CEO Zack Oates grew up in the restaurant and retail industry and was frustrated with the lack of tools to find out how customers are feeling. Online reviews are easy for the customer but tough on the businesses. Long surveys are great for the business and difficult for the customer. The world needed a better way–Ovation was created to do just that.
Meet the Leadership Team
Founder & CEO
Grew up in restaurant/retail. Went on over 1,000 dates before he met his wife. He learned about relationships from both. Award-winning entrepreneur, rung the NASDAQ, author, and relationship guru. Book Zack to speak/write here.
Co-Founder & Head of Sales
There isn’t a mountain Seth wouldn’t climb and not a stranger that wouldn’t become his friend. Loves the outdoors, his family, and driving value for Ovation customers.
Co-Founder & Head of Customer Success
Read the Ovation reviews, and most will mention Derek. He has 1 goal: make others successful…and he’s really really good at it. Not to mention he is a mean beatboxer.
First generation American with an incredible passion for building technology and relationships. If he’s not coding, he’s with his rockstar family.
Head of BD
Don’t let this Vegas guy fool ya, he’s really got Cali in his heart. He is always in the first wave of hospitality and brings the fun to any party.
Runs the Social for Ovation while making time for eBooks/blog posts, trade shows, reviews…and makes sure that everyone stays in line.
A singer, songwriter, and editing guru, Kyle has the stuff to make your favorite episodes of Give an Ovation pop. Not to mention he is mean on the Mariocart track!
From incredible interns, amazing customer support staff, tireless coders, on-the-ball operations specialists, and creative marketers–the team makes the company! We love the Ovation Nation!
Former CIO of Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes, Abercrombie & Fitch, Planet Hollywood, and Hard Rock Cafe, Kelly has spent almost 30 years in restaurant/retail
Team Coach & Investor
15-year pro-football QB, NFL 3x MVP, philanthropist, President of HGGC, and loves to give Zack a hard time about hurting his shoulder playing tennis.
27 years experience: Google 11 years (7 networking, 4 in machine learning), 16 years in chip design and software. He’s more than a fun guy, he is a brainiac!
Michael "Schatzy" Schatzberg
Advisor & Investor
Managing Director for Branded Restaurants. He has over 25 years of marketing, brand development, management and hospitality experience.
Built and sold 2 companies and wrote the original code for Ovation. Can give anyone on skis, mountain bike, or computer a run for their money.
Former Director of Software Architecture at PayPal and eBay, Mark’s passion is supporting neuro-diversity and to end joblessness for those on the autism spectrum.
Advisor & Investor
Managing Partner of Branded strategic with over 30 years working in financial services, capital markets, and hosptiality industry.
We choose extraordinary–for ordinary will always be waiting.
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