Patrick Gilbert has more than 20 years experience in information technology and telecommunications to his credit. He founded 4SmartPhone with the intent of offering enterprise-class mobile computing solutions to small and medium size businesses.
Before founding 4SmartPhone, Gilbert founded Presence IT, Inc. in 2001, a custom IT solutions company with a focus on mobility, which became the origin of 4SmartPhone. Prior to that, Gilbert was executive vice president of Isaac Newton Technologies, for which he raised more than $4.4 million and restructured it from a small R&D lab in Canada, to a more mature startup company. Under his watch, INT opened sales offices across the US and released its first wireless software radio product in 2000. Prior to Isaac Newton Technologies, Gilbert was the senior vice president and chief technology officer for the WAVO Corporation, where he spearheaded the partnership of WAVO and Virgin Entertainment Corporation to develop VirginJamCast, an Internet-based secure digital music distribution system and e-commerce service. As V-P Business Development of WAVO, Gilbert also established key strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Compaq, PBS and Intel, some including investments of more than $4 millions.
Gilbert is also credited with the development of WaveTop, the first nationwide data broadcasting consumer product included in Windows 98 Operating System. Prior to WAVO Corporation, Patrick co-founded BleuMont Telecom, which pioneered PC-based data broadcasting technology in 1992 and established in 1994 Canada’s first nationwide datacasting network. Gilbert and his partners sold BleuMont Telecom to WAVO Corporation in 1995.
Prior to BleuMont Telecom, Gilbert was project manager for DTI Telecom, an Engineering consulting firm based in Montreal, QC. Gilbert studied Electrical Engineering at the École Poytechnique, University of Montreal.
Simone S. Lopes - Vice President of Business Operations, brings a wide range of experience in marketing and communications to 4SmartPhone. Prior to joining the company, Lopes managed for 5 years marketing and communication efforts for Transys Networks, a fiber optics company. Before that, she was a Project Director for EDI World Institute, in Montreal, an organization dedicated to introducing and monitoring electronic data information.
Lopes began her career in 1990 as the Director of Corporate Communications for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in Ottawa, where she worked for over 6 years under the Prime Minister’s Office as well as with Canada’s Immigration Bureau as an interpreter/translator for highly sensitive cases.
Lopes is a board member and a member of several organizations, they are The Association for Intelligence Officers - Chapter of Arizona, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the World Affairs Council of Arizona, Phoenix Rotary 100 and the co-founder of the Tea Leaf Club of Arizona. She has received numerous awards for her dedication, passion and outstanding volunteerism towards each of these organizations.
Finally, Lopes is also a a Member of the Global Alliance for International Advancement (GAIA). GAIA is a non-profit organization providing a forum for professionals, academics, and politicians to make contacts, develop policies, and conduct business with members across the globe.