Management Team

Cardinal Peak’s management team possesses broad and deep engineering expertise and experience. Our managers oversee a staff of more than 60 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 engineering 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 engineering managers are extremely comfortable working at the intersection of business needs and deep engineering challenges.


team-pierceHowdy Pierce

Founder, CEO
Howdy Pierce’s technical background is in multimedia systems, software engineering and operating systems. Howdy founded Cardinal Peak with Mike Perkins in 2002. 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. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado.
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team-scatesChad Scates

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) | Blog posts


Kevin Courter

Director, Mobile Engineering
Kevin Courter has been delivering design-centered Android- and iOS-based native mobile solutions for over five years. After joining Cardinal Peak in 2015, much of Kevin’s focus here has been on IoT and connected device applications. Prior to mobile application consulting, Kevin worked in both the aerospace and medical device industries on projects ranging from spacecraft simulation to cell-sorting control algorithms. He holds an MSEE and a dual BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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team-deedsMike Deeds

Director, Hardware Engineering
Mike Deeds’s technical background is in embedded systems hardware and software design, including FPGA and ASIC design. He has significant expertise in engineering project management and product definition and architecture. Prior to joining Cardinal Peak in 2008, Mike was on the technical staff at MobilePeak Systems, where he was involved in the design of a 3G wireless user terminal. Earlier in his career he worked at Precision Photonics and Qualcomm. He holds an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a focus on computer architecture and a BS in electrical engineering from Marquette University.
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team-vachonBernard Vachon

Director, 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.
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team-osminerMatt Osminer

Director, Server and Web Software Engineering
Matt Osminer has a broad technical background that runs the gamut from low-power embedded devices to high performance computing to video and set-top app development. Prior to joining Cardinal Peak in 2013, he served as an engineering director and principal engineer at Time Warner Cable for ten years, where he led the development of the company’s digital navigator, the main app running on a set top box. His earlier experience involved embedded engineering on an early IP video camera and work on high performance computing. Matt holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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team-perkinsMike “Perk” Perkins, Ph.D.

Founder, Chairman
Mike Perkins’s technical background is concentrated in digital signal processing algorithms, video compression and communications theory. Perk co-founded Cardinal Peak in 2002. From 1999 to 2002, Perk co-founded and served as VP of Engineering of Vantum Corporation, where he led the on-schedule and on-budget development of the company’s award-winning MPEG-over-IP product line. Prior to starting Vantum, he co-founded DiviCom, where he served as Director of Engineering for video algorithm research, and later as Director of Engineering for IP over cable and satellite products. Previously, Perk served as staff engineer at Scientific-Atlanta, acting as SA’s internal expert on digital media compression. Perk was an active participant on the MPEG-2 standards committee and the ATM Forum; his work has resulted in numerous 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 electrical engineering from Kansas University.
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