Burlington, VT (October 9, 2018) – Social Sentinel proudly announces that Rick Gibbs has joined the company as president, effective October 1. Gibbs, the former CEO and co-founder of Dealer.com, has been an active advisor for, and an investor in, Social Sentinel since 2016, and member of the Board of Directors since late 2017. He brings to the executive team considerable expertise and success in software development and scaling companies at a time when Social Sentinel is poised for significant growth and expansion.
Social Sentinel is the market leader in providing safety and security insights on social media and public data sources. The company applies its expertise in linguistics, data science, public safety, and education to scan more than 1 billion public social media and public source posts daily to identify potential threats of harm or cries for help. When potential threats are identified, the posts are presented to clients as alerts, giving schools an opportunity to assess and intervene if necessary.
"At Social Sentinel, we are passionate about protecting schools, our children and their communities," says Dr. Gary Margolis, founder and CEO of Social Sentinel and former University of Vermont Chief of Police. "Given the longstanding prevalence of school-related violence and security challenges, the education industry invests in a number of safety technologies, and Social Sentinel is increasingly becoming a key part of the overall strategy. As a parent, Rick shares our values and commitment to school safety, and as a seasoned executive, he is vital to the next stage of our growth."
"The value that Social Sentinel is providing schools across the country is incredible, and we’re doing it in a way that is innovative and deeply meaningful. We are addressing an important safety and security need using technology and data science in a manner that schools could never do on their own. We help save lives," says Gibbs. "As a software engineer, business leader, entrepreneur, and parent, I find Social Sentinel challenging and rewarding, and I’m excited about our future. Vermont has proven to be an exceptional place to innovate, and we are fortunate to have the talent and resources needed right here to evolve the company from a local startup into the market leader."
As president, Gibbs will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and will oversee company operations including product, revenue, account management, legal, and marketing. As CEO, Dr. Margolis will continue to focus on strategic partnerships, client relations, corporate strategy, and evangelizing the company’s mission and vision throughout the marketplace.
Gibbs co-founded Dealer.com in 1998, which was acquired by Dealertrack in 2014 for $1B. At Dealertrack, he was named co-president until the company was acquired a year later by Cox Automotive for approximately $4B. At Cox Automotive, Gibbs served as president of Software Solutions and then executive vice president and chief product officer.
Social Sentinel is experiencing triple-digit year-over-year revenue growth and has grown its employee base by 80 percent this year. The company is continuing the trajectory into 2019 with new product releases and additional hires in its Burlington headquarters and expects to double in size in 2019.