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Searchspring Leadership

It Takes A Village – And at Searchspring, That Village is Made Up of Teams Who Work Together to Give Merchandisers Superpowers. Meet the People Who Help Lead Those Teams to Success.

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Peter Messana
CEO

Peter has over 16 years of experience in the retail and technology space. Previously, he co-founded Austin Kayak, and was COO of GroupBy as well as CEO and President of Summit Sports. Additionally, Peter has held leadership roles at Dell and Home Depot, and is regarded as one of the leading retail technology minds in digital commerce.

Fun Fact: When he’s not immersed in all things ecommerce, Peter can be found exploring the great outdoors with his family.

Suhas Gudihal
CTO

Suhas has over 30+ years of experience as a business and technology executive. He was the co-founder of Anju Life Sciences Software and served as the Chief Technology and Product Officer. Prior to that, he held senior technology and product roles at AFS and CGI Consulting. Suhas has extensive experience scaling businesses through organic growth as well as acquisition strategies.

Fun Fact: In his free time, Suhas is fanatically following Grand Slam and ATP tennis matches.

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Dori Salisbury
SVP of Operations

Dori has extensive Customer Relationship Management experience and a proven track record of process development, revenue growth, and customer satisfaction. Having previously worked with private equity, venture capital, and public companies, she brings a wide range of organizational experience to Searchspring. 

Fun Fact: Outside of work, you’ll find Dori on the golf course, or spending as much time as possible on or near the water.

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Chantele Gibson
VP of Strategic Partnerships

Chantele has been with Searchspring since its early days, working in roles spanning sales and partnerships. Having led and developed our partner program, she has built strategic alliances with tech, agency, and platform partners across the globe.

Fun Fact: When she’s not in Colorado Springs, you’ll find Chantele in Cabo. She considers it her unofficial second home, and visits every chance she gets.

Jason Ferrara
Jason Ferrara
CMO

Jason Ferrara brings 30 years of marketing experience building high-performing teams, applying core fundamentals and KPIs, as well as driving progressive company cultures. Ferrara brings his extensive knowledge in growing brands to the company, leading go-to-market initiatives including communications, demand generation, and branding.

Fun Fact: The Chicago-native is passionate about all things pizza, quoting “life is better with pizza than no pizza at all”.

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Travis Wheeler
VP of Sales

Travis has over a decade of experience working for technology providers in the ecommerce industry and has even founded and sold his own Shopify store. Including Searchspring, Travis has been the VP of Sales for three different ecommerce SaaS platforms and brings experience growing and scaling sales teams that take a customer first, solution-oriented approach.

Fun Fact: Travis has a strong passion for aviation. You can often find him in his Piper Comanche, exploring the skies of Central Texas scouting out his next 18 holes of golf.

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Kate Massey
Head of APAC

Kate brings over 12 years of APAC SaaS experience to our leadership team, and is committed to empowering local merchants to build high-converting shopping journeys. Her successful track record has earned her multiple accolades, including CEO Magazine 2018 Young Executive of the Year and 2018 and 2019 CMO Magazine’s Top CMO50.

Fun fact: Kate has raised $100k for Cure Cancer Australia as part of her annual fundraising challenges, which have included running the New York Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Mark Heinkel
CFO

Mark brings over 15 years of financial experience with 10 years in the San Antonio technology space.  Having worked in fast-paced, dynamic organizations, he brings a measured approach to achieving business goals.  He enjoys the challenge of translating the complex into the relatable and focusing on growing strengths of the team.

Fun Fact: Mark enjoys distance running, traveling, and practicing the outdoor skills he used to possess back when he became an Eagle Scout.

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Matt Phillips
Director, Customer Success

With 16 years in Customer Success and nearly a decade in ecommerce, Matt has worked directly with some of the world’s biggest brands to help them connect with and grow their customer base. He is driven by an innate need to help others through listening, learning, and acting. Matt thrives on problem-solving and creative thinking.

Fun Fact: Matt likes to build guitars in his spare time, unless it’s raining – then he’s probably outside.

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James Bathgate
VP of Implementations

James brings strategic development and efficiency to the customer onboarding experience in his role as VP of Implementations. More than anything, James is a problem solver. Whether that’s figuring out the best way to attack a problem with code, creating a process to optimize efficiency, or sitting down with a customer and talking through an issue with them, he loves solving problems.

Fun Fact: James was a cast member on the popular React channel on YouTube.

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Tina Towers
Director, Customer Support

Tina brings two decades of experience working in Point of Sale Software and ecommerce SaaS. Her client-centric attitude combined with her ability to ask the right questions and listen to our clients to get to the heart of the matter is what she shares with her team to garner results and a high level of satisfaction from our clients.

Fun Fact: Avid dog lover and self proclaimed dog nerd.  If not out on urban hike with her beloved Akita Rogue, she’s likely watching college sports.

Michael Longauer
Director of Engineering

Michael has spent his career building e-commerce software teams and services. His mission is to foster a culture and community where members are nurtured and will thrive. Whether building complex systems or diverse teams, Michael emphasizes the harmonized integration of their unique parts, and that each require support, autonomy, and room to fail if they are to succeed.

Fun Fact: Michael’s first job was dancing in a rat costume at children’s birthday parties. Naturally, this segued into a career in software management.

Jiajian Yang
Director of Engineering

Jiajian brings over a decade of experience working in software engineering. Having worked in Internet infrastructure space, he comes up with a holistic approach to make the team faster and smoother by generating development best-practices, focusing on quality, believe in automation and fostering innovation.

Fun Fact: When he’s not traveling and taking pictures, Jaijian is on the badminton court, soccer field, or in his basement playing with his home lab.