Emergencity, Inc. facilitates hyperlocal sustained emergency communications with the intent of building resilient communities and saving lives. The mission of Emergencity is to provide local communities with a proven and sophisticated web communications infrastructure, to enable next-generation emergency and crisis management through effective aggregation and distribution of critical information, or “actionable intelligence,” from all corners of the community and to benefit the social fabric of a community, including preparedness and volunteerism
Tyler Suchman - Founder/CEO
Named one of the 2007 Top 40 Under 40 by the Pacific Coast Business Times, Tyler Suchman founded Tribal Core, an internet strategy consulting firm, in 2002 and The Ojai Network, a collective of hyperlocal websites focusing on community and culture, in 2004.
Prior, Tyler worked for Vivendi Universal as head of Content Production for Moviso, the mobile media division of VU and parent company of YourMobile.com. As senior employee at Moviso, Tyler helped build and maintain the Yourmobile community of 10 million global users.
Previously, Tyler was Director of New Media for The Copeland Group; Miles Copeland’s companies include Firstars Management (Sting, Keith Urban, Belinda Carlisle), ARK 21 Records, Pagan Records and more. He built his first website of many in 1995, while forging partnerships with Intel, RealNetworks, Broadcast.com and others.
Tim Gallagher - co-Founder/Business Development
Tim Gallagher, owner of Gallagher 20/20 Consulting, was until recently publisher of the Ventura County Star, a Scripps Howard newspaper and one of California’s largest circulation daily newspapers. Gallagher’s 30 year career in the newspaper business includes rising from intern to the top job at one of the nation’s largest papers in one of its most competitive markets (metro Los Angeles/ Ventura County). He was editor of the Ventura County Star from 1995 to 2004 and publisher from 2004 through 2007. Before moving to California in 1995 he was editor of The Albuquerque Tribune in New Mexico.
Along the way, newspapers Gallagher has edited have won numerous awards for public service, coverage of the environment and growth. In 1994, a reporter working with Gallagher at The Albuquerque Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Gallagher is an author, publisher and speaker on free speech and First Amendment issues. His columns, featuring compelling and often humorous stories on life as a newspaper editor and publisher, have appeared in dozens of newspapers nationwide.
Maxwell Taylor Kennedy - co-Founder/Business Development
Maxwell Taylor Kennedy graduated from Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School. He taught environmental studies at Boston College where he co-founded the Urban Ecology Institute. Max served as a prosecutor for three years before he edited and collected his first book about his father, MAKE GENTLE THE LIFE OF THIS WORLD: The Vision of Robert Kennedy.
He is an avid SCUBA diver, co-leading an expedition which located the wrecks of a fleet of pirate ships off of Venezuela, and also participating in National Geographic Explorers search for PT 109. Max is currently a research fellow at the John Carter Brown Library for Advanced Research in History and the Humanities at Brown University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Vicki and their children, Maxey, Summer and Noah.
Rahul Sonnad - co-Founder/Director
Rahul conceived and founded thePlatform, a digital media publishing company with over 100 employees, which was acquired by Comcast for over $100m in July 2006. He recruited the existing senior management and served as CEO/Chairman from June 2000 through 2002 when company was first acquired, and managed M&A activity from both sides. Serving as CTO/VP Bus Dev after acquisition with main responsibilities in Bus Dev, Sales & Product Management, Rahul played a point role on the acquisition and service roll-out of thePlatform’s main carrier customers, Verizon Wireless and AMPD mobile. thePlatform currently serves over 200 companies including the Fox/NBC JV, Starz Vongo, CNBC, Scripps, A&E, CourtTV, E!, Comcast, Helio and Microsoft.
Prior to thePlatform, Rahul managed the Asian versions of Microsoft Office (a $1b revenue set of products), and worked as an engineering manager at Adobe Systems. Rahul attended the M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School, and has a masters in Computer Science and Technical Japanese from the University of Washington.
Zeb B. Bradford, Jr., Brig. Gen. USA (Ret) - Advisor
General Bradford has extensive experience as a business executive with United Technologies Corporation and Citigroup, in addition to his distinguished academic and military career. He is a former Senior Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Resident Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A highly decorated Infantry officer, he served in numerous command and staff positions in the United States, Vietnam, Korea, and Europe, including service as head of strategic planning at NATO headquarters in Belgium. General Bradford co-authored America’s Army: A Model For Interagency Effectiveness with Frederic J. Brown, Lt. Gen. USA (Ret), Ph.D.
Antonio Vezia - Network Manager
A Network Management Systems Consultant and Protocol Analyst, Antonio Vezia gained his CNX (Certified Network Expert) certification in 1995, at which time he transitioned his existing network services and security consulting firm into a thriving Protocol Analysis practice. As a teaching Protocol Analyst, Antonio instructed hundreds of the top engineers from Fortune 500 and both foreign and domestic government agencies in the theory and practice of this highly technical field.
In addition to providing key mission-critical Protocol Analysis services to such companies as Nestle, Nevada Power and Light, and the United States Navy, Antonio has managed and implemented large Enterprise Management Systems for such companies as Gallo Vineyards, SG-Paribas Bank, Beckman-Coulter Pharmaceutical, and, in partnership with Compaq (now Hewlitt-Packard), mid-west retail giant Meijer Foods. Antonio also played a key project management role in building the infrastructure management systems of successful startups NetZero, Telocity (now DirecTV DSL), and Euclid (now e4e).
Prior to this experience Antonio worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where, in addition to serving as Network Administrator for the CRAF/Cassini (Saturn Project) Project Office, he sat on the Flight Projects Change Control Board and co-authored both the laboratory-wide Disaster Recovery Plan and the Network and Computer Security Plan. Antonio has provided security consulting and training services to NASA, United States Air Force, and FBI.
In addition to the CNX, Antonio has earned the SSE (System Security Engineer) certification, several Hewlett-Packard OpenView certifications, and has completed coursework in the Sequential Program in Project Management, at UCLA.
Bert Mahoney - Information Architect
As President / Creative Director of HamiltonBerchman Design Group, Inc. and Director of Internet Strategy and Services AIGA Santa Barbara, Bert Mahoney has years of experience in effective design focused on usability, architecture and simplicity. Prior to co-founding HamiltonBerchman, Bert has worked with The Thacher School, Hearst Corporation’s Albany Times Union in New York, J.R. Navarro and Associates in Los Angeles, “On The Boulevard” publications, Lakeshore Learning Materials, and Jensen Design Associates, Inc.
Markus Sandy - Development Consultant
A pioneering educator and entertaining teacher, Markus Sandy has developed a variety of instructional programs for colleges, universities and the US Navy. Before joining Outhink Media, Markus founded Apperceive, Inc., a software development company whose clients include America Online, Amgen, Computer Science Corporation, Delco, NASA, Pfizer, PhotoTours and Unisys. He has been active in online communities since before 300 baud modems were considered fast.