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Our Team

Sierra is led by a team of IT professionals spun-out of Baker Hill US

The team has over 25 years of experience working with RMCF companies and over 50 years working with offshore resources. The team includes software development executives, a CISSP certified security expert, and an attorney licensed in multiple states. Together, they provide a full suite of offshore services.

Niles Bay

Niles Bay

Chief Executive Officer

With over 30 years of experience in IT development, Niles has led teams across the globe to deliver growth-boosting results. Formerly the COO of Baker Hill Solutions LLC where he led the development of Baker Hill’s NextGen® banking platform.

With over 30 years of experience in IT development, Niles has led teams across the globe to deliver growth-boosting results. Formerly the COO of Baker Hill Solutions LLC where he led the development of Baker Hill’s NextGen® banking platform.

Melissa Sewell

Melissa Sewell

Chief Compliance Officer

Indiana licensed attorney #35593-32

Melissa Sewell is responsible for promoting and ensuring Sierra Development’s compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts. She also provides policies, procedures, and guidance to portfolio companies under the management of the Riverside Company. Prior to joining Sierra, Melissa was engaged in designing the compliance functionality of Baker Hill Solutions’ NextGen® banking platform. Her career includes ten years of internal audit experience of which five of the ten years was leading third-party contract audit engagements for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. Melissa has both her B.S. and MBA from Indiana University and her Juris Doctorate from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Indiana licensed attorney #35593-32

Melissa Sewell is responsible for promoting and ensuring Sierra Development’s compliance with laws, regulations, and contracts. She also provides policies, procedures, and guidance to portfolio companies under the management of the Riverside Company. Prior to joining Sierra, Melissa was engaged in designing the compliance functionality of Baker Hill Solutions’ NextGen® banking platform. Her career includes ten years of internal audit experience of which five of the ten years was leading third-party contract audit engagements for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. Melissa has both her B.S. and MBA from Indiana University and her Juris Doctorate from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Peter McKellar

Peter McKellar

Chief Operations Officer

In the role of Chief Operations Officer Peter McKellar is the subject matter expertise for use of offshore development resources. He has over 30 years of software development experience and is the coauthor of a Credit Union core banking solution and author of numerous loan origination and risk management solutions. He has extensive experience working with offshore teams and their onshore counterparts.

In the role of Chief Operations Officer Peter McKellar is the subject matter expertise for use of offshore development resources. He has over 30 years of software development experience and is the coauthor of a Credit Union core banking solution and author of numerous loan origination and risk management solutions. He has extensive experience working with offshore teams and their onshore counterparts.

James “Jim” Crough

James “Jim” Crough

Chief Finance Officer

Jim has over 20 years of experience leading finance and accounting functions, strategic planning, and corporate development. Jim’s background has primarily focused on growing Software and SAAS companies through acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Acquiring and integrating over 35 transactions, Jim has demonstrated success with integrating people, processes, and technology in rapidly changing environments to drive sustainable growth, operational efficiencies and continuous improvements. Previous roles: CFO at Innovyze Inc., Director of Finance and Corporate Development at Autodesk, Inc., Vice President and Division CFO at Harland Financial Solutions, Inc., and Corporate Controller at Concentrex, Inc.

Jim has over 20 years of experience leading finance and accounting functions, strategic planning, and corporate development. Jim’s background has primarily focused on growing Software and SAAS companies through acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Acquiring and integrating over 35 transactions, Jim has demonstrated success with integrating people, processes, and technology in rapidly changing environments to drive sustainable growth, operational efficiencies and continuous improvements. Previous roles: CFO at Innovyze Inc., Director of Finance and Corporate Development at Autodesk, Inc., Vice President and Division CFO at Harland Financial Solutions, Inc., and Corporate Controller at Concentrex, Inc.

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