Our Journey

We began solving problems within the intellectual property industry before we became a multi-industry solution providing platform. Our quest began when our clients became tired of the “world’s best” companies giving their customers incomplete, incorrect, and nonactionable data. They wanted faster and more accurate and actionable data so they could make better decisions.

In response, we built a system centered on complete, correct, actionable, and real-time data results. We also designed and trained machine learning systems with the capacity to make decisions to implement those results. Once accomplished, we realized our process and patent-pending technology could solve many of the problems that plague businesses within multiple industries. This leads to significantly enhanced profitability for our clients.

Our Team

IPW Systems is staffed significantly by computer science graduates and faculty from the College of Business at the University of North Alabama.

Sean Collin,

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Sean Collin, Founder and CEO of IPW, was born and raised in Silicon Valley California to a family that has been involved in innovation for generations. Mr. Collin holds an economics and law degree (with Honors) from Otago University in New Zealand, and a Master Degree (with Distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center in International and Comparative Law with his Master Thesis on The Harmonization of the World’s Intellectual Property Laws. Mr. Collin is admitted to practice law in three countries. Mr. Collin is currently Secretary of Sacred Healing Circle, a New Mexican non-profit corporation that focuses on assisting Native American communities. Mr. Collin is of Native American descent and has served as an ambassador for his ancestral tribe in Tennessee. 

Conrad Pitts,

Chairman, General Counsel

Conrad Pitts is Chairman and General Counsel of IPWatch Systems Corporation.  He is a graduate of Rhodes College with a BA, Tulane University with a JD, and the University of Florida with an LLM.  Mr. Pitts is the founding partner of Pitts, Sutherland & Eckl P.C., a corporate practice and mergers and acquisitions firm based in the Huntsville, Alabama region.  He is admitted to practice law in three states, and has undertaken merger and acquisition work for corporate clients in South America, Europe and Asia as well as throughout North America.  Mr. Pitts has been involved extensively in non-profit and civic activity in the Americas, Africa and Asia. He has been a Board member of the YMCA in the region as well as of local banks.  

Dillard Murphy,

Chief Operating Officer

Dillard Murphy is the Chief Technology Officer of IPWatch. Prior to holding this position since 2014, he was the chief designer, developer and webmaster at Southeastern Advertisements, now a leading company in the area, which is based out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. As Senior Director of IT at Huntsville Dodge, Dillard quickly distinguished himself as a Master of sales and was awarded certification by Chrysler. In 2002 Dillard built his first company at the young age of fifteen. He further expanded his company into four unique branches and was able to bring many jobs to the community in a time of economic hardship.  Currently, Dillard is completing his degree in computer science, computer information systems, and innovation engineering at the University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama as a mature student. He is also an active member of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Association for Information Systems. In addition, Mr. Murphy actively competes in many computer programming specific competitions such as University Interscholastic League through ACM.

Daniel Hess,

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Hess is a highly accomplished, results driven senior financial executive with more than 15 years of progressive experience within start-ups and multi-billion dollar organizations.  His educational background includes a Master’s in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Finance from the University of San Diego University, San Diego, CA.   He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance also from San Diego University.  Before that, he attended Johnson Graduate School of Business of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and obtained an Executive Development Degree.  Prior to attending Cornell University, Mr. Hess attended INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France obtaining a Graduate Degree focusing on Managing Partners and Strategic Alliances. He has extensive experience in working for Verizon Wireless as the Vice President in Irvine, CA from 2001-2016. 

Kyle Kurzhal,

Chief Technology Officer

Ross Bennett,

Chief Customer Experience Officer

Ross Bennett brings a unique blend of marketing and finance skills that lead high performance teams in developing CRM solutions which serve customer needs and maximize shareholder value.  He brings experience from working for Verizon Wireless of Irvine, CA from 1995 – 2015. His professional education background includes the completion of multiple Executive Programs including Duke University, through The Fuqua School of Business in Durham NC completing the Executive Education Managing Customer Value Program.  Before that he attended the Executive Programs at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, IL earning a certificate in Pricing Strategies and Tactics. He also holds a B.S. Finance from San Diego State University of San Diego, CA. Outside of academia, Mr. Bennett is the Team Captain of Race Across America Foundation (Sep 2010 – June 2011). He is also a member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and aimed to ensure that hundreds of high school student athletes are living with purpose.

Nga Dinh,

Chief Administrative Officer

Nga Dinh, the Chief Administration Officer of IPWatch, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Hai Phong University in Vietnam and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and International Business from the University of North Alabama. She is a scholarship recipient of multiple scholarships in both Vietnam and the United States. In addition to corporate administrative, finance, and HR activities, Nga is responsible for quality assurance, assuring our clients receive the highest quality results and technology user experience provided in the industry. Nga is involved in community non-profit activity and has been the national singing champion of Vietnam.

Michele Lipscomb,

Director of Client Services

Since 2007, Michele has supported Senior Legal in-house and outside counsel for Direct Energy Services businesses including franchised and company-owned operations.  Her career experience is primarily intellectual property specific.  It includes considerable IP enforcement, litigation support and project management litigation experience both domestic and international for clients in various industries in the public and private sectors.  She has been a litigation case manager, responsible for 30 (+)contract lawyers and paralegals in complex intellectual property litigation. Her personal interests include minority educational scholarship programs, poverty and social justice efforts, and beach ecology.

Kelsey Weathers,

Director of Digital Media & Graphic Design

Kelsey Weathers is currently the Director of Digital Media & Graphic Design. Prior to working at IPWatch as a Marketing Intern and Marketing & Research Analyst, she attended the University of North Alabama where she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration of Marketing and a Minor in Fine Arts. In addition to digital media and graphic design where she brings her creativity to life, Kelsey is also responsible for user experience and client services. She has also recently started her own graphic design consulting business. Her personal interests include volunteering at local animal shelters and fostering over capacity animals through the shelter and attending and serving at her church where she is a member.

Shannon Keith,

Director of Sales

The Process

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