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BASIS Management Team

Who's Who

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer - Nico Spence
Head of Development -  Jerry Karasz

Nico Spence
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nico Spence develops and implements business strategies for BASIS' worldwide operations. Nico manages existing partner relationships and cultivates new ones by identifying ways to support and sustain customers' business needs. His primary responsibilities include determining corporate strategy to enhance shareholder value, and directing engineering, sales and marketing operations. Nico also serves as the Managing Director or the Co-Managing Director of several of BASIS' European subsidiaries.

Nico joined BASIS in 2002, bringing many years of diversified management, technical, and sales and marketing experience to the organization. Prior to joining BASIS, Nico owned a very successful information technology and marketing company in South Africa which developed innovative application software for niche vertical markets and also distributed BASIS products in Africa. Nico's BASIS roots go back to the late 1980's, and the first BASIS conference that he attended was 1990's "Your Port to the Future" in Boston.

Nico holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town. 

Jerry Karasz
Head of Development

Jerry Karasz joined the BASIS team in January of 2014. He has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of New Mexico and specializes in software process improvement, infrastructure, and user interfaces. His 25+ year software development career has spanned the government and commercial sectors and includes industries such as high powered microwave systems, telecommunications, banking, paper production, airport management, satellite ground stations, telemetry signal correlation and analysis, physical security, and aircraft trainers. He has seven years of software system test experience and is a Certified Project Manager. In earlier careers, Jerry was an airborne weather operator in the US Air Force and a civilian aerial photographer for the US Navy.



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