Thursday, September 28, 2023

ComboCurve Welcomes CJ Montano as Chief Technology Officer

ComboCurve, the leading analysis engine in the energy sector, is excited to announce the appointment of CJ Montano as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Montano brings over 25 years of experience, including a proven track record in software engineering, agile principles, and effective leadership. 

Montano comes to ComboCurve with an impressive history of scaling complex engineering projects. During his tenure at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he was part of the technical leadership team that successfully oversaw the growth of daily transactions from 500,000 to 20 million over seven years. His dedication to maintaining market stability and preventing catastrophic losses during times of volatility illustrates his risk management expertise and commitment to safeguarding businesses. 

Montano has repeatedly shown his ability to build high-performing teams, transforming organizations for better software engineering. After leading the Quality Assurance (QA) group at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he implemented agile transformations at companies like Relativity and ECHO Global Logistics. He went on to found his own successful business, Agile Unicorn, focused on building high-performance teams infused with lean principles. 

"Montano's extraordinary track record managing complex systems and high-performing teams makes him an invaluable asset to the ComboCurve family," said Armand Paradis, CEO of ComboCurve. "We can't wait for him to get started. His leadership and technical skills perfectly complement our commitment to providing the best platform for strategic decisions in energy." 

In his role at ComboCurve, Montano plans to make data-driven decisions a cornerstone of his strategy. He stresses the importance of data in supporting business growth. Montano also aims to bring a mindset around creating value rather than merely processing data. As a firm believer in the power of quality as a product, his vast experience will drive value in all areas of the company. 

"I am thrilled to join ComboCurve, a company already ahead in modern engineering principles and with an excellent tech stack," Montano said. "I look forward to helping drive the focus on value and quality in our processes. The team here has already set a very high bar for quality. My philosophy will only reinforce the process of continual improvement." 

This new appointment aligns with ComboCurve's strategic plan to continuously enhance its technological capabilities, solidifying its position as the most robust analysis engine in the energy sector. 

About ComboCurve 

ComboCurve is the most robust analysis engine in energy. The company's pioneering platform provides reliable forecasts, type curves, production economics, scheduling, and net zero planning in one place. ComboCurve customers make informed and profitable decisions based on accurate and comprehensive data. With its cloud-based technology and customer-focused approach, ComboCurve continues to disrupt the energy sector reducing engineering workflows from days to minutes. For more information, please visit

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Alexandra Brasher
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Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus

The forward-thinking, planet-positive brand creates footwear made with purpose in Annapolis, Maryland

Athletic Footwear Industry Veterans Launch Made Plus
Made Plus Debuts The SKIFF

The SKIFF is a tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history. Ethically engineered, forward-thinking fashion made with purpose.

Made Plus, a pioneering footwear brand founded by industry veterans Trey Hentz, Kevin Fisher, and Alan Guyan, officially sets sail today. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, at 190 Admiral Cochrane Dr. STE 170, Made Plus marks a new era of personalized “planet-positive” footwear proudly made in the United States. With Made Plus, every step matters, which is why the brand has reduced a complex manufacturing process from 300 steps to less than 50 – significantly eliminating negative outputs on the environment. 

Having collectively contributed their designs to industry-disrupting products for athletic footwear giants such as Under Armour, Nike, and Sketchers, the trio of Guyan, Fisher, and Hentz now embark on an extraordinary journey to redefine the traditionally tedious, outdated, and wasteful shoe manufacturing process. What started in a garage in Annapolis is now a micro-factory where the team passionately advocates for a sustainable future and a reimagined approach to crafting “made-to-order” footwear.

Local production and a relentless focus on an environmentally conscious lifestyle fall at the heart of Made Plus' identity, positioning the brand as a trailblazer in the footwear landscape. “Our core mission revolves around reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing waste, and championing ethically viable practices. Every step matters, from sourcing components to the production process to the elevated performance our customers experience,” said Alan Guyan, Founder and CEO of Made Plus. “We are also focused on maintaining a local-first approach, crafting products for locals by locals, fostering a strong sense of community and connection right here in Annapolis.” 

Unlike conventional shoe manufacturing, Made Plus employs a revolutionary made-to-order business model, significantly reducing waste while providing a design-thinking customization experience. By leveraging cutting-edge technologies, including 3D printing, knitting, and digital modeling, Made Plus offers personalized footwear tailored to each individual's needs – a shoe made just for you.

Guyan expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to have the freedom to focus on our mission while doing what we love best - designing and innovating in a way that raises the bar for the footwear industry while delivering customized, elevated experiences for our customers."

The debut offering from Made Plus is the "SKIFF" lifestyle shoe, a loving tribute to Annapolis' rich boating history, specifically inspired by the small boat that shares its name. Showcasing ethically engineered performance UPKNT technology, each pair is upcycled from six plastic water bottles, free of excess foams and linings, and incorporates Azo-free dyes and upcycled components such as laces, webbing, and support structures. “The 'SKIFF' encapsulates our dedication to crafting contemporary, high-quality footwear from recycled materials, embodying our vision of forward-thinking fashion made with purpose,” added Guyan. 

About Made Plus Inc. 

Made Plus is a visionary footwear brand founded by industry veterans who have honed their craft at major companies, including Under Armour, Nike, New Balance, and Sketchers. Steadfast in its vision to revolutionize the footwear industry, Made Plus is committed to purpose-led design thinking rooted in simplified shoe science. The brand is making a positive impact through ethical manufacturing and using high-quality, sustainable materials. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, every pair of Made Plus shoes is made-to-order and crafted with care in the U.S. To learn more, please visit

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Caitlin Wolf
PR Consultant
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