The Alegion leadership is comprised of entrepreneurs, technology veterans, data scientists, and social and community leaders bringing decades of experience at Fortune 100 and emerging tech start-ups. The team has seen the rise of AI/ML adoption at the enterprise level and understands the impact of data operations that underpin the success of the industry. We are collectively focused on cultivating an empowering work environment for our employees and the global team of specialists we partner with, in order to advance emerging enterprise AI and machine learning projects.

Nathaniel Gates, CEO

Nathaniel Gates is a career technology worker and entrepreneur focusing on the Cloud Computing and Machine Learning industries. Nathaniel co-founded Alegion in 2012 and now serves as its CEO and an industry evangelist. Prior to Alegion, Nathaniel founded Cloud49, a successful cloud computing solutions provider focused on the public sector. He has a passion for providing next generation work opportunities to people around the world who demonstrate a willingness to work hard for themselves and their families. Nathaniel lived and worked in Alaska for 36 years prior to moving to Austin, Texas with his family in 2012, and now greatly enjoys this warmer climate with his wife Wendy, and their three children Caleb, Titus, and Lauren.

 Chip Ray, CTO

Chip is our Chief Technology Officer at Alegion. He has a passion for building products that appear to defy gravity and solve tough customer problems. Chip started out building solutions for film and broadcast post-production which led him deep into the dark realms of real-time filesystems and shared storage networks. He spent many years leading a product group at NetApp building advanced storage products for the enterprise. Prior to Alegion, he ran Product at NodeSource where he led the successful launch of an enterprise-grade Node.js solution. Chip has a love for building awesome teams which in turn create great products. All work and no play makes Chip a dull boy, so he likes to tempt fate on a slackline with his boys or wrench on his track-day Miata.

Cheryl Martin, Chief Data Scientist

Dr. Cheryl Martin knows that good data is essential to successfully applying Artificial Intelligence. Before joining Alegion as Chief Data Scientist, she spent 13 years as a Research Scientist at The University of Texas at Austin where she directed the Center for Content Understanding as well as a research group focused on decision support for cyber security. And prior to UT, she worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on intelligent control for life support systems. She advocates pursuing continuous improvement and working to understand how data fits a problem. Cheryl enjoys being part of a great team with a common mission. She values service, and she volunteers in a number of community and education-focused roles. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than spending time with her family.

Wes Kranz, Chief Revenue Officer

Wes is a software company veteran with over 20 years experience building successful enterprise software companies. He recently served as the Sr. Director of Product Management & Marketing at Embarcadero Technologies (acquired by Idera) and VP of Product Strategy & Marketing at Aquire (acquired by PeopleFluent). Wes started his career as a Management Consultant with Arthur Andersen. In his free time, you can find Wes with his wife and four kids enjoying Austin’s great outdoor activities, live music, and local eateries.

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