Nearly 20 years of experience in this industry.
We’ve seen the breakdown between facility owners and suppliers. There is complexity, ambiguity, and lack of transparency regarding cost, quality, and timing.
Founder + CEO
Throughout his 20 years of design, distribution, and supply chain experience, Buddy has come across countless customer problems that he couldn’t wait to figure out. To solve these ever-evolving jigsaw puzzles, he built teams focused on solutions and leveraged modern software systems (ERP, CRM, Project Management and E-commerce platforms) that empowered people and created personalized service to better connect suppliers with end users. Buddy has been proud to deliver results to some of the world’s most innovative companies, including JP Morgan Chase, YUM! Brands (KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut), Chick-fil-A, 21c Museum Hotels, Texas Roadhouse, Regions Bank, Humana, Carvana, and many more.
Buddy brings to AxisPoint Alliance his strategic experience in Operations Management, Planning, Sales, Procurement, Risk Mitigation, Product Development, Marketing, Purchasing, and Forecasting. Laser focused on serving his partners, employees, and the surrounding communities, he’s excited at the opportunity to empower people, create value, and give back.
He holds a B.S. in Finance from The University of Louisville. Outside of his professional life, Buddy loves spending time with his family and attending services at his church. He’s involved in local charities, rarely passes up a chance to play 18 holes and loves to be anywhere there is water.
Chief Technology Officer
As an experienced Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering, Brian has managed successful teams covering a variety of disciplines. His background ranges from building web applications to hiring and managing over 100 developers, QA engineers, and data scientists for companies in industries ranging from technology to journalism and manufacturing.
Prior to joining AxisPoint Alliance, Brian was the VP of Software Engineering at Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing platform serving customers that include SpaceX, NASA, Lockheed Martin, and BMW. While there, he led the software engineering team that built out both an innovative and highly successful instant pricing and buying experience and supplier portal. His team also launched a new line of business, selling raw materials and consumables for the manufacturing industry online. In 2018, Xometry acquired MakeTime, where he was the Chief Technology Officer.
Outside of Brian's manufacturing experience, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Ushahidi, a globally distributed technology company enabling grassroots journalism in election monitoring, crisis response, advocacy, and human rights. His team was globally diverse, spanning from East Asia and Oceania, across Sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. Beyond high level leadership there, he built and maintained the managed service of Ushahidi, called Crowdmap, which was responsible for hosting tens of thousands of mapping deployments around the world.
Brian received his MBA from Kennesaw State University and a BS in Computer Information Systems from Bellarmine University. Outside of work, Brian has served in the Peace Corps in Kenya and is currently on the Board of Directors at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Chief Financial Officer
Gary is a proven finance and business leader with experience in a broad range of business functions in high-growth, PE-backed organizations. He has demonstrated the ability to drive meaningful process and operational improvements in addition to M&A, acquisition integration, and overall business strategy.
Gary started his career in public accounting but found his calling as an operator serving in leadership roles within Sales Operations, Lead Generation, and FP&A. While in these positions, he developed general sales and Go-To-Market strategy for a multi-billion-dollar healthcare IT company, he led an integration workstream for a nearly $800M acquisition, and he developed reporting and analytics packages to inform and empower executive leadership.
Most recently, Gary was a part of the deal team that helped position a major technology company for a $2.7B sale. While on this team, he was responsible for securing the financial and operational data for the virtual data room so that potential suitors could accurately analyze the company and develop a bid for purchase.
Gary is a Certified Public Accountant who holds an MBA from the University of Louisville. When he isn’t providing financial solutions, he’s volunteering at the children’s ministry of his local church or spending time with his wife and three boys.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Bringing a truly one-of-a-kind background to AxisPoint Alliance, Elia has 18 years of experience in Procurement, Sourcing, and Inventory Management, most of which were spent in the United States Army. Starting his career as a Logistician, he quickly learned how to move products and personnel through complicated and sometimes treacherous supply chains.
After three tours and a few overseas stints, Elia became the VP of Sourcing and Procurement for a distribution company—moving tens of millions of dollars’ worth of product annually across the U.S.
During this time, he also utilized a new technology platform to create and implement purchasing processes and procedures. As a result, processing time and atomization of the purchasing function was reduced. AxisPoint Alliance will lean heavily on his experience with negotiating pricing, supplier terms and rebate programs for over 100 manufacturers.
Elia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Management and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.
VP of Systems + Analytics
Henry began his career as an analyst—collecting, integrating, and presenting data to inform academic research and for-profit investment. He developed a passion for companies that achieve rapid growth by effectively leveraging and developing technology. Since then, he has acquired a broad skill set and range of knowledge in empirical analysis, forecasting, predictive modeling, regression analysis and data visualization.
Most recently, he worked in high-growth, private equity environments, providing analytical support and systems guidance. In various positions, Henry drove pricing proposal strategies and helped to develop team structure, lead generation and marketing targets. He also has extensive experience in the following systems: NetSuite, Salesforce, Outreach, Birst, Brightfunnel, PowerBI, and RingCentral.
Henry graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Centre College and has a postgraduate degree in Information Systems from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Recently, he was accepted into Harvard’s Online Business Analytics program.