Our team

When guiding values meet passionate people
When guiding values meet passionate people

We’re a team of hard-hitters with vast experience in design, AI, additive manufacturing and blockchain technology. Guided by our core values, we’ve put together a group of ferociously passionate people looking to make a true impact on the world.

Neil Patel

CEO and Founder

Neil Patel

CEO and Founder

An experienced technology entrepreneur with a background in real estate, Neil has founded a number of businesses in Canada and overseas. Neil has been a founding CEO for over 20 years and board member of various public and private companies in the UK, Canada and Australia. Neil successfully completed a two public listings and raised $25M. Currently Kabuni is a privately held company shaping the future of additive manufacturing to scale ideas on demand.

Jim Hourigan

COO

Jim Hourigan

COO

Jim has served in executive positions with a series of ecommerce, consumer and medical device companies including BuildDirect, A. H. Robins, Medline, London International and A.C. Nielsen. Jim's educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the State University of New York, and certification through executive education programs at INSEAD University in Paris and Ashridge Business School in London.

Darren Battersby

Chief Financial Officer

Darren Battersby

Chief Financial Officer

Darren has held key roles in a number of growing and developing companies both in the public and private enterprises. Darren’s experience is primarily within the financing, structuring and operating of start up and growing companies, and spans a variety of industries such as software development, biotech, entertainment and high tech. 

Parminder Virk P. Eng.

Head Of Additive Manufacturing

Parminder Virk P. Eng.

Head Of Additive Manufacturing

Parminder Virk is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur who has executive experience in the technology sector and has worked in both small and large enterprises. Special expertise in creating distributed development teams, high tech facilities and negotiating transfer of intellectual property.

Ezequiel Piraino

Creative Director

Ezequiel Piraino

Creative Director

Eze is a Graphic Designer with 10 years of experience gained by working in design agencies and freelancing for dozens of companies. After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires, Eze has established strong skills ranging from visual design to brand development. In particular, these skills include branding, UI/UX, website and mobile app design, motion graphics and animation design in 2D.

Proposed Directors

Neil Patel

CEO and Founder

An experienced technology entrepreneur with a background in real estate, Neil has founded a number of businesses in Canada and overseas. Neil has been a founding CEO for over 20 years and board member of various public and private companies in the UK, Canada and Australia. Neil successfully completed a two public listings and raised $25M. Currently Kabuni is a privately held company shaping the future of additive manufacturing to scale ideas on demand.

Jeff Booth

Executive Chairman

Jeff co-founded BuildDirect.com and led the company through various iterations to over $500 million market capitalization. He led the company through a transition from an e-commerce company to a platform company using first party data to create AI and Machine learning to build a more efficient networked supply chain for both buyers and sellers.

John F. Hornick

Board Member

As a counselor and litigator with the Finnegan IP law firm (one of the largest IP firms in the world), John has well over 30 years of experience advising top companies on every aspect of protecting, commercializing, and enforcing their IP.  He is also an internationally recognized thought leader in the 3D printing industry, founder of Finnegan’s 3D printing practice, and author of the award-winning book, 3D Printing Will Rock the World.  He was the only IP attorney selected by the U.S.

Tal Ball

Board Member

Tal Ball joined BuildDirect as Chief Technology Officer in 2014. In this role, he leads the company’s technology team, focused on designing, building and operating the marketplace platform. He brings over 25 years of experience spanning both entrepreneurial startups and large organizations.  In addition, Tal is currently serving as an Advisor to SingularityNET Foundation, where the team is creating a decentralized AI economy that uses blockchain to distribute trust and value across a network of intelligent agents.

Shannon Susko

Board Member

Shannon has 18 years of experience leading financial technology services companies in North America. Her technical expertise is coupled with extensive sales, marketing and operations experience. Shannon has served on for-profit and not-for-profit boards at a regional, national and international level. 

Jim Hourigan

COO

Jim has served in executive positions with a series of ecommerce, consumer and medical device companies including BuildDirect, A. H. Robins, Medline, London International and A.C. Nielsen. Jim's educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Dallas, a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the State University of New York, and certification through executive education programs at INSEAD University in Paris and Ashridge Business School in London.

Advisory Board

Dean Sutton

CEO and Chairman, BlockTech Ventures Inc.

Mr. Sutton has over a decade of direct experience as a technology entrepreneur and founder, with a focus on commercialization and the intersection of venture capital, technology and public-private markets. Always focused on emerging technology, he has been in the digital asset industry since 2014 when he started in digital mining and working with teams to develop decentralized technologies.