Stovell Team

Pioneering a new class of end-to-end AI systems focused on high-value marketplace decision making

Leadership Team

Jim Stovell

CEO, Founder, Managing Member

Jim Stovell is the CEO of Stovell AI Systems, based in San Francisco. He founded the firm in 2014. Jim oversees product strategy and business growth as the firm continues to pioneer a new class of end-to-end AI systems focused on high value marketplace decision making. He manages a team of brilliant AI leaders. Stovell AI Systems live deployments have generated over $2 billion of directly attributable profit growth for customers across its energy and financial verticals.

Jim’s prior experience combines success in marketplaces and leading technologies. Jim co-managed First Light Capital, a San Francisco hedge fund that generated 11 years of consecutive positive returns 2003-2013. In 1998 he founded and was CEO of Outpurchase, a SaaS e-procurement company, backed by Technology Crossover Ventures and American Express. Prior to that was he was the 5th employee of Omnicell (NASDAQ: OMCL), helping grow the company to 300 employees prior to IPO.

Jim graduated from Harvard with a BA in English and a focus on Applied Mathematics in 1991. As an undergraduate, Jim also studied Mechanical Engineering at MIT and worked in MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and in the Cryogenics Laboratory.


BA, Harvard University

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate coursework, MIT


First Light Capital, co-manager hedge fund. San Francisco, CA

Knowmadic, VP Sales, software. Cupertino, CA

Outpurchase, CEO, software. Mountain View, CA

Omnicell (OMCL), engineer, hardware & software. Mountain View, CA.

Gavin Keeler

Vice President of Sales, Commercial Markets

Gavin Keeler serves as the Vice President of Commercial Sales at Stovell AI Systems and joined the firm in 2021. In his role, Gavin is responsible for global sales, customer acquisition and retention, sales enablement, and the company’s partner program for Wholesale & Retail Fuels, Chemicals, Power, and Food customers. He focuses on delivering unmatched AI-driven business value for our global customer base.

Gavin’s previous experience combines AI infrastructure, enterprise-scale systems, and 30 years of sales success in the global Oil & Gas industry with leading technology firms. He was previously the Director of Global Oil and Gas at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he led a sales team delivering HPE’s Ezmeral AI infrastructure product. During his tenure, his team grew revenues from $0 to $50MM ARR over 3 years. Gavin also worked as a top producing Global Account Manager for Oil & Gas at EMC and NetApp.

Gavin served as an Operations Medic in the South African Army and worked for 12 years in the Middle East before making Texas his home in 2010.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Director of Global Oil and Gas

EMC, Global Account Manager

NetApp, Global Oil and Gas Lead

John Mancuso

Managing Director, Financial Markets

John Mancuso serves as the Managing Director of Financial Sales at Stovell AI Systems and joined in 2016. In his role, John has been responsible for growing the firm’s customer base of leading hedge funds, asset managers, and investment banks. He is relied upon as an expert and ally for customers who use Stovell AI Systems to gain edge in competitive and volatile markets.

John’s brings deep prior experience working as a leader in providing sophisticated financial products and services to leading asset managers. He was previously head of sales and trading at Instinet/Nomura. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at JP Morgan and at Jefferies.

John graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Political Science and Government in 1992.


BA, Pennsylvania State University


Instinet / Nomura, Head of Sales and Trading

Jefferies, Managing Director

JP Morgan, Managing Director

Kedar Waghmode

Vice President of Engineering

Kedar Waghmode serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Stovell AI Systems and joined in 2019. He is responsible for the development and live-system management of Stovell AI System’s new class of advanced end-to-end AI products. His team generates dependable high accuracy predictive systems, enabling enterprise-class scaling and adoption across the world’s largest global firms, and ensuring strong customer ROI.

Kedar has a track record for driving engineering excellence that has fueled strong customer adoption and business growth among of a number of leading technology firms including in the enterprise AI space. He was previously a Lead Engineer at ParallelM (acquired by Data Robot) where he led the system management development of MLOps platform MCenter. Kedar also worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Springpath (acquired by Cisco) and as a Senior Software Engineer at Fusion-io (acquired by SanDisk).

Kedar earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and was awarded Phi Beta Delta and Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Pune Institute of Computer Technology.


BA, Pune Institute of Computer Technology

MS, Syracuse University


ParallelM, Lead Engineer

Springpath, Senior Software Engineer

Fusion-io, Senior Software Engineer

Eugene Scherba

Chief Machine Learning Architect

Eugene Scherba leads machine learning development at Stovell AI Systems, and joined in 2019. He is responsible for the delivery of predictive machines that achieve superior edge in volatile marketplaces, the firm’s technology strategy, and leading the evolution of development protocols in line with the industry’s best practices. He also focuses on growing the team’s ML capability and research and development.

Eugene has been involved in the ML industry since 2013, successfully engineering high function ML systems addressing complex predictive challenges. Previously, he worked on a real-time recommender system product at Vevo that involved making sense out of massive web-scale datasets. He also was the ML lead on an ML-driven content quality system at Livefyre, a product that eventually contributed to Livefyre’s acquisition by Adobe.

Eugene has a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University. He also conducted computational research of human longevity at a Laboratory for Bioinformatics at Boston University and at BU School of Medicine.


BA, Boston University


Vevo, Senior Data and Machine Learning Engineer

Livefyre, Machine Learning Lead

Baker Beach Labs, Developer and Technical Co-Founder

Board Members​


Jim Stovell


Paul Orlin


Tony Olson


Jeffrey Ubben