Lee Harrison founded Thru, Inc., in 2002 with an obsession to design a comprehensive solution for business file transfer needs. A seasoned executive with over two decades of management experience in technology companies, he guided the implementation of Thru’s robust cloud-based enterprise software. With his background in operations, financial control, engineering, sales and team leadership, Mr. Harrison led Thru into Gartner’s magic quadrant and Cool Vendor status. Mr. Harrison’s past roles include Director of Operations at Southwest Teleproductions, where he guided the company through 40 consecutive profitable quarters. As Founder and CEO of I/O Partners, Inc., he drove the company to become the largest Systems Integrator (SI) for Discreet (a division of Autodesk). Within two years under his leadership, I/O Partners earned $27 million in revenue and in 2000 was named the 49th fastest growing entrepreneurial company in the U.S.
When not developing current and new ventures, Mr. Harrison enjoys golf, snow and water skiing with his wife and two daughters.
Sergey Arutiunov is a member of the Thru founding team and serves as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Arutiunov has over 20 years experience in software design and engineering management, with the last 15+ years in Silicon Valley, and collaborated with large technology and content companies such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Disney. In his current role, he is responsible for development of all Thru client, server and network technologies, products and cloud services. Prior to joining Thru, Mr. Arutiunov was a leader of a number of software engineering teams in Silicon Graphics in the areas of digital media file management, internet infrastructure applications, and computer graphics. He also worked on a number of artificial intelligence applications in diverse areas.
Mr. Arutiunov holds a Master degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Moscow University.
As CFOO, Lindy Manuel plays an integral role in formulating, directing and managing the company’s business model, as well as developing and implementing strategic plans. In addition, he oversees the financial health of the company, which includes supervising company-wide management, financial and operational matters. Mr. Manuel has over 30 years of experience across numerous technology companies. His background includes project management of multi-million dollar implementations in Fortune 100 companies, global operations management, national account sales of several breakthrough technologies and work with corporate CEOs to drive company turnarounds. Mr. Manuel has held a variety of roles including President, CEO, Director of Operations, Director of Customer Service, Managing Director and Director of Program Management.
In addition to his commitment to corporate success, Mr. Manuel is the founding member of Young Life McKinney Texas Chapter and the McKinney Independent School District Alpha Parents (ALPS). In partnership with a close friend, he also managed Eastside Economic Development Corp which built affordable homes in depressed neighborhoods for no profit.
Daniel Hurtubise, a Thru founding team member, has been highly instrumental in laying the foundation for Thru’s platform architecture and development. He is currently responsible for product strategy, engineering alignment, analyst relations and key customer engagements. Mr. Hurtubise is a recognized leader with over 20 years of experience cultivating technology solutions for customers worldwide. His leadership in nurturing relationships with customers ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies has been continually rated best-in-class by customers and rating agencies.
Mr. Hurtubise’s business experience encompasses North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Al Carvalho is responsible for Thru’s global sales strategy and execution. Mr. Carvalho joined Thru with over 25 years of experience leading sales and delivery teams for industry leading technology and management consulting companies including Unisys, BearingPoint, KPMG and Ernst & Young. His expertise includes selling and delivering enterprise class systems integration, business process alignment, workflow/collaboration and data management/business intelligence solutions in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Carvalho is a dynamic, innovative leader, team builder and results oriented problem solver with exceptional business, technical and communication skills.
Mr. Carvalho graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and invaluable life experience playing varsity soccer for the Scarlet Knights. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. When not helping customers improve performance, Mr. Carvalho enjoys staying active, playing music and sharing time with his wonderful family and friends.
Kevin Westenkirchner oversees all of Thru operations, corporate IT infrastructure, security, data system architecture design, and support departments. Additionally he is responsible for Thru’s network infrastructure encompassing six globally distributed data centers. As Senior Systems Engineer with JB Hunt, a national logistics company, he managed over 60 servers and more than 350 MS SQL, DB2 and Oracle Databases. Mr. Westenkirchner joined Thru in 2010 as a senior system engineer and rapidly advanced to his current position. He thrives on the challenge his current position offers him and is extremely excited about the future of Thru.
Mr. Westenkirchner began his career in the military, serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy before graduating from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with a BS in IFSM (Information Systems Management). Besides work, he is an active member of his church’s Men’s Ministry and enjoys spending time with his wife and his two sons.