The Team

James Gray, Tapple Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

James has served as CEO and Co-Founder at four Boston-based tech companies in the last 15 years, and has held numerous product design, marketing, and operational roles in startup ventures over the last 25 years. James has a BA from Gettysburg College in Economics and a MBA from Boston College.

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford


Dean Hantzis, Tapple Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Dean has over 18 years of web, mobile and cloud development experience. Having held leadership positions including CTO at three start-ups reaching public exits, Dean is primed for a fourth. He holds a BS in Information Technology from Boston College and holds a Master's degree in Information Technology Management from Brandeis University. Dean also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College for over a decade.

"Ubuntu: I am because we are." - African Proverb


Karen Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer

Karen is a former JWT advertising executive whose award-winning brand campaigns span from Domino’s Pizza to Rolex. In 2010, Karen launched one of Boston's most profitable photography studios from scratch, crafting the original “For Life” industry brand. She has been honored to headline national media conferences and co-created three sold-out Boston workshops on Sales, Branding and The Client Experience in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Karen holds a BA in Psychology from Williams College and a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College.

"You're either remarkable or invisible. Make a choice." - Seth Godin


Mary Hirtle, Chief Financial Officer

Mary has over 23 years of financial leadership experience in entrepreneurial technology companies. Her broad experience and knowledge assists companies in all aspects of finance. As a proactive leader, she brings a great focus and integrity for results oriented, venture capital based businesses. She has extensive experience in achieving operational efficiencies through technology, process improvements and best practices, and centralized accounting functions. Mary obtained her MBA from Curry College with a 4.0 GPA. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Investment Advisor.


IRENE THEODORE, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Irene has over 30 years of experience as an operationally oriented financial executive in the high technology manufacturing industry. Most recently, Irene directed the financial operations of AMPTEK, an X-Ray Instrumentation manufacturer whose product was selected to perform rock and soil analysis on board the Sojourner Rover on Mars. She brings a track record of delivering financial and operational results in both private and publicly traded companies, including executing mergers and acquisitions and driving value through successful investor exit. Irene holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and a MBA from Bentley University.


Scott Kliger, Advisor

Scott Kliger is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold three companies for more than $150 million. A renowned innovator, Scott was the founder of LeadsToday which pioneered the use of big data analytics in the residential real estate market; Jingle Networks, the company that created the 1-800-FREE-411 service which saved Americans more than $1 billion in 411 information charges; Narrative Communications which created Enliven and invented rich media advertising on the Internet. Scott was named by InformationWeek as one of the four people who would change the future of the Internet. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial pursuits, Scott held senior technical positions at Lotus Development, WordPefect and IBM, and earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.


Adam Zaks, Advisor

Adam Zaks has over 20 years of experience in Business Development & Sales in the Boston SaaS community. Adam was one of the first 100 employees at HubSpot, which after a successful IPO in 2014, now employs over 4,000 people with offices in 9 countries. As Head of West Coast Sales, Mid Market, and a five-time President’s Club award winner, Adam has been an integral part of HubSpot’s growth over the past decade. Professionally, Adam enjoys working closely with businesses of all sizes to fuel their growth through inbound marketing strategies. Personally, Adam loves spending time with his family, seeing live music, and is a committed fundraiser for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Adam received his BA in English from the University of Vermont.


Emily Taylor, Legal Advisor

Emily is an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP specializing in representing start-up companies like Tapple. She advises founders and companies on early-stage formation and strategy, debt and equity financings, M&A transactions, public offerings, securities law compliance and corporate governance. Emily received her BA from Yale University and her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.


Damon Jones, UX Design

Damon Jones is a Boston-based Creative Director with an expertise in User Experience Design. His work and oversight span a variety of mediums, from web to print, with a primary focus being native mobile apps, including wearables and Apple TV. He holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he also received a MassArt design award. Damon’s work has received awards and accolades from Yahoo tech, Money.com, Forbes magazine, and in 2015 he received a Gold Stevie® Award for Integrated Mobile Experience of the Year: Fidelity Mobile® for Apple Watch.


Aaron Videtto, Product Management

Aaron comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in product management and general management. Throughout his career in Silicon Valley, Boston and the NYC area, Aaron has been successful in delivering award winning mobile and cloud-based B2B solutions that solve real-world problems for customers. In addition to being a product management leader, Aaron is also an adjunct online professor for Champlain College in Burlington, VT where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the business and computer science programs. Aaron holds a BS and 2 AS degrees from Champlain College, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Sarah Morgan, Product Strategy

Sarah brings with her more than 18 years of experience in the software industry. She has run the gamut from web development to product management at both industry leading enterprise companies and small, scrappy startups. In addition to her current role as a Sr. Product Manager at EverTrue, she is a featured speaker at Product School where she regularly shares her experience and innovative approach to building successful products and solving hard customer problems creatively and elegantly. Sarah holds a BS in Computer Science, a Masters of Science in Innovation from Northeastern University, and an MBA also from Northeastern.


Vasili Hantzis, Development Operations

Vasili is an automation engineer with over 15 years of progressive experience. His processes employ a significant cost savings strategy by reducing downtime and the implementation of cutting edge technology. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Kima, Public Relations

Kima is our PR specialist. She started as an intern but has quickly moved up the ranks with her positive attitude and sweet smile.