David Macdonald, President
Mr. Macdonald has founded a string of successful high tech startups that have created dozens of bestselling software products. At Vertex, Mr. Macdonald has overseen the development of a number of Web-based software applications, including the popular online driving course sold to DefensiveDriving.com. Prior to founding Vertex, Mr. Macdonald founded Arion Software, a home productivity software company that created the MasterCook series, the world's best-selling cooking and nutrition software. The MasterCook series featured numerous co-branded bestsellers, including the Betty Crocker, Cooking Light, Jenny Craig, and Graham Kerr digital cookbooks. Arion was sold in 1995 to Sierra On-Line, at the time the world's largest maker of PC game and home software titles. Before founding Arion, Mr. Macdonald co-founded Styleware, which pioneered GUI and integrated software for Apple II computers. Styleware was sold to Claris Corporation, Apple Computer's former software subsidiary. Styleware's final product, AppleWorks GS, was the #1 best-selling software program in early 1989, and the Styleware team went on to create the best-selling integrated software package, ClarisWorks, for Macintosh and Windows (now sold by Apple under the resurrected name AppleWorks). Mr. Macdonald is also founder and president of TeamSys Corporation and co-founder of Synk, Inc.
Erin Hyatt, Director of Web Development
Erin Hyatt, Director of Web Development for Vertex, graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2003 and worked as a graphic designer and web developer for Nagle Research before joining Vertex in 2007. At Vertex, Ms. Hyatt has worked as Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and finally Director of the Web Development team. While at Vertex, Ms. Hyatt has created dozens of Web designs, illustrations, logos, slideshows, animations, and user interface designs, and helped lead Vertex's early adoption of the new Web standards, including HTML5, CSS 3, media queries, responsive design, and fluid design, which have led to the creation of dozens of responsive Web sites by Vertex in the last four years.