With nearly two decades of software engineering and Information Technology (IT) consulting experience, Dawn Ainger leads Genova Technologies as its Chairman and CEO. Under Ms. Ainger's guidance, Genova Technologies has become a leading provider of custom software development and project engineering for Federal government agencies, healthcare entities and Fortune 500 companies.
After she took the helm as owner of the company in 2001, her efforts led to a dramatic expansion of the company's success in both the defense and healthcare sectors.
Ms. Ainger holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and graduated with Highest Distinction. It is with this foundation of excellence that she has built a reputation in the IT industry as a strong leader, directing Genova to employ award-winning requirements gathering and analysis to ensure a deep understanding of clients' needs and business goals.
A trusted IT expert, Ainger has given numerous presentations for IEEE and PMI, and has appeared at numerous industry conferences. Ms. Ainger has been the recipient of numerous industry awards. She also serves on the Board of Directors of National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), IowAccess Advisory Council, Iowa Information Technology Council, Technology Association of Iowa Board, eHealth Advisory Council, Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Women in Defense (WID) and The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).
Scott Stimart is President and General Manager of Genova, and has over 30 years of sales, marketing, engineering, and business management experience in the industrial, chemical, and technology industries.
Mr. Stimart began his career as a process engineer in a chemical plant, eventually moving into sales engineering and ultimately sales leadership. Mr. Stimart has held such positions as process engineer, technical director, assistant production superintendent, sales engineer, and VP of Sales. He successfully led a $40 million sales organization for a high-end computer hardware/server manufacturer that served the military and telecommunications industries. His engineering background and understanding of process provides Mr. Stimart a unique perspective as a business leader, making him a logical choice to lead Genova.
Mr. Stimart's education includes a BS in Biology / Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. Stimart grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is married to Debbie, and has three children: Katie Leigh, Ross Michael, and Grant David.
David Taylor has over thirty years of financial experience ranging from positions such as Controller to Business Consultant. David helped lead many companies to significantly increase their profitability, efficiency, and net worth. This wide array of financial experience makes David Taylor the ideal person to lead the Genova accounting team.
Genova's accounting has the mission of providing customers and employees with accurate and timely financial information. The accounting team helps Genova fulfill customer needs in an efficient and time sensitive manner. David and the accounting team help Genova welcome the opportunity to support the development and delivery of customer projects.
David has a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Iowa.
Gary Benser joined Genova Technologies in January 2015 and now is Genova’s Engineering Resource Manager. Gary’s role includes support and facilitation within Genova’s Engineering, Recruiting, & Business Development teams and our Defense and Commercial clients. Gary is also Genova’s Quality Assurance and Facility Security Officer (FSO/ITPSO).
Gary has been in advanced electronics for over 30 years as a technician, instructor, and project/program manager in both engineering and customer services/sales roles. Mr. Benser is a veteran of the United States Air Force, earning a Master Technician rating in Avionics Navigation Systems and then as a Master Instructor at Keesler AFB. After the USAF, he moved to the commercial sector as an electronics and systems instructor, customer service manager, Business Development/Sales Manager and Manager of Products and Programs.
Gary’s education includes the United States Air Force, a BA in Business Administration, and studies in music and theater arts. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Project Management Institute (PMI), and has served as Executive Director and board member for several fine arts non-profit organizations in Eastern Iowa.
Since 2012, Josh DeSousa has served as a central point of contact for Genova’s partners and clients. As Genova's Government BD & Contracts Manager, Josh is responsible for managing Genova’s government programs, delivering capture management, and assisting with contractual agreements, while providing internal support for Genova’s sales, staffing, and contracts teams.
Josh is one of many interns turned full-time employees at Genova, as he worked as an accounting Intern at Genova while attending college. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Economics and a BA in Ethics & Public Policy.
John Klein joined Genova Technologies March of 2004 as a Software Engineer and now leads our team as Genova’s Engineering Director. He has over fourteen years of experience in development of software systems for both commercial and defense programs. John Klein is a certified Project Management Professional through PMI and Scrum Master through Scrum Alliance with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
As the Engineering Director at Genova Technologies, John Klein is the focal point with Recruiting, Business Development, and Engineering to balance resource needs with project needs. In addition, John Klein monitors and mentors engineering project leads to fulfill our customer needs.
Jarod Smith joined Genova Technologies in November of 2015 as a Software Engineer, and now leads our web team as Genova’s Web & Mobile Engineering Manager. He has over twenty years of experience in development of software systems for both commercial and government programs. Jarod’s area of focus is with mobile and web applications, as well as database systems. He is the lead engineer for CEHQ including the hybrid mobile app and Drupal backend.
Jarod is an Iowa native and graduated from The University of Northern Iowa in 1995 with a degree in mathematics. He has worked on a variety of things over the years, but his greatest and proudest creation is his family with a caring wife and four loving kids. In his free time, he likes to watch The Office, lift weights, practice guitar, and play video games.
Dave Cork joined Genova Technologies in 2015 as an IT Analyst, and possesses nearly two decades of IT experience. Dave's areas of focus include Servers, Microsoft Exchange, routing, firewalls, and security, and he has designed, implemented and upgraded several networks throughout the years.
Dave served in the United States Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician, and he credits the Corps for providing the technical and analytical skills that allowed him to move into IT. His education includes Marine Corps Avionics training, an AA from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Microsoft courses and Certifications, and years of practical application of this knowledge.
In his spare time, Dave volunteers for the Cedar Valley Humane Society and, plays bass and guitar in his church band.
LaToya Harrington joined Genova Technologies’ recruiting team February 2017. She brought with her over 14 years of recruiting experience in the finance, actuarial and technology industry.
LaToya enjoys being involved in her community and the empowerment of your people. She sits on the board of a non profit which teaches youth about agriculture and sustainability.
Born and raised in Iowa, LaToya enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family.
Mike Ainger is from Iowa and spends half the year in Cedar Rapids and half in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied Journalism at the University of Iowa. He worked at Frito-Lay and in radio for 15 years, before coming to Genova to recruit candidates for our software engineering programs.