Proven Leadership & Management Team
Riaz Syed CEO of Zenmonics
Riaz Syed, technology sage. As CEO of Zenmonics, he is constantly challenging the environment and guiding our technology to places above and beyond where others have gone. His passion is contagious. He will trade a boardroom for a technology garage. He has created and cultivated a proven and agile technology that is taking banking to the next level. Customers call upon Riaz with his 25-year career in technology and finance to help them understand where the FinTech market is heading and how technology can shape that outcome.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower - Steve Jobs
You will probably find Riaz in line at Speedway Starbucks if he is not in office. We can never be sure if he really stops working. He enjoys spending time away with his wife and three kids and he will warm up to you with any reference to Sparta, Rocky, Tom Brady and of course, a cup of Starbucks.
Beth Abernathy President
Ms. Abernathy is President of Zenmonics, Inc. She brings to bear an extraordinary 30 years of experience in successfully running technology companies.
Ms. Abernathy’s additional experience includes serving as CEO of ActiveGroup Ventures and COO of WebTone Technologies. Additionally, she served as the President of VoiceCom, a division of PTEK, the Chief Operating Officer of Intellivoice Inc. and has held a number of senior roles with additional technology companies.
There is no limit to what a person can do or where they can go if they don’t mind who gets the credit. - Harry Truman
Ms. Abernathy is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Camp Sunshine and the Development Chair and Board member of Buckhead Christian Ministry in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Abernathy’s leadership qualities include employee development, building a high performance culture, and engaging the workforce. Ms. Abernathy holds BA in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Kentucky.
Chris Siemasko Chief Product Officer
Chris Siemasko has been developing new products ever since his parents gave him his first Erector set. While the technology has evolved from nuts and bolts to bits and bytes, his passion to align practical solutions to everyday problems has remained during his 25-year product management career. Chris is responsible for evolving our channelUNITED platform to ensure that our products excite our customers and keeps our customers for life. He has focused his career in the financial services industry, working with both financial institutions as well as FinTech partners.
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. – E.B. White
When Chris is not building or demonstrating channelUNITED, he is with family at his kids swim meet or he is outdoors, traversing a dirt road in his Jeep. He grew up in Pittsburgh, so he bleeds the Black n’ Gold and attempts to accommodate Tracey during football season.
Fiaz Syed President, Zenmonics India
Fiaz Syed — since his teenage years he was a “people person” with a skill to manage large groups of individuals. His parents would entrust him with tasks that they knew no one else could accomplish. He is kind of like our own “Let’s get Mikey.” He is still fulfilling those roles today at Zenmonics. Having started his career as a developer 18 years ago in the software industry, he understands the problems and issues faced by resources at various levels. His expertise and diverse background helps him resolve those sticky employee management items. His passion has manifested into making Zenmonics a Top Work Place and to grow our India team.
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. – Indira Gandhi
When he is not in a conversation with an employee, he loves to spend time with his family and go for a ride on his bad boy Harley Davidson motorcycle. Come fall he grows whiskers and keeps pounding for Carolina Panthers.
Tracey Dunlap Director of Digital Products and User Experience
Tracey Dunlap is a "digital experience evangelist" with a bit of an edge and a strong passion for the end user experience. 25 years in financial technology has provided her with an acute perspective of the many intrigues that work behind the scenes when a customer purchases a financial product or uses an institutions services. She directs the company's customer facing digital products and overall enterprise user experience. She holds several certifications in usability and user interaction and has worked with leading global financial institutions to improve and increase digital adoption rates and overall customer satisfaction.
Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect. - Benny Hill
When she is not designing and developing digital channel experiences, Tracey enjoys winter snowmobiling in the Adirondacks and summers on the Chesapeake Bay. She is at her fanatical best, however, on any given Sunday in the fall, where she can be found clad in purple and black and rooting for her Baltimore Ravens.
Dan Williams “The Process Guy”
Dan, Senior Product Owner and Business Analyst Manager is a ‘pragmatician’ at heart. Someone has to counter all of these ‘free-thinkers’! Backed by his 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Dan is a problem solver and enjoys breaking down complex problems and facilitating the resolution in a methodical manner. In other words, he fixes stuff. He understands the bankers having spent years as one before jumping the fence to the tech side.
The problem is not the problem; The problem is your attitude about the problem. – Captain Jack Sparrow
When he isn’t problem-solving for Zenmonics, Dan likes to spend time with his awesome wife and family. He enjoys exercising and relaxing on his deck with an occasional fine cigar and a wee dram of Scotland’s finest. Dan loves cheering for his beloved Tar Heels and ‘dabbing’ with his Carolina Panthers.
Murali Pammidimukkala Head of Zenmonics Development
Murali Pammidimukkala, leader of our Zenmonics engineers, has over 20 years of progressive experience in financial services. He is a proponent of self-service and continuing to find technical innovation in banking. Murali provides relentless tracking of our software development life cycle and pursuit of all things configurable on the platform. Mural has a Masters Degree in computing and MBA with Finance Major.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up - Thomas Edison
When Murali isn’t leading our talented technology team, coding and developing, he is nature boy at heart. He is most at home in the wilderness and enjoys spending quiet time walking, reflecting and being green. He continues to feed his brain and soul learning about greenhouse farming and alternative energies.
Hugh Duxbury Chief Solution Architect
Hugh Duxbury has been in banking technology and solutions his entire career. With more than 35 years in the financial services technology industry working for banks and savings & loans. He has supported core bank platform renovation and banking centers technology transformations. Hugh is currently chief architect for channelUNITED platform responsible architecture to meet our customer needs.
It is impossible to work in information technology without also engaging in social engineering. - Jaron Lanier
When Hugh is not working, he is usually found helping out at his kid’s high schools Band and Navy JROTC events. He grew up in the Tampa / St. Petersburg area attending St. Pete Collage and University of South Florida.
Jeff Jones Chief Operating Officer
Jeff brings a banker’s perspective to Zenmonics. For the last 20 years he has worked at top tier banks to implement common sense solutions that simplify how customers manage their financial life and transform internal operating models. This includes experience at Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and BNY Mellon. Most recently he worked for MUFG Union Bank as the Managing Director in charge of Retail and Mortgage technology. Throughout his career Jeff’s strength has been aligning stakeholders with divergent interests and skillsets to execute against a singular, shared goal.
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. - Henry Ford
At each stop Jeff has lived the frustration of outdated legacy technology that operates in silos. This creates barriers that make the banking experience excruciating for customers and bankers alike. He has seen valuable technologists and investment capital consumed maintaining complex patchwork architectures while innovation is stifled. Jeff is excited to show clients a path to break that cycle through ChannelUnited.
Jeff is a native of Pittsburgh and holds a math degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside of the office his 3 kids keep him quite busy. When free time materializes you will likely find him dashing to the first tee.