Industry Leaders in Vending, Web and Mobile Product Development, and IoT
Mandeep co-founded Cantaloupe Systems and is the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for setting Cantaloupe Systems’ overall direction and product strategy.
Mandeep’s favorite vending snack is Peanut M&Ms.
Born into a family in the vending business, Mandeep stocked his first vending machine when he was 13, and has never stopped trying to make the industry smarter, faster, and better. Today, he and the Cantaloupe Systems team are helping vending machine operators optimize their business operations through innovative technologies and services, including wireless communications and cloud-based applications.
While keeping his hand in vending through his family’s business, Mandeep began his entrepreneurial career with a website development business started while in high school. Mandeep met his Cantaloupe Systems co-founder, Anant Agrawal, at UCLA, and immediately found common ground in their shared interest in entrepreneurship and technology.
Mandeep has had a variety of relevant work experience, including Work Life and Cisco Systems. While working with these companies, Mandeep had the opportunity to research, analyze, and improve data-driven service offerings, while also gaining knowledge in testing and quality assurance in software and hardware. His experience at Cisco in particular gave Mandeep an appreciation for network connectivity that helped shape his vision for Cantaloupe Systems. What he learned through his online service experience with these companies contributed to Mandeep’s creation of Cantaloupe Systems’ innovative, web-connected vending solutions designed to lift vending from a plodding, best-guess industry to a more precise, technology-driven undertaking.
Mandeep earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from UCLA.
Anant co-founded Cantaloupe Systems and is the company’s President and Chief Revenue Officer. As President and CRO, Anant is responsible for the company’s revenue strategy, worldwide business development, marketing, sales, consulting and customer support.
Anant’s favorite vending snack is Twix.
Anant is responsible for the company’s revenue strategy, worldwide business development, marketing, sales, consulting and customer support. Anant’s love of entrepreneurship began in high school, with his computer-building business and when he entered UCLA, Anant interned at technology-focused venture capital firms throughout his college years.
Anant met Mandeep at UCLA, where they discovered their shared interest in technology and its application to business ideas. This fortuitous friendship also began Anant’s education in, and passion for, vending. Upon graduation, the two entrepreneurs set out on a three-week trek through India where, as a sidelight to their journey, they began to brainstorm specific business ideas, and Cantaloupe Systems was conceived. Anant gave up a full time offer at a VC firm to devote his efforts to building the new company, and he hasn’t looked back. He credits his early experiences in technology design, sourcing, business development and manufacturing as a major factor in the growth and development of Cantaloupe Systems.
Anant has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. Economics from UCLA.
As Chief Financial Officer, Foster is responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, supply chain management and business operations.
Foster’s favorite vending snack is Nestle 100 Grand.
Foster has over 10 years of experience across consulting, finance & high growth technology companies. Prior to joining Cantaloupe Systems, Foster was the VP of Business Operations and Customer Success at HackerOne, a fast growing enterprise SaaS company in the security industry. Before that, he was the Head of Business Operations and Strategy at Demandforce, which was a marketing automation SaaS company and acquired by Intuit for 425 million dollars.
Foster has a MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UCLA.
As Senior VP of Business Development, Mike is responsible for leveraging Cantaloupe’s core technologies to open up new markets and distribution channels.
Mike’s favorite vending snack is Nestle Crunch.
Mike is Philadelphia born and New Jersey raised where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University. During his 25+ year career in Information Technology, Mike has held numerous executive positions. Early in his career, Mike served as VP and GM for Bell Atlantic’s Business Systems Services group responsible for the mid-Atlantic region. Further experience was gained as VP of Sales and Marketing at Mitel Corporation and as COO and Division President at Numerex Corp, a leading provider of M2M solutions. In addition to large company experience, Mike also worked in a number of technology start-ups including TManage, Inc, a provider of large-scale telecommuting management services and, most recently, Illuminate360, a cloud-based advanced analytics provider.
Mike currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and youngest daughter.
Mark is Vice President of VMS (Vending Management Systems). He is responsible for the continued improvement of Cantaloupe’s route accounting solutions and working with vending, coffee service, and distribution companies to ensure a smooth, easy implementation, ongoing support and customer relations.
Mark’s favorite vending snack food is pastry.
Born into the business, Mark has a long history of innovation in the vending industry. Working for his father in 1978, Mark developed the first vending software for Microcomputers in the vending industry using the Radio Shack Model 1 computer to help his family’s business control some of its operations. Soon thereafter, and with inquiries from other vending companies, Mark and his father developed a flexible system to accommodate the many different ways vending operators run their companies.
In 1982 CompuVend Systems was formed and they took a booth at the NAMA show and sold 3 systems. Since those early days, CompuVend Systems continued to enhance its features and capabilities introducing new technologies as they became available. Mark helped pioneer the first vending management system available on an IBM PC, originally running DOS and later the first version of Windows. Mark, along with other members of the CompuVend staff were the first to develop an interface to coin counting equipment in the early 80s and the first to utilize hand held computers on the routes and in the warehouse in the late 80s. They were also the first to introduce barcode scanning to easily track and reconcile inventory.
As a member of the NAMA working committee, Mark was involved in the early DEX specifications released in the mid-90s and later helped on the update of those specifications. Using these specifications, Mark and his staff pioneered the implementation of DEX into their hand held computer program. Later, Mark was asked to be on the NAMA VDI working committee whose responsibility was to develop the specifications to transmit data between vending equipment and computers (commonly known as telemetry).
In the late 90s and early 2000’s Mark, Alan, James Fabacher and the rest of the staff developed and introduced the first low cost telemetry device for vending called BuzzBox. BuzzBox provided curbside polling to let the driver know in real time what they needed to bring in and stock the machines.
CompuVend Systems was acquired by Cantaloupe Systems in 2014 to add the experience and resources of the CompuVend Systems staff. Throughout Mark’s time running CompuVend the company continued to develop easy to use solutions for the difficult task of running vending, coffee service, and food service companies. Mark’s focus was and still is on the customer, working with the entire Cantaloupe Systems staff to make sure customer’s questions or issues are taken care of quickly and in an easy to understand manner.
Mark earned a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University.
Tammy is Vice President of Engineering and CSO at Cantaloupe Systems, responsible for the hardware and software in Cantaloupe’s product suite. She also oversees the company’s compliance and security and IT systems.
Hostess Cupcakes are Tammy’s favorite vending snack… but just the icing off the top.
Tammy has held a number of executive and management roles over the past 15 years, including vice president of engineering at Encanto Networks Inc., vice president of engineering at E-Color Inc. and vice president of product development for the Americas at Weathernews.com. More recently, Tammy was the vice president of engineering for the open source software company Untangle, Inc.
Tammy earned a B.A. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, graduating cum laude, and attended the Executive MBA summer program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Tammy served as a charter member and advisor to Dare 2B Digital Conference, and currently volunteers with the Silicon Valley Code Camp.
Justin manages Product Management and User Experience. Justin and his team work with vending operators to identify needed products and features, and then they partner with Cantaloupe Systems’ engineering team to bring those products and features to market.
Justin’s favorite vending snack is pretzels.
Prior to joining Cantaloupe Systems, Justin was Senior Product Manager at Splunk, a big data analytics software company, where he started Splunk’s Application Management offerings and was responsible for Splunk’s app store and product-to-web integration. Justin’s experience also includes 11 years with Microsoft, where he was Group Product Manager for MSDN and TechNet and also led the PM team for Microsoft’s Server Management Products. Before Microsoft, Justin ran web development and datacenter operations at Stockpoint.com (now part of News Corp), and was one of the first software developers at Ask Jeeves.
Justin has a B.A. in English and Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.
Igor leads Cantaloupe Systems’ SaaS development and QA teams. He is responsible for the continuing improvement of Seed web and mobile ecosystem as well as the strategic direction of Cantaloupe software technology.
Igor’s prefers Nature Valley crunchy granola bars but will settle for Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies.
Igor has over 20 years of experience building business processes automation and content management systems. Igor brings a decade of practice managing local and offshore engineering teams in dynamic startup environment. At Klamr, an early-stage social and mobile startup, Igor led development of the company’s content acquisition and analysis platform. Before joining Klamr, Igor led the content applications development team at Gracenote, one of the world’s largest entertainment content providers. Prior to Gracenote, Igor held a number of Software Architect positions including Pharmacy Systems Architect at Longs Drugs, a leading US pharmacy retailer.
Igor earned his B.S. in Computer Science from NYU-Poly and his MBA from John F. Kennedy University.
Elyssa serves as the Director of Marketing at Cantaloupe Systems. Elyssa and her team are responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies to strengthen the company’s demand generation, marketing communications and product marketing initiatives.
Elyssa’s favorite vending snack is a York Peppermint Pattie.
Elyssa Allahyar-Steiner joined the industry in 2010, but her roots would say that it was certainly in her blood. Growing up as the daughter of Chris Allahyar, vice president of vending for AdvancePierre Foods, Allahyar-Steiner found her place into a new segment within the vending and refreshment industry, Micro-Markets.
Allahyar-Steiner received her bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Washington, and began working for a local micro market technology provider in the greater Seattle, WA area. Within her first two years, she excelled into the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Avanti Markets Inc.
In 2013, Allahyar-Steiner was voted 2013 Automatic Merchandiser Readers’ Choice Manufacturer Representative of the Year, becoming one of the youngest people to achieve this level of recognition. In 2014, Allahyar-Steiner excitingly accepted the request for her to stand on NAMA’s Government Affairs Committee, becoming the first ELN (Emerging Leaders Network) Member to participate in this committee. Throughout all of her involvement, she achieved another milestone in 2014 by obtaining her master’s degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University.
In 2015, Allahyar-Steiner was selected as one of NAMA’s scholarship recipients for the NAMA Executive Development Program, and had the opportunity to learn from professors and industry executives through an intense development program at MSU. She continued to expand her involvement in the industry and was selected to serve as ELN Vice Chair for the 2015 – 2016 NAMA calendar year; she stepped into the Chair role for the 2016 – 2017 term to continue her efforts in supporting the growth of young professionals in the refreshment services industry.
Elyssa currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband, Cody, and two dogs, Lea and Turbo.