Management Team

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Marc Pickren

CEO

Having been both a bootstrapped entrepreneur and a leader in large organizations, Marc is in a unique position to drive OutboundEngine’s growth while serving as a champion for small business owners. Previously, he was Senior Vice President at Mr. Cooper (formerly Nationstar), where he served on the leadership team that generated over $1 billion in revenue and $220 million in earnings annually by bringing innovative credit products to over 3 million homeowners. A 20-year veteran of leading companies through sweeping digital change and customer-focused product evolution, Marc has also held senior leadership positions at Monster.com and J. Walter Thompson among others. When he’s not advocating on behalf of American small businesses, you can find Marc on the tennis court or spending time with his wife and kids.

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John Eckman

Chief Financial Officer

John leads everything financial for OutboundEngine. Previously, he was the CFO of Packet Design, where he was a key member of an ownership group that acquired the company and transformed it into a leading provider of software defined networking analytics solutions before its sale to Ciena Corp. John spent more than 15 years in the private equity industry with Lone Rock Technology Group, The Carlyle Group, and Liberty Partners. He also started and led a medical devices company, where he saw first-hand the challenges of navigating the complex world of digital marketing as a small company with a limited budget. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, where he was designated a Palmer Scholar, and a BA in Economics from Davidson College, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. John played soccer in college and continues to spend most of his free time on the soccer fields as he follows his three children’s budding soccer careers.

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Jacqueline Sewell

VP of Sales

Jacqueline leads Sales for OutboundEngine, using her passion for helping small businesses win to drive positive financial results. She oversees our direct sales efforts along with spearheading our growth initiatives in strategic accounts, reseller and partner programs. Prior to taking the helm of our sales organization, Jacqueline led the OutboundEngine Customer Success team, where she built a deep understanding of the challenges that small business owners face every day. Before that, she worked her way up from Sales Representative to Sales Manager at OutboundEngine. She holds an International Business degree from Texas A&M University, where she was a founder of the school’s first all female a capella group. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors and hosting dinner parties with her husband and dog.

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Deepak Surana

VP of Product

Deepak sets the vision for how our software delivers value for business owners. Most recently, he was Chief Product Officer at Click Security, where he led product and engineering efforts through its acquisition in 2016. He also held senior product management roles at Blackboard, myEdu and Hoover’s, and started his career as a consultant with Accenture. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University. In his spare time, you can find him playing tennis, running around Town lake, and visiting his neighborhood taco truck.

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Alexander Bibighaus

VP of Engineering

Alexander has spent his career materializing software ideas that solve real-world problems daily. Before joining OutboundEngine, he led engineering teams focused on security for machine learning at Cloudera. He’s also served as VP of Engineering at two Austin, TX startups: Gazzang and Phurnace Software, that resulted in successful acquisitions. Earlier, he co-founded Zosh, an early mobile signature application, which was acquired by HighTail (YouSendIt). Shortly after earning his BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, Alexander co-founded Deadabase, one of the first online music sites, which became famous for being one of the first to expose copyright issues with digital music downloads.

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Andrew Szatan

Senior Director of Marketing

Andrew heads the OutboundEngine marketing team. He’s responsible for customer acquisition, developing the company’s brand and creating high-performance campaigns for our clients. Prior to joining OutboundEngine, Andrew was the first marketing hire at a New York-based online education startup that scaled to over $200 million. He’s a graduate of New York University and considers a day that starts on the hiking trail and ends in a music club to be just about perfect.

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Sharon Slonaker

Director of People, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Building a great company requires great people and Sharon is our people person. An HR leader with over 20 years of experience working with companies from 20-2,000 people, Sharon handles culture, recruiting and HR for OutboundEngine. She joins us from Headspring, where she grew headcount by 100% and led a culture that was consistently ranked as one of Texas’ Best Places to Work. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she’s a proud Aggie who loves spending time with her two teenagers, preferably somewhere on or near the water.

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Branndon Stewart

Founder / Advisor

Branndon founded OutboundEngine in 2012 and led the company to 10,000 customers, $25M ARR and the #95 spot on the Inc5000. Today he serves as an Advisor, using his deep knowledge of the SMB SaaS landscape to guide OutboundEngine on its most important decisions. Prior to founding the company, Branndon held senior marketing roles at leading Austin technology companies including Boundless Network, Borland Software, Troux Technologies and Motive. When he’s not building businesses, you’re likely to find Branndon exploring the outdoors with his family.

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Angela McKendree

Director of OE Studio

Angela is responsible for leading a team that delivers compelling, relevant and professional marketing experiences for OutboundEngine’s customers. She previously led B2C marketing for World Education Services and worked in ecommerce marketing for two of Austin’s startup-to-Fortune-100 success stories, Dell and Whole Foods. Angela holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and when she’s not driving marketing results for small business owners, she enjoys volunteering her time for dog rescues, watching UT football and searching for the perfect vegan bakery.

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Eric Stiner

Director of Operations

Eric leads the Operations and Customer Success teams at OutboundEngine. He’s responsible for enabling our employees to hit their goals and for developing programs and processes that help our customers achieve marketing success. Prior to joining OutboundEngine, Eric managed customer success teams for multiple business units at Deluxe Corp. Eric is an avid Kansas city sports fan and when he isn’t busy thinking about how to make something at OutboundEngine work better, he enjoys traveling with his wife and toddler.

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George Angulo

Director of Business Strategy

George is OutboundEngine’s go-to strategic resource, responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives to achieve our company’s short and long-term goals. He’s worked to define sales and customer success operations, in addition to spearheading an experimentation program to ensure data-driven business decisions. George earned a BA in International Management from Pepperdine University, with a focus in business strategy, policy and ethics. George enjoys hiking and fishing in the North Cascades and in addition to his commitment to OutboundEngine, he’s known for his unwavering devotion to his extensive cowboy boot collection.

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Jimmy Miller

Director, Training & Development

Jimmy equips our team to do their jobs well and ensures that everyone is growing professionally and personally. Prior to OutboundEngine, he led operations and fulfillment for Esperos, an Austin retail startup. Before joining the startup scene, he honed his public speaking and interpersonal talents as a pastor at Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX, and learned how to be creative on-demand as a weekend programming Producer for KTCK The Ticket in Dallas. He holds a Masters in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas. Unless you have an hour to spare, don’t ask him about 17th Century North America, Arrested Development, or the 2005-06 Texas Longhorns Football Team.

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Jon Lewis

Director of Recruiting

Jon manages OutboundEngine’s recruiting and hiring process and ensures that the candidate experience is a positive one. He has over 12 years of recruiting experience and was the Director of Recruiting at Lifesize before joining OutboundEngine. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia moved to Austin in 1996 and holds a BA degree from Georgia Southern University. In his spare time, you can find him Jon and his wife enjoying local live music, kayaking, fishing and watching the Longhorns.

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Scott Minton

Sr. Director of Sales

Scott leads the Enterprise Sales team, which focuses on providing custom marketing solutions for larger accounts. His role includes partnership development and management as well as general business development. Before Scott assumed leadership of our Enterprise and Business Development teams, he was a Senior Director on the OutboundEngine direct sales team. And if you go back nearly a decade, he was the first sales rep hired at PromoLabs, which went on to become OutboundEngine. Scott graduated from Texas Tech University where he studied in Business and Marketing. He enjoys playing tennis, listening to good music, and hates cheese with a passion.

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Cody Frank

Sr. Director of Sales