As two friends were sitting around thinking of ways to make their professional lives easier, the banker said to the techie, "Can you automate the collecting of financials?"
And so it began.
We're a technology company that's passionate about empowering accountants and small business owners to be successful.
It's our mission to help business owners translate financials into action. We are accomplishing this through Finagraph, our patent-pending technology, and Finagraph Academy, our financial tools training.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
James Walter is the founder and CEO of Finagraph. He holds multiple patents in the fields of media and technology.
Prior to founding Finagraph, James served as a top-ranked program manager at Microsoft Corporation leading teams delivering products including Xbox 360 and Windows 7.
His decades of leadership experience include executive leadership at MidStream Technologies, a startup company funded by over $48 million.
James earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alaska. He works with numerous Seattle-based startup incubators mentoring other CEOs.
Peter Rosser is the Software Architect of Finagraph. He has over 20 years of software development and internet technology experience. Peter is the primary inventor on several patents in the areas of natural language analysis, user interfaces, and core computing algorithms.
Prior to joining Finagraph Peter worked at Microsoft Corporation for 11 years, leading development teams delivering software such as Xbox 360, Windows Media Center, and MSN. His work includes innovations in natural user interface design with Kinect, core multimedia technology used in millions of computers every day, and natural language processing that drives some of the most popular web sites in the world.
Before Microsoft, Peter founded Internet of Yakima, an internet service provider delivering dial-up and high-speed internet services.
Chief Product Officer
Darrell Blegen is Chief Product Officer of Finagraph, overseeing product planning, design, development, testing and operations. He’s worked in Fortune 50 companies and start-ups alike. His portfolio of award-winning products spans cloud, enterprise, desktop and wearable platforms. He is the inventor or co-inventor on more than a dozen patents issued and pending and has authored several papers and contributed to a textbook on artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining Finagraph, Darrell held executive leadership positions at several start-ups and spent over 15 years at Microsoft Corporation leading teams in financial software, advanced consumer technology, developer tools, advertising, mobile services, and cloud services.
Darrell earned his Master of Software Engineering from Seattle University, and has a BS from the University of Washington. He is a certified Project Management Professional by PMI and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Operations and Legal
Cheryl Abrahamson brings over 15 years of legal and operational experience to the Finagraph team. As a veteran consultant to banks and middle market business owners, Cheryl has worked with executives on strategic planning, corporate structure, business delivery strategies, mergers and acquisitions. She is passionate about helping organizations structure growth, build transferable value and manage more efficiently through financial metrics.
Cheryl was the Managing Director of the Relationship Banking Academy, which was acquired by Finagraph in 2014. In addition to providing managing the company’s operations, she also led RBA’s curriculum development team, working closely with banks on customization and content development. Her approach to relationship banking emphasizes the importance of providing a complete experience to the client.
Prior to joining the Relationship Banking Academy, she worked for a large national commercial real estate investment company, where she concentrated her efforts on contract development and negotiation. Cheryl received her J.D. with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law and her B.A. in political science from the University of Montana.
Executive Vice President, Customer Success
Mike Milan is Finagraph's Executive Vice President, Customer Success with over 20 years of sales and entrepreneurship to the team. He teaches at the most prestigious graduate schools of banking in America and is a sought after speaker on the topic of small business.
He has translated innovative ideas into multi-million dollar businesses. Prior to joining Finagraph Mike built several successful ventures from the ground up. He built and sold Blazing Star Staffing, a Midwest regional hotel staffing company and Bottoms Up Brewhouse. He also owned two service businesses in the St. Louis area.
Mike is a former Missouri State Trooper. He earned his MBA from Baylor University.