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Andy Hansen

EVP, Business Development

Andy Hansen is joining BitFire Networks as the EVP of Business Development. In his role, Andy is responsible for guiding the strategic path of BitFire through sales, partnerships, acquisitions, and operational efficiencies. Hansen has held several senior executive management and sales positions of increased responsibility at Bucyrus International, Caterpillar, Inc, GenAlpha and REV Group. He brings a highly successful diversified professional foundation to his position in domestic and international operations, sales, marketing, product support, process development, software development and mergers and acquisitions. During his time at Bucyrus International, he was involved in two large acquisitions worth over $2 billion and helped the company grow from $250 million in sales to $5 billion. In 2012 Hansen launched GenAlpha, a B2B eCommerce software company as the Founder and CEO. Prior to the sale of GenAlpha in 2017, Andy led the organizational creation and development and directed the delivery of high-quality software products. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and an MBA from Marquette University.


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Jim Akimchuk

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.


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Jean Garrett

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.


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Ben Grafchik

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.


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Steve Higgins

Account Executive

With more than 30 years in the broadcast industry, Steve started as a photojournalist at KOTV in Tulsa. While covering the Oklahoma City bombing trial in Denver and using Vyvx fiber for broadcast transmission, Steve recognized an opportunity to transition from the station side of the business to the vendor side. Just three years later, he was working for Vyvx in operations. Steve’s career has since taken him to DG, Pathfire and most recently LTN. Married to his wonderful wife Ravonda, together they have 3 daughters and 1 son. His hobbies include fishing, golfing and just about anything to do with cooking. In fact, he once catered a live sporting event for aclient by providing smoked salmon, bologna, sausage, baked beans and potato salad for the entire crew! Steve’s passion for providing the best solution for his customers continues to drive him every day.


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Ben Hayes

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.


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Kathleen Enterante

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.

 


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Kristin Akimchuk

Director, Broadcast Operations

Kristin Akimchuk comes to BitFire with more than 15 years experience in live production, broadcast engineering, transmission and operations. She began her career in news, operating live shots for national networks, while also serving as technical director, audio engineer and editor. Kristin quickly transitioned from the studio to the road, operating a KU-band uplink truck, following sporting events, politics and breaking news up and down the east coast. Transitioning into a mobile engineer role, her career took to the skies, installing remotely controlled insert studios for private clients all over the world. Four years later, she found her calling managing the very same department where she started her career in 2005. During this time, Kristin demonstrated a keen ability to manage and grow teams, with a focus on employee development and structural agility. Kristin is a graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. In her spare time, she enjoys taking to the road with her husband Jim, and dog, Jake, in their camper, and hiking the New Hampshire 4000 footers. At BitFire, Kristin’s focus is managing daily operations and growing the network operations team to maintain BitFire’s exceedingly high level of customer service.


Colin Bonzey 

Director, 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.


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Matt Antalek

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.


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Doug Maffetone

Broadcast Engineer

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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Craig Robertson

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.


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Daniel Akimchuk,

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.


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Staz Modrzynski

Development Engineer

Stanislaw “Staz” Modrzynski joins BitFire with proven expertise in software development, broadcast engineering, and live production. Most recently, Staz worked on a high-bandwidth, low-latency video transport solution at d2. While there, he also used modern languages such as C/C++, Python, PHP, and JavaScript. Prior to d2, Staz worked at Arlington Community Media Inc. (ACMi) as a Web Developer & Broadcast Engineer where he maintained the ACMi website television studios. As Lead Engineer & Producer at ACMi, Staz led a group of volunteers in creating high-quality sports productions, repurposed existing technology that resulted in more polished productions, and wrote software to extend the functionality of the available systems. A real-time problem solver in live production environments, Staz has received the ACMi Award for Overall Excellence and Youth Production, and ACMi Award for Youth Leadership. Staz often spends his free time sailing, hiking, and going on walks with his dog.


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Steve Moorman

Director, 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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Delaney Sullivan

Accounting Clerk & Office Manager

Delaney serves in the role as BitFire's Accounting Clerk and Office Manager. Delaney’s passion for broadcast television production came from her course work taken at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Delaney gained her experience in accounting through the automotive industry working for Berkshire Hathaway dealerships. From there she found her niche for all things accounting. Delaney is excited to combine her passions of broadcast and accounting at BitFire. Delaney also has multiple years of experience in Behavioral Health, and she also currently works for a nonprofit for at-risk youth. Delaney resides happily in Phoenix, AZ and loves spending time with her friends & family, and of course, her cat - Louis.


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Ryan McCombs

Broadcast Operations Technician

Ryan McCombs is BitFire’s newest Broadcast Technician. He joins us from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where he was Senior Media Production Coordinator. In this role, Ryan was responsible for technical direction of all campus sporting events, including creation and operation of scoreboard graphics, as well as training new students in various production roles. A well rounded broadcast production specialist, Ryan is adept at directing, graphic creation and broadcast videography. At Franklin Pierce, he also held the role of lead videographer for the University’s political reporting outlet, covering major political news, including the Iowa Caucuses. His top notch work has also appeared on NBC Boston’s online media platforms. As you might expect, Ryan’s devotion to Franklin Pierce is clear, graduating from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sports Media. In his spare time, Ryan likes playing video games and spending time with his cat Luna.


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Matthew Kinnebrew

Broadcast Operations Technician

Matthew Kinnebrew is an experienced content creator, video editor and broadcast operations tech who contributes real time solutions to industry-leading workflows. After graduating Juniata College with a B.A. in Media Production, Matthew continued his education by pursuing and graduating with his MBA from Grand Canyon University. As a highly collaborative teammate, Matthew got his start in the production world by working as a video editor and asset manager for commercial, broadcast and streaming television at Sneaky Big Studios. As a video editor, Matthew played a crucial role in award-winning marketing campaigns for local, national, and international brands. In Matthew’s position as a broadcast operations tech, he plays a critical client facing role, ensuring high-quality transmission and superior customer service. Matthew is a community advocate who spends his free time tapping into his network to see where he can use his talents to provide value to his local community.


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Rob Lippert

Broadcast Operations Technician

Rob Lippert in his current role as a broadcast operations technician, provides BitFire with over 25 years experience in broadcast engineering and technician positions. He is formerly a senior engineering Tech for Echostar Communications. Prior to that, Rob was a senior broadcast operator at KSAZ TV in Phoenix. He has numerous years of experience in video-audio production for event coverage in Washington DC. As a free lance video editor, he showcases his enthusiasm for the outdoors and mechanical machines. Rob in his spare time, is media director of the Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club, and Scottsdale's MGShooters LLC. He composes music and performs in local concerts.

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