Leadership

Ara H. Bagdasarian

Ara H. Bagdasarian

CEO and Co-Founder

Ara establishes vision for the company and leads employees, partners, and customers to extraordinary new heights.

 

Prior to founding Omnilert, Ara started XNETIX in 1996 which built web-based applications that powered hundreds of Internet startup companies, and help grow the web event pioneer Communicast to acquisition.

 

Ara is an active industry and community leader who serves on a number of non-profit and government boards including United Way of the National Capital Area, VTV Outreach Foundation, George Mason University Enterprise Center, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Paxton Campus, and served as Chairman of the Town of Leesburg Economic Development Commission.

 

As an advocate for entrepreneurship education, Ara serves on the advisory board for the new Academies of Loudoun STEM magnet school and founded the Lemonhead Council where entrepreneurs help entrepreneurs succeed through peer advisory sessions. His TEDx talk on “Harnessing Intellectual Lightning” outlined how communities can build and support a culture of entrepreneurship. He is also a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Georgetown University, Shenandoah University, George Mason and George Washington Universities.

 

Ara is a graduate from the State University of New York College at Buffalo where he was the recipient of the Young Alumnus Achievement Award.

  

 

 
 
 
Niclas K. Gustavsson

Niclas K. Gustavsson

CTO and Co-Founder

Nick drives all technology innovation for Omnilert. He is an expert in wireless and Internet communications spanning more than 20 years. He advises the FAA, NAVY, Pentagon, Veterans Administration & DISA on wireless technology (ANVICOM). He is advisor to the George Mason University Enterprise Center on mobile issues and is also the Technology Incubation advisor to the town of Leesburg, Virginia.

 

Nick was an early developer of wireless products from Research in Motion (RIM) including BlackBerry. He was creator of the world’s first Wireless TTY Service (reachNET), which won Technology Product of the Year. He was creator of SmartData service (Columbia Technologies) which won Innovative Technology of the Year. He was also a wireless data pioneer with ARDIS & MOBITEX systems.

 

Nick was a member of the Mayor of Baltimore’s technology advisory board in 1999. He was a founding member of Baltimore Venture Mentors (business mentoring group) and is a current member of Venture Mentors of Virginia. He is also a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

 

Nick co-authored and published the why-to book on entrepreneurship, “The Lemonade Stand”, which presents a fresh perspective on embracing adversity to innovate and create sustainable organizations.

 

Nick received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Vanersborg University in Sweden.

 

 

 
 
 
Frank F. McCathran

Frank F. McCathran

Vice President

Frank drives all sales, marketing, and customer success initiatives for Omnilert. He has built his career in developing and implementing enterprise solutions to help organizations improve safety, enhance operational efficiencies, and mitigate risk.

 

Previously, Frank was the director of enterprise solutions at Earth Networks-WeatherBug. He spent 13 years overseeing business strategies for the company’s severe weather and lightning alerting solutions used by thousands of educational institutions, public venues, recreational facilities, and professional sports organizations.

 

Frank’s passion for life safety extends into his personal life as he volunteers his time to public and private organizations with the mission of providing severe weather safety, preparedness, and awareness information to the public. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Jesse Watlington Memorial Foundation (www.lightningfoundation.org).

 

He is a certified USA Football Coach and Cal Ripken Baseball Coach and enjoys his time on the gridiron and the baseball diamond with youth athletes – helping them develop their leadership and teamwork skills in a safe environment.

 

Frank graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Justice Studies. He also earned his Master of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Frostburg.