Platform Houston + HTC Speaker Series
Speaker Series: Chris Melson, President & CEO of VendorSafe
"Startup to Profitability, One Entrepreneur’s Story"
Platform Houston and the Houston Technology Center are collaborating to present Chris Melson to the Speaker Series. The Speaker Series provides a spotlight to industry leaders from various fields and allows them to tell their stories in an informal setting. Previous speakers have included Jordan Shlain, Linda Chin, Henk Mooiweer, Borje Andersson, Maayan Cohen, Pradeep Anand, Billy Cohn.
Background on Chris Melson
Chris has more than 26 years experience in the high technology and computer markets, including large, medium, and start-up organizations. He was the founding CEO of Augmentix Corporation, a 2003 start-up and raised a total of $15M in venture capital, partnering with Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, and G51. Augmentix was acquired by Entorian Technologies, a publicly traded company in 2007. In 2007, Chris became the CEO of Vendor Safe Technologies (VST), a company that today provides payment card security services to ten thousand merchants throughout North America. VST’s goal is to become the de facto secure gateway to the cloud for small and medium business worldwide, with PCI (Payment Card Industry) being the initial market segment focus. Today VST protects numerous fortune 500 class companies providing network security services to protect credit card data in a variety of environments including Federal Government, Universities, and Hospitals. VST protects such brands as SuperValu ($32B Grocer), IHOP, Taco Bell, Burger King, Starbucks, and Wendy’s.
Prior to founding Augmentix, Chris was Vice President and General Manager of RadiSys Corporation telecommunication division from 1999 to 2003. Chris joined RadiSys, a $300M applied computing hardware & software company, following the acquisition of Texas Micro, where Chris was the Vice President of Product Development. Chris managed his division’s direct and indirect international sales force, professional services, marketing, engineering, customer support, and finance organizations while holding full accountability for division’s $165M P&L. He consistently met financial forecasts in a very weak telecommunications market.
Chris was with Tandem Computers for 10 years where he was put on a fast track to senior management culmination as the director of all product development for Tandem’s fault tolerant UNIX product line.
Chris has led all facets of complex operations in both start-up, turnaround, merger and acquisition. He is a skilled strategist in developing and implementing successful long-range growth plans and product/marketing strategies, controlling costs, and improving productivity in struggling markets. Chris creates a work environment of cooperation and employee involvement. He has negotiated multi-million dollar contracts with a variety of Fortune 100 applied-computing companies, including Motorola, Siemens Medical, Phillips Medical, AMC, Avaya, Intel and the United States Armed Forces (Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps).
Chris is on the Board of Directors of the Houston Technology Center, a non-profit technology incubator and has a BS in Computing Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas. Additionally, he has earned multiple academic and industry awards for outstanding professional performance.
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