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Management Team

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Carl Wartzack – Chief Executive Officer

Carl has spent his career utilizing data and analytics to build profitable products and businesses.  As CEO of QL2, Carl is focused on guiding the company through a new phase of growth and innovation to meet the industry’s latest opportunities.

Prior to his work with QL2, Carl has done pioneering work at groundbreaking digital media start-ups Advertising.com – the world’s leading performance-based digital advertising network – and Millennial Media – the world’s largest independent mobile advertising platform.  He has also held key leadership roles at media giants Yahoo, AOL, Verizon and the Washington Post guiding product management, analytics and operations.

Jeremy Frank
Jeremy Frank – Senior Vice President – Engineering

As SVP of Engineering, Jeremy is responsible for providing architectural solutions and leading technical innovations at QL2. Jeremy has over 15 years of experience as an engineering leader focused on solving a wide variety of big data challenges. He has worked at several high growth media companies including AOL, Millennial Media and Videology.  He enjoys exploring the world with his wife and two daughters as well as cheering for the Orioles and Ravens.

Derrick Elliott
Derrick Elliott – Senior Vice President – Client Solutions

Over the course of 10 years at QL2, Derrick has contributed in the hosted platform, IT, application development, QA, and project management groups, and is currently responsible for products and data collection. His experience in working directly with customers and understanding their needs brings a unique focus to QL2′s development efforts. In his free time, Derrick helps his wife raise their nine children, volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys the hot summers and mild winters in San Antonio.

 Mina Shirey
Mina Shirey – Vice President – Finance

As VP of Finance, Mina is committed to strengthening and aligning the finance function with QL2’s strategic goals. She is responsible for ensuring that QL2’s accounting and finance department provides accurate and timely financial reporting, as well as strategic support to the business. Mina has extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis, and specializes in cross-functional collaboration to ensure efficient and effective process development. Mina comes to QL2 after holding management and supervisory roles in accounting and finance at AOL, Millennial Media, Apple, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mina is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

 Samir Bhakta
Samir Bhakta – Senior Vice President – Operations

Samir brings over 20 years of high-tech operations and support experience to this position. He is responsible for ensuring our applications and systems are always available and functioning correctly. As part of that role he provides 24/7/365 support for our customers with a service level of at least 99.9% uptime. Samir has previously designed, deployed, and supported cutting edge solutions at large companies such as Accenture, HP, Sprint, Hallmark, and Autodesk. As part of those deployments, he also led strategic initiatives for future growth opportunities. His focus is always on ensuring we meet and exceed our customer’s needs. Samir holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Kansas.

 Justin Hill
Justin Hill – Vice President – Professional Services & Support

Justin joined QL2 six years ago and currently manages international development and customer support. His background is in the travel industry, particularly airline pricing and revenue management. At Delta Air Lines, he led the Online Pricing Strategy Team in the early days of online airfare distribution. His focus on customer satisfaction has guided the development of many of QL2′s products as well as the company’s responsive support team. Justin studied Accounting and French at Utah State University and received an MBA from Wake Forest University. He enjoys camping, outdoor photography, basketball, and playing the guitar and piano.

Lynette Fikar
Lynette Fikar – Vice President – Product

With over 18 years of experience in both technical and business roles throughout her career, Lynette uses this breadth of knowledge to bridge the gap between our customers and the products offered at QL2. For the past 5 years, she has maintained various roles at QL2, with the common theme being to deliver the highest quality product to our customers. Lynette spends her free time watching her kids play the sports they love and volunteering with the North Tarrant County chapter of National Charity League.


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