Our Leadership

Michael Pinsker

Michael Pinsker

CEO & Founder

Michael is the CEO and founder of Docupace Technologies, LLC. He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied math from a very young age. In 1991, when he immigrated to the US, he turned that talent in mathematics towards focusing on technology and software development. After graduating from UCLA with a Computer Science and Engineering degree, Mr. Pinsker founded MPDN International Inc, a consulting firm specializing in workflow, imaging and document management services. Through projects with clients as diverse as Datamax Technologies, Unisys, and Paramount Pictures, Scottsdale Insurance, New York Department of Insurance and others, Michael implemented and validated different workflow solutions and document management strategies. This background and expertise led him to found Docupace Technologies, LLC in 2002, focusing on bringing the workflow and document management platform in a SAAS (Software as a Service) model to various industries. Since 2005, Michael has led Docupace with the focus on the Financial Services Industry. He co-invented the ePACS, a patent pending SAAS offering for Financial Services that has become the leading SEC and FINRA compliant straight through processing platform for the industry.

While perfecting his entrepreneurial skills through being on the boards of various startup and not for profit organizations, Michael continued to enhance his technical knowledge to complement his Microsoft and Cisco certifications. Michael has enhanced his skills in the cyber security space through obtaining certifications from the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS). He is also Sensitive Security Information Certified – (SII/DHS), Certified Information Assurance certified – (CIA/DHS), and holds the Cyber Warfare certification – (CW TTPs/DHS).

Ron Wallis

Ron Wallis

Chief Technology Officer

Ron Wallis brings to the Docupace team a 20+year track record of leading major software development initiatives. His skill set ranges from programming and conceptual design to project management and ongoing operations. Ron has demonstrated ability to deliver highly complex, scalable, enterprise-class applications on-time and on-budget  It is this focus that helped drive the Docupace model to achieve the goal of developing a cost-effective solution that could be implemented and utilized by Broker-Dealers and RIAs of any size. Ron helps Docupace maintain a solution that has open architecture features and provides the most cost-effective pricing on the market.

John Paul Cunningham

John Paul Cunningham

Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer

John Paul Cunningham is a technology executive with deep expertise in technology governance, risk management and information security.

He brings 23 years’ experience delivering mission-critical solutions in Fortune 50 companies in the financial services and manufacturing sectors and 28 years’ experience overall delivering technology, risk, and security solutions.

A visionary in anticipating technology trends and innovation, he maintains a pragmatic solution-oriented approach and excels in tailoring technology to best address the needs of the enterprise in developing and executing strategies that protect the organization from cyber threats.

His ability to translate complex technical issues into plain understandable language enables him to collaborate effectively across the organization and with customers and external auditors and regulators alike, while leading the technical teams responsible for ongoing development and delivery of global services.

Mr. Cunningham has led Financial Services Peer Advisory forums of Chief Information Security Officers and been a featured panelist on several industry-wide financial technology forums and conferences. John is a retired federal (DOD) qualified law enforcement officer, a veteran of the Gulf War in Iraq and Kuwait, and holds both the CISSP and PMP professional certifications, as well as a variety of technical security certifications.

James Caulkins

James Caulkins

Chief Revenue Officer

James Caulkins is the Chief Revenue Officer of Docupace, responsible for sales management, operations, resources, and revenue generation processes, to deliver profitable growth. He leads a coordinated approach to revenue generation with the goal of maximizing return in the rapidly evolving Financial Services and Wealth Management Industry.

James brings 17 years of sales and management expertise with a specific focus on leadership, negotiation, and sales strategy. Prior to Docupace, James displayed consistent success at IBM, Sungard Availability Services, and Salesforce, consecutively. By developing a culture of success through positive leadership and ongoing business and goal achievement, his teams consistently overachieved year-over-year growth targets. James also served as the Chief Sales Officer and Cofounder of EcoNation Transportation Services, growing the startup from zero in revenue to a multi-million dollar enterprise before its acquisition in 2012.

As a Sales Leader, his broad experience in aspects of marketing, sales management, business development, negotiations, and financial profitability, is a testament to his accomplishments.

Throughout his career, James has been an active member of the local community, participating in many environmentally and socially responsible organizations, most recently, “Heal the Bay” in Santa Monica. His passion for sustainability led him to UCLA for certification through the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES.) James has his BBA in Marketing, Management & International Business from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Kevin Laraia

Kevin Laraia

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Kevin Laraia joined Docupace Technologies in February 2014, bringing 20 years of Broker-Dealer executive leadership experience. Kevin leads Docupace’s “go to market” business teams, including Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Product Management. In addition, Kevin is leading Docupace’s Straight-Through Processing (STP) initiative, our platform that provides fully integrated document management and workflow, e-Signatures, e-Forms and e-check processing seamlessly from the advisor and client to their BD and “straight thru” to the clearing firm, product provider and custodian. Prior to joining Docupace, Kevin was the Chief Operations Officer for Cetera Financial Group and the ING Advisors Network. Kevin is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served six years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Joel Friedman

Joel Friedman

Executive Vice President, Delivery and Customer Care

Joel Friedman supports field delivery through effectively managing large client implementations. Because the Docupace model is scalable to Broker-Dealers and RIAs of any size, Joel leverages his almost 12-years at Docupace to help tailor the solution model to each client. By doing this, he can ensure a level of ongoing support so that both home office and Representatives can see the immediate return on investment in addition to the benefits of using a straight-through processing system. Joel has a 15+ year background in document management and workflow solutions and uses this expertise to get every Docupace client comfortable with the service quickly and painlessly. Prior to Docupace, Joel gained valuable corporate experience at Nortel Networks, DirecTV and Genesys/Alcatel.

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