Cobalt’s leadership team brings decades of technology and management experience from a multitude of industries to the table. These diverse backgrounds help Cobalt evolve along with technology and continue providing value-added services to its clients. The intellectual capital at the core of Cobalt enables complex implementations by a team with years of experience in the association and certification industry; continued software innovations by our team of developers; and excellent post-implementation support for all of our clients.
As Cobalt’s CEO, Russ provides the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that drives the company. He draws upon 20 years of experience in technology and business to manage client and investor relations, general company operations, and strategic planning. Before serving as CEO of Cobalt, Russ worked on Capitol Hill and in investment banking. Russ has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting and a Master of Arts degree in international affairs both from Georgetown University.
Chris has been implementing management systems and providing strategic consulting in the association and certification industries for the past two decades. As president, Chris leverages that experience to drive Cobalt’s ongoing product evolution and innovation. Before serving as President, Chris spent the last 14 years as Cobalt’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing Cobalt’s consulting operations. Prior to joining Cobalt, Chris was the Director of Business Development and Marketing for a joint project between the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in science, technology and international affairs from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.
Peter Rossi, Director of Software Development
Peter leads Cobalt’s team of in-house developers and has been with Cobalt for over nine years. His extensive experience architecting and developing enterprise-level database applications includes commercial media relations software, government relations software and PAC management software while working for Vocus and Public Affairs Technologies as well Cobalt’s line of web-based association and certification management systems. All of these systems feature extensive communications tracking and complex contact relationships necessitating advanced use of CRM databases, reports and system integration capabilities. Peter has extensive experience creating web portals and online member-service tools within content managed web sites for member-based organizations.
Michael is the technical lead for the Research and Development unit of Cobalt’s product development team. His approach to reusable, scalable and configurable solutions has made him an invaluable asset to Cobalt in the over ten years he has been with the company. Michael has been an integral part of architecting Cobalt’s products and championed Cobalt’s platform independent approach to product development which allows for rapid adoption of new technologies and single point of integration with Cobalt products’ underlying platform. His background in developing software for Accounting and Sales organizations with a focus on integrating disparate systems gives him a unique insight into the systems that drive both the day-to-day activities of an organization as well as an organization’s revenue streams.
Kristen leads Cobalt’s team of consultants and has been with Cobalt for over five years. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has extensive experience with Cobalt’s products and managing software implementations. Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts degree from West Virginia University.
Brian leads the Support department. He is an accomplished management professional with 20+ years of experience in the software industry. He has an extensive background in customer service with an in-depth knowledge of technology. Before coming to Cobalt, Brian worked at BMC Software, EMC, Fannie Mae and K12 Inc. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University and his Masters of Information Management degree from Marymount University.