Our Team

About OptTek

OptTek is home to some of the most talented men and women in the fields of analytics, data science, statistics, commercial software development, and computer modeling among others. Thanks to their boundless intelligence and dedication, the OptTek team is able to solve even the most complex challenges our clients face.

Our Management

James Kelly

James Kelly, PH.D.

Chief Executive Officer
kelly@opttek.com

One of OptTek’s founders, Dr. Kelly continues to lead all aspects of the business. He also provides oversight and guidance to each of OptTek’s three business units. Dr. Kelly was a Professor in the College of Business at the University of Colorado. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and a Ph.D. in mathematics.

Dr. Kelly has authored or co-authored numerous published articles and books in the fields of optimization, disclosure limitation, computer science and artificial intelligence. His interests focus on the use of state-of-the-art optimization techniques for providing competitive advantages in engineering and business.

OptQuest & OptPro

Dave Davino

David Davino

Vice President of Client Relations, OptQuest & OptPro
davino@opttek.com

Dave is the primary interface for all OptTek commercial clients in providing excellent customer care. Dave brings his 25+ years of account management and client support experience in the high-tech arena to provide an effective single point of contact for all customer matters, business, contractual, etc. Prior to OptTek, Dave managed strategic accounts for Deutsche Telekom North America and provided business, marketing, and operational support for a variety of software development teams at Bellcore/Telcordia. Dave holds an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University and a BA in Economics from Bucknell University.

OptForce

Marco Better

Marco Better, Ph.D.

Vice President of Analytics Services, OptForce
better@opttek.com

Dr. Marco Better manages all activities related to the implementation, delivery and service of our workforce planning solution. Dr. Better obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering and an M.B.A. Dr. Better has over 20 years of professional work experience in the automobile, banking, and telecommunications industries, both in the US and in Latin America. Dr. Better teaches courses in International Business and Business Process Analytics at the Leeds School of Business. His current interests lie in the application of optimization, simulation and predictive analytics technology to solve complex problems in industry.

Government Solutions

Ben Thengvall

Benjamin Thengvall, Ph.D.

Vice President of Government Solutions
thengvall@opttek.com

Dr. Thengvall has extensive experience solving complex problems in the commercial and government spheres where he has designed and implemented software that embeds state-of-the-art approaches from the fields of mathematical modeling, real-time optimization, transportation and scheduling, agent-based and discrete-event simulation, and simulation optimization. He earned his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Thengvall has taught at the Peter Kiewit Institute at the University of Nebraska and at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and holds multiple patents related to software and optimization.

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OptTek has built a team that draws on expertise from internationally recognized leaders in the area of optimization. If you are interested in joining our team of innovators, contact us.

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