The Envisage Executive Leadership Team
Founder & CEO, ENVISAGE Technologies
Ari Vidali is the founder and CEO of Envisage Technologies, a unique software company developing training and compliance ecosystems for Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Military professionals. Envisage is the sixth high-tech enterprise for which Vidali has served as the lead founder and visionary. His current work spans a host of interconnected disciplines: next-generation training/learning architectures, cloud-based learning, social media applied to public safety, automation of high-liability training, complex logistics management, operational automation and pervasive readiness technologies.
During his 20-year career, Vidali has been instrumental in developing innovative readiness strategies for Military, Public Safety and Law Enforcement commands. As a visionary, inventor, frequent speaker and award-winning writer on the subjects of technology in support of readiness, he has been featured in numerous national and international publications. He is an acting committee member for the National Congress for Secure Communities, a technology advisory board member of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), and an advisory board member for the Bloomington Technology Partnership.
Vidali founded iFORCES (Institute For Operational Readiness and Continuous Education in Security), a unique, nationwide public- and private-sector consortium. The group is dedicated to practical scientific research into the application of effective practices, next-generation methodologies, and continuous learning and performance technologies for the acceleration of Security, Law Enforcement, First Responder and Military readiness.
His interviews and articles have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Indianapolis Star, The Herald Times, RIS Media, PC Week, Inc. Magazine, ZD NET, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, and NATO IOS Press.
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
David has over thirty years of experience as an entrepreneur and/or financier of entrepreneurial companies. After graduate school, David started his professional career as a Division Controller of MiniScribe Corporation in Longmont Colorado and worked for MiniScribe, a disk drive manufacturing and distribution company, in various corporate finance capacities until the Company was purchased by Maxtor Corporation in 1990. In 1991, David co-founded ECOMED, Inc., a medical device company in Indianapolis Indiana where he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer until the firm was sold to Steris Corporation in 1996. In 1998, David co-founded COMMAND Equity Group, which was a boutique venture capital management firm, and has ten years’ experience investing in early stage technology companies. David joined ENVISAGE in 2003 and led the initial capitalization, and is responsible for the Company’s financial direction, strategic planning and business development.
Concurrent with his executive position with ENVISAGE, David also holds an appointment as Clinical Professor with the Kelley School of Business where he is honored as the Peterson Faculty Fellow in Investment Banking. David also serves as a board member of ConsulTech Technologies and Bloomington Paws, both in Bloomington Indiana. David’s experiences also include operating as a principal in oil & gas exploration and production, wastewater management, and information technology. David also has experience serving as a financial consultant to owner-managers of middle-market companies, which includes operating as a lead financial advisor in merger and acquisition transactions.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, a Masters in Business Administration, and Jurisprudence Doctorate, all from the Kelley School and Indiana University.
Chief Operations Officer
Michelle Cole joined Envisage in September of 2006, putting 16 years of expanding responsibilities with software development immediately to benefit on the company’s behalf. Many of the most important transitions in the recent history of Envisage bear her mark: Under her direction, the company has become more client-focused, more agile in analysis and software delivery, and more adept at delivering unparalleled client service.
Cole is especially skilled in transitioning development teams from traditional waterfall methodology (linear, stage-by-stage development) to agile methodology (which relies heavily on flexibility and adaptability). Under her direction, all aspects of product development at Envisage are improved, including analysis, development, automated testing, exploratory testing and implementation. The end result of her work is evident to Envisage clients daily, as they capitalize on the company’s improved efficiency and product delivery.
Cole previously worked in senior-level management roles at software companies including Landata Systems (a division of Stewart Title), Duration Software and iProperty.com. She has directed teams of more than 100 professionals and managed budgets in excess of $12 million.
Cole earned a Master in Business Administration degree in Information Technology from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University.