about phase change
Phase Change is a small company with a big idea: Transforming software into data and applying AI technology to unlock its captive knowledge.
Our patent-pending technologies will unlock and leverage software’s encoded knowledge and radically improve engineering productivity.
It’s a bold statement and we have the science to back it up.
Learn what Founder and CEO Steve Bucuvalas and Senior Software Architect Brad Cleavenger are passionate about.
Must love dogs...and software
If you are an exceptional computer scientist or software engineer; and you get excited about radically improving the software development industry; and you love the thought of bringing your dog to work, please reach out.
Phase Change Leadership Team
Phase Change Board of Directors
Steve Bucuvalas founded Phase Change in 2005. He is the CEO and a board member.
Steve started the company following several years of research in combining formal methods, computational mathematics, and semantic technologies for use in business applications.
Steve's personal engineering experience includes developing one of New England's first ATM systems in mainframe assembly language and Prolog-based productivity tools for business analysts.
He served as the Bank of New England's technology senior vice president, Prudential Home Mortgage's vice president of advanced technology and architecture, and Nexstar Financial Corp.'s chief technology officer.
In 1996, Steve founded eoTek LLC to develop internet-based software solutions for mortgage, financial services, and communications companies. eoTek's clients included Chase Mortgage, Banc One, and MCI/WorldCom. The company grew to approximately 80 employees and contractors before it was sold to Nexstar Financial Corp. in 2000.
Gary Brach has been the president of Phase Change since October 2016, and a board member since April 2016. He is focused on introducing Phase Change to the market.
His background is in the software industry with over 25 years of experience primarily as a software entrepreneur in the information, storage, and insurance industries.
He is a former director at Intuit Inc., and managing director at Prestwick Holdings LLC., which owns AP Intego Insurance Group, a national insurance agency that provides small businesses with pay-as-you-go policies.
Before joining Prestwick, Gary was the CEO of Agencyport Software, the leading provider of agent portal technology for the property and casualty insurance industry. Sword Insurance acquired Agencyport in 2009.
Until 2001, he was the co-founder and president of Smart Storage Inc., the first company to combine and commercialize CD-recording software and storage virtualization with archival media such as CDs and DVDs. Smart Storage Inc. was sold to OTG Software in 2001 and is now part of Dell Inc.
Mark Bieler has been a Phase Change board member since June 2009.
He is the president of Mark Bieler Associates Inc., a management consulting firm for private and public sector organizations on strategic human resources and organization development. His clients have included The Westfield Group, Morgan Stanley Retail, Ogilvy & Mather, Mercantile Trust, and the CIA.
Mark is also chairman of the Edwin Gould Foundation, an incubator for social entrepreneurs and their education initiatives.
Previously, he was director of human resources for Bankers Trust Company, and executive vice president of the parent organization, Bankers Trust Corp. He had human resources responsibilities for the Banking Operations Group and the international, U.S., and world corporate banking units.
Howard Culang has been a Phase Change board member since July 2008.
He served as president of Laurel Corp., a financial services firm, from January 1996 through December 2011. He was a managing member of JH Capital Management LLC, a private equity fund management company, from July 1998 to December 2010, and Cognitive Capital Management LLC, a management company for a fund of hedge funds, from April 2001 to December 2005.
In the past, he served as vice chairman of Residential Services Corp. of America, the holding company for Prudential Home Mortgage, Lender's Service Inc,. and Prudential Real Estate Affiliates.
Howard was also a managing director and Executive Committee-member of the Prudential Home Mortgage Company, where he worked from November 1985 to December 2005.
He once held a number of senior management positions with Citibank, NA, including senior credit officer, and served as a member of the Smart Storage Inc. Board of Directors until it was acquired by OTG Software in 2001. Howard has been a director of Radian Group Inc. since June 1999, where he serves as chairman of the Credit Committee.
Don Peskin has been a Phase Change board member since November 2007.
He has more than 25 years of Wall Street and investment experience, most notably, as a managing director and principal at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which he left in September 1997 to pursue private investment opportunities in finance, technology, and related industries. He is the founder and president of Short Hills Capital LLC, a privately held investment company.
In addition to his principal investment activities, Don is a managing member of Chatham Hills Development LLC, a real-estate development firm. He recently served as a managing member of Cognitive Capital Management, which was the General Partner of the Cognitive Strategic Fund, a hedge fund of funds. He also served as a member of the Ballard Petroleum LLC Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001, when the company was acquired by Alberta Energy Corp.
Don was previously a member of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council.
Melvin A. Yellin
Melvin Yellin has been a Phase Change board member since January 2011.
He is currently president of Stone Point Corp., which provides business and financial consulting services and is actively involved in various venture capital investment opportunities. Melvin was previously a partner at Tandem Global Partners, a globally focused money management company that offers traditional and alternative investment services to sophisticated institutions. He spent the bulk of his career at Bankers Trust Company, where he was a partner, executive vice president and general counsel when it merged with Deutsche Bank in June 1999.
Melvin was a member of the Symbol Technologies Inc. Board of Directors, and has been a director of numerous privately held and not-for-profit companies.
During his career, he acted as chairman and speaker for numerous business organization programs, including those run by the Conference Board, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Columbia University Business School, and University of Wisconsin School of Business.
Melvin also served as president of the NACD's New York Chapter, and he was selected for "Who's Who in American Law," the "International Who's Who of Contemporary Achievement," and the "International Directory of Distinguished Leadership" publications.