Professional Services Automation Solution for Small Businesses: Launch NY’s Entrepreneur of the Week

April 1, 2015


Professional Services Automation Solution for Small Businesses

Comand Center Comand Center is a cloud based professional services automation solution for small businesses. It provides end-to-end capabilities for project management, time tracking, collaboration, invoicing, and accounting; everything a small firm needs to run their business. Comand Center eliminates the need for duplicate data maintenance for customers and employees and double entry of billable time and expenses for invoicing into your accounting package. The suite of capabilities inside Comand Center makes it effortless to accomplish so many tasks that, in the past, sapped efficiency. Instead of working harder on reporting progress and endless status meetings, employees can work hard on delivering results that move the needle. Comand Center makes sure nothing falls through the cracks.


Who is Comand Center, Inc.?

Mitch Bechtel Founder & CTO

Mitch BechtelA Buffalo native, Mitch began his software development career at age 19 in San Francisco, programming video games for the entertainment industry. After moving to Los Angeles, he began developing customized business applications on a freelance and consultative basis. Mitch is the creator of the software platform on which all of COMAND Solutions’ products are based. Mitch is committed to being a part of Buffalo’s innovation-driven renaissance. For that reason, he has located COMAND Solutions on Elmwood Avenue in the Allentown District where all of its 12 employees are located. It is the culmination of his efforts to create an integrated, accessible, small business management solution, Comand Center. It will enable small businesses like COMAND Solutions to streamline operations and leverage their data to more effectively run their business.

Gary Braunscheidel Founder & CEO

Gary BraunscheidelGary has over 20 years of experience buying, building and deploying technology and business solutions that deliver results. With a talent for bridging the gap between business and technology, Gary has focused on delivering solutions that help his customers achieve their objectives and enabling small organizations to achieve greater results through the use of technology. After graduating from the University of Buffalo, Gary joined a large defense contractor where he specialized in software research and development for the US Army. He was selected for an assignment in Germany where he spent four years developing software for the Army. He returned to Buffalo, and joined Azerty Incorporated (United Stationers) where he began working in wholesale as an applications developer and for over 16 years held positions of increased responsibility eventually being promoted to IT Director. Gary focused mostly on sales and customer service technology building new solutions to streamline business processes.

Cathy Burley Founder & IT Architect

Cathy BurleyCathy has 10 years of experience in web and software development, specializing in a wide assortment of web technologies including PHP, Javascript, service oriented architecture (SOA), and web applications. Cathy attended the University at Buffalo for both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science. She began her career at the Center for Computational Research at the University at Buffalo, researching and developing components for the Advanced Computational Data Center (ACDC) grid. Cathy then joined General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems at their Buffalo office, where she analyzed, designed, and developed technologies for the United States Government. She later joined Tech‐X Corporation in Buffalo office where she worked with national research laboratories to improve their cyber infrastructure, designing and leading the development of a number of web‐based solutions that facilitated improved workflow and operations. At COMAND Solutions Cathy has leveraged her career experiences to lead the Comand Center product development team in completing the first version this product.


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