CEO & Founder
Sameer Penakalapati is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to advising and investing in technology startups, specifically in the HR & AI space. In the past 10 years, Sameer has founded and acquired over six companies, including a staffing firm, multiple SaaS platforms, and a digital marketing agency, serving thousands of customers around the world.
Sameer's key interests include talent acquisition, talent engagement, and total talent management. As a regular contributor of thought leadership pieces to HR publications, Sameer was recently inducted into the Forbes HR Council.
To date, Sameer has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including accolades from Inc500/5000, Rochester top 100, Deloitte Fast 500, Forbes Best Startup Employers, USPAACC, SIA Fastest Growing Companies, and others. Sameer also takes an active approach to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, contributing to philanthropic activities in the US and India focused on children's education and youth development.
Venkat Mantha is a senior professional with extensive experience in Business Development and Relationship Management in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and India. An alumnus of the illustrious Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad, Mr. Mantha's initiatives have enabled Avani to win and expand several large nationwide contracts. Prior to Avani, he worked in India and the Middle East, both in building businesses from the ground up and in growing new divisions within large corporations. Mr. Mantha is now responsible for leading Avani to meet the strategic goals set for the corporation.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining Avani Technology Solutions Inc., Mitch spent over 25 years working in various Leadership roles across Divisions of Eastman Kodak, in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, and New York. His responsibilities included broad business assignments in Manufacturing, Field Service, Finance, and Information Systems. Throughout his career, Mitch has led teams with an emphasis on forming strategic partnerships between internal and external business partners, and customers. Mitch has a proven track record in deploying complex global IT solutions, ensuring global operations are reliable, cost effective, and positioned for future growth.
JOHN M. QUINN
Chief Financial Officer
John is an experienced executive skilled in financial management and business process improvement. His approach is quantitative and highly analytical with keen attention to detail. Prior to joining Avani Technology Solutions Inc., John worked as a coach and advisor to small businesses in the Rochester area. Previously he enjoyed a 35 year career at Eastman Kodak holding a number of different leadership positions in finance and logistics.
RAMI J. FAKHOURY, ESQ.
General Counsel and Vice President
Rami is general counsel and vice president of Avani. He joined Avani in 2007 and is admitted to the Bar in New York, Connecticut, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has extensive experience with all aspects of corporate immigration law and provides counsel on major employment-based temporary and permanent visa categories, as well as support for corporate mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Avani, Rami served as an Associate for a well-known New York based firm.
VP, Corporate Communications
Mark Edmonds has been with Indotronix for over 20 years and has served in a variety of executive management roles including corporate communications manager, facility security officer, quality manager, and corporate responsibility manager, as well as project manager for web development projects. Mr. Edmonds began his career with Indotronix as a technical writer and has applied his skills to drive results-oriented communication across the organization. As corporate communications manager, he is responsible for ensuring effective communication between the company and its stakeholders, including employees, management, customers, prospective customers, government/regulatory agencies, and the general public.