“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.”
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
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.
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, CHFI, CEH, CNSS 4012, CNSS 4013A, CNSS 4011, CCNA Cyber Ops, CCNA Security, CCNA Routing & Switching, CCENT, Project+, Network+, Linux+, LPIC-1 Linux Administrator, and A+.
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.”
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”.
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.”
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.”
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”.
Director of Business Development, Americas
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.
Larry is VENZA’s Security Analyst. 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.
Khadigah is VENZA’s Security Analyst. She has a comprehensive background in information technology and information security auditing, compliance and risk analysis. Khadigah has worked in various industries including corporate travel management, credit risk assessment, insurance and law enforcement.
Khadigah is a mixture of Marvel’s Black Widow and She-Hulk, depending on the situation. Her favorite quote is “Knowing is Half the Battle”. Once companies or organizations are aware of what’s in their environment, they can take the appropriate steps to secure it.
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
Shawn is VENZA’s Scanning Specialist. He is identical to Superman just without the powers, the height, the laser eyes… Oh, and he’s afraid of heights! Other than that, you really can’t tell them apart.
Shawn’s mission is to scan our client’s databases for vulnerabilities and to provide outstanding customer service to the clients. In his spare time, he enjoys walks, attending live music acts and action/fantasy movies. Shawn’s favorite quote is “Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles.”
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 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.”
Allison is VENZA’s Customer Success Coach. Allison has the determination to provide our clients with the best service. She does everything she can to make the lives of her clients easier. Her favorite quote is “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
Marineli is VENZA’s Customer Success Associate. As a mother of three, she definitely has the experience to multi-task, therefore helping the CS team run smoothly. Marineli is relatable like Spider Woman, while also being tough.
Marineli’s favorite quote is “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile”.
Elton is VENZA’s Software Developer. Elton fascinates users by ensuring that VENZA’s systems are always functional and ready to deliver. Like the superhero Flash, Elton uses “speed” to get things done, with a sense of urgency always in his mind.
Elton’s favorite quote is “Hard work beats talent”. The most dedicated and hardworking in life will always succeed over talent, so Elton knows the value of believing in yourself and always giving 100%.
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.
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
Mitchel is VENZA’s Accounting Clerk.
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