Our Team

We have a large, sophisticated network of vetted experts that can provide unique services to support or enhance your team.

Michael Ferris
CHAIRMAN & PARTNER

Michael Ferris has been a founder, chairman, and CEO of several companies throughout his 20-year career. As a former college athlete and 2011 winner and judge of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program, Ferris leads the firm cercatrovaholdings.com and its two fast-growing companies, Occam Technology Group and Abacode. Both firms represent the best and brightest with forward-looking technologies and global influence.

Gordon Ryerson
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Gordon Ryerson has over 20 years of experience in the life science industry, establishing the US office of Novumed GmbH, an IP consulting and advisory firm, and co-founding Crosstree Capital Partners, a life science investment bank. Ryerson also established the Corporate Finance Department of William R. Hough & Co.’s (Royal Bank of Canada) healthcare practice and was an officer in the United States Navy. He received an MBA from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Auburn University.

Roger Tipton
Executive Director

Roger Tipton has over 20 years of progressive experience from a shop floor engineer through CEO in automotive and industrial companies. Roger is a NASA Fellow, a winner of the Manny Award for Excellence in Manufacturing, and a finalist for the Nortech Innovation Award in Advanced Materials.  Roger holds a Bachelors in Materials Engineering from Ohio State, and a Masters in Materials Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is completing a PhD in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of South Florida.

Mark Kelly
SENIOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER

Mark Kelly brings 30 years of engineering experience to the company. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tufts University in addition to an MBA and a Master in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Andrew Kivela
Director, Program Management

Andrew has over 12 years of analytical experience. He is a veteran of the US Army Military Intelligence Corps and served as an operations research and systems analyst supporting EOD and Special Forces in Afghanistan. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida and an associate degree in Korean from the Defense Language Institute.

Markus Vogel
MANAGER OF INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

Markus Vogel has over 10 years management experience in various industries, focusing on business, marketing, and management information systems strategies. Markus holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, as well as a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies program from the University of South Florida.

Bob Moreno
SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Bob has more than 25 years of experience in the medical field working for Corometrics Medical Systems, Marquette Medical, and GE Healthcare. Bob earned Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Charter Oak State College in Connecticut.

Adrienne Lytle
OFFICE MANAGER

Adrienne Lytle has more than 10 years of management experience spanning several industries, ranging from commercial to retail applications. She has earned a Bachelor in Sociology with Minor in Merchandising from Florida State University.

Jody Baudoin
SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Jody Baudoin has more than 25 years of software development experience on a variety of platforms, including Embedded Systems and General Purpose system applications. Solutions often included a networking component using a variety of transports.

Andrew Deweerd
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Andrew DeWeerd has an electrical engineering degree from Villanova University. He’s designed hundreds of salable products over 25 years of continuous design experience. Besides original schematic design and PCB layout, Andrew has written firmware for nearly every family of processor, as well as programmable logic, and often also creates accompanying PC Windows applications in C#. Andrew has designed products for GE, Lockheed Martin Marietta US branchesand foreign militaries, and founded his own engineering consulting company. He’s named on numerous patents.

Melinda Bailey
MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Melinda received her Bachelor and Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida. Previously, she managed a technical services lab that included CAD, 3D printing, machining centers, laser cutting and other fabrication equipment. Her experience also included standard production floor engineering work.

David Do
TEST ENGINEER

Certified Six Sigma Engineer, 20 + yrs, experience in medical device. Highly skilled on R&D, fabrication and build prototype on medical device, Verification & Validation test protocol & Reliability test. Building automated test fixtures for life testing, and experience with testing devices in HALT/HASS chambers, and destructive and non-destructive reliability test methods.

Kurt Holmquist
SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Kurt Holmquist has more than 35 years of experience in development of embedded software and related products and systems primarily in the areas of data communications, medical devices and space electronics.  He is inventor/co-inventor on 32 U. S. patents.  Kurt has a BSEE from the U. S. Naval Academy and an MSEE from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School.

John Ringdahl
SENIOR CONSULTANT

John Ringdahl has accumulated many years of experience within the military industrial establishment from 1966 through 2005 for Sperry Systems, Paramax, Hercules Inc, and then Alliant TechSystems retiring December 2005. Various levels of security clearances were granted during this time.

Tom Scharf
ENGINEER

Tom Scharf has over 30 years of experience in software engineering and electrical design of embedded systems. He has worked in a variety of industries including medical, military, and industrial controls for Fortune 500 companies, international companies, and local small businesses. He has completed designs for the Hubble Space Telescope and brought several medical products to market. Tom is a BSEE from West Virginia University.

Chris Seltzer
SENIOR PCB DESIGN ENGINEER

Seltzer has 45 years of experience in electronics, over twenty in medical, designing and developing products for medical, industrial, and military markets. He has CID certification, from the IPC Association, for his primary role, PCB design. Chris specializes in reduced layer count Rigid, Rigid/Flex and Flex PCBs for embedded control systems, with mixed analog, digital and power circuits.

Carlos Vincente
TEST ENGINEER

Carlos is thoroughly familiar with operational and design aspects of electronic devices. Extensive experience working on Military Embedded Computer Systems, Electronic Medical Instruments, Computer Automated Test Systems, Automated Industrial Systems, NIST Traceable Calibrations of Electrical and Mechanical Systems, Automated Food Service Equipment, and Automated Science Laboratory Systems.

Andrea Wesser-Brawner
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, GOVERNMENT SPECIALIST

Andrea Wesser-Brawner has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs, research faculty and others in starting technology companies, pursuing federal funding for R&D, and generating revenues. Andrea earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Christian Vincente
Engineering Technician

Christisn Vincente is an electrical engineering student at Hillsborough Community College. Vincente will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineer in 2020.

Hannah Calley
MARKETING INTERN

Hannah is a student at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Finance. Previously she worked as a Student Ambassador for Amazon Prime Student, which included increasing awareness of the Prime Student benefits through a marketing approach and social media posting.