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Meet the Rover Team

Rover.com connects dog parents with a nationwide network of dog lovers for hire, offering in-home dog boarding, dog sitting, and dog walking.

Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for dog parents throughout the U.S. to find sitters who will treat their dog like family. Stays are booked on Rover every minute of every day, and more than 92 percent of the population lives within a short drive of one of Rover’s 25,000 sitters. Ninety-five percent of reviewed stays have received a perfect five-star rating. In addition to connecting pet parents with sitters, the Rover platform offers complimentary premium insurance for all services booked through Rover, 24/7 customer support and vet consultation, mobile apps, photo sharing, videos of stay highlights, and sitter background checks.
 

Meet the Rover Team

 

Aaron Easterly, Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Easterly

Aaron brings 15 years of tech-industry experience to Rover, which was named 2014 Startup of the Year by GeekWire.com. Aaron is a 2014 EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner for the Pacific Northwest. He was also recently named a “40 under 40” recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Aaron’s four-pound Pomeranian, Caramel, is a frequent visitor to Rover’s headquarters.

Before Rover: Aaron was a general manager at Microsoft, where he managed advertiser marketplaces worth $3 billion.

Education: Aaron received his undergraduate degree in economics, with honors, from Harvard College.

 
 

Kristen Forecki, Director of Customer Experience

Kristen Forecki

At Rover, Kristen manages a combination of sales, support, and training teams to ensure that all of Rover's customers receive the best possible experience.

Kristen became hooked on Rover after her Havanese puppy, Bartlet, contracted kennel cough from a reputable local kennel while she was away for her wedding. Today, Kristen trusts Rover.com to care for her pup with the same love and attention that Bartlet gets at home, and Bartlet's regular sitter has become like his second family.

Before Rover: Kristen has worked at Amazon.com, The Boston Consulting Group, and General Mills.

Education: Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

 
 

Greg Gottesman, Founder & Board Member

Greg Gottesman

Greg pitched the idea for Rover.com in 2011 at a Startup Weekend event in Seattle after a dreadful experience at a local kennel with the family dog, Ruby Tuesday. Greg believed then and now that comfortable, friendly homes are the best place for canine family members when their parents are away.

When not working on Rover.com as an active board member, Greg is a Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group, an early-stage venture capital firm. Greg currently serves on the boards of BuddyTV, Cheezburger, Jobaline, and WildTangent, among other companies.

He is the author of three books and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington, where he teaches a class on entrepreneurship.

Before Rover: Greg worked for The Boston Consulting Group.

Education: Greg graduated from Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School.


Philip Kimmey, Co-Founder and Director of Software Development

Phil Kimmey

Phil is a co-founder of Rover and was an integral member of Rover’s winning Startup Weekend team. He leads the development of the Rover.com website and mobile apps. Phil is a frequent dog sitter for Rover, including for Cooper, a rambunctious Labradoodle.

Before Rover: Phil worked in the Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine, and was a technology and public policy intern for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he analyzed the U.S. government’s open-source policy data.

Education: Phil studied computer science at Washington University in St. Louis.


Teresa Kotwis, Chief Financial Officer

Teresa Kotwis

Teresa joined Rover in April 2014 from Logic20/20, a Seattle consulting firm. She brings experience in financial leadership roles from a number of Seattle companies. She’s the proud mother of two young boys and of Beacon, a very large and exceedingly friendly Chocolate Labrador Retriever who often can be found under her desk in the Rover office.

Before Rover: Teresa worked as vice president of finance at AdReady and Classmates.com, and was director of accounting at Getty Images. She’s also held senior positions at Coinstar and Onyx Software.

Education: Teresa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Tulane University in New Orleans. She graduated summa cum laude and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi honor societies.


Jason Kreitzer, Vice President of Product Management & Marketplace

Jason Kreitzer

Jason has more than 10 years of experience as a product manager with a focus on creating and managing online marketplaces. Jason co-founded Clerity, an online question-and-answer marketplace, and helped launch TerraPass, one of the first carbon-offset retailers.

Jason and his wife, Kate, love dogs but weren't allowed to have a pet on their houseboat. But after visiting a local Seattle shelter, they knew they had to adopt a mixed breed who they named Oscar. They were inspired to convince their houseboat co-op to allow their pup, and now Oscar has a big group of friends he sees daily.

Before Rover: Jason spent 6 years working for the Microsoft’s advertising exchange and as a group product manager for the display advertising business.

Education: Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with degrees in economics and computer science. He also earned a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Scott Porad, Chief Technology Officer

Scott Porad

Scott brings to Rover almost 20 years of experience building high-profile, industry-leading websites. Before Rover, Scott was the CTO at the Cheezburger Network, the company behind the well-known user-generated content sites I Can Has Cheezburger? and Failblog. Scott has won the Puget Sound Business Journal's Startup Tech Star Award and Geekwire/Seattle 2.0's Best Startup Technologist Award. Scott didn't grow up with dogs, but got one for his kids a few years before joining Rover. His kids led the search, and they ended up with Oscar, an 8-pound Miniature Schnauzer. In addition to being 140% adorable, Oscar is the hardest working dog in the city, fiercely barking to protect the house from every car and pedestrian that passes by.

Before Rover: Scott launched Drugstore.com. He’s also worked at ESPN.com and for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment.

Education: Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.


Brent Turner, Chief Operating Officer

Brent Turner

The Rover executive team's representative of the Deep South, Brent has been building and leading high-performing teams in both startups and large, established companies for over 20 years. He came to Rover after falling in love with the idea that millions of people could earn money by showering dogs with love.

Before Rover: Most recently, Brent was president of Code Fellows, a digital trade school in Seattle. He’s also worked in various roles at aQuantive, as executive vice president of call products for Marchex, and as general manager of the search and display media network at Microsoft.

He received Vanderbilt University Business School's 2013 Service Award, as well as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Education: Brent received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Memphis, and a master’s of business administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.