President & Chief Executive Officer
Scott Switzer was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors of Costar Technologies, Inc. in April of 2020. Mr. Switzer previously served as Chief Operating Officer beginning in 2018, while retaining his earlier responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the company, to which he was first named in 2011. Beginning his career with the company in 2001, Mr. Switzer became controller in 2008 after previously holding the same assignment for Costar Video Systems, LLC. Prior to joining the company, he served as a consultant with Accenture. Mr. Switzer holds a BBA from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Product Officer
Shane Compton was appointed to the dual roles of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer of Costar Technologies, Inc. in May of 2020. Mr. Compton first joined the company as Chief Engineering Officer in September, 2018, adding the additional duties as General Manager of subsidiary Arecont Vision Costar, LLC in January of 2019. Prior to joining Costar, Mr. Compton rose through the leadership ranks of Pelco (later Pelco by Schneider Electric) in a career stretching over 16 years, including assignments in software engineering, project management, both engineering management and director roles, as Vice President of Engineering, and concluding as CTO / Vice President of Advanced Technology & Engineering.
Chief Technical Officer
Mathiew Bais has served as the Chief Technical Officer of Costar Technologies, Inc. since January, 2008. Mr. Bais' extensive leadership career includes serving as President and CEO of CCTV and airport security systems integrator Visual Defence, USA from 2006 to 2007. Earlier, Mr. Bais served as President and CEO of RFID and access control vendor Visonic Technologies from 1999 to 2006, as Vice President of Sales for Loronix from 1998 to 1999, and as Managing Director of Product Development at Ultrak, Inc. from 1995 to 1997. Mr Bais holds degrees in Physics, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Financial Officer
Sarah Ryder was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Costar Technologies, Inc. in May, 2020 after previously serving as Corporate Controller beginning in September of 2015. Ms. Ryder's prior career includes operational and financial experience gained as Risk and Advisory Services Manager at CBIZ where she was responsible for managing client relationships, overseeing staff performance, defining & delivering business solutions, and providing both Sarbanes-Oxley assistance and Internal Audit outsourcing solutions. Ms. Ryder previously served as Senior Internal Auditor for Cricket Communications and earlier as Audit & Consulting Supervisor for McGladrey. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS, Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vice President, Marketing
Jeff Whitney was appointed Vice President, Marketing for Costar Technologies, Inc. in May, 2020. Mr. Whitney previously served as Vice President of Marketing for subsidiary Arecont Vision Costar, LLC beginning in 2018 and earlier for Arecont Vision, LLC from 2014. His prior career included similar Vice President duties for Astute Networks, Intransa, Inc., and MaXXan Systems, Inc., plus channel sales and marketing roles at NetApp following the acquisition of Spinnaker Networks. Mr. Whitney served over 10 years in progressively more responsible duties within the U.S. operations of Fujitsu Ltd., culminating as Chief Strategist & Vice President of Business Development for the launch of business unit Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. and later concluding as Vice President of Marketing Operations.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Innotech Security
Devin Benjamin joined Costar Technologies, Inc. through the acquisition of Innotech Security Systems, a leading security and surveillance equipment manufacturing company. Mr. Benjamin cofounded Innotech with Moshe Luski in 2006, serving as CEO. Earlier from 2005 to 2006, he was President of Mace Security where Mr. Benjamin was instrumental in developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies. His previous career included the founding of Securetek in 1997 where Mr. Benjamin also held the role of President and CEO until 2005.
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Innotech Security
Moshe Luski joined Costar Technologies, Inc. through its acquisition of Innotech Security Systems, Inc., a leading security and surveillance equipment manufacturing company. Mr. Luski cofounded Innotech with Devin Benjamin in 2006, serving as VP of Engineering. A true innovator in surveillance equipment design, Mr. Luski was responsible for Innotech's product design, development, and operations. From 2002 through 2006, he was COO of the Mace Security Division, and earlier Mr. Luski was a cofounder of Microtech as VP of Engineering, with responsibility for all operations, technical support, product design, and engineering.