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Meet Searchspring

The people and personalities behind our brand.

Our Leadership Team

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Will Warren
CTO

Will brings 30 years of experience in building software to the Searchspring team. He previously worked at Endeca Technologies and was Co-founder and CTO of GroupBy Inc. – both of which have equipped him with extensive knowledge of ecommerce search, merchandising, and faceted navigation. 

Fun Fact: In his spare time, Will is an executive contributor to Battlesnake, a platform that brings developers of all skill levels together to write AI snake bots and do battle online.

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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.

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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”.

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
VP of Finance

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.

Garry Pejski
Garry Pejski
VP of Engineering

Garry Pejski brings over 20 years of engineering experience building software, including seven years of site search development. Pejski served as director of search and digital development for Rogers Communications where he led front-end development initiatives, CMS, site search, SEO, and designed and implemented targeted commerce platforms.

Fun Fact: The former black hat hacker uses his skills for good, creating softwares for dating websites, internet casinos, and nuclear plants.

Chuck Robledo
Director of Sales Development

Chuck has spent the last 10 years of his life grinding in the Austin start-up scene where he has helped build a few award-winning sales teams. His proven ability has given him the opportunity to manage not only sales teams but also two customer success teams.

Fun Fact: A fun fact about Chuck is that he holds a black belt in tae kwon do and his two children currently hold the rank of purple belts.

Alex Sweaney
Director of Customer Success

Alex has spent the last 4 years at Searchspring focused on building out and scaling our Customer Success Team. She brings extensive experience in enterprise account management – having started her career managing several Fortune 100 customers. She is passionate about finding creative solutions to complex problems and developing the next generation of leaders.

Fun Fact: Outside of work, you can find Alex snowboarding, climbing, or backpacking! She also enjoys spending time with her 120-pound Great Dane, Ranger.

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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