Listed below is the senior management team at Research Solutions, Inc. To view members of the Board of Directors and various committees, please visit our Corporate Governance section.
PETER DERYCZ – Chairman and CEO
Mr. Derycz specializes in building and growing new companies from soup to nuts. His experience includes venture capital and private equity fund-raising (over $100M raised in four years), investor relations, developing and managing complex technology projects, building and deploying production systems, creating international satellite offices as well as general business management. Mr. Derycz is the Founder of various companies on three continents including Infotrieve, Inc. in 1989. As its President, he grew Infotrieve until selling to a group of Private Equity Investors in 2003.
For the past 20 years, he has been actively involved in designing, developing and deploying large library and document management systems that focus on delivering large amounts of information to information users in local and global settings. In the library world, he is known as one of the founders of the “pay-as-you-go” approach to acquiring and delivering scientific information. Thousands of end-users around the world currently receive much of their access to published information through systems, platforms software and services that Peter has deployed through the various companies he founded. He takes pride in delivering services that prove to be invaluable both to his customers and to the scholarly publishing community.
Always on the cutting edge, he has been a senior member and advisor of various private and public companies where he’s held the positions of Chairman, CEO, Director and President. He holds 9 patents in the US, Europe and Australia, received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
ALAN URBAN – Chief Financial Officer Mr. Urban has previously served in numerous senior management positions, including: from 2000 to 2004, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Infotrieve; from 2005 to 2006, Chief Financial Officer of a leading online poker company, where he led the global reorganization of the company and was responsible for positioning the company for listing on the London Stock Exchange; and from 2007 to 2009, Chief Financial Officer of ReachLocal (RLOC), an internet marketing company that ranked #1 on Deloitte’s Tech Fast 500 and was the first Internet company since Google’s appearance in 2004 to be ranked #1. Mr. Urban has also held positions as an audit and tax manager in public accounting, and as an internal auditor. He holds a BS in Business, with a concentration in Accounting Theory and Practice, from California State University, Northridge and has been a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive) since 1998.
JAN PETERSON – Head of Publisher Relations Jan Peterson is an industry veteran with over 20 years in STM publishing and content development. Most recently Jan was VP for Content Development at Los Angeles-based Infotrieve where she established document delivery as a legitimate revenue stream for publishers and coined the term “Article Economy”.
Prior to joining Infotrieve, Jan was VP for Publisher Relations and Content Development at Faxon/Dawson, and then with RoweCom when they acquired the subscription agency. Jan spent 14 years at Academic Press (now Elsevier), where her last position was Fulfillment Director. She was part of the exciting early days of IDEAL, STM’s first online journal program while at Academic Press. Her first information industry job was writing abstracts for Sociological Abstracts (now part of Cambridge Scientific Abstracts).
Jan is very involved in the standards community, currently serving as Immediate Past Chair on the Board of Directors for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and she is the past chair of the International Committee for EDI in Serials (ICEDIS). She is also a frequent speaker at library and publishing meetings.
SCOTT AHLBERG – Head of Corporate Services
Scott Ahlberg has many years of experience in content and startup businesses. Mr. Ahlberg started with Dynamic Information (EbscoDoc) in the 1980s, then went on to lead Sales and Marketing at Infotrieve, Inc. during many years of rapid growth in the 1990s. After leaving Infotrieve in 2005 Mr. Ahlberg provided consulting services to ventures in professional networking and medical podcasting. He joined Reprints Desk in 2006. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, operational innovation, copyright and content licensing, and quality management. Scott has degrees from Stanford University (BA, 1984) and the University of London (MA, 1990).
TRACY FORRESTER – Head of Reprint Operations
Ms. Forrester has 13 years of experience in content and content order flow and has extensive experience working with the permissions and reprints units of the major scholarly publishing houses. Prior to joining Reprints Desk in 2006, Ms. Forrester spent the last three years as Manager of Reprints and ePrints for Infotrieve, Inc. and 10 years with the State Library of New South Wales (Australia) in Reference Services.
MARC NISSAN – Chief Applications Architect
Mr. Nissan has 15 years of experience in systems architecture and technology build-out. Mr. Nissan is an experienced software developer with strong hands-on management and interpersonal skills. Mr. Nissan has performed full implementation and integration of custom software solutions for clients, including interviewing users, gathering requirements, analysis, design, and documentation. During the past 15 years, Mr. Nissan has held various technology architecture positions at Infotrieve, Ultralink, MPDN, New Income Sources and Jewish Vocational services.
IAN PALMER – Head of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Palmer joined Reprints Desk as Director and Head of Marketing in 2008, bringing with him more than 12 years of marketing experience in industries such as online information, high tech, and business services. Most recently, he was responsible for managing enterprise marketing at Safari Books Online, a joint venture of publishers O’Reilly Media, Inc., and Pearson Technology Group, a division of Pearson Education. Previously, Mr. Palmer held senior-level marketing, communications, and management positions at Infotrieve, Inc., Hydra Worldwide Corporation, Singular Publishing Group, Inc., and Impinj, Inc., a previous winner of the Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies of North America Award. Mr. Palmer is from the Pacific Northwest and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington.