Vinny Gebhart

Vice President, Operations at Powerhouse Dynamics (a division of Middleby, Inc)

Warwick, RI


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I love to dig into organizational and customer problems and solve them with modern technology. I create scalable, repeatable processes that keep my teams engaged and laser focused on our customers. I am relentlessly obsessed with organizational data, what it means, and how it impacts our goals and objectives. I have been fortunate to work with many high growth organizations and the grit and tenacity required to succeed in those environments is part of my DNA. My personal and professional experiences have taught me the following about myself: I can successfully create and optimize operational processes that dominate at scale - I put the customer at the center of everything I do - I clear the path so my team can execute unencumbered - I excel at solving big problems and understand the realities of budget and time - I firmly believe that a process is only as good as the data that went into its creation I can lead and grow world class operations teams from 10-100 people - I listen to the team, find the pain, and tackle it head on - I subscribe to Drucker's quote "Culture eats strategy for breakfast" - I speak tech and exec and can bridge the gaps between - When the team fails, it falls on me I am a constant learner and drive myself to grow daily - I am constantly seeking new knowledge because the landscape is ever evolving - I learn from mistakes but never dwell on the past - I am calm and even keeled, even during the most stressful of times - I focus on making high-quality decisions but am not afraid to reevaluate Outside of work my kids and family are my greatest joys. I work hard to provide them the best life I can which includes my presence and time. I get great fulfillment from volunteering, mentorship, and board service because these I appreciate and acknowledge all the help I've had along the way. Professional Skills: Operations Leadership | | SQL Server | SSDT | Data Transformation and Modeling | Strengths Coaching | KPI and Metric design What I'm learning now: Blockchain & IoT especially as related to supply chain, logistics, costless verification, and addressing the last mile problem

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Work experience

Jul 2019 - Present

First Round Fast Track


2nd stint as a First Round mentor! Really fun and inspirational experience helping folks navigate the challenge of high growth start-up life.


Apr 2019 - Present

Powerhouse Dynamics

Vice President Operations

Boston area-based PhD delivers customer-proven, cloud-based solutions that help multi-site organizations better manage their equipment, reduce energy consumption, enhance food safety and quality, and achieve their sustainability goals. PhD's award-winning IoT-based platform SiteSage® has been adopted by numerous major brands at thousands of their locations, including Arby's, Dunkin’ Brands, Texas Roadhouse, Ann Taylor, Five Below, Lush Cosmetics, and many more.


May 2018 - Apr 2019


Senior Director, Customer Success & Professional Services


Mar 2017 - May 2018


Director Implementation

Upserve provides a restaurant management platform for restaurateurs who want to treat guests to remarkable hospitality. With the full Upserve platform, which includes Breadcrumb POS by Upserve, owners and operators get intelligence at a glance, surfacing hidden opportunities to grow sales and margins. It is my great pleasure to be part of a team that is working to revolutionize the hospitality industry by delivering a beautiful, intelligent, easy-to-use platform. After spending nearly 20 years in both technology and hospitality working at Upserve is a dream come true.


Dec 2013 - Mar 2017

Preventure, Inc.

Vice President - Technology Operations

As Vice President of Software and Technology Operations, my contributions were in leadership and strategic vision of the technology group at Preventure. Role Highlights: -Built several technology Centers of Excellence and managed organizational change through clear communication and leadership consensus building; -Lead creation of development and deployment architecture leveraging Copado, Jira, Informatica, and Salesforce; -Lead multidisciplinary team to develop high resiliency, high quality data integrations between AWS, SQL Server, and Salesforce through API and Informatica. Primary Focus Areas: Team Building / Leadership Certified Administrator Microsoft BI Stack (SQL 2012, SSRS, SSIS) Data Analysis / Analytics

Dec 2014 - Dec 2015

Leadership Rhode Island

Lambda II - Class of 2015

I was a member of the Lambda II class of Leadership Rhode Island and voted by my peers to represent our group as 'Class Speaker'. Leadership Rhode Island is a nationally recognized community leadership development organization, founded in 1981.

Jan 2010 - Dec 2013

WorkStream Consulting, LLC

Principal Consultant

In my private consulting work I specialized in working with hospitality entrepreneurs to maximize technology to positively impact their businesses. My work focused in point of sale consulting, security and surveillance, bookkeeping / accounting, and hospitality operations.

Jan 2010 - Sep 2013

Twin River Casino

Applications Administrator

Business Analyst, Project manager, and administrator for business applications, data management, data analysis, business intelligence, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Manage $2M purchasing budget and applications portfolio, including ACSC Player Tracking, WAGER Data Warehouse, MICROS 9700 POS, RedRock Inventory, Sage MAS 200 Accounting, Microsoft SharePoint, and SQL Server farm.


Feb 2009 - Jul 2010

Micros Systems

Sales Executive - Industry Leader in Point of Sale

As a restaurant technology consultant, I provide professional advice to restaurateurs in making well informed decisions. I am continually expanding my knowledge of industry best practices, upcoming trends and latest technologies. Through a network of industry experts I provide my clientele with the best full service solutions available.


Jun 2007 - Feb 2009

Micros Systems Inc

Implementation Specialist - 3700, 9700, e7 Platforms

Lead implementation, customization, and support of information management systems for enterprise and small business customers. Consult with business owners and management teams to define initial scope of work, functional requirements, and design specifications. Train clients’ management teams and staff in best practices for increasing efficiency and profitability, including payroll integration, labor management, forecasting, and cost controls.

2007 - 2008

Lola 41

General Manager

Orchestrated launch of new fine dining restaurant while managing restaurant group’s flagship location. Simultaneously directed buildout of new location; hiring, training, scheduling, and supervision of 65 employees at both restaurants; cost controls and profitability; and all aspects of operations. Managed financial recordkeeping, staffing, payroll, and troubleshooting. Increased profitability by improving time management and inventory controls. Created custom inventory and reporting system using VBA, Excel, and Access. Reduced liquor costs to 25% below industry average.


1999 - 2003

BS, Computer Science

1994 - 1999

LaSalle Academy

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