Press Release


Synaptix Systems Adds New Board Members

ALISO VIEJO, California – May 31, 2006 – Synaptix Systems Inc., a leading strategy and solutions firm that helps clients improve business performance, today announced the addition of two new Advisory Board members.

“We are incredibly pleased to be able to leverage the experience and guidance of two world-class business leaders in Dave Berkus and Bob Stephens”, states Synaptix Systems President & CEO Heath Hawker. “Their profound knowledge of technology, high-growth businesses and the financial services vertical will be invaluable as we grow Synaptix into an IT Governance leader”.

Mr. David Berkus is Managing Partner of Kodiak Ventures, LP and Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Tech Coast Angels, an investing network focused on early stage technology companies.

Mr. Berkus has a proven track record in operations and investing. As an entrepreneur, he has formed, managed and sold successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas. As an investor, he has obtained healthy returns from liquidity events in over a dozen investments in early-stage ventures. In the last ten years he has made 49 investments in early stage ventures, for which he has an IRR of 97%. In recognition for adding significant shareholder value for emerging technology companies, he was named “Director of the Year – 1999” by the Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County, California. Mr. Berkus is also co-author of “Better Than Money!” – a book for emerging growth company executives addressing the issues resulting from rapid growth, and is listed in Marquis’ “Who’s Who In America” and “Who’s Who In The World”.

Mr. Robert Stephens is the former CEO of Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for multiple companies including Finisar (NASDAQ: FNSR).

Mr. Stephens spent 9 years leading Adaptec before retiring in 2005. During this period he drove the diversification of the business direction from I/O hardware to broader storage products including storage software. Before Adaptec, Mr. Stephens was President and CEO of Emulex Corporation. During his tenure there, he redirected the company’s operations to the development of ASIC technology and networking products. His restructuring efforts helped create rapid growth for the company’s networking division, and led to the spin-off of its SCSI and Fibre Channel businesses as QLogic Corporation. Prior to Emulex, Mr. Stephens was senior vice president, general manager, and founder of the Microcomputer Products Group at Western Digital Corporation. His career began at IBM, where he served over 15 years in a variety of management positions.

Synaptix Systems provides strategic consultative value and information technology governance solutions that drive significant return on investment through process improvement and program/project management office implementation & optimization. The company’s approach to planning and delivering project value has yielded a sound track record of client satisfaction. Recognized for a common sense client advocacy approach and rigorous delivery methods, Synaptix has developed long-term relationships founded on continuous value creation.

About Synaptix Systems Inc.
Synaptix Systems Inc. has its corporate headquarters at 30211 Avenida de las Banderas, 2nd Floor, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. Synaptix Systems can be reached at 949-888-6640, or by email at

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