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Our Biggest Clients, from Pittsburgh to Stockholm

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  • Alpha Natural Resources
  • AT&T Mobility
  • Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
  • Consol Energy, Inc.
  • Crown Castle International
  • Direct Energy
  • Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
  • FirstEnergy Corp.
  • H. J. Heinz Company
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Kennametal, Inc.
  • Level3 Communications, Inc.
  • NOVA Chemicals
  • PQ Corporation
  • Rayonier, Inc.
  • Terrapointe L.L.C.
  • Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
  • Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation

We also have a number of smaller clients. They enjoy the same high level of service as the major corporations.

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Our Staff

Our staff consists of certified paralegals, law students, lawyers and information technology professionals. All are thoroughly trained in document management.

Our Leaders

Chris Farmakis, President of SolvaireChris Farmakis, President 

A veteran negotiator for Fortune 500 companies, attorney Chris Farmakis recognized the need for robust, professionally supported document management and due diligence software. Chris oversaw the development of a flexible solution that enables users to access, analyze and act on critical business information from anywhere on demand. Leveraging years of merger and acquisition experience, Chris also led development of the Virtual Deal Room, which allows sellers to quickly and easily share company information with potential buyers in a controlled online environment.

Applying his years of experience in business methodology, Chris designed the client-centered process that sets us apart. Each document management project begins with comprehensive interviews of key personnel. Then the Solvaire team customizes a solution. Quality controls are implemented at every step to ensure consistency and reliability. Chris leads many of the company's major initiatives.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, with a B.A. in Economics. He was awarded the honor of University Scholar from the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate studies. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating cum laude. He was a staff member and Headnotes Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

Chris Farmakis was recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming lawyers in 2006-2008 and one of Pennsylvania’s top lawyers in 2010.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh chapter of Coro. He is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations. 

Chuck Rile, CIO of SolvaireChuck Rile, Chief Information Officer 

Chuck is the technical director, chief architect and lead developer of the TRAX and VDOX software systems. Built with industry standard technology, TRAX and VDOX are flexible, user-friendly, web-based products that meet the needs of a vast range of industries.

For Chuck, TRAX and VDOX are the latest entries in a long list of achievements. He has nearly 20 years of experience in creating database-driven commercial software products and projects, including "People's Choice Accounting," a small-business accounting system. It was one of only two products at the time to receive a full Five-Star product review from CPA Software News.

Since 1990, Chuck has founded and directed several software companies. He has led development teams of both on-site and off-shore programmers, testers and documentation specialists. Drawing upon his unique mix of leadership experience, technical expertise and business savvy, Chuck communicates effectively with Solvaire clients and internal staff.

Fred Williams, Solvaire Project Manager

Fred Williams, VP of Project Management

An attorney with extensive legal and management background, Fred Williams brings a unique depth of experience as he heads the Solvaire Project Management Department.

Fred came to Solvaire from MotivePower Industries, a major industrial corporation. He helped to organize the MotivePower Legal Department, setting standards for mergers, acquisitions and other document-intensive projects. In that and other positions, Fred has always searched for ways to more efficiently manage large volumes of documents and the business-critical data they contain.

Managing projects through to completion, on time and within budget, is what Fred does best. He excels at interacting with clients to learn their exact requirements and then delivering a solution that meets their needs. Fred is an exceptional leader. His focus and attention to detail are major reasons why Solvaire's projects are completed in a timely and professional manner. His diligence in setting and enforcing high standards for the team is a big part of what allows us to offer the Better-Than-99% Precision Guarantee.

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Solvaire Mission / News / History

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Our Mission

Solvaire provides the people, process and technology to quickly unlock the critical business information in your documents.

Solvaire news about major projects and events.

Solvaire News

Major Projects and Events

Solvaire History

Solvaire launched in 1999 as a project sponsored by partners of the law firm Babst Calland. The firm had been searching for a platform to manage due diligence for a client that had acquired thousands of real estate properties across the country. Every acquisition was accompanied by a wealth of paper agreements, including ground leases, rental and tenant agreements and regulatory documentation. No existing platform met their needs. In this research and development phase, the team piloted unique processes for large-scale document content management.

Solvaire Headquarters in PittsburghSolvaire refined its methods on a project for one of the area's biggest corporations. The client needed to reorganize multiple internal entities, collapsing them into a single operating company. They needed to assign thousands of contracts to the new entity. Solvaire created a database to abstract and catalog content and to direct the mailing of thousands of notices and requests for assignment consent.

No software on the market met the specific needs of this project, so Solvaire developed the prototype version of TRAX. Using TRAX, the attorneys and support staff handled the entire job electronically, with tremendous results. Solvaire’s unusual blend of project management, software development and consulting skills met the needs of this corporation precisely. We further developed the system to help others overcome frustrating and costly information management problems.

In 2006, Solvaire launched a service to enhance due diligence of key financial, legal and operations documents of businesses up for sale. VDOX, the Virtual Deal Room, provides a blazing fast platform to easily share documents and track the activity of potential buyers. Posting pre-sale or pre-merger documents to a data room can turn into a nightmare without the help of experienced professionals.

Solvaire’s innovators will continue to develop new solutions and stay up-to-date with industry standards such as storing your information in an SAS 70 Type II Compliant Data Center. Many successful projects have given the team an opportunity to compare the internal operations of global companies. Solvaire will not identify which clients have made what mistakes, of course, but we have learned from both their mistakes and their successes. We have seen the crippling effects of poor document management and heard the sighs of relief when a good system replaces a poor one.

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