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

 

Business Operations

 
Business Operations Manager After graduating from Stanford School of Engineering Josefine spent some time in Enterprise Server Marketing. She quickly 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 part of the Rhumbix Business Operations team where she works closely with our customers to get them from their pilot project to realizing the full value of the Rhumbix system.

Business Operations Manager

After graduating from Stanford School of Engineering Josefine spent some time in Enterprise Server Marketing. She quickly 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 part of the Rhumbix Business Operations team where she works closely with our customers to get them from their pilot project to realizing the full value of the Rhumbix system.

Josefine mullen

 
 

Construction

 
Construction Professional Andy brings with him 17 years of construction management experience, with a primary focus on large vertical construction projects ($100+ million). He believes deeply in the value of integrity, relationships, productivity and innovation. His favorite project of all time was rebuilding the College of San Mateo Campus. He loves exploring Europe with his wife, brewing beer with his father and brother, and he's attended every Outside Lands Music Festival since its inaugural year (2008).

Construction Professional

Andy brings with him 17 years of construction management experience, with a primary focus on large vertical construction projects ($100+ million). He believes deeply in the value of integrity, relationships, productivity and innovation. His favorite project of all time was rebuilding the College of San Mateo Campus. He loves exploring Europe with his wife, brewing beer with his father and brother, and he's attended every Outside Lands Music Festival since its inaugural year (2008).

Andy Holst

Head of Construction Analytics 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.

Head of Construction Analytics

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

 
 

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

 
 

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

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

Software Engineer

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

Vice President of Engineering

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

 
 

Executive Assistant

 
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

 
 

Product

 
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

 
 

Sales

Director of 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 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

Business Development Manager For the beginning of my career, I have been driven to get disruptive technologies in the hands of people who need it.  In my free time I can be found surfing, throwing pots, brewing beer and building furniture.

Business Development Manager

For the beginning of my career, I have been driven to get disruptive technologies in the hands of people who need it.  In my free time I can be found surfing, throwing pots, brewing beer and building furniture.

Mike O'Neill

Tommy Baldacci