JOHN MASCARENAS – SENIOR ADVISOR
Prior to founding Strategic Advisory Services International, LLC in May of 2005, John co-managed the information technology practice area and opened the Southern California office for SVB Alliant, the former investment banking division of Silicon Valley Bank. John is a 20-year technology industry veteran with a unique blend of investment banking, strategy consulting, corporate development and start-up experience. At Iomega, John was responsible for strategic planning, M&A, and new investment activities. Before Iomega, John handled public and private sell-side transactions at Broadview International LLC and focused on enabling broadband technologies, digital networked appliances, information security, semiconductors and storage systems. Prior to Broadview, John was director of corporate development at Compaq where he managed strategy projects covering broadband communications, the digital networked home, Internet services, and corporate direction. At Compaq, he was also active in M&A including the Tandem Computer and Digital Equipment Corporation mergers. John spent the first part of his career at an aerospace and defense management consulting start-up that was acquired by Electronic Data Systems. John earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Babson College.
GEORGE SYMONS – SENIOR ADVISOR
George Symons brings over 20 years of IT infrastructure experience. Most recently he has been Gridstore CEO and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Symons previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Nexsan, resulting in its acquisition by Imation. Prior to Nexsan, he held executive roles in storage companies including Xiotech Corporation (COO), EvoStor (CEO), Yosemite Technologies (CEO), EMC (CTO for Information Management), and Legato (CTO, VP of Development and Product Management). He has also held senior roles at FullTime Software, Software Research, PROCASE Corporation, and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Symons has bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Management Science from UCSD and an MBA from UCLA.