Two Lives. Parallel Paths. Same Destination.

The Co-founders of Rhumbix - Drew DeWalt and Zachary Scheel, P.E.

The fabled Silicon Valley startup story usually begins in a garage, but for Rhumbix the story starts at a military base outside Djibouti City, Djibouti, during the Arab Spring of 2011. Co-founder Zach Scheel was serving as a civil engineer for the military. By day, he was managing large-scale construction projects, and by night, he stood watch in the Joint Operations Center monitoring more than 3,000 US troops using a technology called Blue Force Tracking that leverages GPS to monitor soldiers’ locations. The tool provided an extremely high level of visibility to military activity, which was in stark contrast with the paper time card system he was using during the day with his construction teams. 

A few years later Zach and Drew were both in Chile working on large infrastructure projects. Over beers in Santiago, they realized that even though their projects were different, the challenges they were facing with data collection and productivity were very much the same and could be solved if they had a tool like Blue Force to use on their projects. When they returned to the states, they officially founded Rhumbix and in a matter of months they had secured seed funding and completed a successful pilot.

Rhumbix’s first prototype was created by soldering together off-the-shelf wearables to be worn by craft workers for our original POC. It’s still in our office today and serves as a great reminder of the roots from which our platform was born: mobile tools that help workers build smarter and safer.

 

DREW DEWALT

Co-founder and COO

Drew’s family has a rich military background. His father and older brother both served in the Air Force and Drew knew that he, too, wanted to serve his country. While an undergrad at Notre Dame, Drew enrolled in ROTC and upon graduation was commissioned into the Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer. He spent over 6 years with the Navy, stationed primarily in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and deployed to locations across Southeast Asia.  

After his service was complete, Drew enrolled in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to pursue a joint MBA/MPP degree program with a focus on energy systems and infrastructure. He interned at a few different energy companies while in school, and shortly after graduating started the renewable energy company, Valhalla Energia, in Chile with two classmates.

 

ZACHARY SCHEEL, P.E.

Co-founder and CEO

Zach joined the military a week after September 11th. He filled out a Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) application and enrolled at Duke University to study mechanical engineering. At the height of the Arab Spring, Zach was stationed in Djibouti, Africa, managing large-scale military construction projects. His other billets include serving as the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction and Assistant Public Works Officer at the Naval Station in Everett, WA. 

After completing his military service, Zach enrolled in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where he interned with Bechtel as an Assistant Area Superintendent at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, and Project Controls Engineer at a copper concentrator in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.


Meet the Team

 

Construction

 
Director of Business Development During ten years with Bechtel I built an airport in Qatar, motorways and bridges in Albania, aluminium smelters in Canada, refineries in Guinea and copper concentrators in Chile. I've had amazing exposure to some of the best people in construction and I am now hoping to leverage some of these experiences as we build out Rhumbix. I'm passionate about finding pragmatic solutions to ongoing industry challenges to move the needle on construction productivity.

Director of Business Development

During ten years with Bechtel I built an airport in Qatar, motorways and bridges in Albania, aluminium smelters in Canada, refineries in Guinea and copper concentrators in Chile. I've had amazing exposure to some of the best people in construction and I am now hoping to leverage some of these experiences as we build out Rhumbix. I'm passionate about finding pragmatic solutions to ongoing industry challenges to move the needle on construction productivity.

Guy Skillett

Account Executive As the Field CTO and Evangelist, I’m on a mission to help others uncover the benefits that technology can offer, enabling new and more efficient ways for business to be done. Empowering others with better data for better decision making is what I do. Having spent the past 11 years as Sr Director of IT for an EMCOR Group subsidiary I know full well the challenges that exist. I also have the distinct honor of being one of Rhumbix’s first customers!

Account Executive

As the Field CTO and Evangelist, I’m on a mission to help others uncover the benefits that technology can offer, enabling new and more efficient ways for business to be done. Empowering others with better data for better decision making is what I do. Having spent the past 11 years as Sr Director of IT for an EMCOR Group subsidiary I know full well the challenges that exist. I also have the distinct honor of being one of Rhumbix’s first customers!

Kevin Soohoo

 
 

Data Science

 
Director of Data Science Spent several years as a PhD student and postdoc in physics at UC Berkeley. Brought a novel detector technology from conceptual design to realization and application on a telescope in Chile to study the early universe. Generalist creative problem solver fascinated by the challenge of helping the construction industry modernize their processes. Spends free time with family or playing music.

Director of Data Science

Spent several years as a PhD student and postdoc in physics at UC Berkeley. Brought a novel detector technology from conceptual design to realization and application on a telescope in Chile to study the early universe. Generalist creative problem solver fascinated by the challenge of helping the construction industry modernize their processes. Spends free time with family or playing music.

Michael Myers

Data Scientist Matt has been creating code and visualizations to comprehend stories captured with data for more than 10 years. When not exploring and analyzing data sets, Matt enjoys woodworking, cycling, everything involving the outdoors, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Data Scientist

Matt has been creating code and visualizations to comprehend stories captured with data for more than 10 years. When not exploring and analyzing data sets, Matt enjoys woodworking, cycling, everything involving the outdoors, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Matt Giguere

 
 

Sales

 
Business Development Manager After finishing up his baseball career as a Collegiate Athlete at Sonoma State, Evan took that same competitive nature into his career.  Most recently leading the Sales Development team at a top 100 cloud company.  Evan spends his free time as a volunteer baseball coach and loves to travel anywhere he has never been.  

Business Development Manager

After finishing up his baseball career as a Collegiate Athlete at Sonoma State, Evan took that same competitive nature into his career.  Most recently leading the Sales Development team at a top 100 cloud company.  Evan spends his free time as a volunteer baseball coach and loves to travel anywhere he has never been.  

Evan Warner

Director of Sales Operations, Growth and Strategy Julian spent the last few years working with over 55 venture-funded startups on how to scale. He brings a passion for organizational behavior, astronomy, aviation, boating and buying the "dream ranch" some day soon.

Director of Sales Operations, Growth and Strategy

Julian spent the last few years working with over 55 venture-funded startups on how to scale. He brings a passion for organizational behavior, astronomy, aviation, boating and buying the "dream ranch" some day soon.

Julian Pisani

Vice President of Sales Josh Berezin comes to Rhumbix with a background in helping companies accelerate their growth and development.  Josh has led teams and organizations at CommVault (Pre-IPO), NetApp, Trace3 and most recently at Scality where he built a team and grew the Americas' business 140% in 2016.   He has a background in Construction through a family business that focuses on Acoustics and a prior life helping contractors through litigation.  Josh lives locally with his wife Patty and two active sons Brady and Connor and, despite the distance, is still a huge Boston sports fan.

Vice President of Sales

Josh Berezin comes to Rhumbix with a background in helping companies accelerate their growth and development.  Josh has led teams and organizations at CommVault (Pre-IPO), NetApp, Trace3 and most recently at Scality where he built a team and grew the Americas' business 140% in 2016.   He has a background in Construction through a family business that focuses on Acoustics and a prior life helping contractors through litigation.  Josh lives locally with his wife Patty and two active sons Brady and Connor and, despite the distance, is still a huge Boston sports fan.

Josh Berezin

Business Development Manager Family First Double SCU Bronco(BS Civil Engineering/MS Finance) SCUTS Rugby Player Enjoy the outdoors, barbecuing, and a cold brewski… or two “Take your work seriously, but never yourself” - Margot Fonteyn

Business Development Manager

Family First

Double SCU Bronco(BS Civil Engineering/MS Finance)

SCUTS Rugby Player

Enjoy the outdoors, barbecuing, and a cold brewski… or two

“Take your work seriously, but never yourself” - Margot Fonteyn

Tommy Baldacci

 
 

Business Operations

 
Executive Assistant After over five years in the restaurant and hospitality industry Emily made the move into tech. Before Rhumbix she supported executives in Sports Tech and Cyber Security. She is now the assistant to Rhumbix's co-founders, Zach and Drew. In her spare time Emily enjoys fashion, literature, travel and all things fine arts.

Executive Assistant

After over five years in the restaurant and hospitality industry Emily made the move into tech. Before Rhumbix she supported executives in Sports Tech and Cyber Security. She is now the assistant to Rhumbix's co-founders, Zach and Drew. In her spare time Emily enjoys fashion, literature, travel and all things fine arts.

Emily Stember

Account Executive After graduating from Stanford School of Engineering Josefine discovered that her passion was in the tangible, built world. She spent three years at Blu Homes, a premium pre-fab home builder, in Sales Operations and Project Operations. She's currently running the Rhumbix Customer Success team where she works with our customers to get them from their pilot project to realizing the full value of the Rhumbix system.

Account Executive

After graduating from Stanford School of Engineering Josefine discovered that her passion was in the tangible, built world. She spent three years at Blu Homes, a premium pre-fab home builder, in Sales Operations and Project Operations. She's currently running the Rhumbix Customer Success team where she works with our customers to get them from their pilot project to realizing the full value of the Rhumbix system.

Josefine mullen

 
 

Product / Design

Lead Designer Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Erik has had a host of odd jobs which include, ice cream truck driver, sheep farmer, silk screener, auto mechanic, and dog walker.

Lead Designer

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Erik has had a host of odd jobs which include, ice cream truck driver, sheep farmer, silk screener, auto mechanic, and dog walker.

Erik Herschend

Director of Product 8 years general business experience, 4 years with the Marine Corps, and 2 years in construction.  I'm here to solve problems. Semper Fi.

Director of Product

8 years general business experience, 4 years with the Marine Corps, and 2 years in construction.  I'm here to solve problems. Semper Fi.

Steve Chiou

Lead Designer 10 years of UX design experience on consumer mobile apps, enterprise IT virtualization, and cloud computing solutions. Coast guard veteran of radar operation. Cultural and social impact researcher. Museum docent of architecture exhibitions. Photography, scuba diving, typography, and wine tasting enthusiast. 來自臺灣!

Lead Designer

10 years of UX design experience on consumer mobile apps, enterprise IT virtualization, and cloud computing solutions. Coast guard veteran of radar operation. Cultural and social impact researcher. Museum docent of architecture exhibitions. Photography, scuba diving, typography, and wine tasting enthusiast. 來自臺灣!

Thor Lee

 

Development

Software Engineer Full stack developer who loves his apps to run fast and flawlessly. Pet projects in finance / investing and 3D imagery. Former film/tv editor. Cinematographer. Cyclist. Board game lover.

Software Engineer

Full stack developer who loves his apps to run fast and flawlessly. Pet projects in finance / investing and 3D imagery. Former film/tv editor. Cinematographer. Cyclist. Board game lover.

Chris Babiak

Software Engineer Dani has been building SaaS applications and designing cloud architectures for two decades.  Prior to joining Rhumbix, he was co-founder and CTO of Fawn Technologies after working at Salesforce for over 6 years as architect of the Lightning mobile/cloud UI app development platform.  Dani’s has launched innovative products for numerous startups in CRM, document management, construction, time & expenses, digital securities, telecom, fine art, and more.

Software Engineer

Dani has been building SaaS applications and designing cloud architectures for two decades.  Prior to joining Rhumbix, he was co-founder and CTO of Fawn Technologies after working at Salesforce for over 6 years as architect of the Lightning mobile/cloud UI app development platform.  Dani’s has launched innovative products for numerous startups in CRM, document management, construction, time & expenses, digital securities, telecom, fine art, and more.

Dani Pletter

Software Engineer Worked in speech recognition R&D, built software to control and analyze ion guns and robots, and currently works with mobile and backend software.

Software Engineer

Worked in speech recognition R&D, built software to control and analyze ion guns and robots, and currently works with mobile and backend software.

Donald Virostek

Vice President of Engineering I've had the fortune to see many exciting times in the software industry.  As a developer and leader, I've focused on enterprise software and platforms. I was one of the early members of the salesforce.com platform. In my time there I managed many parts of the platform including administration, UI, developer tools,  and the force.com programmatic platform.  With Rhumbix I'm reveling in bringing this change to Construction Industry. 

Vice President of Engineering

I've had the fortune to see many exciting times in the software industry.  As a developer and leader, I've focused on enterprise software and platforms. I was one of the early members of the salesforce.com platform. In my time there I managed many parts of the platform including administration, UI, developer tools,  and the force.com programmatic platform.  With Rhumbix I'm reveling in bringing this change to Construction Industry. 

Forrest Junod

Lead Developer Prior USAF. Gains mindset!! Code, Coffee, Crossfit, Cook - Repeat!

Lead Developer

Prior USAF. Gains mindset!! Code, Coffee, Crossfit, Cook - Repeat!

Jonathan Goncalves

Director of Engineering Backend engineer with 17 years of professional web dev experience. Hobbyist of home CNC machine, 3D printer, and laser cutter. Founder of http://ctolabs.tech.

Director of Engineering

Backend engineer with 17 years of professional web dev experience. Hobbyist of home CNC machine, 3D printer, and laser cutter. Founder of http://ctolabs.tech.

Kenneth Jiang

 
Software Engineer Full stack engineer, tinkerer, organizer of the Erlang/Elixir meetup in SF, ex-commercial fisherman.

Software Engineer

Full stack engineer, tinkerer, organizer of the Erlang/Elixir meetup in SF, ex-commercial fisherman.

Kyle Patterson

Software Engineer Mark is a full stack developer who has been programming since the dawn of time. He enjoys challenging puzzles and constructing high quality solutions. Outside of work Mark is a coffee + board game connoisseur and enjoys the awesome outdoors of Northern California.

Software Engineer

Mark is a full stack developer who has been programming since the dawn of time. He enjoys challenging puzzles and constructing high quality solutions. Outside of work Mark is a coffee + board game connoisseur and enjoys the awesome outdoors of Northern California.

Mark Eschbach