Executive Team

James Ha

President & CEO

James is a certified grants management specialist (CGMS) and has overseen dozens of grant management system implementations. As President & CEO of eCivis, James oversees the company's strategic direction as well as collaborates with top grant professionals in state and local government to help revolutionize grant management in the United States. James holds a bachelor of science in business administration, with an emphasis on accounting, and a second bachelor's degree in information technology from the University of Massachusetts. James has completed the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, participated in the Leadership in Operations Program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business, and is Six Sigma Certified.

Sami Hoda

VP of Product & Technology

Sami brings 20+ years of technology savvy to the public and private sector. He oversees and manages eCivis’ Product Management, Software Engineering, Research, and Information Technology departments and is the chief architect of eCivis’ grants management software. Outside eCivis, he is an author, blogger, open-source contributor, and a member of the International Association of Software Architects. Sami holds two bachelor of science degrees in business administration–the first with an emphasis on computer information systems and the second with an emphasis on management and human resources, concentrating on organizational behavior.

Ryan Baird

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Ryan ensures that eCivis customers become "raving fans". He works closely with state and local governments across the United States, including the City of Los Angeles, City of Detroit, Harris County, Arizona, California and many others. Ryan strategically aligns the sales, implementation and service processes within eCivis into a seamless experience for customers. In doing so he helps each client improve their grants process and increase long term success. Ryan attended California State University of Northridge where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business with an emphasis on copyright law and licensing.

Kirk Fernandez, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of Fernandez Holdings

Kirk is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Fernandez Holdings, Inc. (FHI), and also the Chairman of the Board and majority owner of eCivis. In 2001, Kirk founded Solutionz Conferencing, Inc., now a leading video conferencing and audio visual integration firm. From this success, Kirk expanded into other industries and has consolidated well-run, profitable businesses under the FHI banner. FHI finds and develops new businesses that meet the firm’s investment criteria and works with senior management of its portfolio companies to develop growth strategies, uncover new opportunities, and leverage synergies among FHI companies. Kirk holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Pepperdine University and is an advocate of philanthropic ventures.

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