High-Quality Compliance Training Founded By Industry Veterans

Traliant was founded by industry veterans and former executives from some of the most successful compliance training companies in the nation. Throughout their tenures, they’ve seen it all—the good, the bad and, especially, the ugly.

Backed by Martinson Ventures, Traliant’s mission is to deliver broadcast-quality compliance training, built from the ground up on an eLearning platform that allows revolutionary text and video customization—all at off-the-shelf prices.

Mike Pallatta
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Pallatta has more than 25 years of experience in sales and operations. He served as the CEO at WeComply, Inc. from 2010 through its successful acquisition by Thomson Reuters in 2013. Under his leadership WeComply provided online and offline ethics and compliance training for organizations in a multitude of industries.

Mike has held senior management positions in sales at accomplished organizations including ThinkHR, Right Answers, Extensity and Magic Solutions. During his time at WeComply and ThinkHR, he recognized his passion for the Human Resources industry. Consequently, Mike chose to embark on a business venture in online compliance training that would afford him the opportunity to continue working with HR professionals.

Andrew Rawson
Chief Learning Officer

Andrew Rawson came to Traliant with more than 25 years of experience in strategy, operations and marketing. Most recently, Andrew served as the Global Head of Compliance Learning (eLearning) at Thomson Reuters, an information, technology and services company with more than 60,000 employees.

Before entering the compliance training industry, Andrew held senior management positions in the manufacturing, commercial construction and software industries. In addition to being a seasoned professional with a background of diverse organizational experiences, Andrew is a classic lifelong learner. His love of learning inspires him to deliver the most engaging and effective courses possible to the learners that Traliant serves.

Mike Bartkus
VP, Sales

Mike leads Traliant’s sales team and is responsible for expanding the customer base to meet the growing demand for business ethics and compliance training. He brings over 20 years’ experience in managing sales organizations and developing new markets for HR solutions across industry verticals.

Previously, Mike served as Vice President of Sales at SkillSurvey, a technology company for recruiting in the healthcare and medical services industries. Prior, he was Vice President of Sales for Upland RightAnswers, a knowledge management software company.

Mike enjoys a healthy challenge and recognizes that success depends on a blend of creativity, listening skills, discipline and surrounding himself with overachievers who never sit still.

Mike is a graduate of Penn State University and earned an MBA in marketing from Rider University.

Jeffrey Frankel
VP, Marketing

Jeff is responsible for all aspects of Traliant’s marketing, including demand generation, brand awareness, communications and thought leadership. Previously, Jeff served as Global Vice President of Marketing for Compliance Learning at Thomson Reuters. Before that, he led the marketing team at WeComply, a compliance eLearning provider that was acquired by Thomson Reuters.

Jeff has a passion for developing diverse teams and marketing programs that drive success and create strong customer relationships. He has more than 20 years’ experience in accelerating company growth through strategic marketing, including digital and traditional channels.

Jeff earned an MBA in Marketing from New York Institute of Technology.

Bill Rudowitz
VP, Client Services

Bill leads Traliant’s Customer Success and Client Services teams and is responsible for ensuring exceptional service and support to Traliant customers. He brings over 30 years’ experience in managing high-performing technical services and support teams across a variety of industries.

Before joining Traliant, Bill served as Vice President and General Manager of Network Operations at Maintech, an IT service management company. Prior, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Volt Telecom Group, and held various management positions with regional and global organizations.

Bill’s philosophy of how to create fanatical customers begins with the proposition that all clients – no matter the size and scope – have the inalienable right to outstanding service and support.

Bill is a graduate of Upsala College and earned an MBA in finance from Rutgers University.

Ted Podhorcer
VP, Products

Ted Podhorcer is a successful executive with an entrepreneurial background in Product Management and Professional Services. He has an outstanding track record as a senior executive for software startups including Evident Software and Magic Solutions. With strong managerial and leadership skills, Ted motivates and leads the Traliant team in its technical and business sectors.

Steve Palazzola
Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering, Steve leads Traliant’s application development and hosted operations teams. He is responsible for the development and implementation of LMS desktop and mobile applications, as well as managing all infrastructure improvements, deployments and security for Traliant’s eLearning products and services.

Before joining Traliant, Steve led the design and development of enterprise applications on a variety of platforms at State Street, a financial services company, and Upland RightAnswers, a provider of cloud-based, knowledge management software.

When Steve isn’t thinking about code, he’s learning new code, and experimenting with new technologies, tools and ideas for delivering great user experiences to our customers.

Steve is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pamplin College of Business.



Traliant’s lead investor is Martinson Ventures, which is headed by the storied venture capitalist and founder of Edison Partners, John Martinson. Traliant is one of Martinson Ventures’ 30 early-stage investments in entrepreneurial software companies.

With more than 37 years of venture capital experience, John Martinson has served as a director of more than 50 companies. Over the years he has received numerous awards from professional organizations and institutions of higher learning recognizing his service, leadership and achievements.

Edison Partners has raised over $1 billion in capital since 1986, invested in more than 200 growth businesses, and has exited more than 155 companies.