“Guiding Good People to Do Great Things”
Jeff is VENZA’s President & 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.
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: CISM, CISSP, CHFI, CEH, CNSS 4013A, CNSS 4011, 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”.
Josh is VENZA’s VP of Marketing.
Joshua Bergen is Venza’s Vice President of Marketing. 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.
Luckily, he hears many voices in his head and has a split personality that has helped him wear many hats in the Hospitality industry! His diverse hands-on background in Accounting, Operations, Sales & Marketing in Hotels, Timeshares, Call Centers, Cruise Lines, Golf Clubs and Casinos while various hospitality roles from housekeeping to VP has given him a deep understanding when it comes with finding solutions. With multiple degrees in Hospitality Management and Accounting along with his CHAE & CHTP certifications, they help Josh organize his crazy ideas & allow for a structured, methodical approach to opportunities. Often the differences in his background allow him to provide solutions that are not one-dimensional.
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
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.”
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 Elektra, an Olympic-level athlete and gymnast, possessing strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and endurance at the pinnacle of human performance.
April and her Customer Success Team follow the service model noted by Mark Roberge at Hubspot: “It’s no longer about interrupting, pitching and closing. It’s about listening, diagnosing, and prescribing.”
Wietse is VENZA’s Director of Business Development in Europe. More info coming soon!
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 to occupy the biggest office in the building beside the recycle bins and the back door.
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.
Careen is one of VENZA’s Account Executives. Careen excites prospects by showing them how we can take things off their plate while still helping them to meet their business goals. Having previous experience in IT security and sales, Careen is like Superman—she can provide solutions faster than the speed of light!
Careen’s favorite quote is “Always do what is right for our customer”.
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%.
Kayla is VENZA’s Customer Success Lead. 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.”
Cassie is VENZA’s Customer Success Coach.
Just like Elastigirl, Cassie is able to stretch and help others by handling multiple obstacles. She is highly skilled at hand-to-hand combat and is armed to help clients in their fight against cyberattacks.
Cassie’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”
Cleveland is VENZA’s Senior Security Analyst. Cleveland’s dedication to data protection and customer satisfaction gives our clients an edge in today’s digital age. Cleveland is like Cyborg—a superhero who is half man and half machine. One of his many super powers is the ability to decode complex computer terminology and translate it into layman’s terms at the speed of light. Cleveland is effective and efficient, with a super-human desire to provide our clients with exceptional customer service. Our clients can rest easy knowing he is on guard.
Cleveland’s favorite quote is by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”
Leonardo is VENZA’s Senior Security Analyst. Leonardo helps our clients become “cyber” aware and foster change. Leonardo is like Professor X, who uses his mental powers to push himself and others to their peak of achievement.
Leonardo’s favorite quote is by Anatole France: “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
Leonardo currently holds the following certifications: CEH and Security+. He is a member of the Information Systems Security Association and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals.
Marineli is VENZA’s Office Manager, warming you immediately with her smile as she greets you at the front door. As a mother of three, she definitely has the experience to multi-task, therefore helping the office 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”.
Marshall began working with Venza® as an multimedia developer intern since he was 16 years. He currently is pursuing a degree in marketing and works with Venza® between attending college.
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