The ALIAS team – management experience and technology vision
To achieve its objective to build the next generation in forensic ballistics, Pyramidal Technologies Ltd. has formed a proven team under the leadership of Mike Barrett, who has over 25 years experience in forensic firearms identification and was the original developer of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).
Mike Barrett, President and CEO
As the President and CEO of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd., Mike has a global track record of success marked by a-hands-on entrepreneurial operating style with demonstrated and documented skills in spearheading innovation, new product introductions, managing start-ups, team building, international marketing and sales, and strategic planning.
A respected and recognized leader in the development of the technology that helped to create the modern forensic ballistics industry, Mike was approached in early 2007 by several major law enforcement agencies and asked to consider the utilization of new technologies that could revolutionize current analytical systems in the hope that forensic ballistic technology as a whole could be rendered more responsive to the industry’s needs. The ALIAS system is the direct result of fulfilling those requests.
Mike received his B. Sc. Degree in Anatomy and Histology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1979.
Ardavan Tajbakhsh, Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Ardavan has been working intensively with Mike for several years to bring ALIAS to life. He has over 25 years of progressive experience in the Information Technology field as a collaborative leader possessing the capabilities and experience to take business imperatives to “the next level” in order to achieve success, deliver new solutions and services, or to resolve deficiencies that impede growth or progress. He is a visionary, a thought leader, and a strategic thinker with deep and broad experience as well as a proven track record of bringing innovative solutions from the research or concept stage into the mission critical production arena to deliver services to tens of thousands of clients.
Ardavan received his B. Sc. Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Carleton University, Canada, and holds a number of professional certifications.
Peter Michael Karam, VP Legal Affairs
The legal requirements of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd. are capably handled by Peter Karam. Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Economics from McGill University in Montreal and a Law degree (L.L.C.) from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1988-1989 and has been a practicing attorney for over 20 twenty years.
In 2001 Peter was called to the Bar of the Turks and Caicos islands. He has his own practice, Karam & Missick, located at Plantation Hills in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. His fields of practice include Commercial and Corporate Law, Real estate and Development Law, as well as Tax Law. Throughout his practice he has represented major business concerns, developers as well as banking institutions.
Additional board members
While all the corporate officers mentioned above are on the Board of Directors of Pyramidal Technologies Ltd., the company's Board also includes two more stellar executives who add exceptional depth to Pyramidal's mission to meet the precise needs of global law enforcement agencies with ALIAS. They are:
Dr. The Honorable Sir Richard Lionel Cheltenham, Q.C. J.P.
Dr. Cheltenham is a senior member of the Barbados Labour Party and a former Barbados government minister. He served as a member of the Barbados House of Assembly for 23 years and, during that time held ministerial appointments in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, Tourism, International Transport and the Environment. He has served under three Prime Ministers.
Dr. Cheltenham is a prominent and highly respected Caribbean Jurist who has practiced in most jurisdictions of the Eastern Caribbean as well as before the Privy Council in the UK. He is an acknowledged specialist in the area of Commissions of Inquiry. He was admitted to the Order of St. Andrew in 2005. He is currently the Chairman of Barbados’ National Insurance Scheme (NIS).
Gaylen received a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, then established Columbia International Forensics Laboratory in 1988 for the purpose of providing independent forensic reconstruction, investigation, examination, evaluation, and analysis. His areas of specialization include Firearm Examination, Comparison Microscopy, Chemical Microscopy / Trace Examination, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Blood Spatter Examination and Exhibit Preparation.
He has published numerous articles covering diverse forensic topics such as Shooting Scene Reconstruction, Toolmark Identification, Forensic Significance of Loading Toolmarks and Footwear/Tire Impressions in Snow. He also served on the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) Board of Directors from 2001 to 2003 and received the AFTE's Distinguished Member Award.