villafranca
CTO

Joseph Villafranca leads the mission to build valuable, sustainable, and evolvable software at each of the businesses Dura operates.

He currently also serves as the CEO of Grok Interactive, one of the longest standing software consultancies in San Antonio, specializing in developing cutting edge software to solve many different business problems. He’s written software professionally for over five years, in as many different languages and technology stacks as that amount of time could reasonably allow.

He holds a Bachelor of Business of Administration from Texas A&M University and is a graduate of the inaugural Codeup cohort.

Abreham Dadi
Corporate Development

Abreham Dadi assists in deal sourcing and acquisition evaluation at Dura Software.                                                           

Abreham is a Texas native who was raised in Dallas. In the past, Abreham has worked with universities, public policy firms, and a start up he founded and later gave to a large public university. He’s held roles in project management, data analysis, and relationship management. Abreham is currently a Venture for America fellow and moved to San Antonio mid-2019.

Abreham holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Texas A&M University – College Station.

Josie Castillo
Controller

Josie Castillo in serves as Controller at Dura Software, managing accounting across Dura and its business lines.                                                         

Josie has extensive accounting experience working at a multimillion-dollar international consulting management company over 10+ years. She built her career working her way through the accounting department, eventually becoming the global controller overseeing all aspects of the global consolidated audit and inter-company activities. Now Josie applies her global accounting expertise to Dura’s unique businesses.

Josie holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University – San Antonio and an MS degree in Accounting from Our Lady of the Lake University – San Antonio. Josie has held an active CPA license from the state of Texas since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her three children. 

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CEOs

Adam Maher
CEO of Moki

Adam Maher is the Chief Executive Officer at Moki. He is responsible for leading all strategic and business operations of Moki.

Previously, Adam operated as a Vice President of Customer Success for DealerSocket, leading a team of 180 employees serving over 10,000 businesses with 250,000+ users in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Adam’s organization delivered an unwavering mentality of “Customer Obsession” while providing a best-in-class customer experience serving their customers as their “trusted advisor”. In the 8+ years Adam was at DealerSocket, he led teams through four acquisitions, revenue growth of over 10x and achieving unicorn status.

Adam holds a BS in Economics with a minor in Business Management from Brigham Young University. Growing up as a Navy brat, Adam calls many places home, adding San Antonio as of March 2019. Adam loves to travel and in his free time, you can find him at Orangetheory Fitness or spending time with his wife, daughter, son and 160-pound Cane Corso mastiff.

Justin Brady
CEO of Nordic IT

Justin Brady is the Chief Executive Officer at Nordic IT. He is responsible for leading all strategic and business operations of Nordic IT.                                                      

Previously Justin operated as Vice President of Customer Success for Rackspace, leading a team of 250 employees supporting customers across multiple dedicated and cloud server product lines.  Serving a base of customers ranging from small-medium businesses to the largest enterprises, Justin’s teams repeatedly delivered the highest levels of customer satisfaction and customer retention within the company. His passion for building a great culture and developing people has allowed him to consistently create high performing and highly engaged teams over the years.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Justin operated as the Director of IT for a large San Antonio-based law firm. He was responsible for the strategic planning and the operation of all hardware and software solutions, along with the associated networking and telephony infrastructure.

Justin holds a B.A. in American History from Washington and Lee University and an MAA in Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.  Originally from New York, Justin moved to San Antonio in 2001. He and his wife, Kim, have two young daughters and in their free time enjoy spending time at the beach or exploring the Texas countryside.

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John McGuire

John McGuire is currently the Founder of Fructify LLC, a fintech start-up providing supply chain finance solutions to agricultural exporters in emerging markets.                                                   

Previously, John was the owner of Loop Cold Storage Co., a family owned business which ran the largest refrigerated warehousing operation on the US-Mexico border.  During his tenure with the company, the company grew from 60 to 200 employees and profits increased by 2.5x, before a successful exit to Lineage Logistics in 2014.

John holds a BBA from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Bianca Rhodes

Bianca Martinez Rhodes is the President of Knight Areospace Medical Systems, LLC, which designs and manufactures specialized aerospace products that maximize the utilization of cargo aircraft.

Bianca began her career as a Commercial Banker for National Bank of Commerce, the second largest bank in San Antonio.  After six years, she left to work for one of her clients, TexCom Management Services, a computer leasing company.  She helped the Company consolidate a 34 bank group into one which positioned the company to be sold to Intelogic Trace, (NYSE:IT), for which she became the Chief Financial Officer. 

After Intelogic Trace, she joined Kinetic Concepts Inc. (NASDQ: KNCI) whom she had helped to take public a few years earlier.  As its CFO, she engineered a turnaround which more than quadrupled the company’s valuation and enabled its private offering just three years later. 

After KCI’s successful private sale and wanting to focus more on her three young children, she started consulting for a number of private enterprises, specializing in financial and operating issues.  She has also managed her family’s asset portfolio consisting of several apartment complexes, single family homes, and various other real estate ventures.  Rhodes has successfully raised capital, structured buyouts, and advised dozens of companies, primarily in the health care sector. 

Her career includes numerous voluntary positions especially targeted to women’s real choices including the founding of Any Woman Can, and various civic board positions with organizations such as AirLife San Antonio, Junior Achievement of San Antonio, Big Brothers and Sisters of San Antonio, Lighthouse for the Blind, and the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Bianca graduated from the University of Texas with a BBA in Finance. Bianca has been married to Jim, an investment professional with Wells Fargo for more than 32 years and has three children and two grandchildren.  Besides her family, her passions include reading, God, and the mountains of Colorado.

Matt Morris

Matt Morris is the Founder & Managing Partner of Ozone Capital Management, LLC. At OZCM, Matt drives deal sourcing/firm strategy (real estate and operating businesses) and leads operating business investment activities.                                                 

Previously, Matt was a Senior Analyst at Pelorus Jack Capital (“PJC”), a San Francisco-based investment partnership. Matt was a fundamental analyst and actively invested in multiple sectors.

Previous to PJC, Matt was a founding team member of Challen Asset Management (“CAM”). Matt opened the firm’s Menlo Park, CA office and was responsible for driving primary research on individual direct investments, as well as funds.

Previous to “CAM”, Matt was an Investment Manager at Northgate Capital (“NC”), a $4.8b AUM alternative asset management firm, where he sourced, analyzed and ultimately deployed Private Equity and Venture Capital primary fund commitments and co-investments across US, Western Europe, and Emerging Markets. He also analyzed and monitored primarily enterprise investments for the “NCD” (Northgate Capital Direct) portfolio where Northgate invested alongside most of the top Silicon Valley-based VC funds. Northgate Capital was ultimately sold to Religare Enterprises during Matt’s tenure.

While in business school, Matt interned at Payden & Rygel in the equity and high yield groups during the depths of the Global Financial Crisis.

Prior to business school, Matt worked in commercial real estate brokerage and private equity respectively at CB Richard Ellis in Los Angeles, as well as Divco West in Palo  Alto.

Matt earned an MBA with a Finance emphasis from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Matt lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Anna, and three kids (Audrey, George and Mason).

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Michael Girdley

Michael Girdley is the Chairman of the Board and head of strategy at Dura Software. Michael manages the firm’s strategic initiatives including acquisition strategy and growth planning/execution. He also adds technical expertise to Dura’s business operations.

Previously, Michael was Managing Director of the Geekdom Fund, a seed-stage tech venture capital fund with $24 million under management that has invested in over 50 high-growth tech companies.

Michael has also co-founded several tech-related companies and nonprofits: Codeup, Alamo Angels, and the RealCo Accelerator.  Prior to diving into San Antonio’s tech sector, Michael was CEO of Alamo Fireworks, the largest retailer of consumer fireworks in Texas. Under his leadership, the family business transitioned from 3rd to 4th generation leadership and grew by over 50%.

Academically, Michael’s background is rooted in technology. He received a BS in Computer Science from Lafayette College. Michael began his career in San Francisco, where he held engineering and marketing roles at RSA Security and BEA WebLogic, where, at age 25, he was the lead product manager for a $300mm business.

Michael serves on the boards of Alamo Angels, Codeup, RealCo Micro VC, Prospectify, and Alamo Fireworks. In 2015, the San Antonio Business Journal named Michael “Man of the Year”.  Michael has also authored several books on computer programming which have been translated into four languages.

Paul Salisbury portrait

Paul Salisbury

Paul Salisbury is the Chief Executive Officer at Dura Software. He is the operational brains behind the organization focused on evaluating, transitioning, and optimizing acquisitions.

Previously, Paul operated as a Senior Vice President for Rackspace, leading a team of 300 employees that delivered “Fanatical Support” to over 55,000 North American Hybrid and Cloud customers. Paul’s organization served 70% of the Fortune 100 delivering superior technical expertise and a world class customer experience. Paul left Rackspace in May of 2017 to pursue entrepreneurial interests and co-founded Dura Software in 2018.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Paul served as Professional Services Regional GM at Dell Computer Corporation where he oversaw the delivery of consulting services engagements for the Eastern United States. Paul’s 25+ year career in technology also includes implementing large-scale ERP solutions at Ernst and Young Consulting in the United States and abroad and leading Manufacturing Process Controls efforts for Procter and Gamble.

Paul holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Texas. Originally from Northern California, Paul has been in Texas now for more than 20 years and became a San Antonio resident in 2011. Paul loves the Texas outdoors and in his free time you can find him on the golf course or at the beach with his wife and two daughters.