Sentient

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet our Board of Directors

Our approach to SEO is uniquely built around what SEO is uniquely built around we works and what we know doesn’t work.

Venkat Sharma, Founder

Venkat Sharma

Venkat Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Sentient. 

He has significant experience in building technology-enabled businesses having successfully founded two enterprises – Advantum Health and iMedX – where he sourced, negotiated, and closed over 15 acquisitions. In addition, as a member of the leadership team, he took Acorn Information Services from start-up through to a successful IPO.

His prior corporate experience includes IBM and 3M. 

Mr. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of Advantum Health, The JJ Metta Foundation, and Passport Health (as Vice-Chairman).

David-Cohen

David Cohen

David Cohen has a diverse set of experience in Financial Services, spanning almost 35 years. 

He invests in venture capital firms and entrepreneurial businesses as a limited partner – including iMedX – the startup built by Mr. Venkat Sharma (Founder & CEO).

Previously, he had served as the VP in a Private Equity and Venture Capital firm – LRF Investments Inc. and Shawmut National Corporation, a bank based in New England. He had also served as the CFO of Legal Sea Foods, Inc. (a seafood restaurant chain). 

Mr. Cohen earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

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David Richardson

David T. Richardson has over 30 years of operations and financial leadership experience focused on early-stage growth companies

He is currently the CEO and board member at Cognision, an early stage FDA approved medical device producer. He is also on the Board of Louisville Collegiate School and other community boards.

Previously, he was the CEO and board member of The Learning House Inc., an online education technology and services company, where he led the company’s rapid growth and subsequent acquisition by a KKR-backed company. He remained a board member through to a subsequent sale to John Wiley & Sons for $200mn. 

He also founded Capture Higher Ed, which provided proprietary software and services to colleges and universities to identify, engage, and enroll prospective students, and served as the CEO of a web listing company Rentalhouses.com where he grew the business and sold it to KKR-owned PRIMEDIA’s Consumer Source division yielding strong investor returns. 

His early experience included being a VP (Finance) at Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures, senior auditor at PwC, and various roles at Wachovia (now owned by Wells Fargo).

Mr. Richardson earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and a CPA.

Meet our Team

Our approach to SEO is uniquely built around what SEO is uniquely built around we works and what we know doesn’t work.

Venkat Sharma, Founder

Venkat Sharma

Founder & CEO

Venkat Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Sentient. 

He has significant experience in building technology-enabled businesses having successfully founded two enterprises – Advantum Health and iMedX – where he sourced, negotiated, and closed over 15 acquisitions. In addition, as a member of the leadership team, he took Acorn Information Services from start-up through to a successful IPO.

His prior corporate experience includes IBM and 3M. 

Mr. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of Advantum Health, The JJ Metta Foundation, and Passport Health (as Vice-Chairman).

mike walton

Mike Walton

Vice President of Growth

Murthy Mantha is the CTO at Sentient. 

Backed by decades of experience in building innovative technology-enabled business solutions for some of the leading financial institutions – such as JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, and Shinsei Bank in Japan, he believes in looking at technologies from the customer’s perspective to add to its service delivery capabilities. He also has hands-on expertise in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobile, Big data, Web Technologies, and cloud computing. 

Mr. Mantha earned his graduate’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Murthy Mantha

Murthy Mantha

CTO

Murthy Mantha is the CTO at Sentient. 

Backed by decades of experience in building innovative technology-enabled business solutions for some of the leading financial institutions – such as JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, and Shinsei Bank in Japan, he believes in looking at technologies from the customer’s perspective to add to its service delivery capabilities. He also has hands-on expertise in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobile, Big data, Web Technologies, and cloud computing. 

Mr. Mantha earned his graduate’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Vijay Damodara

Vice President of Operations

Rajeev Akkineni is the CFO and the COO of Sentient. 

With 18+ years of experience in strategy and financial management, he has developed a keen eye in eliminating redundancies in processes and resources and identifying the right KPIs mapping industry benchmarks. 

He works with our clients to build robust business reporting processes, identify suitable cost-effective technology solutions, and integrate operational and financial metrics. 

Mr. Akkineni has published papers on financial management and is an avid reader of books on strategy and management. 

He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Venkat Sharma, Founder

Venkat Sharma

Founder & CEO

Venkat Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Sentient. 

He has significant experience in building technology-enabled businesses having successfully founded two enterprises – Advantum Health and iMedX – where he sourced, negotiated, and closed over 15 acquisitions. In addition, as a member of the leadership team, he took Acorn Information Services from start-up through to a successful IPO.

His prior corporate experience includes IBM and 3M. 

Mr. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of Advantum Health, The JJ Metta Foundation, and Passport Health (as Vice-Chairman).

mike walton

Mike Walton

VP of Growth

Murthy Mantha is the CTO at Sentient. 

Backed by decades of experience in building innovative technology-enabled business solutions for some of the leading financial institutions – such as JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, and Shinsei Bank in Japan, he believes in looking at technologies from the customer’s perspective to add to its service delivery capabilities. He also has hands-on expertise in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobile, Big data, Web Technologies, and cloud computing. 

Mr. Mantha earned his graduate’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Murthy Mantha

Murthy Mantha

CTO

Murthy Mantha is the CTO at Sentient. 

Backed by decades of experience in building innovative technology-enabled business solutions for some of the leading financial institutions – such as JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, and Shinsei Bank in Japan, he believes in looking at technologies from the customer’s perspective to add to its service delivery capabilities. He also has hands-on expertise in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobile, Big data, Web Technologies, and cloud computing. 

Mr. Mantha earned his graduate’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Vijay Damodara

VP of Operations

Rajeev Akkineni is the CFO and the COO of Sentient. 

With 18+ years of experience in strategy and financial management, he has developed a keen eye in eliminating redundancies in processes and resources and identifying the right KPIs mapping industry benchmarks. 

He works with our clients to build robust business reporting processes, identify suitable cost-effective technology solutions, and integrate operational and financial metrics. 

Mr. Akkineni has published papers on financial management and is an avid reader of books on strategy and management. 

He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Director, Client Services

Nathan Carter is the Client Services Manager at Sentient.

Being a certified Sage Intacct Implementation & Accounting Specialist with more than 6 years of experience as an auditor, providing assurance services across multiple industries including real estate and non-profit, he has developed a keen eye in identifying areas requiring process improvements and automation. His expertise has directly enabled organizations to transition from legacy accounting systems to robust and modern cloud-based solutions successfully. 

Mr. Carter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville.

Troy Hawkins

Troy Hawkins, CPA

CFO Consultant

Venkat Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Sentient. 

He has significant experience in building technology-enabled businesses having successfully founded two enterprises – Advantum Health and iMedX – where he sourced, negotiated, and closed over 15 acquisitions. In addition, as a member of the leadership team, he took Acorn Information Services from start-up through to a successful IPO.

His prior corporate experience includes IBM and 3M. 

Mr. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of Advantum Health, The JJ Metta Foundation, and Passport Health (as Vice-Chairman).

Lance Cornell

Lance Cornell, CPA

CFO Consultant

Rajeev Akkineni is the CFO and the COO of Sentient. 

With 18+ years of experience in strategy and financial management, he has developed a keen eye in eliminating redundancies in processes and resources and identifying the right KPIs mapping industry benchmarks. 

He works with our clients to build robust business reporting processes, identify suitable cost-effective technology solutions, and integrate operational and financial metrics. 

Mr. Akkineni has published papers on financial management and is an avid reader of books on strategy and management. 

He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Meet our Advisors

Kenneth West

Kenneth West

With over 40 years of experience in both start-ups and large corporations, Kenneth West has served as the CFO of Marvel Entertainment, McIntyre Group, and Martha Stewart Living, aside from several smaller companies, many with operations in India, He had also served as the Senior Manager at Ernst & Young for more than 15 years.

Known for his hand-on lead-by-example style, he has a proven track record of success and leadership. He was instrumental in helping set the long-term strategy for Sentient and continues to advise on matters relating to deal-making, finance, and strategy.

Mr. West earned his B.S. in Economics and Accounting from the Carnegie Mellon – Tepper School of Business and is a CPA.

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

Mark Carter has nearly forty years of professional experience in Accounting, Finance, and Management Consulting, having been a Partner at Ernst & Young, BKD, LLP, and Director/Shareholder of Dean Dorton Ford. 

He brings extensive experience across many disciplines including strategy, revenue cycle, contracting, performance improvement, supply chain, technology, and financial planning amongst others.

Currently, he’s serving as an Executive Advisor within the Kentucky Department of Health focusing on the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response. 

Mr. Carter earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a CPA.

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Venkat Sharma, Founder & CEO

Venkat Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Sentient.

He has significant experience in building technology-enabled businesses having successfully founded two enterprises – Advantum Health and iMedX – where he sourced, negotiated, and closed over 15 acquisitions. In addition, as a member of the leadership team, he took Acorn Information Services from start-up through to a successful IPO.

His prior corporate experience includes IBM and 3M.

Mr. Sharma earned a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India), and a Master’s degree in Management from Clemson University in South Carolina.

He serves on the boards of Advantum Health, The JJ Metta Foundation, and Passport Health (as Vice-Chairman).

David Cohen

David Cohen has a diverse set of experience in Financial Services, spanning almost 35 years.

He invests in venture capital firms and entrepreneurial businesses as a limited partner – including iMedX – the startup built by Mr. Venkat Sharma (Founder & CEO).

Previously, he had served as the VP in a Private Equity and Venture Capital firm – LRF Investments Inc. and Shawmut National Corporation, a bank based in New England. He had also served as the CFO of Legal Sea Foods, Inc. (a seafood restaurant chain).

Mr. Cohen earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

David T. Richardson

David T. Richardson has over 30 years of operations and financial leadership experience focused on early-stage growth companies.

He is currently the CEO and board member at Cognision, an early stage FDA approved medical device producer. He is also on the Board of Louisville Collegiate School and other community boards.

Previously, he was the CEO and board member of The Learning House Inc., an online education technology and services company, where he led the company’s rapid growth and subsequent acquisition by a KKR-backed company. He remained a board member through to a subsequent sale to John Wiley & Sons for $200mn.

He also founded Capture Higher Ed, which provided proprietary software and services to colleges and universities to identify, engage, and enroll prospective students, and served as the CEO of a web listing company Rentalhouses.com where he grew the business and sold it to KKR-owned PRIMEDIA’s Consumer Source division yielding strong investor returns.

His early experience included being a VP (Finance) at Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures, senior auditor at PwC, and various roles at Wachovia (now owned by Wells Fargo).

Mr. Richardson earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and a CPA.

Mike Walton, Vice President of Growth

With more than twenty-five years’ experience in business development, sales and marketing, including twelve specializing in professional services, Mike understands the needs and challenges of accounting firms and is dedicated to providing value and increasing efficiency in firms. His core philosophy is grounded in the importance of developing relationships and gaining a true understanding of the needs of the client and bringing together a team to help achieve their goals and increase profitability. His previous successes working with a fast growing, Top 100 CPA firm demonstrate his passion to deliver results to the marketplace.

Mike is a graduate of Montana State University – Billings.

Murthy Mantha, CTO

Murthy Mantha is the CTO at Sentient.

Backed by decades of experience in building innovative technology-enabled business solutions for some of the leading financial institutions – such as JPMorgan Chase, Charles Schwab, and Shinsei Bank in Japan, he believes in looking at technologies from the customer’s perspective to add to its service delivery capabilities. He also has hands-on expertise in Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Mobile, Big data, Web Technologies, and cloud computing.

Mr. Mantha earned his graduate’s degree from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and Master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Vijay Damodara, Vice President of Operations

Based in India, Vijay leads the operations of Sentient Solutions. A Chartered Accountant, with over 16 years’ post qualification experience in audit and finance, he is responsible for managing and scaling up Sentient operations. After nine years with Deloitte & Touche (D&T) working with clients in the United States, Vijay got the entrepreneurial bug and ran his own CFO consulting company for a few years until he saw the Sentient vision. His D&T experience was preceded by stints with Deloitte India and E&Y India in Audit.

With 20+ years of experience, significant of which is with Public Accounting/ Big 4 in audit, assurance and accounting services, he comes with a unique blend of experience comprising of client service, technical accounting, special projects, and people management.   He works with our clients to have deeper understanding of the businesses, their processes and mapping them to better the accounting systems. His experience working with a variety of entities ranging from very small start-ups to multi-national conglomerates help him determine cost effective solutions that are scalable.

Vijay has experience of being stationed in the US in his prior experience along with frequent travels for US based client visits.  In his past experience, he has led diverse, multi-locational teams helping their success.  He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Nathan Carter, Director, Client Services

Nathan Carter is the Client Services Director at Sentient.

Being a certified Sage Intacct Implementation & Accounting Specialist with more than 6 years of experience as an auditor, providing assurance services across multiple industries including real estate and non-profit, he has developed a keen eye in identifying areas requiring process improvements and automation. His expertise has directly enabled organizations to transition from legacy accounting systems to robust and modern cloud-based solutions successfully.

Mr. Carter earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Louisville.

Troy Hawkins, CFO Consultant

Troy Hawkins is a CFO consultant at Sentient.

He has vast knowledge and experience in tax planning, consulting, and compliance. He founded Beacon Advisor Group, a tax consulting firm, where he is currently the CEO. He previously worked as a Senior Tax and Business Specialist at AGRI Financial Group and as an Accountant at various CPA firms.

Mr. Hawkins holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting and Marketing from the Western Kentucky University.

Lance Cornell, CFO Consultant

Lance Cornell is a CFO consultant at Sentient.

With 25+ years of experience in corporate finance and M&A, he provides M&A transaction support, strategic planning, performance improvement, and part-time CFO services.

He was the CFO of Transcend Inc., a tech-enabled healthcare company, which went public and was sold to Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN). He continued at Nuance as VP-Finance before going back to his entrepreneurial roots, founding Cornerstone Financial Consulting, bringing high-end corporate finance expertise to small businesses without the cost and overhead of a full-time CFO.

Mr. Cornell holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Kenneth West

With over 40 years of experience in both start-ups and large corporations, Kenneth West has served as the CFO of Marvel Entertainment, McIntyre Group, and Martha Stewart Living, aside from several smaller companies, many with operations in India, He had also served as the Senior Manager at Ernst & Young for more than 15 years.

Known for his hand-on lead-by-example style, he has a proven track record of success and leadership. He was instrumental in helping set the long-term strategy for Sentient and continues to advise on matters relating to deal-making, finance, and strategy.

Mr. West earned his B.S. in Economics and Accounting from the Carnegie Mellon – Tepper School of Business and is a CPA.

Mark Carter

Mark Carter has nearly forty years of professional experience in Accounting, Finance, and Management Consulting, having been a Partner at Ernst & Young, BKD, LLP, and Director/Shareholder of Dean Dorton Ford.

He brings extensive experience across many disciplines including strategy, revenue cycle, contracting, performance improvement, supply chain, technology, and financial planning amongst others.

Currently, he’s serving as an Executive Advisor within the Kentucky Department of Health focusing on the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response.

Mr. Carter earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a CPA.