MEET THE TEAM

Mike Smart, Founder & Principal Consultant  

Mike brings more than 25 years of high technology industry experience in a variety of leadership roles to the business. He has completed successful engagements with technology companies such as NetApp, Sage, VMware, BigMachines, K1 Capital, Vista Equity Partners, P2 Energy Solutions and Identive.

Prior to founding Egress, Mike served in leadership and executive roles with a variety of companies including Pragmatic Marketing, Nsite (now SAP), Go-Remote (now iPass), and Tandem Computers (now HP) as Senior VP of Operations, VP of Product Management & Development, and VP Product Management. His depth and breadth in the industry give him insight and understanding to build, lead and manage teams that deliver outstanding performance and results for a company.

Greg Strouse, Principal Consultant  

Greg has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry helping companies align their business goals with their business, customer, sales and marketing initiatives.  He specializes in Product Marketing & Management and has executive-level experience across M&A, Win-Loss, Strategy, Roadmaps, Customer Care, Competitive Intelligence, Product Management, Product Marketing, B2B Sales, and Sales Intelligence.

Prior to joining Egress Solutions as a Principal Consultant, Greg has held positions at a variety of companies including Compuware, Legent (now Computer Associates), A3 Technologies, CCC Information Services, Highland Group and Mantis Technology Group (now ProKarma).

Stephen Newman, Principal Consultant 

With 20 years of pioneering innovation for technology firms, Stephen now enables C-Suites, Boards, and Investors to achieve clarity on their sales roadmap.  Stephen helps clients identify their target customers and the problems they urgently need to solve. Further, he helps clients sharpen their product strategy and determine if their product team possesses the skills and discipline to succeed. Stephen believes in sales focused companies that have the product and vision to attract and retain customers. With executive leadership experience in cybersecurity, enterprise software development, and a wide range of startups, he brings organizational acumen to align with your team and drive your business forward. 

Prior to joining Egress Solutions, Stephen served as the SVP of Products for SecureAuth + Core Security. Previous roles included CTO and VP of Products & Strategy for Damballa and product leadership roles at McAfee, Secure Computing, MegaPath, EarthLink and several startups. Stephen empowers teams through insight and guidance while applying ‘Lean Startup’ principles alongside Agile development processes.

Jesse Lujan, Senior Consultant   

Jesse joined Egress Solutions in 2016. With over eight years’ research experience in the biotech sector, he brings with him his scientific acumen to analyze company problems. His experience with quantitative analysis, statistics, and experimental design allow him to effectively parse through market research data and make insightful recommendations. He has been influential in establishing our industry-leading Insight Analysis. Jesse attended the University of California, San Diego and holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and biology and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College. Prior to joining Egress Solutions, he has held positions in R&D, product development, and product management at EMD Millipore and Cellerant Therapeutics. 

Karishma Patel, Digital Marketing Specialist  

Karishma joined Egress Solutions in 2017 after 4 years as a digital marketing specialist in both scientific and professional services industries. Karishma focuses on educating our high technology partners and clients about product marketing, management, and innovation best practices. We believe in sharing our knowledge and methodologies openly and Karishma ensures that we do that on a consistent basis.

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