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Togal.AI is proud to have a team of some of the world's best tech development experts combined with highly experienced construction professionals, improving efficiency in construction estimating. We built the tool we always wished for!

Meet the Team

Patrick E. Murphy

CEO

Former Congressman Patrick Erin Murphy serves as CEO and Founder of Togal.AI, overseeing the company's day to day operations. Additionally, he currently serves an Executive Vice President of Coastal Construction, the largest General Contractor in Florida. Patrick was recently appointed to serve on the President's Export Council under President Joe Biden, where he will advise the president on strategies to promote American exports and support job creation through trade. Having been raised in the business, Patrick first started in the construction industry as a laborer, then project engineer, estimating assistant and accounting manager. After graduating from the University of Miami, Patrick worked at Deloitte where he earned his CPA license that he maintains today. Patrick served in U.S. Congress, representing Palm Beach and Treasure Coast in the House of Representatives for four years (2013-2017) and was the nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2016. After leaving office in 2017, he was named chair of the Future Forum Foundation, a nonprofit organization that researches key issues impacting millennials, such as automation, artificial intelligence and the sharing economy. Patrick proudly serves as a board member of the Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, a homeless shelter for children. Under Patrick's leadership, Togal.AI won first place at the 2022 eMerge Americas Global Startup Showcase and The Big 5's 2022 Startup City Global Pitch Competition.

Patrick Hughes

President

Patrick serves as President of Togal.AI. Most recently, Patrick was the CEO and Co-Founder of LightPoint Financial Technology, a trading, risk and analytics technology provider. He oversaw the successful commercialization of the fully integrated, cloud-based SaaS platform and the completion of its Series A investment round led by The Citco Group of Companies and Ares Management L.P. Previous to this, Patrick was Managing Partner of Deimos Asset Management, formed through a management buyout of Guggenheim Global Trading ('GGT'). He joined Guggenheim Partners in 2002 and was President and co-founder of Guggenheim Advisors until 2011. Patrick is a member of the New York State Bar. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and a JD and an MBA from St. John's University.

Oleksandr Paraska

Chief Technology Officer

Olek is an experienced software and machine learning engineer with over fifteen years of hands-on experience across a range of industries. With experience both as a developer, project manager and CTO, Oleksandr understands both the technical side and business value driving side of the equation.

Kelsey Formost

Head of Marketing

With almost a decade of experience in digital content and brand messaging, Kelsey's unique brand of “emotion-first” marketing spans a portfolio of multi-million dollar companies from tech to entertainment. From her work as Sr. Director of Content and Brand at leading influencer marketing platform, Tagger Media (acquired by Sprout Social), to founding her own viral marketing company, to hosting a podcast about the intersection of mental health and business, Kelsey is an expert at building marketing strategies that both incite emotion and drive profits. Kelsey's work has been featured in top publications like Business Insider and AdAge, and she's spoken at some of the world's top marketing events like Hubspot’s Inbound conference and SXSW (South By Southwest). Kelsey was also named one of the 50 most influential persons in influencer marketing by industry leader Talking Influence on their coveted “Influencer Top 50” list.

Chip Pettibone

Chief Product Officer

Chip has over 20 years of software product management experience in a variety of markets and industries. He has led the development of many successful and innovative new products that achieved broad adoption and are used by millions of paying customers. Previously, Chip was VP of Product at Insynctive, an insuretech SaaS company. Chip has an MBA from Northwestern University.

Johnny Maghzal

Head of Growth

Johnny Maghzal is Head of Growth at Togal.AI, helping customers get the most out of our innovative takeoff software. He brings his expertise from his previous role as Head of Product Development, where he oversaw the daily development needs of the software. He received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in addition to receiving his MBA from the Miami Herbert Business School at the University of Miami. An estimating expert, he has been working in the construction industry for nearly a decade. Before moving to the United States, Johnny worked for the largest specialized engineer solutions firm in the Middle East. While studying for his MBA, he joined the pre-construction department of one of the largest general contracting companies.

Karlie LaCroix

Head of Operations & Investor Relations

Karlie has worked as a Business Development Administrator at Coastal Construction, one of the largest General Contractors in Florida for over five years. She also helps manage a family investment portfolio that consists of a diverse group of companies spanning across various industries. Additionally, Karlie serves as Head of Operations & Investor Relations for Togal.AI. She has worked in some capacity for four technology & operations companies within the construction industry. With a background in construction and politics, Karlie has great experience in business development administration and political fundraising having worked on a national and state level. Karlie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Jay Snyder

Strategic Advisor

Jay is the founder and president of Big Blue Innovations, a technology startup advisor and innovation enabler to construction companies. Jay has been in the engineering and construction industry throughout his career. He has industry experience as a construction project executive, corporate director of planning, design and construction for a healthcare system, founder of multiple technology startup companies, and most recently as a past senior consulting executive at FMI who founded FMI's technology and innovation practice. Jay's experience is unique, and the numbers reflect that. He has led nearly $1 billion of construction on the builder side, participated in the acquisition of four tech startups, assisted in $50 million in venture capital fundraising, advised contractors spinning out technology companies, and has published over 20 pieces of thought leadership. Jay is a founder, builder, consultant, and investor. Jay also serves on the United States Air Force innovation program as an AFWERX senior technology evaluator. Jay earned a bachelor's degree in construction management from SUNYESF at Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University. Jay is a decorated military officer that has served on active duty and completed seven deployments around the globe leading combat operations and providing humanitarian assistance. Jay currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel and is based at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.