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DR. BIPLAB SARKAR, Chief Executive Officer

Biplab has been with Vectorworks since 2000. After first serving as a manager of geometry and rendering, he was the chief technology officer from 2008 to 2016. With 25+ years of experience developing CAD software, he was promoted to CEO in April 2016. As CEO, Biplab provides strategic leadership to the company by establishing and meeting company sales, growth, and market share objectives. He continually seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure Vectorworks software remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries. Prior to Vectorworks, he served as the director of research and development at Parametric Technology Corporation. In this role, he led a large international team of programmers in both the United States and India. He began his career as a software engineer at ICEM Systems and later became a software consultant at Intergraph.

Biplab earned a Ph.D. in CAD and an M.S. in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University. He also holds a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

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MARIA BIBLE, Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Maria drives efficiency improvements across several areas, including systems, and the accurate and timely reporting of historical financial information. She also oversees the company's capital structure and determines the best mix of debt, equity, and internal financings.

Maria's previous experience includes working as a financial operations principal for Capital Financial Group's $45-million-dollar broker-dealer H. Beck, Inc. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating financial reporting to the executive team, as well as the timely filing of required reports with the SEC. She also coordinated the company's periodic regulatory and annual financial statement audits.

She gained additional experience in mutual funds, contracts, and accounting while serving in various roles at the State of Maryland's Office of Legislative Audits, Alex Brown (later purchased by Deutsche Bank), and Chevy Chase Bank. Maria received a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) credential in 2006, and is a member of the Maryland Association of CPAs.

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  • Promoted to her current position in September 2012, following six successful years as the company's controller
  • Implemented an internal control system, added automation for incoming payments and transactions, and streamlined information processing

Notable and Quotable:

Maria's position is a challenging one in that while the company is a wholly owned entity, its German-based parent company, The Nemetschek Group, is publicly traded. However, Maria uses her institutional knowledge as an asset in achieving the company's financial goals while developing her department's technical accounting skills.

As the company's sales grow and become increasingly complex, Maria works to ensure that the accounting department keeps up with existing and emerging demands while striving to increase the efficiency of all accounting transactions. She's also intensely deadline-driven, and she directs her team to follow a strict schedule to meet all internal and external reporting requirements.

While financials may seem straightforward with the fundamental theory that debits must always equal credits, gray areas continually emerge that make the field exciting. For example, Maria has faced exciting challenges during her tenure, including making changes in accounting for sales versus revenues when the company introduced its software subscription program. She is always eager to evolve her skills and those of her team to meet such demands.

Personal Interests:

When not in the office, Maria likes to spend time with her husband and two young children.

She also enjoys rock climbing, SCUBA diving, and skiing, as well as archeology and traveling. Among her travels, she has skied Mont Blanc, dove in Puerto Rico, and hiked part of the Inca Trail in Peru.

PAUL PHARR, Chief Information Officer

Paul has been with the company since 1991, and has also held the position of CTO. As CIO, Paul is responsible for Information Technology, management information systems, web applications, and delivery technologies.

Prior to joining the company, Paul developed mathematical induction solution software for Abtech, Inc., in Charlottesville, VA. He has researched and written in the fields of artificial intelligence and 3D graphics, as well as authored articles for software development publications.

He holds a B.S. in computer science from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and an M.S. in computer science from Johns Hopkins University.

STEVE JOHNSON, Vice President of Product Development

From entry-level software engineer to vice president, Steve has served in a variety of development and management positions in the Research and Development department since he first joined Vectorworks in 1992. With his promotion to vice president of product development in April 2016, his primary responsibility is to lead the team responsible for the continued development of Vectorworks as a best-in-class technology platform. Within this role, Steve will seek out technology innovations and opportunities to grow the core technology, as well as to better serve new and existing customers all over the world. He received a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after which he worked as a high school mathematics, physics, and computer science teacher, honing his passion for continuous learning, building rapport, and motivating others – a skillset that makes him a charismatic leader today at Vectorworks.

DARICK DEHART, Vice President of Product Management

Darick first began his journey with Vectorworks in 1996 as a software engineer. Throughout various promotions, he has held an industry-specific role for each of the three main design fields Vectorworks software serves, including architecture, landscape, and entertainment. As vice president of product management, a position he was appointed to in April 2016, Darick works to improve industry-specific workflows and features to provide better resources, solutions, and experiences for all designers. He previously spent six years as Vectorworks’ architectural features manager, where he led a team tasked with overseeing a competitive software package that fulfills users’ architectural BIM authoring needs. Before that, Darick spent four years developing medical research software for the National Institutes of Health. He graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in computer engineering.

TANIA SALGADO-NEALOUS, Vice President of Human Resources and Operations

Tania started with Vectorworks in 2007 as the Human Resources Coordinator, spearheading the acquisition of new talent and the company’s rapid growth. As the company’s staff number has quadrupled since then, Tania was promoted to Human Resources Director in 2009.

With the help of Vectorworks’ tuition reimbursement program, Tania cultivated her skills as a human resource professional and earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College. Over the years, Tania has illustrated her commitment to bettering the organization through initiating company-wide workshops and other workplace programs.

In her executive role, Tania currently guides her team to ensure that the company is provided with the best talent available, while ensuring that all personnel resources are properly managed.

Before joining the Vectorworks team, Tania spent five years in the HR department for Riverside Hospital, a behavioral health care facility for adolescents and teens, supporting the HR director and staff of more than 250 employees. Born and raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, Tania, her husband, and two sons moved to the Baltimore, MD area more than 15 years ago.

When not in the office, Tania enjoys shopping and spending time with family, including her boxer puppy Nate.

NICOLE DAVISON, Vice President of Sales

Nicole’s journey with Vectorworks began in January of 2011 as a Channel Analyst and Program Manager, where she worked closely with the company’s executives and distributors to develop strategies to promote Vectorworks software around the globe.

In February of 2014, Nicole was promoted to Director of Global Channel Operations, where she led the sales, channel marketing, and business operations teams to further serve Vectorworks’ 40-plus international distributors, ensuring they have the resources they need to succeed. Her current role as Vice President of Sales went into effect in August of 2016, and she is responsible for the strategic planning, development, and execution of Vectorworks’ global sales initiatives.

At her core, Nicole is most passionate about understanding what makes our customers successful, and how Vectorworks software can improve their workflow. Her favorite part about working at Vectorworks is seeing the inspiring projects designed with Vectorworks software come to fruition.

Prior to joining the Vectorworks team, Nicole was an Account Executive for Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, developing customer relationships and providing consulting services to organizations to maximize use of consumer credit data and analytics. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Arizona. Outside of the workweek, she looks forward to spending time with her husband and young son, spoiling her pets, and traveling as often as possible to visit family and friends.

JEREMY POWELL, Vice President of Marketing

Jeremy was the original member of the Product Marketing Department at Vectorworks, Inc. With a unique dual experience in developing product roadmaps and strategic marketing campaigns, his vision and direction have helped strengthen the Vectorworks brand around the world. Since 2002, Jeremy has consistently worked with customers to better understand their workflows and provide customer resources while helping Vectorworks software keep pace with changes in the industry. He also develops key relationships with third-party partners to enhance the software’s capabilities. Most recently, he led the strategic development effort behind the General Device Type Format (GDTF), an open-source file format for data exchange between lighting control systems, CAD, and previsualization software, which has garnered world-wide attention across the entertainment design industry. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from Franciscan University of Steubenville.