The Download: Matt Tormollen, CEO, Devada

Matt Tormollen joined Devada as its new CEO in April to guide the company’s expansion, including launching new developer-focused software capabilities and driving growth through expanded product lines, increased sales capacity and new marketing infrastructure.

Tormollen has been a leader in the technology sector for two decades, including senior positions at Avalara, FuelQuest, and Broadjump. Most recently, he served as the head of Avalara’s global research and development organization where he led diverse teams responsible for building and delivering business-critical SaaS B2B solutions. Prior to that, he was CEO of FuelQuest, a private equity-backed business based in Houston that sold its cloud-based tax compliance business to Avalara in 2014.

1. What is in your pockets?
A parking receipt I forgot to turn in to finance for reimbursement. And a $20 bill that’s been washed five times in the same back pocket as the receipt.

2. What exciting thing has happened recently for you or your organization?
Devada was named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies for the fifth consecutive year; we ranked in the Deloitte FAST 500 for the second consecutive year; and we just moved into new digs at The Frontier in RTP.

3. What is your favorite coffee spot?
Alternate between Joe Van Gogh and Bean Traders on weekdays, Cocoa Cinnamon on weekends.

4. What keeps you up at night?
Tree frogs during the summer, prioritizing all the “must do’s” I forgot during the day at 3:30 a.m. every night.

5. What is your favorite restaurant or happy hour?
The deck at Sam’s Bottle Shop on Highway 54 on a sunny day any time of the year.

6. What is next for you or your organization?
Working hard to ensure that every developer who comes to our community site, or one enabled by our software, learns something valuable or solves a problem, and then comes back again.

About Brooks Malone 4 Articles
Brooks Malone is a NC CPA and Partner with Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP, and leads the Technology practice group. Brooks is also listed contributor to the National Fast Trac Tech Curriculum that was funded by the Kauffman Foundation. Brooks was named one of the 40 Under 40 in May 2005 by the TBJ, received the Outstanding service to Entrepreneurs Award in 2008 by CED, and named to the Leadership Raleigh Hall of Fame in October 2011. Brooks is a graduate of North Carolina State University and is active at American Underground and HQ Raleigh.