Dave Sampsell

Founder, Director

Dave Sampsell founded BanyanRFP to relieve one his greatest professional frustrations –running manual RFP processes for professional services.  He’s a 20-year lawyer and the GC of Digi International, a NASDAQ company.  As a result, he has plenty of experience managing both complex legal engagements and legal department budgets.  He knows all the highs and the lows of being an in–house lawyer and he is driven to help those like him make more informed, less costly counsel selection decisions via easy to run competitive selection processes.  When not practicing law or plotting enhancements to BanyanRFP, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids. An avid sports fan, Dave is still basking in the glory of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win. As a graduate of Wake Forest and Northwestern Law School, Dave is less hopeful for gridiron success.

Kathy Heafey


After completing her MBA at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Kathy cut her teeth at General Mills as a brand manager running large, multi-national businesses including Pillsbury, Green Giant and Progresso soup. In her last years at Mills, Kathy focused on continuous improvement and margin management, driving multi-million dollar cost-savings initiatives for the marketing organization. Bleeding nothing but Dartmouth green, Kathy is proud alum and faithful volunteer for Dartmouth College. Family, friends and fitness are always on her short list of priorities. She is an ardent supporter of FANA, an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, where each of her children (now teenagers) spent their first weeks of life.

Wendy Welsh


Wendy received her law degree from the University of Minnesota and has worked in both private practice and in-house at Lifetouch, Inc. While in-house she managed litigation and was involved in a range of practice areas including employment, corporate and real estate. In private practice, Wendy has also been a partner at the boutique law firm, Mellum & Welsh, LLP, which has been ranked as a “Best Law Firm” for business law in the US News-Best Lawyers. Wendy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and remains Badger-proud. She and her family love to travel, be it to their beloved WI cabin, road-tripping across the U.S.A. or flying abroad. Wendy narrowly escaped becoming a vet and has a soft spot for rescue animals.