Meet our passionate team of color scientists, physicists, engineers and photographers!
Co-founder, President & CEO
Brad began his life in the business world early. At age 19, while attending university, Brad started a business that had annual revenue of over $100,000 in its second year. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Brad went on to complete his Chartered Accountant designation and spent several years in the corporate tax planning department of a major international Chartered Accounting firm. After this, Brad left to help manage various private and public Canadian and International companies, which brought him to his position with Athentech in 2001. In 2019, he became Co-founder, President, and CEO of EyeQ Photos.
Co-founder, Chief Revenue Officer
Seasoned entrepreneur with expertise in business development, marketing, product, and sales – focused on early stage start-ups and ranging to established companies with a deep understanding of consumer, photo, cloud and retail markets. Proven track record of starting and developing businesses from the ground up, and taking them to global distribution and sales, generating revenue via mass retail sales channels.
Applied traditional and leading-edge experiential marketing techniques to grow an engaged user base from 0 to commercial success, with an extremely high monthly active user base (MAU). Savvy at fundraising from angel and venture funds, and utilizing capital efficiently to grow and scale businesses. Extremely versed in all aspects of strategic partnerships, from inception through deal-flow, to execution.
Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer
Jeff has been in product development and technology since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He started in hardware development for Dell, Inc, but always was interested in software and web development as well. He spent a couple years in the San Francisco Bay Area in the enterprise SaaS field, but has spent most of his professional career in Austin. Jeff has been an avid photographer since elementary school and re-kindled this hobby in 2004 with his first dSLR and then later merged his photographic and software interested when he joined Bibble Labs, developing the world’s fastest RAW file converter and workflow applications. Jeff spends as much time as possible fly-fishing on the Texas coast or riding motorcycles around the western US.
Co-founder, Chairman of the Board
Eran has successfully co-founded, managed and profitably sold 3 imaging startups. For example, Invented the leading automatic red-eye removal technology which is in your camera. A seasoned Executive, Investor, Mentor, Board Member, IP-Strategist with 250+ Patents and Patent Agent. We’re very excited to have Eran’s imaging experience to guide EyeQ’s innovation and IP strategy going forward while helping provide the corporate strategy to the business.
Frederick Van Johnson
Chief Marketing Officer
Frederick is a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry.
He is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. While serving in the United States Air Force for 8 years, he specialized in Combat Photography.
Today Frederick is an ex-combat photojournalist turned professional photographer/marketer. As well as being Chief Marketing Officer for EyeQ Imaging, he is the host of the “This Week in Photo” aka TWiP podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties.
Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served for 8 years and was decorated many times for excellence in photography. Frederick’s unit was among the first in the military to receive and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital.
Physicist, Lead Application Developer, “Mad”, er, Happy Scientist#2
After obtaining his university degree in Physics and Mathematics, Anton worked for few years as an academic researcher, specializing in nonlinear optics and laser physics. During this period, Anton first appreciated the power and beauty of computer modeling for solving complex scientific and engineering problems, then decided to pursue his career in software development. For over 15 years, Anton has been working as a developer, project manager, and a leader of large-scale development projects ranging from core imaging technology to consumer photography applications. He has developed expertise in most major programming languages and platforms, as well as a variety of modern image processing techniques and algorithms. Anton enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and spending time with his family in a river cottage he is building with his own hands.
Technical Product & Color Manager, Imaging Pipeline
Senior Software Engineer
From Chihuahua, México (we insist the dog is named after us!), Carlos is a Computational Systems Engineer with a Masters in Computational Engineering. Passionate for software development, Open Source and Linux since high school. He’s a generalist who is always seeking the next project and new skills to learn. That drive has lead him to work for a bunch of software related companies and projects in a myriad of areas from low level development to GUI applications to QA and DevOps. On his free time Carlos enjoys dancing salsa, reading, learning about business and cooking.
Product Quality Wizard
Brian G. James
Scientist, Physicist, Greek Historian Buff
After receiving his B.Sc. (Honors Physics) at Simon Fraser University, Brian gained significant experience in oil field seismology with Chevron with particular emphasis on signal processing, numerical methodologies, time series analysis and the convolutional model. As an inventor, Brian has been awarded several patents. The focus for all of them is on signal processing corrections that are scientifically valid. It is not enough for the math to be internally consistent. It must also adhere to the facts and findings of science so that the correction represents what would have been recorded with a non-existent superior recording instrument. This constraint first removes much of the guesswork and prevents errors that come from trying to find a “good enough” compromise adjustment. It also produces remarkably attractive, realistic results. Brian has an enduring fascination with the “ancient civilization” (Greece and Rome). His interests include ancient history, mythology, philosophy and engineering. The name “Athentech” came from merging the Greek Goddess of Wisdom’s name “Athena” with the word “technology”. So Athentech means “wise technology”. Now, he is still with EyeQ after the acquisition.
VP Customer Acquisition
High-energy marketing communications professional with substantial experience in e-commerce, product and event marketing. Proven ability to produce large-scale strategic results while maximizing procedures and consistently reducing expenditures. Technologically advanced with a strong aptitude for marketing, graphic design, and copywriting. Tracy is an Autism parent and involved with many community activities with regard to the research. She’s against cybercrime and often gives talks to families with small children. On her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors with her family, eating sushi, and cuddling up with her pup Rufus.
Customer Engagement Manager
With a background in editorial photography both in sales and photo editing, Patricia is well positioned to help customers get the most out of Perfectly Clear imaging solutions. She also is an artist working mainly in photography, printing her own images. Based in Brooklyn, she spends her leisure time gardening, cycling and dancing the styles of West African dance.
Hailing from the West Coast and having resided in Calgary for over a decade, Kristie comes from Oil and Gas background and is looking to take on new challenges in this role. She is an enthusiastic team player who goes above and beyond. In her free time, Kristie enjoys spending time with her 2 young kids, summers at the lake wakesurfing and setting and crushing goals at the gym.
“To do GREAT work, Is to LOVE what you do.”
Social Media Guru
Originally from Connecticut and now residing in South Carolina, Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in English. During college, she balanced her studies with part-time jobs and marketing internships. Sarah has been reading and writing in her spare time ever since she could remember, and now gets to translate that into her everyday work. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, relaxing on the beach, and trying out new restaurants.
Office Manager & Pack Leader of the Bark Squad
Rufus joined in 2017. He is the company mascot that enjoys barking commands, eating lots of treats, and getting lots of love. Rufus keeps everyone in their place and makes sure that the team are on their toes. He inspires to bring joy to everyone who he gets in contact with.
Office Manager & Pack Leader of the Bark Squad
Pixel just joined Athentech in 2017 and has continued his journey with EyeQ after the acquisition. With your help, we were able to raise enough money to help raise a service dog with Southeastern Guide dogs! Pixel is still with her volunteer puppy raiser, and they are continuing to work on basic obedience and house manners. She has graduation “high school” and is now in “college!” Pixel loves taking long walks, jumping in the pool, treats, and car rides.