Osperity’s management is an experienced interdisciplinary team with expertise in video surveillance technologies, video analytics and cloud-based software, IoT, and industrial operations. The team has a proven track record in growing successful, innovative and customer-focused technology companies.
Scott Crist, Chief Executive Officer
Scott Crist is CEO of Osperity, an Intelligent Visual Monitoring Firm. Scott previously served as the CEO of Infrastructure Networks (INET), an integrated technology & telecommunications company that enables the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) economy.
Scott is also a partner at Texas Ventures, a technology venture capital fund. He has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist and was the founder and CEO of Telscape International (NASDAQ), a telecommunications company focused on certain emerging markets around the world. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO for Matrix Telecom, which Inc. Magazine once ranked 7th on its list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US. Previously, Scott worked for Trammell Crow Group, IBM and Booz-Allen Hamilton.
He has a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NC State University. He is also an Entrepreneur of the Year recipient from CNN/ NASDAQ/ Ernst & Young. In addition, Scott is chairman of the VA-Gov Housing fund, the nation’s largest lender for the Veteran Administration’s Homeless Shelter Program.
Darrell Nimchuk, Chief Financial Officer
Darrell has 20+ years’ experience in a senior executive role building companies within several different market sectors including the oil and gas industry. Darrell is the CFO for Osperity, a video intelligence firm. His most notable accomplishment was his involvement in a pre-revenue R&D initiative, growing it to $100 MM in revenues over a 5-year time frame before its acquisition by Shawcor.
Darrell has extensive experience in growth-oriented cultures and is proficient in all areas of accounting (GAAP, IFRS) and finance matters. His demonstrated abilities in leadership, communication, and strategic thinking, coupled with his strong financial acumen, provides him the ability to support rapid organizational value creation for all stakeholders.
Darrell is in good standing as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) in the province of Alberta, Canada as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Athabasca.
Paul Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer
Paul is the COO at Osperity, an Intelligent Visual Monitoring firm that allows organizations to manage remote assets by exception by using AI Assisted Computer Vision. He has extensive experience building both sales and operations teams in growth-focused organizations.
Paul has over 20 years experience and is a proven leader in oil & gas technologies, specialized equipment fabrication and enterprise SaaS solutions, working with companies such as Evoco and Reuters.
Paul has worked closely with organizations throughout North and Latin America establishing a Canadian corporate presence in foreign countries. He has also established joint ventures in Latin America for the manufacturing and distribution of specialized equipment.
Ryan Walker, Vice President of Sales and Business Development
Ryan is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Osperity, an AI driven Intelligent Visual Monitoring company. Ryan brings nearly 20 years’ experience working as an executive and sales leader to the Osperity team.
Ryan is a proven sales leader working primarily in Oil & Gas technologies for most of his career selling both SaaS and license solutions. Prior to joining Osperity, he was the Vice President of Sales at Veriforce, where he delivered on a strategy and growth plan that led to the acquisition of the company. He has also held leadership and sales positions at FIS (formerly SunGard Energy), Allegro, and SAP. Ryan has extensive experience building sales teams and is accomplished delivering sales growth in every organization he has led. He has also opened new markets throughout his career including South America, Mexico, and Canada.
Ryan has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.
Jason Innes, Director of Product Management
Jason is responsible for translating Osperity’s vision into products and solutions that improve the safety and efficiency of our client’s operations. Jason has over 15 years of experience successfully conceiving, evaluating, developing and launching new products as a product manager in industries including consumer and enterprise SaaS software, international online payments, ecommerce, online construction management and crowdsourcing.
As a consultant, Jason has worked with 140 technology companies to bring new products to market faster and with greater success using a systematic approach in opportunity evaluation and product and market strategy development. Jason is a co-founder of MyHEAT (which uses machine learning and geothermal data to help home owners visual energy loss). Jason has a BSc. in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Lukasz Skalka, Co-founder and Director of Technology
Lukasz is responsible for ensuring success of critical engineering projects, from implementation and training through to long-term customer satisfaction. He has extensive experience in developing telecommunications, electronics and cloud technologies in both Silicon Valley and Calgary. As a consultant, he worked with energy companies to bridge traditional electronics engineering with emerging cloud technologies.
Lukasz also has significant expertise in application development, including hardware-user interface development, machine-to-machine applications, video transmission, and OPC integration. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of product development, from strategic planning to UI design. Lukasz has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary.
David Woods, Director of Development
Dave is responsible for implementing solutions to enhance how Osperity builds and validates software. As a seasoned industry veteran with 16 years of experience in software development, Dave has a track record of improving software processes that will result in higher quality.
His recent experience at SMART technologies included leading a modernizing overhaul of product development practices and building up a top-class test team that was tightly integrated into the development process. His work experience includes handling the integration of software and hardware as an overall product offering.
He has worked at companies both large and small, including those based in Silicon Valley, the UK and Germany and has lead distributed development teams. Dave hold a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Victoria.
Olof Ryden, Marketing Manager
Olof is a highly experienced B2B technology marketing expert with more than 16 years in the industry. He has advanced knowledge and a proven ability to work across the full spectrum of marketing. His experience includes lead generation, communications, public relations, corporate branding, digital marketing, tradeshow marketing, copy writing and graphic design.
Olof is responsible for planning, implementing and executing Osperity’s corporate marketing strategy, which includes channel partner marketing and expansion into the US.
Olof previously worked for high tech companies such as Patrix, Neostream, Evoco, Solvera and Divestco. Olof has a B.A. in Public Relations from University of Karlstad, Sweden.