Allegion Ventures has assembled a team of sector experts with focus and a resolute mindset to serve as active partners during a company’s early stage.​ Members of the Allegion Ventures team contribute diverse skills and perspectives to help companies to become forerunners in emerging technology.​

Artificial intelligence​ 

Corporate venture capital​

Customer experience 

Cybersecurity​ and privacy 

Data science 

Distribution​ 

Enterprise 

Facilities and operations​ 

Global business development​ 

Industrial design 

Infrastructure 

Manufacturing​

Marketing​ and sales

PropTech

Security and access​ 

Systems architecture​

UX/UI​ 

Verticals 

Education​ 

Healthcare​ 

Government 

Multifamily 


Investment team


John Goodwin

Principal, Allegion Ventures

Rob Martens

Co-founder and President, Allegion Ventures

Hatsuki Miyata 

Principal, Allegion Ventures 

Robert "Bobby" Prostko

Managing Director of Fund II, Allegion Ventures

Doshia Stewart

Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Allegion Ventures

Associates


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Troy Anfield

Troy Anfield

Director, Platform Engineering

Troy fell in love with computer science at an early age, writing his first software program at the age of 10 on a TI-99/4A. As technology evolved, Troy became fascinated with the evolution of software powering ever smaller devices and relished the challenges of solving difficult problems in constrained environments.

Troy is constantly looking for ways technology can be employed to step change a product’s competitiveness or a workforce’s operation. Besides technical expertise, Troy brings a passion for getting to the heart of problems and enjoys leading teams to deep understandings on underlying customer and technological needs. 

Troy is senior director of platform engineering at Allegion, bridging mechanical, electrical, firmware and software under a systems engineering, component-based development mindset. His work experience spans a variety of functions and industries, from irrigation, navigation, aerospace and security.

Married with two children, Troy keeps busy programming on an aging FreeBSD box and researching the latest computer hardware and software trends. Cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the latest new gadgets and gaming, both video and board, are just some of his interests.

Troy Anfield

Director, Platform Engineering

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Kameika

Kamieka Barnes 

Director, Global Digital Workplace

Kamieka Barnes is an associate on the Allegion Ventures team and director of global digital workplace and user experience at Allegion. 

Prior to joining Allegion, Kamieka worked in various areas of IT application and infrastructure, including cloud engineering, network, database, collaboration and support. She has a passion for connecting the right technology with right people and uses her over 20 years of experience in information technology in her current role at Allegion.  

Kamieka received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and is a proud Hoosier. Outside of work, she enjoys helping others discover and develop their true potential. She volunteers with several youth-focused organizations and has served as Boys and Girls Club Futures vice chair, Pass the Torch for Women technology chair and Special Olympics volunteer team lead. In her downtime, she loves traveling to different islands in the Caribbean and spending time with her husband and three children.

Kamieka Barnes

Director, Global Digital Workplace 

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Zach Boomer

Zach Boomer 

Senior Industrial Designer 

Zach is an industrial designer who has a passion for developing and shepherding new ideas into compelling, desirable products. He consistently questions and challenges where the traditional molds can be broken, emphasizing where new approaches can enable better, more harmonious solutions for a wider range of stakeholders. 

As a senior industrial designer at Allegion, Zach creates product designs for commercial and residential hardware, as well as the global bike security brands. His design work considers aesthetic beauty, brand alignment, trend alignment, usability and manufacturability. His skillsets as both a designer and maker have afforded him opportunities to create and prototype conceptual designs for trade shows, as well as envision and create new product showcases and showroom designs.

Zach earned his bachelor’s degree from the College for Creative Studies in 2016 in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. 

Zach Boomer

Senior Industrial Designer 

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Dustin Casey

Dustin R. Casey

Director, EHS & Security

Dustin is an energetic and dynamic leader at Allegion. In his role as director of EHS and security, Dustin leads the environmental, health, safety and physical security programs, globally. His strategic mindset has set allowed Allegion to set records and establish new expectations in EHS. These results were recently recognized when Allegion was selected as the National Safety Council’s 2021 Robert W. Campbell Award winner, establishing Allegion as best-in-class - a reflection of Dustin’s passion and leadership. 

Since joining Allegion in 2008, Dustin has held positions with increasing responsibility, including EHS manager at Allegion’s Princeton, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana facilities and Eastern Americas EHS leader for the Corporate team. 

In his last 15+ years in manufacturing, Dustin has established himself as someone that pushes boundaries across functions and continents that results in creative solutions in the areas of risk reduction, compliance and standardized processes.   

In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University, Dustin has also earned the coveted designation as a Certified Safety Professional.

Dustin Casey  

Director, EHS & Security 

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Blaine Dirker

Blaine Dirker

Cybersecurity and Privacy Counsel

Blaine has a diverse background that intersects at the crossroads of legal and technology. He has spent nearly 15 years in engineering and IT as a software engineer and architect, and nearly a decade as a lawyer covering intellectual property matters for bleeding edge technologies and data security and privacy legal matters, globally.  Throughout that time, he has founded several funded technology-based startups and counseled numerous companies from budding startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Blaine earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University, his J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and his MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business, the latter with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. He is currently pursuing an MPS in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation from Penn State.

Blaine Dirker 

Cybersecurity and Privacy Counsel

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Tandra Foster

Tandra Foster

Deputy General Counsel, Labor & Employment and Chief Compliance Officer

Tandra thrives on identifying challenges and providing advice to discover practical and innovative solutions. As a trusted adviser and team player, she enjoys utilizing her legal acumen and genuine interest for supporting companies’ most valuable asset, human capital, to help organizations optimize and reach desired goals by way of engaging talent and energizing leadership. Tandra’s experience also includes leadership in the realm of inclusion, diversity and equity. As Allegion’s deputy general counsel, labor & employment, and chief compliance officer, executive leaders and portfolio companies will value her ability to balance the importance of legal compliance with the necessity of creative and real-world business solutions in the ever-evolving human capital space.

Prior to joining Allegion, Tandra obtained additional extensive legal experience in dispute resolution, litigation, labor and employment, compliance and general advice and counseling.

Tandra earned a B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University and a J.D. at Indiana University Mauer School of Law. She is also certified in Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Leadership Professional in Ethics & Compliance. 

Tandra Foster 

Deputy General Counsel, Labor & Employment and Chief Compliance Officer

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Robert Gaulden

Robert Gaulden 

Director, Go-to-Market, Multi-Family Access

As an expert in technology and industry advancements, electronic access control and multi-family properties, Robert loves the application of technology to deliver a stronger customer experience, drive operational efficiency or solve a market specific need.  

With more than 15 years of security industry experience, Robert has focused on technology partnerships, business development and security policy. As the go-to-market leader of Allegion’s Multi-Family Access business unit, he brings a unique perspective and understanding of the role technology plays in delivering a seamless experience for owners, developers, property managers and residents.

Robert has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has been featured as a thought leader in Security Sales & Integrator (SSI), A&S International and Security System News, where he was chosen as a “20 under 40” honoree in 2013.

Robert Gaulden

Director, Go-to-Market, Multi-Family Access 

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Joe Juarez

Joe Juarez

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy

Joe has a passion for technology and helping founders turn their vision into reality. He likes to leverage his unique experiences as both an advisor and a principal. Joe has worked on Wall Street, at large and small publicly-traded companies and at a startup.  He most enjoys working with startups, including executing strategic acquisitions, raising capital effectively and devising actionable business strategies. Joe is at his best when he is digging in with CEOs and their teams. Specifically, he is excited by platforms and building block ideas that create greater economic value for its users.

Prior to joining Allegion, Joe led corporate development groups at Fortune 500 companies, including FedEx Corporation and Owens-Illinois Inc. He began his M&A career at the investment banks of JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch prior to attending business school. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BBA from the University of Texas.

Joe Juarez

Vice President, Business Development and Strategy 

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Matthew Kerfoot

Matthew Kerfoot

Vice President Finance, Allegion International

Matthew joined Allegion in May 2020 and is currently the vice president of finance for the International region. Prior to Allegion, he served in finance leadership roles for the oil and gas and digital media industries, responsible for publicly reported segments. His experiences have landed him all over the globe, including multiple countries across Europe, Africa, Russia and Canada, and he enjoys the opportunities, challenges and complexities of international growth and focusing on long-term risk-adjusted return on invested capital. 

Matthew received a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Manchester, graduated in the first class (England’s equivalent to the Summa Cum Laude designation in the U.S.), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds the CFA charter. 

A keen supporter of Liverpool football club, Matthew is married with three children with whom he loves to walk, swim and ride bikes.

Matthew Kerfoot

Vice President Finance, Allegion International

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Ryan Kincaid

Ryan Kincaid

Global Technology Leader, Connectivity

Ryan Kincaid serves as Allegion’s global technology leader, connectivity, where he works closely with businesses partners to transform product needs into technology roadmaps, identifying relevant, emerging technologies and readying them for integration into Allegion’s products. 

Ryan’s commitment to producing customer-driven technology solutions spans over 20 years, starting at his first post-college role at a product design firm supporting startups. At Allegion, Ryan has had roles in New Product Development, Global Engineering and Advanced Development. He is currently serving as a management steering committee member and Board alternate in the FiRa Consortium, helping grow the ecosystem and interoperability of Ultra-Wideband (UWB); he previously served as chair of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) committee to establish industry standards for internally powered architectural hardware devices.

Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at Purdue University and his MBA from Indiana University, Kelley School of business, focusing in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Ryan Kincaid

Global Technology Leader, Connectivity 

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Devin Love

Devin Love

Director, Product Management

Devin specializes in software and electronics, with a sharp eye for seeing the big picture before diving deep into products and partnerships. Devin relishes the opportunity to connect meaningful technology to consumers’ needs.

Devin joined Allegion in 2014 as a lead engineer for the award-winning Schlage® Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, a first of its kind for the industry. As director of technology alliances, he turned his focus to expanding Allegion’s partnerships to boost the value of Allegion solutions, collaborating with industry leaders in adjacent markets to ensure joint product offerings enhance the overall user experience. In his current role, Devin leads commercial software and electronic product activities to provide high quality, trusted innovations across Allegion’s portfolio.

Prior to joining Allegion, Devin served as a principal program engineer at Raytheon. He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis. 

Devin Love

Director, Product Management 

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Matt O'Dell

Matt O’Dell

Vice President, Software Services

Matt O’Dell is an associate on the Allegion Ventures team and vice president of software services at Allegion. 

From serving on teams ranging in size from one to over one hundred and playing nearly every role in the software development lifecycle, Matt brings a wealth of experience in enterprise software development and information technology. He balances the creative mind of a dreamer with the practical sensibilities of a seasoned professional to help business leaders envision the possibilities of digital solutions and the clear steps to get there.

Matt loves to talk tech and share stories through blogs, videos and podcasting. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. When he’s not working, Matt loves long runs in the park, hanging out with his family and dogs and taking part in a rotating assortment of hobbies like photography, gardening and baking.

Matt O’Dell

Vice President, Software Services 

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Joe Pyle

Joe Pyle 

Regional Vice President – Sales, Central Region

Joe brings 20 years of sales experience to the security and door hardware industry and a passion for growing partners by adding value to the market. He has held or led each role in our regional sales organization, giving him the unique ability to intimately understand the business from many different perspectives.  

Along with his sales experience, Joe brings an analytical approach to the market to understand root cause issues and find long-term solutions that improve the customer experience. Joe is excited to use his experience and passion for revenue generation and the front-end of the business to help start-ups grow. 

Married with two children, Joe is a passionate Philadelphia and University of Florida sports fan. He’s also a bit of a “sneaker-head,” with a growing collection of Air Jordan’s. Outside of work, you will find Joe at the gym, either playing basketball or working out, or spending time with his wife and kids.

Joe Pyle

Regional Vice President – Sales, Central Region 

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Carrie Rhodes

Caroline Rhodes

Director, Engineering Electronics

Caroline leads Allegion's systems engineering and verification efforts for electro-mechanical and communicating safety products, serves on the steering committee for Allegion’s Network of Empowered Women and is involved in various inclusion and diversity initiatives. 

Her industry experience includes consumer goods, semiconductor, healthcare, energy systems and automotive, working with global teams her entire career, including completing expat assignments in Germany and Italy. She has worked with companies such as Whirlpool Corp., Texas Instruments, Agilent, Carrier and Delphi Automotive.   Caroline's passion for engineering started with algorithm development centered around user-focused applications and grew into a deep understanding of electro-mechanical systems and architectures.  

Caroline is a graduate from both Purdue University and Georgia Institute of Technology, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering. Her accolades include earning two certificates for emerging women in leadership (from Michigan State University and Signature Leaders), a manager of the year nomination in 2020 and acceptance into Security Industry Association's Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) program in 2021. Outside of her career, she is married, has two teenagers and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

Carrie Rhodes  

Director, Engineering Electronics 

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Jennifer Sivak

Jen Sivak

Vice President, Manufacturing IT

Jen is an associate with Allegion Ventures and the VP of manufacturing IT for Allegion. She has responsibility for deploying simple, secure and scalable technology within supply chain and manufacturing operations. She is actively shaping industry 4.0 at Allegion, and driving how we will leverage AI, robotics, data and industrial IOT technologies to modernize our operations.  

Jen’s 28+ years of experience with the company give her deep knowledge of the business and passion for the industry. She spent 18 years of her career focused on manufacturing, supply chain and customer care, exposing her to the most integral areas of the company, and 10 years in global IT leadership roles.

Jen is married with four children and loves travel and sports. She partners with her church to educate youth and support groups focused on the needs of vulnerable families. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from WVU.

Jennifer Sivak

Vice President, Manufacturing IT

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Phil Street

Phil Street

Vice President, Business Development

Phil blends an extensive career in the security and access industry, working in a variety of commercial and general management roles, across multiple geographies and end markets. He’s a futurist with a global mindset, which helps shape strategic thinking and understanding of how technology can better address real world issues to improve user experience and accelerate adoption.

Phil leads strategy and business development for Allegion International, working with the business leaders to develop strategic plans and then supporting their execution. He has led investments, acquisitions, integration and partnering projects across a diverse range of companies, technologies, markets and stages in the business life cycle, representing Allegion on several Boards, including Nuki and Zero UK.

Phil holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Administration & Management from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, where he specialized in small business development. He is married with two children and enjoys travel, motorsport, football (soccer) and rugby.   

Phil Street

Vice President, Business Development

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Martha Vu-Grams

Martha Vu-Grams

Leader, Strategic Communications

Martha serves as the strategic communications leader at Allegion, managing a variety of campaigns and strategic initiatives focused on promoting the Allegion business strategy. She enjoys brand building, storytelling and working in a fluid environment, where she can push the envelope of creativity.  

Martha has 20+ years of marketing and sales experience. Prior to joining Allegion, Martha worked in retail channel marketing and marketing communications for Roche Diabetes Care, creating and managing marketing programs to drive access, preference and incremental product volume. Prior to that, she was a pharmaceutical sales representative promoting top-selling allergy and central nervous system medications. Her advertising experience includes working at one of the largest healthcare advertising agencies in the U.S., launching products for major pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. 

Martha is married with two children, all of whom keep her laughing and on her toes. She enjoys travel, food (eating, not preparing) and beautiful cars. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Indiana University. 

Martha Vu-Grams

Leader, Strategic Communications 

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Serge Zappone

Serge Zappone 

Managing Director, Allegion International (Australia)

Serge is the managing director of the Allegion International Australian business, where he has been responsible for significant process improvement, change management and integration. Previously, he was VP of consumer products and outdoor products at Stanley Black & Decker across Europe and ANZ and was involved in several investments and acquisitions in his eight years with the business. 

Serge has a Bachelor of Business in Management from Monash University and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School.  He has a diverse background in technical, training, operations, marketing, sales and general management.

Serge has lived and worked in Melbourne, Sydney and London, and spent considerable time working across Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Currently, Serge calls Melbourne home with his partner Rosemary and their two children James and Michael. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit, spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.

Serge Zappone

Managing Director, Allegion International (Australia) 



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