Fig Leaf Software is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Washington, DC just blocks from the White House.  We have a talented team of designers, usability analysts, information architects, programmers and developers, business analysts, quality assurance and technical documentation specialists, project managers, sales and accounting professionals. Our executive management team works closely with all of our teams to ensure our clients receive the highest caliber service with outstanding results.

Dave Gallerizzo, Principal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

David Gallerizzo is the CEO of Fig Leaf Software, a leading digital agency with an international customer base. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. The firm operates worldwide through its major business units including Consulting Services (user experience, application development on mobile and desktop platforms, strategic analysis, and marketing), Technical Training, and Product Resale.  The company maintains strategic partnerships with Google, Adobe, Amazon, Sencha, Acquia, Ektron, and Paperthin.

His prior responsibility was as Vice President of Fig Leaf Software’s Consulting Services division.  This division was responsible for all aspects of the company’s services based practices.  During his tenure as head of Consulting Services, prior to his assumption of the position of CEO, the division saw yearly substantial growth over a seven year period.

Dave maintains enterprise certifications on the Adobe Coldfusion, Amazon AWS, Google Apps, Google Maps, and Google Search Appliance platforms and continues to teach a variety of technical classes on a regular basis, including: Advanced ColdFusion Development, Administering ColdFusion Servers, Google Apps Deployment, Google Search Appliance Deployment, and Developing for the CommonSpot CMS platform.

His academic credentials include a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, with minors in Economics and Mathematics.  Dave retired with 24 years of service from the United States Marines Corps, reserve component, in 2011. During his tenure of service he held enlisted and officer ranks, in both the Light Armored Reconnaissance and Combat Engineer fields, and obtained a final rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2.

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Dave Watts, Co-Founder, Principal, Chief Technical Officer

Dave founded Fig Leaf Software with Steve Drucker in 1992, and shares Steve’s vision of Fig Leaf Software as a world-class development and training company. As Chief Technology Officer, Dave Watts drives the technology vision and enhances Fig Leaf’s competitive edge by developing the company’s best practices, covering server configuration, performance tuning, application development, and application deployment.

Recognized as a leading technology expert by Google and Adobe, Dave has been developing browser-based applications with ColdFusion since version 1.5 and implementing Google Enterprise solutions since 2005. He coauthored the best-selling ColdFusion book, The ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, first and second editions with Steve Drucker and Ben Forta. Along with Steve Drucker, Dave co-founded the first ColdFusion Users’ Group in Washington, DC. He has been the most prolific poster on the CF-Talk mailing list for the last several years, having answered several thousand questions on ColdFusion and related topics. He regularly speaks at industry events, such as Adobe MAX, and writes articles for various trade publications. As one of the first Adobe certified instructors, Dave combines exceptional teaching with course development. He received a perfect score on his ColdFusion MX Certification, and regularly pursues new certifications in other areas of interest.  Dave was the second person ever to be Certified by Google, Inc. as a Google Enterprise Professional Certified Trainer for the Google Search Appliance, Google Mini and Google Apps.

When not developing or teaching for Fig Leaf Software, Dave enjoys playing with new gadgets and technologies. In addition, he has served as an expert witness on IT and internet issues in Maryland’s civil court system.

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Steve Drucker, Co-Founder, Principal, President

Steve Drucker is the President of Fig Leaf Software, the Washington D.C. based technology solutions firm that he founded in 1992 with Dave Watts. At various points in the company’s history, Steve has worked extensively in Fig Leaf’s consulting, training, and sales/marketing activities.  Steve is a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) and certified instructor for a dozen web development products including, but not limited to, Acquia Drupal, Sencha Ext JS, Sencha Touch, and Adobe ColdFusion. He has traveled to over 40 cities throughout the world teaching students about tricks, traps, and best practices of application development.

Throughout his career, Steve has authored over a dozen coursebooks for instructor-led training including Sencha Ext JS 5 Bootcamp in a Book, Fast Track to ColdFusion 10/11, and Fast Track to Sass/Compass — all of which are currently available for purchase from Amazon.com. He also authored “Fast Track to jQuery Mobile with Intel XDK” for Intel Corporation, “Advanced ColdFusion 9” for Adobe, Inc., and Fast Track to Sencha Touch 2.x / Fast Track to Ext JS 4 for Sencha Inc.

Steve is active in the developer community. He founded the very first ColdFusion Users Group in 1996, is currently active in a number of DC area technology meetups, and has been a featured speaker at Adobe MAX, Silicon Valley Code Camp, the National Association of Government Webmasters, and other technology conferences.

Steve also consults on a variety of web application development projects. He served as principal architect of the National Park Service content management system (www.nps.gov), Voice of America’s content management system, and is currently a consultant for the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority web site redevelopment effort.  Steve has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from The University of Maryland, College Park.

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Theonic Way, Vice President of Consulting, Strategy & Operations

Theonic Way joined Fig Leaf Software’s Senior Executive Team as the Vice President of Consulting, Strategy & Operations, in July 2015, after having been with Fig Leaf Software since 2009, to contribute to developing the overall corporate strategy of the Company and oversee the consulting arm of the business.  

Theonic is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering and College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and holds double degrees — Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.  He joined Fig Leaf Software as Senior Web Developer in May 2009, and he is a Certified Advanced ColdFusion Developer, Certified Sitecore Developer, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and Certified Associate DBA for Oracle 9i/10g Database.  He served as the Technical Program Manager for the United States Export-Import Bank from October 2011 until December 2013 before taking on the role of the Director of Project Management at Fig Leaf Software in late 2013.

In his capacity as the VP of Consulting, Strategies & Operations, Theonic oversees all aspects of the Consulting Business including the design of current or new practices, adoption of methodologies and tools, business strategy, client relations, and internal processes by which Consulting team members are managed and the services they provide.

His other interests outside of Fig Leaf Software diverse vastly from cooking, learning and speaking French, blogging on travel, high-tech gadgets and anti-aging skincare on social media channels.  

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Bobby Hayes, Accountant

Bobby Hayes joined Fig Leaf Software in 2006.  Along with the other members of the executive team, Bobby oversees all financial aspects of the business.  From billing, vendor relations, to payroll Bobby is involved in some aspect of every transaction by Fig Leaf.

Prior to Fig Leaf Bobby worked as an accountant with a healthcare association in Maryland.  Before moving to the Washington DC area in 2004 he lived in Texas and helped start an ecommerce site located in the Silicon Hills of Austin, Texas. Helping with everything from sales, customer service, website maintenance to packing shipments in the warehouse.  As the ecommerce site grew Bobby eventually settled in on the accounting aspects of the business and decided that’s where his future lay.

In his free time Bobby enjoys golf and worked as instructor before moving into the business world.  He holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

Bret Peters, Principal, Chief Marketing Officer

Bret Peters joined Fig Leaf Software in 1998, bringing significant sales, marketing and management experience to the Fig Leaf team. In his career with Fig Leaf, Bret has lead the company to multiple consecutive years as the leading Google and Adobe Certified Training Partner and Value Added Reseller (VAR). Having played an integral role in building product, consulting and training sales, Bret developed and continues to successfully maintain relationships with our key partners, Adobe, Google, Amazon Web Services, Brightcove, Acquia, HubSpot, EPiServer, Sencha and PaperThin.

Bret holds HubSpot Inbound Marketing Certification and oversees corporate marketing, partnerships and marketing services delivery to our clients.  Bret served on the Macromedia User Group Advisory Board and has been responsible for organizing and marketing a half dozen technology user groups including the wildly popular Washington, DC Adobe User Group, the DC Google Technology User Group (DC GTUG), the DC Brightcove User Group and the Ektron Partner Advisory Council.

Bret is regular presenter and public speaker on topics related to business, sales, marketing, and social media best practices. He has been a featured presenter at Dreamforce, the National Association of Government Webmasters annual conference, for the Association of Financial Professionals, and to the Scottish Rite among others.

Prior to joining Fig Leaf Software, Bret sold web development and internet connectivity services for PSINet.  Before his involvement with technology, Bret worked in the insurance and gourmet food industries.  Bret helped establish Fresh Fields Markets (later purchased by Whole Foods Markets) as a premier retailer – named Money Magazine Retailer of the Year in 1993.  Bret holds a BS in Administration of Justice from George Mason University.

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David Saumweber, Proposal / Capture Manager

David, Fig Leaf’s Capture and Proposal Manager, has had a two-stage career—20 years as a knowledge manager and 20 years as a business developer. During the knowledge management years, he ran information services for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments (ACHRE). His work for both organizations involved designing, developing and managing business processes that supported scientific and government program research. As a hands-on manager in an era of DIY technology, he also undertook the design and development of software applications to support those processes, including implementing one of the earliest institutional intranets in Washington. He was at the national meeting of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) in the late-1980s when Al Gore said what was later taken to be a claim that he invented the Internet (Gore did not say that).

In between the two careers he spent some time as a certified Lotus Notes developer, which may seem more than merely old hat now, but IBM still sells Notes and Domino to the Federal government.

In the late 1990s, David began working for small businesses (and one large one) capturing Federal IT business by identifying and qualifying opportunities, forming and managing teams of companies and subject matter experts, and developing and submitting compliant offers for effective service solutions. He eventually captured more than $100M in funded projects and several GWACs. He managed portfolios of task order contracts (ID/IQs) and the corporate processes and information resources supporting bids. He also acquired a sub-specialty in quality management, obtaining training in and undertaking implementation of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) programs for businesses, including, more recently, CMMI’s Data Management Maturity Model (DMMM).

David has degrees in philosophy of science from the University of Virginia. In his spare time he pursues his interests in the Bronze Age Aegean and baroque opera.