John Frazzini joined BRS Labs as President in May 2008 after advising the company through its early stage development activities. As President of the Company, Mr. Frazzini leads a team of highly experienced security executives responsible for international sales, developing strategic partnerships, and corporate strategic planning. In addition, Mr. Frazzini brings 18 years of experience working in the security industry to the product development of the company’s award winning AISight video surveillance software.
After leaving government service and prior to joining BRS Labs, Mr. Frazzini provided strategic consulting and advisory services to emerging security technology companies focusing most notably on computer forensics and cyber security. Mr. Frazzini successfully assisted companies in developing advanced security technologies, raise capital, launch developed products, and provide advisory services related merger and acquisition strategy. After extensive work with an enterprise network incident response appliance technology business, Mr. Frazzini successfully sold this business to Arcsight which was later acquired by HP for $1.5B.
Mr. Frazzini began his career in the security and investigations industry as a federal law enforcement officer in Washington DC which included extensive experience as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service where he conducted complex financial crime investigations into counterfeit currency operations, transnational electronic crimes, complex criminal activity directed at programs of the US Government, and others. Mr. Frazzini received several Awards for Public Service from the United States Department of Justice related to his investigative accomplishments and as a result of his accomplished investigative record he was the youngest agent to receive an appointment as a detailed Special Agent to lead and support US Senate investigations at the United States Senate, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. While at the US Senate, he led congressional investigations into a variety of systemic criminal activities including government program fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking and testified before Congress related to his investigative findings.
Mr. Frazzini is a Senior Fellow Alumni of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, a former Board Member of the IT-Information Sharing and Analysis Center and continues to participate in a number of public policy forums around the issues of National and Homeland Security.
Chairman and CEO
BRS Labs was founded by Ray Davis, CEO, in 2005, to address issues related to unmanned surveillance. After personally witnessing the limitations of traditional video analytic approaches and speaking with sources in the security technology community, he set out to found a new company and technology to create a much needed and truly innovative security solution. A quintessential innovator and entrepreneur, he started building successful companies at the age of 17, when his personal profile was published in Money magazine. With dozens of patents to his credit, Mr. Davis has continued to generate value for shareholders in businesses of increasing size and complexity, bringing new and innovative technology products and services to market and making computer technology more affordable.
In 2000, when the Dot.coms of the era struggled to deliver a cost-effective operating system for the Internet, Mr. Davis invented the only viable method to deliver computer applications online. With the technology built and patented, Simdesk Technologies delivered Office applications over the Internet at a staggering 20 million users per server, a benchmark that has never been matched. After licensing the company's product to the cities of Houston and Chicago, management of Simdesk was turned over to the Waters Group of Houston. The company has now been renamed Mezeo Software and is now marketing its cloud storage products to mobile operators, ISPs, Telcos, and hosting providers.
In 1995, Mr. Davis established CyNet, Inc., an Internet-related company that ranked within the top-ten fastest-growing companies in Houston in 1996 and 1997. The company went public in 1999.
At age 30, he founded the third-largest computer-related association in the world and sold it to The United Newspapers Group, a multi-billion-dollar publishing company. In 1989, he created the first CD-ROM-based phone directory, which is still available in retail stores today.
Mr. Davis has authored more than 20 computer and telecommunications books that have sold internationally, founded eight companies, and has had his personal and professional views on industry trends published in hundreds of magazines and thousands of newspapers, and has been featured on national and syndicated news and business-related television programs.
John S. Reale, Jr. "JR"
Chief Operating Officer
John S. Reale, Jr. joined Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc. (BRS Labs) in July 2010 and is currently the Company's Chief Strategy Officer. Prior thereto, Mr. Reale, served as the Company's Chief Operating Officer from February 2011 through September 2012. Previously, Mr. Reale served as the Company's Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development & Strategy from September 2010 to January 2011, and as Vice-President of Strategic Alliances from July 2011 to September 2011.
Prior to joining BRS Labs, Mr. Reale spent his career in various start-up and business building leadership roles, as well as working in the financial services industry at large-scale investments banks.
Mr. Reale was the Head of Trade and Investment at UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) USA, the business development arm of the British Government from January 2009 to June 2010. From 2006 – 2008, Mr. Reale was a Principal at Green Star Energy LLC (GSE), a start-up development company focused on renewable energy production in Brazil. Prior thereto, Mr. Reale was a Founding Member of Avalon Advisors LLC, a Houston-based wealth management and advisory firm. Mr, Reale started his career in New York at Morgan Stanley & Co., before working at J.P. Morgan in Houston.
Mr. Reale received his B.S. in Finance and Investments at Babson College, Wellesley, MA. Mr. Reale serves on the Advisory Board for the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University and serves as a Steering Committee Member for Global Houston for the City of Houston. Mr. Reale also serves as an Advisor for various start-up companies and is an active member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston.
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Wesley Cobb has more than 20 years of experience developing
software solutions for complex problems in the defense, aerospace, and
software engineering fields. Since joining BRS in 2006, Dr. Cobb has
served as the technical lead for the Research Group and is now the
Chief Science Officer. His role includes not only helping to provide
theoretical direction for the product, but also directly participating
in the implementation of the core technologies underlying the
company's flagship AISight product. He is listed as an inventor on
more than 35 patents from his work at BRS.
Dr. Cobb's past accomplishments include the role of Project Scientist
for the Air Force's Hyper Temporal Imaging project. During the
late-90's "technology bubble," Dr. Cobb worked for several high-tech
startups in Boston's Rt.128 corridor; he held various lead engineering
roles at Wildfire Communications, eBusiness Technologies, and SynaPix
Corporation. From the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, Dr. Cobb
worked as a scientist in the defense/aerospace industry. His
specialties included atmospheric modeling, parallel computing, sensor
calibration, satellite data analysis, image-processing/image-analysis,
and sensor modeling.
Dr. Cobb received a Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University in 1993
for theoretical modeling of the emission of polarized synchrotron
radiation from super-massive black holes.
Alfredo Perez, Jr.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Alfredo Perez has 20+ years’ experience in the software industry as a hands-on senior sales executive. Mr. Perez has successfully built and led sales teams at start-ups and established Software industry leading companies with a track record of consistently exceeding targets and expectations, while creating dynamic sales environments.
Prior to joining BRS Labs, Mr. Perez was Vice President of Global Sales for Vidient, a video analytics company. During his time at Vidient, Mr. Perez managed the sales team, which grew company revenues by 210% in two years. During this time, Vidient was one of the leading video analytics companies, in terms of sales, in the industry.
Mr. Perez was also the Vice President of Sales for Vidsys, a leading provider of Physical Security Information Management software. At Vidsys, Mr. Perez spearheaded sales initiatives where he was responsible for increasing revenues by 110% and closed major accounts such as Goldman Sachs, NY Joint Traffic Management Center and the City of Houston.
Prior to that, Mr. Perez served as Vice President of Sales at IPIX Corporation, the world's market leader in 360-degree cameras (company was purchased by Sony), where he managed the sales team selling surveillance solutions to Fortune 500 companies and the Federal government.
Mr. Perez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Catholic University of America where he was an All-American baseball player.
Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances
John is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances at BRS Labs. He creates strategic alliances with technology partners throughout the global public safety and security market, and directs the organization’s consultant liaison program.
John Convy is an experienced business development and communications specialist, who has helped drive several technology startups to successful exit strategies.
Prior to joining BRS Labs, John created and monetized a strategic alliance program for Cisco Systems, with over 60 global partners to support Cisco's physical security product line.
John is a frequent speaker at global safety and security industry events, evangelizing network centric, standards-based solutions. Currently, he serves as the managing director of the Open Standards Security Alliance, and is on the Government Relations Committee of the Security Industry Association.
Vice President Strategic Accounts
Hobby Wright is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts at BRS Labs, managing national markets for transit and municipal surveillance. Mr. Wright is a fifteen-year sales executive, with a track record of successfully driving sales performance at innovative security technology start-up companies. Prior to joining BRS Labs, Mr. Wright served as Director of Sales at Company's such as ObjectVideo, Pivot3 and VideoIQ. At these firms, Mr. Wright led different practices and different business units including: federal, critical infrastructure and OEM.
Mr. Wright has been a past guest speaker for the Maritime Security Council, the Airport Consultants Council, Secured Cities and symposiums on security technology around the world and is recognized subject matter expert in applying video analytics and security technology.
Vice President of Engineering
Tony Akins has over 30 years experience in the software industry. His experience is across all phases of product development, from managing requirements through design, development, testing and in the field sales and support. His emphasis is on the use of iterative and agile development approaches to quickly deliver products that meets the current and changing needs of customers.
Tony's past accomplishments includes leading and managing technical projects in numerous technologies and markets, including medical device research and development, energy, aerospace, advanced user interfaces, software process automation, travel, printing/publishing services, government funded research, HR/benefits, system/network management, system/network vulnerability assessment and insurance/banking/financial services. He holds a patent for the real-time transmission of images and information across networked computers and has written many articles and presentations covering a wide range of software engineering and technology topics. Mr. Akins holds a Computer Science degree from the University of Texas - Permian Basin and a Masters in Studies of the Future (with an emphasis on the impact and influence of future technologies on society, education and the workplace) from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.
At BRS, Tony manages the design, development and testing of the AISight product line. His vast experience in the software industry and specialization in agile development practices is critical to to operating the engineering team at the pace necessary to keep the AISight product competitive in the market.
Fred A. Palma, Jr.
Vice President of Product Development
Fred Palma joined BRS Labs in March 2012. As Vice President of Product Development for BRS Labs, Fred is responsible for Product Management, Field Operations and Product Integration. Fred has over 20 years experience leading companies from start-up to Fortune 100 technology companies in solutions engineering and integration, product commercialization, and organizational readiness.
Prior to joining BRS Labs, Fred was the Engineering and Quality Assurance Manager for Johnson Control’s Fire and Security Division. Prior to Johnson Controls, Fred served as Vice President of Engineering for Bioscrypt, Vice President of Engineering for A4Vision, Director of Engineering and Product Management for Diebold Card Systems, and Vice President of Information Systems for Oberthur Card Systems.
Fred held leadership roles to conceptualize, design, integrate and commercially launch Physical and Logical Access Control solutions using multi-modal technologies that include Finger and 3D Facial Biometrics, Single-Sign-On Authentication, and conventional access control technologies that includes Smart Cards, Proximity, and Magnetic Stripe. Fred has also led the integration of Video Surveillance, Video Analytics and Video Management Systems with various access control security systems.
Vice President of Procurement and Controls
Sam is the Vice President of Procurement and Controls for BRS. He joined the company in 2007 bringing more than 20 years of management and purchasing experience, including twelve years of computer technology procurement.
Sam received his education in field of engineering, attending the University of Houston.