Career highlights include selling his first company in 2000, enjoying 10 years on the Glendale City Planning Commission, 8 years as mayor in the City of Glendale, 8 years as the CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, and serving on boards of the Denver/Boulder BBB, Livewell Colorado, the Tour de Cure, the YMCA, among others.
His interests include family, architecture, history, music, health, soccer and riding his bike in the mountains.
Mark Pippins has two decades of software development experience in high-performance environments, having worked on high-frequency trading systems, clinical trial analysis systems and mission critical subsystems in complex software topologies. He has an agnostic attitude toward technology, seeing each business problem as unique and worthy of being solved with the most appropriate tool set. Originally a Delphi developer in the investment banking sector, he moved to Java in 2000, initially focusing on rich client applications and ultimately expanding to applications based on web frameworks. Rather than focusing exclusively on technology, Mark often wears the analyst's hat, focusing on business processes and user expectations first and then delivering solutions that streamline tasks and operations in an intuitive way. Away from the computer, Mark can often be found chasing the sun on a recumbent bike, deep in the mud on a mountain bike or listening to music. "All styles all the time" being the preferred genre.
Melissa is from Sugar Land, TX and graduated with Honors from Texas A&M with a major in Econ and a minor in Business. She has broad experience ranging from technical to social contributions. She worked for corporations starting from a data analyst and grew to a software data analyst supervisor where she dove into SQL database manipulations and was the liaison between the development team and clients. These days, she prefers client outreach and helping coordinate projects and tasks. She moved to Denver in 2009 for her love of snowboarding and has enjoyed the various sports and outdoor activities, weather and daily retreat to Yogapod. She has volunteered with many programs around town and is most active in The Junior League.