“Guiding Good People to Do Great Things”
“Passionately providing tools, technology and strategic thinking that enable new levels of growth and development, generating extraordinary and lasting value.”
Our Core Values:
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 Batman—a 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+.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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 Woman—she 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.
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
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
Carla is VENZA’s Accountant.
Mitchel is VENZA’s Accounting Clerk.
Stephen is VENZA’s Managed Services Director.
Kristi is VENZA’s MSP Manager.
Tyler is VENZA’s Vulnerability Scanning Specialist.
Dale is VENZA’s IT Specialist.
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.
Taylor is VENZA’s IT Specialist.
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.
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