Braustin Homes Names Cole Wollak Chief Technology Officer
C-Suite Addition Key to Rapidly Growing San Antonio Startup
(San Antonio, TX , Jan. 12, 2022) Braustin Homes, the nation’s first virtual manufactured home dealership, has named Cole Wollak its first Chief Technology Officer. Wollak, who previously served as an advisor to Braustin Homes, will oversee Braustin’s information technology department and the rapidly growing company’s strategic IT planning and operations. Braustin Homes was founded by brothers Alberto and Jason Piña in 2017 as a two-person startup and now has nearly 40 employees.
“As we scale, it’s important that we leverage technology to drive growth through processes and automation. In our time working together, Cole has demonstrated a track record of delivering products built through the eyes of the end user, and I have full confidence in his ability to build a world-class engineering team to help transition Braustin from a mid-size company to an industry leader,” said Alberto Piña, CEO of Braustin Homes.
“I met Alberto and Jason while they were launching Braustin Homes several years ago and have had the pleasure of watching their continued growth from the fringe. I’m excited now to have the opportunity to bring my knowledge, experience and expertise from developing critical software systems and investing through venture capital to Braustin,” said Cole Wollak. “I’ve always admired companies that have a double bottom line, and here at Braustin an increase in revenue is directly tied to a family getting a new roof over their head.”
Before joining Braustin Homes, Wollak served as a managing director at Geekdom Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage software companies. He gained technical experience at FlashScan3D, a startup that focused on developing 3D imaging devices for biometric and forensic science applications. At FlashScan3D, Cole played a role in product design, optical engineering, electrical engineering, software development and image processing. He led the development of several government-funded research projects awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSA), U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL), and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
Wollak was the program manager for the first Techstars accelerator in San Antonio and later joined the staff at Geekdom, San Antonio’s collaborative startup community, where he helped launch the Geekdom Community Fund. Wollak occasionally teaches entrepreneurship classes at Trinity University, his alma mater, from which he graduated with a BS in engineering science in 2011.