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Fíonta announces new CEO

Mark Patterson appointed CEO; Lisa Rau to continue as Executive Chairman and lead business development.

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2018 – Fíonta is pleased to announce that Mark Patterson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Patterson comes to Fíonta from Community Brands where he was the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Products and General Manager of Aptify. Before Community Brands’ purchase of Aptify, he spent over eight years at that firm, most recently in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer where he ran the company on a day-to-day basis. With a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, over 25 years of experience in technology, and deep experience with association management software and solutions, Mark is a natural fit for Fíonta during a period of strategic growth.

“I’m gratified to join Fíonta and lead the company through its next phase of growth. The purpose-driven culture committed team, and positioning as a Premium partner are key differentiators that will help us grow and expand our impact on nonprofits and associations.” – Mark Patterson, CEO

Fíonta’s co-founder and CEO for 17 years, Lisa Rau, will stay with the company as executive chairman and will continue to lead the company’s business development team. Dr. Rau co-founded Fíonta (previously named Confluence Corporation) in 2001 following an executive career in information technology management and R&D. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence.

Jeffrey Sullivan, who started the company with Dr. Rau after working with her in two previous jobs, will stay in his current role as president of Fíonta.

”I am thrilled to have Mark on board”, said Dr. Rau, “Our little company has grown and developed so much over the years, and, especially with our increasing focus on Salesforce implementations, it was time to make a big strategic addition to our management team. I’m looking forward to working with Mark, and at the same time to focus myself as much as possible on developing relationships with prospective and existing clients.”


Fíonta is a Premium Partner specializing in the implementation of Salesforce specifically for associations and other nonprofits. Fíonta also provides web design and development and technology consulting services. Created in 2001 specifically to serve nonprofits, Fíonta is headquartered in Washington, DC, with a field office in Los Angeles, CA, and serves clients nationwide.

Since 2001, Fíonta has provided services to almost 1,000 nonprofit organizations and maintains an excellent independent rating on the Salesforce AppExchange.

For more information, please contact Karin Tracy at 202.296.4065 x60, email at, or visit the Fíonta website at