Meet The Team
Christian GurneyPresident & CEO
Richard KirsnerVice President & CFO
Cade CannonChief Technical Officer
Brooke BenschoterChief Marketing Officer
Tony LeoSenior Designer
Christian Gurney President & CEO
A co-founder of the company, Christian is responsible for leading the Torsion Mobile team. Since 1988, Christian has been designing, developing and delivering award-winning desktop, Internet and mobile software solutions and leading sophisticated business organizations. He is well-versed in the challenges of leading a technology business, having helped many companies resolve complex software development and product delivery issues.
Christian is past-president of NASDAQ-listed firm CE Software. That company was an Internet product pioneer producing QuickMail, one of the first comprehensive, business-class E-mail solutions that was used by millions worldwide.
Prior to CE Software, Christian was the Director of IT for Catalog Media Corporation, a company started by Priceline.com founder Jay Walker to bring the benefits of overnight package delivery to the American catalog consumer.
As a past member of a special information technology modernization planning subcommittee appointed by the governor of Iowa, Christian helped formulate the structure of a Technology Governance Board, portions of which were enacted into law by the Iowa legislature.
Christian is also co-founder of KG InterDev, which developed and implemented the web technologies used by the leading collector car auction firm, Mecum Auctions, whose live television broadcasts are seen by millions on Discovery Network’s Velocity channel (formerly HD Theater). Christian’s first startup was Race Legends, a firm dedicated to representing the great champions of the golden age of sports car and Formula One auto racing.
Christian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Richard Kirsner Vice President & CFO
A co-founder of the company and CFO, Richard is responsible for all finance, accounting, and investor relations activities of the company. Richard’s is a certified public accountant and has ten years of experience as a tax accountant and manager with KPMG Peat Marwick and Coopers & Lybrand.
Prior to forming Torsion Mobile, Richard co-founded KG InterDev, a web technologies firms. Richard is also past-president of CE Software prior to its NASDAQ listing and later was in charge of business development. Richard’s varied business career includes having served as CFO of a Rolls-Royce dealership in Florida and a telecommunications company in Dallas, Texas; he owned and operated a film animation company in St. Louis and a custom acoustic guitar factory in New Hampshire; and he was a founder of Sud Cable Services, a cable television provider located in the Provence Region of Southern France.
Richard’s interdisciplinary educational background includes having studied architecture at the University of Illinois and received degrees in studio art and business from the University of Iowa.
William Cade Cannon Chief Technical Officer
Cade Cannon leads the Torsion Mobile development team. Cade is past primary architect and development team lead for Synapse Multimedia’s content management system, used by mid-market local television stations to reach over 1.5 million audience members and deliver over 60 million advertising impression per month. These systems included solutions for desktop websites as well as native mobile applications for Apple iOS and Google Android. Cade is an expert practitioner of agile software development, particularly SCRUM. Other notable achievements include bio-informatics systems development for the Louisiana State University Health Science Center providing for the storage, retrieval and dissemination of micro-array experiment related data, results and discoveries, including integration with an 80-node supercomputer cluster for advanced computation and analysis.
Cade is a graduate of LSU Shreveport.
Brooke Benschoter Chief Marketing Officer
Brooke Benschoter has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications and integrated marketing including branding, advertising and public relations with organizations such as Pioneer Hi-Bred, Meredith Corporation, ITAGroup, National Pork Board and Drake University. Her career started in broadcast journalism as a reporter, producer, and anchor and grew to include agency management and consulting experience at what is now Meyocks Group and Strategic America. Brooke calls herself a branding geek, having worked with brands that include Kraft, Home Depot, Compaq Computer, Better Homes and Gardens, Tone’s, Frito Lay, USS Iowa, and Mary Engelbreit. Most recently, Brooke was Senior Strategic Consultant for Strategic America, a premier channel and field marketing agency.
Brooke has received numerous awards for her work and has earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation from the Public Relations Society of America. Brooke received her Masters Degree in Organizational Performance and Leadership from Drake University and her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Creighton University in Omaha.
She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and loves all things Des Monies. Brooke also services as Executive Director for the Moxie Exchange Movement in Des Moines. A 20-plus-year volunteer for Festival of Trees and Lights for Blank Children’s Hospital, she also serves on the Board of Directors of Beacon of Life Transitional Housing for Women. Brooke finds her way back to her television journalism roots periodically as guest host or anchor for local television.
Tony Leo Senior Designer
Tony Leo handles the User Experience development for the Torsion Mobile team, combining design and programming acumen. Tony is a past front-end developer for US News & World Report based in Washington, DC. Tony was an integral part of the US News team that built their just-released Apple iPad application, blending content XML outputs from their in-house publishing systems with the brave new world of digital publishing. Other accomplishments include a stint at August Home Publishing where Tony designed and developed website content, web stores and mini-sites for five of the major published titles and also handled email newsletter publishing reaching thousands of subscribers every month.
Tony is a graduate of Grand View College.
Dave Rowe Developer
Dave Rowe leads the infrastructure, back-end systems, database and scalable performance aspects for Torsion Mobile. Dave joins Torsion Mobile from Red Cedar Solutions Group where he contributed to the development of high-availability K-12 student assessment systems. Dave’s experience spans enterprise portal solutions, medical records systems, point of sale implementations to deep knowledge of relational database, Linux and Java technologies.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Omaha.