Lance MerkerPresident & CEO
Lance has been president and CEO of OmniUpdate since 2001. He played a key role in the corporate reorganization of Mainstay, now OmniUpdate, by repositioning the company's product portfolio from desktop software to web content management system (CMS) solutions. It's his passion and his leadership power that has made OmniUpdate the market leader it is today. When Lance isn't leading the top higher education CMS family, he enjoys spearfishing and eating seafood—lobster is his favorite!
Yves LempereurChief Product Architect
Yves has held a primary development role at OmniUpdate since 2001. Between 1982 and 2001, he played a leadership role in the technical development of many successful Mainstay products. He invented the BinHex4 (hqx) protocol for the Macintosh in 1985. An Internet visionary, Yves helped to create several breakthrough products and continues to guide OmniUpdate's technological advancements. He holds his BS in Electrical Engineering from I.S.I.E.M. in Belgium.
Craig WeaverChief Financial Officer
Craig has been Chief Financial Officer for OmniUpdate since 2001. For over 25 years he has provided expertise in accounting and taxation to numerous public and private companies, including working with numerous dot-com pre-IPOs for the Internet Technology Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee and the Tax Practice Leader at Squar Milner. He lectures at the University of California, Irvine and Riverside on the topics of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and corporate taxation. Craig is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds his MBA from the University of California, Riverside.
Owen SavageVice President of Strategy
Owen joined the OmniUpdate team in January 2016 and is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s overall strategy. Owen brings more than 20 years of corporate strategy experience with major companies such as Disney, Hilton, and Sodexo. He has led high-impact growth projects in several industries, including hospitality, leisure, and technology. Owen has an MBA from Imperial College London, a Masters in Finance from London Business School, and a PhD in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast. When not thinking about strategy, Owen enjoys playing soccer with his nephew and niece.
Tom SmartVice President of Sales & Marketing
Tom is the driving force behind the company’s high-impact sales and marketing team. He has helped several tech startups, global agencies, and Fortune 100 brands achieve their objectives through metric-driven engagements. Solving complex problems is Tom’s passion, but it trails behind his family and horses!
Jennifer is responsible for the overall accounting and financial reporting functions for OmniUpdate. She has over 20 years of experience in financial management. Prior to joining the company, Jennifer served as Controller for both public and private companies like Oakley and Enterprise Rent-A-Car where she oversaw multiple accounting functions, managed the reporting and financial management for complex subsidiaries, and was involved with several key mergers and acquisitions. Away from the office, she enjoys hiking, traveling, the theater, and playing the flute. Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Dennis EsguerraSenior Director of Implementations
Dennis oversees day-to-day operations of the Professional Services department, which includes the Project Management Office and Implementation Development teams. He is focused on ensuring implementations are delivered with the highest quality and partnering with our customers as their trusted advisor during OmniUpdate’s customer onboarding process. He specializes in services, support and account management and has held leadership positions for both startup and publicly traded companies such as Intuit Inc., Xactly Corp., and IBM. Dennis holds a BS in Computer Science from Park University, MBA from University of Phoenix, and is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified from Villanova University. Away from the office, you will find Dennis going uphill on his mountain bike.
Tom ZeliffDirector of Customer Success
Tom joined the OmniUpdate team in June 2016 and brings 16 years of customer service experience to his role as Director of Customer Success. He has designed and implemented the support and training strategies for companies such as Ring.com and Verizon. Tom specializes in enabling rapid growth and scalability using company strategies he helps devise. He holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Tom enjoys amusement parks, photography, playing drums, and teaching his toddler-aged son how to ride roller coasters.
Shahab LashkariDirector of Product Development
Shahab has been with OmniUpdate since 2010. Throughout his tenure, he has worn many hats and worked closely with nearly every team member to engage and support our higher ed customers. At California State University Channel Islands, Shahab taught courses in Web Development, Android Game Programming, and Human Computer Interaction. Shahab's passion for software development and education provides unique insight in his mission to create the best tools for higher ed. In his personal life, Shahab enjoys telling dad jokes and other stories... like that time he was a semi-finalist in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships.
Micah RoarkDirector of Information Technology
Micah oversees Information Technology operations at OmniUpdate, including the OU Campus cloud infrastructure. Prior to joining OmniUpdate in 2014, Micah served as an IT Director at a music rights licensing and royalties accounting firm and as IT Director for a leading variable data service bureau to the higher education, banking, government, and health industries. As a versatile bass player, he frequently provided session services for local recording artists in the Austin music scene and continues to play in the Ventura and Los Angeles areas.
Court CampionDirector of Marketing
Court has over a decade of award-winning digital marketing, creative management, social media, and strategic ideation expertise and has worked with small to global agencies and large celebrity brands. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, he was instrumental in the creation and execution of the Tiger Woods: My Swing mobile application (nominated for two Webby Awards and recipient of accolades from numerous industry leaders and publications). He understands the needs of the information age and attacks problems from unseen angles to deliver results that matter. When he isn’t online, he spends his time devouring media and curating his growing art collection.
Board of Directors
Leo has been an OmniUpdate board member since April 2001. He is a Managing Partner of Zephyr Internet Partners and formerly the Chief Operating Officer of EMI Music Publishing. Leo has also held several senior management positions in financial services and led marketing at Prudential Insurance Company. He holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University.
Donald has been an OmniUpdate board member since June 2001. He is currently a Managing Director at DEK & Associates. Prior to DEK, he was a Senior Vice President with the Banking and Capital Markets Group of Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as a member of their Board of Directors. Donald has worked exclusively with financial services companies throughout the world. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Lance has been an OmniUpdate board member since 2001. He played a key role in the corporate reorganization of Mainstay, now OmniUpdate, by repositioning the company's product portfolio from desktop software to web content management system (CMS) solutions. He spent more than 10 years leading and managing Mainstay's sales, marketing, and communications teams as Director of Sales and Marketing before becoming Chief Operating Officer. With his guidance, OmniUpdate has become the lead provider of web CMS software in the higher education marketplace. Lance also speaks regularly on the subject of web CMS and social networking at industry conferences nationwide. He holds a BS and MBA from the University of California, Riverside.
Tom has more than 25 years of experience in software marketing and development and has launched more than 15 successful and profitable products. In 1980, Tom started an export firm for microcomputing products in Los Angeles. This led to the co-creation of Mainstay in 1982. Under his leadership, Mainstay rose to the 100th largest software company (SoftLetter 100 ranking, 1993). From 2001 to 2016, he held the position of Chairman and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at OmniUpdate. He holds a BSME from Penn State, an MS in Engineering, and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Craig has been a board member for OmniUpdate since 2001. For over 25 years he has provided expertise in accounting and taxation to numerous public and private companies, including working with numerous dot-com pre-IPOs for the Internet Technology Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee and the Tax Practice Leader at Squar Milner. He lectures at the University of California, Irvine and Riverside on the topics of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and corporate taxation. Craig is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds his MBA from the University of California, Riverside.
Ray has been an OmniUpdate board member since November 2001. He is the founder and president of Apogee Group, Inc., a management consulting and investment advisory services firm. Prior to this role, Ray held notable positions in the insurance industry. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
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