frank-greerFrank Greer
President and CEO

Frank has over 34 years of experience in the consumer electronics, personal computer and multimedia industries.

He began his career as a design engineer with NCR/AT&T’s Personal Computer Division and was later the Director of Engineering for AT&T’s Portable Products. Frank worked for Cirrus Logic, a Silicon Valley-based PC chipset provider, as the Director of the South Carolina Design Center, and then became President and Co-founder of avACTIVE, a startup focused on developing and licensing convergence technologies to large consumer OEMs.

Along with business partner, Ralph Heredia, Frank helped establish the Commercial Design Services Division at Aeronix in 2002, quickly growing the business through the addition of customers such as Dell, Texas Instruments, Sony and Philips.

A graduate of Clemson University’s Computer Engineering and MBA programs, Frank brings both leadership capabilities and technical experience to the organization. An experienced leader with proven business and entrepreneurial background, he also has a strong engineering background—knowledgeable in chip design, printed circuit board design and system development.

Frank has been granted seven U.S. patents for various inventions related to the technology field.

ralph-herediaRalph Heredia
Vice President of Business Development

Ralph has more than 36 years of experience in connected devices including consumer electronics, personal computer and multimedia products.

For almost 14 years, he was a member of technical staff at several of AT&T’s companies, including Bell Labs, Safari Systems and NCR. He also held management and product development positions with several midsized technology companies, including Escient/OpenGlobe, avACTIVE (another company he co-founded) and Cirrus Logic. Prior to helping establish Zipit, Ralph helped establish the Consumer Media Systems division at Aeronix in 2002.

Ralph is directly responsible for the company’s strategy regarding innovation, research, marketing, Intellectual Property and customer/partner relationships. He is also the inventor of Zipit’s first and second Wireless Messenger™ instant messaging devices for teens and preteens.

Ralph has authored a chapter in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1999 and has been granted 21 U.S. patents for various inventions related to the technology field.

colleen-pattersonColleen Patterson
Vice President of Customer Relations

Colleen has over 20 years of experience in Software, IT, Quality Assurance and Customer Support in corporate and startup environments.

She most recently worked for a privately held software startup as an Implementation Specialist. Prior to that, she worked for Home Depot as a specialist in IT Support and Training, and defined, documented and implemented best business practices company-wide.

Colleen also successfully managed and grew the ECS Pro Quality Assurance Department for Enterprise Computer Systems, which tested all ECS Pro software to ensure error-free operation, usability and conformance to both operational and user interface specifications.

An experienced leader and contributor, she brings a wealth of knowledge in the consumer and business-to-business software industries to ensure satisfaction, quality assurance and customer service.