Our Team

Dave Bowen1

Dave

Chairman & CEO

Dave Bowen is the Chairman & CEO of Purchasing Platform. Prior to joining Purchasing Platform, the e-Marketplace for Procurement, Dave was Founder & CEO of MM4, a next-generation eSourcing technology company that he, along with two co-founders, sold to Xchanging in 2013 for $22M USD. Following the acquisition, Bowen remained CEO of MM4 while assuming the additional role of Country Manager, Americas for Xchanging – a FTSE listed global UK company where he acted as an ambassador for all of the company’s business activities in the region.

Dave sits on the Boards of three Chicago-area companies (NeonCRM, LCP360, and Ayuda Rehab & Wellness) and has an avidity for charity work, including his position as President of the Board of Directors of the Justin Wynn Fund. He has won a number of executive leadership awards including “CEO of the Year” in the CEO World Awards, a Bronze winner in the “Executive of the Year” category for the Best in Biz Awards, North America, and a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Bowen is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Ellie, and two daughters, Siena & Maia.

Gabi Gergely

Gabi

VP, Engineering

Gabi is the VP of Engineering at Purchasing Platform. She oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of talented engineers to keep Purchasing Platform among the front-runners of the industry. With a background in economics and computer science, Gabi brings a unique understanding of business models and technical challenges to the table. When she is not coding, Gabi enjoys experimenting with pastry recipes in the kitchen. Her food tastes amazing.

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Tom

Director of Tactical Procurement & Vendor Acquisition

Tom brings to Purchasing Platform a combination of proven purchasing aptitude, knowledge of the industry’s inner workings, and a commitment to customer success. His most recent endeavor was leading procurement initiatives at Equity Residential. He has gathered eight plus years of experience in strategic sourcing and is now ready to bring all of that together in order to track down the best quotes for the clients of Purchasing Platform! Tom tackles our Buying Desk Request forms like a pro Rugby player, which happens to be his favorite sport to follow. By comparison to everyone else in the office, Tom is the least horrible one to have as a sibling.

Mike VonLunen

Mike

VP, Business Development

Since trading a wall of computer screens for an entrepreneurial career outside of the derivatives markets, Mike has played a key role in starting and building companies. His Business Development experience spans sales, marketing, operations and finance from small business to major e-commerce players. Mike concentrates on building the Purchasing Platform membership and growing monthly participation. He holds a BS in Business-Finance from the University of Utah, an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and is an alum of Startup Institute Chicago. Mike has been a professional downhill skier since he was 5. He is a proud Utoid.

Ansel

Ansel

Vendor Relations Manager

Having left academia with a degree in English literature, theatre arts and history; Ansel found that communications and customer service were what he had been training for all along! He still has an active career as a theatre professional, but Purchasing Platform, the e-Marketplace for Procurement gives him a place to help people find and get what they need with a human, possibly whimsical touch. Ansel is an alumnus of Beloit College and has studied at Loyola University in Chicago and The University of York in the UK. He is known to the podcasting world for his work on Our Fair City and Starlight Radio Dreams. His facial hair game is on point.

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Kate

Member Services & Marketing Manager

With a face for radio and a passion for life, Kate is used to tackling any trouble and having fun along the way. Her work in the Chicago Theatre scene has taught her the value of excellent people and problem-solving skills (as well as sword fighting) and she is happy to bring a smile to the face whenever she can. She believes in having courage and being kind… and what better place to do so than with Member Services and on Social Media? Kate holds a BFA from Northern Illinois University and has studied with the Moscow Art Theatre School.

Konstantin Ivanov

Konstantin

Senior Software Engineer

Konstantin began to study programing when he was 14 years old. He likes to trace his mind to find out how the human brain solves tasks. In this way, programming became a way to know himself. He has been working with small teams on the enterprising level, as well as private projects, and his contributions range from developing components for ERP systems to entire web applications. He believes that programming (and software) is hardware-psychology, or “psychology of the machines.” He enjoys playing piano, and it is even a little bit good when he has had enough time to practice.

Nik Katalnikov1

Nik

Senior Software Engineer

Software engineer, functional programming enthusiast, math lover.

Nik graduated with his MSc in CS and MA in History. He manages to help keep Purchasing Platform up and running even from his overseas post. His major interests in the world of programming are software architecture, functional programming, Haskell, high-load and distributed applications, data analysis, optimisations, product design (including front-end development). Outside of programming, Nik is fascinated by the following: modern math, Greek and Byzantine history, neoplatonism, buddhism, classic music, poetry, and sports.