The following characteristics are shared by Synergist Leadership Team.

  • Insight to build a collectively owned vision of the future

  • Dedication to build an environment of trust

  • Discernment to acquire talent and retain them through recognition and rewards

  • Commitment to continuous learning

  • Mentoring individual talents to foster growth
  • Integrity in relationships at all levels within and outside of the organization
  • Determination to set a vision, define a plan of execution, and deliver outstanding results

Craig Hobson, Chairman and CEO

As founder of Synergist, Craig Hobson serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Hobson is a seasoned CEO and entrepreneur with many leadership positions in entertainment, services, manufacturing, software and consulting industries. His successes include the funding of over one hundred feature films, the creation of three corporations with revenue over $200 million, three public offerings, development of four proprietary software companies, several corporate turn-arounds and seven successful merger and acquisition ventures. Mr. Hobson has over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting, entrepreneurial business management, business development, strategic business consulting, software development and information technology consulting. Mr. Hobson’s education includes a Bachelors of Science in computer information systems from Chapman University and a Bachelors of Science in accounting from the University of Georgia.

Paul Sutter, President

Mr. Sutter is an accomplished operations and systems leader. Before joining Synergist, Mr. Sutter held various senior management positions during his seven year career with Technicolor. In 2005, he was named Chief Information Officer for the Theatrical Division of Thomson and Technicolor. Mr. Sutter earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics and Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, was on the Dean’s List and achieved the rank of Captain, with distinction, prior to his move to private industry. He is pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. He has a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Lee Klein, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Klein is a business and technology executive with demonstrated success leading organizations and people through change to achieve strategic objectives. She has twenty years of comprehensive experience with blue-chip companies including Deloitte Consulting, ADP, The Gap, Sizzler, Longs Drug Stores and Denny’s Inc. Ms. Klein’s successes include roles in off Broadway productions and she has performed as a comedian and master of ceremonies of large events. Ms. Klein earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and has two years of study in organizational behavior at University of San Francisco.

Dawn Bachmann, Chief Marketing Officer and Corporate Secretary

With twenty-five years of experience in management and business development, Mrs. Bachmann brings a combination of strategic business and system consulting, market analysis, sales management, product development, alliance management, and P&L accountability. She held senior positions with software providers and consulting companies, and demonstrated talent in creating new highly differentiated marketing channels through analysis of industry business issues aligned with new articulation of software solution capabilities.

Goetz Schmitz, Vice President of Professional Services

Mr. Schmitz joins Synergist with 17 years of professional experience focused on enterprise applications implementations combined with a strong finance and accounting management background. He has implemented successful business solutions for Fortune 500, mid-size, and start up companies both as a contractor and as part of internal management teams. He has worked in corporate and consulting companies including Fujitsu Consulting, Deloitte Consulting, Solution Beacon LLC, ICG Communications and Convergent Communications. Mr. Schmitz earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Colorado, has completed the Project Management Institute’s courses and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.