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Management Team

John Washbourne, President

Since his start as a front-end developer while still a Computer Science student at the University of Texas at Austin until the present day, John Washbourne has created dozens of software applications for a variety of customers for Vertex. From startups like DefensiveDriving.com and Wellnicity to established corporate clients like Dell Inc., Ascension Health, and Park and Zoom, Mr. Washbourne has overseen projects large and small from start to completion, managing developers and working with clients to ensure successful deployment and management of their software assets. With over two decades of experience in both software, Web, and mobile app technologies as well as business process analysis, Mr. Washbourne has in recent years overseen both the expansion of Vertex's development teams and the streamlining of its development processes, to prepare Vertex for its third decade as a provider of custom software solutions.

Andrew Beardsley, Senior Technology Director

With almost twenty years of software development experience, Andrew Beardsley has developed dozens of large software applications for a variety of industries, including healthcare, finance, education, and personnel management. For Vertex, he co-developed and designed the Site Press content management system, and has extended this CMS through multiple versions, extending its versatility to include plug-in modules, asset management, a built-in media manager and blogging system, and numerous administrative features. He also co-developed the Revrrb commenting system, the MD Central doctor scheduling system, and Everlastic, an Elastic search engine solution used for numerous large Web sites in lieu of Google Search Appliances. Mr. Beardsley provides Vertex with expertise in designing sophisticated software applications, as well as evaluating and recommending new technologies.

Danny MasseyApplication Development Director

Danny Massey has overseen the development of numerous high traffic Web applications, including physician directories for one of the largest healthcare networks in the US and a suite of desktop and mobile apps – as well as the application, database, and communications servers and administrative application infrastructure – for a large telemedicine provider. A Masters in Computer Science from Texas State University, Mr. Massey is able to manage a complex set of requirements and fashion them into automated solutions. Prior to his work with Vertex, Mr. Massey was an Applications Developer for BAE Systems.

Erin Hyatt, Director of Creative and Web

Erin Hyatt, Director of Web Development for Vertex, graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2003 and worked as a graphic designer and web developer for Nagle Research before joining Vertex in 2007. At Vertex, Ms. Hyatt has worked as Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and finally Director of the Web Development team. While at Vertex, Ms. Hyatt has created dozens of Web designs, illustrations, logos, slideshows, animations, and user interface designs, and helped lead Vertex's early adoption of the new Web standards, including HTML5, CSS 3, media queries, responsive design, and fluid design, which have led to the creation of dozens of responsive Web sites by Vertex in the last four years.

Jeff Jack, Director of Front-End Development

Jeff Jack worked for the City of Arlington, Texas from 2008 until 2013, receiving multiple awards for his work there, including Employee of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and Best Website Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society in 2009 and 2010. In 2013, Jeff moved to Austin and was given an opportunity with Vertex Software Corp. as a web developer, where he expanded his knowledge and expertise in Web technologies and extended his development skills to include front-end technologies ranging from responsive/adaptive design and development to frameworks and APIs to optimization analysis and database integration, following best-practice guidelines from leaders in the industry. Jeff now manages the full-stack development, deployment and performance for dozens of web applications across myriad ecosystems for Vertex, and provides front-end development for dozens of projects.

David Macdonald, Founder

Mr. Macdonald has founded a string of successful high tech startups that have created dozens of bestselling software products. At Vertex, Mr. Macdonald has overseen the development of a number of Web-based software applications, including the popular online driving course sold to DefensiveDriving.com. Prior to founding Vertex, Mr. Macdonald founded Arion Software, a home productivity software company that created the MasterCook series, the world's best-selling cooking and nutrition software. The MasterCook series featured numerous co-branded bestsellers, including the Betty Crocker, Cooking Light, Jenny Craig, and Graham Kerr digital cookbooks. Arion was sold in 1995 to Sierra On-Line, at the time the world's largest maker of PC game and home software titles. Before founding Arion, Mr. Macdonald co-founded Styleware, which pioneered GUI and integrated software for Apple II computers. Styleware was sold to Claris Corporation, Apple Computer's former software subsidiary. Styleware's final product, AppleWorks GS, was the #1 best-selling software program in early 1989, and the Styleware team went on to create the best-selling integrated software package, ClarisWorks, for Macintosh and Windows (now sold by Apple under the resurrected name AppleWorks). Mr. Macdonald is also founder and president of TeamSys Corporation and co-founder of Synk, Inc.