Management Team


Tom Sharp, CEO and Founder

Tom Sharp brings over 25 years of experience growing high-tech companies into market leaders by combining innovative technologies and inventive go-to-market strategies. Prior to founding NLign Analytics, Tom was Principal at Etegent Technologies, a leading provider of technical solutions in the Aerospace and Defense markets.

Previously, he was a visiting scientist at AFRL Material Directorate where he developed innovative technology to optimize manufacturing processes.  He was also a senior member of the design team that developed multiple innovations in the early 1980s to computer terminals; some of which have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.   He has 12 issued patents and multiple pending in a range of fields, including signal processing, data visualization, and human-machine interaction.  Tom holds a BSEE, MSEE, Ph.D. from University of Cincinnati.

In his spare time, he enjoys coaching a Destination Imagination team, playing and coaching soccer, mountain biking, and traveling the world.

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Craig Rees, VP Sales

Craig Rees has over 20 years in sales leadership roles, including 15 years in manufacturing and engineering software.  Prior to NLign Analytics Craig was with ANSYS, INC a leader in advanced engineering simulation and a S&P 500 company.

Rees is a highly experienced and respected sales executive with repeated success in opening new markets and introducing new products across multiple industries. With digital inspection becoming increasing critical to the success of engineering, manufacturing and product sustainment, Rees brings deep expertise in collaborating with the A&D community to establish industry best practices for the future of Digital Engineering. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his successful goal achievement.

In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors and coaching youth sports teams.  He was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has served as a Trustee and on advisory boards for Utah State University.

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Gary Coyan, VP Operations

As Director of Operations for NLign, Gary wears many hats. His primary role is to manage customer relationships and develop computer applications in response to their challenges. He holds an MBA from Xavier University.

With more than two decades of IT development experience, Gary has managed the creation, integration, and support of high-security data systems for aerospace, financial, and US Military organizations. Throughout his career he has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, US Bancorp, and Fidelity Investments. As a consultant he also led the migration of key applications during Fifth Third Bank’s divestiture of its electronic payment processing center.

In the community, Gary has served on the board of the Mariemont High School Booster association, as a coach for the Mariemont Junior High School Women’s Lacrosse team, and as a Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America.