Our Company

First stage biometric security software provider headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama

DFT is the first known company to successfully develop a mobile touchless fingerprint biometrics software solution. Our patent pending technology Onyx utilizes the rear-facing camera found on mobiles devices such as smart phones and tablets as the fingerprint collection sensor. Onyx eliminates the need for hardware peripherals or device form-factor redesign for scanner integration. It will bring the high security and authentication of biometrics to everyone in a cost-effective and easily adoptable way. 

 * DFT was also the recipient of the 2014 Birmingham Business Awards "Emerging Business of the Year" award.

Inside the Office
Birmingham Skyline

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide security through fingerprint biometrically enabled authentication systems on mobile devices without the need for a touch-based fingerprint scanner.

Our Philosophy

We have a business philosophy that authentication software companies should facilitate convenience, freedom and ensure the highest degree of trust, security, and privacy for their users.

Meet Our Team

 

Chace Hatcher

Chace Hatcher

Chief Executive Officer

Chace is a seasoned technology entrepreneur with a background in finance, computer science and the law (he attended Cumberland School of Law). Chace served in the US Army as a platoon leader and was one of the original inventors of DFT’s technology.

When he is not leading DFT "downfield" and evangelizing for touchless biometric authentication, Chace loves watching SEC football, especially his Florida Gators, as he is a proud UF graduate.

Andrew T. Hayes

Andrew T. Hayes

President / General Counsel

Andy has provided legal counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies, representing many in litigation. He is a former business owner, and previously worked in business management, where he was chosen for corporate leadership training by Knight-Ridder prior to leaving that company to attend law school. Andy was recently chosen, based upon an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th & 20th editions (2013 & 2014) for his work in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.

 

Ryan Butler

Ryan Butler

Chief Information Officer

Ryan is an experienced business manager and technology entrepreneur with a background in network administration and systems integration.  Prior to joining DFT, Ryan founded a successful company specializing in  network administration. He is also centrally involved in DFT's corporate messaging, and manages the company's website.

When Ryan isn't troubleshooting the network or touting the virtues of ONYX, he enjoys hitting the links, though he'll be the first to admit that he is far less successful in consistently hitting a golf ball

Chad Markley

Chad Markley

Chief Financial Officer

Chad has both a tax and accounting background.  He has experience in public accounting and in several roles in large publicly traded companies.  Most recently, Chad was an Operations Controller for a Fortune 500 company.  Chad is responsible for the financial and accounting functions of DFT. 

Will Lucas

Will Lucas

Chief Developer

Chris Wheatley

Chris Wheatley

Senior Software Engineer

Chris is an IT specialist with extensive knowledge of computer information systems, including architecture and design, computer simulation, computer languages, server administration, and Android development. Chris's extensive knowledge of Android will help accelerate broad-based ONYX deployment and make DFT's touchless fingerprint technology the de facto standard in mobile authentication

Mac Funchess

Mac Funchess

Director of Marketing

A native of Alabama, Mac Funchess has worked on the creative side of technology most of his life. He graduated Auburn University with a degree in computer graphics and graphic design, and immediately moved to London, where he designed high-end systems for the computer graphics industry.

 

Upon returning to the States, he managed the Digital Imaging division of Capitol Filmworks for three years. While there, he spent a large amount of time working with Kodak Emerging Technologies on product development, helping them with the design and code for their Kodak Digital Science Large-Format CRT Printer and a high-speed film scanning system.

 

When he heard that Reid/O’Donahue Advertising was looking for someone to build and lead an internet/new media division, he went there and fulfilled that role.

 

Alabama corporation ALFA Insurance needed someone to create some graphics-intensive programs, they approached Mac. Hired as a Software Engineer, he quickly moved into managing projects start-to-finish, coordinating and writing code to run on everything from desktop machines to mainframes.

 

He then went into filmmaking, concentrating primarily on special effects, but offering full-service production, and he collided with Diamond Fortress when they brought him in to make a couple of promotional and instructional films. “What they were doing was amazing. This great corporate culture exists at DFT where every single person believes so strongly  in the product. I knew I wanted to be a part of that team.” Says Mac.

Devan Buggay

Devan Buggay

Software Engineer

Matt Wheatley

Matt Wheatley

Software Engineer

Brian Gaugler

Brian Gaugler

Director of Sales

Brian is a highly motivated and tenacious business professional with a passion to help technology entrepreneurs grow their business.  He has 20+ years of experience in Business Development, Corporate Account Management and Sales. He has been a Top Revenue Producer for many companies while utilizing innovative marketing strategies.
 

During his time at the University of Akron, Brian achieved both academic excellence as a Beta Gamma Sigma Member and successful leadership  as the President of the Student Senate. He later earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.
 

Though he is retired from the sport today, Brian has won two National Bench Press Titles and four Ohio State Powerlifting Championships. He also set an American Bench Press record and placed 3rd at the World Bench Press Championships.
 

Brian is armed with the skills to help DFT’s partners reach or exceed their sales goals.

Elizabeth Radcliff-Hatcher

Elizabeth Radcliff-Hatcher

Executive Administrator

Elizabeth has a broad background in office management and executive level administration. She has managed office operations for a diverse range of companies, from real estate to maritime to construction. Elizabeth's broad mandate is to make sure all aspects of DFT's day-to-day business processes run smoothly. 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

John Burdett

John Burdett

John Burdett is President & CEO of Fast Slow Motion, LLC, a consulting firm that helps early stage companies build their businesses the right way.  John has helped start and grow multiple venture backed and self-funded technology businesses.  He is a Board member of multiple companies and non-profits.  Previously, John served as Chief Operating Officer at Hospicelink and TicketBiscuit and was Vice President of Engineering at Computer Technology Solutions (CTS).   John has an MBA from Emory University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Alabama – Birmingham.

George Yeager

George Yeager

George is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Certified Public Accountant, and Masters of Accounting from UAB, and has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry. George was a Senior Partner at his own CPA firm, Yeager & Boyd, for 10 years and for the past 7 years served as Senior Financial Analyst at a nationally recognized Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm. He enjoys helping clients define and pursue their financial goals through comprehensive plans based on biblical principles. George is also well versed in complex financial issues and has copious experience working with high net worth individuals and large corporations. He is very active in his community and church, Philadelphia Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL. He is co-founder and President of Rejoice and Hope Ministries International, a nonprofit ministry serving Tanzania. He and his wife Cathy have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Chace Hatcher

Chace Hatcher

Chace is a seasoned technology entrepreneur with a background in finance, computer science and the law (he attended Cumberland School of Law). Chace served in the US Army as a platoon leader and was one of the original inventors of DFT’s technology.

When he is not leading DFT "downfield" and evangelizing for touchless biometric authentication, Chace loves watching SEC football, especially his Florida Gators, as he is a proud UF graduate.

Andrew T. Hayes

Andrew T. Hayes

Andy has provided legal counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies, representing many in litigation. He is a former business owner, and previously worked in business management, where he was chosen for corporate leadership training by Knight-Ridder prior to leaving that company to attend law school. Andy was recently chosen, based upon an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey, to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th & 20th editions (2013 & 2014) for his work in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.

Ryan Butler

Ryan Butler

Ryan is an experienced business manager and technology entrepreneur with a background in network administration and systems integration.  Prior to joining DFT, Ryan founded a successful company specializing in  network administration. He is also centrally involved in DFT's corporate messaging, and manages the company's website.

When Ryan isn't troubleshooting the network or touting the virtues of ONYX, he enjoys hitting the links, though he'll be the first to admit that he is far less successful in consistently hitting a golf ball