Christopher Bouton, Ph.D.
FOUNDER & CEO
Dr. Bouton received his BA in Neuroscience (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. Dr. Bouton is the CEO of the design / build firm Systemhou.se. Previously Dr. Bouton was the CEO of Entagen a software company founded in 2008, that provided innovative Big Data products including Extera and TripleMap. Entagen's technologies won numerous awards including the "Innovative Technology of the Year Award for Big Data" from the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2012 and Entagen was recognized as a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Life Sciences in 2013. Entagen was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Prior to his role as the CEO of Entagen Dr. Bouton worked as a computational biologist at LION Bioscience Research Inc. and Aveo Pharmaceuticals from 2001 and 2004, leading the microarray data analysis functions at both companies. In 2004 he accepted the position of Head of Integrative Data Mining for Pﬁzer and led a group of Ph.D. level scientists conducting research in the areas of computational biology, systems biology, knowledge engineering, software development, machine learning and large-scale ‘omics data analysis. While at Pfizer, Dr. Bouton conceived of and implemented an organization-wide wiki called Pﬁzerpedia for which he won the 2007 William E. Upjohn Award in Innovation. Dr. Bouton is an author on over a dozen scientific papers and book chapters and his work has been covered in a number of industry news articles.
Tom has spent his entire life building and tinkering. Tom’s interest in building started at an early age when he took apart his father's electric razor and turned it into a mini lathe. Although his creation worked perfectly, his dad wasn’t so thrilled that he destroyed his razor. After high school, Tom drove west to attend the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts where Tom honed his metal working and design skills and earned his Graduate Jeweler Certificate.
In addition to his work as the Chief Engineer on the ForestHouse for SystemHouse, Tom has worked with nationally recognized artists to help their artistic vision come to life, including Romero Britto, Roberly Bell, Bruce Beasley, Kelly Reemtsen, and Brece Honeycutt. This has included Building a 20 foot tall chandelier covered in over 250,000 Swarovski crystals to hand carving a 3 foot tall smashed lipstick. Tom has frequently consulted with national art museums, including the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY and The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. Tom has also completed many restoration projects for artists, including Beverly Pepper, Alexander Liberman and Buffalo, NY landmark “Shark girl.” In his free time, Tom can be found spending time with his wife April and his six children. You might also find him exploring the woods behind his house, raising tilapia, digging a pond, or brewing beer.
Born in 1976 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jimmy Danko grew up on the outskirts of the city, where suburbs met farmland. At an early age drawing was as much a catalyst for his imagination as was exploring the woods and cornfields that surrounded his childhood home. That desire to create took him to the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh where he received his BFA, and first unearthed his love for painting.
In the years that followed, he spent his days as a graphic artist in the world of advertising, and his nights working towards his passion with the paints and brushes in the studio. During this time Jimmy also resumed feeding his ever-present desire to explore. First came a nomadic, one-way road trip to San Diego, California in 2003. Then in 2008, he left the surf and the world of advertising behind, and ventured further south to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he began to zero in on his artistic voice as he pursued painting full-time. After four years in South America, he made his way back to the U.S. and took up residence in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, where he spent the next four years further honing his craft, and consorting with the other artists, woodworkers and fabricators he shared warehouse space with.
Deriving from influences like vintage advertising, pop culture and his open-ended road trips, Jimmy’s distinctly American work uniquely blends the worlds of pop art and realism. Most often constructed of wood and steel, he finds as much joy in building his pieces, as he does in painting them. Today, Jimmy works out his studio just south of Portland, in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Event Manager & Project Logistics
With a background in event planning and snowboarding, Kate is able to take on pretty much anything that a project or event throws her way!