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, 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.
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.
Director, Production & Operations
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.
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