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Our Story

Vistry is dedicated to revolutionizing conversational AI. Our innovative Conversational AI Platform, featuring LumoChat and ZenoChat, is tailored to boost customer service and employee efficiency. We strive for a future where AI enhances human communication, making it more natural and effective. Our commitment to innovation, customer focus, integrity, and collaboration guides us in prioritizing client success and upholding the highest ethical and data security standards.

Company Summary

Vistry is a forward-thinking Generative AI startup based in the vibrant tech hub of San Diego, California. Founded by visionary entrepreneur, Atif Kureishy, our mission is to revolutionize the world of conversational AI and empower businesses with cutting-edge solutions. 

San Diego, California | Founded: 2020 | Founder: Atif Kureishy 

Our Vision

At Vistry, we envision a future where human-AI interactions are seamless and natural. We aim to bridge the gap between technology and human communication, making it easier for businesses and customers to connect, engage, and transact. 


Our Products

Conversational Platform: Our flagship product is a Conversational AI Platform tailored for business. It includes two distinct chatbots, LumoChat for Customer Assistance and ZenoChat for Employee Assistance, designed to enhance customer experiences and streamline internal operations. 

Core Values

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We thrive on pushing the boundaries of AI technology to deliver groundbreaking solutions. 

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We operate with the highest ethical standards, ensuring data privacy and security. 

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Our customers' success is our success. We prioritize their needs and satisfaction above all else. 

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We believe in the power of teamwork and partnerships to achieve greatness. 

Our Team

We have assembled a dynamic team of AI experts, developers, and industry professionals who are passionate about shaping the future of AI-driven communication. 

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Atif Kureishy | Founder/CEO

Atif Kureishy | Founder/CEO

Atif Kureishy, the Founder and CEO of Vistry, has a rich background in technology with roles at NASA, NSA, and Teradata. He's a published author and speaker in AI. Under his leadership, Vistry, a San Diego-based Generative AI startup, has innovated the industry with products like LumoChat and ZenoChat. Atif's approach is anchored in innovation, customer-centricity, integrity, and collaboration. He holds degrees in Physics, Math, and Computer Science from UMBC and Johns Hopkins University, providing a solid foundation for his expertise and vision in transforming various sector with our Generative AI platform.

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Gabriel Ibagon | Co-Founder/CTO

Gabriel Ibagon is the cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of Vistry, where has been leading development of large language models and computer vision for enterprises. Previously, he has led machine learning efforts at several startups, releasing products in generative AI, time series data, and brain-computer interfaces. He has a bachelors in Neuroscience from Columbia University and a masters in Computer Science from University of California San Diego. 

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Brian L. Lichorowic | CMO

Brian L. Lichorowic is a seasoned industry veteran with over 30 years in high-tech marketing, playing a key role in three IPOs. A former Olympian, he's recognized in major media and has been nominated for two Cleo awards. Holding patents in data capture and HIPAA-compliant databases, he pioneered a 508 compliant service for over 500K visually impaired users. Additionally, he's a Paris-trained chef with a degree in Microgravity Vinoculture

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Sal Imami | CRO

Sal Imami is a sales leader and angel investor, boasting over 25 years of extensive experience. With a remarkable track record at companies such as Lenovo, HP, Citrix, and Cisco, Sal has demonstrated his exceptional ability to craft effective sales strategies and scale global partnerships. His impactful work spans across large corporations to early-stage startups, showcasing his versatile expertise. Complementing his professional pursuits, Sal is committed to mentoring emerging entrepreneurs, offering guidance and insights as an advisor and mentor for startups at the University of Chicago (Polsky Exchange) and StartOut. This dedication to fostering new talent and ventures highlights his role as both a leader and innovator in the business world.

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Joji Asako | Head of Machine Learning

Joji Asako, the Head of Machine Learning at Vistry in San Diego, is acclaimed for his expertise in Conversational AI. His tenure at Teradata was marked by significant advancements in deep and reinforcement learning, coupled with key consulting roles to assist businesses in adopting these technologies. At Accel Robotics, he was instrumental in pioneering the integration of machine learning with ultrawide band tracking, transforming the realm of retail automation. Now at Vistry, Joji plays a crucial role in the development of ZenoChat, aimed at boosting productivity in the food commerce sector. Outside the professional sphere, Joji is an avid jiu-jitsu practitioner, training at the renowned Atos HQ.

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Chip Cassady | VP of Sales

Chip Cassady has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the Publishing, Direct Mail, Digital, and Retail Technology industries. His extensive career includes Sales and Marketing leadership roles in large corporate environments at prominent companies such as Disney and ADVO/Valassis. Apart from his Fortune 500 experience, Chip has over 15 years of startup involvement in mobile ad tech, indoor location, and retail technology. Currently residing in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Jeannine, he has three grown children and pursues interests in playing the drums, motorcycle riding, and activities on or near the water.

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Greg Gillcrist | VP of GTM Partnerships

Greg Gillcrist boasts over 15 years of technology sales expertise, emphasizing scalable pathways to market. Initially at Hewlett Packard, he held diverse roles supporting the creation of efficient channel revenue streams. Later in his career, he transitioned to the cyber domain, contributing to successful partnerships for entities ranging from a 40-year-old federal systems integrator to a cutting-edge MDR provider, specializing in detecting zero-day threats.

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Eldar Nabi | Machine Learning Engineer

Eldar Nabi is a skilled Machine Learning Engineer at Vistry, based in San Diego, California. With a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University, Eldar has developed a unique expertise in blending software engineering with a passion for AI-driven technologies. He is proficient in Python, excelling in creating intelligent data models and integrating them into user-centric platforms. His career includes roles as a Software Engineer at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and Proko Tech LLC, as well as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at San Diego State University. Eldar is proficient in Mandarin and Turkish, and his top skills include materials, cloud computing, and software development. His focus is on driving innovative solutions in machine learning and software development.

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