FutureDial is led by a talented team of executives with an impressive track record of building new businesses, creating and strengthening partnerships, and finding creative ways to solve customer problems.
George Huang, Ph.D, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
George Huang founded GCH Systems, Inc. as its Chairman and CEO to develop communications devices and ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) for PC systems. Dr. Huang completed the acquisition of Award Software International by GCH Systems in 1993. Award Software went public in 1996 [NASDAQ:AWRD] which yielded over 100 times return on investment. In 1998, Award Software merged with Phoenix Technologies, Ltd. [NASDAQ:PTEC] where Dr. Huang served as a board member and the Vice-Chairman until March 2006. In his tenure at Phoenix, he also helped take a subsidiary, InSilicon [NASDAQ:INSN] public. At FutureDial, where he now serves as the Chairman and CEO, he has developed mobile system software licensed to wireless operators and cell phone OEMs. He was selected by Venrock, a Rockefeller VC fund, as one of the 40 successful entrepreneurs in its 40 year celebration in 2009. Dr. Huang received a BSEE degree from National Taiwan University; MSEE from Washington State University; and a PhD EE from University of Washington.
Stephen R. Manning, Chief Commercial Officer
Stephen is a senior level Information Technology executive with over 30 years of multinational experience in ecommerce, wireless, outsourcing, reverse logistics, operations, sales, marketing and finance. Prior to joining FutureDial, Stephen served in several leading roles, including Chairman and CEO of Recellular Inc., President and CEO of CloudMSP, Senior Vice President of Solectron Global Services, as well as Sequel Inc., AT&T and other leading companies. Stephen received his BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Nebraska, and earned a CPA.
Dan Kikinis, Chief Technology Officer
Dan Kikinis has more than 20 years of experience in the development of high-technology products and intellectual property, with more than 250 registered patents worldwide in technology areas such as PCs, Internet, networks and systems. Mr. Kikinis was founder and president of Lextron Systems, where he helped develop intellectual property strategy as a basis for strategic technology claims for several enterprises, most notably Genesys Telecommunications Labs, Inc., which was acquired by Alcatel. Prior to founding Lextron Systems, Mr. Kikinis was president of Oakleigh Systems, with a mission to deliver best-in-class systems and raw patent technology in the general field of PC computing. In addition to designing award-winning PCs, he filed and participated in filing for more than 500 patents, some of which are now widely licensed. Mr. Kikinis has held design and development positions, some with operational responsibilities, for firms in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He received a BS in Electronic Engineering and an MS in Computer Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Thomas Rayas, Senior Vice President Marketing & Customer Success
A seasoned professional, Thomas has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He has played integral roles for startups, mid-stage and fortune 500 companies while holding key positions in sales, business development, product marketing, and systems engineering. Thomas has developed strong alliances and business relationships with top tier organizations such as Asurion, Brightstar, ModusLinkDell, Sprint-Nextel, Sony Ericsson, and Verizon Wireless. Prior to FutureDial, Mr. Rayas was a Vice President at Axis Market Solutions, a Director at Amnis Systems managing strategic alliances, and was head of Sales in the Asia/Pacific region for Optivision, Inc. He received a BS in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and holds an Information Systems degree from De Anza College.
Dennis Pettit, Vice President of Strategic Accounts
Mr. Pettit is responsible for growing business with FutureDial’s key strategic partners. Dennis has been in the wireless industry for 20 years, working in all aspects and segments of the industry: he has led operations, logistics, quality, process engineering, repair operations and sales functions with OEMs (12+ years at Nokia, Samsung, and RIM); leading operations and national account management with Assurant; and for the past 6 years as the Director of Reverse Logistics and Repair at T-Mobile. With his broad background of the industry (OEMs, 3PLs, Insurance providers, Carriers) as well as with his specific experience in returns and repair operations, Dennis will drive continued and improved value for FutureDial’s strategic partners.
Clarice Liao, Executive Director, Operations
Clarice brings to FutureDial over 10 years of PC and software experience in operations and management. She held various management positions in the high tech industry. Mrs. Liao started her career in the banking industry before moving to the international trading business. She then was appointed a manager at GSS, the Taiwan subsidiary of GCH Systems, which succeeded in filing for public offering in Taiwan in 1989. She later took charge of over $30 million annual procurement responsibility at GCH. Clarice served as one of the executive team members while GCH acquired Award Software and took it public. She joined FutureDial Inc. in 1999 and has since served as the Executive Director of Operations. Today, Clarice takes the responsibility in Human Resource, Finance, Procurement and Operations at FutureDial. Her broad business contacts help her interact with the vendors, business alliances, and governmental agencies in the Asia Pacific Region. Clarice earned her bachelor’s degree from Providence University in Taiwan.
Jason Li, Vice President Engineering
Jason brings over 13 years of product development experience and 20 years of embedded software development expertise to his role of managing FutureDial’s engineering operations. Prior to joining FutureDial, Mr. Li served as V.P. of Engineering and Magicom, Inc., being responsible for engineering team management. He had also served as Engineering Director for Broadcom and was responsible for projects that resulted in over 14 million handsets sold and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in business. Mr. Li has also served as Engineering Director at Mobilink and as Senior Manager at Award Software. He has a wealth of experience in startups and mobile technology projects, including new platform development, OEM product design, multimedia, mobile handset design and chip development, process control, resource management, software localization and more. Mr. Li earned his BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering at Nanjing Post and Telecommunication University, Nanjing China, and was twice awarded the National Award for Scientific Advancement in Beijing, China.
Chung-Min Wang, PhD, General Manager FutureDial Taiwan
Dr. Wang is the general manager of FutureDial Taiwan region. He brings a successful business track record and a strong software engineering background. Prior to FutureDial, he holds the business responsibilities in Taiwan region for Esmertec, the world’s leading Java ME provider. During his tenure at Esmertec, he grew Taiwan branch’s revenue by over 50% annually. He enabled HTC and MTK to become the company’s most important accounts in the Greater China area, and closed several multi-million USD deals including the largest ever in the APAC region. Before returning to Taiwan, Dr. Wang worked in US as the software architect and manager to complete and deliver software products for business process automation and scheduling. Chung Ming received a BS degree from National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan and PhD degree from Ohio State University.
Dwight Huang, Senior Vice President Product Management
Dwight Huang has been with FutureDial Inc. since 2008 and serves as the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing. He has played roles in Marketing, Business Development and Product Management during his stint and has overseen the development of reverse logistics/warehouse operation products from its infancy. Prior to FutureDial, Mr. Huang worked in Brand Management at Disney’s home entertainment division (Buena Vista Home Entertainment). He was also a Producer of software entertainment, managing the production of video game projects with Seven Studios (later acquired by Activision-Blizzard) including a title reaching Greatest Hits status. Mr. Huang has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and double Bachelor degrees in Molecular Cell Biology and Environmental Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Steve Chan, Strategic Planner
Steven Chan joined FutureDial Inc. in 2002 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Technology Development. Mr. Chan has served in the hardware system, software system and semiconductor industries, and has extensive domestic and international management experience. Prior to FutureDial, he served as the VP Engineering at Phoenix Technologies Ltd responsible for the development and deployment of desktop, notebook and server BIOS for the PC industry. During his tenure, Phoenix Technologies held approximately 80% of the worldwide PC desktop and notebook BIOS market share. Mr. Chan served as Corporate VP and General Manager of the Media Division at Chip and Technologies. where his team designed and marketed graphics, video and audio chip sets for the PC industry. Mr. Chan turned the Media division from the lowest performing division of seven divisions to the top performing division at Chip and Technologies. The Media division was subsequently sold to Intel Corporation. Mr. Chan also served as Vice President of Engineering at Headland Technology, Inc. where he developed CPU chip sets. Steve was VP ASIC Design at LSI Logic Corp. Steve received his MSEE degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.