Management Team


Frank Harbist
President and CEO Lavante, Inc.


Frank Harbist is the President and CEO of Lavante and leads all company business activities reporting to the Board of Directors. Prior to Lavante, Frank was the CEO of ActiveScaler, Inc., an infrastructure software startup focused on accelerating real-time enterprise applications. Frank was also President and CEO of ProStor Systems for three years, a VC-funded storage software startup acquired in 2011. Before ProStor, Frank spent more than 20 years at Hewlett-Packard Company in various organizations in Enterprise Software and Infrastructure, including multiple Vice-President and General Manager roles in Software, Storage and Servers. Frank holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.



Joe Flynn
Founder and Chief Strategy Officer


Joe founded Lavante (then AuditSolutions) in 2001 and is a recognized expert in the field of P-to-P processes. Prior to founding Lavante, Joe served as Director of Operations for the statement audit group of Howard Shultz and Associates (HSA), then the nation's leading recovery auditing firm. His experience in the manual audit recovery sector inspired him to pioneer an automated solution that yielded more recovery in less time.


Selected as one of the 40 leading executives under the age of 40 in 2009 by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Workers Investment Network and as an Ambassador to the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. He holds a BS degree in Economics from the University of Santa Clara.



Tom Flynn
Founder and Chief Marketing Officer


Tom is a seasoned Software industry executive that has sold and serviced over 200 Fortune 1000 companies. His expertise and thought-leadership is recognized and well respected across multiple organizations and industries. Tom co-founded Lavante and has held leadership positions in sales and marketing throughout the company's history. He was the CEO of the fastest growing firm in the online gifting market and has had executive management roles at several other software companies. Tom is a well-known contributor to financial industry publications, thought leadership panels, educational workshops and webinars. He currently serves as a business mentor with the Spartups Incubator and with the UCLA Alumni Association. Tom is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles. 



Vinay Ambekar
Senior Vice President, Engineering


Vinay brings to Lavante over 25 years of experience in building software development teams and developing enterprise-wide web-based and client-server products. He has a proven track record of applying a strong combination of technical, business and management skills to translate marketing vision into successful products. His experience includes leading the engineering vision at both large enterprises, most recently as VP — Product Development position at Oracle, as well as successful technology start-ups, including VP Engineering at Conformia Software and VP Supplier Relationship Management Products Development at i2 Technologies. He is well-versed in enterprise integration, product life cycle management, data warehousing methodologies, and supply chain management solutions.



Doug Markle

Vice President, Sales


With over 15 years of experience in procurement and supply chain solutions, and over 23 years in executive positions, Doug is responsible for driving Lavante's worldwide enterprise sales efforts.  Prior to joining Lavante, Doug served as President and EVP for HICX Solutions, where he established HICX as a major player within the Supplier Information Management space. As Senior Vice President at Aravo Solutions, he was instrumental in setting strategy and driving growth. As the Executive Vice President at CVM Solutions, he grew the company 557% within three years. During his tenure in the supplier solutions space, Doug has regularly been identified as a Supply and Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know.”  Doug attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for Architecture (BS) and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management for Industrial Management (MSIM).


Kelly Zawalski
Vice President, Finance


As Lavante's Vice President of Finance, Kelly is responsible for managing Lavante's Finance and Human Resources functions. Kelly has more than fifteen years of accounting and organizational management experience with early stage and public enterprise software and software-as-a-service companies. Prior to joining Lavante, Kelly was Finance Director for the OnDemand business unit at Business Objects (an SAP Company). Kelly played an instrumental role in the 2006 Business Objects' acquisition of nSite, where she was Vice President of Finance. Kelly started her career as an audit professional in Arthur Andersen's high technology division and is a California CPA. Kelly holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder.



Nina Pozegija
Vice President, Operations


Nina Pozegija is responsible for the Lavante’s operations and customer support. She brings to Lavante over 10 years of leadership experience having managed global operations and professional services for high technology firms. She comes to Lavante from Hewlett-Packard where she served as the Director of Data Services as a direct results of a series of successful acquisitions.  At Iron Mountain Digital and later Autonomy, she worked on a broad range of data protection, archiving, and e-Discovery service offerings.  Nina has strong experience in hosted, SaaS-based, enterprise solutions, and has a strong background in technologies related to unstructured data management, search, and cloud-based service delivery.