Thomas Bruno - President & CEO
As the President and CEO and a member of the Velocity Board of Directors, Tom Bruno provides day-to-day leadership and is personally involved in the strategy, product development, financing and M&A activities.
Prior to launching Velocity in 2003, Tom was a principal and executive board member of Eisner LLP, where he directed consulting services for the large New York-based accounting firm. During his tenure with Eisner, Tom created numerous business units focused on simplifying the implementation and use of enterprise software. He was responsible for a number of private equity investment transactions which funded several Internet- and technology-oriented start-ups, including FashionMall.com, Titan Technologies, and Cardinal Commerce.
Prior to his years with Eisner, Tom ran a software development company which focused on developing applications for real estate and educational institutions.
Stephen Shippee - EVP & Chief Strategy Officer
In his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Steve Shippee orchestrates Velocity’s strategic growth initiatives with a focus on mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. He joined Velocity in 2005 in the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Velocity, Steve served as CFO and COO at Broadway Video Entertainment, a diversified media company owned by Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 11-years, where he led the company's efforts in the acquisition and integration of various media assets and operating entities.
Following his completion of General Electrics Financial Management Program, Steve served as manager of operations analysis and business modeling for GE’s $4 billion per-year Consumer Electronics business unit. He has also served as a guest lecturer in finance at Cornell University. Steve earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University in business management and finance.
Paul Cioni - SVP of Service Delivery
Paul Cioni shepherds all aspects of customer service delivery, including facilities and infrastructure, processing environments, network, service deployment, customer service and professional services. Paul has been in the managed application services market for more than fifteen years.
Prior to joining Velocity, Paul served as the vice president of application services for NaviSite, Inc. Before that, he was director of sales and service offering management for netASPx, Inc. Paul started his career in technology with Andersen Consulting as a technical architect in the enterprise group.
Paul served as an Engineer in the United States Army for five years, which included tours in Central America, Southwest Asia, and providing humanitarian relief during Hurricane Hugo. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from The United States Military Academy in computer science.
Bryan Conley - SVP & CFO
Bryan Conley provides overall management of Velocity's financial and administrative operations.
Prior to joining Velocity, Bryan was senior vice president of operations at Aspen Insurance Holdings, Ltd group, where he managed the operations and growth of its U.S. insurance platform, including development of its underwriting systems and management information, planning, and reporting capabilities. Bryan’s experience spans leading companies in the media, financial, and technology industries, such as XL Capital, Sony and Broadway Video Entertainment. He has provided executive leadership across the range of financial functions, including accounting services, planning, analysis, acquisitions, and integration.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University and a master of business administration from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Business at Cornell University.
Chris Heller - SVP Legal & General Counsel
Chris Heller leads Velocity’s legal and governance functions in contracting, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate compliance initiatives.
Prior to joining Velocity, Chris was a partner in SNR Denton’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group, where for 14 years, his practice concentrated on private equity, mergers and acquisitions and debt financing. Chris has represented buyers and sellers in billions of dollars of deal volume throughout his career, and he has received numerous professional accolades, including designation as a Chambers-rated attorney.
Chris has JD and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri