Create, Manage, Integrate + Deliver in real-time to any connected device

We believe that communication and sharing content must captivate and inform users.  Cardware makes it easy.

Who We Are

We are veterans of digital startups and innovation initiatives who have disrupted our fair share of industries. In our own ventures, we were frustrated with the time and complexity it took to build and launch apps that deliver robust amounts of content in attractive formats. We knew a better way was in the cards. And we made it.

Our Team

Mark Russell

CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Mr. Russell has over 25 years of startup and executive leadership experience with expertise in establishing, leading, and turning around digital marketing agencies and premier global companies with revenue up to 8-figures. Mr. Russell has previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer for OTTO Detroit, a digital transformation agency he founded in 2012. He has also held the position of President of Wunderman Team Detroit, where he led the global digital marketing transformation of Ford Motor Company from 2007 to 2012. He also served as Senior Vice President, Managing Director for Carat from 2005 to 2007. In 2001, Mr. Russell founded and built a software-as-a-service startup company, C-Quential, that was acquired by Connelly Partners, an advertising agency located in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2004. Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University and a Juris Doctor degree from Western New England School of Law. Since 1997, he has been licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Visionary
  • 22 Years Experience
  • 5 Startups
  • 1 IPO
  • 2 Exits

Dugan Schwalm

DUGAN SCHWALM

CO-FOUNDER & COO/CFO
Mr. Schwalm has extensive experience as an executive, investor, board member, and financial professional with all stages of venture capital and private equity companies. Mr. Schwalm has previously held the position of Vice President of Lurie Investments from 2004 to 2013, where he was a primary member of the team managing over $300 million of private investments in the healthcare, technology, and consumer product spaces. He has also held the positions of Chief Operating Officer at CityBase (sold for $160MM in 2019), and Chief Operating Officer at VRSUS, LLC. Mr. Schwalm also serves on the Keystone Board of the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the world for the past 27 years. Mr. Schwalm holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and holds an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

  • Integfator
  • 15 Years Experience
  • 5 Startups
  • 3 Series A/B Rounds
  • 1 Exit

Justin Kempiak

JUSTIN KEMPIAK

SVP OF DEVELOPMENT
Multitasker, team player, experience-driven, fast learner, problem-solving person, Justin loves working in dynamic fast-growing environments. He’s passionate about product management and leading the development of B2B and B2C SaaS products.

Carolina Schneider

CAROLINA SCHNEIDER

VP OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Experienced Professional with a diverse background in project management, logistics, finance, operations, international business, and internal audit. Six Sigma.

Krista Zuber

KRISTA ZUBER

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Experienced marketing and advertising professional, Krista has been a senior copywriter, and served as creative director, coordinating projects between copy, design, and the account team.

OUR ADVISORY

GLENN GOTTFRIED

GLENN GOTTFRIED

BOARD OF DIRECTOR
Mr. Gottfried is a highly accomplished executive and board member who identifies teams and business models that have the opportunity to disrupt the markets that they serve.

GLENN GOTTFRIED

CHUCK PERUCHINI

CO-FOUNDER & COO/CFO
Over the past 23 years in professional services, Chuck has been widely regarded for creating a proprietary and state of the art strategy for the sale of professional services.

The Catalyzers Podcast with Mark Russell

The Catalyzers Podcast

Digital transformation expert, Mark Russell, speaks with true Catalyzers – the people who drive change in positive, profound and meaningful ways. If you aspire to be courageous, to do things differently, or to change things for the better, this must-hear podcast will inspire you with stories and actionable takeaways so you, too, can become a Catalyzer. Listen to The Catalyzers Podcast

We exist to make employees, customers and business partners exponentially smarter, genuinely connected and profoundly productive. 

We can connect your workforce, accelerate sales, enhance learning, and integrate solutions.

Let us show you how great Cardware™ is for  communicating and easily sharing content with your employees, customers, partners, and suppliers on any device. Let us help you transform your information into knowledge.