Chairman & CEO

Jeff is VENZA’s CEO. Unafraid to think outside the box, he has been a disruptive force in the hospitality technology industry since 2008 when he founded VENZA. Fueled by his passion for innovation, Jeff is an architect of change who has guided VENZA’s upward trajectory from the ground up to a multi-million dollar brand. Today, over 10,000 properties in over 100 countries trust VENZA to help them predict, protect, detect and respond to security and privacy threats. As an evangelist for what’s possible, Jeff is involved in crafting the company culture, developing new solutions and shaping future growth opportunities.

Prior to launching his own company, Jeff was Vice President of Training Services for AMERICAN SYSTEMS where he led the Enterprise Commercial Group (ECG). Over the years, he has been a driving force behind Fortune 500 corporations like The Coca-Cola Company and AirTran Airways, where he served in various key management positions.

Jeff has been involved in philanthropy most of his life and has served on the boards for the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Technology Associates of Georgia (TAG) and Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together (SAFFT), a community-based organization of caregivers that supports the needs of Georgia’s foster and adoptive children. He is currently an active member of the HITEC Executive Vendor Advisory Council to provide input and advice into education, trends and topics that affect the industry and HITEC events.

President

Josh is VENZA’s Preisdent. His goal is to reach out to the hospitality world and supply them with the key information they need to understand how VENZA will help guide them on the never-ending journey of compliance.

Josh’s favorite quote is “Marketing isn’t just a process to sell, it is an opportunity to teach & help others!” If Josh was a superhero, he would be “The Educator” (must be said in a deep voice). Also, if you are ever looking for a good hospitality story, we are sure he has one to share! #GoodTimes #VENZA #Learn #Teach

COO

Diona is VENZA’s COO. She exemplifies superhero powers by exceeding day-to-day goals in operations and delivering quality products and services. Diona believes that everything at VENZA is a team effort and empowers others to fulfill their potential.

Diona brings both editorial and development expertise to her role, along with extensive business management experience. Her favorite quote is from Walt Disney: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

HR/Acct. Dir.

Robin is VENZA’s HR/Accounting Director. Robin is responsible for the overall culture of the company and is a “Momma bear, with a big heart and protective nature”. Robin takes care of VENZA’s employees and clients by consistently exceeding their needs and expectations.

VP of Sales

Scott is VENZA’s Vice President of Sales. Scott’s athletic background and competitive nature drive him to produce results that are beyond measure. Scott wants to be the client’s guide on their journey to PCI Compliance and seeks to provide them the tools necessary to have a secure environment.

Scott’s favorite quote is from Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

Creative Dir.
Better gray than gone!

Will is VENZA’s Creative Director. Responsible for the overall quality and aesthetic appeal of digital content, Will produces customer-focused, quality solutions that are a significant part of VENZA’s continued growth and success.

Will’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Developer

Originally from the UK, Paul is VENZA’s developer. Self-taught when it comes to code, he powers through every challenge like Juggernaut from X-Men. Despite our best efforts, he still calls fries “chips” and chips “crisps”. On the plus side, though, he is driving on the right side of the road now.

Paul’s favorite quote is from Jack Burton in Big Trouble in Little China: “It’s all in the reflexes”, reminding him to roll with the challenges, whether it’s learning new code or moving across an ocean.

Partner/Co-Founder

Daniel is a VENZA Partner and Co-Founder. His function revolves around developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining VENZA’s strategic initiatives. His aim is to transform fluid considerations into crystallized forms.

Daniel earned his MSc. from the University of Bristol, England. Before co-founding VENZA, Daniel founded and ran Music for Charities, a tech-based engine built to promote independent music and raise money for non-profit organizations. He was also the Director of Training Delivery at American Systems.

 

Brand Ambassador

Sean is VENZA’s Brand Ambassador. Sean would have been working for VENZA from the get-go had he not run off to Virginia to marry his lovely wife Linda in 2008. After working as a remote contractor for VENZA, Sean moved back to Atlanta in 2017 to be a courseware developer and was then promoted to Brand Ambassador later that same year.

Sean’s favorite quote is “Always design with the end in mind”. As a creative problem solver, Sean not only finds solutions, but he does so with humor, helping to de-stress situations for both the VENZA staff and its clients.

 

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Sales Development Rep

Emil’s passion and his notion of existence is to support others to develop and grow either their personal or business circumstances. He is energized by spending time with others on the phone or face-to-face and getting to know their needs and wants. He is thrilled when it comes to helping others.

CIO

David is VENZA’s CIO. David takes the fear out of clients by having the drive to learn and the ability to keep up with new technology. David is like Batmana normal person that uses tools and technology to be a superhero!

David’s favorite quote is from Sun Tzu: “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

David currently holds the following certifications/recognitions: CISM, CISSP, PCI-QSA, PCIP, CHFI, CEH, Certified ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Lead Auditor, CNSS 4012, CNSS 4013A, CNSS 4011, CCNA Cyber Ops, CCNA Security, CCNA Routing & Switching, CCENT, Project+, Network+, Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Administrator, and A+. He also holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.

Security Manager

Larry is VENZA’s Security Manager. He enjoys working with clients to understand their organizations and the challenges they face protecting sensitive data. His goal is to assist clients in accomplishing their required tasks as easily and efficiently as possible. Larry is like the Green Lantern, coupling imagination with the positive willpower of the universe to battle evil—in this case, the fear and doubt we face every day in our struggle to keep information secure.

Larry’s favorite quote is from Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Larry currently holds the following certifications: CISSP and CCENT.

Security Analyst
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky

Matt is VENZA’s Security Analyst with a passion for cybersecurity. He takes pleasure in working with clients and helping them become compliant – working through obstacles as effectively and efficiently as possible while keeping in constant communication throughout.  Like Aaron Rodgers, he wants to score a touchdown for every single client.

Security Associate
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. — Confucious

Thaxton is our new addition to the VENZA Security Team. He comes with an extensive background in customer service, IT recruiting as well as Fraud investigations.
Like Marvel superhero T’Challa, he draws from his Superhuman strength, speed, and agility to ensure that our clients are safe and secured from cyber threats.

Michael
PHP Developer
“They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.” — Ronald Reagan

Michael has always been the type of person that tries to understand how things tick. At a young age, he would take electronics apart, just to see what was inside, never being satisfied with the shell of simplicity that surrounds the most complicated things in everyday life. In his day to day work, he incorporates that same idea to understand how programs work and why they break. He has found that the hardest problems often have the simplest answers.

Ernie
IT Specialist
The ways of the world were a certain worth And to press a point while these oppose Were a simple policy Best wait, and you’ll lose no friends And gain no foes - Anonymous

Ernie is VENZA’s IT Specialist. With an extensive background in IT, IT Tech, Consulting, Ernie’s last gig was as a SysAdmin. Ernie can’t remember ever not being excited about something IT-related. He admires The Dark Knight’s resolve because just like Batman Ernie always gets the job done.

Security Analyst
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving. — Albert Einstein
Jeremy is a Cybersecurity Specialist that is passionate about helping clients align business objectives while achieving security compliance that focuses on performance and value. Jeremy will help clients guide them on their PCI journey and strengthen their security postures so they can continue business operations smoothly while fostering trust and reliability in their brand.
Jeremy currently holds a CISA certification and studies Cyber and Network Security at Georgia Tech.
Customer Success Dir.

April is VENZA’s Customer Success Director. April and her team “wow” clients and partners through their award-winning ways, ensuring that they are better equipped at the end of the day. Prior to working at VENZA, April flipped steaks, tossed drinks and rode bikes. April is like The Walking Dead’s Negan, with a “Get Stuff Done” attitude. People are resources, and together we can build something that will last.

April and her Customer Success Team follow the service model noted by Henry Ford: “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

Customer Success Manager

Kayla is VENZA’s Customer Success Manager. Kayla’s quick response validates to our clients that we are going above and beyond their expectations. Kayla is like Wonder Womanshe wows others with her superpowers of effective communication and multi-tasking.

Kayla’s favorite quote is by Conrad Hilton: “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Senior Customer Success Coach

Dominique is VENZA’s Senior Customer Success Coach.

Just like the Green Lantern, Dominique’s will to effectively overcome any obstacle is insurmountable. His goal is to protect the galaxy’s most vile cyberattacks from clients. In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil spyware shall escape his sight!

Dominique’s favorite quote is from NFL Quarterback Tom Brady: “I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.”

Customer Success Coach
We're all working together; that's the secret. — Sam Walton

Travis is VENZA’s Customer Success Coach.

Travis has explored a variety of landscapes during his 14 years of customer success, including the restaurant industry, medical fields and various financial institutions.
Travis is determined to ensure that our clients receive nothing but the best service in every interaction. Like a limo driver, he takes clients exactly where they want to go—safely and in style.

Customer Success Coach

Olga is VENZA’s Customer Success Coach. Based in Den Haag, Netherlands, Olga follows one of her favorite quotes by Brandon Sanderson and puts “journey before destination”. She is on a daily quest to ensure that our clients reach success when striving to protect and secure customer data. Utilizing her experience in hospitality as well as education, she will be by your side in your efforts to tackle any insidious security threats.

Customer Success Associate

Katie is VENZA’s Customer Success Associate. She has a BFA in Communication, putting her creative thinking and problem-solving skills into practice for the Customer Success Team. The skills necessary for Customer Success are well within her wheelhouse, originating from her prior industry experience in the fields of education, medical, and commercial real-estate specifically in hotel and resort development.

Being a mother of three children, she has been inducted into the Moms of Roswell club within VENZA as another one of the team’s excellent jugglers of tasks.

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Customer Success Associate

Chrissy is a Customer Success Associate here at VENZA. She comes to the team with more than 20 years within the Hospitality industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge regarding everyday struggles in the life of a GM. Although she survived the ups and downs of GM challenges, nothing has proven to be more difficult to her than her house filled with 3 kids and a “project-driven” husband. The quote that best describes Chrissy, “You never tell the client no until you know the answer is no” as well as, “Where there is a will there is a way.” She firmly believes in treating customers like they are family and demonstrates that on a regular basis.

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Customer Success Associate
Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you’ll gain something even better.

Chinh is a Customer Success Associate for VENZA. Chinh comes to VENZA with an extensive background in customer service. His love for photography as a hobby makes him a very detail-oriented person. This skill drives him to go above and beyond for every client.

Biz Dev. Dir, Europe

As VENZA’s Director of Business Development (Europe), Wietse helps hotels secure guest data and transform data privacy into a business enabler.
Prior to joining VENZA, Wietse passionately lead commercial teams and drove innovative technology projects at various hotel companies from global brands to privately owned hotel chains.

Having worked for more than 15 years in hospitality throughout Europe and the Middle East, Wietse has built a reputation as a trusted hospitality advisor with a particularly deep understanding of hotel technology.

Wietse’s favorite quote is by Conrad Hilton: “To accomplish big things… you must first dream big dreams”.

Mascot

Rocky is a very proud St. Bernard who enjoys being a symbol of security to hotel guests. Rocky works hard being the mascot for VENZA traveling to resorts around the world helping hoteliers protect guest data. If you travel with Rocky make sure to stop and take a photo with him. Remember he likes you to tag him using #RockyVENZA. Rocky’s favorite quote: “I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green

Office Manager

Eileen is VENZA’s Office Manager.  Years of raising her two children have developed her multi-tasking skills so much so that she has no problem keeping the VENZA crew in line. Whether it is trying to get a lizard out of the ladies room or assembling an office chair, Eileen is always up to a new challenge.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

Accountant

Carla is VENZA’s Accountant.

Accounting Clerk

Mitchel is VENZA’s Accounting Clerk.

Managed Services Director

Stephen is VENZA’s Managed Services Director.

Kristi
MSP Manager

Kristi is VENZA’s MSP Manager. Kristi is dedicated to providing excellent customer service to MSP clients.  She and the Support Specialists have created a true Help Desk to address and resolve our client’s IT issues.

Zack
IT Specialist, MSP
Beware the quiet man. For while others speak, he watched. And while others act, he plans. And when they finally rest… he strikes. – VICE (The Movie) 2018

Zack has loved computers ever since he was little, understanding how things work, computers or otherwise is foundational to him. Learning as much as possible and being able to take that desire, transform it into a skill that lets him deliver excellent results to the client while being able to continue to advance and grow as an IT professional is his passion.

Tyler
Vulnerability Scanning Specialist, MSP
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you. — Mother Teresa

Prior to working at VENZA, Tyler spent five years working with the public and assisting with their highly personal and confidential needs. Tyler finds helping others to be the most rewarding aspect of the business. Tyler says if you can help others to achieve their goals, you can end the day on a high note knowing that you made a difference. Tyler looks forward to making a positive impact on our client’s security and technology goals in the same way.

Taylor
IT Specialist, MSP
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

Taylor is VENZA’s IT Specialist. He has always had a passion for helping others and developed a liking for computers systems shortly after high school. It was not until several years later, determined to further his understanding and knowledge of computer systems, he obtained a degree in Cyber Security. Taylor continues to develop his skills as an IT Professional while striving to deliver the best help and satisfaction he can to others.

Dale
IT Specialist, MSP
It was like that when I found it

Dale is VENZA’s IT Specialist. Dale was born and then served 20 years in the United States Air Force and is a retired combat veteran. I have spent over 30 years in the IT field and have three Computer Science degrees, to include a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity. I have been stationed in many different places such as Korea and Kuwait. I miss my military days at times, but I’m thankful to have great friends from the service.  I have a fiancée, 5 kids, a dog, and no time but I manage.

Ryan
Vulnerability Scanning Engineer
A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world — John le Carré

Ryan began his career in cybersecurity as a security analyst working as a contractor for a public health entity. Ryan believes that, as cyber threats have become more sophisticated and pose greater risks to organizations worldwide, effective vulnerability management is now (more than ever) of critical importance. Accordingly, Ryan is committed to assisting VENZA clients in mitigating as much risk as possible.

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IT Specialist, MSP

Greg is VENZA’s IT Specialist, MSP.

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IT Specialist, MSP

Patrick is an IT Specialist, MSP

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