Chad's passion is learning about business. Energized by the opportunities new start-ups, expansions, and mergers provide Chad has been able to develop a unique approach to helping all industries and types of business. The right amount of technology has been proven to drive efficiency in business; this is the foundation SeedSpark is built upon and a large part of who Chad is. Chad's constant goal of providing high value and uncompromised client service has resulted in unprecedented growth in each business he has been involved in, but especially at SeedSpark.
Now, with over 15 years of experience in developing and managing all types of businesses Chad feels SeedSpark brings unique value over traditional IT companies. The combination of managed technology services with the ability to create custom web applications and services, positions SeedSpark to be a true partner with the clients we serve, while always focussing on the clients overall business health.
Outside of his multiple business interests, Chad spends time with his wife and two young daughters and volunteers in various ways at his church. He is an asset to his church by ushering regularly, and cooking breakfast with the men's group. Chad also volunteers frequently during the year to lend his skills to Habitat for Humanity and other charities. He is an active member in his community and is participates in several charities including American Cancer Society, Second Harvest Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, Samaritan's Purse, Water Missions International and National Child Advocacy Centers.
Chad also enjoys helping young people realize their full potential and mentors them in making personal, professional and financial decisions.
Vice President of Operations
Josh Elmore Vice President of Operations
Josh comes to SeedSpark with 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. He has proven success in creating, executing and replicating business models and brings value to any environment he comes into. One of his passions, coaching people to their goals, has been evident from his work with world class athletes in the Reebok CrossFit Games and the NBA. Josh is now bringing his passion for coaching to SeedSpark in order to serve business owners by coaching them in the valuable technological solutions they require to flourish. With his experience as a business owner he knows how to ask the right questions to maximize the SpeedSpark value his clients deserve.
Josh is married to the most amazing woman in the world and they love spending time with their son Noah. He is an avid reader, a self proclaimed car-guy, lives a fit life through and through and enjoys hunting. He also continues to be published in several fitness magazines and websites and publishes his own weekly blog focusing on providing value to small businesses.
Vice President/Business Analyst
Greg Thompson Vice President/Business Analyst
Greg provides detailed support to all of our customers by managing and maintaining all operational tasks within the organization. He works closely with our clients, sales team members, and accounting to make certain that all tasks are completed and documented, as well as creating quotes and technology evaluations for our existing clients that are in need of new tools or equipment.
Panther fan extraordinaire! Greg can be found at most home games, and enjoys watching games with his friends and family.
Vice President of Finance
Heather Jenkins Vice President of Finance
Heather's contributions to SeedSpark are numerous. She manages and maintains all of our accounts payable and receivable, balances all financial transactions and processes all HR transactions.
With one of the largest friends lists we've seen, Heather is our resident social butterfly. She also has very good taste in music and loves attending concerts and other events with friends and family.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Eddie Burklin Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Eddie has 27 years of senior management experience and has been Chief Operating Officer of SeedSpark, LLC since May 2011. In addition, Eddie has held a similar position with many start-up and high growth businesses over the last several years, including a marketing company and a real estate management company.
Eddie has varied interests outside of SeedSpark. Spending time with his three children, reading and watching football and basketball. Go Vols!!
Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Sutton Chief Financial Officer
Kelly has supported SeedSpark since its formative days, and brings with her a large amount of accounting skills. Working diligently with management Kelly ensures SeedSpark plans for the growth it has been fortunate to experience and is ready for tomorrow's challenges. A vital part of the team Kelly is integral to SeedSpark's success in expanding to other markets and acquisitions of other Technology companies.
Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and watching her son play baseball over the southeast.
Director of Technical Services
Gray Hinnant Director of Technical Services
Joining the SeedSpark team with over 10 years of experience within the IT Industry, Gray delivers process development and integration strategies that we’re certain will optimize the way our clients perform day-to-day functions. Born and breed in our very own Charlotte – Myers Park Area, Gray is very knowledgeable of the marketplace and initiatives that are gaining momentum within the region.
He is an avid car enthusiast and is always available for a challenging puzzle or two.
Senior Technical Engineer
Joseph Atkins Senior Technical Engineer
Joseph has been with SeedSpark since its inception. He provides support to all of our clients, by managing all the data hosted by SeedSpark, reviewing new technology, investigating upgrades and new technology before it is released to clients, and tirelessly monitoring all systems to prevent viral intrusions and wide spread system outages. Additionally he manages top tier client issues and provides support for the most complex technical issues our clients may face.
When not in front of a computer monitor Joseph can be found under the hood of a car. Joseph spends his free time working on and restoring classic cars. His latest project is a 1964 Buick Electra 225, that he found in a field and in need of a lot of work. Recently he has shown the car at car shows in Monroe NC and at the Lowe's Auto Fair in Charlotte.
Infrastructure Engineer/Technical Specialist
Bill Rickrode Infrastructure Engineer/Technical Specialist
Bill is responsible for accurately diagnosing help desk support requests. Due to his background in end-user support, he is able to quickly resolve these issues and courteously take care of our clients.
Bill enjoys playing drums in his spare time. He also enjoys expanding his movie and TV show collection; his favorite being British comedies such as Monty Python.
David Hayslett Technical Specialist
David is an asset to SeedSpark as he thoroughly enjoys building strong relationships with all current and potential clients. With more than 15 years’ experience in the Information Technology field, David is always striving to learn more and excel past his own expectations. He spends his time at SeedSpark assisting our clients with any and all tech issues, big or small.
When not at SeedSpark, David spends his time cooking, gaming, and going to sporting events and movies. He also loves the Red Sox!
Cassandra Paradis Technical Specialist
Cassandra is responsible for assisting our clients with any computer related issues. With more than seven years’ experience in the industry, her knowledge and experience make her a true asset to our support desk.
When not at SeedSpark, Cassandra spends as much time with her nephew and loves all types of music and movies. She’s also a die-hard Red Sox fan.
Matt Whitener Technical Specialist
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Nichole Nowell Technical Specialist
Nichole comes from Massachusetts and is fairly new to Charlotte. Her 14 years of experience in IT from the United States Air Force is a valuable asset to our team. She is responsible for assisting our clients with end-user support in any software/hardware related issue they may have.
When not at SeedSpark, Nichole likes to spend time with her two boys Elijah and Evan. She also loves to read and catch up on sleep (when her kids allow). Her favorite thing about the Queen City; it doesn’t have tons of snow dropped on it every winter! While she loves Charlotte, she is still a diehard Patriot and Red Sox fan!
Matt Sexton Network Engineer
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Sales and Consulting Services
Sarah Newlon Account Executive
As an account executive, Sarah works with our marketing clients and helps grow their businesses by creating and executing strategic marketing campaigns. She enjoys building relationships with clients and being part of the entire process of a project to ensure it’s completed in a timely, high-quality manner.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys photography, reading, exploring Charlotte, and spending time with her dog.
P.S. She did, in fact, complete that Rubik's Cube.
Addy Emery Account Manager
As SeedSpark's digital marketing specialist Addy brings experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Social Media Marketing, Professional Writing, Content Marketing and much more.
Jason Blackwood Account Executive
Jason joins SeedSpark after successfully launching and growing a valet and parking services company. His valuable operational experience leading and managing teams will be leveraged to align resources to facilitate growth for our customers and improve efficiency among their teams.
Jason and his wife are both active in church, having recently started a new life group and a men’s ministry there. When they’re not spending time together, Jason enjoys playing and watching sports and sampling various craft beers.
Candace Rader Administrative Assistant
Candace is responsible for making sure all administrative tasks are handled here at SeedSpark. From managing support tickets to vendor billing, she's certainly an asset to our Administration and Accounting department.
Candace is originally from Charleston, WV but has lived in Charlotte for more than five years now and loves it! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and two dogs (or babies), Miles and Charlie. She also enjoys shopping, comedy shows, and traveling. Oh, and we can't forget she's a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan!
Kara Lingerfelt Accounting Assistant
Kara has a passion for the principals of accounting and thoroughly enjoys the challenges that come with the daily tasks at hand. She will be an asset to the SeedSpark team bringing her knowledge and experience to the accounting team.
When not at SeedSpark, Kara enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and fishing. She also loves taking her son to cheer on the Carolina Panthers every chance she gets! #KEEPPOUNDING
Director of Development
Michael Piccot Director of Development
Michael is the leading consultant and manager for application development at SeedSpark and is responsible for developing and launching custom cloud-based software applications. He studied at UNC Charlotte with a background in Java programming but has since mastered .NET and uses his knowledge of both to develop applications for SeedSpark.
In his free time, you'll find Michael behind his computer practicing on his craft and sharpening his knowledge of programming. He also loves movies and could probably recite half the Netflix catalog.
Joni Vrapi Senior Developer
Joni is one of SeedSpark’s application developers and is responsible for developing the .NET apps our customers use every day. He currently studies at UNC Charlotte and is aiming for a degree in Software and Information Systems with a concentration in Cyber Security. Though his coding background is mainly in Java, he is an asset to SeedSpark developing in ASP.NET.
In his free time, Joni enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing/watching football (he’s a diehard cheese head), and going out to explore the city. He also loves solving problems, whether they are code related or otherwise.
Brandon Batton Senior Developer
Brandon is one of SeedSpark's lead developers and has a background in both front-end and back-end development. He has a tremendous skill-set lies in Java coding. He is well versed in database design and implementation but still manages many front-end development tasks. He is especially adept at creating new API's and has submitted unique apps to Facebook and Google.
Outside of work, Brandon is a PC enthusiast and gamer (die-hard Fallout fan). In his spare time, he likes to tinker with micro-controllers, make video game modifications, and perform DIY projects.
Dan Piccot Senior Developer
Dan Piccot is one of SeedSpark's application developers whose primary role is to support many of our current .NET applications. He is responsible for making sure our client's applications not only continue to run, but run efficiently.
Dan is currently studying at UNC Chapel Hill with a primary concentration in Java. In his free time, he's usually researching how to better develop his programming skills and playing games with his friends and family.
Nai Saevang Application Developer
Nai is one of SeedSpark's web application developers. He is responsible for developing the websites and content management systems for our clients. He is well versed in PHP, having launched his own Content Management System and having experience with eCommerce platform integrations. Lately, Nai has been spending a great deal of time in .NET in order to support many SeedSpark web applications. He graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors in Computer Science. Nai has a passion for learning and growing his skills in software development.
In his spare time, he likes to code, read, and play video games.
Kimberly Batton Application Developer
Kimberly is one of SeedSpark's back-end web developers and is responsible for putting together many of the complex web sites and web applications we create for our clients. She is studying Computer Science at UNC Charlotte and is putting her skill to good use at SeedSpark.
In her spare time, and when not studying, Kimberly likes to tackle DIY projects and enjoys baking and yoga. She is currently a senior at UNC Charlotte and her future goals include owning residential properties and opening a bakery.
David Illing Application Developer
David is a student at UNC Charlotte and will be graduating at UNC Charlotte in Fall 2016 with a degree in Computer Science and a focus on intelligent systems. While his background is in Java and Android App Development, David has quickly become an integral part of the .net development team.
Outside of work, David has a passion for computers, including building desktops, trying new indie video games, and keeping on top the latest in tech news. In the off chance that he is not in front of a screen, you will most likely find him trail running or trying new recipes with friends.
Danielle Earnhardt Application Developer
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Daniel Writz Application Developer
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Sara Simms Project Manager
Sara oversees the planning, implementation, and tracking of development projects at SeedSpark to make sure all deliverables are met and clients are delighted.
In her free time, Sara enjoys photography, cooking, and traveling!
Digital Marketing & Website Development
Director of Marketing
Bill Hawks Director of Marketing
Hawks is a competitive marketing and sales professional whose primary goal at SeedSpark is to understand what current and potential client’s businesses need most and align tech and development operations to meet those needs. His training includes a Business Administration degree specializing in Entrepreneurship & Business Development and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) as well as additional professional certifications in technology and marketing specific to tech and security. His hands on experience includes marketing for higher education, technology consultants, and local businesses.
As a Charlotte native, Hawks is an avid Carolina Panthers fan. In his free time he is likely to be found reading up on the latest business trends or enjoying active time outside with golf, flag football, or kayaking. When it’s time to slow down, Bill enjoys dabbling in craft beer and cigars. Hawks also enjoys spending time with his wife, worshiping at New Charlotte Church, and serving others.
P.S. He can, in fact, levitate. It's the craziest thing.
Creative Services Manager
Kimmi Robertson Creative Services Manager
With experience ranging from packaging design to user-experience and everything in between, Kimmi is in charge of creative direction for the wide range of projects that SeedSpark provides our clients, including custom websites and applications, branding packages, social media campaigns and email marketing. She helps bridge the gap between client vision and finished product to ensure that every idea comes to life in a professional and polished way.
Kimmi is an avid photographer and enjoys traveling in her free time, considering one of her greatest accomplishments to be an 8-month stint driving around the country with nothing but a Honda Civic and a 27” iMac in tow.
Senior Web Developer and UX Specialist
Joe Pease Senior Web Developer and UX Specialist
Joe Pease joins SeedSpark after serving several years at Movement Mortgage as they led a large expansion of their digital presence and marketing toolset for their mortgage lending officers. His background blends technical experience through computer science and various development languages with a passion for art and psychology.
Joe is, in fact, one of the nicest human beings on planet earth. He and his wife enjoy living in the Cotswald area of Charlotte and are regulars at trivia competitions and live performing arts shows.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Nikki Pacitti Digital Marketing Specialist
Recently graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Marketing degree, Nikki is eager to join the SeedSpark team and contribute her past experiences in Branding and Social Media Marketing. In her free time she loves to go to the mountains to hike, eno, and ski!