Team

We may be small, but we’re definitely punching above our weight class.  Here’s an introduction to the team that makes things happen at hotelicopter:
Adam Healey – Co-Founder & CEO
Prior to co-founding hotelicopter in 2006, Adam was the founder and CEO of
Samba Digital Media, a 40 employee e-services consulting firm based in
Prague. At Samba he oversaw the company’s international expansion,
raised $2.4 million of venture capital, and helped secure an extensive
multinational blue-chip clientele.
Adam has also worked in management consulting at Monitor Group,
corporate venture capital at Landmark Communications, and fixed income
trading at Salomon Smith Barney. He’s a proud DoubleHoo, receiving
both his BS and MBA from the University of Virginia.
When he’s not glued to his MacBook, Adam enjoys scuba diving,
cooking, skiing, flying, live music, and taking his lab puppy Virginia
for long walks on the Downtown Mall.
Charles Seilheimer – Co-Founder, President & CFO
Charles is no stranger to the wonderful
world of technology.  Before founding hotelicopter with Adam in 2006,
Charles worked closely with many leading technology firms as an
investment banker at JPMorgan in San Francisco.
Charles
has also worked in investment banking at Banc of America Securities,
private equity for The Clipper Group and several entrepreneurial
ventures.  He received his bachelor’s degree in economics at
Middlebury College and his MBA at the University of Virginia.
Charles is a travel enthusiast and has visited over 50 countries. 
In his free time he enjoys sailing and hiking in the Blue Ridge
Mountains with his wife Nora.
Colin Steele – Chief Technology Officer
For almost two decades, Colin has worked in IT, management and
entrepreneurial environments, with particular focus on IP networking
software development, distributed systems and the Internet. As one of
America Online’s early employees, he wrote AOL’s first Internet
gateway. Later he helped architect and develop AOL Instant
Messenger. During his tenure as Director of AIM Host Development,
Colin designed and implemented key components of the system and
co-authored patented technology for AIM. Much of his work remains in
use as AOL’s core infrastructure.
After leaving AOL, Colin launched WebG2, Inc., offering innovative
online business intelligence services. Since then, he has worked with
numerous startups and early-stage ventures, in industries ranging from
food service to construction to music, in roles ranging from CTO to
investor and member of the Board of Directors to programmer.
John DeMarchi – Director of User Experience
John brings over ten years of web design and development experience to
hotelicopter, most of which is tied directly to the online travel industry.
Recently, he was Director of New Product Development at Orbitz, where he
helped deliver innovative product strategies. Prior to that, he helped
launch InterActiveCorp’s Pronto.com (a social shopping site), and
spent over 5 years at Priceline.com, building the user experience, as
well as assuming the lead creative position for two site redesigns.
John received his BFA in graphic design from the University of
Connecticut. When he’s not trying to make the web a better place for
you to buy a hotel, he’s keeping an eye on the technology and design
communities, tagging his (legal) music collection, or watching way too
much Seinfeld.
Chris Konizer – Product Manager
Chris brings to hotelicopter extensive knowledge of leading Internet
technologies, a keen eye for design, and an ability to motivate and
deliver stellar results. Prior to joining the hotelicopter team, Chris
served as the Senior Project Manager for Category 4 Design, and Director
of R&D; for Fresh Brewed Media.
Chris earned his Bachelors of Science in Arts Management from the
Conservatory at Shenandoah University, with a Minor in Commercial Music
and Jazz Studies. After graduation, He spent the next 5 years in a
therapeutic capacity running a group home for emotionally disturbed
teens, and interning at a Maryland State rehabilitative hospital. From
therapeutic program development & interaction, to management of an
award-winning web development team, Chris has a working knowledge of the
way people interact with the technological landscape in which we live.
In his “free” time, Chris enjoys playing bass with local
musicians, photography, cooking, and home improvement projects.
Patrick Keith-Hynes – Web Analytics Manager
Patrick’s professional experience ranges from hardware and software
product development to computational quantum field theory. Before
joining hotelicopter Patrick co-founded Brooktrout Technology, a developer
of high performance voice and fax processing technology based in
Needham, MA. After serving as V.P. of Engineering at Brooktrout for ten
years Patrick moved to Charlottesville where he earned a PhD in physics
at the University of Virginia.
When he isn’t optimizing traffic flow for the hotelicopter hotel search
engine Patrick enjoys social dance and fly fishing for trout in the Blue
Ridge mountains.
Jeff Bordogna – Search & Integration
Jeff was one of the first members of the hotelicopter team, and has played
an integral role in technology strategy and development at the
firm.  Prior to hotelicopter, Jeff developed a content management
system for the national Army ROTC program, and a web application to help
UVA students share feedback on courses and professors.
Jeff recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a double
bachelor’s degree in economics and systems engineering. When not working
on hotelicopter, he enjoys playing pickup soccer, running marathons, and
taking in the occasional live concert.
Bill Hunt – Lead Developer & Quality Assurance Manager
Bill has been doing web development
as long as there’s been a web. Prior to joining the hotelicopter team, Bill
served as Senior Programmer at Category 4 Design, and Head of PHP
Development for Munk & Phyber.
In Bill’s copious free time
(when not working on hotelicopter’s codebase and QA process), he can be
found writing open source frameworks and creating websites for local
nonprofit organizations. He is also an accomplished DJ, photographer,
and salsa dancer.
Thomas Steffes – Web Developer
Thomas hails from the great state of Wisconsin, and recently moved to Charlottesville
in search of warmer climes. Prior to joining the hotelicopter team, he
has served as a software developer in several industries, most recently
in the field of remote chemical detection at Avir Sensors. Thomas brings a diverse
software skill set to the team – chances are, if it has something to do with
a computer, he’s at least tinkered with it.
Thomas is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a degree in
Computer Engineering. When not tirelessly working on newer, cooler features for
the hotelicopter user, Thomas enjoys hiking, camping, the occasional pickup game
of walleyball, and searching for the next opportunity to travel and learn a little
more about our planet.
Dr. Matthias Hild – Analytics
Matthias is the guiding force behind hotelicopter’s proprietary
search algorithms. He’s also a professor of decision
analysis at the University of Virginia’s graduate business
school.  His research covers both the theoretical and behavioral
aspects of decision-making and spans across risk management, decision
analysis, social choice theory, and statistics.
Matthias has also
been a Senior Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology
and at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a Research Fellow at
Christ’s College, Cambridge. He has a doctorate in philosophy from
Oxford University.