Management Team

Mark Gianinni

Mark Gianinni

CEO, Co-Founder and Director

Mark provides the vision and innovation that is the engine of Accel’s success. His ability to recognize market needs and deliver solutions has been evident throughout his career.

More than 25 years ago, Mark co-founded Home Cinema, Inc., the first company to bring to market a “video store within a store” concept. He later founded Strand Communications, Inc. (SCI), which provided a single gateway for multiple disparate systems within hospital environments.

After selling SCI in 1989, Mark founded Datalinc to pursue using satellite as a broad medium for communications applications. It was the first independent shared VSAT (Very small aperture terminal) hub in the U.S., providing a VSAT platform to numerous Fortune 500 companies.

In 1994, Mark recognized that an online data communication network was a natural and necessary progression for retail, where the use of multiple dial-up lines for various countertop point-of-sale devices and back office applications was the rule.

In April 1998, Datalinc changed its name to ThruComm and began to pursue the market for an end-to-end managed network solution for retail and EFT businesses. Mark then went on to develop the concept for Accel Networks, which he co-founded in 2002.

Elaine Healy

Elaine Healy

President, COO, Co-Founder and Director

Elaine is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including management of sales, marketing and all aspects of operations at Accel.

Prior to co-founding Accel Networks in 2002, Elaine was formerly executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of ThruComm, Inc. Her career has focused on the private equity markets, as she spent 18 years as a private equity investor.

From May 1993 to July 2001, Elaine was managing director, private investments of Pecks Management Partners Ltd., during which time she invested over $200 million in 25 transactions as lead investor and served on numerous boards.

Previously, Elaine was a general partner of Quantum Partners Ltd., a venture capital partnership, where she was associated for eight years. She also served two years as vice president of The Revere Fund, Inc., a public closed-end investment fund.

Erin Kappiris

Erin Kappiris

VP Finance

Erin joined Accel Networks in 2009 to assume responsibility for financial and asset management, as well as human resources.

Prior to joining Accel, Erin was chief financial officer of a private high school. Between 1999 and 2006, she held a number of senior product management positions in early stage technology companies including Cybear, where she was responsible for integrating the physicians’ online POL, acquisitions, and the first web-based physician desktop.

During her tenure at Cybear, she managed online and telemarketing sales to physician offices for Andrx, growing the revenue to $20m annually. After that, Erin was vice president at ICOM Group and responsible for developing business opportunities to leverage ICOM’s investments in web development, telecom and call center capabilities.

Erin spent the prior 12 years in financial management positions at free-standing and hospital-based home care agencies, including nine years in executive operations positions.

Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker

Director of Channel Sales

Chris is responsible for supporting channel partners in the southern U.S. He brings 17 years of telecommunication experience in both direct and indirect sales to Accel.

Prior to joining Accel, Chris was a national channel manager with Comcast Business, selling large coax and enterprise/ethernet solutions. Before his telecom career, he was in the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman for 10 years.

Greg Franzen

Greg Franzen

Director of Channel Sales

Greg is responsible for supporting and growing Accel’s strategic and wholesale partner business within the U.S.

Prior to joining Accel, Greg spent 10 years with PAETEC Communications and five years with Windstream after they acquired PAETEC in 2011. Greg held various channel and sales management roles within the Mid-Atlantic region during those years. Most recently at Windstream, Greg held the role of senior manager, channel sales seven years before joining Accel.

Joey Galvez

Joey Galvez

Senior Enterprise Account Manager

Joey is responsible for enterprise account sales / business development activities to direct enterprise accounts.

Prior to joining Accel, Joey was an account director with Level 3 Communications, with increasing responsibilities, until leaving to join Accel. Previous assignments include enterprise account management responsibilities with AT&T, Global Crossing, XO Communications, and MCI Worldcom.

Joey has more than 17 years of direct strategic account sales experience in complex WAN data, DIA, SIP, MPLS, voice, infrastructure, conferencing, CDN and now, fixed wireless solutions with some of America’s most respected companies.

Tim Hennen

Tim Hennen

North American Services Sales Director, Sierra Wireless

Tim is the head of sales for all Sierra Wireless services in North America.

A specialist in B2B applications, Tim has an extensive experience in the cellular space, having worked with many leading solution providers.

Prior to joining Sierra Networks, Tim held leadership roles at 7Layers and Telit Wireless Solutions, two leading companies in the IoT space.