Aaron Easterly, Chief Executive Officer
Aaron brings 15 years of tech-industry experience to Rover, which was named 2014 Startup of the Year by GeekWire.com. Aaron was GeekWire’s 2016 CEO of the the Year and a 2014 EY (Ernst & Young) Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner for the Pacific Northwest. He was also named a “40 under 40” recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Before Rover: Aaron was a general manager at Microsoft, where he managed advertiser marketplaces worth $3 billion.
Education: Aaron received his degree in economics, with honors, from Harvard College.
Scott Porad, Chief Technology Officer
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.
Tracy Knox, Chief Financial Officer
Tracy brings over 20 years of extensive experience in global finance across diverse industries including software development and e-commerce to her role as CFO. At Rover, she leads the company’s financial operations including accounting, financial reporting, and treasury functions. Tracy has a 13-year-old lab named Sophie who loves her Rover drop-in sitter.
Before Rover: Tracy previously led Rightside’s financial operations. Prior to that, she served as CFO for A Place for Mom, UIEvolution, and Drugstore.com.
Brent Turner, Chief Operating Officer
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.
John Lapham, General Counsel
John manages all legal, regulatory and business affairs for Rover. John provides counsel for the management team and Board, manages Rover’s business development work, and oversees human resources. John’s favorite thing about Rover is the culture—a passionate and competitive group of people united by their common love for animals.
Before Rover: John joined Rover with more than 20 years of legal experience, most recently as the General Counsel for Getty Images. At Getty he built and managed a global legal team, with a focus on developing major partnerships with Pinterest, Microsoft and other leading technology companies, finance and merger transactions, and evolving e-commerce models.
Education: John received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University.
Jason Kreitzer, Vice President of Product Management & Marketplace
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.
Megan Teepe, Vice President of Operations
Megan has more than 10 years of experience developing service organizations that deliver outstanding results for customers. She brings that experience and passion for excellence to Rover, leading the charge on all sitter and safety programs. Megan and her family are the proud pet parents of Colfax, a delightfully grumpy terrier rescue from Seattle Humane Society.
Before Rover: Most recently, Megan worked as Director of Account Management and Operations at Marchex. She has also worked as a consultant in the environmental and transportation fields, and long ago trekked in the Honduran wilderness doing field work.
Education: Megan earned her undergraduate degree in Geography and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s of business administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Philip Kimmey, Co-Founder and Director of Software Development
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.
Greg Gottesman, Founder & Board Member
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.
Halle Hutchison, Vice President of Marketing
Halle has over 20 years of experience driving successful brand evolutions and culture-penetrating advertising campaigns for beloved consumer brands. She brings her global, start-up and Fortune 10 experience to Rover where she leads the brand marketing, brand publishing, corporate communications, and integrated marketing teams. Closely identifying with our simple brand promise of helping people get more dog love in their lives, Halle joined Rover to ensure it comes to life across the customer journey. Simply put, who wouldn’t want to be part of filling the world with more tail-wagging, belly-scratching, unconditional love?
Before Rover: Prior to joining Rover, Halle spent time in the mobile and travel industries, holding senior marketing roles at AT&T, T-Mobile and Expedia and Alaska Airlines.
Education: Halle earned her bachelor of arts in Communication from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Paul Dixon, Vice President and General Manager
Paul brings nearly 20 years of tech-industry experience to Rover, having built and led analytics and product management teams at organizations ranging from early stage startups to very large, established technology companies. Throughout his career, Paul has worked on a diverse set of business problems but consumer marketplaces are his favorite area of focus. Paul has been a proud parent of two adopted Siberian huskies in the past, and is patiently waiting for his daughter to be old enough for her first puppy.
Before Rover: Prior to joining Rover, Paul served as Vice President of Product Management at Mobilewalla, Inc., a Madrona-backed marketing technology startup based in New York.
Education: Paul earned his PhD in Biological Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.
Heather Buser, Vice President of Accounting
Heather has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience at leading technology organizations. In her current role, Heather is responsible for managing all aspects of the financial accounting and reporting operations for Rover. Growing up, she always had strong affection for dogs, including participating in a 4-H dog club as a child, and has matched her love for dogs with her career at Rover. Today, Heather is the proud dog mom to her two labradoodles, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.
Before Rover: Prior to joining the Rover team, Heather held several senior accounting roles at technology and e-commerce companies including Rightside, Getty Images, Drugstore.com, F5 Networks, etc. During her time at Rightside she helped the organization grow into a standalone, public company, divest the wholesale business and ultimately sell the remaining company.
Education: Heather earned her bachelor of science in Accounting from the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business in Columbia, Missouri and earned her CPA while working at Coopers and Lybrand, LLP.
Paul Jeszenszky, Vice President of Growth
Paul brings to Rover over 17 years of technology industry experience with a focus on growth and marketing strategies. Paul leads the growth team at Rover, responsible for driving the number of active dog owners on the platform while also supporting sitter growth and brand awareness. Growing up with dogs, cats and birds, Paul is an animal lover. Most recently he was a dog dad to two Italian Greyhound rescues, Enzo and Nella. Having the opportunity to help grow another marketplace business which supports dogs and the people who love them combined two passions.
Before Rover: Prior to Rover, Paul held senior growth and marketing roles at internationally recognized technology brands including AirBNB, Google and eBay. During his time at Google, Paul grew the global online marketing team for B2B products to a 30 person organization across seven countries.
Education: Paul earned his bachelor of arts in Journalism and Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.