Rick L. Spickelmier (510) 883-9459
1215 Oregon Street, Berkeley, CA  94702 ricks at spickelmier dot com


Architecture or technology leadership role (Chief Technology Officer, Chief Architect, VP/Director of Technology/Engineering) in a small high technology company located in San Francisco or the East Bay.


Strong technical leadership across various leading edge technologies, including Java (J2SE/J2EE), web services, enterprise architectures, hosting, and database management systems.  Strong experience in evaluating and using open source technology.  Experience from an individual contributor to managing a small engineering organization. Strong skills in effectively communicating technology and architecture, both internal and external to the company.


  • Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley, California, December 1989
  • M.S.: University of California, Berkeley, California, June 1983
  • B.S.: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, June 1981
    • Major: Electrical Engineering


Success Metrics, San Francisco, CA.  6/2006 - present.

Success Metrics provides analytic applications that turn raw business data into the actions that drive results. By uniquely combining business visibility with in-depth best practice analysis and prescriptive insight, Success Metrics is able to systematically deliver unparalleled insight into the optimal actions for each employee - enabling rapid increases in effectiveness throughout the organization. 

  • 6/2006 - present: Chief Technology Officer
    • Responsible for the design, development, testing, and delivery of the Success Metrics product suite.

Geac Computer Corporation/Extensity, Emeryville, CA.  3/2003 - 4/2006.

Geac is a global enterprise software company for business performance management. The company provides more than 18,000 customers worldwide, including approximately 40% of the Fortune 100, with the core financial and operational solutions and services to improve their business performance in real time. Geac collaborates with existing and prospective customers through a network of approximately 2,500 professionals in 55 locations worldwide. 

  • 12/2005 - 4/2006: Senior Director of Engineering, Expense Management (Extensity)
    • Responsible for the design, development, testing, and delivery of the Geac Expense Management (Extensity) product suite.
    • Managing a team of 30 people (in the US and India)
  • 3/2003 - 4/2006: Senior Director for Technology, Member of the Office of the CTO.
    • Responsible for the architecture and technology of the Geac Expense Management (Extensity) product suite.
    • Investigate relevant technologies, propose, and/or prototype their use within Geac. This included the use of open source technology.
    • Technology and architecture evaluation in M&A activities.
    • Architectural and Hosting consultant for other divisions within Geac.
    • Represent the Geac technology and architecture to partners, prospects, and customers. 

    Major Accomplishments:

    • Technical due diligence and transition support for the successful $50M Geac acquisition of Comshare.
    • Organized and ran the first Geac World-Wide developers conference.
    • Member of the team that developed selection criteria, evaluated, and then selected offshoring partners for two engineering groups with Geac.
    • Extensity 6.5 (first release with an HTML client, using a leading edge J2EE framework).

Extensity Incorporated, Emeryville, CA.  7/1998 - 3/2003.

Extensity is a leading provider of Employee Relationship Management (ERM) solutions -- ERM helps enterprises control costs and improve employee effectiveness, enabling every employee to have a positive impact on the bottom line. The Extensity ERM suite automates employee-based financial processes, including business travel and expense reporting, billable and payroll time capture and procurement, in a single, consolidated solution that provides efficiency, control, and effectiveness through analytics. Extensity has licensed more than 1,000,000 seats worldwide to companies like Allianz, A.T. Kearney, Aventis, Cisco Systems, Merck, and Office Depot.

  • 8/2000 - 3/2003: Chief Technology Officer and Chief Architect
    • Responsible for the architecture and technology of the Extensity product suite.
    • Coordinate the activities of the architects across the company.
    • Investigate relevant technologies, propose, and/or prototype their use within the product suite.
    • Technology and architecture evaluation in M&A activities.

    Major Accomplishments:

    • Technical due diligence and transition support for the successful $47M Geac acquisition of Extensity.
    • Overall architect for Extensity 5.X and 6.X (6.0 being the first release to use J2EE and J2SE).

  • 7/1998 - 8/2000: Server Architect
    • Responsible for the architecture of the Extensity application server and integrating it with external systems.
    • Responsible for evaluating new technologies for integration within the Extensity product suite.

    Major Accomplishments:

    • Member of a small tiger team that rewrote substantial portions of the Extensity product for release 3.0.

Objectivity Incorporated, Mountain View, CA.  9/1990 - 7/1998.

Objectivity, Inc. is the leading provider of high performance, scalable object databases with unrivaled support for mixed-language development and distributed, mixed-hardware environments. Objectivity boosts developer productivity, shortens time to market, and provides the ideal platform for mission-critical applications requiring continuous performance and adaptability to future technologies. Objectivity's customers include CUNA Mutual, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Qualcomm, Fisher-Rosemount, TRW, Nortel, NEC, and numerous government and academic research institutions.

  • 12/1997 - 7/1998: Director of Engineering / Manager of Database Kernel Development
    • Responsible for all facets of engineering (development, testing, documentation, release management) for Version 5.0 of Objectivity/DB and maintenance versions of older releases.
    • Directly managed the development of the database engine.
  • 8/1996 - 8/1997: Director of Engineering, Aziza, a division of Objectivity
    • Designed and implemented the Aziza Enterprise Web Content Manager.
  • 9/1990 - 12/1997: Various Management Positions
    • Product responsibilities during that time included:
      • Windows and Macintosh versions of the Objectivity/DB.
      • Objectivity/DB programming interfaces and tools.
      • Porting and internationalization of Objectivity/DB.
      • Performance analysis and optimization.
    • Designed and implemented the Berkeley Oct data management and the CAD Framework Initiative Design Representation interfaces on top of Objectivity/DB.

Electronics Research Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA.  9/1981 - 8/1990.

  • 8/1988 - 8/1990: Manager, IC CAD Framework Development
    • Managed the development of the Berkeley IC CAD Framework.
    • Managed the distribution and support of the Oct Tools IC CAD software distribution. Editor for the documentation.
    • University of California at Berkeley representative to various funding agencies, industrial consortia, and standards bodies dealing with IC CAD frameworks.
    • Received University Management and Professional Program Incentive award.
  • 9/1981 - 8/1988: Research Assistant for Professor A. Richard Newton
    • Developed a knowledge-based program to find errors in circuit designs.
    • Developed a program to compare circuit schematics (graph comparison).
    • Developed a framework for integrating IC CAD tools.

Tektronix Incorporated, Beaverton, OR.  Summers 1978 - 1984.

  • Summers 1978 - 1984
    • Worked in the MOS Design, IC CAD, and Silicon Tools Groups on various IC CAD projects.
    • Projects included: quad-tree binning for a graphics editor, NMOS standard cell library design, and IC process parameter storage, analysis, and display.



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  • Scuba Diving
  • Cooking
  • Home Automation



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