John Winner

CEO

John believes in the power of great products and companies to advance humanity. He founded his first of 5 companies in 2002 when he was 13. Immediately prior to founding Kizen, John founded and served as CEO of the Scientific Marketing Group which helped generate profitable revenue for enterprise companies, rapid growth startups, and main street businesses.

As CEO, John is deeply involved in Kizen's product development, employee development, customer success, and leads the marketing and sales teams. He works hard to live Kizen's core values in every aspect of his work and life.

Outside Kizen, John loves surfing, cooking, and both playing and watching sports - especially football, sand volleyball, and tennis. John also founded Future School, an organization devoted to ensuring children develop the skills to be happy, healthy, and successful.

Scott Turner

CTO

Scott is fascinated with solving complex problems. Immediately prior to founding Kizen, he served as COO of the Scientific Marketing Group. Prior to joining SMG, Scott co-invented and patented a product at 3M that sells over $35 million per year and revolutionized their media buying and analytics teams.

As CTO, Scott leads Kizen’s engineering and product teams - ensuring that Kizen’s product is easy to use and delivers results for every customer. As a former valedictorian of his chemical engineering class, Scott also ensures efficiency across Kizen’s operations and runs Kizen’s media buying and in-house analytics team.

In his free time, Scott loves trivia nights, working out, spin classes, and traveling and exploring cultures with his amazing wife.

Susan Sheskey

Former CIO of Dell

Susan is a Partner (2008) at Daylight Partners, a venture capital investment firm focusing on investing in start-up companies and small businesses, where the background of the Partners can be leveraged to realize long-term growth potential.

Prior to joining Daylight Partners, Susan was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Dell, Inc. Susan joined Dell in 1993 and is a noted authority on e-commerce and the use of innovative technology solutions to transform businesses. During her tenure, the Dell Information Technology Organization was recognized by CIO Magazine as a CIO 100 Innovation Award winner multiple times.

Susan also served on the Strategic Technology Advisory Board of the Malaysian Government, as well as on Advisory Boards at University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Northwestern University and Miami University.

She was recognized by eWeek in 2007 as among the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Technology; by Diversity Journal as among Women Worth Watching - 2008; and was a spokesperson at the 2006 World Congress on Information Technology.

Before joining Dell, Inc, Susan held executive positions at Ameritech Corporate, Ameritech Services, and Ohio Bell.

Susan also served for many years on the Board of the Capital Area Food Bank, helping feed families in Austin and the 22 surrounding central Texas counties.

She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Alex Smith

Former Treasurer of Dell Technologies

Alex is a partner and senior advisor at Brown Advisory. Prior to the May 2018 combination of Meritage Capital with Brown Advisory, he was the founder and chief executive officer of Meritage Capital.

Prior to establishing Meritage Capital, Alex founded and was a managing director of Dell Ventures, the private equity arm of Dell Inc. He also served as vice president and treasurer for Dell prior to starting Dell Ventures.

Before his time at Dell, Alex held finance and treasury positions at Commodore International, Ltd. and EDS. Alex’s career spans more than 30 years in the global financial markets and the high-tech industry sectors.

Alex is president of St. James’s Park Holding, LLC, an Austin, Texas-based family office. Alex currently serves as a member of the finance committee and as a member of the board of trustees of Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, he previously served as chairman.

His deep respect for the importance of the University of Florida is evidenced by his roles as a member of the Dean’s Business Advisory Council for University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and as a member of the board of the University of Florida Investment Company. He is also a member of the MBA Investment Fund Advisory Committee at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ro Parra

Former General Manager of Dell Americas

Ro Parra founded Daylight Partners after he retired from a 14 year career at Dell, Inc. For the majority of his last 7 years at Dell, he was SVP and General Manager of Dell Americas. As the GM of Dell Americas, Ro was responsible for all of Dell’s operations in The Americas region including Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, and Services. Prior to his promotion to Dell’s Executive Committee in the year 2000, Ro had several General management roles including Dell Home and Small Business, Dell Public Sector and Dell Corporate Sales.

Ro came to Dell after spending four years with GRiD Systems Corporation, a producer of ruggedized and pen-based computers. At GRiD, Ro was the Vice president and General Manager of the Federal Division based in Washington, DC, and later of the PC Strategic Business unit based in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to GRiD, Ro spent 12 years with Radio Shack where he served in a number of retail operating roles including store manager, district manager and regional Director. In his last role at Radio Shack, he oversaw all retail operations for Radio Shack Computer Centers in the North Central Region.

Rocky Mountain

Former VP of Dell Technologies US Consumer Business

Rocky Mountain worked at Dell for 14 years in a variety of executive roles, focused on sales, marketing and general management. His last role at the company was Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s US Consumer Business, where he had P&L responsibility for the $10 billion business unit. Prior to that, Rocky was Vice President and General Manager of Dell’s Americas Transactional Group, a combination of diverse businesses which included the Ink and Toner Division, Extended Warranty Group, the Spare Parts Business and Dell’s Employee Purchase Program. Rocky also held executive positions with Dell’s Online group and Federal Business Unit.

Prior to coming to Dell, Rocky worked in several start ups and was a Principle in The Galt Group, a marketing and advertising firm specializing in work with medium size entities and small homebuilders. Rocky also had a prior career in the political arena working in both the State Legislature as well as the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rocky attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York, Albany. He serves on the Board of Directors for FGA Media, Inc., one of Daylight’s portfolio companies and also sits on the Board of Frontier Renewal, LLC.

Scott Helbing

Former Chief Marketing Officer at AT&T

Scott is President of Scott Helbing, Inc., an Entertainment and Marketing Consulting firm in Dallas, TX that he started in 2008. Prior to his current business, Helbing spent 5 years at AT&T where he was a Senior Officer and Executive Vice President of the company. From 2006 until 2008 he launched the Entertainment division at AT&T and was responsible for acquiring and monetizing all content across the television, Internet and wireless devices. From 2003-2006 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Consumer Business, a $40 Billion business. He was responsible for all strategies, products, product pricing, marketing, all sales channels, including the Internet, which generated over $6 Billion in annual revenue.

Prior to joining AT&T, Helbing worked at Dell for over 5 years where he was the officer responsible for the Dell brand. In that role, he had strategic oversight for the brand as well as brand oversight for all media channels, including the web, where Dell generated significant consumer and business division sales. A major accomplishment under his watch was a complete re-design of the Dell website.

Helbing has held officer level positions for other global businesses; 3 years at YUM restaurants, 2.5 years at Reebok, 9 years in publishing at Whittle Communications and 9 years with national advertising agencies in Chicago and Dallas.

Helbing has served on numerous boards during his professional career. Those include; Media Rights Capital, a leading media/ entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles; Radar, a magazine/internet media company in Chicago; The Alamo Bowl, IOCOM, a software development company in Chicago, The Dallas International Film Festival, the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami and the Marketing Board of the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas.

Jim Armstrong

Co-Founder of March Capital

A successful and experienced early stage venture investor across a variety of enterprise and consumer facing technology companies, Jim has established himself as a leading investor based in Southern California.

Jim has applied his experience and industry contacts to help companies deliver a strong record of venture performance. Jim invests nationwide and focuses on information technology investments, with particular interest in consumer Internet, application software, and Internet-enabled market places. On several occasions, Forbes Magazine has recognized Jim on its “Midas List” as one of the top Venture Capitalists in the United States.

Jim co-founded March Capital in 2014 and has been at Clearstone Venture Partners since 1998. Jim worked with Idealab, the incubator, in the late 90’s and started his career at Austin Ventures in 1995.

Jim led Clearstone’s active investments in SupplyFrame, Vast, and UserTesting, and he is on the board of two incubators – The Hive (big data) and The Fabric (cloud networking). Jim actively represented Clearstone’s early stage, “pre-revenue,” investments in former portfolio companies PayPal (acquired by eBay as a public company), United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), Internet Brands (NASDAQ: INET before being taken private), Integrien (acquired by VMWare), Jump Networks (acquired by Microsoft), Comet Systems (acquired by Miva), TriVida (acquired by BeFree) and Composite Software (acquired by Cisco).

Jim holds an M.B.A. from the McCombs School from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mike Clifford

Former CIO of WholeFoods

Mike is an experienced senior-level Executive at several high-growth companies. In August, 2018 Mike joined University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) as their VP - Information Technology/Chief Information Officer. This marks a return to an Executive Leadership role after several years as a private Investor, Advisor and Consultant.

Mike spent 12 great years as the CIO at Whole Foods Market, starting there in September of 2000. He stepped out of that role in September of 2012.

Mike is an active participant with the Social Venture Partner group in Austin where he advises non-profits in their pursuit of income-generating products and activities.

Mike is a large and small company growth expert, and is called to advise investors and CEO's on how to better market their products, and organize for expansion.

Mike wants to contribute to the development of teams and individuals in meaningful endeavors. He is in Pay-It-Forward mode and feels rewarded through the success of others.

David Osborn

Managing Partner of Align Capital

David is the principal owner in the 6th largest real estate company in the US with 4,500+ agents responsible for over 19,000 transaction sides and $10 billion in sales in 2017.

He is an operating principal and/or investor in five Keller Williams Regions and nine Market Centers, owns 20+ real estate related ventures, principle of a REI private equity group, and the operator of over 35 profitable real estate related businesses in the US and Canada.

Firmly rooted to the principal of knowledge sharing and giving back, David is a member of the Keller Williams Master Faculty and regularly teaches as a keynote speaker. He is a co-founder of GoBundance, an accountability-based group of entrepreneurs, and sits on the board of the 1Life Fully Lived non-profit, a member of YPO/WPO Austin and TIGER 21, and contributes to various causes from fighting cancer to building clean water wells through Charity Water.

David is the proud father of two beloved daughters, a son and is married to the wonderful and talented Traci Osborn.

Leadership

We’ve rounded up the brightest minds in business and technology to lead our company. Our executives, board members, advisors and investors are united in their thinking that life can be easier and distinguished by an unconstrained capacity to imagine the future. Allow us to introduce ourselves.

Meet Kizen’s
Founders

The name Kizen is inspired by “Kaizen,” the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement. The name is a promise that Kizen will work hard every day to make this technology the best it can be, so businesses can be the best they can be and fill the world with amazing experiences.

John Winner

CEO

Scott Turner

CTO

Board Members

Susan Sheskey

Former CIO of Dell

The Kizen Vision comprehends the customer relationship of the future, where strategic intelligence drives a uniquely personalized experience that is intuitive, relevant, anticipatory, and responsive. Most importantly, Kizen differentiates from its competitors by significantly enhancing revenue generation, operational expense efficiency, and overall customer satisfaction.

The Kizen Team is distinguished by their unconstrained capacity to imagine the future. They bring relevant business experience and technology capability coalescing now in the customer relationship experience of the future.

Alex Smith

Former Treasurer of Dell Technologies

Investors and Key Advisors

Ro Parra

Former General Manager of Dell Americas

Rocky Mountain

Former VP of Dell Technologies US Consumer Business

Scott Helbing

Former Chief Marketing Officer at AT&T

Jim Armstrong

Co-Founder of March Capital

Mike Clifford

Former CIO of WholeFoods

David Osborn

Managing Partner of Align Capital