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Meet Searchspring

The people and personalities behind our brand.

Our Leadership Team

Will Warren Searchspring CTO
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
Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships

Chantele has been with Searchspring since its early days working in various sales roles as the company grew.

Her incredible ability to build relationships led her to develop the Searchspring Partner Program, where she continues to build strategic alliances with tech, agency, and platform partners across the globe.

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

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Jason Ferrara
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Jason brings 30 years of marketing experience to Searchspring, including building high-performing teams, applying core fundamentals and KPIs, as well as driving progressive company cultures.

With extensive knowledge of growing brands, Jason is an expert at 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
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 Searchspring and is committed to empowering ecommerce sites to build high-converting shopping experiences.

Her successful track record has earned multiple accolades, including CEO Magazine Young Executive of the Year (2018) and CMO Magazine’s Top CMO50 (2018 & 2019).

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

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Mark Heinkel
Chief Financial Officer (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 has a measured approach to achieving business goals.

Mark 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 Product & 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.

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Matt Phillips
Director of 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
Vice President of Implementations

James brings strategic development and efficiency to the client experience at Searchspring.

More than anything, James is a problem solver. Whether it’s figuring out the best way to attack a problem with code, creating a new process, 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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