Meet the Team
Mike Muhney, CEO & Co-Founder
Mike is the CEO and Co-Founder of VIPorbit Software International. He was also the Co-Founder and Co-Inventor of ACT!™, the top-rated, best-selling contact management software for Mac and Windows first released in 1987. ACT! is credited with creating the Contact Management category and for being the catalyst for the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry. Mike began his career at IBM. It was there that he discovered the value of developing more effective relationships. His entire career has been devoted to cultivating the highest quality relationships. His inherent understanding of the value of sustainable relationships, a love for technology and a frustration with the industry offerings that work on his Apple devices inspired him to co-found VIPorbit Software International, Inc. to fill the gap in providing the best contact management software for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Something most people don’t know about Mike: He was named best-dressed of his High School Senior Class. He has since retired his ascot and peacoat.
Mike’s first concert: The Doors in Chicago, IL, 1967. Can you imagine the smell in that stadium?
Mike’s favorite quote: “Every attempt does not produce a hit, and every hit does not produce a home run. But EVERY home run is the result of both an attempt and a hit.” Mike has a few home runs to his credit, and VIPorbit could be the next. Batter up!
Max Pucher, CTO & Co-Founder
Max is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of VIPorbit Software International, Inc. As Chief Technology Officer, Max brings rich experience of simplifying complex technologies in the enterprise arena, along with a profound understanding of people over process. He has authored a number of books and holds various patents in machine learning technology. He began his career with IBM in Europe and during his 15-year career he served in engineering, consulting and sales positions in Europe and the Middle East. He is the also the founder of ISIS Papyrus Software, an enterprise solutions company he founded in 1988, headquartered in Vienna, Austria. His passion is designing technology that empowers humans.
Something most people don’t know about Max: He competed in ballroom dancing, recorded two instrumental albums and wrote two novels. Wow - his left brain and right brain are both working overtime!
Max’s first concert: Deep Purple, 1972 at London's Rainbow Theatre. Hmm, maybe that’s where the VIPorbit logo got its color?
Max’s favorite quote: “We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw. That is why Max continues to play as he architects the future of VIPorbit."
Kristi Kuykendall, VP Product Management & Co-Founder
Kristi has spent the better part of her career working for startup companies in the contact management and customer relationship management space, contributing to growth of the companies from the infancy stage to acquisition and IPO. Prior to joining VIPorbit Software International, Inc., Kristi worked for Contact Software International, the original makers of ACT!™, and SalesLogix Corporation (now Sage Solutions). Her passion is rooted in the development of customer-centric software.
She holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University.
Favorite Concert: Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Bonnie Raitt at Wembley Stadium in the UK. As a Texan, she may have been the only one in the stadium who knew every word to the Bonnie Raitt songs.
Favorite Quote: “You can fix ugly, but you can’t fix stupid.” She is officially a redneck geek!"
Worst Job: Working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitoring fish tanks. She declines to comment on the amount of taxpayer dollars wasted on the water bill from overflowing the tanks. No fish were harmed, however.
There is also a team of dedicated engineers, marketers, and service and support experts working behind the scenes to help you make the most of your investment in VIPorbit products and services.