Cardinal Peak's management team possesses broad and deep expertise and experience in engineering and design.
Our managers oversee a staff of 100+ senior technology professionals who work closely with our customers to ensure a high degree of satisfaction.
Most engagements begin with a high-level consultation by one or more of our senior managers. We frequently help clients define requirements, address technical feasibility, and understand the level of investment required to develop a given feature set on the desired schedule. Our managers are extremely comfortable working at the intersection of business needs and high-level engineering projects
CEO Mark Carrington has over 25 years of leadership experience in sales, growth strategies/execution, business planning and process improvement. Mark joined Cardinal Peak as Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Most recently, he was vice president of worldwide sales at Magnum Semiconductor, which was recently acquired by GigPeak. He obtained his B.S. degree with a concentration in Marketing from California State University, Sacramento and his MBA with a concentration in MIS & Finance in Computer Sciences from Penn State University. LinkedIn
Senior VP, Engineering Chad Scates has significant experience managing software development teams and developing GUI-intensive applications in a cross-platform environment (Windows, Linux, Solaris, Irix). Chad joined Cardinal Peak in 2004. He previously served as Director of Application Development at Green Mountain Geophysics, where he led a team in implementing interactive user interfaces for scientific analysis. Chad holds a BS in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Resume (PDF) | LinkedIn | Blog Posts
VP, Embedded Software Engineering Bernard Vachon has more than 19 years of experience developing scalable embedded software, with a focus on telecommunications and multimedia protocols. His strengths include Linux, C, and C++, as well as significant experience managing engineering projects. Prior to joining Cardinal Peak in 2009, Bernard worked for nine years at Carrier Access (now part of Dell Computer). He holds a M.Eng. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from McGill University. Resume (PDF) | LinkedIn | Blog Posts
Founder, Chairman Howdy Pierce's technical background is in multimedia systems, software engineering and operating systems. Howdy founded Cardinal Peak with Mike Perkins in 2002, and served as CEO until 2017. From 1999 to 2002, Howdy co-founded and served as CEO of Vantum Corporation, a venture-backed startup addressing the market for networked video for enterprise applications: training, meeting recording, video documentation and video surveillance. The company's Video Appliance product was awarded Best of Show at its debut at Networld+Interop in May 2001 and received strong positive reviews in several industry trade magazines. Prior to Vantum, Howdy was employed at DiviCom, where he held senior management roles in engineering and system integration. Earlier, he served in engineering management and engineering roles at Taligent, the Santa Cruz Operation, and Microsoft. Howdy holds a BS in mathematics and writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Resume (PDF) | LinkedIn | Blog Posts
Founder, Managing Partner Mike Perkins's technical focus is on digital signal processing, video compression, and communications theory. Perk co-founded Cardinal Peak in 2002, served as co-CEO until 2016, and as Chairman until 2017. He is currently a Managing Partner. Perk also teaches part time at Carnegie Mellon University Africa as well as at the University of Colorado. In 1999 Perk co-founded Vantum Corporation, served as VP of Engineering, and led the development of the company's award-winning MPEG-over-IP product line. Prior to starting Vantum, Perk co-founded DiviCom, where he served as Director of Engineering for video algorithm research, and also led the development of DiviCom's IP over cable and satellite products. Earlier, Perk served as a staff engineer at Scientific-Atlanta, where he was an active participant on the MPEG-2 standards committee. His work has resulted in multiple patents and publications. Perk holds a PhD and an MS in electrical engineering and an MS in statistics from Stanford University, as well as a BS in EE from Kansas University. Resume (PDF) | LinkedIn | Blog Posts