Your BitFire Team
VP, Chief Technology Officer
Jim Akimchuk began his career over 20 years ago as a production truck engineer, and that mindset has guided his work developing specialized solutions for television professionals ever since. It was in the early stages of his career, while working in Public Access television where funds were scarce and ingenuity and resourcefulness were paramount, that Jim developed his engineering style. He carries that same drive and creativity into his role with BitFire. Jim has diverse backgrounds ranging from broadcast engineering, cybersecurity and software development, to public safety and dive rescue, and has a passion for bringing them together in new and creative ways to address seemingly insurmountable challenges. Jim thrives in any high-pressure environment, where he brings calm to the chaos by dropping into any scenario to help solve problems. Looking to the future of BitFire, it is Jim's mission to never lose agility, maintaining and improving the organization's ability to rapidly respond to any broadcast transmission or production challenge.
VP, Chief Financial Officer
Jean Garrett brings her talents to BitFire as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In her role, Garrett is responsible for all financial functions including accounting, treasury, and corporate finance. She also oversees all human resources functions. Her career spans more than 30 years in a variety of positions, including financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy. Prior to joining BitFire, Garrett held previous CFO roles with Financial Associates, Inc. and Sabino Recovery Behavioral Health and Wellness. She also served as Business Manager for KPNX-TV in Phoenix, Arizona. Garrett worked in audit, tax, and consulting practices at Kenneth Leventhal & Co., as well as other local CPA firms. Throughout her career in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Garrett has established a reputation for building high performing teams and for aligning financial and business metrics to guide business strategy that produces high-growth results. Garrett is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona. To offset the number-crunching, Jean confesses she is a gym rat who can also be found hiking, playing tennis, and mountain biking. She is the proud mother of three adult sons.
VP, Business Development
Ben Grafchik is a dynamic professional with a keen ability to identify client needs and deliver effective solutions. A well-rounded leader with a strong technical foundation, he has developed comprehensive production and sales strategies, worked closely with broadcast leaders, executed cutting-edge projects, and implemented effective marketing plans. Inquisitive by nature, Ben has a penchant for identifying effective and unique technologies all with the desire to provide a packaged solution for his clients. Ben holds an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a member of the varsity swim team, and a graduate degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining BitFire, Ben served as Director of Business Development at Phoenix-based Sneaky Big, and as a business development manager at SportsMedia Technology (SMT). Prior to entering the world of broadcast television, Ben served on the coaching staffs for both the men’s and women’s varsity swim programs at Duke and Georgetown University. A mediocre golfer who has recently become a father, Ben resides in Raleigh, NC where he is committed to developing BitFire’s position in the market, leading with confidence and curiosity.
Director, Client Services
Ben Hayes is a seasoned broadcast media expert, bringing nearly two decades of industry prowess as a producer, reporter, and client services expert. Hayes lends his talents to BitFire as a client-facing broadcast leader while also supporting technical aspects of operations and assisting in BitFire’s business development efforts. Hayes started his career as a sports anchor and reporter for KTVZ, the NBC-affiliate in Bend, Oregon. From there, he spent the next seven years in Buffalo, New York as a sports reporter, producer, and videographer for NBC-affiliate, WGRZ. In 2012, Hayes joined SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology) in Durham, North Carolina moving from behind the camera to a more client-facing role. Hayes spent the next eight years interacting with broadcast clients who oversaw events ranging from numerous Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Hayes’ innate ability to support on-air productions, ensure quality control, manage client needs, and solve for unpredictable challenges is integral to his role at BitFire.
Client Services Manager
Kathleen Enterante is an award-winning broadcast and digital production expert representing renowned national and international brands, including Gatorade, Energizer, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Pacific Standard Time. She has advanced in her career from a production assistant at HRTV in Arcadia, California to a producer at TBWA/Chiat/Day LA, to Post Production Manager at Sneaky Big in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kathleen joined BitFire to help orchestrate client needs while also lending her tremendous organizational skills to support the BitFire sales team. Kathleen is the master of juggling several projects at once from concept to delivery, while managing challenging budgets and hitting tight deadlines. An Arizona native, Kathleen currently resides in Phoenix with her husband and her energetic toddler, Henry.
Director of Operations East
Colin Bonzey is a seasoned expert responsible for the day-to-day broadcast activities of BitFire. Bonzey joins Bitfire after his role as Director of Productions for D2 Productions, an innovative video production company located in Boston. Bonzey has extensive experience in both production and engineering – a unique combination that enables him to understand what clients are looking to accomplish, while having the know-how to lead a successful execution. A problem solver by nature, he is adept at finding creative solutions for clients’ most challenging production needs. He is a graduate of Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and enjoys pour-over coffee and local craft beer. Bonzey shares his diehard passion for the Red Sox and Patriots with his two young sons.
Director, Broadcast Engineering
Matt Antalek has over 15 years of broadcast engineering experience. While equally comfortable designing a new facility or working behind the racks, Matt has a notable career of providing transmission for several high-profile events, including Super Bowl XLVIII, 2008 and 2009 World Series, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, as well as several Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Matt has excelled in his role as Engineering Manager for VideoLink in Philadelphia, and Senior Broadcast Engineer at d2 Productions in New England. Certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Matt graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. In his spare time, you can find Matt outside on his tractor or rocking out to AC/DC with his two young boys.
Doug Maffetone joins BitFire as a broadcast engineer after excelling at his role as a production associate at d2. Doug’s prior experience includes time at Saint Anselm College where he worked on two U.S. presidential debates. He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Chelmsford TeleMedia, and is a proud graduate of Fitchburg State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology/ Technical Theatre. As a trained EMT, Doug is happy working the sidelines as medical support while supporting his wife in grueling 12- and 24-hour Tough Mudder obstacle course races. His wife also is an avid rock climber. Although Doug prefers climbing walls to run cables rather than rock walls, he will join his wife on occasion where he gets to show off his award-winning, fast knot-tying skills. Doug will never turn down a nice peated scotch.
Broadcast Operations Technician
Craig Robertson joins BitFire with 10 years of cable access experience. He and his office dog, Bailey Clarke-Robertson, are excited to be surrounded by creative and collaborative co-workers who teach them something new every day. In his spare time, Craig serves as the Technical Representative of the METG (Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild) bringing his love of theater and video production to their team and working to make theater accessible for all. With over 15 years of production team experience, in theater, video, and cable access, Craig is a proud team player and thrives in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment where he can support the creative visions of his co-workers and clients. Before becoming a member of the BitFire team, Craig worked at Chelmsford TeleMedia as a broadcast engineer and served as the Technical Advisor of the Chelmsford Public Schools.
Lead Development Engineer
Daniel Akimchuk is a software engineer and architect who brings his ambition and experience to BitFire in embedded systems, machine learning, and connecting research to media and the arts. In his role as Lead Development Engineer, he designs, implements, and tests BitFire’s current and future systems, including its web-based, user-oriented software and the backend transport protocols that drive products like the FireBridge. He also is in charge of bug tracking and prioritization. Danny kicked off his career as a software engineer for Raytheon Technologies where he worked on hardware interfaces and cooling systems for government contracts. He led the subsystem software integration and testing effort in radar testing facilities to meet all milestones. Danny attended Ithaca College where he was a recipient of the Ithaca College 2019 Senior Awards in both Mathematics and Computer Science.
Director of Operations West
Steve Moorman joins BitFire as a dedicated production veteran with over 20 years of national and international experience in television production, event management, and business development. As a line producer and production manager, Moorman oversaw the productions for over a dozen live sporting events and original programs at Sneaky Big Studios ranging from The Fiesta Bowl Wishes For Teachers, Grand Canyon University basketball and baseball games and original programs for NBC Entertainment and The Peacock Network. Moorman worked in several production and tech roles at broadcasting giant, E.W. Scripps in Phoenix where he oversaw the development, launch and broadcast of the daily access hour entertainment show, The List, now in its 8th season of national syndication. Prior to Scripps, Moorman spent more than a decade planning and leading live event production management on the world stage for The Academy Awards, The Grammys, and The Miss Universe Organization, to name a few. Moorman manages BitFire’s operations in the west where he is happy to call Phoenix his home.
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