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As co-founder and President, David is responsible for leading the company’s go-to-market strategy – delivering “the right” solution for each individual customer. He also oversees sales, marketing, client relationships and business development. David’s customer philosophy is quite simple; “We will be our customer’s trusted advisor when it comes to their business process automation and content management needs – nothing less will do.”
David’s career in the document management industry spans some 20 years. He began his career as a mechanical engineer at Eastman Kodak designing film-coating machines and microfilm transport systems. It was there he joined the project team that was responsible for designing Kodak’s very first document scanner. His tenure is associated with the world’s foremost leaders in the enterprise content management arena; Eastman Kodak, FileNet, IBM, Hitachi, Open Text, Gauss/Magellan and Kofax where he has served in a variety of roles including; engineer, account executive, business development manager, channel management, director of global alliances and vice president of sales.
Prior to co-founding Tallega Software, David served as the Director of Global Alliances at Kofax, the world’s leading information capture company. There he was responsible for creating and managing global go-to-market relationships with the industry’s leading ECM companies and service providers including EMC/Documentum, IBM, Open Text, Interwoven, Xerox and IKON
Mr. Gerber holds an Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.
Peter Klentos, co-founder of Tallega, is the company’s Chief Operating Office responsible for managing Tallega’s internal operations and for driving the successful delivery and overall satisfaction of Tallega’s customer facing initiatives, including implementation services, customer support and technical training.
Peter’s career in document management industry spans some 11+ years in the areas of solution implementation, process consulting, end-user technical support, and executive management. He began his career as one of the original developers and implementation specialists at Magellan Software; an Irvine, CA based company that developed, implemented and supported a suite of document management, enterprise report management and optical storage products. During his tenure at Magellan Software Mr. Klentos held multiple positions including professional services consultant, manager of professional services and vice president of customer support.
Following the 2000 acquisition of Magellan Software by Gauss Interprise, Peter served as V.P. of Global Support for Gauss Interprise. Prior to Tallega, Peter was the Director of Support for the Western Region for Open Text.
Mr. Klentos received a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Cal Poly Pomona.
When you call Tallega, you will most likely be greeted by Hawley. She drives many of the operational and administrative tasks around Tallega. She is usually working on accounting, assisting with licensing/maintenance/support, alongside other marketing projects.
Hawley is one of the essential pieces in the Tallega Family. She moved to Southern California from Oregon to further pursue her education, and gain first-hand experience in business world. Hawley is currently finishing school to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration.
Although she is new to the ECM Industry, she brings years of invaluable customer service experience from a number of reputable international retailers. With her background in leadership and time management, she is easily driven and motivated to provide the best customer service possible.
Hawley loves golfing, competitive cheerleading, and watching football. In her eight years of Cheerleading, her team won four state titles, and was crowned an USA National Champion in 2009.
Her Oregon background means she is a die-hard Oregon Ducks Football fan. College football fans beware because she is prepared for some friendly smack-talk. Since coach Chip Kelly moved on to the NFL, she has grown to become a Philadelphia Eagles fan as well. You're more likely to find her in a football jersey than a dress.
Derek is the Sr. Account Executive at Tallega Software. His main priorities are driving Sales and Marketing. His creativeness helps him manage the website, write the newsletters, and direct both print and digital media marketing.
He also has a background in football and leadership, which drives his motivation to provide the best customer service available. Derek is very sociallbe, but is focused on providing the right solutions for his customers. His track record for customer success is consistent and extensive:
“I found Derek to be very mature as a person and exhibited business-savvy. Derek’s communication skills are very good. He has a high level of customer service skills...
He is ambitious with the skills to go far.” –Tony Wong
After graduating from the University of California Irvine with a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics, Derek was handpicked to work in a paid internship at CNN in Los Angeles, California. Derek learned the ad sales process alongside the best marketing professionals in the world.
Although the Entertainment Industry was appealing, Derek's sense of Entreprenuership kicked in and decided to pick up the reigns with his father, David Gerber.
"We can build Tallega however we want,
and I want it to be the best of the best." - Derek Gerber
Derek is dedicated towards making Tallega Software your number one Trusted Document Management and ECM Advisor.