Meet the leadership team behind Live Earth’s platform

Live Earth’s team is composed of a diverse group with a passion for making the world a safer place. From coders to strategists, our talented workforce enables us to provide the best solutions to our clients.

Gene Bardakjy

Chief Executive Officer

Gene Bardakjy is a senior executive in private equity, an entrepreneur, and the CEO of Live Earth.  His private equity experience includes deal origination, transaction negotiations, diligence, transitions, executive management, and portfolio oversight. 

Gene was a partner with Empire Investment Holdings, and a consulting partner to Platinum Equity, Cerberus Capital Management, and Tracker Capital.  Gene also founded The FenDak Group, Klosebuy Inc., and GBK Investments, a private investment and consulting group.

Gene earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University.  He is a member of the Florida Bar.

Kelly Grooms

Chief Operations Officer

Kelly Grooms is a technologist, entrepreneur, and the COO at Live Earth. He thrives on building and leading high-performance teams, in fast-paced environments, delivering trusted software products. Data Visualization for public and personal safety has been Kelly’s focus as he’s served customers including US Special Forces, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management for over two decades. Kelly’s drive for excellence continues with his family, community, church, and on the soccer field.

Craig Johnston

Vice President of Business Development

Craig Johnston is an engineer, accomplished business executive, and the VP of Business Development at Live Earth. He has over 30 years of experience bridging semiconductor technologies, computer hardware, computational analysis software, and operational management positions. His knack for building new relationships and partnerships brought him to his leadership position today, driving business development and marketing efforts for Live Earth. Outside the office, Craig is a competitive rower and a passionate social advocate.

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