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​​1stmarkets, Inc. is operated by seasoned, pragmatic, and knowledgeable
professionals that have led several technology companies to global growth
and success. Their complementary backgrounds in sales and marketing
operations, product management, software and hardware development,
customer support and quality assurance provide the guarantee that
1stmarkets’ solutions and services are effective for the growth,
performance ​and security of your business.

Marius O. BRATAN
President and CEO, 1stmarkets, Inc.

International business leader & executive with over a decade of serial entrepreneur and start-up experience in building, developing, managing and selling technology solutions and companies, Mr. Bratan co-founded 1stmarkets, Inc. in 2003.  Later he acquired the Elemental Security technology to transition it to a datacenter and cloud security compliance and risk management platform as a service solution, while streamlining software development and customer support.
Prior to his roles in 1stmarkets, Inc. and Elemental Cyber Security, Inc., Mr. Bratan served for 10 years as a senior Executive for ODS Networks – Intrusion, Inc., a publicly held technology start-up (enterprise security and networking solutions) based in Richardson TX, USA. As Vice President of International Operations, Mr. Bratan successfully developed, managed and directed international sales and marketing operations through opening new subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. As Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA, he had ramped international operations building local sales and support teams, establishing robust distribution channels, signing up strategic accounts, leading marketing initiatives and developing professional services programs. Prior to that, Mr. Bratan held various sales, marketing, project management as well as product development positions at Hirschmann (computer networks), International CPU (Novell), Unisys and Nixdorf throughout Europe.
Mr. Bratan has a Masters in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), and a Graduate Project Management and Business Administration Degree from Ecole Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l'Information (EISTI) in Paris. He is fluent in English, German, French and Romanian.

​Rolf T. Wichter
Vice President Business Development
Rolf T. Wichter has more than two decades of technical, sales and management experience in several European and International positions with hardware and software companies. He excels at positioning IT-technology products in international markets and new business development.
Mr. Wichter co-founded 1stmarkets, Inc. in 2003, as an American - European consulting and solution provider organization supporting IT-Security companies to expand into international markets and develop new business. Mr. Wichter is General Manager for the European arm of 1stmarkets, the 1stmarkets GmbH, based in Munich Germany. Prior to his roles in 1stmarkets, Inc. and VP International Operations with Elemental Cyber Security, Inc., Mr. Wichter held the position of a General Manager Central Europe for Intrusion and several European and International Sales & OEM Management positions in companies like Adobe Systems, Schneider & Koch and Hirschmann.
Rolf T. Wichter has an engineering degree in Electronics & Telecommunications from Trier University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Mr. Wichter is fluent in English and German.

Tom Allen
Vice President Operations

With more than 25 years of experience in small, medium and large enterprises, Tom Allen brings the right skills and experience to operate and grow 1stmarkets into a thriving organization delivering innovative solutions and customer satisfaction to the global marketplace.
Prior to 1stmakets, Mr. Allen served as VP Operations for Elemental Cyber Security, Inc., before that as the CIO for Privacy, Inc. Mr. Allen has extensive experience with start-up, medium and large companies. Mr. Allen’s experience includes serving as Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Vocaldata and Transat Technologies. In these positions, he developed Telco quality products in the Voice Over IP and Wi-Fi Hotspot markets and delivered these products worldwide. He also held several executive positions with Glenayre's Integrated Network Group including Vice President and General Manager of Open Development Corp., Vice President of Product Management and, Vice President of Product Development. Prior to Glenayre, Mr. Allen held executive positions with Interphase Corp. and DSC.
Mr. Allen has a BS in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas and Graduate Studies in Business from the University of Florida.

Ciprian Agapi
Vice President Technology

Mr. Agapi brings more than two decades of experience in leadership, project management, systems architecture, and software development with start-ups and large companies. He has launched several start-ups and served as Vice President Engineering at Inspir8. 
Mr. Agapi has held the position of Java Developer and Solution Architect at the Pervasive Computing Division at IBM, where he worked on client/server and multi-tier based architectures, internet technologies, J2EE and SOA architectures for domestic and international clients. As a Master Inventor, having forty patents and over thirty publications in the areas of speech recognition, multi-modal solutions, telecommunications, and location awareness, he served on the IBM Patent Board, evaluating new patent ideas and mentoring other inventors.  He started his IT career as a Systems Engineer with Telcordia Technologies (formerly known as Bellcore).
Mr Agapi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baruch College NY, with a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and has a Master degree from Carnegie Mellon University, PA in Information Networking.  He is fluent in English, German, French and Romanian.