DSAT 2.5
DSAT 2.5

The Data Science Acceleration Team is made up of interchangeable specialists fitted to your needs. A mix of data scientists, engineers, developers and project lead will work the equivalent of two and a half full time resources.

Accelerate. Optimize. Profit.
Accelerate. Optimize. Profit.

We partner with some of the world’s best companies to unlock multi-million dollar opportunities from their data.

A Solution to Insurance Price Grading Challenges
A Solution to Insurance Price Grading Challenges

Our newly created app ClearGrade combines the best of data visualization and price modeling in an easy to use web-based platform.

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For over twenty-five years, we have worked with top industry clients in insurance, banking, capital markets, retail, and manufacturing who came to us with questions such as:

  • How can we swiftly and effectively integrate external data sources making efficient use of our time, money, and internal resources?
  • How can we use data science to increase the productivity of our human resources?
  • How can we perform test and learn to achieve continuous improvement?
  • How can we experiment with cutting edge software and technology to accelerate innovation?

Our seasoned data scientists and technology specialists help our clients achieve quick wins and long-lasting tools for success. Additionally, we provide high-performance technology platforms — leveraging Big Data and Cloud computing.

We pride ourselves in a hands-on, customized, consultative approach.

Our Philosophy

Data, analytics and technology don't exist in a vacuum. They must be combined for maximum results. This is why we continue to seize opportunities to impact the well-being of your business by improving your data, process, systems and strategy.

Simply, our goal is to maximize the Value of Your Data.

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Richard Vermillion

Richard Vermillion has served as Fulcrum’s CEO since 2011, and was the company’s CTO from 1996 through 2011. In his former role, he was the chief architect of Fulcrum’s technology products and service offerings.

As the CEO, he led a management buy-out of Fulcrum in 2013 and built up Fulcrum’s modern data science and engineering capabilities. In 2015, he led the spin-out of After, Inc., the leading provider of warranty analytics solutions, and acted as After's CEO until its successful sale in 2017. Now full-time at Fulcrum, Richard continues to contribute to the development of the company’s technology platform and to key client relationships.

Before joining Fulcrum, Richard worked for McKinsey & Co. He holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.



Mike Finegold

Mike Finegold, Chief Data Scientist, has been with Fulcrum since 2013. He is in charge of the research and development of new analytical solutions to meet the changing needs of clients and take advantage of the variety and quantity of data now available.

He has led the development of data science solutions at several of the world’s largest investment banks and insurance carriers. Prior to Fulcrum, he held faculty positions with the Statistics Department at Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University. His research focused on modeling consumer preferences, inferring latent network structures, and designing marketing experiments for social networks. Prior to academia, he worked for several years as a management consultant, business development manager, and educator.

He received an AB in Mathematics from Princeton University and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Chicago.



Tara Piazza

Tara Piazza is the company’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Fulcrum's operational and administrative functions in addition to partnering with clients to deliver exceptional insights.

As COO, Tara has oversight of the company’s human resources, legal, regulatory, and financial functions, making sure the company optimizes its operations and is prepared for the future. Tara also serves as a relationship manager to key clients.

Tara additionally oversees Fulcrum’s market research practice, where she applies over twenty years of market research experience across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Tara worked for the Advertising Research Foundation and the primary research company David & Associates, Inc. She has been a presenter at conferences for Warranty Chain Management, AAPOR, and the ARF.

Tara received a B.A. in Sociology from Colgate University, and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business.