Steve Zapata is President, CEO and Managing Member of bTrade.
Steve is a highly respected eCommerce executive who has held significant management positions at IBM Global Network and IBM World Trade Group supporting IBM’s EDI/VAN and MFT solutions throughout the America’s, as well as, General Electric’s GlobalExchange Division, DNS Commerce, TIE Commerce, Cyclone Commerce (Now Axway) and INOVIS. With just under 20 years of experience in the AS2, EDI, VAN and Integration services area, Steve has led initiatives both domestically in the US and internationally throughout Latin America.
Steve spent twelve years with IBM as a Systems Engineer, Marketing Representative, Manager and Country Manager for IBM Global Network and their EDI/VAN/AS2 solutions located in New York and Mexico City. Steve successfully grew GE GXS’s operations in Mexico and the Caribbean as General Manager. As President and CEO, Steve led DNS Commerce, a Boston-based EDI software and services company, to a turnaround and eventual acquisition by a European e-commerce company. Steve was also President and CEO of TIE Commerce USA and Chief Strategy Officer of TIE Holding, a publicly-held company on the NYSE, located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Steve also held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development at INOVIS located in Alpharetta, GA.
Steve holds a MBA from San Francisco State University, a BS Degree from California State University, Chico and an Associate of Arts Degree from Riverside City College. Steve attended Ventura College of Law, completing coursework towards his JD degree with an emphasis in Corporate Law.
Steve is a Advisor to the Private Equity Firm, Avantce (www.avantce.com) located in Naples, Florida regarding operational matters concerning Avantce’s portfolio companies. Steve sits on the Advisory Board of Directors of DirectEDI, a web services and hosted transformation company located in San Diego. He has also previously held board seats with Ecsalesdata.com of Los Angeles and XsCapacity of Northampton, Mass. Steve is based at company headquarters in Burbank, California.