Meet the People at BIA

Board of Directors and Executive Team

Liam Donohue

Mr. Donohue is a co-founder and General Partner of .406 Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm. Prior, Mr. Donohue was a founding General Partner of Arcadia Partners, a fund focused on investments in tech-enabled education companies and a founding investor in BIA. Mr. Donohue has also served as a Principal at Foster Management Company and as a Director for Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Donohue holds a BS in Chemistry from Georgetown University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.

Cheryl Cook

Ms. Cook is a co-founder and Director of BIA. After leading the company for a number of years, Ms. Cook now oversees the company's finance and compliance activities. Previously, Ms. Cook served as Vice President–Resource Planning and General Counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation and Chief Operating Officer of Trainlogic, Inc., a company focused on web-based training. Ms. Cook received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Villanova University and a BA from Pennsylvania State University.

Management Team

David Nydam

Mr. Nydam serves as the chief executive of BIA. Mr. Nydam has served as an Executive in Residence at .406 Ventures and the CEO of Woodpellets.com. Previously, Mr. Nydam served as President of BCC Research, a company focused on providing high-quality market growth and segmentation data on technology industries. Mr. Nydam has also served as the Vice President of Marketing at EF Education and in the Strategy Consulting practice of Deloitte/Braxton consulting. Mr. Nydam received an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BS in Astronomy and Physics from Yale University.

Kirsten Bjerklie

Ms. Bjerklie is a Managing Director at BIA, overseeing the company’s Behavioral Analysis team and operations. BIA’s behavioral analysis team evaluates public disclosures (earnings calls, television interviews, press releases, etc.) for deception, completeness and confidence. Prior to joining BIA, Ms. Bjerklie served as Vice President, Information Manager within Putnam Investment’s equity research department and Assistant Vice President, Library at Scudder Kemper Investments. Ms. Bjerklie received an MBA from Babson College, an MLS from Simmons College and a BS from the University of Southern Maine.

Amber Wert

Ms. Wert is a Managing Director overseeing BIA’s Account Management group. Ms. Wert and her team focus on the delivery of BIA’s information collection, evaluation and the detection of deception solutions to its institutional investor and public accounting clients. Ms. Wert previously worked as an accountant for Deloitte and Fidelity Investments, and she was also a consultant for Navigant Consulting. Ms. Wert received her BS in Accounting and Finance from Miami University.

Jason Hutto

Mr. Hutto is Managing Director of Sales for BIA. Mr. Hutto consults with investment professionals to tailor BIA’s solutions to provide insight throughout the investment process. Prior to joining BIA, Mr. Hutto served as a Sales Executive in research sales at Risk Metrics Group and before that at CFRA. Previously, Mr. Hutto was an Equity Trader at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Hutto is a CFA Charterholder and holds degrees in Finance and Accounting from Auburn University.