Romish Badani is Bridge’s CEO and co-founder and has led the company since its inception. He first witnessed the complexity of the immigration process through the turbulent United States immigration journeys of various family members. But it wasn’t until he helped build and scale various technology companies that he had his light-bulb moment: Technology has the power to transform dysfunctional professional services industries, and few verticals are as broken and important as immigration. He teamed up with Forrest Blount, a former Google engineer and workflow automation expert, and Bridge was born. Under Romish’s leadership Bridge has become a clear industry leader, marrying technology and human expertise to drive a frictionless immigration experience
Romish has almost 15 years of experience growing innovative, market-leading companies across the technology and professional services industries. Prior to Bridge, Romish helped scale ZocDoc, a leading online healthcare marketplace. Previously, he was a private equity investor at TPG Capital and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Romish holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Forrest Blount is Bridge’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and co-founder and has overseen the company’s product and engineering functions since its inception. A passionate product visionary and leader, he started Bridge to bring unprecedented efficiency and transparency to the legal services industry. Under Forrest’s leadership, Bridge has developed and scaled its best-in-class immigration platform, delivering a transformational immigration experience to companies and their employees around the world.
Forrest has almost 15 years of experience designing, developing and maintaining software applications that streamline complex processes. Prior to Bridge, Forrest was the co-founder and CTO of Acceptional (acquired by Bell Curves), a workflow solution that simplified the college admissions process. Previously, he led technology teams at Google and ITA Software focused on operations tools. Forrest holds a BFA in Theatre from Boston University.
Sara Divyak is Bridge’s Director of Client Services, overseeing our Client Services function. Her client-centricity and process-driven approach sets the tone for the rest of our team. Under Sara’s leadership, Bridge has achieved an industry-leading Net Promoter Score and pushed the boundaries on how immigration services should support its clients.
Sara has spent the last decade pushing to level-up the client experience in the legal services industry. Prior to Bridge, Sara trained and supervised client-facing teams at Global Immigration Associates, a law firm supporting the customers of Envoy Global. Sara holds a BA in English and Communication Studies from the University of Iowa.
Julie Candelon is Bridge’s new Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing marketing programs, brand management, and corporate communications.
Julie is a results-focused and data-driven marketing leader at the intersection of business and technology. With more than 15 years of experience starting up, turning around and running marketing teams, Julie is the unique practitioner that understands how to align strategy, marketing/demand generation, and sales to generate leads and grow revenue. She sees the big picture, puts together actionable strategies and drives tactical execution.
Julie holds a Master in Business Management from her business school in France, Skema Business School. She moved to the United States in 2007, and went through all the stages of a typical corporate immigration process until she finally became a US Citizen early in 2016. Making immigration less painful for applicants is a topic very near and dear to her heart.