Meet The Team

We want it all:

Speed. Security.


We're the development team behind Silvermint, a high-performance layer 1 blockchain with smart contracts. We're building Silvermint because we believe the world needs an easy-to-use platform for decentralized finance that performs well and is economical to use.


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Pyrofex Corporation

Pyrofex Corporation is Utah Valley’s first blockchain and cryptocurrency startup. Founded in the spring of 2016 by ex-Googlers Mike Stay and Nash Foster, Pyrofex's mission is to bring new platforms, applications, and development tools to the blockchain community.

Meet our

world-class team

Nash Foster


Nash has over 25 years of experience in the computing industry and has served on the engineering staffs of Google, Oracle, Counterpane, iBiblio, and many others. Nash studied mathematics and the theory of computation at the University of North Carolina and George Mason University. He has helped Fortune 100 companies design, implement, and manage networks and network applications securely.

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Mike Stay


Mike received his Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in category theory from the University of Auckland in 2015. Before Pyrofex, Mike worked on software security tools at Google. His research interests include machine learning, type theory, cryptography, object capabilities, concurrency, n-category theory, algorithmic information theory, and quantum computation.

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Kelly Foster

VP of Product

Kelly Foster is an experienced product leader who specializes in team development, product vision, execution, and product culture where the focus is one of iteration, adaptation, and risk mitigation to quickly deliver value. She comes to her work with passion for collaboration, systems-thinking, and agile delivery. Her industry experience includes work in blockchain technology, payments, insurance, technical sales, healthcare, and performing arts.

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Eric Lang

Senior Engineer

Eric spent 5 years at a Darpa-funded startup writing military vehicle simulation software following his degree in Computer Science. Then he spent more than two decades at Microsoft creating versions of C++ & Visual C++, Windows CE consumer embedded platform products, and leading product teams at Xbox, Skype, and Microsoft Research (MSR).

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Philip Bonham

Senior Engineer

Philip comes to us with a wealth of software knowledge and experience that includes time spent at Amazon, Google, Intuit, and most recently Shopify. He is particularly interested in infrastructure automation, distributed systems, nondeterminism, program correctness, system design, and keeping code cognitively manageable.

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Rusty Chapin

Sr. Director of Systems Engineering

Rusty brings to the team over 25 years of operations experience at a global scale. Experience with organizations like Microsoft, Avatar, Bittitan, and Classmates. He is focused on producing large scale systems architecture that scales to meet demand and operates with little or no intervention.

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Andrew Johnson

Software Engineer

Andrew recently graduated from Utah Valley University in 2023 with an ABET Accredited Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He has a range of interests including programming languages, compiler design, algorithms, web development, agile, patterns of software design, database theory, and computer architecture. He is looking forward to his career in Computer Science and expanding his education in the future. His hobbies include D&D, board games, video games, and the outdoors.

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Steven Werner

Software Engineer

Steve has held a number of roles in tech, such as QA testing video games, digital advertising and SEO, and web development. He was working for CDK Global in Seattle building web pages and proprietary tools when he met Nash and was offered a position with Pyrofex. Steve is currently working on building, maintaining and developing the Silvermint network.

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Matt Deal

Business Development

Matt has spent the last decade in a number of sales, marketing, and finance roles. He began his career doing credit analysis for a regional bank in Texas before going into wealth management. Most recently he launched an incubator fund specializing in commodity and energy investing. Matt is currently focused on competitive analysis, marketing, and investor relations.

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Spencer Viernes

Legal and Strategy Advisor

Spencer has broad experience across multiple industries, including technology and infrastructure, developing and delivering projects around the globe. After receiving his J.D. from Brigham Young University, Spencer has worked in legal, operational, strategy and corporate development functions for companies large and small, including eBay, PayPal, and Venmo, among others. He has designed and implemented innovation projects and frameworks for Fortune 50 companies and for startups, and brings executive management advisory skills with operational execution experience.

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Alexandrea Pressgrove

Project Coordinator

Alexandrea began her career with HotelTonight, and continued on with Airbnb after their acquisition. Passionate about working with smaller teams and startups, she joined Pyrofex to help us make Silvermint a household name worldwide, and get back to nature and family here in Utah.

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Nicky Alamo

Blockchain Developer Advocate

As a graduate student, Nicky worked as a Professor of Information Systems at the University of Utah. He has spent his time in both Engineering and Product roles at companies such as Twitch, F5, and local startups. Most recently he spent his time working as the Chief Product Officer of a local tech company called Summit Technology. He is highly passionate about blockchain, mostly because cryptocurrency helped pay for the majority of his undergraduate degree.

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Jaimi Augustine

Executive Assistant/ Marketing Specialist

Jaimi received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Utah Valley University. She spent over 4 years understanding social media trends, competitor analysis, and marketing strategies. She is passionate about working in a blockchain startup and contributing to its market presence. Jaimi doubles as an executive assistant and marketing specialist at Silvermint. Outside of work she loves to spend her time dancing.

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Jessica Duke

Project Manager

Jess is a project manager who has four years experience in customer service and management. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Utah Valley University. While working for Silvermint she has obtained a Professional Scrum Master certification. Outside of work Jess enjoys dirt biking and boating.

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Christina Perkins

Project Manager

Christina is a displaced editor in computer science and has been connected to the technology industry throughout her career. She has worked as a software tester (UI/UX before it had a name), tech writer, process administrator, and writer of myriad employee handbooks. Currently she divides her time between the hiring pipeline and creating processes for sales and marketing during this very exciting time at Silvermint Corporation. In her spare time, you will find her on the dance floor: Argentine tango, international Latin, international ballroom, and social dancing (partner dancing).

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Markus Sawczyn

Marketing and Digital Media Specialist

Markus is a unique digital media specialist with over four years of experience in successfully executing short promotional and full-length audio and video projects. He has been involved in every aspect of production including equipment set up, pre-production planning, editing and post-production. He is skilled at coordinating multiple projects and people involving small to medium teams while accurately managing the distribution of content. Markus studied digital media and communications, graduating with a bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He specializes in video and audio projects but has also had the pleasure of working as a photographer for multiple projects, corporate, and personal events.

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