Meet the Team
We have a diverse group of industry experts across our various portfolio companies.
Jeffrey C. Jones of Bloomington, IN, is CEO of Solution Tree, Inc. Jeff, along with business partner DG Elmore, purchased Solution Tree in 1998 after working for sixteen years in higher education administration at Indiana University, Dartmouth College, and Tufts University. Jeff is also the Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer of Marzano Research Laboratory, Co-Founder/Chief Operations Officer of Hawker Brownlow Professional Learning Solutions (Solution Tree’s partnership in Australia), and sits on the US Board of Directors of The Navigators and on the International Board of Trans World Radio. He and his wife Margaret have been married since 1996 and have been blessed with two daughters and two sons.
As Founder and CEO of Cornerstone, Mat Orrego is passionate about helping clients solve the complex travel technology issues of today’s operations and fulfillment processes. He believes in investing in relationships and helping his clients stay focused on the three main facets of booking a trip—reserving, ticketing and confirming.
After earning his degree in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Mat began his career in the financial services industry in 1985. Later, he joined Gant Travel Management where he spent four years working with front- and back-office operations. At Gant, he developed a core understanding of how technology can make a business more efficient and profitable. In 1992, Mat’s entrepreneurial spirit drove him to define success on his own terms by founding Cornerstone Information Systems. Mat works with various non-profit, micro-lending organizations that benefit entrepreneurs in third-world countries. He is also one of the founders of a successful construction and development company in Indianapolis, as well as, a primary investor in a professional outsourcing company in San Diego, and a minor league baseball team in Bakersfield, California.
Randy is the President and part owner of Adams & Westlake in Elkhart, Indiana. Randy also has ownership interest in four other businesses. After retiring from Professional Football, Randy became an assistant football coach at the collegiate level for four years. Upon leaving football, Randy began his business career in the Vinyl Window and Siding industry as a Sales Manager for 7 years. In 2004, Randy partnered with DG Elmore and became the President and part owner of Adams & Westlake. Randy and his wife are involved with Granger Community Church, The Navigators and Back2Back Ministries.
Randy and his wife, Julie, live in Granger, Indiana with their 4 children, Blake, Alyssa, Connor and Andrew. Along with building businesses, Randy enjoys watching his kids participate in sports. Randy is a graduate of Indiana University.
Frank Violi graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Economics in 1980. He then graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with an MBA in 1983, where he was named an F.C. Austin Scholar.
Violi began his professional life in the Forest Products Industry, working for two Fortune 500 companies as a financial analyst, sales representative, strategic planning director, regional sales manager, and vice president of sales and marketing. After 10 years in Forest Products, he joined a leverage buyout of a large commercial printing company, as vice president of sales and marketing. Upon successful completion of the sale of the printing business, he purchased an interest in an electronics manufacturer. As president, he expanded this contract manufacturer via acquisition and the establishment of a plant in Mexico. After selling this business, he searched for another business to buy.
Violi is actively involved in Young Presidents’ Organization, serving as an officer and event champion for nearly 14 years.
I‘ve been dabbling with code since my elementary school computer class exposure to BASIC, and though I haven’t turned out to be a hardcore programmer, I‘ve picked up bits and pieces along the way. A few twists and turns through the years brought me back to my hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to pursue a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction Design at Indiana University‘s School of Informatics and Computing. (My undergraduate degree in International Relations at Carleton College taught me many things, few of which pertained to finding an actual career.) After completing my master’s in 2009, I became the user experience designer FormAssembly, another Bloomington startup. I joined the Code Together team in March 2011, and have loved every minute of it.
I decided to take on leadership of Code Together because of the many and growing opportunities for collaborative technologies on the web. I‘m excited to see where we will take Code Together as Treaty and Squad continue to grow. When not working on Squad, I’m usually either riding at the excellent Up-N-Over Stables or hunkered down with a good book.
Patrick Linnihan is the President of Gant Travel, a corporate travel management and meeting services company. Patrick served as the Vice President of Gant from August 1998 to June 2002 and returned to Gant as President in May 2005. Previously, Patrick was the area service manager for GE Medical Systems and a pharmaceutical sales representative for Pharmacia/Pfizer. Patrick is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving as a US Army infantry officer for 7 years.
Adam Taranto is the President of Mednick Associates. After serving in the Navy after college, Adam, a native of the metro Boston area, spent a few years in the Fortune 500 corporate world in various financial and strategic planning positions. While gaining valuable experience, he was looking for something beyond the normal corporate job. Adam started working with the Elmore Group by assisting with M&A activity and currently serves as an operating partner. In the last 3 years Mednick Associates has completed a successful transition from the previous owner, nationalized the client base and is recognized as a regional leader in the medical-legal consulting industry.
Adam completed an undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Married, with 3 young children, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading anything political or historical in nature and relentlessly following all Boston sports teams.