Meet the management teamhttp://cognitiv.com/about/executive-management/
Stephen Hove - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hove displays unique entrepreneurial skills and talents, and has been instrumental in the development and promotion of a variety of start-up companies including Modern Business Associates, eSmokes.com, NewHomes.com, YesMail, ArcSight, and Inktomi.
In 1997, Mr. Hove was co-founder, and Chairman of the Board of Modern Business Associates (MBA), one of the nation's largest professional employment organizations, with revenues of $750 million. MBA is the seventh largest privately held company in the Tampa Bay Metro Area.
In 1998, Mr. Hove founded and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of eSmokes, Inc., one of the pioneers of the internet which achieved sales of over $1m per week and had over $200m in online sales.
Also in 1998, Mr. Hove joined with the founding team of the Inktomi Corporation (Nasdaq: INKT), which went public and achieved a multi-billion dollar market capitalization, to became a partner in Strategic Acquisition Ventures, Ltd. (SAV), a technology incubator in Palo Alto, California that specialized in technology and internet investments. SAV's initial start up was Yesmail.com (Nasdaq: YESM), which went public in 1999 and was then purchased by CMGI (Nasdaq: CMGI) for $650 million.
In 1999, Mr. Hove was a co-founder and executive officer of NewHomes.com, an on-line real estate company with multi-billions in gross sales. NewHomes.com was sold in 2006 for $40m to Alta Communications, a $1.5 billion private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2000, while residing in the heart of Silicon Valley, Mr. Hove became an initial investor in Silicon Valley Internet Capital (SVIC), and during this time, SVIC incubated and was the initial lead investor in Arcsight (Nasdaq: ARST), which went public in 2008 and is a leading enterprise internet security company. Kleiner Perkins and Intel Capital were co-investors in ArcSight. ArcSight was sold in September 2010 to Hewlett Packard for $1.5B.
Mr. Hove began his career as a real estate developer in Florida, where he built and sold over $1billion in residential and commercial properties. Mr. Hove is an alumnus of the University of Florida and a life loyal member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Having worked as an entrepreneur in a variety of successful startup companies for the last twenty-five years, Mr. Hove has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions; integration of acquisitions; starting new companies ("green fields"); joint ventures, real estate-related transactions; building and operating Corporate support operations for multi-unit businesses; raising public and private equity and debt, and initiating, negotiating and consummating liquidity events.
Kevin B. Register - Chief Technology Officer
Kevin B. Register has been involved in information systems and web development since the mid-nineties. Mr. Register has worked with many Fortune 500 companies as both an employee and consultant. The scope of services performed for these clients ranged from simple content management systems and CRM systems to custom e-commerce platforms and even disaster recovery consulting. Geico, YUM Brands, Honeywell, North Point Community Church, Intuit, Optimus Solutions, TwoThink, Freestyle Music Park and Websolvers are just a few of the companies that have benefited from Mr Register's technical expertise.
At the age of seven, Mr. Register was a child prodigy developing software for the Commodore 64, one of the first home computers. Several years later Mr. Register began a life of developing software full time.
In 1999, Mr. Register immediately upon his High School graduation, begin working for Geico where he helped to develop Geico's corporate intranet. Mr. Register continued to develop software through 2002.
From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Register while attending the University of Georgia developed for what would become Intuit's financial service platform, Digital Insight, which is the dominant software used by small banking institutions. Mr. Register left Intuit upon his graduation from college.
In 2006, Mr. Register worked for Optimus Solutions as a design consultant for their disaster recovery business continuity planning (DRBCP) platform.
In 2007, Mr. Register left Optimus to become North Point Community Church's web project manager, but decided to move to Florida with his family in 2008.
In 2009, Mr. Register was the technical director for TwoThink and Websolvers before leaving to join the Company.
Mr. Register currently specializes in open source software (such as Apache, PHP, and MySQL) but enjoys many other development tools and software.
Mr. Register is married, the father of one child, and is very involved with his local church. He is a graduate of The University of Georgia where he helped to found the Theta Chi Chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Michael E. Lewis - Vice President of Business Development
Michael E. Lewis, age 50, has been a serial entrepreneur for more than 20 years. During this period he has been engaged in various aspects of the real estate business as a principal, investor, developer and manager. Through his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Lewis has been personally involved in many different types and aspects of businesses. Mr. Lewis has co-founded, or is a principal, in a national healthcare staffing company, several technology companies, and many others. Mr. Lewis is often sought out for his business advisory, real estate expertise and financial consulting.
His primary passion is Mission Ministries, a not for profit 501(c)(3), which is focused on providing funds to individuals and organizations to assist in financing short-term international missions.
Mr. Lewis is married, the father of three children, and sits on the board of directors of his local church.
Mr. Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University in 1982.
Robert W. Wolfe - Chief Financial Officer
In practice since 1978, Mr. Wolfe's primary area of practice involves representation before the Internal Revenue Service. In particular, he has developed specific expertise in audit and collection matters including preparation of appellant protests, Offer in Compromises and lien discharges.
Years of practice with the Internal Revenue Service have enabled Mr. Wolfe to become extremely familiar with the Internal Revenue Service's procedures, thus very often results with representation concluding with a favorable outcome.
Education, Accreditations and Licensing include; Lake Sumter Community College, Valencia Community College, University of Central Florida and Rollins College. Accredited in Federal Taxation by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy, Accredited Tax Advisor by Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, Enrolled to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service.
Has Series 7, 66 and 24 securities licenses. Also holds a Florida Real Estate Associates license as well as a Florida Life, Health and Variable Annuities insurance license.
Professional Memberships include -National Society of Public Accountants, Florida Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals, Florida Society of Enrolled Agents, National Association of Enrolled Agents. Advisory Board http://cognitiv.com/advisory-board/