Our Mission

Propel helps companies achieve product success by connecting the people, systems and processes needed to deliver products from concept to customer.

Our History

Propel was founded in 2015 by PLM, QMS, high-tech manufacturing, and cloud technology veterans. We extend the definition of product success beyond engineering and product development to include commercialization and service, helping our customers to deliver the best possible experience to their customers. Propel strives to help you in your product journey from concept to customer by efficiently translating product development into customer adoption and product success.

Our Leadership Team

Founder & CEO
Ray Hein

Ray is a SaaS veteran with 20+ years of PLM, development and product launch experience in both hardware and enterprise software organizations. Ray has held multiple executive positions at companies such as Agile Software, Apttus, Vendavo and Centric Software.

Fun Fact: Ray volunteers about two weeks a year with organizations like the American Diabetes Association, Family Giving Tree and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Founder and Chief Product Officer
Brian Sohmers

Brian brings over a decade of experience with PLM, supply chain and SaaS companies. Before Propel, Brian was General Manager and EVP of Products at Equilar, and has held multiple leadership roles at Oracle and E2Open.

Fun Fact: Brian enjoys diving with great white sharks.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Ron Hess

Ron has deep experience as a technical and innovation thought leader, including 10+ years of experience as a Salesforce architect, evangelist and program manager. Prior to Propel, Ron was the principal architect at Kenandy, building the next generation of ERP on the Salesforce platform.

Fun Fact: Ron is a licensed private pilot glider.

Chief Marketing Officer
Dario Ambrosini

Dario is a senior marketing and operations executive with 10+ years of venture-backed SaaS experience. He has held roles in enterprise and small business marketing at Manta, Switchfly, Yahoo! and American Express.

Fun Fact: He grew up in the United States and Italy.

Chief Financial Officer
CJ Napolitano

CJ joins Propel from Electric Cloud, where he was the CEO before their acquisition by CloudBees. He has held senior roles as CFO, COO, and CEO for several public and private enterprise software companies such as Paradata, Blekko (acquired by IBM Watson), Computer Access Technology Corp (acquired by LeCroy Corp), and Centric Software. He has led over $750 million in financial transactions during his career.

Fun Fact: His favorite band is the Smiths and he still listens to at least one Smiths song every day.

VP of Engineering
Kishore Subramanian

Kishore hails from Google, where he was a Sr. Software Engineer. At Google, he most recently worked on a Java/Kotlin library for the Google Assistant and led key areas for the Files Go Android App and Google Web Designer. His previous experience includes senior engineering roles at Motorola Mobility, JackBe and Agile Software.

Fun Fact: Kishore led the team that built Agile PLM's first web-based user interface.

EVP of Sales
Bill Aston

Bill joins Propel after a long career building winning teams with great culture. His teams have grown businesses from early startup stage to revenues of well over $35,000,000. All while intensely focused on the customer.

Fun Fact: Bill coached his two daughters in Woman's Rugby where their team won the National High School championship in 2014.

VP of Alliances
Miguel Tam

Miguel has successfully launched new products at companies like Apttus, Oracle, CA/Niku and i2. He brings over two decades of experience as a marketing executive in product marketing, corporate marketing and sales enablement.

Fun Fact: If you unscramble Miguel’s full name, it's "I'm gruesome talent."

VP of Professional Services
September Higham

September has worked with PLM customers for over 20 years in high-tech electronics, medical device, semi-conductor and consumer electronics. She has personally implemented over 400 customers with four different PLM products. She is excited to be working with the Salesforce Platform where finally she has the flexibility to design solutions for the "one unique use-case" that each customer has.

Fun Fact: September loves to go on adventures and spent a year traveling around the world with her husband and kids. 

VP of Solution Consulting
Kevin Crothers

Kevin has been building successful solution consulting teams for over 25 years. His roots are in engineering and product design solutions. He helped grow PTC from a startup to $1.2B in revenue, and joined Agile/Oracle through the acquisition of Eigner. Kevin spent the last 10 years in the big data space with Endeca and Oracle bringing a strong perspective around data driven decision making to Propel.

Fun Fact: In his freshman year, Kevin made 10 parachute jumps landing in the trees twice. He quickly took up more down-to-earth hobbies like sailing and scuba diving.

VP of Customer Success
Mary DeFrenchi

Mary has been in the software industry for over 20 years. She was Global Head of Customer Success and Sales at BoardVantage. BoardVantage specialized in providing secure collaboration and paperless board book software to Boards of Directors and Leadership teams. She grew the customer base to over 2,000 customers globally prior to being sold in 2015 to Nasdaq. Mary has held various marketing and sales leadership roles at Veeva, Nasdaq, Interwoven and Genesys.

Fun Fact: Mary spent her early childhood in the Seychelles, when she left she spent time in MA where her love of the New England sports teams began.

Our Core Values 

Customer Satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction

We strive to create products that keep our customers 100% delighted. 


We believe in open, honest, and respectful communications.


We demonstrate the courage to do things differently.


We are focused in making Propel easy to work with and easy to work for, from employees to customers.


Develop new ideas and think outside-the-box with continuous learning opportunities.

Our Commitment 

We believe in giving back to our communities and take the time to do so. We are one of many companies that participate as a Pledge 1% partner company. We’ve pledged 1% of our time quarterly to organizations and charities in our area.

We believe in helping and giving back to our local community as often as we can, or as we call it – "thinking locally".

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Come work at Propel

Our team is growing fast. Join us! 

We are always looking for the best and brightest minds to help us achieve our vision and propel innovation one day at a time.


"I love the feeling of solving a problem. Nothing is better than taking a problem, and finding a solution and then see a customer feel relief and joy at the solution."

-Brad Bennion, Customer Success Engineer, Customer Success Team

Perks & Benefits

Perks & Benefits
Health & Wellness

Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision for you and your dependents.

Perks & Benefits
Time to Recharge

Unlimited vacation, 10 paid holidays, and paid parental leave so employees can recharge as needed.

Perks & Benefits
Investing in Your Future

In addition to competitive pay, we offer an Employee Stock Purchase Program, and a 401k so you can plan for your future.

Perks & Benefits
The Tech You Need

We believe in equipping you with the tools needed for you to do your job well. Stand-up desks, MacBooks, and large monitors are standard issue.

Perks & Benefits
Inclusive Work Environment

We value diversity and strive to create an environment where every single person can feel empowered and connected.

Perks & Benefits
Continuous Learning

Opportunities for professional growth, internal advancements, and company supported learning.

Join Us

Join us if you would like to embark on a journey of helping companies build innovative and market-leading products! 

Interested? View Opportunities at Propel