MessageGears’ Leadership Team has deep industry expertise and is passionate about improving the way enterprise organizations think about email marketing. Interested in being a part of an exciting and fast-growing team that’s changing the way businesses think about marketing technology? Check out our open opportunities.

Roger Barnette

CEO

Roger has extensive experience leading and growing technology businesses. Prior to MessageGears, he was President of IgnitionOne, formerly named SearchIgnite and founded by Mr. Barnette. He has grown that business from inception to one of the world’s largest digital media platforms. IgnitionOne was ranked one of the best places to work in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Previous growth leadership positions include Biltmore Communications (acquired by DIRECTV) and eTour (acquired by Ask.com).

Roger has received numerous awards including the Atlanta Internet Marketer of The Year award and Emory’s Goizueta Business School Outstanding Recent Alumni award. He is a member of YPO – Southern 7 Chapter and is a mentor at Techstars Atlanta. Roger is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences and is regularly cited in major media outlets. He holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business and a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Dan Roy

SVP, Product Development, Co-Founder

Dan guides MessageGears’ product strategy and development. Previously, he served as CTO at Accucast, a pioneer in email marketing acquired by PGi. Accucast’s customers included Bank of America, Travelocity, and Walmart.com. Previously Dan was with Delta Air Lines where he was instrumental in building its award-winning website and e-commerce platform. Having worked with many of the world’s largest online businesses, Dan understands the importance of data to digital marketers and the challenges they face with existing email marketing solutions. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of West Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Taylor Jones

Principal Engineer, Co-Founder

Taylor leads account management, support, and deliverability at MessageGears. Previously, Taylor spearheaded the deliverability team at PGi where he also played a key role in the development of the predecessor to the MessageGears system. Prior to PGi, Taylor specialized in artificial intelligence at Applied Systems Intelligence. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Georgia.

Mark Kraieski

VP, Operations

Mark is responsible for all software and data center operations for MessageGears. Mark brings over twenty five years of information technology experience, including architecture and large-scale data center transformation and migration projects. Prior to joining MessageGears, Mark was Chief Architect and Vice President of Consulting at Virima Technologies, where he was responsible for the technical quality of solutions, services, and products. Mark also ran his own consulting practice focused on IT Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, and Program Assessment and Recovery. Clients included Equifax, A. G. Edwards & Sons Inc. (now Wells Fargo Advisors), Macys, Premiere Global Services, and Open Solutions. Mark graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a BSCS in Systems Programming.

Lisa Finfer

VP, Sales

The consummate sales professional, Lisa leads the charge to enlighten all data driven marketers about the power of MessageGears. Lisa brings over 20 years technology sales and marketing experience to MessageGears, of which 10 years specifically in the email marketing industry. Previously, Lisa led the sales and account management organizations at Responsys (Oracle), Silverpop (IBM) and Premiere Global Services. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Tulsa.

Will Devlin

Director, Marketing

Will leads all marketing efforts and strategy for MessageGears. Previously, he led marketing programs and strategic services for ShopVisible, an eCommerce software provider, and prior to that he spent nearly a decade managing eCommerce and customer service for Gander Mountain and Overton’s, an Internet Retailer Top 250 company. An accomplished tech marketer and industry expert, Will has contributed to publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, Internet Retailer, Multichannel Merchant, and CIO.com, and serves on the Board for the Email Experience Council, the email marketing arm of the Direct Marketing Association.

Mike Dickerson

Advisory Board Member

Mike is a proven entrepreneur with more than 16 years experience leading and investing in start up companies. He is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager at PGi. He previously co-founded Vocalocity, Inc. and served as Chief Executive Officer and Director. He served as Managing Director and Entrepreneur in Residence at eHatchery where he provided numerous seed stage companies with management consulting, fundraising assistance, and M&A advisory services. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Stanford University.

Michael Pridemore

Advisory Board Member

Michael is the Founder of SocketHead Studios. Previously he was the co-founder and CEO of Accucast, Inc., a pioneer in the enterprise email marketing space. He guided Accucast’s early growth that culminated in a successful acquisition by PGi in 2006. Michael holds a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from the University of Central Florida.