Advisory Board 

RTI’s advisory board, founded in 2017, is comprised of influential executives with extensive industry expertise who help identify strategic growth opportunities and expand the company’s influence in the IIoT industry.

Scott McNealy

Dr. Stan Schneider

Scott McNealy is a Silicon Valley legend and technology pioneer, leading Sun Microsystems as CEO and Chairman for more than 20 years before becoming chairman of Denver-based Wayin. Today, he is actively involved in the Silicon Valley technology scene, on advisory boards for RTI and www.Curriki.org, an education non-profit, as well as several tech startups.

Board of Directors

Dr. Stan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer

Stan Schneider is CEO at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things communications platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor and has an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control.

In 2014, Stan was elected to the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee. With over 70 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the standards that are crucial to the success of the next industrial revolution. The IIC is also building use cases, test beds, architectures for the Industrial Internet. Stan serves on the Steering Committee with members from AT&T, GE, Cisco, IBM, Intel, Accenture, Fujitsu, and Vanderbilt University.

Stan has published over 50 papers in both academic and industry press. He speaks at events and conferences widely on topics ranging from networked medical devices for patient safety, the future of connected cars, the role of the DDS standard in the IIoT, the evolution of power systems, and understanding the various IoT protocols.

Based on its leading architectural impact, RTI was recently named the #1 most influential company in the Industrial Internet of Things by Appinions as published in Forbes. Before RTI, Stan managed a large Stanford robotics laboratory, led an embedded communications software team and built data acquisition systems for automotive impact testing.

Stan completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, and holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Stanford's Advanced Management College.

Michael Lyons, Venture Partner and Stanford Management Science Professor

Mike Lyons serves as Chairman of Zanttz, Inc., a cyber-security company, and as Executive Chairman of CypherPath, a cyber-security training company. He is also a Managing Director of NewLine Ventures, LLC, a management consulting firm. He served as a Venture Partner with the Paladin Capital Group in Washington, D.C. and with ePlanet Ventures I and II. He was a co-founder and General Partner of Zilkha Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership. He founded and served as Chairman of SafeView, Inc., to address aspects of the anti-terrorist physical security. He was a co-founder, Vice-President, and Director of Integrated Systems Inc. (INTS), a leading implementer of high-performance real-time control systems for aircraft, automotive, and manufacturing applications.

Since 1988, Mr. Lyons has served as a Consulting Associate Professor at the Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering. He co-developed the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and is the founding professor of Technology Venture Formation, one of the most highly rated courses in the School of Engineering. He also co-teaches Entrepreneurship in Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-founded the Innovation Institute focused on creating training platforms for entrepreneurial education.

Mr. Lyons received a Bachelors and Masters (equivalent) in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, an MSEE from Stanford, and an MBA, with Distinction, from the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive Program. He is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies and a Price-Babson Fellow in Entrepreneurship Education.

Montgomery Kersten, Entrepreneur and Corporate Acquisitions Attorney

Montgomery Kersten works with development stage companies on strategic initiatives. He is currently the vice president of strategy and business development for the Business Solutions Group of British Telecom, and serves as a board member of several Silicon Valley private companies. Monty co-founded VitalSigns Software, of which he was President and CEO. VitalSigns Software offered application performance management software and was acquired by International Networks Services in 1998.

Before co-founding VitalSigns Software, he served as vice president of business affairs and general counsel of Bay Networks where he was responsible for managing its acquisitions, strategic relationships, corporate development and legal matters. Before joining Bay Networks' predecessor SynOptics Communications in 1991, Monty served in various positions in sales, marketing and business development at large high technology companies as well as at start-up companies. Monty also has served for over a decade as a member of the board of directors of, and donor to, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which oversees five charities dedicated to helping children, the disabled and disadvantaged, the elderly and mentally ill. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Peter Dalton, CEO of Globalstar, Management Consultant

As Chief Executive Officer, Peter manages the long-term strategic growth of Globalstar, Inc. and its subsidiary company SPOT LLC. He is responsible for extending the quality and broadening the reach of the company’s portfolio of satellite voice and data solutions.

Peter has served as a director of Globalstar since 2004 and as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is CEO of Dalton Partners, Inc., a management consulting firm, and has served as CEO and director of a number of its clients. He also served as president of SPACE (Society of Private and Commercial Earth Stations), the satellite television industry trade association. As CEO of KLM Electronics he grew revenue more than twenty five times making it the world’s largest manufacturer of satellite television systems at that time. From November 2001 to September 2004, Peter served as chief executive officer of Clickhome Realty, Inc., a discount real estate and mortgage company.

Before that, Peter had more than thirty years experience in business management, turnaround management, and investment banking. He has been a board member of over twenty companies both public and private. His industry experience is broad-reaching, including food processing, medical products, semiconductor industry test equipment, telecommunications equipment, house-wares, ready-to-wear, concert lighting, and candles. Peter’s experience includes strategic partnering, mergers and acquisitions, and high growth situations. He has arranged significant financing for startups and growing companies through his own investment banking firm.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA and is an executive fellow, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt, Associate Chair of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt is a Professor of Computer Science, Associate Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering program, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, all at Vanderbilt University. He is also an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at the Institute for Software Research at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University.

His prior experience includes time at University of California Irvine, Washington University St. Louis and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, where he served as Vice Chair of a study on Cyber Situational Awareness for Air Force mission operations. Dr. Schmidt has served as a Deputy Office Director and a Program Manager at DARPA, where he led the national research and development effort on middleware for distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems. For a time, he also co-chaired the Software Design and Productivity (SDP) Coordinating Group of the U.S. government's multi-agency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.

Dr. Schmidt has published 10 books and more than 500 technical papers on software-related topics covering object-oriented frameworks and domain-specific modeling environments that facilitate the development of DRE middleware and mission-critical applications running over data networks and embedded system interconnects.