Tony has twenty-five years experience leading software development teams on systems that range from radar software to data-mining solutions. He has been the fractional CTO and technical advisor to more than 40 startups. Tony held an Assistant Professor of Computer Science position at Loyola Marymount University for ten years where he created an award winning multimedia minor. He has a wide-ranging technical background including AI/machine learning, big data, eLearning, performance support tools, and metrics/analytics. His work has won awards and has led him into engagements at many Fortune 500 companies including Credit Suisse, Royal Bank of Canada, Citibank, Lexus, PacifiCare, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Symbol Technologies and SHL Systemhouse. Tony was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned his B.S. in Computer Science, and attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Dr. Karrer is a frequent speaker at both industry and academic events.Dina Froemke President & COO
Dina has over thirty years of professional experience in business and law. She has managed large groups of technology professionals in the software development arena for several companies, and has been with TechEmpower for over twenty years. Dina also has an extensive background in finance, including managing a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company’s budget and forecast process, and helping a rapidly growing Internet and e-commerce professional services company through their IPO process as their Director of Finance. Dina has also successfully managed multi-billion dollar Web development projects requiring coordination among offices in 35 countries and implementation in 18 different languages. As an attorney, Dina applies her legal training to writing corporate contracts, reviewing confidentiality agreements, protecting Intellectual Property rights, and managing all of TechEmpower’s statements of work. She is also responsible for running all the operations of the company, including management of all projects and project teams. Regardless of economic climate or the demands of the day, Dina never wavers from treating her employees with respect and encouraging the open-door policy and fun-loving culture that in no small way accounts for the exceptionally low turnover rate in the company. She’s particularly proud of her staff of highly talented, energetic and efficient scientists who treat each other with the same level of respect that Dina instills in the office. Dina has been educated at UCLA, the College of Notre Dame, and the University of Colorado, and earned degrees in Finance, Economics and Law.