Good People + Cool History = Great Partners
The story began when our Chairman, Rich Padula, founded Syclo in 1995. He observed maintenance workers and field technicians struggle with the same issues time and time again. His goal was to develop software that addressed and eliminated inefficient processes and procedures. Hitting on a clear industry problem, he continued to expand the solution and the organization. Lou, Steve, and Mark were part of that growth and joined Rich to further the cause between 1997 and 2006.
In 2012, SAP acquired Syclo, its mobile applications and enterprise software development platform. The team helped integrate Syclo into SAP and worked with SAP leadership to merge their mobile software development capabilities.
In 2014, these 4 entrepreneurs formed Havensight to go back to what they do best – helping customers deploy business changing technology across the enterprise.
Today, our team is creating transformative software solutions to serve every department, industry, and customer that we’ve had the pleasure to work with AND we are still focused on Rich’s original mission of solving problems with technology.
Meet the Executive Team
Rich brings deep technical and entrepreneurial experience to the Havensight team. Most notable is his experience founding Syclo, a provider of mobile applications and a mobile enterprise software development platform. He led the company as CEO from 1995 until it was acquired by SAP in 2012. After two years as Chief Strategy Officer of SAP’s Mobile Division, Rich left to start a private development lab in Chicago where he and his team explore new technologies and take them to market.
Rich currently serves on the faculty at Northwestern University, teaching at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and mentoring students at The Garage, NU’s innovation hub. Rich received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Steve has been leading Havensight as its President since 2016, but before Havensight, Steve built professional services teams at multiple companies – including launching the SAP professional services practice at Syclo. His experience creating and leading teams within the software industry provides him a unique perspective on how to help our customers meet their goals with technology.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Lou has a proven track record solving key business issues for customers. His tightly coordinated sales approach demonstrates to clients how a software solution adds value to the bottom line and helps achieve business goals.
Throughout his 20 years of experience in the Software industry, Lou has worked with companies of every shape and size, from Fortune 500 organizations to Small and Mid-Tier businesses. His experience spans multiple industries including Life Science, Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive, Utilities and Oil & Gas.
It is this broad background and a heart for taking care of his clients’ business challenges that set Lou apart.
Mark is a proven financial leader having served over 13 years as an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Syclo. Mark was a key member of the senior leadership team and held direct responsibility for management of all aspects of the company's Finance, Accounting, Compliance, Administrative and IT functions. Prior to Syclo, Mark worked for 15 years in the investment industry as both a Portfolio Manager and an Investment Analyst.
Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.