Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.


Gatekeeper Systems®' experienced management team provides the company with the vision and leadership essential to ensure financial stability, unwavering focus, and continued success well into the future.


Michael B. Lawler
Mr. Lawler joined Gatekeeper in 1998. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1980. He spent the next six years with Price Waterhouse, where he became a CPA and achieved the position of Tax Manager. In 1987, Mr. Lawler left Price Waterhouse to serve as Vice President of Finance for Wallace Moir Company, where he became the Chief Financial Officer. In 1989, he moved to Brinderson Real Estate Group, a commercial real estate developer.

In 1994, Mr. Lawler left Brinderson to become the Chief Financial Officer of Belgravia Capital Corporation. From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Lawler was an active partner with Belgravia Capital Partners, LLC, a company that invested in start up and emerging companies, including investing in Gatekeeper in 1998.

Erik Paulson - CEO
Mr. Paulson joined Gatekeeper in 2001. In 1990, Mr. Paulson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of California, Irvine. After receiving his degree, Mr. Paulson spent three years at The Smyth Companies, a regional commercial real estate development and management firm.

In 1993, Mr. Paulson joined Belgravia Capital Corporation, a commercial mortgage banking company. In his six-year tenure with the company, he held various positions, advancing to the level of Vice President of Capital Markets. From 1999 through 2002, Mr. Paulson was active as a partner with Belgravia Capital Partners, LLC.

Brett Osterfeld - President
Mr. Osterfeld joined Gatekeeper in 2001. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in 1988 from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Mr. Osterfeld joined the Sales & Strategic Product Launch Group at Eastman Kodak, where he served until 1993.

From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Osterfeld acted as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Belgravia Capital Corporation, a commercial mortgage banking company. Following his tenure at Belgravia, Mr. Osterfeld worked for two years at Finova Realty Capital, a financial services company. In 1999, Mr. Osterfeld acted as President of Treatwells, a developer and manufacturer of equestrian nutritional products.

Richard John Brandes - Non-Executive Director
Mr. Brandes joined Gatekeeper in 1998. He set up Belgravia Capital Corporation in 1984 which was successfully transformed from a boutique mortgage bank into a leader in the commercial loan origination and securitization industry, before being sold to a large public finance company in 1997.

Senior Management

Stephen Hannah - Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Hannah joined Gatekeeper in 2004. He earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1980.

Mr. Hannah joined Hughes Aircraft Company, where he held various management-level positions. In 1996, Mr. Hannah joined Sony Transcom Inc., a provider of entertainment electronics for the aviation industry. From 1998 through 2002, Mr. Hannah served as Vice President of Engineering for DataCritical Inc., a provider of wireless and mobile care solutions. In 2002, DataCritical was acquired by General Electric Medical Systems and Mr. Hannah was named as Director of Engineering for the newly formed Wireless and Mobile Care Center of Excellence.

As Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Hannah is responsible for directing technology and product development.

Daniel M. Cerio, Jr. CPA - Vice President of Finance
Mr. Cerio joined Gatekeeper in 2007.  Mr. Cerio graduated Summa Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University School of Business with a degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, he served as a Senior Auditor at KPMG LLP.

During his tenure there, he obtained experience in several industries and excelled in Financial Services, Technology and Manufacturing.The scope of his work included evaluation and consultation concerning business practices, technology application and the propriety of internal controls. Mr. Cerio most recently served as a Senior Analyst for the Westcorp family of companies, an organization that is involved in the Banking and Consumer Auto Finance industries. In this capacity, he was responsible for the SEC filings of two public companies within the Westcorp umbrella as well as certain filings delivered to the Office of Thrift and Supervision. Most recently, he was integral in the completion of a $ 34 million dollar secondary stock offering for WFS Financial, an 87% owned subsidiary of Westcorp.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cerio has received extensive training in SEC rules & regulations as well as principles set forth by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. As Vice President of Finance,  Mr. Cerio is responsible for overseeing the long-term financial development of the company and managing the internal financial and administrative operations. 

Vickie C. Byrd, Psy.D. - Vice President of Administration
Dr. Byrd joined Gatekeeper in 2006.  Dr. Byrd earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from United States International University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.  Dr. Byrd is a lifetime member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology; was named 2004 Psychology Intern of the Year for the County of Orange Healthcare Agency (Behavioral Healthcare, Alcohol/Drug Abuse); and completed her pre-and post-Doctoral internships at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists.                                                      

Prior to joining Gatekeeper Systems, Dr. Byrd held such positions as Executive Vice President of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art; Director of Corporate Administration of Belgravia Capital Corporation; and Business Manager of the law offices of Lobel, Winthrop & Broker.

Kris Merrill - Vice President of Product Management
Mr. Merrill joined Gatekeeper in 2012 bringing more than 20 years of experience delivering emerging technology products to retail customers across the globe. With a foundation in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Merrill has worked in all phases of the technology industry developing and implementing emerging technologies and complex systems such as Electronic Retail Demographics and financial transactions, contactless smartcard and proximity access control systems, Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS), and UHF RFID systems.

Half of Mr. Merrill’s career has been focused around business development and implementation of radio frequency technologies within the retail industry in support of asset management and loss prevention applications.  Mr. Merrill recently served as Business Development Manager for Thing Magic, a division of Trimble Navigation involved with UHF RFID Systems, and previously spent 10 years with Tyco International in Management, Engineering, and Product Development roles focusing on retail loss prevention, EAS, and RFID Systems.  As VP of Product Management, Mr. Merrill is responsible for keeping Gatekeeper Systems’ product solution efforts focused around the specific and changing needs of its customers and ensuring optimum customer experience while delivering the most comprehensive approach to helping its clients reduce shrink and improve profitability.